Merry Christmas 2014

Hi Everyone,

Just a super short post to wish all of my readers a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah and Best wishes for this holiday season.

2014 has certainly been an interesting year and one of reflection and review for me here blogging at Kangaroo Dad. Here’s a few quick highlights of the year that’s past.

* I wrote many more articles this year than I did the previous year
* I moved the blog from a free Blogger blog, to a self hosted WordPress site
* Made some new friends in the blogging sphere
* After wanting to attend for three years, finally made the trip to ProBlogger 2014 and had an absolute ball

Now that the year is drawing to a close, make some time from your work, business or blog and spend it with family and friends, you deserve the break!

I am looking at a professional change of direction and have some idea’s of where I would like to head and what I envisage myself doing in 2015.

As an old chinese proverb states; ‘May you live in interesting times!

Merry Christmas

Best Ways I Handle Criticism About My Blog

I’ve been blogging for a couple of years solid now. Firstly, when I kicked off Kangaroo Dad on Blogger, and recently, the reformat and redesign, cum relaunch on a self hosted WordPress site.

I have received criticism over that last couple of years, almost all of it positive. Its been positive as I am not high enough on a certain level of people’s attention to start attracting trolls. Give it time and that will come.

Most recently, I have been getting criticism from fellow digital producers, those who work on the internet, such as other bloggers, web designers, content and copyright creators. Its been a good experience and its helped me reflect with the work I do for the blog. As well as with the future direction I want to take this blogging thing I do.

I am no expert when it comes to website design so I have been seeking those who are. I have been tweaking, working and dabbling here and there, yet I find I don’t have the patience, time, or the want, to learn it and spend time making those changes myself. I am happy with the dabbling I have achieved so far. It has at least helped me with the abilities I have now and how to explain to others, the design I want and what changes I need, for my blog.

The criticism I have received, has been generally helpful in nature and so far has been this;

Your Home page on your blog has category titles, but nothing under them (no articles showing, hmmmm)
Some of your older articles are hard to read (the grammar is worse than I imagined, oh dear)
Your site is hard to read on a mobile device (I must have a non responsive theme for my wordpress)
Your About us section….doesn’t tell me much about you (did I not fill this out appropriately?)
Your contact us, broken?  unfilled?  how do I reach you?
How do I join your mailing list? (I hate my current Avante theme, which doesn’t play nice with signing up on an email list and will change it as its NOT DOING WHAT I WANT)

So, some of these critiques are easy to rectify. Some will give me a reflection on how I want to make a change after receiving some feedback.

There is another important aspect too. On occasion, you will receive feedback and it will be an expression of someone’s opinion. Do you make a change because someone made a suggestion, although most likely helpful? No, not always. There are many factors to consider when receiving feedback. For example, the six suggestions above will be changing. They are items, I want to change and am currently (as of Nov 2014) aware of them, and I am not happy with their status. Changes are coming.

But what do you do when you receive criticism? Especially if it is in relation to your blogging?

1. Listen to the other person, what exactly are they trying to convey to you?
2. Ask questions on reflection, you may be getting information, because of that persons own experience or their expertise.
3. Are you finding out about a gap in your own knowledge?
4. Someone may have picked up on a glaring mistake that you did not see (I am guilty as charged)
5. Some people, are just enthusiastic about you, or your work and want to see you do better.
6. Someone is having a bad day and has decided to deride your blog (you just happen to be todays target)
7. Sometimes people will just want to get an extreme reaction as a response (trolls). This is always extreme, and the criticism is NEVER helpful.

When the criticism is you receive is like the above, (except point 6 and 7 which help no one) take stock, look at the information you have received and see if it can help you. Whether you make changes on your work as a reflection and taking action on receiving criticism, is always your choice.

How do you take criticism? Do you stop and reflect? Or are you one to get your back up and become defensive? Tell me in the comments below.

Handshake

The Importance Of An Online Bromance

Handshake

Handshake

There is a Facebook Group I am a member of.

