The purpose of fatherhood

  This morning I was awoken with a head nestled into my face. I opened one eye to see a cheeky 3 year old peering at me. His mum had said to leave me alone but eye contact was all the he needed to start jumping on me, instinctively I bent my leg upwards and

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The Millionaire Next Door – A Doctor’s perspective

If there were anything that I could do to help my patients that goes beyond the call of a family doctor, would be to help them with their finances. I would love to help liberate some from living paycheck to paycheck and the constant financial pressure that mounts from poor decisions and a consumer lifestyle.

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The concern that never leaves parents

Most parents would admit that somewhere deep inside of them is a little worry or anxiety about their children and their future that never seems to leave. This usually involves concerns about their health and development, their education, their friends and the environment in which they are growing up in but most of all, it

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How husbands can love their wives

Enjoy the wife you married as a young man! Lovely as an angel, beautiful as a rose – Don’t ever quit taking delight in her body. Never take her love for granted (may you be always captivated by her love) (Message translation) This proverb is poignant on Valentine’s day. It talks about that exhilarating moment

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Make lasting connections with your children

Over the last 6 years I’ve wrestled with the balance of work and life but there has been one thing that has kept me connected with my two boys, time alone. Despite the relentless emergency department roster, the 14 hour intensive care night shifts and the all-night caesarean festivals, I have found that carving a

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The hardest time of the day to be a Dad

“Daddy’s home!, daddy’s home!,” the boys shriek most afternoons as my car pulls into the drive way, frequently loud enough to make our neighbours smile. It is almost movie like as they run out to greet me, enthusiasm overflowing, and expectant that Dad is going to play with them and has some interesting stories to

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Rest, replenishment and the art saying “no” – essentials to achieving work life balance

I believe achieving work life balance after burnout is possible. It might just take a few years of adjustments, minor setbacks, some failures to do so! Forged over the last few years with the advice of some wise mentors and my personal journey, I would like to share a plan and framework to approach burnout

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Burnout, depression and not wanting to be a doctor anymore

I have been here a few times over the last 9 years of doctoring. Not too long ago I understood what it felt to be sad everyday for no good reason and have no energy. Things were getting strained at home and I wasn’t enjoying my work. I’d like to share a story and talk

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The end of the beginning and the next step

This post has been about 6 and half years in the making, from around the time I discovered Google reader and started to read blogs regularly. I am not sure what has stopped me. Most likely the combination of working, study, children and moving three times from the country to the city and back to

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