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Grow a Mo' for Movember

YPRL Staff

26 October, 2023

During the month of November, we celebrate Movember- The worldwide movement to change the face of men’s health.

This is a call out to dads!

Parenting, especially parenting young children, is an amazing joy filled time in your life. It can also be very isolating. Young kids have early bedtimes, and babysitters can be hard to come by, so it’s difficult to justify organizing one just to catch up with a mate. There are also parts of being a dad that only dads of similar aged kids really understand (how many times can they actually watch the same Bluey episode without getting bored? Don’t ask Unicorse!)

A library display involving some boardgames such as Monopoly, a picture book about Dad's and a Movember poster

This November Thomastown library is hosting games nights supporting Movember, especially for the dads in our community! This is an opportunity for Dad’s to connect to other dads in the community by bringing their kids in for an evening of board games and fun activities. If they are brave enough Grow a Mo’ for Movember, we will provide board games and assist those who are interested in setting up a profile for Movember!

This event will run over 2 nights- Wednesday 1 of November and Wednesday 29 November. If you choose to grow a Mo’ or participate in another Movember activity, you can compare your progress at the end of the month- Most creative moustache or activity wins a prize!

If you don’t want to join up for Movember there is no pressure- there is still the opportunity to come and meet other dad’s and play some games with your kids.

Dad's Game Night Supporting Movember:

Wednesday 1 November at Thomastown Library, 6.00pm — 7.30pm.

Wednesday 29 November at Thomastown Library, 6.00pm — 7.30pm.

Books of Interest:

Man Alive: The Health Problems Men Face and How to Fix Them

Men’s health is often stigmatised and we live in a ‘man up’ culture, where it is more common to ignore the knocking and niggles coming from your own body than to ask for help. One in five men die before the age of 65. This book can change that. Dr Jeff Foster, men’s health specialist and private GP, will cover the broadest and most commonly misunderstood aspects of men’s health, such as testosterone deficiency and male menopause, heart disease, diabetes and mental health.

The Changing Man: Mental Health Manual

The Changing Man: A Mental Health Guide explores a range of issues affecting men's emotional health and wellbeing and provides a collection of tried and tested tools to ensure no man suffers in silence again. From dealing with addiction, to bettering relationships, overcoming depression, working through sexuality concerns and realizing that it is okay not to be okay, The Changing Man's methods and knowledge may just change your emotional health for the better. No shame. No silence. No anger.

Love, Dad: Confessions of an Anxious Father

The father of two young boys, Laurie reflects on how his own experiences have defined the kind of man he is and the kind of parent he would like to become. His stories ― triumphant, funny and sad ― draw on Laurie’s own childhood experiences and important relationships with family and mates, alongside the challenges of trauma and mental health shared by many men.

A Father's Son: Family, Football and Forgiveness

Mat Rogers is an Aussie footy legend and TV star who has triumphed over hardship, loss and heartache. He is finally ready to share his powerful life story. He is one of the most talented footballers of the modern era and a dual international in rugby league and rugby union. But for a long time, Mat Rogers lived in both the shadow and the thrall of his famous father, and their complex relationship shaped him in ways he couldn't fathom. Now, in his majestic, evocative autobiography, Rogers tells the story of a life framed by triumph and tragedy, a life in which, ultimately, he finds purpose and contentment in a harsh world. 

Father Figure: How to be a Feminist Dad

There are hundreds of books on parenting, and with good reason—becoming a parent is scary, difficult, and life-changing. But when it comes to books about parenting identity, rather than the nuts and bolts of raising children, nearly all are about what it's like to be a mother. Drawing on research in sociology, economics, philosophy, gender studies, and the author's own experiences, Father Figure sets out to fill that gap. Father Figure offers a badly needed update to our collective understanding of fatherhood—and masculinity in general. It teaches dads how to embrace the joys of fathering while guiding them toward an image of manliness for the modern world.

Paris and Other Disappointments

Sick of going overseas and enjoying himself, comedian Adam Rozenbachs decided he would take his father on the trip of a lifetime to Europe. For his dad, it was a chance to return to the place he hadn't seen since fleeing post-war Germany. For Adam, a chance to repay his dad for everything he'd given him in life. After three weeks of travel, Adam decided not killing his dad was more than enough repayment. Frustration reached a whole new level as Adam discovered his dad didn't like museums, galleries, landmarks, travelling, or Paris. God, he hated Paris. But amid the irritation of travelling with an adult toddler (an adoddler), Adam learned - through gritted teeth - more about his dad, his family and himself. 

Advice for Working Dads

This volume will help you: navigate workplaces and bosses that want you to forget you're a parent, spend your time at work and at home more purposefully, make time for yourself, your friends, and your hobbies, set reasonable expectations and limits in the always-on work culture, communicate better with your spouse or partner about careers, parenting, and housework, get the paternal leave you and your family need, embody the work and life values you want your children to emulate, set your family up for success, however you measure it.

The World's Best Dad Jokes for Kids: Volume 3

The World's Best Dad Jokes for Kids is filled with hundreds of corny, brilliant, and silly jokes that dads love to tell--each paired with a small drawing that's a sweet comic gem in itself. It's the perfect book for road trips, rainy days, or those special moments when kids and parents can laugh together.

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