kids-tobagganning-in-winter Kids of all ages love to ride the toboggan down slippery, snowy hills


Well, its finally happening…

The cool, crisp air of yet another onset of winter has finally arrived. While it would be easy to light the fireplace and snuggle up inside for another long, cold winter— rather than retreat inside, we should actually be spending more time outdoors. Walking, hiking, playing, skiing, snowboarding, learning, exploring discovering and even… napping. Yes, napping. Outside.

kids-nordic-skiing Nordic (or Cross Country) Skiing is a great way to have fun, get fit and actually enjoy winter.


While it is easy to think that winter is long, and cold and hard to endure year after year, it really is more of a state of mind than a set of circumstances we have to endure. When you take the time to actively engage in activities that force you to dress up and get outside and move around for extended periods of time, winter can actually be really fun. If you set your mind to it, it becomes a great opportunity to seek out and find ways and things to do that build resilience, shorten the season, and put you in great shape emotionally, physically and mentally.

Outdoor learning is alive and well in Sweden – a priority even. The team at the Swedish think tank Movium has been able to advance a national agenda in support of outdoor play and learning, mobility and independence.

girls-nordic-skiing Get the kids outside skiing early on in life and you will give them a gift that lasts a lifetime.


Here in Canada, we see signs of movement in that direction. More schools and school boards are encouraging play and learning outside and creating school grounds that are healthy for kids living in cities.

girls-jumping-winter Running, jumping and all around tomfoolery in the powdery snow is a great way to burn off steam and get plenty of fresh air. Dress them up right and they won’t even notice its cold outside.


Cam Collyer, Director of Programs at Evergreen, shares what Canadians can learn from outdoor education around the world…

backyard-hockey Back Yard Hockey rinks are a bit of work in the fall, winter and spring, but well worth the effort if you can get a cold enough winter in your area. Here in Toronto, it is hard to believe we can actually do this in the city, but it is possible if you roll up your sleeves and are dedicated to the cause.


What are you waiting for? Bundle up the kids and get outside!

 

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It always seems that a good part of every weekend is spent working on some home improvement project. Either we’re replacing the leaky kitchen sink, fixing the upstairs toilet that keeps running, or the usual sort of stuff like cleaning the gutters and raking the yard. Sometimes we guys get lucky and can work on something we actually want to work on, like a mancave or setting up a home office the exact way we want. Another project that is worth the time and effort, that is also fun, is making something for the kids.

1. The Tween Cave

As much as we try and deny it, our kids are growing up. The happy little twerp that was glued to your leg is now a moody teen who wants to be left alone in his room. Why not make him a dream room he will love? Ideally, the best place is a basement or an attic. It gives the budding adult a greater sense of privacy, while allowing you to still keep an eye on him.

The key here is to let them have a major say in how the room looks. If they want everything painted black and dark purple, like their favorite band (or whatever sort of music they like) then let them paint the room that color. It will show them that you value their thoughts and ideas. Did I mention that they also have to help? Working on their own room like that will give them a greater appreciation for what they built.

Remember, it’s during these years that a teen will be tempted to do things like drinking or drugs. If they have a cool place where they feel in control, that along with your guidance, make all the difference in what choices they make.

2. A Tree House or Fort

The treehouse has been a staple for boys and girls of all ages for a long time. This is one of those things that has gotten better over the years, because there are more options than ever. If a yard doesn’t have big enough trees to build a treehouse, you can build a fort. Pirate ships and rockets are also an option.

There are tons of YouTube videos that can give dads a step by step guide to build whatever they want. If you aren’t gifted in the carpentry arts, there are kits you can buy. These are relatively easy to assemble, but still give the dad an excuse to bust out the tools and let the kids watch while he builds something. Failing that, there are even professional treehouse and fort builders who will do all the work, but where’s the fun in that?

3. The Classic Playroom

The best thing about a regular playroom is that it can be used all year long, regardless of the weather. There is also a lot of flexibility in what can be done. No matter what the kids are into, building the perfect playroom is a cinch. It can be a rough and tumble superhero lair, or the ballroom in a castle.

