Caught my eye Friday – Big, Brave, Buff and having it all

Welcome to the Dad’d edition. My two readers may note that there was a bit of a Dad focus last week but, there’s been a lot happening that I think is worth telling you about (you’ll need to read on to find out the big news).

Having it all

Having it all

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Ben Arnott from had an article published at this week about his perspective on “having it all”. Ben talks about the decision to put his career on hold and look after his four kids while his wife returned to work.

What strikes me about Ben’s article is not what’s different (a male being the main care giver) but what’s the same. Ben and his wife both work hard to support their family, making sacrifices in their relationship but all the while realising the need to keep communication lines open and be realistic about what having it all means.

What I (and Ben) would love to know is for you, what exactly is “having it all”. Have you already got it or are you continuously striving? Is it a goal or a hope? If you haven’t already you can check out Ben’s work on his blog, or follow him on twitter or Facebook.

Brave Blogger Award

tacklenappyI like to give this out occasionally. I award it to people who are  honest, who write about something that has obviously caused them pain and yet still have the courage to put it out there for all to read. By doing so they unintentionally help many readers realise that their own secrets might not be so bad or that the pain they may have suffered is shared.

Chubba from did just that with his brave post about his stillborn child. It was one of those posts that as a dad, as a parent, I couldn’t help reacting to. After reading it I gave all my ladies an extra squeeze and became that much more thankful for all I have. Well done Chubba and well done tacklenappy for showing the very real perspective of a Dad going through a really tough experience.

Tacklenappy are stalwarts of the Aussie Parent/Dad blogging scene, they’ve been around for ages (in internet blogging terms) and can be followed on twitter, Facebook and….THE PROJECT the Friday the 18th! Tune in at 6:30pm on channel 10 and check it out and while you’re watching you will also get to meet…

Bruce from

Bruce DThere’s just so much to tell you all. Yes, another member of Australia’s Daddy blogging community will be featured on the Project’s special report on Daddy Bloggers.

I was late to the party and I wanted to know why over 10,000 Facebook friends kept wanting to hear what Bruce had to say. Well, Bruce is funny. Whether he’s talking about his son’s ability to get his head stuck in the bars of his bed or his wife’s misadventures trying to go to the toilet in a bathroom with kids Bruce manages to find a hilarious angle. If you’re looking for a way of giving yourself a smile, check out Bruce’s handywork. You can also keep up with Bruce on Twitter.

But wait… there’s even more!!

rd-nude-ironingIf you’re still with me you are probably wondering where the Buff bit is (see title). Well for all of us not in Adelaide I need to let you know that big bad Reservoir Dad (RD) appeared on the telly today in a special about stay at home dads.

Chances are that you already know RD’s work which means you also know he’s happy to share a lot about himself but, if you haven’t already, I’d recommend that you check out RD’s interviews with people series. Here he asks real people, real questions like how they deal with loneliness and motherhood or being a muslim in Australia. If you’re not already, you can follow RD on Facebook and Twitter.

So, do you keep up with any of these guys? Do daddy bloggers give balance or are they just more of the same parental perspective? Who’s your favourite Daddy Blogger and do we need more or less of them?

I’m sharing all this good news with Grace over at for flog your blog Friday.

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18 Responses to Caught my eye Friday – Big, Brave, Buff and having it all

  1. Bucky says:

    Thanks man, that’s an awesome post.

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. I love this rise of daddy bloggers. So wonderfully refreshing to hear a male view. Thanks for sharing these great posts, off to have a read. Fairy wishes and butterfly kisses lovely

  3. Fastlanedad says:

    Great post mate and looking forward to the TV appearances 🙂

  4. I will have to set the reminder on the telly now 🙂 I wish I had more time to read more of the daddy bloggers, in fact all blogs! Keep up the good work fellas 🙂

  5. Karen Reid says:

    I love the daddy bloggers. We’re all in this parenting gig together & it’s great to get a dads take on things

  6. Grace says:

    Will be sure to watch The Project tonight! All you daddy bloggers are awesome! It’s fantastic to having your voices heard. Especially you, Kev 🙂

  7. 3AM Dad says:

    Cheers mate. Great post, thanks for your awesome insights. I agree that mums, dads, carers are all in the same boat. Sometimes we need to be reminded of that, we should be all here to support each other, but at times I think it seems like we are in competition. Remember, support your partner and/or other parents, we can work together to help screw up… um… er… raise our children ;P

  8. You know who my favourite Daddy blogger is Kev, you don’t even have to ask!

    I am going to set an alarm on my phone so I can set the Project to record when I get home (as no doubt I will be knee deep in leftover Tuna casserole that’s being flung all over the place and dealing with a little munchkin who’s tired and stroppy with me for leaving her at daycare all day!).

    Hail Daddy-bloggers!

  9. Man I never realised that there were so many Daddy Bloggers online!! Its so good to hear from the other half on parenting issues 🙂
    Off to check out the links, and connect with other great parents.
    Funny how Blogging is starting to realise the importance that Dad’s roles have in family day to day living. And good to read about hubby’s staying home to support their wives returning to work (we have done that before – David staying home with out boys while I worked!!)

  10. Daddy bloggers ROCK!
    I love the extra perspective you give, helps me to get along a little better with my children’s dad.
    Thank YOU! 😉

  11. mumabulous says:

    Do you think RD would mind if I borrowed that rather fetching image and photo shopped over his head with that of a certain ginger Irish actor of whom I happen to be a little bit fond. (Not that I have ever ever spoken about this on social media). But seriously – the rise of the Daddy blogger is something to be celebrated. Special cheers to Matt Ross of Dad Down Under – because he put me on his blog roll.

  12. Zanni Arnot says:

    Great…I will get onto Big Family Little Income. Haven’t heard of it. And I am excited to watch the rerun of the 7pm Project and see some of those daddies talk. There has been a lot about dad bloggers lately, and about time.

  13. Great to see more daddy bloggers joining the scene!!! Keep up the good work!!!

  14. I reckon daddy bloggers rock, I can imagine how hard it is being SAHD – but you blokes are pioneers in this really – decades down the track you blokes will be studied, investigated in a bid to find out more about men who stayed at home while their wives went out to work! LOVE IT. And I’ll say what other mumma bloggers are thinking but won’t DARE to say, I don’t mind a bit of boy blogger bod 😉 Em

  15. Looking forward to the Daddy blogger specials.
    Happy weekend!
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

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