When I was 13, I had a long-term babysitting gig for a single mother in my neighbourhood that took place every Thursday. I would walk over to my not-so-close neighbour’s house for a 5 pm start time, so I could make dinner for the kids and myself—usually pasta and a jar of sauce. I would then serve … [Read more...]
Which Celeb Mom Would You Let Babysit?
Thanks to the wonderful world of social media and oversharing, we know a lot about celebrity moms and their parenting styles. So, based on what you know, which celebrity mom—if any—would be at the top of your list to babysit your kids? A survey conducted by Meredith Parents Network polled 800 … [Read more...]
Criminal Parenting: Are We Getting Too Tough On Moms And Dads?
Judging other parents on their parenting choices is a trap that most of us have fallen into at one point or another. Whether it is one mom’s choice to turn to formula in the face of breastfeeding difficulties, or a parent’s choice to co-sleep, the anonymity of the internet has made it too easy for … [Read more...]
Babysitters, Nannies, Au Pairs: What Would We Do Without Them?
What would we do in a world with out childcare providers? I cringe at the very thought. But finding the perfect fit for your family can sometimes be tricky. You want someone who is fun, but responsible, friendly but able to discipline. Someone your kids like, but someone you can trust... So how … [Read more...]
I broke one of my first ground rules.
When I became a mother just over 9 years ago, I set out a few ground rules for myself and my kids. One was that my children would know how to fall asleep on their own. I didn't want to get into a pattern of having to lie down in bed with them or rock them until they fell asleep. I … [Read more...]