For a long time, when I spoke about our kids, I felt the need to explain that two of them were step-children. It wasn’t because I didn’t want people to think they were mine, or that I didn’t want to be their mom. I just felt weird claiming someone else’s children as my own, as [...]
How we do chores at our house. Allowance, and on-the-job training
I like to post this every year as a reminder to parents of blended families. It’s best to get this discussion started early to avoid friction when the holidays are looming; they are stress full enough as it is! The holidays are fast approaching. I know, you don’t want to hear that, but it’s true. [...]
The dinner table is such an intimate setting for conversation. I love sitting down with my family and learning about their day. As you know, kids don’t often offer up a great deal about their day. The question “What did you do today?” is often met with the reply “Nothing.” So, my husband and I [...]
Divorce doesn’t mean failure, it doesn’t mean you have given up, it means you have made a choice to be happier.
I have a distinct memory of lying in my bed and overhearing my parents discussing the death of my grandfather when I was very young. I cried into my pillow, perhaps mourning the fact that I had never met him. I hadn’t met my mother’s father before he died either. At the age of 5, [...]
Being a mom isn’t about giving birth to someone, it’s about caring for them, providing for them and being there for them.
Recently, my daughter and I were lucky enough to attend the opening night of Chimpanzee, the Jane Goodall movie playing at TIFF kids, and it was a night filled with wonder. We began by taking a stroll through the DigiPlaySpace where Rebecca had an absolute blast. The first thing she did was try out the [...]
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