Dad discovers a present even better than Apple Watch


Staff writers This man thought he was getting an Apple Watch as a birthday present, but he was wrong.

Yes dads, fatherhood does start before your baby is born

A dad's involvement in his partner's pregnancy has many benefits.

Armin Brott My girlfriend and I just found out that she's pregnant. She wants me to go to all the doctor visits with her, but I don't see the point.

Aussie dads see themselves as mums' helpers, not equals: study


JULIE POWER  You've shopped and raced home from work to cook dinner for the family. It is nearly ready when your partner asks: "How can I help?"

Oh my brovaries! Men describe what makes them clucky


Ariane Beeston While female cluckiness is an oft-discussed topic, the male variety is less celebrated. But men get clucky too ...

Dads, here are 12 things every new mum wants you to know (without having to tell you)


PINKY MCKAY If you're expecting a baby or have a newborn, here are some things your partner wants you to know.

New help for grieving dads


Staff writers There is no doubt the loss of a baby is one of the toughest things a couple can ever face.

Funny Father's Day cards

A little fun never goes astray when celebrating special occasions and Father's Day is no different. We've rounded up some funny Father's day cards for your husbands, fathers and other important men in your lives.

A dad's guide to hyperemesis


Seamus Curtain-Magee I am in no way qualified to advise women on how to cope with hyperemesis, but I've learnt some lessons that might be worth sharing with other partners.

Confirmed: men gain weight when they become dads

Science has confirmed the

Elahe Izadi Men who become fathers experience weight gain and an increase in body mass index, a measurement of body fat based on height and weight, according to a new, large-scale study

A single dad's survival mode


Nick Holmes I became a single father when my son was two and a half. My first instinct was to go into survival mode.

Dad shares entertaining 'how to hold a baby' clip

Jordan Watson demonstrating a few of the different baby holds.

LETITIA ROWLANDS For many new dads, their own child is the first baby they have ever held. So one dad has posted an instructive YouTube video titled "How to Hold a Baby".

Dad takes miraculous catch while feeding baby

Most coordinated dad of the year?

Claire Siracusa One American father has taken multitasking to a new level at a Cubs-Dodgers baseball game at Wrigley Field.

Jimmy Fallon writes new children's book for dads

The book is available from all good bookstore now.

Jennifer Berger Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC's The Tonight Show, recently wrote a children's book about every father's secret wish for their baby's first word to be "dada" - not "mama".

'I'm just as tired, scared and stressed as you': stay-at-home dad's plea


Jason Crew I'm really lucky to have two great kids, but I found it really tough with so much being aimed at the mothers and not the fathers.

6 things great dads have mastered


Stacey Steinberg So thank you to all the fathers who get up early, go to bed late, and fill their days dancing to the beautiful beat of parenthood.

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Dad, 33, battles breast cancer

Jamie Cox, 33, has been undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

Teresa Hattan  Breast cancer never crossed Jamie Cox's mind.

'I'm really going to be a dad?!': real men react to baby news

Thrilled: new dads-to-be share their emotions.

Staff writers Breaking the news to your partner that you're pregnant - especially if it's something you've both been dreaming of - is a moment you'll never forget.

Paternity leave is not a holiday

My leave was no vacation. Vacations are a time where you can relax and unwind from the stresses of everyday life.

Dave Dash My manager didn't realise "How was your holiday" was the worst thing to ask me after I came back from paternity leave.

It's not easy being a dad in a mum's world


Nevin Martell I don't want to be the one who doesn't belong or is seen as a trespasser on the sacred grounds of motherhood. I simply want to be regarded as a parent.

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In defense of the dads who do so much


DONNA WEBECK It's time to shift the focus off what dads aren’t doing and shine it on what they are.

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5 characteristics of great dads


JODIE BENVENISTE It’s great to see a generation of dads who are more actively involved with caring, nurturing and loving their kids.

The place just for dads of multiples

The arrival of Neil Ward's twin sons were the catalyst for the creation of The Multiples Dad Sanctuary.

Gabe McGrath When a couple discovers they're expecting multiples, the dad can sometimes be almost forgotten in all the excitement and preparation. But one group offers a space just for dads of twins and higher-order multiples.

Dads-to-be celebrating with 'dadchelor' parties

Party games and snacks often revolve around the theme of fertilisation.

Nara Schoenberg Long the domain of women, the single-sex baby shower is increasingly being embraced by men.

One in 10 dads suffer from postnatal depression

Report: There is a growing realisation that post-natal depression is an issue for men, too.

MIKI PERKINS One in 10 new fathers suffers from postnatal depression, new research shows.

Is there sex after baby-making sex?


Armin Brott I'm an expectant father, and my sex life has completely disappeared. Are we EVER going to have sex again?


16 times 'dad reflexes' saved the day


Melanie Mahoney Of course, in some cases they may be the ones who actually got their child into a precarious position in the first place, but we'll ignore that for now.