This group consists of Dads from around the world with members from the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and the USA to name just a few.

In the group we chat about blokey stuff but mainly about being first time Dads or veteran Dads, the world of parenthood and subsequent blogging that comes with the territory. We laugh. We cry. We virtual handshake and pat each other on the back. We swap stories, ask for advice and simply hang out.

Before my daughter was born, this blog and my previous blog did not exist. I was not a member of any groups focused on fatherhood on or offline, and had never heard the term “Aussie Daddy Bloggers”.

When I found out we were pregnant I felt scared beyond belief and yet super excited all at the same time. I was constantly thinking “Will I be able to earn enough money to support my family?”, “Will I be a good dad?”, “What hobbies and daily interests will I have to give up or curb?”. I tell you, the feelings of dread, wonderment, loss, panic, excitement and fear were suffocating at times. Could my life really change that much?

I guess I just didn’t understand my emotions. I couldn’t pinpoint why I felt the way I felt and having little resources or knowledge about raising a child didn’t help. It’s a generalised but recognised fact that when it comes to deep and meaningful conversations, guys tend to shut up shop and put on a façade.

Rarely are men open to expressing their feelings I guess for fear of appearing weak, not in control or feeling like an outcast. I wasn’t any different. So at first it was awkward and difficult to talk to other blokes about the meaning of life and love. In real life away from my blog, I have a small group of quality mates, but not all are dads. I wondered if they would comprehend the sleepless nights or the excitement over a baby’s first poo in 3 days. How could I share my worry about whether I was putting a nappy on too tight or if the baby was rugged up too much to sleep during winter? I wondered how to find the right balance between time to raise my baby, ways to support my family, be there for my wife and yet try to attend to my own needs and see my friends. In my mind, I was trying so hard to hold onto my old life yet I was so excited about my new life and couldn’t work out how to mesh the two together.

A Loving Family

A Loving Family

Growing up, my own father was around for the first 3 years of my life and circumstances dictated that I didn’t see him again until I was 15. For me personally, not having a male figure involved in my early years has made me realise the importance of being involved in a close knit family, so I want to be there for my daughter. Later when the relationship between my father and I grew, I learnt from him in many ways and he then taught me about respecting others beliefs, values and decisions. These are traits which I really hope to pass on to my daughter.

I see my Facebook group as my ‘close-knit family’, in a way. I look to them for advice, to offload my thoughts and for general feedback on fatherhood. Looking back now, to have this support network and even some basic, quality words of advice when my daughter was first born and just prior, would’ve helped me greatly to gain self-confidence and assurance as a first time Dad.

I can now say I’m a proud “Aussie Daddy Blogger” and being a member of group forums focused on other Dads and their experiences has meant my database of ideas, knowledge and advice has been broadened greatly. Watching a new born child grow up into a wonderful human being is an eye opening experience that words just can’t describe and it’s been awesome being able to share that experience. I’ve learnt that it’s ok to not know what I don’t know.

The wonderful gems of wisdom I was able to collate to bring to you in my previous post, 18 Tips for Shit-Scared First-Time Dads came from an online brainstorming bromance with a bunch of fellas, whom I respect and admire greatly, from a couple of Facebook forums: Aussie Daddy Bloggers  and Dad Bloggers Facebook Group. 

A big shout out goes to every one of you who have helped contribute to my posts, provided advice or who have shared a virtual beer with me. I can’t recommend enough the importance of finding a like-minded group for first-time Dads whether it be online or offline. You’ll thank yourself at 2am or at nappy time, believe me!

Scared!

18 Tips For Shit-Scared First Time Dads

I recently approached a collective of other Dads online with a poignant question on an area usually targeted towards Mums. My question was short and simple yet thought-provoking…’What is your best tip for a new Dad?’

The amount, quality and diversity of responses I received from around the world were amazing with numerous Dads more than happy to share their wisdom. The knowledge base ranged from personal experience to professional responses from those with a parenting, relationships or family counselling background.