Decorating the playroom is easier than most people expect. The main thing is to keep it fun and fitting with the chosen theme. Having custom chairs with the most creative upholstery fabric is a great way to bring a playroom together, and spark a child’s imagination. To them, you aren’t building a playroom. You’re building them a magical place all their own.

Conclusion
The list of things a dad can do is nearly endless. The project can be indoor or outdoor, and depending on the age of your kids, the scope and tone can go from princess in pink to rock stars in black leather. If there is enough of an age difference, you might have to do more than one project. Like that’s a bad thing. Use these few ideas to get you started. Take them, run with them, and make them your own.

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If you’re anything like me, I’m on some level always feeling that I’m not spending quality time with my kids like I want to. But at the same time, I’m also somewhat incapacitated. Between work, the stuff on the calendar, and meeting the kids’ basic needs, I often collapse at the end of the day in one exhausted heap.

One thing we’ve started doing as a family is working outdoors together. From planting a garden to landscaping to planting new trees on our property, I’ve found it rewarding.

The nature of gardening and landscaping is that it is an ongoing process, not a one-time thing. You’re planting new life. It needs water, sunlight, and care. So at the outset, you’re committed. You’re going to get out there with the kids on a regular basis.

If you’re like me and can only handle so much (or not any) playing dollhouse or Star Wars light-saber fights or painful “Fine” responses as you try to engage your teen, this is a game-changer. I’m going to lay out 3 important lessons that getting outside as a family instills in your kids.

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Unless you were born with a green thumb, working with plants is going to take patience. You’ll need to learn how to plant and care for plant life.

Getting a garden started takes persistence and patience. It’s not done in an hour. You have to prepare the soil, plant the produce and herbs you are going to grow, and prune and water what you’ve planted.

It can be tedious at times. In a world in which research papers are as easy as a google search and in which 200+ tv shows and movies are at my kids’ fingertips on Netflix at any given moment, working outdoors is a valuable character-builder.

Not everything worth having, can be acquired quickly. Often those things of greatest value take time and patience. It’s not always as easy as Tweeting an acquaintance for a job recommendation. Sometimes it is, but I want my children to be prepared for the times when it’s not. For those times when waiting is required in order to see results.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY

Your children know what is most important to you, by how you spend your time. Spending quality time with them will show them that they are important to you.

Working together with your spouse and kids will deepen the bond you all have. It will draw you closer. And this close bond will create trust.

When my girls are in the face of intense peer pressure, this foundation of trust will assure them I will always be there for them. That no matter what, I have been there and will be there for them.

Having a supportive and dependable family structure is vital for kids. These traits are indicators for success down the road. This falls on your shoulders.

HARD WORK

My kids are skilled at finding the path of least resistance. Left to themselves, they would play video games all day, never bathe or change their clothes, and never clean up after themselves. An onlooker may wonder if the chores we subject our kids to our actually physically painful to them, judging from the sighs and grunts that leave their mouths.

All that to say, diligence and hard work do not come naturally. In part, it is up to us as parents to help foster these quality traits in them. They may hate us for it at the time, but in the long-run, they will thank us.

The most effective way to teach your kids to have a good work ethic, is not just to force them to work hard, but to get in there and work with them. Set an example. Get your hands dirty. Show them how it’s done.

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CONCLUSION

Whether you are planting a garden in the spring or taking a Saturday morning to plant a tree to shade your front porch, these are projects that will guarantee family time and teaching opportunities in days to come.

Make the most of your time. Take advantage of those opportunities. You will blink, and these years will be passed. Slow down and determine what you want to instill in your kids now.

How about you? What benefits have you found from working outdoors with your family?

