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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 […]

4 reasons I love being a working Mr. Mom

A couple of years ago, I wrote a blog post called “Primary Parental Unit” which was recently reprinted on Role/Reboot. Prompted by the reprint request, I reread the original post and felt it deserved an update. When we originally came west to Alberta from Ontario, […]

If we want more mom execs, we need more dad homemakers

There has been lots of media coverage over the past days about the Conference Board of Canada’s report on the deplorable absence of female executives in Canadian corporations,  but little discussion of the real issues underlying the grim statistics. The situation is not much different […]

One-on-one face time with your kid is good for the soul

When you’ve got young twins like me – a boy and a girl – most activities are done together. That’s how I describe the benefits of twins to people: most of the time, I say, it’s not double the work because the kids are at […]

8 lessons social media taught me about being a better parent (interactive multimedia version)

I originally wrote this as an article. As part of an experiment in repurposing content in a different form, I authored this version as an interactive slide presentation. I wanted to get away from the standard web page layout and to intensify the experience of […]

8 lessons social media can teach you about being a great dad

I work as a social media consultant to professionals, which means I help them develop authentic personal brands online. I’m also a primary parenting dad, which means I’m the one who holds down the fort on a daily basis – not my wife. In the course […]

Paying it forward on Father’s Day

Do we need a day to thank our fathers for all they do and have done? Well, of course we do. At least, a day. Father’s Day, for me, is the ultimate paying it forward holiday. We start, as children, being taught to honour our […]

Some of my favourite people are moms

One of the trickiest parts of being a primary parenting dad is the moms. I mean, I like moms and sometimes it feels like I have more in common with them than other dads. Yet, this is precisely the tricky part. On a typical day, […]

Parental power-shifting is tricky business

Marriage and parenthood is about nothing if it isn’t about compromise. But there are some unique and significant adjustments that usually have to happen when men take on the role of primary parent. First, expect to meet some resistance – from your kids, your spouse […]