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Work/Family Challenge

  • Attention vs Money: Parenting column by Harald Breiding-Buss
  • Truckie Dad: A truck driver’s story, by Mark Grimes.
  • No More Fun and Games? Christchurch ‘Breeze’ host Grant McGrath talks to Harald Breiding-Buss and Mark Grimes about work and family.
  • Balancing Act: Brendon Smith on work/family balance.
  • A Day in the Life of a Dad: A househubby reports. By Dave Crampton
  • Men at Work: Work/Family issues for new dads. By Warwick Pudney
  • The Patriarchs And The Softies: A look at how the work/family challenge presented itself to fathers in the olden days.
  • Equal Parenting Opportunities: The link between work opportunities for women and obstacles for fathers.
  • Housedad To Stepdad: Fatherhood from all aspects.
  • Role Reversed Parents: New Zealand author Wendy Jones has compiled a collection of stories.
  • Community & Fathers

  • Fathers Connect ChildrenBrendon Smith writes about how fathers make communities tick.
  • A Vision for Boys: School principal Mark Richardson gives his view on what’s needed for boys.
  • Dating Dads: Finding a new squeeze is easier said than done for solo dads, writes Johnathan Young.
  • Immigrant Dads: Brendon Smith investigated how some immigrant fathers fared.
  • Male Pre-School Teachers: They’re exceptionally rare in NZ. Harald Breiding-Buss attended a forum about the issue.
  • Discrimination in the Air: Peter Walker takes issue with not being allowed to sit next to children on aeroplanes.
  • Family tree: The importance of geneology.
  • From here to paternity: Non traditional ways of being conceived and born.
  • Bigger and better: The joys of larger families.
  • Separation

    Impact on Fathers and Kids

  • Children and Separation: A Help Sheet
  • Some Dads Can’t Win: Being a non-custodial dad isn’t easy – the ex gets in the way..
  • Destination unknown: A seprated father treaures his kids, and their imagination !
  • The best of times ?: Christmas time can be stressful, especially for separated Dads.
  • Fathers after divorce: A book review.
  • When things turn sour: A look at the Domestic Violence Act.
  • Shared parenting: The reality of sharing the duties.
  • The bond of blood: When parents re-marry, is blood thicker than water ?
  • Book review: The Big Picture: A review of Douglas Kennedy’s “The Big Picture” (fiction).
  • Fatherless America: Do Fatherhood programmes in America go beyond a Dads wallet ?
  • Caring fathers: A Christchurch support group focuses on non-custodial Dads.
  • Both ends of the spectrum: Reflections on being a child of dicorce and a separated father.
  • Separation: Please reamin calm (do’s and dont’s).
  • Book Review: Men After Separation: By Ian McDonald
  • Family Court

    One Big Barrier to Involved Fatherhood

  • Legally Absent: Is the Family Court biased against men – or just doing its job?
  • Protection order and parental alienation: An opinion piece about the workings of the Family Court.
  • Domestic Violence Act: Another opinion piece about family court proceedings.
  • Street Protests: What makes those guys angry, and is this the way to go about it?
  • Government Legislation

  • Equal before the law ?: A closer look at the Human Rights Act 1993 and how it affects fathers.
  • Shared Parenting Bill: An opinion piece.
  • Vote for Dads: What do political parties think about fathers issues ?
  • Dave and Goliath: Having to deal with the I.R.D. and overzealous child support collectors.
  • Parental leave: Legislation that could leave fathers out in the cold.
  • The Daddy Vote: Questions for the leaders (for the 2005 election)
  • Legal Matters

  • Protection Order: A very powerful tool of control in the hands of an abusive spouse.
  • Supervised Access: A Dunedin single Dad works to make access a more meaningful experience for fathers. Also views on the Domestic Violence Act.
  • Biological fathers: The latest chapter in the “sperm donorship” debate.
  • Parental equality: Does equal employment opportunites for women equate to equal parenting opportunites for men ?
  • International

    Fatherhood Elsewhere

  • Fatherless America: For thousands of American non-custodial dads the choice is prison or sweatshop.
  • Dads Along the Nile: For the guys in egypt it’s all about love and compassion.
  • Fathers And Change in Japan: There’s more to life than work: Japanese men, too, are on the road to putting family life first.
  • Prison

    Life Behind Bars

  • Breaking the Chains: When dads’s in prison what becomes of the kids?
  • Voices From Behind Bars: Two fathers tell how they are trying to be parents from the high security wing of a NZ prison.
  • Conferences

  • Retreating fathers: On location at the Otago Father & Child Trust weekend retreat.
  • Fathers of this world: The International Fatherhood Conference was held in Oxford, England in 2003. Our very own co-ordinator was there.
  • Involve ’04: A report from the Adolescent Health and Development conference.
  • Men’s Forum: An expensive waste of time? (opinion)
  • Relationships

  • Listen and hear: Communication with your partner might be a well worn cliche, but it is still important.
  • Between the sheets: Just how do you maintain a good sex life after kids ?
  • My Valentine: What did you do on February the 14th ?
  • “I hate you”: The sometimes delicate nature of parent-child relationships.
  • Constructive conflict: The art of healthy arguing.
  • A Woman’s Work? Christchurch woman Wendy Jones has written a book about role-reversal.
  • Health

  • Absolutely mental: Postnatal depression, mental health and suicide in men.
  • Male suicide: It’s still a problem for young men in New Zealand. An editorial
  • Precious memories: A very personal account of living with mental illnness.
  • Sick of being sick: A look at one of the more tedious aspects of parenting.
  • The Day Everything Changed: Living with epilepsy.
  • P.N.D.: The impact of post natal depression on the whole family.
  • Under the knife: Are men getting all the facts before opting for a vasectomy ?
  • Staunch as: Why do guys bottle up their feelings about their kids ?
  • Daddy’s in a coma: A remarkable story of survival.
  • Meningitis: Examining the facts.
  • Shiney happy people: The power of self esteem.
  • Suicide: The government approach, and is it the right one?.
  • Father & Child News