Category Archives: Unstructured

Controlling our kids

Vancouver doctor and public speaker Gabor Mate and co-author Gordon Neufeld have written a new edition to their 2004 book, Hold on to your Kids with the subtitle Why Parents need to matter more than peers.  The update contains new and … Continue reading

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Firemaker, Myth Maker, Adventurer, Warrior

As my son’s and my annual pilgrimage to Firemaker Wilderness Survival Camp in the Comox Valley quickly nears, I find myself pondering many questions. Last year, I left camp feeling enthused with a passion to create a work shop of … Continue reading

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Aggressive play and marketing

Interesting what my co-blogger wrote about the marketing of ‘aggressive’, sex-role stereotypical toy to boys.  Though there are always differences in styles of play between boys and girls, it is clearly a profitable business to dictate the type and manner … Continue reading

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Learning Loves Movement

Ok, so this isn’t the promised continuation of Are Boys More Aggressive? Again!  Sorry! This evening something too exciting not to report happened: my six-year-old read his first book !!!!!! – a 1978 copy of The Berenstain Bears and The … Continue reading

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