How To Properly Load the Dishwasher: The First Six Months of Marriage

My husband and I met at Mohawk, we have enjoyed eight blissful years of courtship, we survived the long distance struggle shortly after graduating while we both moved away to begin our careers, we bought and renovated a home together, we started a business together, and planned a wedding for 250 guests with relative ease. So after saying our “I Do’s” and settling back in to regular every-day life we thought things would continue on in a similar fashion and we were right…for the most part.

When we first got engaged, we received a plethora of unsolicited marriage advice from kind heart-ed well-meaning people who drove me to drink and I promise I won’t subject you to the same nauseating list of fortune cookie sayings. Instead, here’s a list of the things that you won’t find in a fortune cookie, but you sometimes need to hear: Continue Reading

Benefits of Hands-On Learning

backpackThere’s been a huge shift in the labour market. It’s likely no different from what the agricultural sector experienced years ago when youth stopped gravitating towards those jobs and turned to the retail/hospitality sector which were closer to home, and not as physically demanding. Patterns are emerging, however, in the labour market where there doesn’t seem to be many youth who want or are available to work general labour and customer service type jobs.

Who claims responsibility for this shift? Are we not allowing our children the opportunity of experience life hands-on? Are current parents cocooning our young people in an effort to protect them from making mistakes? Some say they would rather their kids focus on education, but how can one understand what they are actually good at without hands-on experiential learning? Continue Reading