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Stephanie Rozzi was just like every other kid in her Kindergarten class – she enjoyed snacks, nap time and playing with toys. The only difference was that she communicated in her own unique way: she didn’t use words – at least not words that you’d find in the Oxford...

Learning to Live with Food Allergies

On an average day in late September 2003, in Pembroke, Ontario, Sabrina Shannon, 13, sat down to lunch in her high school cafeteria. Within minutes she was in the throes of a severe anaphylactic reaction, and died before staff could retrieve her EpiPen from her locker. The cause of...

Raising Davis: Dealing with holiday greed

When I think of the holidays, I daydream about walking in a winter wonderland, roasting chestnuts and singing carols. The reality is I am walking in a Wal-Mart wonderland, emptying my bank account and trying to hold on to my sanity!

Raising Mary: Dealing with holiday greed

I have been thinking about how to find balance, especially this year, as Mary turns three and may be capable of understanding the holidays. How can we help her (and later, our baby, Adelaide), look forward to more than the acquisition of stuff?

Doing the Stepdance

Raising your own kids is tough, but adding another person to your brood can be even harder. Blended families make up a large proportion of the Canadian population; almost 12 percent of couples with children are stepfamilies. Difficult as it may be, step-parenting can be more rewarding than you...

It’s a Mom’s World

Steve Colbert once said that stay-at- home dads are “against nature’s laws.” Your grandmother probably thinks that, too. The world that we know today is, of course, different than that of yesteryear. People don’t smoke in hospitals, and the moon is no longer a very interesting destination; it’s illegal to...

Octopus Moms

Between hauling the kids to swimming lessons, gymnastics, Brownies or sports clubs; between dashing off to do her mom’s grocery shopping or driving her to doctors’ appointments or popping in to see her dad in his chronic-care facility; between scouring the house and mowing the lawn and helping Jacob...

How to get out the door without any hassle

Save yourself the stress from harried mornings.

Helicopter Parents

My 14-year-old tries to sneak out of the house without her cell phone. “Mom you call me, like, 16 times a day!” she complains. Am I a helicopter mom? Am I one of those moms who constantly hovers, ready to swoop down at the first whiff of trouble? I...

Word of Mom: Worst “OMG, I’m Such a Bad Mom” Moment

What was your worst, “OMG, I’m such a bad mom” moment? My two daughters wanted to take their ‘Sea Monkeys’ outside to play. I said no. I knew my one daughter poured hers into a glass in the kitchen. After dealing with the whining, I came inside and absent-mindedly drank...

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