My Wish for my Daughter as She Begins Middle School

I’ll never forget what it said: “You are ugly and we hate you.” That handwritten note was signed by most of the girls in my junior high school class and passed up the rows of desks into the hands of one of my best friends. Entering middle school was a significant turning point in my …

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Seven Things from The Breakfast Club that Irk Me Now that I Am a Parent

You know you’re getting old when you cheer upon discovering John Hughes’s classic 1985 teen movie The Breakfast Club is on television on a Saturday night. It’s one of my all-time favorite movies, but the five high school students had barely settled into their detention chairs in the library when I realized that this movie …

This Father’s Day I Will Think of the Families of the Fallen RCMP Officers

The families left behind. That’s what is hitting me the hardest in the wake of last week’s tragedy in Moncton that saw three RCMP officers – three fathers – gunned down. This weekend is Father’s Day – the first in a series of terrible ‘firsts’ that these families have to face without husbands and fathers. …

Sex Talk at the Family Dinner Table – and I Couldn’t Be Happier about It!

Well, we’ve been having some interesting family discussions over dinner recently. Topics have included: marijuana, driver reaction time after consuming alcohol, how nicotine stains your fingers; the intense pain caused by tasering; bras and body hair. One night, we even examined diagrams of male and female reproductive organs. “Those are the ovaries that produce eggs,” …

Taming the Easter Excess

So, this is what my seven-year-old asked the Easter Bunny to bring her this weekend: Julie Albright, a $110 US “historical 1970s” doll from American Girl. Cue a small explosion in my brain. “The Easter Bunny does not have a workshop with elves who make toys. The Easter Bunny brings chocolate only,” I told her. …