Reflecting back to when I was a new parent, I really just wanted to know that I was going to be a good, understanding, caring dad, who didn’t need to ask 1000 questions constantly about parenting. I felt that I would be able to do it all but when I found that I needed help I felt it was ok to ask.

When my daughter was born, I was shit-scared to put it bluntly, and, as a first time Dad, I guess I just needed to know that I was going to be ok. That everything was going to be ok.

Two years down the track, and plenty of trial and error later, I’m pleased to say I certainly haven’t broken my child which is always a bonus. I think it was a mixture of sincere ignorance and constantly educating myself on a daily basis that kept me busy and focused enough to stop wondering how I was doing.

Scared!

Scared!

I know these tips would’ve been music to my ears around that time too so in no particular order, here are 18 tips to keep you on the ball as a first time Dad:

1. Enjoy the process:
There will be times when you will lose yourself in the moment with your little one – cherish it. Enjoy every minute and you will learn as you go.

2. You ARE going to be ok:
There may be times you feel totally clueless, overwhelmed and that you are completely in over your head. Stop what you are doing and take a breath, everything will be ok.

3. Look after and focus on yourself, your wife or partner and your baby:
There will be a lot going on once the baby arrives. You will be tired and trying to adjust to new routines and a new lifestyle. It will be really important to take a moment to focus on what means most in your life now. Remember to hug and kiss your wife or partner and remind her why you love her. Show her through words, touch or simply helping her with the baby or around the house. It will be important that you both remain in tune with each other and keep those love tanks full. This will then have an indirect positive affect on your baby.

4. Don’t forget to put yourself in the picture:
With so much emphasis on the new baby in your life, don’t forget to take time out to recharge your own batteries. This may be as simple as taking a little time out of your day to focus on who you are and how you now contribute and inspire your small family.

5. It is ok to be shit-scared:
When a new baby arrives on the scene, it will be a sudden, yet brand new experience for you and your wife or partner. There is no real guide book for your individual child and no matter how much good advice you receive from others, you may still feel the need to escape. The new change and those new feelings you are experiencing are normal. You do not have prior knowledge or experience being a parent so being shit-scared and uneducated in this area is natural.

6. It will be hard to let go and ask for assistance:
Remember, you do not have to be superman and try to manage everything. You will be strapped for time to look after your household, attend work and care for baby on your own. Allow others, such as relatives and close friends to help when they offer or ask for help if you are not coping. Friends and family have no issues helping out with bringing food or cooking dinner, cleaning the clothes or dishes or playing with your child whilst you shower. You will find a routine, yet those first few weeks will be too much to manage on your own.

7. Take time off work and hobbies to get to know your baby:
You’ve probably heard it before but babies turn into children then adults far too quickly. So even if only for a short time, if you can, take leave from work and suspend your other activities. Use that time to get to know your baby and ultimately better understand your role as a parent.

8. As much as you don’t want to, roll your sleeves up, grab a peg for the nose if you need to, and change that nappy (or diaper for my northern hemisphere friends):
It will be a shitty task (pun intended), but you will be the man of the house and earn super brownie points for changing a nappy full of poo. It will be especially hard when you just get home from work when all you want to do is slip your shoes off and just relax. But when you walk in the door and your wife hands you a baby and says “Change nappy please”, remember the brownie points.

9. Be patient:
Everything a baby does and how they respond is as much learning for them as it will be learning for you. Being a parent, you are learning new skills with every new event that happens in your child’s development. Babies have fairly basic needs and simple ways they interact with the world. They only know “I’m tired”, “I’m hungry”, “I am not feeling well”, “I’m thirsty” and most often express this through crying. You don’t immediately know all the signs for your baby’s needs and at times can feel frustrated. Give yourself time and count to 10 when these upset or frustrated feelings surface. Use a process of elimination starting with the basics – food, sleep or nappy as usually it will be one of these 3. You will manage and you will be ok.

Yelling Scared!

Yelling Scared!

