Where Your Goat is Tied

When I was a kid, the eldest of five boys, one of my mother’s favourite sayings was, “Don’t let him

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Fun on the Cheap

I was away this past weekend on my annual writers’ retreat to Manitoulin Island, so my wife was solo parenting

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The Long Road

We go up to my brother’s place on Manitoulin Island for an informal family reunion every Victoria Day weekend. He

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Speaking for Themselves

I often see parents speak for their children. An Aunt asks, “So, Jane, what have you been doing at school?”

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Coping with the Village

I’m sure you’ve all heard the cliche that it takes an entire village to raise a child, and I agree

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A weekend away

My wife went away to the cottage this past weekend with a few girlfriends from college. It’s an annual event.

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Kids in the kitchen

I’m a big proponent of kids in the kitchen. The first and most obvious reason is that cooking is the

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Snow days in April

Today is a snow day. Or, more precisely, it’s a sleety freezing rain day, which means that all the kids

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Broadening Your Community

One of the things that I’ve found myself saying more and more as time goes on, whether I’m teaching an

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Becoming a man

My eldest son will turn 13 this week, the age in many cultures when a boy is considered to become

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