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 […]

40-year-old woman starts swimming lessons… You won’t believe what she finds

When I was approaching my 40th birthday I started to hear the term “bucket list” a lot. I actually don’t like the term. It seems to imply that I am only doing these things because death is imminent. However, I recently signed up for swimming lessons and I fear that’s what it will be perceived […]

My baby gets to eat and he gets clean diapers, too

When I was pregnant with my first child I worried about trivial things like what to put on my baby shower gift registry. “Oh, it’s so overwhelming…there’s so much to choose from.” And, after he was born, I got angry at trivial things like my old-school grandmother constantly telling me what to do and how […]