10. Smile lots:
Natural happiness is a mood changer for people of all ages. So smile. **your smiling reading this sentence aren’t you**

11. Kiss your wife!:
Kiss her now. There doesn’t need to be a reason.

12. When your baby is being born, do EVERYTHING, your wife says:
The baby’s birth is a difficult and awkward time for us men. There will be obstetricians, midwives and, quite possibly, family members attending. Despite the crowd, you may feel like you’re separated from all the chaos. Do not take it personally. They’ve got to do what they’ve got to do for your wife and she needs to be in the best state, physically and mentally, to bring your child into the world. Ensure she knows that she’s safe and secure with you being there even if she may seem demanding. This is her way of asking for her immediate needs to be fulfilled. The more positive feelings your wife has, the more positive the birth.

13. Everyone will want to hold your baby:
Be the bouncer for your child. After the birth, it will be an exciting time for everyone including your family and friends. This is also a time when literally everyone may want to hold your baby. Just know that it is ok to say “No, another time maybe”. You may be feeling a little overwhelmed and just trying to soak it all in or perhaps you simply do not want everyone to hold your baby. You can suggest that the baby needs to get used to mum and dad or that it is sleep time. This will give you the time you need to bond with your new family. Perhaps ask the person if they can come back to hold your child later or at another time.

14. Encourage your wife get some sleep:
You’ll earn brownie points again for this tip. Your wife has gone through a strenuous yet amazing experience and she needs to recover. You will learn that sleep helps your baby to grow and likewise sleep will help your wife with her recovery. It is suggested that parents should sleep when the baby sleeps.

15. When help is available, take a nap:
Regular sleep will be a thing if the past and you need to recharge your batteries. So when you notice your patience running thin or you’re not coping, ask someone you trust to look after your baby even for a couple of hours so you can catch a quick nap. You will need it.

16. Ask your wife what she needs, and provide that for her. She will love you for it:
There will be so much going on in a very short period of time and your wife or partner will be experiencing all you are and then some. She will be battling fatigue, sleeplessness, coping with being a new mum and trying to remain a loving partner. So, until the new routine is established, time is super precious. By you asking and helping to fulfil her needs so that she can have a bath, a nap, or just have some time out to relax, you will be so much more appreciated.

17. Take lots of pictures, but don’t forget to be in the moment:
Having a new born around is a really exciting time and you will want every moment captured on camera. The best way is to have the camera at the ready. Saying that, be sure to experience the moment in ‘real time’ and not behind the lens of the camera all the time. Know when to shoot and when to just enjoy and capture it in your memory bank.

18. Don’t be hard on yourself:
This is probably the hardest aspect of being a new father. You will feel like you need to be everything to everyone. However, you may find you feel resentful, hurt and not appreciated if you decide to take it all on board yourself. None of us are super dads, despite what you might think. Enjoy the moments, cherish the times with your new family and be happy to hand over the reins on occasion. A burden is lightened by a burden shared by everyone.

Do you have a first time dad tip to share? Let us know in the comments below.

100 percent the Daddy

Which Do You Choose, Run A 2 Trillion Company? Or Spend More Time With Your Daughter

I came across a news article this morning about Mohamed El-Erian.

Who is this person you say? Also, why is he a big deal?

56 year old, Egyptian born, El-Erian runs a 2 Trillian dollar investment fund PIMCO with assets exceeding 2 Trillion dollars. After asking his daughter to brush her teeth one evening, she failed to do said0, but then proceeded to her room and returned with a sheet of paper and gave this to her father.  On this slip of paper she has listed 22 life events that due to the hours that Mohamed had been working, he had missed all of these events from her life.

These events included, Halloween parades, her first soccer game, a parent- teacher meeting and many school recitals.

