Another day, another “bad mom” meme or rant. Oh look, this one’s about how she’s always on her phone. How original. Sigh. What is it with our obsession with moms and their phones? If a dad popped out of a school performance to take a call we’d be fine with it. We might roll our eyes and … [Read more...]
Do You Still Buy Your Kids’ School Photo?
It's a school tradition as highly anticipated as the first day back at school for parents. On the flip side, for many kids, it's a ritual that is dreaded as deeply as their end-of-year exams. We're talking of course, about School Picture Day. A yearly practice, whereby a photographer (of varying … [Read more...]
This Is The Toughest (But Most Valuable) Thing To Teach Teens
Teaching our kids to be vulnerable is tough. To a teenager, being vulnerable means opening yourself up to judgment, ridicule or even bullying. And if there is one thing that seems to be common amongst teens, it is the great need to feel accepted. But as an adult, well into my forties, I still … [Read more...]
How To Find A Great Babysitter (And How To Keep Them)
Babysitting is a funny job. Most of us hire part-time occasional sitters with a minimum of background information. We look for referrals for teenagers (usually girls) who are responsible and live close by. In my house, additional criteria may include: Willingness to play with Barbies Not … [Read more...]
Why Can’t I Stop Yelling At My Kids Every Goddamn Bedtime?
“You’re going to stay in your own bed all night tonight, right?” “Your breath smells like coffee,” my four-year-old replied. The two were not unrelated. My children were terrible sleepers as babies, and they are terrible sleepers now. The oldest complains he can’t sleep until 11 pm, and the … [Read more...]
Parenting: Nothing More Than A Series Of Near Misses?
My child stood in the doorway of my bedroom with a big smile. It was 6 am, and he was getting dressed for school. The smile was because he thinks it’s hilarious to be naked, as all 6-year-olds do. And, as all 6-year-olds do, he started acting goofy. With his pants around his ankles, he decided … [Read more...]
How I Parented While My Mom’s Life Slipped Away
We go by many names—family caregiver, in-home care, and the Sandwich Generation. We are the people taking care of our parents and our kids. We’re stuck in the middle of a whole group of people who need us. Who need things from us constantly. Who present us with the biggest challenges, and greatest … [Read more...]
I Put My Kid In An Uber Without Me And Here’s What Happened
A couple of weeks ago, the Toronto Star printed an article about a father in Vancouver, who allowed four of his children, ages seven to 11, to take public transit to school. The father, Adrian Crook, told the paper that he spent two years "training" his children to take the 45-minute public transit … [Read more...]
If School Welcome Letters Were Honest
Is anyone else DROWNING in paperwork right now? The first week of school my kids brought home enough paper to power Burning Man seven times over. I get it: allergies, bus policies, safe dismissal procedures, PA days, there’s lots of important information to be communicated. But let’s be honest, … [Read more...]
5 Tips For Surviving The Back To School Transition
We blinked and the summer ended. September is already well under way and we can barely remember those two glorious months we spent with the kids. Being back at school means we're back to the wake ups, the lunch packing, the sock finding and the general carnage as we rush out the door. It’s going … [Read more...]
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