YouTube is the New Babysitter

My friend’s toddler babbled “don’t forget to subscribe” as he was put to bed. Kid watches so much YouTube he thought it means “goodbye”

When I read this it really impacted me. Even if this particular tweet was embellished, you know for sure that this is happening all over the place. I have a 5-year-old who loves YouTube so much that I took it away from him. Actually, I didn’t take it because he loves it, but because of the behaviour changes that I’ve witnessed in him.Read More »

Life’s To-Do List

Here’s Your Check-List:

Network
Dream big.
Plan ahead.
Get up early.
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Parenting Level: Boss

A friend of mine said this about his father in a Facebook post. This father should teach classes and we should listen.

PARENTING TIP –Pay With Attention

When your child does something that you want them to do more of, you tell them that they’ve done a good job, and tell them why.

What’s Happening Here?

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Love The Process

love the process

Trick: How to Get Kids Attention

Originally published September 16th 2012

Earlier this week my oldest was so interested in a book being read in class that she brought it home, with the express purpose of reading it to us. I thought that was really interesting, and she did a pretty good job.

Later in the week I was walking through the grocery store with the kids when I grew frustrated with some of their behaviour. I thought about putting them back in line, then about how they might react to that. I really didn’t want to spoil the positive mood – I just wanted to curb their behaviours.

Somehow I came up with the idea of narration

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A Childhood Wasted

Every time I look at what my kids are doing/have done in the Royal Canadian Air Cadet program I can’t help but look back at my youth and realize that I completely wasted it. Sometimes I just sit with that crappy feeling for days as I agonize over my lost personal development opportunities. Ultimately, what gets me out of that mental trap is the obvious realization that I would not actually choose to do my past differently because it would prevent me from having the family that I have now.Read More »

Responsibilities, Privileges, and Consequences

Several years ago I created this 2-page document to help me keep my kids on track. I find it hard to stay on top of a person, telling them what to do all the time, reminding etc. It drives me mental. I do not like to be the person to cause grief or strain, which really gets in the way of doing what a parent needs to do. I often turn to lists, charts, posters, etc to help defer the work and pain.

In the doc, I try to be fun or silly, but real and honest. I wanted it to be more than a list of instructions and more of a guide for life.


My Responsibilities as a Good Person

Morning Responsibilities

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Parenting Tip: Don’t BE the Bully

Kids going to school in the 80s and 90s did not get the same exposure to “bullying” as kids do now. The bully back then was a real stand-out kid, the stereotypical macho, hyper-aggressive, low-intellect, unhygienic, knuckle-dragging waste of human flesh. Well, that’s I looked at them.

The Bullying Paradox

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Looking Back on Life – Time With Your Kids

You will never look back on your life and think, “I spent too much time with my kids.