Jason Thomson is a writer, creative director, photographer, speaker and blogger (frameonephoto.com). With Family Sized Blender, he details life blending together two parents and six kids. As a result, he is very, very tired.
Don't panic! The secret to parenting? Understanding what the REAL end goal is.
If I only had one rule for life, this would be it. Cultivate joy. This is my own…
What does "appreciation" really mean anyway? Here's what I think and how I'm instilling it in my kids.
It's more than empathy, more than acceptance -- it's the single biggest thing our kids should do when thinking about others.
Want to ensure your kids have good careers, good marriages and good lives? Start by instilling this concept...
You know life is wildly unpredictable, you’ve lived it. So how do you help a growing child to understand, accept and thrive through the turbulence?
Got a teen who only seems to care about video games. Me too. Here's what I'm doing about it.
What’s the real secret to success in life? Try. Then try again.
Teach your kids how to build processes - from To Do lists to math worksheets, and life gets a whole lot easier.
As adults, yoga teachers and psychologists drill us on the importance of deep breathing to address stress, control anxiety and get more out of exercise, I believe deep breathing is even more important for kids.
See that photo of my daughter? Yep. She got an academic achievement award when she graduated Grade 8 a few months back. And while she's a super smartie, I think a lot about what will keep that smile on her face, and it doesn't specifcally relate to the classroom.
We did a road trip most of our six kids -- and we learned how to save some money (and sanity) along the way.
We’re not so different you and I. Sure. I have six kids in a blended family. But my day-to-day life is pretty much the same as someone with two kids in a non-blended family.
I think I found the magic key to get my kids to talk to me, just ask them to write a blog post about what they think about being in a blended family.
I tried an enlightening little exercise this week. I asked my kids what they felt being part of a large, blended family. First up, our 13-year-old.
You won't believe what's happening at a wonderful, tech-focused school in Bradford, Ont.
Which one of your kids is better? Answer that question and you've just made a classic parenting mistake.
What's the best thing we can do as parents? Teach our kids to read? Provide more emotional intelligence support? These are all fine and good, but sleeping well is one thing I'm trying really hard to instill in the kids.
As parents, failure is the thing that scares us most. But failure is the most important teaching tool we have.
"How much money do you make?" Well, It doesn't REALLY matter.
Six kids. No time. Here's how I create time (even if you want to look at me with those judging eyes).
It's the age old question of step parents everywhere - how do I know I love the new kids? En route to the hospital, I figure it out.
It's the hardest part of the job - getting every mom on the same page. I've become good at it. Sometimes a little too good.
More time? Try more efficiency. It's not as tough as it sounds, and the benefits are crazy big.
By truly asking the basic questions about what we need and what we want, we can make the choices that give us the best life possible.
Turn off the radio. Put away the DVD screens. Ban the iPads. Your car is the best classroom you've got.
I hate report cards. Grades represent results and results don’t matter in the way we think they should.
Who has the time to make time? Surprisingly, you do.
Tech is a big part of my daily life. Bedtime proves to me that we’re at the tip of the iceberg and I’m going to charge forward and find out how to make everyone’s lives even better.
You think you bought a lot of stuff this week – four of our six kids have birthdays on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Eve. Here's how we cope.
You want to deal with six kids? It helps by knowing who they are and what they're capable of.
Six kids. Five families. One attempt to bring everyone together under a single roof. Welcome to Family Sized Blender.