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Although her facts may be out of date, the internet could never teach patience and true love the way she can A couple of random facts about myself: I went to my first New Year’s Eve dance party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 […]

Inspired to do some cool sh*t…but wait, I have to change my son’s diaper first


I recently read the book “Do Cool Sh*t,” by Miki Agrawal, thinking it would give me some much-needed inspiration after being at home with the kids for almost five years. And, although it is a very good read – filled with practical business-start up tips and memorable anecdotes – I was left feeling old and […]

Common sense parenting in spite of my ocean of fears


Since the death of 24-year-old Canadian track runner Daundre Barnaby on March 27, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I’m raising my children. Daundre’s tragic accident (he was swimming in the ocean at a training camp in St. Kitts, lost his footing and due to the undertow, was swept out) reminded me of our […]

The night the dishes piled up


On a typical evening, at around 7 pm, this is what you will find in my kitchen: Obviously, I’m not very good at the practice of “cleaning as I go.” So, after cooking dinner and feeding the kids, I’m usually faced with this huge mess. While my husband bathes the kids and gets them ready […]

“Diapers are expensive, eh?”


In spite of the frigid temperatures (a high of -16C) on Family Day (this past Monday), my family and friends came out for a skate and to donate diapers to the Diaper Bank of Toronto. A huge thank you to everyone who came out and contributed to the *2500 diapers* that we collected. The organizers […]