Parenting

Five easy ways to teach kids about money

Five easy ways to teach kids about money

We all want our kids to be financially literate and to appreciate that money doesn’t grow on trees. Problem is, we often act in ways that do not reinforce that value set. I came across this helpful little audio interview with Jonathan Clements, director of […]

Why ear cuffs are better than earrings for my boy

Why ear cuffs are better than earrings for my boy

A few months back, I wrote about the great earring debate in our home. My son wanted to get his ears pierced and we were trying to figure out how to handle this request from a not quite 10 year old. Enter the ear cuff. […]

My boy wants an earring and I don’t want to say no

My boy wants an earring and I don’t want to say no

We had the boys and earrings conversation today and I’m a bit unsure of how to proceed. My boy is 9 and a half and has developed a personality that likes to “stand out from the crowd”, as he puts it. As part of this […]

Cord blood storage answers a question you never want to be asked as a parent

Cord blood storage answers a question you never want to be asked as a parent

It wasn’t easy for us to get pregnant. We’d succeeded once, then lost it. We continued trying, but it just wasn’t happening. So we sought help and, through a progressive series of interventions, we succeeded. Sitting in the darkened examination room, the ultrasound technician moved […]

Reinventing the birds and the bees

Reinventing the birds and the bees

I never did understand the term “birds and the bees“. I mean, I know what it idiomatically refers to. I’ve just never understood what birds and bees had to do with explaining sexuality to kids. As if kids already understand the reproductive biology of other […]

Road trip: Tips for making lifetime memories

Road trip: Tips for making lifetime memories

People looked at me like I was nuts when I told them what we were doing for our summer vacation. “Driving from Toronto back to Edmonton. Just me and my twin 9 year olds in the back seat.” As crazy as it may sound, it […]

3 ways my mom taught me how to be a dad

3 ways my mom taught me how to be a dad

Today is June 14. It’s a date that will always be special to me because it was my mom’s birthday. She would have been 72 today. Though she left us in body only 3 years ago, she was abandoned by her mind several years before […]

Primary parenting dads take a lot of crap (and I’m not talking about diapers)

Increasingly, dads are choosing to play a primary parenting role in the lives of their kids and families. And they’re doing it for a variety of reasons: emotional, cultural and economic. But don’t for a minute think that society’s attitude to what has traditionally been […]

Modern Family makes great family viewing

My family loves watching Modern Family. We all enjoy the show and we enjoy watching it as a family activity. Now before you judge me (and, trust me, I judge myself) for citing television watching as a meaningful family activity, let me explain why I […]

Stand up and stop bullying

Hi my name is Ella I live in Edmonton, AB, Canada. I am 8 years old. I have had experience in bullying and I still do. But trust me, if you stand up for yourself and others, it will stop. If you do get bullied, […]