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Outdoor Adventure Show Is Made For Kids

by Rob Campbell February 26, 2016

Fresh back from the 2016 Outdoor Adventure Show in Toronto, I can report the attraction was designed with young families in mind and it really is a great place for Heads-Up Dads to spend Saturday with the kids.  It’s cost effective too. Adults pay $14, and children age eleven and under get in free. There’s […]

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The Perfect Family: A Nanny’s view…

by Sara Dawkins February 25, 2012

As a nanny, you learn to work in less than perfect conditions. Bratty kids, angry parents, broken homes are all par for the course. But what happens when you finally find that perfect family you’ve been looking for, or, in most cases, they find you? What does a perfect family look like? A perfect family […]

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How to financially support your child’s cost of living while attending University

by Daniel Somers February 5, 2012

With tuition fees alone for a three-year undergraduate course expected to reach £24,000 or more in the UK ($30,000 – $75,000 or more in Canada and the US) the cost of a university education for many may prove suffocating without some kind of financial aid provided by us as parents. Tuition fees are only the […]

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on Teaching Gratitude to Children

by Shirelle January 16, 2012

Hi Dads! I am so thrilled and excited to be here with you all, and to be able to write for HeadsUpDad. In fact, I feel so grateful about it that I think I’d like to write about Gratitude. Gratitude and Appreciation are enormously important qualities for parents to instill in their kids, but most […]

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Tips On Safe Toys For Children Under Eight

by Ruth Wilgress September 12, 2011

Canada is a very safe place to live and raise children. And it keeps getting safer and safer. Statistically there are not as many drunk drivers anymore, and hardly anyone I know smokes nowadays.  But that trend toward safety isn’t happening in kid’s toys. Buying toys comes with a lot of choices. There are so […]

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FLOWING WITH THE GOOD GUYS

by Richard Carmichael August 3, 2011

It was with great sadness that I read about the recent Norwegian terrorist attacks. A tragic ordeal for any country to have to experience, yet there was a point in the story where I found one Norwegian’s comment to be equally absurd as the attacks were cruel. A woman’s response to the killings was, “Why […]

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Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II

by Christine S July 20, 2011

Waiting in line at the Scotiabank Theatre in downtown Toronto to see the latest (and final) film from the Harry Potter franchise, I was dumbfounded by the number of, well…adults in line to see the summer blockbuster. Granted, I was waiting for the 9:30 PM showing, and you never see too many kids downtown, but […]

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How to save money when having a baby…

by Maria Rainier July 14, 2011

Saving Money on Baby Having children can be expensive. When you’re just starting out with a baby, it can be easy to spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on new baby gear, clothing, diapers and other necessities. Fortunately, there are many ways to save money with a little planning. I am expecting my first […]

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How to be “good” at waiting…

by Don Christensen June 29, 2011

  “Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worse kind of suffering.” ~ Paulo Coelho Imagine never waiting for anything again. Ever. For sure, life would never be the same, but not for the reason you think. Realistically, to wait is to suffer. The suffering can come in […]

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Toxic Chemicals in personal skin care products?

by Richard Carmichael June 24, 2011

I have been doing a lot of gardening over the past couple of months and it has been great. Lots of fresh air, hard work and I am learning a lot. It’s killing my hands though. Shovelling, digging, gettting dirty, washing, getting dirty. Washing again has taken its toll. I use a lot of moisturizers […]

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How to: Urban Back Yard Farming for Rookies…

by Richard Carmichael June 24, 2011

What’s this world coming to? I have been thinking for the past few years that the amount of pesticides, herbicides and other toxic chemicals in food is getting out of control. Genetically modified foods, mass enterprise farming and the demise of the small family farm all over the world makes me sad. I read an […]

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Men’s Health : A Decade by Decade Primer

by Shawna Hamilton B.A., BKin, H.D June 19, 2011

Happy Father’s Day to each and every one of you! I sincerely hope that you enjoyed a wonderful day that was all about YOU! How appropriate to reach out to you now with a new post this month, because not only is June representative of Father’s Day, it just so happens to be Men’s Health […]

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8 Super Cool Summer Camp Ideas for Creative kids:

by Richard Carmichael June 16, 2011

Design Camp at the Design Exchange (Dx) in Toronto Every year as parents we scramble to find interesting stuff to engage our kids with over the summer holidays. For the lucky ones, its the trek to the cottage, for others it is a week or two away from the heat of the city up North […]

