Parenting in reverse #2: my Mother’s Day musing

Tomorrow is Mother's Day and wherever you're celebrating this, I hope it's a memorable one for you and your mom. With food, photos and fun for the whole family. For me though, it feels like just another day to step out for a meal with my mom; nothing more. Even that isn't a particularly welcome … Continue reading Parenting in reverse #2: my Mother’s Day musing

Parenting Woes #1 — A new mini-series

Recently I attended yet another webinar about parenting. I hate to admit it, but every time I do I find myself wondering: why am I here?And why are parenting woes never ending? Also, why are the questions parents ask at such gatherings almost always the same? Like endless loops acrobats leap through? Or the cycles … Continue reading Parenting Woes #1 — A new mini-series

War lesson #1 (of 2) for my sons: Ground convictions in proper research

The winds have been kinda weird this past week. Blowing beautifully one morning, then disappearing altogether the next. Leaving the air dead still, and me sweltering in this island nation's unrelenting year-round humidity. In a way, it mirrors the world we now live in; news constantly swinging between good and bad, true and false, hope … Continue reading War lesson #1 (of 2) for my sons: Ground convictions in proper research

Mental Wellbeing #2 of 2: Parents, listen without prejudice!

Last week I wrote about the unfortunate, ongoing trend of parents who don't listen to their kids, invariably leading many of them into depression. Or worse. Today, I want to share some practical strategies to help parents, should mental health issues ever surface in our children. It'll also be my way to archive valuable info … Continue reading Mental Wellbeing #2 of 2: Parents, listen without prejudice!

Mental Wellbeing #1 of 2: Parents, we must listen. Now!

Yesterday was World Suicide Prevention Day. It takes place every year on September 10. Three days ago, I posted about one possible emerging trend related to suicide. One that, if not addressed, might make matters worse for grown men everywhere (feel free to check it out here if you've yet to). Today I want to … Continue reading Mental Wellbeing #1 of 2: Parents, we must listen. Now!

Losing It! #2 — Of frogs, bullets and silver linings

When I first started on today's post, my intent was to talk about the progress C's made in the last two years. And yes, there have been quite a few. At some point in the near future, I hope to do him justice with that post. But not today. Today, I want instead to talk … Continue reading Losing It! #2 — Of frogs, bullets and silver linings

Parenting Motivations #3 – Demolishing the “teen wall”!

This past week, I hit a wall. I'm calling it the "teen wall"! You see, I can no longer deny it. I do indeed have a teenager living under my roof now. And to top it all off, it's of the male persuasion too! A double whammy for me. I still remember a time when … Continue reading Parenting Motivations #3 – Demolishing the “teen wall”!

Parenting Motivations #2 – Never “take your eyes off the prize”

When my wife and I first made C's glasses 26 months ago, the lenses were at 200 degrees (each!). No doubt high for an eight-year-old. But since we ourselves were bespectacled (his brother too), it wasn't surprising. Disappointing yes, but not surprising. Sadly, four days ago, we were dealt another blow when we visited the … Continue reading Parenting Motivations #2 – Never “take your eyes off the prize”