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Natalie Mac Master and Donnell Leahy: Fiddling With Parenthood

When Celtic musician and international recording star Natalie Mac Master and virtuoso fiddler, Donnell Leahy of the band Leahy, toured together this year, they packed more than their fiddles. They took their family – 22-month-old Mary Frances Rose and three-month-old Michael – on the road with them. Natalie and...

The Push to Get Physical in School

I believe our schools, communities and each of us as parents need to teach the whole child – mind, body and spirit. As adults, many of us don’t really understand how much our physical health affects our mental clarity, energy and outlook. In our work culture, we tend to...

I Don’t Like My Friends’ Kids

It’s not that my own kids are models of behaviour – particularly the oldest during her punk phase – but at least I can intervene when it’s my own darling scarfing up the shrimp puffs I spent hours preparing for my guests. And no, I don’t find it precious...

21 Ways to be a Better Divorced Dad

Even if you don’t have joint custody, move close to where your children live. You need to be available when unforeseen circumstances arise. Talk to your children, either in person or on the telephone every day. ...

Stand-up Parenting

  PARENTSCANADA: Did it bother you to be replaced (by Penelope Corrin) at Air Farce during your mat. leave? JESSICA: It absolutely didn’t bother me, until in came this very beautiful, thin, funny woman and I saw both of us together in the mirror. And there I was – giant! I was nine...

Making Better Home Videos

Gear Up Why is it that people hate to watch home movies? Let's be honest; most people really stink at using a camcorder. Anyone can pick up a camera and turn it on, but with the right tools and a little know-how, you, too, can have Oscar-calibre home movies. Make sure...

Andrea Martin Unplugged: On Hollywood Babies

As an actress, I am rejected in Hollywood on a daily basis. Now I'm going to be publicly rejected, in print, as a Hollywood Parent. My assignment to write about being a Hollywood Parent has sent chills down my insecure spine. Thank goodness my sons are in their 20s,...

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...

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