Category Archives: Parenting

Lunchtime lunacy

With nearly 100 kids per lunchroom supervisor, in a windowless basement, it's no wonder kids are not feeling the "wellness" the TDSB so hopes for
This article first appeared in Globe and Mail in November 2016.

Report cards are failing parents and their kids

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This article first appeared in Globe and Mail in June 2016.

Has Old-fashioned fun been trumped by fears of injury and liability?

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This essay was first heard in CBC - Crosscountry Checkup in January 2016.

Shelf the Elf!

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This article first appeared in Globe and Mail in December 2015.

Banning cartwheels: what’s the point of recess with no fun?

“Nobody has ever hurt themselves,” says one of the prime offenders, a Grade 5 student who rock-climbs in her free time. “I was like, what the heck?!”
This article first appeared in Globe and Mail in October 2015.

Sometimes there are monsters under your bed

When freelance producer Naomi Buck moved her two young children from Germany to her native Canada, she was struck by how cultural differences impacted her children's experiences on the playground - and beyond. She explores those differences in this week's documentary, "Sometimes there are monsters under your bed".
This essay was first heard in CBC in September 2015.

Best Summer Ever

There's no small irony in the fact that, while we love them to death, we're depriving our children of one of the richest aspects of our own childhoods: freedom.
This article first appeared in Cottage Life in July 2015.

Wireless: too much of a good thing?

Canadian schools are installing WiFi to give kids a competitive edge. Health authorities elsewhere recommend the opposite
This article first appeared in The Globe and Mail in May 2014.

Once upon a time there was a mayor

In all the chatter around the Rob Ford story, there’s been a lot of parental soul-searching about how to explain the situation to kids. Radio shows have hosted call-ins, parenting blogs have pontificated, child psychologists have been consulted. Parents seem traumatised by their kids’ questions: Is he a bad guy? What’s crack cocaine? My kids, […]

This article first appeared in February 2014.

The Anti-Nut Nutiness

Has our anti-nut policy exacerbated the problem?
This article first appeared in The Globe and Mail in February 2014.