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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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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