Money Talk 101 (Ontario)

Ok so you decide, eventually, to be responsible and worry about money (or lack thereof). It’s a dry topic, but one day you’ll get an AHA moment and realize you’re head has been buried in the sand for way too long. I am by no means a financial advisor, but what I do know is…

The Importance Of Travel Journals For Kids

My son is one of the few lucky children I know who has travelled to many places early on and I for one have seen it benefit him immensely.  Leas of which I think travels have long term impact on kids and how they evolve as they grow including: Creative thinking in figuring out how…

Father Figure With Confidence

I find there is a lot of social stigma of the parenting styles of Fathers. I have always felt that having the confidence to parent my child my way has always been criticised, I was told to leave it to the mother, mother knows best, fathers have no intuition, and fathers should focus on the…

Print Those Photos!

My kids are lucky enough to have more clothes and toys in their lives than they know what to do with.  So when it comes to their birthday I often opt for other things such as experience based gifts like mini-putt, or aquarium tickets.  But in their early years (the first three birthdays of my…

Online Shopping For Baby Products

Let’s face it – online shopping is taking over, and for good reason too.  This is especially true for parents whose lives are usually so obstructed with the needs of their kids, making online shopping much more convenient and practical than having a regular shopping spree.   This is especially true with baby products where online…

Play Dates Are For Kids; Not Their Parents

Except for certain cases, most kids are the opposite of antisocial.  Unlike their parent who, for many reasons, want and need to be in solitude, especially once their lives are taken over by the kids.   Parents often underestimate the value of social interaction for kids, that’s where they learn body language interpretation, picking up on…

They Are Always Watching/Listening

No it’s not the CIA or FBI, the KGB or Mi5 – not that they aren’t already all watching you along with Google, Apple and Facebook.  But it’s closer to home…..it’s your little kids.  Their capacity to absorb and mimic everything you do is astonishing.  It shows itself in the most random of time when…

Child vs. Shoelace

I don’t quiet remember when and where I learned how to tie my shoelaces, but I know for some it was an important milestone of growing up.  Akin to first time you got potty trained, showered on your own, or even the first kiss (not quiet).  But it is an important milestone, having said that…

Having “the God” talk

Curious on people’s thoughts on how to approach kids when it comes to religion.  My wife is religious, and I am very spiritual and believe in the benefits of religion (positive humanist aspects, not the useless ceremonious parts, to me they are just a distraction).  We believe in multiculturalism and multi-religious beliefs (including atheism) and…

My easy school lunch plan

Plenty of cooking books, TV shows and newspaper articles about kids school lunches and recipes. This is more of a laymen lazy dad guide for a repetitive 5 day schedule of school lunches that I use, because if I have to do more than 5 different lunch recipes a week I will burn out faster…