El-Erian kept unbelievable hours for his work, often sleeping between 9pm to 1am, writing until 4.30 am and then hitting the trading floor at 9am. Now I have almost finished reading the 4 hour Work Week, by Tim Ferriss (affiliate link).  The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated: Expanded and Updated, With Over 100 New Pages of Cutting-Edge Content. Explains plenty about, thinking big, doing things that you fear and working smarter with much shorter hours so your much more productive in your day than you are now. Certainly something Mohamed should be doing!

So he made the decision to quit working at PIMCO and decrease his hours dramatically to spend much more time with his wife, Jamie, and his daughter. He is working part time at Allianz. Now you may think what a gem of a bloke and congratulations on his choice. But I feel that there are many who would be saying, he was fine doing already what he was doing and don’t see what the issue is.

So he made the decision to quit working at PIMCO and decrease his hours dramatically to spend much more time with his wife, Jamie, and his daughter. He is working part time at Allianz. Now you may think what a gem of a bloke and congratulations on his choice. But I feel that there are many who would be saying, he was fine doing already what he was doing and don’t see what the issue is.

100 percent the Daddy

So, a guy works incredibly long hours, quits his post to spend more time with his family and it becomes a newsworthy item. The point I am making here, is because Mohamed used to run a large (in terms of dollar turn over) company, quit his post to spend quality family time and no longer misses out on seeing his daughter. Dads spending time with family, and choosing to be stay at home Dads, or Dads who work less hours or run their own business, are still unlikely to be seen as a standard in with today’s modern Dads.

This particular story has become an item of the news, so, to me, it means there still is a stigma with Fathers choosing family as the priority, rather than working in a position as the family’s main bread winner. It’s a growing trend, and one that many men are choosing to do for various reasons. Many of those reasons are the wife is earning much more than the man, so plain economics can also make a sensible option. Other reasons include running a business from home, working remotely from the office with fewer hours and or days. Or simply, choosing to spend time with family and accepting that, you may not have the choices or decisions to make easily from a financial viewpoint.

Dads of today and our role in the modern world is changing rapidly and barriers are being crossed as well as previous status quo. Here is also another food for thought concept, men are no longer accepting that they have to stick with or accept the traditional stereotypes of being men, who are men because they are breadwinners, play sports and love spending time at the pub hanging out with their mates. Or fathers that are the only worker in the family and the wife stays at home or has a part time job during children’s school hours. No, men are becoming stay at home, or work at home dads and find ways to work around their decision to spend time with family as the priority.

Men have much broader goals, pursuits and so many other options for earning an income (as well as their respective wives and partners do as well) and many of these men are choosing a different life, a life they are finding much more fulfilling for themselves, a quality of life more meaningful than a generation ago. I am driven to combat the standard stereotype and I find with conversations with some others, they find it difficult to understand why a man would choose family, over work.

To me, it simply comes down to deeming, what is the most important time of your day that you choose to spend time with those whom are most important in your life.

This is the original www.news.com.au digital version news copy that this article is based on as well as my own opinion. I am not affiliated with, nor am I employed in any capacity with News Ltd

baby in hat and blanket

You Should Have Started Sooner

‘Why did you leave it so late?’ is an often asked question when I have a conversation about being a 42 year old first time father. My standard answer is, ‘I didn’t plan it that way’. I knew from an early age I always wanted to be a father. What I didn’t know was it would be a dream that was a LONG time coming.

My original scenario was similar to how my family, as in my cousins, who are of a similar age to me planned to have their kids. That scenario was meet someone, fall in love, get married, have kids, buy a house. I planned to do all this in my 20’s. Well life has other circumstances for you.

What did happen was I got married at 21, then I got divorced four years later. No children from that union. At 29 I met someone new and didn’t get married, but we did have one child. That resulted in a stillbirth and my (ex) partner never recovered from that event. We did not have more children, and we ended that relationship a few years later when I was 39. I received grief counselling and found it was the best approach to get on with life after the loss of my son.

I was looking at the prospect of being a single man and not becoming a father. I was approaching 40 years of age and suffering from deep despair. My dream of being a father was now far removed from my 20’s and I started to accept the fact that the one dream I once held dear, was simply not going to occur for me. That deep despair was heading towards depression, yet I didn’t know I at that time, I probably needed to at least get help and talk with someone.