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How to Motivate Your Child…

by DanielaBaker May 28, 2011

without comparing him or her to others As a father, you have an important role in your children’s development. You can be a strong motivator when it comes to their intellectual, emotional and physical development. Unfortunately, many dads go about motivating their kids in the wrong way. They are excited to help their children grow […]

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Environmental Consciousness and Bargain Shopping: Intertwined

by Richard Carmichael March 16, 2011

A marriage of eco and commerce?? or just a more ethical way of doing business? We’ve all heard of Groupon, LivingSocial, Dealicious, Dealfind, Webpiggy, and a host of other deal of the day sites promising terrific savings on restaurants, botox injections and hair removal, but have you heard of ethicalDeal? (affiliate link) Do you think […]

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The Father Study…

by Richard Carmichael March 3, 2011

  Calling all fathers of newborns and children one year old or less… A study out of Loyola University and Erikson Institute in Chicago is looking for fathers of babies under one year of age to complete an online questionnaire about their experience of parenting a baby. This anonymous questionnaire takes about 20 minutes and […]

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Find your Whey to optimum muscle rejuvenation

by Shawna Hamilton B.A., BKin, H.D February 16, 2011

Which “Whey” Do I Go? Just enough knowledge to choose the better protein for you! Before I knew any better, nothing was worse than walking into my local nutrition house for protein powder, to be bombarded by a multitude of gargantuan, colorful plastic barrels— all promising variations on the same theme: muscle growth, faster recovery, […]

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Tips to help your kids to the head of the class

by Shawna Hamilton B.A., BKin, H.D January 7, 2011

Greetings my favorite Dads! I sincerely hope that you have each enjoyed a fabulous Holiday season and are looking forward to a happy and healthy New Year! You guys are typically the first on my mind when it comes to the various materials I compile to discuss on my blogs, and I know that we […]

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Teach Your Kids About Beauty With Lenzr’s Photography Contests

by Rob Campbell November 29, 2010

We’re often told that it’s not the destination, but the journey. Teach your kids how to find beauty in the unexpected, and it can prove to be an invaluable lesson for them. Growing up, one of the greatest things that my own dad has taught me is that beauty is in the eye of the […]

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Lest we forget…

by Richard Carmichael November 11, 2010

Graves of personnel from the Edmonton Regiment killed in the battle of Ortona, 7 January, 1944. We pause to honour the fallen on Remembrance Day “The lessons learned from these terrible conflicts must never fade from our collective consciousness,” Lieutenant-Governor Donald Ethell (Retired Colonel) My generation grew up in a world that was oblivious to […]

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ZERO TO HERO… One woman’s tale about male infertility

by Shawna Hamilton B.A., BKin, H.D October 21, 2010

Dearest Dads, Well, it has been a while since my last post, and I do apologize. Professionally, I seem to always be busy, I’m sure we have that in common right? While it’s my mission to deliver as much fun and informative fitness chatter as I can to keep you healthy and fit, today I […]

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Fall Harvest – Turn Losses into Gold?

by JamieList October 12, 2010

The bad news is in, and the equity markets are up, but still down from two years ago this fall.  Investors are reeling from constant negative news, and are deeply concerned about the general state of the economy.  Some of these fears are well founded, as the world economy is going through a period where it […]

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When A Highschool Hockey Program Goes Hollywood

by Rob Campbell September 19, 2010

Educators will tell you that having a winning sports team can inject efficacy and enthusiasm into an entire student body. There’s a buzz in the halls, and a new energy in the classroom, because it’s myth making and on some level each school victory makes everyone feel special. Kids remember where they were when it […]

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Lenzr Photo Safari For Kids – 3 new photo contests for iPads

by Rob Campbell August 19, 2010

Challenge your kids with cool photography assignments! A great activity that will engage their creative side, develop new skills and give them something fun to focus on this fall. Visit Lenzr.com and choose a photography assignment. Lenzr challenges people of all ages and skill levels to upload specific images for a safe and friendly web […]

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Cardiovascular Health and You: How to shop for your Heart!

