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 … More Big Talks and Tricky Conversations
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 … More FUN: It’s important to child development in more ways than you think
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 … More On Being a Dad and Grandpa
by John Hoffman Last month, in honour of Mother’s day, I focused on the invisible workload of moms and why dads should be mindful of it. However, there is also an invisible load that men and fathers carry. And it has to do with mental health and stress. That’s the argument made by author Josh … More Do Fathers Have an Invisible Load Too?
By John Hoffman So, yet another study has found that father involvement is beneficial for babies. This particular one found that toddlers whose fathers had been more engaged and sensitive scored higher on a sort of toddler IQ test called the Bayley Scales of Infant Development. My reaction: So what? Tell me something I don’t … More Why Are Researchers Still Obsessed with Proving that Good Fathers are Good for Kids?
by John Hoffman The other day I read an article about women’s invisible workload, written by Lisa Wade, professor of sociology at Occidental College. The idea that mothers have a hidden workload – a psychological and emotional burden – that men don’t always see is not a new idea to me. I have written about … More How Well Do You See The “Motherload”?
by John Hoffman Like many people I was touched and impressed by the Women’s March on Washington, and the sister marches in other cities all over the world. But of all the photos and video clips I saw, here’s the one I thought about the most. It was a photo of a young guy marching … More What the Women’s March on Washington Means to Me as a Father