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Family Hut Trips: A Love Story
March 13, 2017

What do you want to know about hut trips? Please read this reflection and comment below. A Picture of Perfection: There is an image seared in my mind, part real and part predefined. Cai and I used to read a series of books by Holly Hobbie about two pigs called  Toot and Puddle. My favorite […]

I am giving you fair warning, I need a little aid developing my thoughts on adventure.  Consequently, there will a be a plea for your help at the end. Let me start with a little context. A case for adventure: Cai is a little different from his classmates. It is very evident when we are skiing. Skiing is something a lot […]

After last weeks article, we know that adventure is the feeling you gain from an uncertain outcome. We also know why adventure is important. The question becomes how do we incorporate it into raising our children. The fantastic part is that in most instances it will happen naturally when we get out of our own […]

Adventure & Holding a Space for our Children
October 2, 2016

“Adventure: the feeling you gain from an uncertain outcome.” A vision for the results of adventure: Picture this, your once young child is leaving for college. You swell with pride as you watch them go. This transition towards independence was both satisfying and easy. When you look at your offspring you see an accomplished and beautiful being. She is resilient, […]

Teaching Balance and Rhythm
September 11, 2016

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” Thomas Merton Finding Balance and Rhythm while commuting: Rhythm has played a part in all my best commutes and I am blessed that several were incredible. The ferry from Manley to the Sydney Opera House, skate skiing in Anchorage for four months […]

Strong foundations are an important strategy in developing anything worthwhile. Standing on the top of Mt Audubon I was struck by the boys’ smiles. I had  dreamed of and prepared for this moment for years. The day my son reached a peak that involved multiple mountaineering skills. The boys weren’t the only ones with a grin […]

Cognitive dissonance. You know that feeling when a deeply seated belief you hold is shattered by new evidence? Cognitive dissonance is a psychological phenomena that occurs when there is a clash between beliefs or a belief and evidence. Let me tell you a story. The first time I went to the far North, I took a group […]

Self-Denial, Risk and Parenting: 
February 12, 2016

“I regard it as the foremost task of education to insure the survival of these qualities: an enterprising curiosity, an undefeatable spirit, tenacity in pursuit, readiness for sensible self-denial, and above all, compassion.” Kurt Hahn When you shouldn’t do something is it sensible self-denial?  All I know is not doing something I love is hard. […]