If you found yourself playing “Baby Looks Like” bingo and had that one square you couldn’t stamp, it might be because you didn’t add “my spouse’s ex-boyfriend” to the card. Turns out that a recent study found that maybe – just maybe – your baby inherited some of their looks from an old notch on mom’s bedpost.
This study out of the University of New South Wales has it all: sperm, sex, doubt, fear, and past lovers. Oh, and fruit flies. And because of that, I guess, no technical link to human babies, but let’s not mire in the details here, people.
If you’re a five year old Australian kid and you’re sitting there reading 8BitDad while your dad is at work late, first of all, thanks! You have great taste in websites. Second of all, you’re going to turn out to be a hooligan. Because of your dad, not us.
According to a total snorefest called “Mothers’ and Fathers’ Work Hours, Child Gender, and Behavior in Middle Childhood”, Aussie five year olds whose dads work more than 55 hours a week showed “significantly higher levels of externalizing behavior”. That’s science-speak for “total dick behavior.”
The study appears in a recent issue of The Journal of Marriage and Family, which is a great read. On opposite day.
Australian dads (and partners) – if your spouse (or partner) has had a baby or you’ve adopted one after January 1, 2013, you’re now entitled to “Dad and Partner Pay”.
Eligible working dads (or, you know, partners) are now able to receive up to two weeks of government-funded minimum wage and while on an unpaid parental leave or while not working. Applicants can receive their Dad and Partner Pay any time within the first year of their new child’s birth or adoption.
I’m kind of making fun of the “and Partner” wording, but it’s totally cool that Australia is supporting same-sex parents in this government program.
The father-child bond is becoming “central” in some Aussie households – but there’s still a ways to go before the land of kangaroos and boomerangs accepts involved dads as the norm.
The Fraser Coast Chronicle has an article about dads and their “new role” – which is actually their old role, and they’re just doing it differently. And while Aussies are finding that dads are more likely to play with kids and change diapers, eschewing the old image of distant disciplinarian, the ol’ Chronicle calls out United States father involvement as “most prevalent in lower socio-economic groups”.
This Sunday, September 2nd is Father’s Day in Australia, and word around the outback is that dads are prepared to receive gifts valued at less than half of the value of those bought for Mother’s Day.
While moms (or mums, as they call’em) received Mother’s Day gifts with an average value of $60, dads are expected to see gifts valued around $28, says IBISWorld.
A lot of people have grand ideas for loved ones’ ashes. Some toss them over a waterfall, let them loose in the ocean, or bury them in their garden. Some people even put them in pills and…well, you know. But one Australian family won the gold medal for covert operations – scattering their father’s ashes at the Triple Jump Track at the London Olympics.
About 10 years ago, a coffee house in Australia started to serve “babyccinos” for parents to give to their babies and toddlers – a cup of steamed milk, topped with froth. Zoom ahead to New York today and you’ll reportedly see babyccinos on the menus at coffee houses, or available as a custom order – but with a twist: now the toddler beverages can include shots of decaf espresso.