Ontario kids deserve better


Health, Issues, Parenting

The thing that perhaps upsets me most about the debate around Ontario’s health and physical education curriculum (you know, the sex ed one) is that there are parents out there who don’t want their children to have as much information as possible. There are parents who don’t want their children to know the proper names […]

July 18, 2018

Try and try again


Parenting, Personal

The kid is in her first week of a long camp this week. It is full of things she’s never done before. On the Monday she came home excited. On Tuesday she seemed fine when I picked her up. And then on Tuesday night she started thinking all the negative things she could possibly thing. […]

July 12, 2018

False starts


Health, Parenting

I am attempting morning pages – three pages of stream of consciousness writing soon after you wake up – to try and push myself forward a bit. I have been rather stuck. Stuck or falling further behind where I want to be. Losing myself. Part of that is the move, but part of it is […]

June 19, 2018

Child of summer


Parenting, Personal

On Saturday there was much activity at our house. We had a community garage sale, and then cleaning and showings because we’re on the market (which sucks). In the morning my daughter got up, got dressed and helped her Daddy set up for our own sale. By mid-morning her friends were up and out and […]

June 5, 2018

Love of self


Parenting

I left the house early this morning, which is rare since I work from home. I had a meeting downtown and my husband was staying home with the kid for her PD Day off from school. I got up, got dressed, and went in to say goodbye to her. I won’t see her until late […]

February 16, 2018

Marching on


Health, Issues, Parenting, Personal

I took the kid up to the Hill on Saturday to experience the Women’s March. I had wanted to go last year but I was sick or something and didn’t make it. I knew it wouldn’t be exactly the same this year, not being the first of the movement, but I also knew I wanted […]

January 24, 2018

Away we go


Parenting, Personal

Some of the things I most vividly remember from my childhood are the trips. I remember driving across the country to visit PEI – five of us and my grandmother falling asleep on me in the backseat. I remember my mom taking my sister and me to Toronto. I remember two cottages that my grandparents […]

January 18, 2018

Great Eight


Parenting, Personal

A friend of mine is currently on maternity leave and posts a lot of pictures on Instagram of her adventures. It makes me think of my year on leave with my brand new baby. It was a wonderful year, though at the end of it I was very much ready to go back to work. […]

January 12, 2018

Our tree, a tour


Parenting, Personal

My friend Lynn (did you know she wrote a book?) posted a little tour of her family Christmas tree and I thought it was a lovely idea. Our tree, whose name, apparently, is Bob, according to the kid, is pretty awesome. When I was a kid, my mother would get us each a new ornament […]

December 25, 2017

Eight is enough


Parenting, Personal

This morning I took a good look at my kid this morning. She’s doing that growing up thing. Her friends are too. It’s astounding to me that this tiny baby became this full human person in such a short period of time. She was brand new to our lives but then it was as though […]

November 22, 2017