Turning 40 years of age marked a changed in my life that I didn’t see coming and it was a good thing.

I met someone new. She is wonderful, kind, considerate, funny, vibrant and had all the attributes I wanted in a life partner. She also wanted children. Early in the relationship, knowing she wanted kids made me jump for joy (on the inside) and resurrected hope in having children I had not felt in years.

At the age of 41, I fulfilled another dream, having an overseas trip. I spent three weeks in Thailand with Kangaroo Mum and had a fantastic time. I enjoyed it so much, I look forward to the day I can return. I fell in love with the country and yearn to go back. The unknown benefit on our international trip was Kangaroo mum got pregnant with Lil Miss G.

I got to (finally) fulfill one of my long held dreams. A dream I felt for a long time, would never happen. Lil Miss G was born in an unplanned home birth in 2012 ago and is a happy, healthy vibrant baby girl. Dreams do come true, sometimes life throws you curve balls and sometimes you just have to wait long enough. Grief and depression are the black dogs that can affect men in life.

There is still stigma that surrounds those who suffer from it, but it is no reason to not get help.

*Authors note – If you or someone you know suffers from anxiety or depression, talk to someone who can help. Go to http://www.beyondblue.org.au or call 1300 22 4636. Please don’t get embarrassed, get help.

Good Quote On Child Discipline

Disciplining Children – My style Is Different From Yours

Reading through some Facebook updates yesterday and came across a picture shared by one of my friends on his stream.

 

Bad Quote On Child Discipline

Bad Quote On Child Discipline

 

The picture I found stopped my train of thought.

I felt I knew the answer why and was not surprised it came to me straight away.

It was not my method of parenting. Nor is the quote, a statement I agree with.

I am of the belief that using physical means to re-educate a child is not about the child at all it is about the parent attempting the discipline.

For those of you who don’t know,  I am a Crunchy Dad. This style of parenting is not easy to explain in a couple of sentences and this link to Little Crunchy Dot Com goes into more detail. Once you have read that list I respect and follow most, but not all those principles. I am a very modern Dad too, so I would find it rather difficult without having modern conveniences. In essence, my personal view is I see spanking a child for disciplinary purposes as a form of assault.

Reflecting back to being a child with having this style of discipline used on me. There were no behavioral changes I know of, nor was there any change from me after asking my Mother, Father, Aunties, Uncles & Grandparents whom all used this technique on me and my sisters and cousins. My behaviour came to fear the belt or strap, yet no change in my behaviour came from being in ‘trouble’ or committing acts that were ‘wrong’.  So the punishment was futile. If I did something wrong as deemed by my parents or guardians, sufficient enough to get the strap, I got the usual 5 or 10 lashes. Yet, through getting this discipline, I would still get in trouble and get another 5 or 10 lashes.

This was the done thing 35-40 years ago and I bear no ill will on my parents or family. They used the best skills they had for raising children and also learnt much from how they were raised by their parents. There have been many discussions between us over the years and lots of tears too, on both sides of the family. Its hard seeing that your mother and aunties are struggling to provide the best care they can give and realise that hitting you with the strap wasn’t always the best means of discipline. My Dad struggled with discussing it with me as my uncles would also use bravado to explain their measure of it or clamp down and not talk at all. Hard subject to discuss.

Feeling bad about something is REALLY hard to talk about. Even harder to know you were doing something and it didn’t feel right, but its what you knew.

Knowing there has been plenty of and serious studies done, why does this philosophy still exist? Although used way much less, if at all these days why is it still viewed by some as a means of discipline?

