Make A Temperature Tracker

Sure, graphing math facts may not be as fun as karaoke or skating. But, as homework goes, it's a whole lot more interesting than organizing facts in a chart or numbers on a list. Even though "plotting," or marking a data point on the x-axis and y-axis of a graph can be both challenging and tedious, watching …

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Table Games You Can DIY On A Snowy/Rainy Day

by Mark Cop Snowy winter is the best season for kids because the entire outdoor becomes a white playground which attracts them like a magnet. I mean, who wouldn’t want to go outside to build a snowman, throw snowballs or make snow angels? It is a wonderful time but, when the snow starts to melt …

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A “Touchy” Thought: children thrive with cuddles, caresses, and connection

by John Hoffman One of the very first articles I wrote for fathers was about touch. That’s because, as a new dad, one of my first “aha moments” was that touch was, in many ways, the main “language” of communication with newborn babies.  Everything I’ve learned since then—the research I’ve read, interviews with child development …

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The Motherload

by John Hoffman I’ve been writing about fatherhood for a long time—a loooong time. And over the years there are a few themes I have kept coming back to because I think they are so important. One of them is “the motherload.” That’s the somewhat intangible (and to men, sometimes invisible) load of responsibility, care, …

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Happy Halloween (one day late!)

by John Hoffman As I write this blog post on Halloween afternoon I am struck by the different ways I have experienced Halloween at various points in my life. When I was a kid it was all about excitement and unbridled access to candy for a couple of weeks. There was an independence thing going …

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Young Girls Biggest Concern? It may not be what you think.

by John Hoffman This blog post was inspired by an October 11 Facebook post made by my federal MP, Maryam Monsef. October 11 was the international day of the girl. That day, Ms. Monsef hosted a Girls Leadership Assembly at the Peterborough, Ontario school she attended as a girl. She asked Grade 7 and 8 …

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