How to be a Better Husband: Find Common Ground

How to be a Better Husband: Find Common Ground

People grow apart. It’s as natural as people growing closer – they develop different interests, have different time or money demands, or they may begin cultivating new habits or dropping old habits. And in friendships, this may not ever be a concern, as we’re much more likely to still retain a friendship even if it’s… Read more

Arousal Addiction and the Demise of Guys

Arousal Addiction and the Demise of Guys

Please take five minutes and watch this presentation by psychologist Philip Zimbardo on “The Demise of Guys”, and tell me what you think. “Boys’ brains are being digitally rewired in a totally new way for change, novelty, excitement and constant arousal. That means they’re totally out of sync in traditional classes, which are analog, static,… Read more

Advice to Myself as a Young Man

Advice to Myself as a Young Man

This year I turned 40, and along with the realization that I’m now middle-aged (ack!) came some meditations on the life lessons I’ve learned so far (or not learned, as the case may be). As part of that process of introspection, I found myself wondering what I wish I had heard (and taken to heart)… Read more

Woodworking Projects for Kids: Free Online Resources

Woodworking Projects for Kids: Free Online Resources

Woodworking projects for kids: woodworking with your children teaches basic skills for planning, measuring, and the use of basic carpentry tools. Kids love to make things. My daughter is always asking me “Papa, what can we make? Let’s do a project together.” And woodworking is our usual mode for making things. Messing about with wood… Read more

Our Tiny House Experiment

Our Tiny House Experiment

The nuttiest thing we’ve ever done as a family was to move out of our house and into a one room trailer. A tiny house. Two adults, a four year old, and two cats in a 120 square foot camper. We hauled all of our own water, used a composting toilet, a solar shower, and we… Read more

Being Your Child’s Friend

Being Your Child’s Friend

A tiny natural fathering story: A friend of mine brought his 2 year old over to the sand box, squatted down to kid level, and introduced his son to the other kids: “This is Satchi. Can he play, too?” He then says, “I’m Satchi’s friend, Jose. We like sandboxes.” He doesn’t say, “I’m his dad”,… Read more

Natural Father, Natural Fitness

Natural Father, Natural Fitness

About a year and a half ago, I took a “real” job again. Before then, I was self-employed as a handyman/odd-jobber, doing everything from putting up fences to permaculture-based landscaping to installing woodstoves and insulation. That was great, except that being my own boss made it too easy to think, “It’s a perfect day for… Read more

10 Things I Love About Fatherhood

10 Things I Love About Fatherhood

Just a few of my favorite things about fatherhood: The feeling of your child’s hand gripping your finger in total trust, as if by holding on to it, everything is right with the world. Getting to be the hero. A two-year-old’s kisses. You are an instant authority on everything. Snuggling together with a couple of… Read more

Ford offers 5 driving tips for saving fuel & reducing GHG emissions

Ford offers 5 driving tips for saving fuel & reducing GHG emissions

The challenge of moving toward a cleaner, greener future can seem quite daunting when so much is seemingly out of our control, such as the environmental impacts of the industrial and agricultural sectors. And while we may all be responsible for creating the demand and the markets for cheap disposable goods (which often come with… Read more

Why losing your hair is not the end of the world

Why losing your hair is not the end of the world

Seeing more hair disappear down the drain or watching your hairline slowly recede can be a distressing feeling. You might find it makes you feel more self-conscious about your looks, and causes your confidence to plummet. The fact is though, losing your hair isn’t the end of the world, and here are a few of… Read more

Switch to paper straws and help fund sea turtle research

Switch to paper straws and help fund sea turtle research

For those times when you really need a straw, consider investing in some reusable ones, or choose a plastic-free version. I’m not a straw person by nature, so I don’t ever use them, but sometimes, especially when kids or the elderly are involved, I’ve seen a real need for them, so we’ve invested in both… Read more

How You Can Teach Your Child To Become A World Citizen

How You Can Teach Your Child To Become A World Citizen

International interconnectedness is a movement that is growing exponentially. World relations are more prominent in both our politics and our individual lives. It’s important that children are well-informed about various cultures, practices, history and current events. If our children are informed citizens, they will be set up for success within the community and society. They… Read more

Does Your Teen Need to Be More Challenged at School?

Does Your Teen Need to Be More Challenged at School?

“School is so boring! Why do I have to go?” “This is so easy.” All kids, at one time or another, get frustrated at school. It’s inevitable. Not everyone shares the same interests and aptitudes, and a subject that fascinates one kid will bore another to the verge of tears. Throw in different teaching styles,… Read more

This portable solar oven offers lightweight, zero-carbon cooking

This portable solar oven offers lightweight, zero-carbon cooking

Simmer like a crock pot and bake like an oven, using the clean energy of sunlight. Perhaps the simplest way, and the most accessible way, to use solar energy is to cook our food with it, using a solar oven, and Solavore’s Sport model could be the gateway appliance to cleaner cooking. I recently got… Read more

Binaural Beats: The Meditation Sensation

Binaural Beats: The Meditation Sensation

Everyone has heard the word “meditation” before, with the word causing mixed reactions, both positive and negative, and indeed it does have its detractors. However, the world’s collective stress levels are climbing as capitalism tightens its grip around the throats of the very people seeking to escape its confines. Enter meditation. Meditation is the practice… Read more

6 Tips to Ensuring Your Child Isn’t Deficient in B Vitamins

6 Tips to Ensuring Your Child Isn’t Deficient in B Vitamins

There are 13 different B vitamins that everybody, including your children, need in order to function optimally, and when any of them are in short supply, your health can be negatively affected. Oftentimes, a vitamin B deficiency can be hard to pinpoint, because the effects of a deficiency can be both bizarre and far-reaching. From… Read more

When LEGO meets Tinkertoys meets Erector sets: Ollies Wooden Blocks

When LEGO meets Tinkertoys meets Erector sets: Ollies Wooden Blocks

These sets of precision-cut oak blocks and planks, combined with clever connectors, are intended to help spark creativity and imagination in kids, and to “make playtime more meaningful.” I’m a huge advocate of hands-on learning/playing for kids, and whether it’s LEGO or Tinkertoy or building blocks, my kids seem to thrive on building and experimenting… Read more