Self-Care & Pandemic Parenting

I’ve been having a hard time focusing lately. I’ll sit down at my computer in the morning, prepared to get to work, and I’ll just stare at the screen, unable to process my next steps. There are too many balls in the air, too many things requiring my attention.  The kids have been pushed to beingContinue reading “Self-Care & Pandemic Parenting”

Random Thoughts: Strong Girls

Last night my almost-nine year old daughter was curled up in bed–pajamas on, cuddling a pillow, holding her favourite mug filled with her favourite herbal tea, and reading The Bridge to Terabithia. She was the epitome of cozy. As I passed by she called out and said, “Look, mom. I’m your perfect picture.” I feltContinue reading “Random Thoughts: Strong Girls”

We Are Born the People We’re Meant to Be

I believe we are born the people we were always meant to be. Whether or not we remain that person over the course of our lifetime, that’s another thing. But I believe our true self is always the same.  When I was five years old I was a flower girl, along with another little girlContinue reading “We Are Born the People We’re Meant to Be”

All About Self-Care

About four years back I put together this little workbook for moms. I had just emerged from what I call the mom-fog, that period of time when our kids are young and needy and we as moms are still new enough in our role to sweat the small stuff. It’s that period of perpetual exhaustion,Continue reading “All About Self-Care”

Repost: Remembering How to be Bien Dans Ma Peau

The French have an expression, Je suis bien dans ma peau. It means, “I am comfortable in my own skin.” It speaks to confidence, but not only confidence. It speaks to comfort, especially. How comfortable a person is being alone with themselves, sitting with themselves, hearing their own thoughts, or, not hearing any thoughts at all;Continue reading “Repost: Remembering How to be Bien Dans Ma Peau”

Six Truths Bad Moms Has Opened the Can On

Recently my Facebook feed has been filled with moms excitedly flocking to their nearest movie theatre, taking giddy selfies and eagerly waiting for the lights to dim. Why? Why are moms so excited to kiss their kids good night and scurry for the door? It’s because, for a few brief and glorious hours, one film is givingContinue reading “Six Truths Bad Moms Has Opened the Can On”

Confessions of a Recovering Judgaholic

I am a recovering judgaholic. Chances are, if ever we have crossed paths (me in my pre-parent days and you bearing kids) I have judged you. I won’t lie, the road to recovery has been messy and bumpy. You see, I have been blessed with beautiful, healthy, intelligent children. Capable children. Children capable of bringingContinue reading “Confessions of a Recovering Judgaholic”

It Takes a Village, It Takes a Village, It Takes a Village

It takes a village to raise a child. It’s been said over and again, but we seem to have forgotten. It takes a village to raise a child. When Facebook and other social media were first dreamt up, I’m sure their respective creators envisioned online villages, I’m sure they envisioned people reaching out to peopleContinue reading “It Takes a Village, It Takes a Village, It Takes a Village”

Why I Don’t Care About My Kids’ Higher Education, and Other Things

So I’ve been thinking a lot about life lately. And I’ve been thinking a lot about the point of it. And I’ve come to certain conclusions about the kinds of things I care to encourage or discourage in my children. Call me crazy, but I don’t care about my kids’ higher education. I also don’tContinue reading “Why I Don’t Care About My Kids’ Higher Education, and Other Things”