Welcome to this special edition of Natural Family Newsletter. This month we are celebrating and honouring Dads! Often a little on the outer of parenting circles we decided to devote some time and energy to fatherhood and the rich and diverse landscape of men as parents. In this issue we have a guest editorial by my more silent partner, Richard McLachlan. He is the cyber brains behind our operation but has decided to put pen to paper for this special issue. Neil Humphreys also shares an extract from his new book, Be My Baby, a humorous look at his journey to fatherhood. Pete Aldin, a loyal NP writer, shares his learnings about working with his young son and Jason Jackson, Naturopath and an author talks about male fertility.

At Natural Family Publishing we would like to devote some time and space to supporting and celebrating fatherhood in an ongoing way. We know there are heaps of Dads out there who would really value an opportunity to contribute and be heard on what is like being a parent, partner, worker and all the rest that men bring to raising families. So as a first step we have devoted a special section of our forum to fatherhood. This is a place to share your stories and gain support – a place to get new ideas and connect with other men. We have a vision to create a space where men can be honest and acknowledged and be seen as a legitimate and valuable part of the natural parenting community. So join us at http://forums.naturalparenting.com.au/ to be a part of creating this vibrant community.

We would also like to publish more articles written by Dads. We currently have a fatherhood section that contains some great articles written by men, Fathers And Fatherhood but would like loads more. Maybe you have a fatherhood story to tell or know someone else who does. We would love to hear about it. We are particularly keen to get articles written by men for men. You dont need to be a published writer to contribute. We are interested in personal stories as much as researched articles. All are welcome. Please email susan@naturalparenting.com.au for our writer guidelines and any ideas you might have.

My father has always been and continues to be a wonderful inspiration and support to me in my own life. Raised solely by my dad from the age ten, he has been integral to my journey as a woman and mother. We share many common passions in life and as I grow older I value more and more the love and devotion he has given to fatherhood. I feel very fortunate to have him in my life.

So this issue is for fathers and those who love and support them. We look forward to journeying with you as we create a wonderful resource and network for men. Enjoy!

Sometimes to be a better man, you need to think like a woman
One of my favorite things to do with my younger children is to build things with them with their construction toys – Mobilo being my construction toy of choice. Im getting pretty good at it. Not the building part – that parts easy – its the not taking over part thats hard..more...
An Update on The Fatherhood Project
The Fatherhood Festival leaps a year but the Fatherhood Project is working around the clock. The Fatherhood Project is the tiny charity that has hosted the Fatherhood Festival for the past five years. The Fatherhood Festival in Bangalow NSW has been emulated by five more cities and towns nationwide, including Perth, Bendigo, Taree, Forbes and Karratha.. .more...
How to Discourage Your Child in Two Easy Steps
Id been reading about how pre-teen boys need to engage with the outdoors. The article said that many pre-teen boys have the instinct to build shelters because of a masculine drive toward self-sufficiency, to subconsciously prove to themselves they could fend for themselves if they had to. more…

Becoming a First Time Dad – A Touch of Nerves
The following is an extract from Neils book Be My Baby – an honest and humorous diary detailing a mans journey to becoming a first time Dad.

Sunday, 30 March
We cannot seem to escape horror stories involving babies being dropped or dunked. more…

Men Overtaking Womens Fertility Issues
Fertility has traditionally been viewed as a womans issue but now men are leading women as the primary cause of a couples infertility. Improving sperm quality could be as simple as making some basic lifestyle changes.,more…

Tomato Relish
Much research has hit the media over the last few years about the benefits of tomatoes for prostate health – the important nutrient being lycopene. To access this from the tomato it must be cooked and either cooked in or eaten together with – a healthy fat or oil.

This recipe is perfect to meet this criterion and will bottle up well for a last minute Fathers day gift. (Please be aware that tomatoes are contraindicated for arthritis and some digestive ailments.)

See then complete recipe here Tomato Relish

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1. GAIA Made For Men Starter Kit

The ideal way to try GAIA Made for Men. www.gaiaskinnaturals.com

Each kit contains 50ml sizes of GAIA Made for Men: shampoo, conditioner, shave gel, face & body wash, scrub face creme.

Take your favourite GAIA Made for Men products in small sizes when you travel and when they are finished simply re-fill from your regular sized tubes.

Complying with Australian Government regulations for liquids/gels in carry-on luggage for international flights, preparing for your next trip is easy.

Packed in a convenient re-usable zip lock bag, this pack makes the ideal gift or travel companion.

For your chance to win one of three of these great gift packs please send an email to susan@naturalparenting.com.au with Gaia Competition in the subject heading. Entries close 5pm, 23rd September 2009.

(2) Smallprint gift vouchers

Fathers Day is approaching fast and you want to give him something a little more personal than socks and jocks? Why not a pair of these personalised, one-of-a-kind, silver cufflinks from Smallprint (www.smallp.com.au)

Practical yet stylish, these amazing cufflinks can be adorned with your childs fingerprints, scrawled writing, or hand and foot prints.

RRP from $165.00, these are one gift dad will treasure forever.

For your chance to win one of two $100 Smallprint Gift Vouchure please send an email to susan@naturalparenting.com.au with Smallprint competition in the subject heading. Entries close 5pm, 23rd September 2009.

Last months winners

Congratulations to our August newsletter prize winners!

Francine Smith was the winner of the Weleda Products and Paul Wade is the new owner of a Babywedge. Thanks everyone for taking the time to enter. Good luck with this months draws!

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We are starting a dads Forum.
Though the final home for this forum is likely to be its own forum…. we are starting it as part of our Natural Parenting Forum.

SO if you are a dad, or expectant dad and got something to share, something to ask, or somthing to contribute wed love you to drop in and have your say.

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