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Becoming a father is one of the most exciting things that will happen in your life. All of a sudden you are responsible for the beginning of a new person.

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Oliver Driver shares his thoughts on becoming a father


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When survival mode is your norm: one dad’s story

When you’ve been in a hard place, it can be difficult to bounce back to happy. Colin Gruetzmacher shares how kids are often one step ahead. They always tell you kids grow up quickly but they don’t tell you that you have to keep up. Like most …

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Let's hear it for the boys!

Dad Matters columnist Sam Cummins sings the praises of sons. Be proud of your boy! I’ve got three brothers, three sons and four nephews, no daughters and four nieces. It’s a regular blush of boys in my world. Tell people you’re having a baby boy …

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Red hair, don't care

Judging on appearance is pretty un-PC, so how come redheads get so much time in the stand-up comedy spotlight? Dad Matters columnist Sam Cummins takes up the cause. Truisms are a funny thing. They’re meant to be a folksy inspiring way of imparting …

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Daddy's home: making the most of time with your kids

Miriam McCaleb pens an open letter to dads who wish they could spend more time with their children.   To  whom  it  may  concern,Ngā mihi  ki a koe, May I begin by saying what a treat it is to hear from you. Too many of the dads who get in touch …

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The parenting Olympics

The Olympic Games can stir up the competitive streak in us all, especially where our parenting is concerned, reflects Dad Matters columnist Sam Cummins.   Who doesn't love the Olympics? Stadiums, medals and Katy Perry. You get to be patriotic …

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This is how long I have loved you

Falling in love can happen instantly, it might just take you a while to realise. Patrick O'Malley pens a love letter to his daughter. 1,784,145 minutes. 29,735 hours. 1,238 days. 177 weeks. 88 fortnights. 40 months. 3 years. This is h