31 December 2010

Who did you like to drive with as a Kid? Mom or Dad?

Kids aged 6 to 15 were recently asked who they would prefer to drive with: Mom or Dad?

Understanding Why Your Child May Be Impatient

Have you ever asked your child to wait? Especially for something exciting, like their birthday, a visit from friends or family, or an activity. What is their usual reaction when you ask them to wait? Probably negatively. Have you ever wondered why this may be?

The best thing to do is to try to consider what it is like being in your child’s shoes. This way you will have an idea about what your child is feeling and thinking. So you can answer the question, “what does your child think when you tell them to wait?”

Let’s do some math, so we can try and figure out what your child is going through when you ask them to wait. Let’s assume you are 30, and your child is two.

Read the rest on Battleford's News Optimist.

25 December 2010

Merry Christmas!!

Christmas is a wonderful time to spend with family and friends, and also a great time to unwind from everyday life.  I truly hope you are having a fantastic Christmas!

I have included in this post a talk that I gave to at church to the congregation.  I talked about what Jesus Christ saved us from, spiritual and physical death, and why we need a Saviour.  If religion isn't your thing, discount the rest of this post and enjoy your Christmas.

22 December 2010

Couples who delay having sex get benefits later

"Couples who hit the honeymoon too early – that is, prioritize sex promptly at the outset of a relationship – often find their relationships underdeveloped when it comes to the qualities that make relationships stable and spouses reliable and trustworthy." - Mark Regnerus
There was a study recently concluded at BYU (the #1 producer of family therapy research in the USA) that found if you delay sex in your intimate relationship, there are relational qualities.

The study found that those who waited until marriage for sex were:

  • 22% more likely to have relational stability
  • 20% more likely to have higher relationship satisfaction
  • 15% more likely to have a better sexual relationship
  • 12% more likely to have better relational communication
Those who delayed sex to later in the relationship, but before marriage, their numbers would be half of what was stated.

Read the entire press release here at the BYU website.

Understanding Why Your Child May Be Impatient

Have you ever asked your child to wait? Especially for something exciting, like their birthday, a visit from friends or family, or an activity. What is their usual reaction when you ask them to wait? Probably negatively.  Have you ever wondered why this may be?

Read the entire article on Notes on Parenting.

16 December 2010

How to Know What to get Your Significant Other

I appeared on Winnipeg's Breakfast Television and discussed the answer to the question, "what should I get for my significant other?"

It was the first time I have ever done such a thing.  It was a lot of fun, and I sure hope I can do it again! Some people have said I had a "deer in the headlights" moment.  I admit to this. This is due to the fact that I saw myself on the monitor and thought "boy do I look fat."  I have yet to loose any of the pregnancy weight from both my kids, and it just really showed through at that moment.

Nonetheless, here is the link to watch the video.  This is all based on a column that I wrote last year in the Battleford's News Optimist.

11 December 2010

Lindsey Stirling has released an Album!

I am sure by now, many people know that I am a fan of Lindsey Stirling, and always find her blog posts entertaining.  She was on America's Got Talent, and was the HipHop violinist.

I was stoked to discover that she has released an album.  It is small, but it is a must have.  Plus since it is small, it is very affordable!  So go get it here on iTunes.

10 December 2010

Sex in the Baby Years

I saw this article and it was a must read for me (it has been a must read for a lot of individuals, it is generating a lot of interest).  Having just had my second child, I am now unintentionally practicing what some couples have told me would happen: abstinence.

09 December 2010

Marriage Stabilizes Men

There are many benefits to getting married.  One that hasn't been researched, but has been 'assumed,' is that marriage has a taming effect on men.

Recent research found that marriage does have a positive influence on men. It was also found that men give up a lot of their antisocial behaviours.

I know of several people, including myself, that after marriage, behaviours like:

  • excessive video gaming
  • low responsibility
  • reckless/careless driving
  • seclusive hobbies
Among others all decreased and withered away.  For example, for me, I used to draw comics, they were even published in The Manitoban, but after marriage, priorities changed, and the fruitless activity dwindled.

Read the full article here.

07 December 2010

Creating Christmas Memories That Will Last Forever

Can you remember what you got for Christmas last year?  How about the year before?  Some of you who have a great memory probably can, but for some of us, that may be a stretch to think what we got 365 days ago.


Read the entire post on Notes on Parenting.

06 December 2010

Farm 2 School Manitoba

There is a great new program being launched in Manitoba, called Farm2School.  It is a new way for fundraising at school using healthy and local foods.

It is partnership between the Manitoba Government, Manitoba Association of Home Economists, and Peak of the Market.

We all know (or at least should know) that healthy food helps keep our mental health in check, helps us develop a healthy body, and helps have an energy balanced day.

Getty Stewart, MAHE President, was on Breakfast Television explaining the new initiative in a short segment.

For more information go to www.farm2schoolmanitoba.ca.  Let's start having healthy fundraisers!

Cricket & Life: Caught, Don't Get Caught Up In Damaging Behaviours

Being caught in Cricket, is the same way as being caught and getting out in Baseball.  If you loft the ball in the air and a fielder catches it, you are out.

Now don’t think that this life skill is about doing things until you get caught. That’s not it at all.  This is more about not getting caught up in behaviours that will postpone the progression of our abilities.

Don’t get caught in the wrong crowd.  Don’t do things that lower your brain capacity, or that bring you down.  Be around those who lift you up, help you reach your goals, and motivate you.

Don’t get caught up in an addiction.  I realize there are those who have addictions because they are escaping something in their lives, but they are not healthy ways of dealing with a traumatic experience.  If you are a recovering alcoholic, don’t hang around a bar.  By extension, if alcoholism runs in your family for several generations, I’d recommend not getting caught up in alcohol.

Primarily for the males, don’t get caught up in pornography.  This is damaging to your relationship with women.  It gives you misinformation about intimacy in a relationship.  Stay away from it; it does you no good.  In the same light, wives, don’t look at pictures (even if it isn’t pornographic) that you wouldn’t want your husband looking at.

There are plenty of other items that you know you shouldn’t get caught up in.  You are your best judge. If you are caught up in a behaviour that you want to rid yourself of, stop doing it now. If you need help, seek it.

Of course, me being a positive individual, I want to end on a positive note. Get caught up in the things you should be doing!

01 December 2010

Parents, Ask Your Kids For A Wish List

It’s that time of year again! Santa is making a list, and checking it twice! But how about you parents, do you have a Christmas list? Do you know what your children want for Christmas?  You might be able to save yourself some time and money by asking your children what they want.


Read the entire post on Notes on Parenting.