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Raising Mary: Budget Glance

Here's the short answer to what it costs for me to stay home with 16-month-old Mary: my entire salary of $47,000 per year (from which I took home, after taxes and deductions, about $34,000). But is my worth measured only in dollars and cents? Is success? I sure hope...

Raising Davis: Budget Glance

Even with savings and pre-planning, Paul and I knew that if I prolonged my mat leave, we would be falling behind and incurring debt. Mind you, I felt pulled in two directions I was missing a part of Davis's first year but also loved my work. I'm in sales,...

A Mother’s Apology to Everyone on Air Canada

  I never thought, that some day, I would be that parent and others would feel the same way about my family. So it's only fair that I offer an apology to everyone on flight AC4186.     If you were on that flight from Edmonton on Wednesday, January 17, you...

Out Of A Suitcase

Make a list of whats missing for each family member and shop with a plan. Restricting everyone to two main colours with coordinating accents makes life on the road easier. It means that when youre down to your last clean pair of pants and top, theyll still work together....

Super Silken

In 1992, at the Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Canadian rower Silken Laumann was the favourite to win gold. She was already a world champion, and a bronze medallist at the previous Olympics in L.A, so Canadas medal hopes were high. Then tragedy struck, just 10 weeks before The Games....

Family Road Trip On The Cheap

One of the advantages of living in a country as culturally and ethnically diverse as Canada is that every visit to a new city or province can be an eye-opening experience. Some might even call it educational. Of course, parents would be advised to avoid that word, particularly after...

Same Sex Parenting

Anna And Sylvie, Montreal Mothers To Two Year Old Sacha Having two moms or two dads isnt unusual. According to 2001 Census, the first in Canadian history to collect data same-sex families, there were 34,200 same-sex common couples in Canada. Out of that number, 15 percent of lesbian couples and...

You’re The Expert: Same-Sex Parenting

Our ParentsCanada national survey on same-sex parenting found Canadian parents across the country comfortable about the rights of same-sex partners to have families. Of those parents surveyed, 79 percent accepted that gay or lesbian couples have the right to parent children. Fully 95 percent said that they would not...

Hello Kitty

Cat owners admit that they dont really own their cat. Their cat owns them. That aside, these same people tend to be pretty smug in their assumption that cats are so much smarter than dogs. Its pretty irritating to dog owners that they tend to be right! Have a...

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