The Most Heartbreaking Question My Daughter Has Ever Asked Me

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, …

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You’ll Never Regret Trying to Conquer a Fear

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 …

“Before Kids” Versus “After-Kids” New Year’s Comparison

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 …