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What does confidence look like in kids?

What does confidence look like in kids? For kids, confidence is not an inflated sense of self-importance, or the idea that the world owes them something, or that they are entitled to anything they want. But confidence means that they can make meaningful choices. Confidence is the belief that they can do things and that the things that they do …

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A lesson from the tragic death of Phil Walsh

When I attended the Chairmans dinner at the West Coast Eagles- Adelaide Crows AFL game a few week ago there was a pall of sadness in the room. It was the Crow’s first game since the death of their coach Phil Walsh. He had also worked at the Eagles for 5 years and was close to many of the people …

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Zero-culturalism: fear perpetuating ignorance and denying our kids clarity

  Al-Shabaab kills 147 students in Kenya. Boko Haram kidnaps 276 young girls in Nigeria. All in the name of fundamentalist Islam. Priests have abused children. This must surely mean that religion is evil and the teaching of any religion to kids is such a bad idea that we should get rid of it altogether. But religion has also generated …

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The Power of a Father’s Voice – a lifesaving example from Auschwitz

Yesterday (Jan 28th, 2015) marked the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz. More than one million people were killed at Auschwitz, most of them Jews. During ANZAC day, I will be sharing my thoughts on the horror of war. Today, I would like to reflect on an article by ABC reporter Clare Rawlinson, telling the …

How to be a great dad

First seen as an Agenda article in the Weekend West, 31 August 2013, West Australian. Also seen at The Fathering Project

Dads and their daughters

Fathers play a key role in a girl’s self image Dads and their daughters As seen in the West Australia, 3 September 2008