I often think about the old days when I was a kid. The good times we had and how we always found ways of having fun without the electronic distractions of today. One of my fondest memories as a kid was playing Tweeter in the winter. Unless you grew up in Winnipeg back in the early 70’s you likely won’t know what I mean by Tweeter. Tweeter was a street hockey game invented by kids on the street.Read More
Brad and Lucy bought a cherry orchard in Penticton, B.C. Brad ran a drywall company for many years but, like many at his age, reached a point of mid-life crisis, “what am I going to do with my life?” And Lucy felt much the same.Read More
Then there are those parents… You know the ones. The ones who yell out instructions to their kids from the bleachers. The ones who just can’t help themselves. How many different people need to tell them to “watch the tight end, he’s going deep” or “shoot the puck”? That’s what coaches are for, remember? But the issue persists. The self-proclaimed sideline parent coach.Read More
We love to say things to our kids like “when I was your age, we never had more than 3 channels on our television, and they were all in black and white.” Our parents did it to us and we do it to our kids. Truth be known, there is always something to learn from our forefathers. Often, kids don’t want to listen to us because they think they know better. Every once and awhile though, a person of notoriety, a hero from the past will say something that leaves a mark. I grew up in the days of the six original national hockey league teams, and one of my favourite players to watch was Bobby Orr.Read More
When I speak to people about the ever-growing problem of helicopter parenting in our society, I like to relate back to the route problem, where the real war is. You see, helicopter parenting is one of the symptomatic battles that are being fought in the war against human sedentary behaviour. We drive more, walk less; we view TV, phones and computers more; we exercise less and consume more. All first world nations (and the others are starting to follow suit) are dealing with a decline in their population’s physical health due to these new millennial habits.
It is a war on many fronts. I would like to address the Pyramid Battle that is being fought at three levels: government (top), sport organizations (middle) and parents (bottom).Read More
It indirectly stems from the research I did for writing The Hovering Game. Never a day went by when I didn’t get some level of response regarding the need for a book to address helicopter parenting issues. It fuelled my passion to fix things. I am a solution based person, I hate when people complain about things but never offer ways to solve the problem.Read More