I often feel guilty that I don't have a full-time office job. I should be productive, busy, earn a better living, have colleagues, deadlines, pressures, and have a "normal" day like so many other single moms. At least, that's what I tell myself as I look over the job postings in my field. But I … [Read more...]
Is Having An Only Child Selfish?
I have a crib in my closet. It's heavy. It cradled my small child as he grew, converted to a toddler bed and housed his slumbering body until he was too old for it. I placed it in the closet where it sits. He's seven. He won't be using it again. It sits in the closet as a reminder. It's presence … [Read more...]
Ten Ways To Fill Your Own Cup First
When you take a flight and the crew goes over emergency procedures, they stress the importance of putting your own oxygen mask on before you attempt helping anyone else. If you’re not breathing, you’re of no use to others. This applies across our whole lives—if we’re not taking care of ourselves … [Read more...]
Should I Have More Kids? The Dilemma Of Not Knowing
When my husband and I were engaged we took a few premarital classes to get prepared for the years beyond our wedding day. One of the activities that we did during the class was to answer questions about our hopes and dreams for marriage separately, and compare the answers together. One of the … [Read more...]
I Will Be A Better Mom Tomorrow
Some days end and I'm disappointed in myself as a parent. I feel like I've come up short and the defeat feels crushing. Maybe I've responded too sharply to a predictably child-like infraction. Maybe I haven't listened as closely as I should have when my child tried to tell me something he considered … [Read more...]
Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire: Is Motherhood Built On Lies Or Truth?
Any seasoned moms spontaneously combusting these days? Sometimes it seems motherhood is all about lying, yet the truths of being a mom seem to be the more difficult aspects of our lives. Some lies you tell—Santa, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, the park is closed today for Spring … [Read more...]
Why Raising Kids Is Like Being Stuck Inside Zoolander
(Photocredit: filmlinc.org) I was thinking the other day about how we all try our best to be model parents. That got me thinking about my favourite model, Derek Zoolander and all the ways Zoolander is like being a parent. Dealing with gross stuff Whether it's changing diapers, cleaning … [Read more...]
How To Find Time To Make Healthy Meals For Active Kids
I know that I am not the only one with super active kids—many parents that I talk to are just as busy, running their kids around town to more than one activity after school. If your kids participate in an extracurricular sport and maybe a lesson or two, you probably fall into the category of a … [Read more...]
How Babysitting Has Changed Since My Babysitting Days
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...]
Does Your Child Wet The Bed? Don’t Sweat It.
The start of summer is an exciting time, but if your child is stressed about new routines, a new baby, divorce, or experiences like sleepover camp, bedwetting can become a problem. I recently spoke to renowned clinical therapist and mental health specialist, Michele Kambolis, author of Generation … [Read more...]
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