What’s the best way to stop yelling at your kids?

The answer may surprise you! by John Hoffman My last blog was about “big talks” with kids. This one is about big voices. I mean yelling at kids. I’d guess that most fathers do it sometimes and I’d also bet that few of them feel very good about it. Tony Errington (not his real name), …

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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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Do Fathers Have an Invisible Load Too?

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 …

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Rethinking Holiday Stress

by John Hoffman ‘Tis the season to be…. stressed? It seems like I can’t turn around these days without hearing people talking about holiday stress. My first reaction is always, “Ick! Can’t we talk about happier things at this time of the year?” Then my next thought is, "Well, yeah, I know people who find …

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Let Kids Be Kids

Do we really need to talk to young kids about things like Donald Trump’s election victory? by John Hoffman I can’t believe how many articles I’ve seen over the past week about how to talk to your kids about Donald Trump being elected. Being the contrarian I sometimes am, my first impulse is to not …

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Unpacking Child Stress

by John Hoffman I haven’t talked about children’s stress for a while.  It’s a topic I want to keep coming back to because it’s so important and there is a lot to talk about. We all know something about stress and that stress can cause problems. But I’m going to offer some ideas about stress …

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Back to School

by John Hoffman Here we are halfway through August and three quarters of the way through summer holidays for school kids. And that means we’ll soon be seeing the usual round of media advice about how to get kids ready for “back to school.” I sometimes think we make too much of a big deal about …

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