Dad bringing himself into his Fatherhood role.
Fathers Day approaches - So what is special about fathers? Well, I am a father - I'm biased - but one thing I've learnt about fathers is that there are all sorts - they can be very different!
Apart from their biological contribution at the beginning, what else defines fatherhood - the specialness of fatherhood? I reckon there are as many answers as there are different expressions of fatherhood.
For me, it is the choice made by a father to give of himself for his child and family - not just time and money or doing things - but of his self, in each moment.
I am not a mother, and so as an observer I want to highlight one particularly remarkable aspect of mothers that I am in awe of.
The physical and biological act of pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding.
This is a gift of motherhood, and a gift that mothers offer to their children. These gifts are rarely without significant suffering and sacrifice.
Congratulations to Malisa of Piara Waters who is our third and final winner of 80% Off any FamilyWorks Service. We look forward to hearing from you.
The Pregnancy Babies & Children Expo was whole lot of fun. We loved the opportunity to connect with Perth families and hear their stories. We received a lot of compliments on our stand - earthy, natural photos of families in action- big thanks again to ButterBomb for their skills at capturing real life with families.
Our winner for day 2 of the Expo is Michelle from Bayswater - Congratulations!
Again, over 200 entries today for our 80% Off prize. She can choose from any of our services.
We look forward to meeting more parents and parents-to-be tomorrow for the last day of the Expo.
Dawson & Sharon.
Wow - today, over 200 people entered our Expo Draw to win 80% Off a FamilyWorks Service!
Today's lucky winner is Lisa from Butler - we have just emailed her the good news.
If you are expecting, don't forget to register this weekend to receive the 20% discount on the Expecting Masterclass.
A well timed research paper in JAMA Pediatrics Journal published last week has shown breastfeeding to be linked to higher IQ scores at age seven and better receptive language skills at age three. The authors say the longer parents fed, the higher the scores. Well, that unleashed a storm when published in Daily Mail UK. Within 24 hours there were almost three hundred responses, and many of them were pretty angry.
Im a bit sad we cant talk about feeding our babies without all the strong statements that seem to make some people feel superior, and the others feeling judged and guilty.
Any parent will tell you, the parent role has a lot more challenge than they could have ever expected. Many look back and say it was a moment of sheer madness - when they threw care and contraceptives to the wind and took the plunge into parenting. In contrast I also meet many people (in fact its often the same people as from the previous group) who says that it is the most besotting, deliciously addictive, best-ever decision they have made – and they wouldn’t have it any other way.