Sunny Cinque Terre on Our Own Two Feet (Mostly)

Spring is here, and it is time to welcome warmer temperatures back into our lives, or maybe not! As of this writing, Switzerland has again delivered extremely wild weather and given us good reason to journey off to another land during the spring break. We drove south this year to Italy and visited the Cinque…

Risk-taking 101

It is ski season, and I have been out quite a bit to ski with my children. My youngest two are still beginners so my wife and I stick to easy runs with them, but my oldest daughter is a pretty good skier. She and I have had some fun this year going off-piste to…

Laughing Matters

I grew up with a family who taught me to laugh and have fun. I was fortunate to have many aunts and uncles, cousins and second cousins, and so on. There were numerous “clowns” in my large, extended family and we were all a little goofy. None of us were afraid to make fools of…

“How Many Sleeps…?”

We all know what it’s like to have a child anticipating a big day. It’s difficult for anyone to think clearly and focus when there are things like a birthday, holiday or big vacation coming up, but it’s especially distracting for kids. Thank goodness we have a concept that helps them count down the days…

Whatever Feels Right

Fathering gives me a chance to help my children understand some of the things that are still challenging for me. Whenever the drama of primary school sends one of my daughters home a little upset, I talk them through it and help them to see what is really important. The topic is a good reminder…

Taking Care of Business – Locally

  All of us are interested in a good deal, right? Sometimes I shop online or go to the “big box” stores to get the best prices. Online auctions like ricardo and ebay are great ways to find things on the cheap. However, if something goes wrong with the transaction or the product, it can…

Fathering: Summer Excursions That Make a Splash

Summer Excursions That Make a Splash

As residents of Switzerland, we have opportunities to enjoy some of the best outdoor sports conditions in the world. This place is world class, no doubt. There is something for everyone, whether you are into the extreme or just the recreational side. When it comes to summertime fun, water is an essential ingredient and Switzerland…

Once, Twice, Three Times a Baby

  Being a first-time father was amazing for me. Becoming a father for the second time was also amazing, but not in the same way. Three times a father turned my life upside down. I have two girls and a boy. When our first daughter was born, all of the emotions and thoughts of becoming…

The Brain’s Bridge to Happiness

Using science to explain how our world ticks has always interested me. I am the type of person who likes to see exactly how things work and why they work the way they do. I had never considered happiness to be a topic that could be explained in such a factual manner, but there is…

Wow! What a Ride!

Living life to the fullest seems to be a popular concept to embrace when we are young and starting out. There are many new things to experience and dreams to guide us as we set out to make a life for ourselves. Lots of life happens in the middle, and then there’s the “bucket list”…