Dads and Teenagers: Keep talking no matter what

by John Hoffman Steve is used to the looks he gets from salespeople when he gives his teenaged daughters advice on what colour makeup to buy. He got similar looks when he took 16-year-old Anna to buy a prom dress. He really got looks when he took Anna and Siobhan to buy their first bras. …

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Fatherhood Changed Simon Cowell – It will change you, too

by John Hoffman I was intrigued, and a little amused, to see this headline the other day: “Fatherhood has changed my judging style: Simon Cowell.” Ha! So the famously critical celebrity judge, who has trashed all sorts of performers on shows like American Idol and Britain’s Got Talent, has gone a little softer now that …

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Up With Daddy Days!

by John Hoffman The federal government recently floated the idea of changing Canada’s parental leave policies to include “Daddy Days.” That’s a chunk of paid parental leave that can be taken only by fathers. I’ll gladly add my voice to those who want to see the feds follow through with this policy. Daddy Days is …

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The Four Most Important Things Dads Need to Learn

by John Hoffman “Children don’t come with a set of instructions.” It’s the oldest parenting cliché in the world. And, like most clichés it’s partly true. But even if kids did come with a set of instructions, being a parent is an ongoing learning journey. What are the most important things for dads to learn? …

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Top Ten Things Dads Need to Know About Breastfeeding

by John Hoffman Breastfeeding. Big topic. Important topic.  But there is so much information out there about breastfeeding that it can be mindboggling sometimes. I am far from what you’d call an expert. But I have done a lot of research and writing about breastfeeding. I’ve talked to dozens of mothers about their experiences. And …

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Does your relationship need the “Anti-Corrosion Treatment?”

by John Hoffman In my last post I started looking at conflict between parenting partners. This time I want to talk about what some experts call corrosive conflict. That’s the ongoing, unresolved conflict that poses the real danger to relationships. Corrosive conflict is like rust. It can gradually damage a relationship that once was strong. …

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Dad Central Ontario Training Opportunities

Dad Central Ontario is committed to supporting anyone working with fathers and families in their efforts to provide quality, effective programs and services for dads.  We love to train people in their communities to meet the needs of fathers. Two things are coming up you may be interested in: Super Dads Super Kids Facilitation Training …

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