by Shawna Hamilton B.A., BKin, H.D August 12, 2010

Hey favorite Dad of mine… I thought I might start this post with a bit of trivia… Most men love their stats right? But I bet you didn’t know that just over 30% of all deaths in Canada are attributed to cardiovascular disease huh? Ok, stop the depressing me Shawna!! (I know… I can hear […]

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Bet the Farm – Or Lock It In?

by JamieList August 4, 2010

I was recently asked by a client whether they should re-finance their mortgage, and if so, how should they do it. Since there is no way to predict the future, that is a difficult question to answer.  However, the most reasonable way to approach that question is to look at it from the perspective of risk.  […]

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Eyebrow Grooming: to pluck or not to pluck…

by Sean Beckingham July 25, 2010

Every day when you get up in the morning and every day before you go to bed, you look in the mirror and you don’t notice it. With each new day, like the great Glaciers, the two bushy areas above your eyes have been creeping ever so slowly towards mayhem. Then you see it. For  […]

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Management Fees – Are you paying for Bondage or Advice?

by JamieList July 15, 2010

Each year, Canadians decide how and where they will invest.  Other than asset allocation, the fees that are paid will likely have the largest impact on their account.  For some, fees will be paid to an advisor involved at some point in the process.  That advisor might be a planner or a broker who takes […]

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Eat Often—Lose Weight!

by Shawna Hamilton B.A., BKin, H.D July 13, 2010

show it in, in messy fist-fulls, originally uploaded by mufftycub. Eat often and watch the pounds drop off… Sound too good to be true? Hi guys! I hope you’ve missed me! This busy trainer of yours has been flying by the seat of her pants! That’s not to say that I have not been thinking […]

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Yay—Summer is here!

by Richard Carmichael July 7, 2010

Yay—Summer is here!, originally uploaded by HeadsUp_Dad. Well, if you haven’t already noticed, summer is in full swing. Heat waves, power outages, traffic jams, highway construction, air conditioners, cold beer on the patio, burgers on the barbeque, weekends up at the cottage, beach time, camping trips, outdoor adventure, family fun, summer holidays! We have been […]

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Daughters gone wild—Tilt: The Movie

by Richard Carmichael July 1, 2010

Happy Canada Day! And now for something completely different… Basically we’re looking for opinions (or information, or personal, real life experiences) about how fathers can connect with teenage daughters, especially when those teenage daughters are starting to get into things like drinking, drugs, or sex—daughters who have gone ‘a little wild. ‘Specifically, we’re hoping to […]

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Watch a Movie, Send a Kid to Camp

by Richard Carmichael June 25, 2010

At Hospice Toronto, where I was doing my original hospice and paliative care training, one of the presenters mentioned that the movie “Departures” would be really good for us to see in order to get more insight into the kind of work that Hospice is trying to do in our communities all across Canada. While […]

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Letters to my Father: Just a Word of Love

by AngelDavies June 20, 2010

On January 25, 2007 I lost my father, Christopher Davies, to spinal cancer. I think about him often, usually at times in my life when I don’t know what to do in a difficult situation and at times when I’d normally turn to him for his help and wise advice. Times like now. He was […]

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Fathers Day Tribute: Sunday Morning Rock Star

by Julie Keck June 17, 2010

Every Sunday morning at the Keck house, an epic battle was waged. No, it wasn’t my parents trying to drag my sister and me out of bed; we were up at the crack of dawn eating generic puffed rice (gag) and sitting in front of the TV watching the Three Stooges and wrestling. You know, […]

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This father’s day, we’re going fishing!

by Kim Samuelsen June 10, 2010

Do you remember when I’d write you poems like these for Father’s Day? And I was probably about 7 years old Dancing around when you’d come home from work… Ever since I was young, I have loved going on fishing trips with my dad, even if it meant getting up at 6AM. It’s been a […]

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Letters to my Father, a Fathers Day Tribute

by Richard Carmichael June 10, 2010

Greetings to you a week from Father’s Day: Love your Dad? Despise him? Miss him? Want to reach out and say something in a public place to reward his greatness, let him know what’s on your mind or even the score? Have something to say but can’t because he is gone? This month, we wonder […]

