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I was very fortunate to grow up in a real neighbourhood. I walked to school with friends, we biked around freely, and there was usually something to do. My house growing up was within a few minutes from the school playground, a great park, a public swimming pool, a public skating rink. Brewer Park will […]

May 31, 2013

The Art of Eating Ice Cream


There are lots of things I didn’t think about when I became a parent – things that didn’t occur to me and things that I guess I thought just come naturally. It never occurred to me that when potty training a child you also have to teach them to wipe, as an example. There is […]

May 30, 2013

What I am


Sesame Street has a video that I love, with singing a song called What I Am. I love the song, I love its message. This morning I woke up early. I’ve had a cold the past few days and my cough woke me. When I decided I wasn’t going to get any more sleep […]

May 30, 2013



The kid got mad at me today, which is certainly not unprecedented, but it was a new kind of mad. She was mad at me, and yelling at me, and also running away from me. When she’s at home and slamming her door it’s okay (except for the whole respect and temper thing, I mean). […]

May 27, 2013

The little things give you away


This kid, she just keeps growing. She says she wants to be a baby again, but then she goes and does the most big kid things. She had her first solo swimming lesson. We’ve been swimming since she was tiny. She’s always been a lover of water. People warned us about giving her that first […]

May 23, 2013

Best sound in the world

Parenting, Sponsored

A couple of weeks ago the kid and I went to visit some friends. While she was off playing the recently walking baby girl of one of my friends was cruising around, trying to find some mischief. Every time she was stopped in her tracks she would let out a burst of uproarious laughter. It […]

May 22, 2013

In My Place

Parenting, Personal

It’s been just over a year now since we moved into our own house. (And since I left my jobs to take on contracts and stay home with our daughter). We’ve settled in, we’ve made changes, and finally this week we painted two more rooms – the master bath and the living room – bright […]

May 21, 2013

A heart full of love

Parenting, Personal

In my previous post I mentioned that I’m terrified of how I will react when we lose my grandfather. There is another reason for this, beyond his being one of the most important people in my life. I haven’t experienced a lot of death in my life. I remember knowing my great-grandparents, and I remember […]

May 20, 2013

On death and dying, and a preschool mind

Parenting, Personal

My mother and father are both one of two kids in their family, and my Dad’s sister lives in Denmark, so I didn’t grow up around a lot of cousins. BUT My grandfather had two brothers and my grandmother was the oldest of seven and I always had great aunts and uncles in my life. […]

May 19, 2013

Push and pull


I was listening to Q for a bit as we were driving around today and he had on a guest, Rasmus Ankersen, who was talking about how parents help their children when it comes to creating skilled athletes. This former professional soccer player has written a book about high performance athletes and he and Jian […]

May 16, 2013