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Lying Down With Your Kids Until They Fall Asleep is Not a Bad Habit

Original story published in Today’s Parent on Jan. 18, 2017. Read it online here

It’s 8 p.m., and we’re segueing from the hectic high of the day to the mellow low of kid bedtime.

Downstairs, an explosion of dishes, laundry and toys is waiting to be dealt with. Upstairs, the kids are begging for a story, a glass of water, a hug—anything to keep us with them for one more minute. All I want is to wrap up this part of the day so I can descend into the fray before I lose the energy to scrub the pots. Read story

Why I Don’t Use Santa As A Bribe For Good Behaviour

If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that there are some threats I’ll definitely follow through on, but others simply cannot be enforced. “If you don’t eat any dinner, you’ll get no dessert.” Sure. “Keep calling your sister an ugly poopy face and Santa won’t come to our house.” Eeehhhhh, nope. Read story

The Love-Hate of Back-to-School Season

(The View) The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting cooler, and little people across the city (and their parents) are preparing for a milestone I’m not sure I’ll ever be ready for: the first day of school. Read story

When Mother’s Day Reminds You of Loss 

We have a new Mother’s Day tradition, and it’s bittersweet. My mother-in-law passed away four years ago, when I was pregnant with our first baby. As long as we’ve been parents, she’s been gone from our lives. We feel that loss every day. Read story

16195043_10158164935450381_6431637684570849653_nLet them be

I’ve been struggling with feelings of frustration when it comes to my kids. My preschooler gets the brunt of it, because three year olds are difficult – as far as adults are concerned anyway, and therein lies our issue. She thinks and feels and acts exactly how she should at three years old. Read more

Parenting, and other peoples’ advice

Have we all gone a little bit overboard with the “how dare you judge me?!” outrage that’s sweeping parenting blogs, Facebook groups and play dates lately? I feel like every other article is a tirade against parents who pipe up with “unsolicited” advice, which apparently makes you a total d-bag. Read more

Time, slow downIMG_3602-1024x768

They were right. Children grow up too fast. Way way way too fast. It’s like a blur. Case in point: my baby is turning three years old in a few months. THREE. I literally cannot fathom this truth. It simply cannot be. I try to hold on to little scraps of evidence that she is still wee. Read more

DSC_0488To my beautiful second born

It’s quiet in the house and it’s just you and me awake, which means I have a spare minute to watch you sleep in my arms and marvel at the fact that it’s been two months since you came into my life. And wow do I love you. Read more

13This crazy love

It hits me sometimes when I’m not expecting it, washing over me like a tidal wave almost out of the blue. When I’m contemplating the soft brown curls at the nape of her neck, or watching her brow furrow as she tries to put her shoe on her bunny’s foot. Read more

Calling-All-Frazzled-Parents-11-2-12Losing control

It’s a ubiquitous image, one that seems to sum up parenthood in all forms of media: the frazzled shell-shocked parent – slightly unkempt, eye twitching, on the verge of melting down as unruly children bounce around a disastrous living room. I understand it finally, that feeling of being frayed. This is parenthood. Being perpetually overwhelmed. Read more

1-e1406220995150Dance like no one is watching

My beautiful girl, You’re only 15 months old, but I’ve never known another person so full of life, so unapologetic, so unabashed. One day you will not live so carefree. You will tug on your clothes with a self-conscious frown. You will blush when someone tells you to settle down, keep it down, to speak up, listen up. Read more

DSCF1782-1024x682Advice for myself, a year later

A year ago today I was a brand new mother and my world was a jumble of joy and fear. I was both over and under-stimulated. Days were spent doing very little while somehow being horribly chaotic. They were quiet, and yet noisy. Looking back on those tumultuous, exhausting and emotional first weeks, here’s the advice I would have given myself. Read more

Social media and competitive parenting (Toronto Star)

It happens almost daily: I log in to Facebook. I scroll through my feed. And I’m bombarded with photographs of babies from my mom group eating solids or sitting unassisted. Then I look at my own 6-month-old daughter lying like a blob and I feel a twang of panic. Read more

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