On Your Father's Side

Short story cheat sheet

Oct 17, 2018 / 11:00 am

CBC’s writing contests are a little like the lottery. Buying a ticket is cheap. The odds of winning … well, let’s not talk about that. I...

Pedals, pebbles: Bam-bam!

Oct 3, 2018 / 6:00 am

When I say my mountain bike is rock solid, it has nothing to do with racing downhill at Silver Star, leaping over boulders. It’s actually about the...

'Grumpy' grocery shopper

Sep 19, 2018 / 11:00 am

One of my dad’s first jobs growing up in Southey, Sask., was to pick rocks. Yes, that was a thing back then. Farmers hired Rick, my uncle Jerry, and all...

Dad's kindergarten anxiety

Sep 5, 2018 / 1:00 pm

Baby Betty needs to eat by 4:45 p.m. or she turns into Rosemary’s Baby. It’s always been our tried-and-true explanation for sudden, unexplained...

Birthday's slippery slope

Aug 22, 2018 / 11:00 am

Canadians spent an average of $1,500 each at Christmas last year – from gas and groceries to presents and trips — meaning the winter holiday season...

A father's lament

Aug 8, 2018 / 3:00 pm

When I took my oldest daughter’s hand and walked upstairs, time suddenly came rushing up behind me in one furious stroke. I’d walked the stairs at...

Overcoming the blocks

Jul 25, 2018 / 6:00 am

There’s no such thing as writer’s block. Creative catastrophe? Maybe. Energy vortex? Sure, why not. Grammatical pinch point? Uh, seems unlikely, but...

Marshmallows and skeeters

Jul 11, 2018 / 6:00 am

Within 18 minutes of our arrival, the children had shed most of their clothes, disappeared into the forest around Blanket Creek Provincial Park and elected a...

Kids' author scores an idea

Jun 27, 2018 / 6:00 am

This is how you watch World Cup soccer with your family. First, find a comfy place on the couch. Adjust the TV volume accordingly. If you have kids, “Jet...

Recipe for getting published

Jun 20, 2018 / 6:00 am

I don’t have one of those “stories” about getting published for the first time. I didn’t slave away at the keyboard until my eyes turned...

Soothing the wild child

Jun 13, 2018 / 6:00 am

Our middle baby “Betty” was the first to ride her two-wheeler. She’s often the first to make her bed, and regularly clears her plate from the...

Artists drawn together

Jun 6, 2018 / 6:00 am

Maybe it was some higher power that drew Cale Atkinson and Jessika von Innerebner together. The Kelowna-based husband-and-wife artists are celebrating the...

Get ready in Kindergarten

May 30, 2018 / 6:00 am

It's called a Kindergarten Readiness Checklist, and every parent should totally have one. You can find the best ones on, like, Pinterest, so you know...

Mom as Superwoman

May 23, 2018 / 6:00 am

Watching my mom garden is a little like watching Hercules work through his 12 labours. But instead of wearing a lion’s skin, she slays overgrown rose...

Dad tested by tragedy

May 16, 2018 / 6:00 am

Chris Erskine has spent a lifetime riffing on his four kids. He’s built a mini-empire sharing their stories: three books and a syndicated humour column...

Win Mom's Day in 3 steps

May 9, 2018 / 6:00 am

Mother’s Day needs a new name. After surveying mom friends on Facebook, it turns out Mother’s Day is really: “Dad, you get to spend the day...

Life lessons from the kitchen

May 2, 2018 / 6:00 am

Those cooking shows are missing a key ingredient. If you really want to determine the best cook on TV — or anywhere else for that matter — throw a...

Kids might have the answer

Apr 25, 2018 / 6:00 am

Online predators aren't lurking behind your child’s every click or swipe. At least that’s the opinion of Darren Laur, a Victoria man who calls...

Don't be reluctant. Read!

Apr 18, 2018 / 6:00 am

I am a reluctant reader. Big deal, right? In this day and age, isn’t everybody? Well, that I’m a reluctant reader is unique because I’m former...

Dad's coaching secrets

Apr 11, 2018 / 6:00 am

They lure you into a false sense of control. A dozen little girls, all pig-tailed and perfect, cautiously step onto the soccer field, gazing at you with doe...