Dad Decisions


What to get Dad? Try the Five Ts

By Alan Viau

Father’s Day gifts always seem a little awkward. They tend to fall into four T categories: Ties, Tools, Technology and Treats. Continue reading

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Raising Ms. And Mr. Fixit

By Alan Viau

I was useless. When I was first married, my wife asked me to fix something around the house and I was terrified to do so. Not only did I not know what to do, I didn’t even know which tool to use. I vowed that my kids would not grow up this way. Continue reading

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Let kids walk and bike to school

By Alan Viau

Is helicopter parenting leading to sedentary kids? There’s new evidence to suggest the tendency for parents to drive their kids everywhere is negatively impacting their health. A report from Active Healthy Kids Canada notes, “We may be robbing them of an important source of physical activity.” Continue reading

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Resistance is Futile: Buy a Mini-Van

For years I resisted. There was no way I was going to buy a mini-van. Slowly, I came to the realization that I had to it. And the lifestyle change came with many stories. Continue reading

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Lunch Evolution

By Alan Viau

Making nutritious school lunches the kids will eat is a challenge. The solution involves whatever they can or will eat, as long as it’s healthy. However, what they decide to put into their lunch bags might surprise you! Continue reading

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Fight against childhood obesity starts at home

Childhood obesity is becoming a major concern in our community. Parents and public health professionals are wondering what can be done to curb this alarming trend. Continue reading

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Soothing the baby

By Alan Viau

Is the thing we put in a babies’ mouths called a soother or a pacifier? Frankly, it really doesn’t matter as long as it calms them down. Sometimes it’s called a thumb. Continue reading

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My Kids and Don Giovanni

You never know what careers kids will choose. As the result of a musical upbringing, two of our kids are involved with the Glenn Gould School production of the opera Don Giovanni. Continue reading

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Museums for March Break and Beyond

March Break is coming way too quickly for some parents. Each year the spring vacation seems to creep up awfully soon after the annual year-end break, so it’s no wonder many moms and dads scramble around trying to find activities for the kids to enjoy during their school hiatus. With budget limitations, what can you do? Continue reading

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Birth is Like a Bacon and Eggs Breakfast

There is an old axiom: In a bacon and eggs breakfast, the chicken is involved while the pig is committed. That pretty well sums up pregnancy and the birth experience for fathers and mothers. The father is involved while the mother is committed. It’s what comes after that changes everything. Continue reading

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