Travel tactics: Mastering the family vacation when you have teens

Embarking on a family vacation with teenagers can sometimes feel like navigating a maze blindfolded. As a parent, you’re torn between excitement for the journey ahead and the inevitable eye rolls and sighs that may accompany your well-intentioned plans.

As we all start to plan our summer vacations, fear not, as I am going to try and lend a helping hand. With a dash of humour, a sprinkle of dad wisdom, and a pinch of patience, you can turn your family vacation into an unforgettable adventure for all.

Spring is near, let’s all keep laughing

We are at the point of winter where it just starts to drag. While I admit Toronto has had a pretty decent winter so far, I still am counting down the days until spring. Today it’s supposed to be sunny and a high of 8 C. Perfect day for a long walk somewhere.

The sun is a sure bet to get people through winter. Another is just having a good laugh as much as possible. Laughter cures all.

Today on X I saw this post from Ricky Gervais and to me it’s so true.

Why I now prefer one monitor over two for maximum productivity

I want to share with you something that feels like a very hot take in 2024. Something I didn’t think I would ever go back to.

I think I have returned to being a one monitor kind of guy.

For so long I gave my wife grief because she would never set up multiple screens and now I am seeing the light.

Last year we had a home office space shuffle at home which meant I was using my laptop in a few different places around the house. Our son’s bedroom, the dining room table, or out in the world at the library. Previously I was always all about a multi-monitor setup where the laptop connected to a second monitor for what I had always thought was the most productive way.

January helped create a spark again

Well, today is the last day of January. That means I have successfully gone a full month of writing at least 500 words for every week day. Not bad. By no means is this amazing, but I wanted to get back into a routine. I wanted to reignite something I used to do a lot more of. I would say, so far so good.

Has it meant a lot of traffic? Not really. Has it meant a lot of SEO rich results? Not yet anyways. So why do I bother typing out all these words and sending them out there for very few to read?

Well, like I said, it’s a routine. It’s setting a goal and sticking to it. It’s keeping the mind clear and giving me a creative outlet.

High school exams

I can’t think of something that worried me more. High school exams. Even today I get anxiety thinking about it. The studying. The stress. The worry. Sure, there was a lot of success, but I don’t envy those who are going through it now or have to in the future.

Why are high school exams of all things on my mind today? Well I have a kid taking his first official high school exam today – math.

First, woof. I have a kid old enough to be taking his first high school exam. That hits hard no matter how you look at it.

BBFs: Exploring ways to encourage positive brother relationships

Best brothers forever!

I want to start by letting you know, I don’t have a brother by blood but I have a few people in my life that are pretty darn close. But what truly inspired me to delve into the topic of brotherhood is the bond between my two sons, who are three years apart in age. Witnessing their close relationship as they navigate their early teen years has been a source of immense joy and pride for me as a parent. So, what has contributed to fostering such a strong, supportive, and positive sibling dynamic between them? How have my partner and I encouraged the development of this bond?

Let’s go.