Do Dads Still Show Their Children How to do Stuff?

by John Hoffman Not long ago I read a British news media article that claimed today’s dads aren’t teaching their kids skills the way fathers did in days gone by. Mind you, some of the examples they gave were little odd. In fact, the headline listed “making a catapult” as one of the “basic life skills” …

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What Dads Should Know About Parenting Teens (According to Teenagers)

by John Hoffman A few years ago The Psychology Foundation of Canada asked me to write a parenting booklet about raising teenagers. The first thing I did was to go and talk to some teenagers and ask them what I should put in the booklet. Some of their answers were really interesting, and, I think, …

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More Dads Taking Parental Leave is Good for Families: It ain’t about workplace equity

by John Hoffman Canada is finally going with Daddy Days. Well, not by that name. But the February 27 federal budget included the cumbersomely-named Employment Insurance Parental Sharing Benefit (EIPSB), a new 5-weeks of parental leave for “the other parent.” That’s the one who doesn’t take the main chunk of parental leave after a birth …

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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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