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Lenzr Celebrates 50 Year Old Dads In Time For Father’s Day

by Rob Campbell May 29, 2010

The 50 Going On 15 photo contest on Lenzr is set to collect, display and eventually grade a wide selection of photos of people, mostly men over 50 years old doing outrageous things like they were still teenagers. Is your father or anyone you know between the age of fifty and sixty years old? Do […]

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3 Fat traps to avoid on the job…

by Shawna Hamilton B.A., BKin, H.D May 29, 2010

You may not believe it, but your job may be weighing you down. Learn how to master these Fat Traps and you will thank yourself for it. Hello Handsome! I hope this post finds you and all of my favorite dads well and happy! Maybe you guys have noticed that my previous posts all had […]

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The Child Care Expense Derby

by JamieList May 18, 2010

My wife and I earn similar (but variable) incomes, and so each year we engage in what we call the “Child Care Expense Derby.”  We have the government to thank for that.  Every year I am a bit suprised by who it goes to (“and the winner is…”), but I am glad for the opportunity to […]

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3 safe and healthy ways to decrease body fat

by Shawna Hamilton B.A., BKin, H.D May 17, 2010

Do you want a tight and ripped body? Read on to learn 3 Safe and Healthy ways to Increase Muscle Mass and Decrease Body Fat I purposefully did not include these “muscle builders” in my discussion of healthy supplement options for you, because talking about muscular performance, endurance and muscle repair truly deserves undivided attention. […]

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Mothers Day Gift Ideas at HeadsUpDad

by Richard Carmichael May 7, 2010

MothersDay.at.headsupdad, originally uploaded by HeadsUp_Dad. With Mother’s Day bearing down hard (this coming Sunday fellas) many of us busy Dads cringe at the thought of it. Not that we don’t love our moms and significant others, we all do, but the fear that grips us as we start to think about what to get is […]

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Sustainable Family Fun in Toronto: The Evergreen Brickworks

by Richard Carmichael May 3, 2010

Brickworks_DV107, originally uploaded by HeadsUp_Dad. The weatherman was not so sure about how the day was going to unfold, but this gang of boys and one girl was not to be dissuaded by the weather map’s ambiguity. It was Saturday afterall, and the weekend warrior’s eco-adventure awaits. Another opportunity to seek out a deeper connection […]

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Protecting your Estate: Where there’s a Will…

by JamieList April 28, 2010

To love what is lovely, but will not last There are a variety of things that we don’t like to do. Taking out the garbage comes to mind, as a task that is unpleasant, but absolutely necessary to the proper functioning of a household. So it is with a legal Will. Many families, particularly young families, put […]

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Technology makes Private Schools better than Public Schools

by Rob Campbell April 24, 2010

New technology like iPads, smart blackboards and sophisticated social networking applications have made Ontario private schools into awesome educational facilities.  I recently attended a theatre performance at a private school north of Toronto that was preceded by a walking tour of the facilities.  As many of you know from reading my posts here, I’m a […]

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Where can your kids play soccer or baseball?

by Richard Carmichael April 23, 2010

Thinking of getting your son or daughter involved in an active summer, playing Soccer or Baseball in an organized community league? Not sure where to go or where to sign up? Heads Up Dad spotted this today and wanted to pass it along to you. The good people in the marketing department at Canadian Tire […]

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How Evergreen is Rehabilitating our Cities—Brick by Brick

by Richard Carmichael April 21, 2010

Evergreen Brickworks Toronto, originally uploaded by HeadsUp_Dad. Happy Earth day Everyone! In the spirit of tipping our hat to the place that gives us everything we need to sustain life, today’s post is going to relate to Environmental Stewardship of our planet. Specifically, the essential role we play as parents, cultivators and influencers of future […]

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Brandkarma – Social media on a mission

by Richard Carmichael April 15, 2010

Brand Karma was started in an attempt to help answer two basic questions – what kind of a world do you want to live in and what kind of a world do you want to leave your kids?  They’re important questions, far too important to leave to governments, regulators, experts and business leaders to answer […]

