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Raising Mary: Summer Time

What to do for 68 days? Stay-at-home mom Tracy Cooper once wondered why parents struggled through long summers with their kids. Now she gets it. Before I had a child, I was incredulous when I heard parents talking with trepidation about their kids being home all summer. Why would you...

Raising Mary: Cheques and Balances

I’ve been a stay-at-home mother for more than five years. From a dollars-and-cents perspective, I know I’m blessed. My husband has a decent job that’s relatively secure – something we don’t take for granted at any time, and especially in the tough times in which we currently live. Still, we...

Raising Mary: Play Dates – Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em?

GOOD FOR KIDS – AND MOM Stay-at-home mom Tracy Cooper welcomes playdates as an opportunity to spend time with other adults. When I was little, I lived in a small Newfoundland town. My mother worked full time and my grandparents looked after me – well, kind of. I spent a lot...

Raising Mary: Undivided Attention

Tracy Cooper admits she’s sacrificed her career to be a stay-at-home mom, but the benefit is the full-time hours she gets to devote to parenting. Mary is closing in on five years old, and I’m still at home, now with two girls. It’s always been demanding, but it’s harder lately....

Raising Mary: Junk Food – Avoiding It

BEWARE THE CHICKEN FINGER CREEP Stay-at-home mom Tracy Cooper kept junk food away from her kids in the hopes that they wouldn’t develop a taste for it. That strategy worked – at least for a while. Chocolate chip cookies, chicken fingers, pizza. Sigh... Hamburgers, french fries, cake. Swoon.... Yes, although it...

Raising Mary: Privacy

WHEN YOUR KIDS HAVE AN ALL-ACCESS PASS Our stay-at-home mom Tracy Cooper is starting to rethink the open-door policy on her bathroom. I don’t bother locking the bathroom door very often when I’m at home alone with my girls. When I do, my two-year-old dissolves into a tantrum, throwing herself against the...

Raising Mary: Birthday Parties Can Be Simple

Stay-at-home mom Tracy Cooper bucks the trend with a homemade party. The verdict? Four-year-olds aren’t that hard to please. I think I remember my fourth birthday party. I was sitting in front of the birthday cake at the kitchen table, wearing a yellow blouse and black jumper, surrounded by a...

Raising Mary: Dealing With ‘Momnesia’

ParentsCanada asked our Moms to reflect on their failing memories. What did they remember? Whether it really is related to new motherhood or just to a busier life than ever, I suspect this 'condition' is not going to go away. So I have resolved not to rely on...

Raising Mary: Activities Without Mom

IS IT TOO-TOO SOON FOR TUTUS WITHOUT MOM? In her black bodysuit, pink tights and ballet slippers, Mary ran to me from the lineup of other girls. “One more hug,” her teacher said, then led my daughter into the dance studio. She looked back with huge, worried eyes, wanting...

Raising Mary: How Green Is Green?

I went to an Earth Day rally as a teen in the early 1990s. Looking back, I have to be honest. I was more into the wannabe 60s vibe of the event than really connecting with the fact that we humans have been rotten stewards of the environment. Fifteen years later, I...

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