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…

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…

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…

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…

Son of Music

My son is obsessed with Music, obsessed.  It might be due to the fact that I used to put some Buddha Bar tunes for him to sleep between the ages of 1 to 3?  Or the fact that I’m also obsessed with music and must have them on all car drives?  Or my fascination with all things music videos?  Or…

10 “Pearls” for the Toddler Traveller

Some pearls are more precious than others, and I wish someone would have shared their “pearls of wisdom” and warned me about the great toddler travelling experience.  I would say this would apply to children as they begin to speak (cry and scream) and walk a little, maybe 1.5 to 3.5 years old. If you…

Dark clouds ahead – School Bullying

As my son (aka “my life”) starts a new school, new students, new teachers, new curriculum, new country – the inevitable bullying has started.  This was anticipated and, if anything I was surprised it took this long for it to start.  I am slightly comforted by the fact that bullying these days is much more…

Take back your bed

Since my son was a baby, he always slept in his bed.  We made it a point to get him used to the idea or concept of sleeping in the same bed as us.  This is mainly for selfish reasons.  We would love for him to be with us, cuddle and hug the crap out…

Kids and Photos

I take a lot of pictures of my son – a lot.  In most cases they get filtered down to 10% of what I took worth keeping. But those 10% are not only worth keeping, worth framing and up-sizing (obviously I don’t do that for all) – point is taking good pictures of your little…