If my parents raised me today, they might be arrested

I’m sometimes amazed that I survived childhood. At a very young age—6 or so—I wandered the neighbourhood. I hung out with my older sisters and their friends. We went to parks. We went to convenience stores. We went to a nearby ravine, where someone in our group knocked herself out swinging on a rope. Contrast […]

My son loves to learn. So why did he cry going to school?

Today was the first day back at school for my kids. My daughter is going to grade four. My son to grade one. I expected lots of excitement. But my house was quiet at 6:30 this morning. Usually, the kids are up by 6:15. They get ready and battle over the bathroom. But not today. […]

If underpopulation is a real threat, unfettered capitalism has only itself to blame

I’m writing this from a train somewhere between Montreal and Toronto. I took my six-year-old son on a three-day train adventure. Train there, train back, and train museum between. We had fun. But it wasn’t easy. So I read with some amusement Jack Ma and Elon Musk’s recent discussion of underpopulation. Both entrepreneurs lament declining […]

Why we can’t stop people from buying our kids birthday presents (even though we try)

My two kids celebrated birthdays this week. They used to get dozens of birthday gifts each from friends and family. These were often interesting for a few days. Then they joined the donation pile. My wife and I said gifts weren’t necessary. We try to be conscious consumers. We want people’s company at birthday parties, […]