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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Table Games You Can DIY On A Snowy/Rainy Day

by Mark Cop Snowy winter is the best season for kids because the entire outdoor becomes a white playground which attracts them like a magnet. I mean, who wouldn’t want to go outside to build a snowman, throw snowballs or make snow angels? It is a wonderful time but, when the snow starts to melt …

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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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Points of Connection

by John Hoffman When Chris Wilton is driving along in the car with his family, he’ll sometimes reach back and hold one of his boys’ feet for a few seconds.  He started doing this when the boys were little. He still does it the odd time. “Usually it’s just a squeeze rather than a prolonged …

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Big Talks and Tricky Conversations

ed note: Many interesting and confusing things are going in the world today.  With the school year looming we thought it would be prudent to consider how to talk with about  those issues that directly affect our kids.  In this post, John encourages us to have these important conversations as we journey through life with our …

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Travelling with Kids: Get them to plan ahead

Travelling with kids can be an awesome, fun experience.  But most of us know the stresses that can go along with planning, the long days in the car or airport, the cries of boredom, etc.  I guess these can be expected. Sam G (Naivasha09 on YouTube) gives some ideas for how he gets his kids …

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