Goals worth achieving
I want my children to know how to weigh the cost of a goal, to consider the sacrifice that it will require, and then to do the things that are really important to them.
First day of snow
I’m not sure why the first day of true snow is a disaster every year, but it is.
Believing the lie
One of my frustrations as a parent is when children convince themselves of an untruth so throughly that they act as though it’s true.
I got every parent’s favourite call yesterday – the one from the principal where you get asked to come by the office for a little chat about your kid – that call.
Trading on up
“Look, Dad!” my middle son said as he came home the other day. “I got an iPad!”
A room of their own
Kids create disasters and they're not good at cleaning them up.
Being the big kid
My youngest sometimes feels a little left out and his frustration and jealousy at this situation often comes out in really practical ways.
Parenting in Slogans
Children have difficulty listening sometimes. You may have noticed.
What could possibly go wrong
I grew up in a house of five boys in one of the safest cities on the planet in an era when helicopter parents (or drone parents, as I prefer to call them) would have been laughed off the playground.
Pink or blue not black and white: gender neutral child rearing
Five years ago, I was planning my daughter’s first birthday party and all I could think of was how not to go pink.
Defusing the situation
Sometimes in our house relatively simple issues end up escalating far further than necessary.
Meditate on these things
One of the things I've found helpful to my parenting (and to my life generally, in fact) is a daily time of quiet meditation.
I often see kids in public places behaving in ways that are childish or impolite or even outright inappropriate and I have made a conscious effort to intervene in those kinds of situations as calmly and politely as I can.
The evil elf
That cute Elf on the Shelf can quickly turn into a family Christmas nightmare.
Parenting in the digital age
Parenting in a digital age comes with two big challenges: excessive use and behavioural concerns.
Just wear your coat
I don't know if you fight about dressing for winter in your house, but it's a source of constant conflict in mine.
Can I trust you
When my son yells at me about my meanness, I tell him that I'd like to be able to trust him, but that there have been too many times when he has abused my trust, so now I have to