When to stop parenting — that is the question

By | 2017-08-22T09:22:00+00:00 July 29th, 2017|

When they turn 18. When they get married. When they have kids of their own. When, if ever, is it time to stop parenting our children? I have a 16-year-old daughter who flips between needing me furiously and furiously needing her independence. Knowing when to step in and when to pull back is a constant struggle. [...]

Bonding with your stepchild – 5 lessons I’ve learned

By | 2017-08-13T20:07:54+00:00 July 21st, 2017|

I was recently invited by a fellow mom blogger to write and share a post about 10 things that make me happy. When I finished writing the piece, I proudly read it to my husband. When I was done reading, his face dropped. While he and my daughter had made it onto my list, I hadn’t [...]

Teenage sex — 5 things I want my daughter to know

By | 2017-08-25T10:40:18+00:00 July 2nd, 2017|

Teenagers and sex. It's a controversial topic, I know. But here's the thing. Kids are going to do it, regardless of the backgrounds they come from and the values their parents instil in them. Given this reality, here, in no particular order, are five things I want my daughter to know about sex. 1. Sex rocks.  [...]

Pigsty — welcome to my teenager’s room

By | 2017-08-07T14:45:06+00:00 June 27th, 2017|

I could have sworn that following my one and only pregnancy I gave birth to a bouncing baby girl. As it turns out, I gave birth to a little piglet. For the first 12 years, Lucy pulled the wool right over my eyes. She kept her bedroom spic and span. Not a pencil out of place. [...]

A letter to my mom – what I’d like my deceased mother to know

By | 2017-09-16T17:19:54+00:00 May 12th, 2017|

Dear Mom, First, let me apologize for taking so long to write. It's been 48 years since you left us. You, just 29, and me, just three and a half. This letter is long overdue. I'm 51 now. It's not a ripe old age but I'm certainly no spring chicken. I'm sorry that you never got to [...]

Dumb mom move – check out my biggest parenting fail

By | 2017-08-07T14:55:21+00:00 May 4th, 2017|

Lucy was due to arrive mid-January. For Christmas, we were planning to visit my husband’s family in Ottawa. I wasn’t keen on the idea. I mean, babies come early, right? And I had an awesome midwife and birth plan in place, and didn’t want to mess that up. But there was no talking hubby out of [...]

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