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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...

Raising Mary: Separation Anxiety

Raising Mary: Thoughts from a stay-at home mom PARENTSCANADA ASKED TRACY: Tell us your experience with separation anxiety. Separation. A noun. The act or process of separating; the place at which a division or parting occurs. If you're a mother, your baby is only completely yours when she is in the womb. She...

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?

Raising Mary: Who is Influencing Your Child?

WHO IS INFLUENCING YOUR KIDS? I do believe it, though. There’s no doubt my husband and I influence Mary more than anyone or anything else, but it’s clear from what she says and does every day that I impact her the most. So many things that come out of her mouth...

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...

Raising Mary: Comparatively Speaking

I’d just met a woman at the park, and here she was, gesturing with a pinched expression toward my 14-month-old daughter, who was sucking her thumb. It’s been her one comfort habit since she was eight weeks old. No blanket, no stuffed animal, just her trusty digit. “Oh, I’m not...

Raising Mary: Thoughts on Housework

Raising Mary Thoughts From a Stay at Home Mom My mother likes housework. In her retirement, she cleans the homes of my cousins for spare change and scrubs pots at my house when she isn’t playing with my 21-month-old daughter. How am I her child? But still, the housework does need to...

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...

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