No question from my oldest daughter has torn more at my heart. A discussion about never taking rides with strangers unexpectedly morphed into a talk about sexual assault. “Mom,” she whispered tentatively. “Do you mean that someone can just sneak up and do THAT to me?” My heart lurched into my throat. Until that moment, … Continue reading The Most Heartbreaking Question My Daughter Has Ever Asked Me
This is not how I wanted to begin my stint as a Girl Guide leader: "Don't worry, the police won't arrest us. We're Girl Guides!" Alarms blaring at the local community centre, I did my best to calm the four shocked and screaming first-year Guides in my charge. At the park on an outing, I … Continue reading You’ll Never Regret Trying to Conquer a Fear
The “before-kids” versus “after-kids” New Year’s Eve party comparison: Goal of the evening Before Kids New Year’s: Get drunk, dance and share a passionate kiss with someone you love or a new crush at the stroke of midnight. After Kids New Year’s: Occupy the kids with fun activities and other children so that you can … Continue reading “Before Kids” Versus “After-Kids” New Year’s Comparison
I made this dreadful realization AFTER meeting with a new client: half my face was covered with sparkles from my daughter’s fairy princess costume and I had forgotten to brush my teeth. Yep, welcome to the world of personal hygiene and style for parents. It’s a world in which showers are a treat, your clothes … Continue reading True Stories of Tired Parent Style Fails
1995 was easily my worst Christmas. I was in my mid-20s, unemployed, living with my mom and in debt after quitting my job to backpack around Europe. On Christmas Eve that year – exactly one month to the day after my Dad died unexpectedly – I totaled my widowed mother’s car. I hit black ice … Continue reading Secrets of a Less Stressful Holiday Season
I had this thought as I secretly stuffed a third mini-Mars bar into my mouth: my daughters are going to smell chocolate on my breath. I better rinse my mouth. That thought was followed by this more startling one: OMG, I am behaving like an alcoholic except with Halloween candy! I’m eating in secret and … Continue reading Confessions of a Mom Addicted to Halloween Candy
My eight-year-old daughter said the sweetest thing to the Hubster this weekend and boy, did it make me feel wretched. Yes, wretched! The Hubster took our youngest skating, and out of the blue, she said: “Daddy, when I get up in the morning, you are always there. When I am hungry, it’s you who puts … Continue reading Why Do Moms Feel So Guilty When Dads Do More Around the House?