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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...

Raising Mary: Parenting Like Their Parents Did

The short answer is, “Yes and no.”    I’m holding my three-week-old second child, Adelaide. I can’t stop planting little kisses on her face and squeezing her to me many times throughout the day. I’m the same with 28-month-old Mary. Every day, I tell her I love her and...

Parenting like your parents

The soap treatment was a throwback. Stallknecht’s father, a former RCMP constable, had washed out her mouth with soap once, when she’d been caught swearing. Such is the tightrope that moms and dads walk; between doing what their parents once did to them, and striking out on routes that,...

Not So Perfect Parenting

Kathy, a work-at-home mother of three, remembers dropping her daughter: “This is one of those memories I relive in slow motion because I can’t quite believe it happened! It was at that time of day when everything falls apart. My daughter was tired and cranky and so was I....

What a Trip

Shove over! If you are about to embark on a road trip, will the backseat be squished all the way to the cottage? If you have other siblings, will they be resentful if they have to bunk together? How well do you know this kid? It’s better to invite a friend you...

Raising Davis: Parenting Like Their Parents Did

My mom’s famous line when life took a bad turn was, “This is going to be an adventure!” She would use this expression regardless of the magnitude of the situation. Whether we ran out of gas at the side of the road or her telling us, her three children,...

I Never Expected That

Mourning lost mojo Sex therapist Ian Kerner, PhD, author of She Comes First: the Thinking Man’s Guide to Pleasuring a Woman, and father of two sons. “I didn’t really understand how hard the sleeplessness was going to be on one’s intimate life. The choice becomes, ‘Shall I sleep, or shall...

Get your kids to love their Sitter

“Find the right sitter for your family; it ‘s important,” says Rebecca Craig, owner of Babysitting Whistler in Whistler, BC. “If you find someone bright and fun and who takes initiative, your kids will love spending time with the sitter. And if you’re lucky enough to find a sitter your...

Raising Davis: Housework

I may be in the minority, but the truth is that I don’t take enormous pride in my home. I want it to be comfortable, clean and know where stuff is when I need it. If that stuff happens to be on the counter, stuffed in a drawer, an...

One Dad’s Opinion

WOMEN STILL DO THE MAJORITY OF THE DOMESTIC HOUSEHOLD CHORES even in families in which both parents work outside the home. As a married dad with a full-time job and a wife who also works outside the home, my immediate reaction is twofold: Way to go fellow dads. And, how...

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