Tag: balanced family life

We are NOT raising Princesses

“What are you doing?!!?”  I screamed to my parents as Annika opened ‘The Little Mermaid’ DVD one Christmas.  ‘This is a Princess movie you fools!!!’  OK, so I did not scream at my parents but I wanted to.  In hindsight I may have over-reacted a little as Annika has now watched ‘The Little Mermaid’ many times as well as ‘Cinderella,… Read more →

Surviving as a One Car Family

Guys like to talk about cars right?  Our love affair with the automobile is a part of the male identity, correct?  Well, not for me.  I never understood the fascination for cars as in my view they are just a method to get around and a necessary evil for the ultimate road-trip.  I don’t like spending money and for all the many options we… Read more →

Lisa’s Garden Challenge

With Martin doing the Geocache Diet  weight loss challenge Lisa thought she needed a challenge of her own.  True to her nature Lisa decided not to do some competitive quantitative challenge, instead an abstract, creative, ‘feel good’ challenge is more her speed.  Lisa’s challenge is to make her garden look beautiful and productive.  As other novice gardeners will tell you, this… Read more →

Slow Parenting Grandparents Style

When I do arts and crafts with our kids I cannot help but think about times I spent with my grandparents.  When I was growing up my brother and I would go to my Grandmothers’ and Grandfathers’ house for the weekend and we would always seem to do a lot of different arts and crafts projects.  My Grandma was a very… Read more →

Mealtime is Family Time

Last night we gave the kids a special treat; we let them watch a movie while eating dinner.  I know!  We are crazy and reckless parents!  Even though it seems commonplace these days I don’t know how long it has been since we watched TV during mealtime.  It used to be an everyday occurrence before we had kids. Mealtime with young kids can be… Read more →

Changes to FamilyNavigation.com

Martin and Lisa are proud to announce that we will be making some content changes to FamilyNavigation.com.  After writing the blog, Balanced Family Life Review – 6 Months On, we realized that we had a lot we wanted to accomplish this year.  We decided that we should come up with some challenges based around these goals and write about them.  Here… Read more →

The Inefficiency of Kids

I have a great arrangement right now.  I am working with my wife at home on a couple fun business ideas and I get to spend a lot time with of our kids.  We have created the framework for the balanced family lifestyle we wanted.  There is one thing however that has been hard for me with this arrangement.  Kids are… Read more →