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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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 […]

I bought a $100 clothes rack from the art store

As I mentioned in my first post, 10 truths for parents with young children, I was disappointed when my sons weren’t as enthusiastic as I was about buying a children’s easel. It was an embarrassing realization that I was the one that actually wanted it. It would have been my own childhood dream come true! […]

Why mothers should have their own “fantasy sports pool”

Life is busy when you have kids. There are lunches to prepare, temperatures to take, books to read, and bodies to bathe. And, on top of all the necessary daily tasks, there are extra-curricular activities. So much time. So many kilometers. And so many words of encouragement are invested to keep our kids active and […]

10 truths for parents with young children

I’ve been a mother for almost four and a half years now. So I’ve had some time to reflect on life, as I now know it; on parenting; and how perspectives can change in an instant, once you become responsible for another person’s life. What I’ve realized, after a lot of commiserating with other new […]