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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]