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  • Thankful for Time Together
    October 1, 2021

    Thankful for Time Together

    Too often when we’re out and about, I put my own agenda and timeline before my child's need to explore. It’s rare that I can muster the patience to let her dawdle along and examine everything she finds along the way.
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  • Temperament in Action
    August 3, 2021

    Temperament in Action

    Almost every parent with more than one child knows that no two children are alike. Despite the same parental genes and the same home environment, children vary in looks, in interests, in temperament, and so much more. Sometimes the differences are subtle, and sometimes they are quite obvious. Consider the Smith family.
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  • Teaching Your Child to Have a Sense of Humour
    April 21, 2021

    Teaching Your Child to Have a Sense of Humour

    You might think that a sense of humour is something innate. You’re either born with one, or you aren’t. I’m not a neurologist, so I can’t make claims about how brain wiring at birth determines how well your child can...

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  • Joey and the Expert Parent
    March 2, 2021

    Joey and the Expert Parent

    It’s not easy becoming an expert in something. It takes practice. It takes good observational skills. You have to invest a lot of time and energy gathering information from different sources. Sometimes you have to conduct experiments, watch what happens,...

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  • In Public: Strong Language
    December 10, 2020

    In Public: Strong Language

    A few years ago, I attended a Blue Jays’ game with my dad. Baseball fans in Toronto are an eclectic bunch and the SkyDome (never the Rogers Centre, NEVER!) is no stranger to colourful language. We were sitting next to a vocal...

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