Why Do Parents Insist on Shaming Their Kids?

October 10, 2012

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In today’s world of ever-changing media, one of the most important lessons you can model for your children is that what goes out into cyberspace stays in cyberspace forever. With the popularity of reality TV, blogging and numerous social media sites, adults are very busy detailing the minutia of their lives. As adults, they have every right […]

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Is Less Really More?

September 26, 2012

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There’s a speaker coming to my hometown of Ottawa this weekend who believes that the behavioural issues among children today are often the product of a society where kids are bombarded with too much stuff and too much information. Kim John Payne a family counsellor, author and proponent of Simplicity Parenting, believes children are getting […]

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Teaching Tolerance to Our Children

September 21, 2012

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multiculteral kids together

I admit I’m a Facebook lurker.  I like to spend time reading my Friends’ profiles to find out what’s going on without actually engaging with them. It’s a guilty pleasure. The other day I read a post on one of my friend’s page that said: Tonight [my son] said he felt like a girl sometimes. […]

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How Not to Create Entitled Children

September 11, 2012

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family doing chores

In today’s world of surplus, where 6 year olds have cell phones and teens are given cars without having to work for them, many children are growing up with a strong (and unhealthy) sense of entitlement. For many reasons, many of today’s parents feel they have to go all-out for their children, whether it’s for […]

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Here’s to the First Day of School

September 3, 2012

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girls walking to school

I love the first day of school. I love the smell of new notebooks, the sharpness of new pencils and the brightness of new marker. As a student, I couldn’t wait to get to school, find my friends, set up my locker and figure out my classes. When I became a mom, and had kids […]

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Letting Go When You’ve Made a Mistake

August 28, 2012

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I made a mistake today. A big one that could cost me a contract – a contract that I really want. I over-stepped my boundaries and made some assumptions I shouldn’t have. When confronted, I did take responsibility for it and I did apologize but I’m not sure it helped. Needless to say I feel pretty crappy. […]

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You Know You’re a Camp Kid When…

August 15, 2012

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kids at camp

I’m a camp kid. I went to sleepover camp from the age of 7 until I was 19 years old. My girls now attend the same sleepover camp that I did as a kid. Every time I go up to camp for Visiting Day, I have a hard time leaving. And it isn’t just to […]

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