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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...

More the Merrier – Jon & Kate Plus 8

Be careful what you ask for. This has never been more true as it is for Kate and Jon Gosselin. Just three years after giving birth to twin daughters, the couple learned they were pregnant again – with sextuplets. Their lives are documented each week on TLC’s “Jon & Kate...

More the Merrier – Multiple Babies; Multiple Fun?

The Gilmours Saskatoon, SK "Quints R us!" QUINTUPLETS • Sara, Alison, Madison, Simon and Alex  My husband and I were married for a number of years and had no luck getting pregnant. Finally, we resorted to seeing an infertility specialist. After four attempts we had success! A daughter! After a couple...

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...

Will the Real Rebecca Eckler Please Stand Up?

If you know who Rebecca Eckler is, you have an opinion. Newspaper columnnist, blogger and book author, Eckler lays it all out and on the line for readers. Never one to steer away from controversy, her columns have incited parody blogs and incensed critics, but after reading her books and...

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...

50 Activities under $50 or free!

Go picking: Check the Internet for local farms. count to see who got the most , then hunt for some great recipes to make together Retro game day: Teach your children how to hula hoop, yo-yo or play a super fast game of Simon Says. Create a T-Shirt: Buy some iron-on...

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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