“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…

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…

“Out there” housewarming gifts

So you got invited to another housewarming party, whether it’s someone you know well but has “almost” everything – in which case stay good friends with those kind of people, or someone that is more of an acquaintance than a close fired, inevitably you will run out of the usual kitchen ware, paintings, plants, or…

Toy Appreciation – the hard way

Some context… I am not a parenting guru by any means – but I do have a few tried and tested experiences that, I think, are worth a try.  I have to precursor this though with my standard disclaimer whenever I get the rare request for parenting advice, every child is different! What works for…