Appreciation for family and traditions

One thing I’m always struggling to instill in my child is a sense of family and tradition.  Whatever culture or tradition it might be, typically for those of us who are first generation immigrants this is very agonising as we want them to experience and maintain a sense of our former “home” and what makes…

Heirloom gifts for kids

So as a father of a new baby (not my first) I always like to find creative ways to document the first few years enough that they can have things to look back on once they get older. With my 7 year old the first few years on his birthday, (since I already get him…

Toronto-Montreal pit stops

We regularly go on trips to Montreal from Toronto to see the in-laws and with two kids boredom is inevitable for a 5-6 hour drive. We have come to realise there are a few pit stops that make it a bit bearable, despite the delays these pit stops create, they are worth it and do…

Easing my kid’s move

Moving to a new city, let alone a new country is an anxious driven experience.  More so for children than adults surely.  Even though my wife and I are both Canadian, we met in Dubai, got married there, and had our son there.  At 7 years he visited the country but only two weeks at…

How to register your baby in Ontario

Congratulations – so you had a new baby. A million things might be going through your mind already (including the lack of sleep), but to add to the pressure you’ll need to make sure your baby’s paper work is in order to get hem as part of the “system”. Here’s a quick guide of what…

Family fun ideas in the GTA (Toronto)

Living in the GTA we are blessed with crazy amounts of fun activities for kids that I never understood people who are wanting ideas. It’s a simple google search and the options are huge. Having said that not all will be worth your time or money, so based on my obsessive drive to keep my…

Kids and errands

I have, what I think to be, a higher than usual hyperactive child. It’s always been a challenge to keep him distracted while my wife and I catch up on any semblance of chores. I saw all the videos of Japanese kids cleaning their classrooms, and thought what the hell? Why is my kid not…

Urination situation

My son has recently began, or rather regularly continued, a cycle of night bedwetting. My wife can’t relate but when I was his age (6-8) the second round of bed wetting (first round being when I was a baby) was embarrassing, frustrating, and confusing to me. So I completely understand where he’s coming from, apparently…

Why use a pacifier?

The ongoing debate of giving a child a pacifier vs. not continues to rage. I’ve read both articles advocating both sides of the argument, so back to square on really. Inevitably, nothing is black and white and for each decision you make there are consequences and depends on what you are willing to live with….

E-mail your future

Having small kids it is hard to elaborate and express many things ot them until they reach a certain age.   Living in the internet age, what better way than to create email accounts for them and send them occasional emails. They can have a range of topics sent at random time. Other than the fact…