It is about power. They person with the strap has it, the child does not. Plain, simple. Power struggles happen all the time, parents feel they need to sometimes be in hard or instant control of their children. It is hard, wrangling children who are still finding their way in the world. Sometimes parents feel they need a child to stop and behave, right now. This thinking is due to a parent wanting to control their child. So by using physical means of measuring discipline, it is also an adult attempting to show dominance over a smaller, weaker, not so knowledgeable human being. Screaming is a lesser form of punishment being metered out. Torturing a child is unconscionable. Yet also, these diabolical events still occur.

When I discipline my daughter I use the original philosophy, which is to train and educate. I help to nurture, guide and provide training to give my daughter the knowledge, skills and understanding to know certain things and be educated in certain behaviours. I spend time helping my daughter achieve and be enriched as the adult she will become through her journey that is childhood. Almost all of her knowledge will be known internally or externally over time. By encouraging, at times rewarding and respecting her and her feelings, she will be on the right path of her journey.

If I was to use physical discipline, my daughter would not know behaviours appropriate and more than likely would not be skilled with the set of attributes to help her in life. My daughter would learn to fear me when I am angry, or when I would use some disciplinary measure, like spanking or a strap. Therefore, she would most likely be fearful of men, ergo, trouble with relationships with males.

She also would not respect right and wrong and may start to ‘run off with a bad crowd’. This would stem from her base of fear and she would not want to be around me as if she got into ‘trouble’ then it would be out with the strap. She may also copy my behaviours and see that violence, anger, fear, intimidation and yelling as a form of getting what she both, needs and wants. She would more than likely grow up being defined more by her will in life (re: being very self centred) and striving for her needs only and masking polite behaviors.

So I know what I would like my daughter to be like by nature and it is certainly not through discipline by violence.

This is not the way I would rather raise my pride and joy.

 

Good Quote On Child Discipline

Positive quote on child discipline

 

Moving

kangaroodad.blogspot.com Is Moving to A New Home

My blog has been running here on this (Blogger) domain for well over a year now and I truly thank all of you whom have watched my little corner of the world slowly grow into something bigger.

Some of you have been reading about my adventures here, since this inception of this blog and others have come and read stuff of mine recently. I’m also sure there are those whom have read an article once and then moved on to other pastures. That’s fine, as this is the nature of our blogging farmlands.

Now, my blog is no longer an adolescent and wishes to stretch its wings to a new home and leave behind this old one.

This is bad news as I will lose some aspects of this blog with link juice and other links gained elsewhere.

This is also good news as I am moving Kangaroo Dad to a new home and will be able to do SO much more with the vision I have in mind for the blog.

Thankyou to one and all whom have taken the time to come and read,

I look forward to sharing with you on my new home,

See you over at kangaroodad.com.au (which is here)

Originally publish on my www.kangaroodad.blogpost.com. blog.

Sick in hospital

Prostate Cancer – Still A Huge Killer In Australia

Ooh!

Ooh

I am going to admit. I am overdue for my 100,000 kilometre service.

No, not for my car. For me.

I have never been one to be super keen to go and rush out and see a doctor and usually I do when I really feel that I need to. That crazy feeling is when I feel that, naaaaaaaaaaah, she’ll be right mate, I will see a Doc later. I’m crazy yes, those crazy feelings, I am finally gotten over that.

But when you have kids, your philosophy of your personal needs changes. Mine certainly did and I visit doctors far more frequent now due to the fact that;

a) As much as I want to believe, I am not fucking indestructible &

b) I’m 45 now and I am in the candidate age to be checked up for Prostate and ensure there are no issues.

Sick in hospital

Sick in hospital

Now, hang on, I know some fella’s are thinking, OK, I know that gland is there and it’s required when I produce semen and have special cuddle time with my significant other. But I don’t need it, because. (You may think so due to) I’ve had The Snip. Or, I don’t have any plans for more children. Or, my special cuddle time is only Wednesdays, on my birthday and Christmas (or anniversary).

