In a stereotype-free world, not all skunks are bad

    My first audio post! Description: The challenges of fostering a stereotype-free mindset in my children, while acknowledging my own assumptions and misconceptions. Length: 8:13 Sources: Russell Peters clip approved by Russell Peters Management, Music licensed by AudioJungle *Please Like, Share or Comment*              

From Embarrassed to Enlightened: Becoming a Better Mother…and Writer

As a young girl, I didn’t see the resemblance. Now, it’s hard to ignore: I am the mirror image of my mother’s 40-something-year-old self. At this point in my life, this is less of a revelation and more of a life-changing insight into who I am – as an adult, as a parent and as […]

The snort heard around…my world

I wrote about my grandmother in a couple of earlier posts. She was “the strongest woman ever,” remember? Unfortunately, she wasn’t strong enough to survive a heart attack. She passed away in June. At her memorial service, the common theme among our conversations and shared stories was her strength – her strength of spirit; her […]

Storm? No problem. I’m going camping

We just got back from what has become our annual family camping trip to Algonquin Park and I’m realizing that camping really takes commitment. If you are planning a trip with a camping enthusiast, as my husband is, you have to be committed to going, even if: there is a thunderstorm; you are on your […]

Whom should I ask? Mom or Google?

Although her facts may be out of date, the internet could never teach patience and true love the way she can A couple of random facts about myself: I went to my first New Year’s Eve dance party when I was six months old. I tuck my young kids into bed at 8:00 pm every […]

The day Cameron Diaz and Stevie Nicks helped me get rid of my junk

My back is still aching and I’ve been having trouble bending over. My parents are preparing to sell their house, so I have been helping to clear out the junk, much of which I left behind after moving out 15 years ago. Anyway, you’re probably thinking that I forgot to bend my knees when I […]

Queen of the less-than-perfect comeback gives son advice on how to be assertive

I just thought of a really good comeback for that cranky, rude woman…the one who, at Tim Hortons, complained that my crying baby was disturbing her… …too bad that incident happened five years ago. Yes, I am one who will think up a deliciously, witty response…just, a bit too late. Other than George Costanza, I […]

My 3-year-old has a temper like Taylor Swift

My two young sons were arguing recently. It wasn’t an unusual occurrence. However, when they settled down, my youngest son turned to me and, with a huge smile, sang, “Now we have bad blood, it used to be mad love.” Innocent enough. But what do I say when he asks me about the lyrics with […]

Parenting…mostly with my head above water

I’ve been treading water well lately. I can go for about 90 seconds. Knowing that I have two young sons and a pool in the backyard, my instructor wants me to be able to get to the point where I can tread, while managing the weight of a child. I’m fine when I have my […]

I hit the wall, but kept going

Back in June, when my cousin first asked me to do WIPEOUTrun, I was immediately taken back to grade 8 gym class. “Ugh…my face feels kinda hot…did I miss the ball? Where’s the ball?” Fears and negative self-talk filled my mind. “What if I can’t make it over the wall?” “Monkey bars? Oh man, I […]