Paternity Leave in Canada: an opportunity not to be taken lightly

by Brian Russell My first daughter was born in 1996 (two others followed within the next 4 years).  That was the year of coming of age as a father for me.  It was before much of the conversation around father involvement had hit the social consciousness.  It was before I was giving much thought to …

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Let’s put “Dad’s Don’t Babysit” to rest once and for all

by Brian Russell It was a beautiful, sunny day in July of 1997.  My 8 month old daughter and I were out for a stroll along our street.  She was sitting up in the stroller, watching everything happening around her.  I was home with her for the summer while my wife went to work to …

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Babies and Sleep. One More Time.

by John Hoffman Over the course of my long career writing for and about parents, one of my ongoing pet topics has been baby and toddler sleep issues. That’s because, IMO, parents have been fed years of misleading information about babies and sleep. Much of the misinformation has focused on that crucialized and highly loaded …

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Supporting Mom After a Birth: She needs you now more than ever

by John Hoffman As I continue to wind down to the end of my blogging days for Dad Central Ontario, I revisit another one of the constant themes of my writing for fathers over the years. That’s the importance of dads sharing, tuning into, and supporting their partner’s experience in the early weeks of motherhood. …

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How Your Baby Helps You Learn to be a Dad

by John Hoffman One thing I will never ever forget about my early days of fatherhood was the way physical contact with my son helped me feel like a dad. Like most new parents, I found the first few days of parenthood pretty overwhelming. It was joy and amazement mixed with all sorts of anxiety, …

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