It’s Going to Happen Anyway

Kids get hurt, and they get sick. This is an unfortunate reality of parenthood, and of life in general. There is no need to put a bubble around them and obsessively clean every surface of your home to the point of exhaustion. They will find ways to hurt themselves and become sick, it’s what they […]

Change on Change

The best laid plans can quite often go awry. While Rebecca was taking Mathias to get yet another tooth fixed, at exorbitant prices because Alberta dentists get to set their own rate, I was supposed to pick up some testing requisition papers from the doctor’s office and then go shopping. That was after dropping Noah […]

Alberta Separatism? Really?

The long winter. Apparently there is a growing separatist sentiment in Alberta. This worries me as a father and a Canadian. Looking ahead to how it would effect my children, I am faced with the fact that there would be irreparable damage done to my children’s future. I live in Alberta, I love Alberta, and […]

Embrace Conflict

A rare moment of peace Being a parent is not about making every day awesome for your children. It’s also not about daily drudgery. Every moment of your life with kids will not be sunshine and rainbows, or screaming fits among fist fights. There are good days and bad days, and within the good days […]

West Edmonton Mall Trip

Dobbin kids at Galaxyland Our trip to the West Edmonton Mall was a success. Traveling with my kids is becoming easier, but I still think we took things for granted before having kids. Getting an early start helps to keep the kids in a good mood for the drive in. We live two and a […]

Preparing for a Trip

Travel food It’s a busy day in the Dobbin home. We’re preparing for a trip: 2 days and 1 night at the West Edmonton Mall. It’s a combined birthday present for the two oldest whose birthdays are only two weeks apart. Packing is not as difficult as it used to be, because Naomi is older, […]

New Year’s Tweaks

Surprise! Happy New Year to all! In and of itself the day means little, the point where the calendar starts again. However, it provides for us an opportunity to consciously think about our lives and reassess ourselves, as well as a convenient marker from which to start. Having resolutions does not mean that you are […]

Open Gym

The kids waiting in line for the spring board. Every parent knows that it can be difficult to find things for the kids to do in the winter to keep them off video games, and get them moving. We found out that the local gymnastics club was having an open gym time so of course […]

A Kitchen Day

Ready to eatCauliflower dough Grocery shopping is always interesting with our kids. We had to go and restock a few things today, mostly produce because we were running low. The first thing Noah (6) does is chase Naomi (2) laughing down the main aisle as you walk into Walmart. We were able to stop Noah […]

Multi-Dietal

I have always been interested in food: it’s effects on our bodies, and the best way to fuel ourselves. This has become more important to me as a father. My job is not so much to put food on the table, but to put the right food on the table. After observing several different types […]