Teaching Kids What to Think

Whenever we talk about schools “getting back to basics” we come back to the three R’s, and certainly they’re desperately needed, especially if people...

The Benefits of Covering Up

This week we headed to a theme park for the first time as a family. I learned two important lessons on that trip: one,...

Dog in this Fight

It seems just when I think I’ve said all I would ever want to say about Belinda Stronach, she pops up in the news...

Accentuate the Positive

One of the perks about public speaking as much as I do is that I get to travel. And when I travel, I stay...

On the Other Side of the World

Last month my family and I took a trek to Kenya. We were visiting the Mulli Children’s Family, a home for over 1000 orphaned...

It Shouldn’t Hurt to be a Child

October is Child Abuse Prevention Month. It’s a worthy goal, and I hope people take it to heart. Parents who maliciously hurt their children,...

The Season for Waiting

I once read that most people spend on average two years of their lives waiting—waiting in lines, waiting for the waitress to bring the...

Whose Needs Come First?

Over the last thirty years we have seen unprecedented changes in the family. Then, most children were raised with both biological parents; today that’s...

Our Only Defense

I am sick of turning on the computer and seeing the headline of the latest shooting. Last week it was 32 in Virginia. (Not...

A Voice from the Past

As the first week of school is upon us, I thought it might be helpful to have an educational “reality check”, and ask an...

It’s the Little Things

One of my favourite movies is Gwyneth Paltrow’s Sliding Doors. It’s at least a decade old now, but every time I see it I...

A Risky Ride

I hate jerks. That’s probably why I can’t stand roller coasters. The up and down is bad enough, but the sudden jerks when you...

Weeping with those who Weep

Ever since 9/11 I’ve developed a bit of a callous streak. When I hear of whole people groups turning to violence over and over...

The End of the Story

As parents, we try to impress on our children important lessons about life. If you’re nice, people will tend to be nice to you....

When Evil Arrives

In the movie Ghostbusters, an evil spirit is itching to tear up Manhattan. It asks our three intrepid scientists what form the spirit should...