A “council of wise men” for my sons?

Ever since Avengers Endgame, I've taken to telling my sons each night before bedtime that I love them "3,000". Those who watched the film will know what I mean. {For those who didn't, stay with me til the end of this post and I'll tell you.} Since they were babies, I've always tucked my boys … Continue reading A “council of wise men” for my sons?

Life Hack Book Review #2 – Which is better: Schooling, Homeschooling, or Unschooling?

{The following book review I completed last month, was first published on Reedsy Discovery. Also available on Amazon and Goodreads.} A while back I wrote about being invited to join Reedsy's panel of book reviewers (see Thing #5 I learned after writing 200 blogs). As one of their reviewers, I get an exclusive peek at … Continue reading Life Hack Book Review #2 – Which is better: Schooling, Homeschooling, or Unschooling?

To be a better caregiver, I must flip my day for night!

As a parent and caregiver, I don't always realise it until my sons are fast asleep at night, so busy am I throughout the day fleeting to meet first one child's needs, then the other's (and back again!). But when the lights are out and my boys are finally in bed, I start to feel … Continue reading To be a better caregiver, I must flip my day for night!

A Tragic Musing – More than words can say

[With permission granted to Salt&Light, a version of this post titled "Tragedy and grief in our schools, but the language of friendship speaks healing and hope" also appeared on 27 July 2021 here] Usually, I alternate my Saturday blogs strictly between the topics of autism and parenting. But this has been a week like no … Continue reading A Tragic Musing – More than words can say

Parenting Motivations #1 – Watching kids blossom through public speaking

Of late I've been thinking about public speaking and what motivates me as a parent. In particular, I've been pondering this past week whether my motivation to teach students public speaking, and my motivation to parent, are one and the same. And I'm inclined to say "Yes"! Well, actually the art of public speaking is … Continue reading Parenting Motivations #1 – Watching kids blossom through public speaking

Why has turning 51 made me wanna be a grandpa?

So what has celebrating another birthday yesterday meant for me, other than turning from 50 to 51? First and foremost, I have well and truly left my fortuitous 40's behind! Last year when I wrote about turning the "Big Five-O” and what it meant, I could still say tongue-in-cheek that I'm in my "late 40s". … Continue reading Why has turning 51 made me wanna be a grandpa?

‘Worth in the Hearth’ — A New Masculine Identity?

On Father’s Day 2021, my musings on the losses and gains of being a stay home dad {A version of this post first appeared here in a local news publication Todayonline. Also, check out a reader's beautifully written and resonating response to my piece here.}When it comes to parenting, one truth remains today: Fathers are, … Continue reading ‘Worth in the Hearth’ — A New Masculine Identity?

Clinging to childhood with legos and lightsabers!

"A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away...." These now-immortal words really need no introduction. Certainly for my first-born J, Star Wars: A New Hope, began for him an adventure and a love that's stayed for more than half his lifetime now (he turned 12 last month). Yes, he definitely has me to … Continue reading Clinging to childhood with legos and lightsabers!

Email circa 2031: My dear sons, beware “The Toxic 12” – #12 The PR Snobs

Hey boys This is it! We made it. The last email, in this long-running series that began more than six months ago, is finally here. So on the count of three, let's heave a collective sigh of relief shall we? One... Two... Three!!! Sighhhhhh.... Alright, now that we got that outta the way, let's recap … Continue reading Email circa 2031: My dear sons, beware “The Toxic 12” – #12 The PR Snobs

My blog turns 2! (Part 1 of commemorative)

YEAH ME! This time I did not forget the anniversary of my blog, unlike last year when I nearly did! And this time, since it's the second anniversary, I'm going to write not one but two commemorative posts! You know, it still amazes me how I've persisted this long. While two years may seem like … Continue reading My blog turns 2! (Part 1 of commemorative)