Dad’s Corner

Riley Hunt enjoys the snow with his grandparents' mini goldendoodle, Charlie. Photo Credit Angela Jacques

Winter of discontent

Batten the hatches! You don’t need weather to experience a cold front—just a child in his pre-preteen years Winter is coming. In fact, it’s been festering within my walls since the summer. One of the subtle truths I’ve learned about […]

Jon Willing and his son Miles prepare to zip down the hill at Carlington Park in Ottawa. Photo credit Nicole WillingJon Willing and his son Miles prepare to zip down the hill at Carlington Park in Ottawa. Photo credit Nicole Willing

Winter chic

Outdoor family fun has Jon Willing rethinking his cold-weather wardrobe     I might get a second pair of snow pants this winter.  Oh, I’m sorry. Are snow pants uncool? Somewhere around middle school, snow pants became a fashion faux […]

Miles Willing’s first day of junior kindergarten in Sept. 2022, and his last day of JK in June 2023. Photo Courtesy Jon Willing

The kindergarten field journal

If someone in your home is starting school this fall, worry not My gosh, the sand. It will be everywhere. And just when you think every clump has been shaken out of your kid’s sneakers, an avalanche of tiny grains […]

It's tradition: Riley Hunt perches atop a rock for a photo. Photo Credit: Angela Jacques

Ugh, dad!

Embarrassing your kid is practically a rite of passage This column was meant to be completely different.  It was supposed to be a delightful and amusing narrative describing my son’s infatuation with spending his summers with his grandparents. Specifically, it […]

Longer summer days mean Miles Willing can try out more activities. Photo Credit Nicole Willing

Summer squeeze

Getting every last drop out of a fleeting season requires a complex formula There are few reasons why our son’s bedtime would be extended, even in the stretched sunny days of summer. Once the elusive bedtime routine is finally nailed […]

Jon Willing pulls his son Miles home on a sled at the end of a school day. Photo Credit Jon Willing

Dad bod

Fatherhood has both inspired and encouraged this dad’s very practical, very strategic fitness routine It was around Elgin Street when I gleefully realized my knees weren’t going to buckle after all. I had trudged three long downtown blocks on the […]

Chris Hunt (with son Riley) enjoys ice cream on a warm day. He's looking forward to the spring and more of these moments. Photo credit Angela Jacques

Gimme a break

March Break holds special charms for Chris Hunt. Here’s why it ranks over Christmas and New Year’s When I was a boy, I didn’t appreciate March Break for what it really was. Being your typical self-absorbed adolescent, I was grateful […]