Dads-to-be experience hormonal changes, too


Shereen Lehman Dads-to-be experience hormonal changes in line with their pregnant partners, a new study shows.

Why I'm a role model my generation didn't have

I've never had a toddler question whether I was qualified to interact with them.

Bob Wright I've never had a toddler question whether I was qualified to interact with them. They accept me for who I am: a parent who cares about his son and the kids he interacts with.

Video: Baby sniffs beardless dad to make sure it's him

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LETITIA ROWLANDS She looks him up and down and then touches his chin, but baby Lindsey still isn't sure this clean-shaven man is her dad.

This is Australia's Mr Average

Image of man: How does Mr Average Australia compare to other countries?

SARAH BERRY Think of a quintessential Aussie bloke and Hugh Jackman or Russell Crowe might come to mind. But they are not your average Aussie men.



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Newborn baby found in a nativity scene

Police are trying to trace a woman who abandoned a baby boy in the manger of a church nativity scene.

Life would be harder without my kids

The Humans of New York Facebook page is well known for sharing touching, real stories from one of the world's biggest cities – and it's just hit the heart of parents everywhere.

Mum dresses as Wonder Woman for last day of chemo

A Brisbane mum dressed up as a superhero to celebrate the end of her chemotherapy and created a moment her family will remember forever.

How a raisin can predict a toddler's IQ

All you need to assess a child's future intelligence is a plastic cup and a raisin, according to new research.

Former Hi-5 member's cannabis hope

Former Hi-5 star Tim Harding hopes a cannabis-derived drug will help control his daughter's epilepsy, which sees the four-year-old suffering between 50 and 100 seizures a day.

The top 5 reasons your toddler throws a tantrum

Whilst to the outside world little people may appear to have it easy, it's actually not always the case – just ask any toddler who's had their toast cut up the wrong way.

Glenn McGrath thought he'd lost his wife and baby

Australian cricket ledged Glen McGrath has spoken about the moment he thought he might lose his wife, Sara and their baby daughter, Madison.


Inside my Centrelink nightmare

Mother Bec Smith has been trying for months to access Centrelink payments. A "serious error" is preventing her.

Warnings over push for hourly childcare billing

Australia's peak childcare body has called for caution around the Turnbull government's push for childcare centres to charge parents by the hour, not by the day.

Cate Blanchett thought about adopting for years

Cate Blanchett says her recent adoption of a baby girl had nothing to do with wanting a daughter after having three sons.

Kate Walsh: 'I can't have kids'

Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh has revealed she is unable to have children because she has experienced early menopause.

The parasite that could boost fertility

The Tsimane women of Bolivia are often revered as among the most fertile in the world - on average having 10 children in their lifetimes -- but some are even more fertile than others.

Family may sue cousin over genetics

A Melbourne couple is suing the Royal Children's Hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder in their first child - an error they allege caused them to have another child with severe disabilities.

Strange things mums have done in labour

While most women in labour focus on the upcoming birth of their baby, some women do more interesting things.

Michael Clarke reveals baby's name

When Michael Clarke said he was wrapped around the finger of his little princess, he wasn't joking.

The logistics of breastfeeding twins

Our life is more or less divided into neat four hour parcels of time and it's hard to get much of anything done in the time between feeds.

How to stop people ruining Christmas

We can make a conscious effort about how we react to those curly Christmas day scenarios that can send us up the wall, or should we say chimney.

Lots of formula offers for desperate mum

The mum who was down to her last three tins of baby formula said she had received hundreds of calls and offers to send her formula.

Surviving breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Cot sheet brands for the nursery

With so many awesome cot sheet options these days, we thought we'd put together a list of go-to brands for you to seek out for your baby's bed.

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How I survived breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Grieving father's letter to Bataclan terrorists: "...this little boy will threaten you by being happy and free"

A grieving father whose wife was killed in the attacks on the Bataclan Theatre last weekend has written an open letter to her killers.

5 challenges of motherhood - and how to see them differently

Despite the smiles, the sloppy kisses and the pure magic children bring to our lives, it's hard to deny that motherhood can be tough.

4 challenges of being a new dad - and how to face them

Becoming a parent is challenging – and that applies to both mums and dads.

My battle against antenatal and postnatal depression

I was five months pregnant when I realised I needed help.

Children swapped at birth will not be returned to biological parents

A boy and girl accidentally swapped on the day they were born will stay with the families who have raised them, a South African court has ruled.

A quarter of men believe they get 'man periods'

A British study has revealed one in four men believe they have a monthly cycle.

Baby deposit

How much do you need to save for a 'baby deposit'?

It's fairly straightforward to calculate a house deposit, but how much money do you need to save up for a baby?

Dad's beautiful note to his wife, a nurse

To anyone else it might just look like a picture of a mum having a nap with her toddler.

'I was a complete schmuck': Mike Baird opens up about his wife's postnatal depression

When his wife Kerryn was not well following the birth of their daughter, NSW Premier Mike Baird buried himself in his work.


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