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24 Hours My Kids Will Never Forget

24 Hours My Kids Will Never Forget

My wife was busy relocating our family of 6 to Vancouver, BC last weekend and asked me to stay home with the kids. I agreed. Twenty-four hours later, the car had 600 new miles, I had a new tattoo, my kids had an adventure of a lifetime, and I had some explaining to...
Giving Back: A Family Activity

Giving Back: A Family Activity

Many years ago, my wife and I set a goal for ourselves. We would instill generosity in our kids. The only way to successfully do this though is to teach by example. So that’s what we do. We give back to our communities together. We make it a family activity, and when...
The Soup to Cure All Colds

The Soup to Cure All Colds

I grew up in an Italian family, which meant three things: 1)   A lot of laughing. 2)    A lot of swearing. 3)   A lot of food. All three were on display every Sunday, when our table overfloweth with conversation, mushroom risotto, roasted veal, homemade tiramisu, and...
4 Lessons in Bravery You Can Learn From a Child

4 Lessons in Bravery You Can Learn From a Child

My wife and I move our family every year. We’ve lived in Vermont, China, Vancouver … and many places in between. We do this to learn new cultures and embrace new adventures. It’s awesome. And also very hard. Every time we move, we leave behind friends, a home we’ve...
Sometimes You Need to Speed Up  to Slow Down

Sometimes You Need to Speed Up to Slow Down

Dragging the kids out of bed before 6 a.m. is never easy, especially when it’s to go for a run. But for the De Sena clan, the call of the wild beckons before dawn. One Saturday morning, just after we moved to Vancouver last fall, I barged into my kids’ rooms as the...