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Vitamins and Supplements for Optimal Health and Vitality

by Shawna Hamilton B.A., BKin, H.D April 11, 2010

Are you looking to optimize your Health and Vitality? I’m sure you have heard it. There are those that believe that taking any extra nutritional supplement is a very quick way to flush down expensive urine, and that all that our bodies nutritional requirements can come from the food we eat. But vitamins and minerals […]

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Arts and Crafts: How to make coffee filter flowers

by AngelDavies March 26, 2010

dancing the breeze, originally uploaded by HeadsUp_Dad. Hello Dad! At last, spring is finally here and what a great time to enjoy everything about it – the warmth, the sound of birds singing, and buds appearing on the trees. It won’t be long before you see the colours of flowers appearing in your neighbours’ gardens […]

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Debunking 3 common myths about physical fitness

by Shawna Hamilton B.A., BKin, H.D March 24, 2010

BeerBelly171, originally uploaded by Heavy Duty Bear. Time to get fit? Confused by bombarding fitness information? What’s truth and what is myth? I never knew my life as a trainer could be so rewarding and so much fun. I have incredible passion for my work, and after several years in the business, I can honestly […]

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Creative Frugal – Try a Lenzr Photo Safari with Kids

by Rob Campbell March 21, 2010

Sophisticated kids need stimulation. Some parents tell me their oldest boys and girls will ask ‘whats in it for me?’ when you propose family fun activities that don’t include shopping malls or Playdium type amusement centers. Nature is becoming an increasing tough sell as kids resent being unplugged for any length of time. I know […]

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Three Easy Steps to Put Your Fitness Routine in Gear!

by Shawna Hamilton B.A., BKin, H.D March 17, 2010

Spring has sprung, time to get in shape!, originally uploaded by HeadsUp_Dad. Spring has sprung! and with it, come the shorts, t-shirts and the bulges that have taken over since last summer… Do you want to get fit and in better shape but are not sure where to start? I’m not only an experienced, professional […]

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A natural approach to treating seasonal allergies

by DrErin March 11, 2010

318/365 Sneeze, originally uploaded by mek22. SPRING HAS SPRUNG!!! (gulp) While most of us are quite happy to wave farewell to Old Man Winter, for those who struggle with seasonal allergies or hay fever, the coming of spring is likely to bring anxiety and perhaps even dread.  Over the past few decades, allergies are on […]

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Timeraiser: Social Call for Social Purpose

by Richard Carmichael February 18, 2010

When times get tough, they get tough for us all. When money is tight and people just can’t scrape together cash to donate to their favourite charity, Non profits, NGO’s and local community support organizations who depend on donations from good people like you, fall short on their obligations or have to cut back on the […]

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Your RRSP and Long Term Wealth

by JamieList February 17, 2010

Maximizing Your RRSP RRSP’s are the central planning tool for many Canadians’ retirement objectives.  Say what you like, but the tax advantages of the deductible contribution are a powerful incentive to add to this tax-deferred investment vehicle. It is important to note that the RRSP is just that – a tax deferral.  Most Canadians understand […]

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115 things to do in New York with your kids

by Richard Carmichael February 16, 2010

Muppet WhatNot Workshop, originally uploaded by SummerSadie. I love New York. I have promised my almost six year old daughter that I will take her on an adventure there some day soon. I love the idea of the two of us hanging out in Central Park, shopping just for fun in a marvellous toy store, […]

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Kids, Residential Garage Doors and Home Security

by Rob Campbell April 4, 2016

Sometimes even the most agile Heads-Up Dads discover they can’t have nice things stored out in their garage anymore because with so many kids playing on the property, they can’t keep their storage areas locked and safe from thieves. Its a hard decision to tell kids they can’t play with the neighbors on the home […]

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Five Best Franchises for Familypreneurs

by Rob Campbell October 28, 2014

A familypreneur is an entrepreneur who runs a business with his family.  This means their business decisions are made while considering their family’s needs, and by considering how their enterprise affects their loved ones. A familypreneurship is born from a deep consideration of the opportunity available, and what limitations or expansion of the family dynamic […]

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