On Your Father's Side

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...

Wee kids out-skiing dad

Mar 28, 2018 / 6:00 am

My friend, neighbour and poker buddy, Scott, blows up all my theories about Prairie boys not being able to ski. Scott is from Manitoba, and he can rip up any...

Dad's the fun one

Mar 21, 2018 / 6:00 am

No matter how often she leaves the house, my wife always comes back. It’s a sure sign your children are aging when you can get a haircut, talk to an...

Your job can kill you

Mar 14, 2018 / 3:00 pm

The writing on my office wall was in 20-foot letters: Your job is going to kill you. My old employer had asked me to lay off two employees from my department of...