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I CAN'T GET NO

I Can’t Get … ‘Satisfaction’

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“Dad, did you know one of the Beatles was killed?” asked my five-year-old son during dinner one day. “Yes, I did know that,” I replied. 

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Time Machine: How A Vibro Wrist-Alarm Can Transport You To The Present

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I never knew how precious sleep could be. My wife and I share the room with our son Ted, whose erratic night wakings became so frequent that at their worst, each night was a sort of a fever dream blurring into the next. When we finally did catch some Zs, the last thing either of us wanted… Read More »

Dads Mitchell and Orrin

How To Make A Family: A Bunch Documentary

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  Last summer, just days before the birth of their twins via gestational surrogate, Mitchell Marcus and Orrin Wolpert graciously let me, our former editor, Jes Watson, and our video guy, Adam, invade their home. This is the freaking awesome story of how their babies, Yael and Eytan, came to be. It’s a tale of friendship (would you give your best friends… Read More »

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More Useful Devices: A Compact for Dudes

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When I first started wearing my son, Ted, I stole my wife’s compact and carried it around with me. She has yet to be down with this. “What’s he doing — is he upset? How’s he hanging there?” “See, this is why I carry a mirror.” “No, that is why you carry my mirror.” “Hey, if it’s… Read More »

Fisher Price record player

original Fisher Price Record Player (& records)

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I bought this Fisher Price record player about 18 years ago now. This was long before I became a dad — I used it as a sound source to make tape loops. I only really used the turntable for personal demos and experiments; it never quite made it onto a studio album. Last year we had… Read More »

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More Useful Devices: The Decoy

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There must be some kind of law in the universe that babies are inevitably drawn to things that aren’t toys. Put them in a sunny meadow full of butterflies and stuffed animals and somehow they’ll get their hands on a dirty diaper. In any given living room the forbidden fruit may be magazines, library books, TV… Read More »

GEAR DAD - THE FLASHLIGHT

Useful Devices for Wrangling Young’uns

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Becoming a new parent is more than hard. It’s like your eyes are suddenly opened to all the chaos in the universe, a world of insanity comprising bodily fluids of every possible colour, spilled cheerios and jingling toys. Babies, man. Which is why as a new Dad you need to turn to aspects from your past… Read More »

superdads don't bale

Superdads Don’t Bale!

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Unlike pretty much every one of the world’s ski hills, the city-run slope at Earl Bales Park near the intersection of Bathurst and Sheppard begins at the top. That is, the parking lot, the rental facility, the cafeteria and the washrooms all exist above the Earl Bales incline. At most ski hills, you put on… Read More »

Kids versus Mountain Equipment Co-op

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I find it really difficult to bring kids into gear outfitters. Basically you need a black belt in parenting to pull it off without an argument or some other incident. Sporting Life, the Patagonia store, that new Meltdown snowboard shop south of King on Dufferin, Sign of the Skier and Skiis and Biikes … these… Read More »

WTF is going on in your 2-year-old’s head?

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Jason Good is a man we love. A man we love because he writes things like this:

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How to Toboggan

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“I’m too tired to walk!” This from my son, Myron. He stood in the alley at the north end of Trinity Bellwoods Park, several garage doors behind me. I never deal especially well with whinging, but this homeward trip from the toboggan hill had already yielded several standoffs. I had a sudden urge to tilt… Read More »

Bring On Winter Wonderland

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Have you heard the GREAT news? Meteorologists predict a snowier than usual winter this year in Ontario. And much of the province was gorgeously doused last night. We’re excited to have Christopher Shulgan back with a  column about kids and winter sports: Welcome to the Bunny Slope. Skiing and snowboarding with young kids can be difficult. I did it… Read More »

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