‘Mom, have you downloaded the new Snapchat update? It’s so cool!’ Since I am not a regular Snapchat user, merely a mom who has downloaded the app to follow my kids and mess around with filters, I hadn’t updated the new feature. And then I found out what it was. Snapmaps is a location-based … [Read more...]
How The Ariana Grande Concert Attack Has Made Me Less Afraid
I’m not really a helicopter parent, but I won’t deny being something akin to, say, a bumblebee parent—buzzing haphazardly about when my kids are spreading their own wings. I want to let go, I really do. Most of all, I want them to feel strong and independent, street smart and confident. I try not to … [Read more...]
My Teenager Is Perfect To Me, So Why Can’t She See That?
As a young woman, I hated going to the hairdresser because I didn’t like looking at myself in a mirror for an extended length of time. Funnily enough, as I have gotten older, and am definitely more wrinkly, it doesn’t bother me nearly as much as it did when I was a teenager. Back then, I never … [Read more...]
3 Things To Teach Your Teen That You May Assume They Already Know
It truly seems like overnight that your child grows from a small child to a taller-than-you teenager. They go from wanting the latest toy to borrowing your clothes and then riding in cars with friends. The transition goes so quickly that all of a sudden these young adults seemed to have miraculously … [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...]
How My Mom Made Our Home A Vegetarian-Positive Zone
Making the switch to a vegetarian lifestyle isn’t always easy, especially if your entire family is all about huge turkey dinners. I discovered this first hand when I gave up eating meat. Initially the decision had to do with my health, I wanted to feel better about my body and the food I was … [Read more...]
The Three Words Teenagers Say That Break Your Heart
We all dread those three little words that when strung together make our hearts hurt, especially when it’s from those we love most. Hearing ‘I hate you’ from your teen is hard. Sadness and anger can bubble up quickly, as Hannah Storm, ESPN SportsCentre host, knows firsthand. Storm has three … [Read more...]
Are Teenage Girls More Expensive Than Boys?
Being a parent of teenage girls, I always assumed that they were the more expensive gender to raise. With girls, there seem to be weekly expenses like fancy shampoo, nail polish remover, feminine products and twice as many grooming products as I use myself. Even though they have their own money, … [Read more...]
Five Ways To Show Your Teens That You Love Them
I used to love heading to my daughter's elementary school at 2:15 every day to chat with the other parents around the school doors as we waited for the bell to ring. The kids were always happy to see me commiserating with other parents when they burst out of the school, as they knew that this meant … [Read more...]
OMG: My Kid Can Drive Now?
So, a few days ago this happened: Yes, that is my daughter. Yes, that is a learner's permit in her hand. And—because we live in Alberta—yes: she is behind the wheel at fourteen. Legally. And since last Friday (when she passed the test), a day hasn't gone by that she hasn't greeted me as I … [Read more...]
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