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How my kids taught me that some rules just aren't black-and-white

I told my boys not to swap away toys I'd just bought them. Then my line in the sand crumbled

Lego plane with Lloyd

This essay originally appeared in The Globe and Mail on May 29, 2014.

Every schoolday, I pick up my kids at the bus stop and greet them with a big smile. I get toothy grins in return. Sometimes we walk home, sometimes we waddle. Sometimes it’s a piggyback.

Ambling home one day, my eldest son announces: “I’m gonna . . .

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November 26, 2015

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