When is it too early to take them to daycare

This question will continue to be answered in 50 different ways; it all comes down to the parent working situation and the child’s readiness; in some cases the parent’s readiness.  Not having the luxury to extend your home stay with your child and going back to work is the only option; this can make the…

“Non-video game” gift ideas

It is already quiet the challenge to get kids any sort of meaningful gift with a reasonable price – it is even more difficult if those kids are not yours or if you don’t know them well.  It is easy to rely on getting video games, particularly for boys as the easy way out or…

Kids Winter Clothes – A Nightmare

Winter brings increased anxiety and almost “Dread”-like symptoms to most parents.  It’s one thing for those without children to deal with extra layers, gloomy darkness, and bulky boots – but to worry about an additional set of clothing layers or two depending on how many kids you have is panic inducing.  The amount of dirty…

The Importance of Role-Playing

In a way we are constantly role playing, pretending to like something or hate someone just to fit in. Complaining about things (when really we should be grateful for everything we already have) just to make conversation.  Life is all about role playing, and it all started when we were kids.  But role playing isn’t…

Posting Your Kids Pix Online

So this is actually quite a controversial topic, and is not a recent phenomenon as surprising as that may sound.  Certainly with the prevalence of social media and photo sharing sites this has become a bigger issue, but since the advent of picture taking parents feel it is their right to take whatever picture of…

Theme Park With Kids Tips

The life altering event of having kids really does follow the cliché and alters your life in ways you hear about but would never think they would apply to you – because you’re too cool to be a lame parent.  Well newsflash, you’re not, you will be a lame parent, but you sort of get…

Give Kids A Sense Of Growing Up

There are plenty of reasons why you should make sure your kids enjoy their childhood and try to protect their playful innocence.  That comes with making sure that they enjoy what kids want to enjoy from riding a bike to watching cartoons and snacking on junk food once in a while.  But as they grow…

A Partner’s Postpartum

I can only speak for my wife and what I was able to observe after the birth of our beautiful daughter (the second of two).  She was less confident, more prone to negative thoughts and borderline depression as well as the occasional short term.  I realize that postpartum hormones are a big factor and in…

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…