Judgment Call: Understanding the Teenage Brain

Judgment Call: Understanding the Teenage Brain

Kids do incomprehensible things: every parent knows this. Of course, that doesn’t mean our responses as parents are necessarily any more logical. Teens have a good excuse, though: their brains are at a volatile moment of development, between childhood to adulthood. Medical evidence has proven that teens are hardwired to act more on emotion, avoid…Read more

Got anger? Get help.

Got anger? Get help.

“People often have to feel, acknowledge, and come to terms with their anger before they can arrive at genuine forgiveness or compassion.” ~ John Wellwood, Embodying Your Realization Why do our children make us angry? Why do we react to their anger with our own? Why can’t we reliably respond with loving kindness, teaching our…Read more

How to be a Better Husband: See the Big Picture

How to be a Better Husband: See the Big Picture

Sometimes focusing on the details is a good thing in a relationship, and a great skill to have, and sometimes it’s more of a distraction or a liability for us. When we get unbalanced, and can’t see the forest because there are too many trees in the way, it’s time to zoom out. There can…Read more

How to be a better father: 6 Healthy habits to develop

How to be a better father: 6 Healthy habits to develop

Becoming a better father isn’t as simple as just reading a book about it or trying to emulate your own dad (or another father you look up to). Learning how to be a better father is more of a process – a series of good habits that you develop over time. Great dads weren’t born…Read more

7 Lessons from As A Man Thinketh

7 Lessons from As A Man Thinketh

Every successful person has a crucial tipping point in their life, when they went from just “getting by” to “getting things done.” Motivational and inspirational stories work for some. Straight talking and a radical shift in perception work for others. I know from my own life that anything can happen in an instant. Your life…Read more

Teach What You Know

Teach What You Know

Homeschool is always in. When we first started homeschooling our oldest daughter, we thought that we needed to have a full curriculum and study guides and other ‘teaching’ materials before we could really teach her at home. We borrowed a homeschool curriculum from a friend and started exploring what it meant to provide a homeschool…Read more

7 Foods that Do Not Affect Blood Sugar

7 Foods that Do Not Affect Blood Sugar

Blood sugar is not just something which should be monitored by diabetics, as the way your body feels is quite often determined by these levels. Low blood sugar can leave you feeling dizzy, cold or tired, whereas a high blood sugar level usually means you feel more awake and full of beans. However, high blood…Read more

Why we choose infant potty training

Why we choose infant potty training

Practicing elimination communication, or infant potty training, with babies isn’t the same as toilet training for older children, but it sure does make that process much easier. One way to cut back on both the amount of diapers used every day, as well as the amount of time that kids spend in diapers before being…Read more

Countertop LED grow box puts a garden in your kitchen

Countertop LED grow box puts a garden in your kitchen

The latest entry into the indoor “smart” garden market features advanced LED lighting which mimics natural light patterns for faster growth cycles. The interest in local food (especially grow-it-yourself hyperlocal food that can be produced in a small space), coupled with recent advancements in low-power LED lighting technology and automated hydroponic growing systems, has spurred…Read more

Vancouver Island Tiny House Build Ride-Along

Vancouver Island Tiny House Build Ride-Along

Get a taste of tiny house building, thanks to Jake and Kiva, who are documenting their tiny house building process, step by step. Looking at pictures of tiny houses is the gateway to heavier tiny house fixation, and reading tiny house books feeds the tiny house fascination, but when you start to obsessively tour tiny…Read more

Yurt Life: Downsized Living for the Modern Age

Yurt Life: Downsized Living for the Modern Age

There are all sorts of options available for downsizing your living arrangements, ranging from the very basic tactic of just moving into a smaller conventional home, all the way up to the more radical step of moving into a very tiny home, by either building or buying a tiny house of some sort. For those…Read more

The Tiny House Movement (Video)

The Tiny House Movement (Video)

Curious about tiny homes? You’re not alone, because the tiny house movement continues to gather steam, and more people take up the tiny house challenge every year, thanks in no small part to the power of the internet and social media. It wasn’t that long ago that tiny homes were just a cool fringe idea…Read more

There’s one answer. It’s at the back. And don’t look.

There’s one answer. It’s at the back. And don’t look.

As a lifelong learning enthusiast, I’m always looking to continue my education, and I’ve found some amazing resources to do so that are accessible and affordable (read “free”). And as a homeschooling dad, I’m really interested in ideas about the hows and whys of learning, because it informs me (as an accidental teacher) to be…Read more

What are the top gaming tablets of 2014?

What are the top gaming tablets of 2014?

Tablets have advanced a great deal in recent times, making them serious options for everything from working to gaming. This article will examine the best tablets for playing games on, both the high end games like Need for Speed that have ultra-sophisticated graphics and straightforward online casino games like roulette. Nvidia Shield Tablet For those…Read more