Smartphone: The latest thing “they” want you to worry about

By John Hoffman I am not a smartphone addict myself. But I really don’t want to join the chorus of people proclaiming their dire dangers for kids. For one thing, I can’t stand it when older people wag their fingers and declare that the younger generation should be able to do without things that hadn’t …

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Dads and Affection

by John Hoffman Are you less affectionate with your kids than your partner is with them? If so, do you ever wonder what that means? Or do you worry that people might think you don’t love your kid that much (or that your kids might even think that)? Spoiler alert. Don’t worry. You’re probably normal. …

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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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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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Big Talks and Tricky Conversations

ed note: Many interesting and confusing things are going in the world today.  With the school year looming we thought it would be prudent to consider how to talk with about  those issues that directly affect our kids.  In this post, John encourages us to have these important conversations as we journey through life with our …

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FUN: It’s important to child development in more ways than you think

by John Hoffman It always sticks in my craw a little bit when people say, “Play is child’s work.” I know what they’re trying to get at. Play is a really important part of children’s development. But what bugs me about comparing child’s play to adult work is that, forme, play is the exact opposite …

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On Being a Dad and Grandpa

By Barry Lillie This past October, my daughter and son-in-law took a picture of this seventy-one-year- old grandpa (me) with my three-year-old granddaughter hand in hand on the Gulf of Mexico in Naples, Florida. I realize now how uncertain my journey to this time and place was.  The reason—I became a separated dad twenty-five years …

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