Well, guess what bucko, whether you use that internal death star or not, cancer doesn’t give a flying and may decide to affect yours. Doesn’t matter about prostate usage, or not. But it doesn’t have to be a scary scenario to get a check on it and make sure your loved ones feel secure you’ve had yours looked at (when age appropriate)

Also, knowing that I am the mega celebrity here (to my family, my daughter & wife and those 17 readers of this blog) I came across one well detailed article at Laparoscopic Urology Australia which pointed out to me that other mega celebrities have had or been treated for, prostate cancer.

So, know you know, when you reach a certain age, you mere mortal fella’s, get checked out and ensure your looking after your health. I know I will be getting mine checked during my 100,000 service.

For more information read about it at Celebrities Get Cancer Too or consult your local health practitioner.

Dan Murphy's Growler Station

Dan Murphy’s Growler Station Review – An Old Philosophy Reborn

* This is a sponsored post

Dan Murphys, since April 2013 has been offering craft style beer sales through Growler Stations at their Prahran and Alphington stores.

On Sunday 27th October 2013, Kangaroo mum, Lil Miss G and I, along with Alice from KeepLeft PR with her partner (a self confessed brewed beer aficionado) got together at the Prahran store to experience the concept of a Growler Station for ourselves.

Firstly, a short history lesson! A Growler, in times past, was a galvanised bucket filled with brewed beer, that a pub patron would use as a take home style container. The pressure from being brewed would slowly release from under the lid, making a growling sound as it seeped out. The name stuck, so we still call it a Growler today.

Dan Murphy’s has brought this amazing concept to Australia and taken the humble pale and using modern techniques, reacquainted us with the past.

We are, in Australia, a couple of years behind on this concept. It’s been operational in a modern format, in the US, UK and Europe for some years.

In the past, galvanised buckets were used to hold and transport the beer, this is what it looks like today;

Dan Murphy’s has available bottles that are 1.89 liters(one Imperial gallon) made of glass or special PVC. In the store you choose from one of four styles available. The bottles are refillable, so you can return to the store for more craft beer!

Now, whats the difference in beers available that are already for sale?

The difference is Growlers allow for smaller boutique style crafted product and provide manufactures a format to run a smaller or limited batch. Since these beers are stored in small commercial kegs, a manufacturer does not need to setup for long term, large commercial production. A smaller beer run also allows for distinctive beers, that are not usually commercially available or otherwise would only be suitable for a short period of production.

At Dan Murphy’s, they also provide an opportunity, at a good price base of allowing customers to taste different boutique beers, that you may not always be tempted to try if bottled. Prices of the near 2 litre bottle are comparable to a 6 pack of brewed local / imported beers.

There are plans for smaller squealer bottles for the future, but the 1.89 litre bottle is the only size currently available.

What are the benefits?

The beer is freshly brewed, so although techniques for making and bottling beer are extremely well practised, craft beer is recently made, crisp, pleasant and refreshing. Bottles of Growler can be stored at home for 7 days and consumed in 3 days after opening.

Your beer is stored in a single container.

The Growler is refillable (reducing the need for glass bottles, cardboard and plastic packaging, etc.)

Purchasing several bottles makes it more convenient to take to a gathering instead of a keg, as there is no need to setup. Simply open the bottle, share it round and enjoy!

What are the drawbacks?

Due to the style of beer being small batch craft style, your choice of beer may only be a limited for a time and potentially no longer available the next time you visit Dan Murphy’s.

Potential for very short shelf life and must be consumed rather quickly after opening. Must be refrigerated at all times.

I would like to provide my many thanks to Monty at the Prahran store for his time and invaluable knowledge on this unique product and graciously answering my many questions.

I also would like to thank Alice of KeepLeftPR for her dedication and hard work in setting up the review and product sampling at the Dan Murphy’s store.

Finally, I would like to thank Dan Murphy’s for the Growler sample I received to assist me in this review. My recommendation is if you enjoy beer and you’d like to try something different, go ahead and give a Growler a try, I bet you will love it!

Get more details here
* Dan Murphys
http://danmurphys.com.au/guides/growler-content
@danmurphys

KeepLeft PR
http://www.keepleftpr.com.au/
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