On Your Father's Side

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...

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...