Lessons from one week with my daughter

Have you ever referred to spending time with your own kids as “babysitting”? Well my wife hates it when I do that, understandably so. I am working on it, trying hard but I did trip up recently. As the 2019 working year came to a conclusion and Christmas was approaching, I was casually asked what…

Lessons from a Texas Mom

I connected with Texan author Ann Bell Worley via an online blogging community and I was flattered that she agreed to write a guest post for Downunder Dad. Turns out we have a lot in common and are both parenting a son with special needs. I promised I would write an article for her lovely…

Lessons from a whole month without alcohol

I went dry this July for Dry July. Along with 43,017 other well-intentioned heroes. Two factors were key in deciding to go without the booze for 31 days. Firstly, I was into my second day of an epic red wine hangover. And secondly, we had a sincerely close friend battling cancer. “Sure,” I thought, “it’s…

Lessons from two hours on a yacht

The main lesson from my maiden voyage on a yacht recently is an easy one, I can quickly cut to the chase. I want to spend more time on yachts! Where have these glorious and magnificent beasts been all my life? Honestly, if you haven’t tried it yet, do it. Just contact your local yacht…

Top 10 fears I have about sharing my blog

I always knew it would come to this, time to share my work. Shit. As I have gotten older I have certainly cared less and less about what other people think of me. Not because I am dwindling my personal care-factor levels towards wearing old and bally Kmart tracky-pants, a Bintang singlet and thongs in…

Lessons from one month of group fitness

Decision fatigue is a real thing, as is actual fatigue. I did not even realise I was suffering two major bouts of decision fatigue until I used group fitness classes to remove both of them entirely. Heading to the gym, in fact joining a gym in the first place, is always a well-intentioned and noble…

Lessons from one month of meditation

Meditation is a lot like going to the toilet before there were mobile phones. Remember when all of your best ideas would come to you in the waste closet? In my recent, short-sample-sized, novice experience, meditation proves that when your brain cannot do multiple things at once, when it is given the space and permission…

Lessons from my wife’s nutritionist

I am not a very health-conscious kind of guy, which is another reason I am grateful for Mrs DD. She does all the food shopping, meal planning, recipe sourcing, cooking (pretty much all of it) and research when it comes to what our entire family eats. There is a lot on her plate. So it…