BIG ideas

Things we’ve discovered, often by necessity or chance or misadventure, and which make affording such a big family not such a strain on our budget.

Be Cool


Dealing with bullies is hard. Having your kids bullied is heartbreaking. I wasn’t especially good at coping with it when I was at school but as a dad I do have some advice for my guys. What’s a dad to do?

Home Fashion


“We need to buy more clothes for the kids,” I told Tracey after baths tonight. Her face registered both joy and shock. Joy, I assume, because of the prospect of shopping, and shock because we have cupboards full of plastic containers full of dress, skirts, shirts and shorts.

New Australian Payment for Dads


I think this is a fantastic new entitlement, giving dads a chance to participate and contribute in settling in their adorable little poo-factories. And two weeks seems about perfect. Two weeks of my ‘help’ and Tracey was begging me to go back to work.

Our Too Cute To Boot Theory


Tracey and I have been developing a theory these past fifteen years we’ve been raising kids together: the reason mother nature has made young children look so very, very cute is you wouldn’t put up with them if they weren’t.