Ahhhhh laundry….

laundryrev

The signs are all there for when it’s time to outsource a role.

A bed of quicksand

quicksand

Do you ever have those mornings, when your alarm goes off and you have the best of intentions to hit the gym or catch-up on emails before the steady thrum of activity that consumes you’re every being when the kids wake-up begins and-you-just-can’t-pull-yourself-out-of-the-comfy-confines-of-your-soft-warm-bed…

Yeah, I know the feeling.

One night with my puking son

one-night

Look, I remember being a kid and feeling like the world was stacked against me in moments like this. It’s easy to deflect the hurt and pain onto someone else and the most obvious target is the one who is looking after you. They are listening already to your aches and pains so it’s only natural to be completely honest about how you want to feel better.

What this episode did reinforce is how much I appreciated my mom and dad doing this kind of thing for me. I’m not sure I ever thanked them enough so I’ll just bank this as a pay it forward kind of thing.

Your answer to: “What should I have to eat?”

snacks

If your kids are anything like mine, they come home from school famished. Ravenous. The default is to go for the easy stuff – packaged crap that is high in sugar and tastes delicious. Well, with the help of the Canadian Sport Institute and our Canmore Nordic Ski Club, (we had a nutritionist speak to us about healthy food choices for student athletes), I’ve whittled down an excellent list into some options I believe are easy for my kids to help themselves to, are better for them and also taste delicious. My hope is that this eliminates the question that invariably follows the dumping of their knapsack and plodding over to wherever I happen to be when they come home which is, “What should I have to eat?”

“Feast your eyes on the fridge door!” I shall reply in a jolly tone. “And choose whatever tickles your taste buds!” The rest, is up to them.

Print off a copy, slap it on your fridge and let me know if your day becomes “What should I have to eat” free!

img_2584

Well, we do preach honesty…

back-to-school

At 17 1/2 days off this year, yeah, I get it.

Bedtime jobs- know your role…

Image

sleep-roles

Enter The Art of Dad father’s day contest and win a customized illustration about one of YOUR family’s stories!

I’ve had a number of emails and comments from people over the years asking for prints of The Art of Dad so I thought I’d try something different for the upcoming Father’s Day. I’ve put together a contest through rafflecopter.com that will track Facebook likes, comments, tweets and follows, each worth one point. For one week the contest tracker will tally the points and on June 19th we’ll have a winner! I’ll contact the winner who will share with me an idea they have for a cartoon and I’ll draw a special illustration customized to the winner’s family. The cartoon will be featured on theartofdad.com on Father’s day and I’ll send the winner the original artwork! We’ll see how it goes!

Please share this with your friends and we’ll see what kind of response we get! Any questions, please email me at: artofdad@gmail.com

To enter the contest, click on the following link:http://gvwy.io/vn4j8tb

contest