What Part Of Your Child’s Brain Are You Talking To?

by John Hoffman Today’s parents are much more into reasoning with kids than parents of a couple of generations ago. Back then parent-child dialogue was much more about telling kids what they had to do (and not do), and what would happen if they didn’t (or did) do it, than it is now. In the …

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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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How Single Parents Can Make the Most of a Solo Vacation

by Julie Morris, juliemorris.org For parents, the number one responsibility is always the health and happiness of the kids. Many single parents, however, struggle to find time to focus on their own personal well being, and this can lead to some bad habits. While it may seem like a strange idea at first, taking a solo …

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In Search of That Oh So Elusive Gender Equality in Parenting

by John Hoffman Every once in awhile I see something on Twitter that is actually interesting. The other week it was a Tweet crowing about how Finland is the “only country where fathers spend more time with kids than mothers.” The implication was that Finland was some kind of haven of gender equity in parenting. …

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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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