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Porn Is Too Serious For Kids of Any Age

(18) Comments | Posted May 26, 2013 | 12:59 PM

I had the most intriguing chat with a business acquaintance a few days ago. He is not married, and doesn't have children, but at one point the conversation turned to parenting. He brought it up. I listened intently, agreeing and shaking my head in affirmation (inside my head of course),...

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Parenting Isn't a Competition

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 6:30 PM

The more experiences I accumulate (code for: "the older I get!"), the more this concept is evidenced to me. The concept? There are primarily two types of people in the world --- those who compete with others and those who compete with themselves. There are many who exhibit bits of...

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How Do You Deal With Nightmare Sports Parents?

(3) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 6:00 PM

As we look high and low for consistent signs of spring, our three offspring are well-entrenched in summer sports activities -- namely, baseball, softball, soccer and ball hockey. They love it and we love them loving it. It's all good. Mercifully, our boys are on the same soccer and baseball...

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Great Expectations In the Business World

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 9:50 AM

Several years ago now, I learned a term within a business setting, taught by a consultant who was brought in to educate us on a bunch of different things. He was good, his message most interesting. I took several things away from it. One of them was one of the...

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Don't Ban my Burgers: Why Nutrition Zealots Have it All Wrong

(2) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 6:22 PM

I was recently privileged to be invited to a food photography workshop, which was organized in tandem with a taste-testing session for a line of new healthy menu options at one of Canada's leading quick service restaurants.

As we speak, Wendy's Restaurants of Canada is rolling out...

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Those Competitive Juices Are Flowing

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 4:51 PM

The more experiences I accumulate (code for: "the older I get"!), the more this concept is evidenced to me. The concept? There are primarily two types of people in the world -- those who compete with others and those who compete with themselves. There are many who exhibit bits of...

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Motherhood Over 40: Stories Of Midlife Mothers

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 9:00 AM

Cyma Shapiro is a 55-year-old mother of an eight and 10-year-old, as well as step-mother to a 28 and 30-year-old.

1. What are some common characteristics of midlife moms?
First and foremost would be the incredible amount of dedication, perseverance, conviction, willpower,determination and intention that we've used just...

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Walking in Their Shoes

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 12:06 PM

Not everyone is deeply committed to sharing their story to help others. Not everyone can reveal intensely private information about family dynamics, personal relationships and interactions to help make life easier for someone else -- to a complete stranger.

Not everyone is so open to sharing their pain and...

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How Do You Find Balance?

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 7:05 PM

It is a question that people ask with seemingly greater frequency with each passing day. I have done countless stories, interviews and had many a chat about it with everyone from celebrities to stay-at-home parents over the years and the answers are as varied as the backgrounds of the people...

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The Root of Canada's Obesity Problem

(5) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 1:00 AM

I had the pleasure of interviewing one of Canada's leading thinkers on the issue of childhood obesity. Dr. Mark Tremblay is director of Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research at CHEO. The group he leads is working to develop and disseminate innovative strategies to prevent, manage and treat childhood obesity.

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What Every Parent Must Know: the Facts of Lice

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 7:07 AM

That dreaded note comes home from school. Your child has head lice. Most schools often also notify parents if, during routine lice checks, a classmate has lice or nits. At least in the former situation, you know what you're dealing with and can begin the purge. In the latter it's...

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What to tell the Kids About Santa?

(0) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 1:10 PM

Caution! Santa spoilers may follow!

Someone last week described in minute detail the lengths she and her husband go to to keep Santa alive for their three boys. They have enlisted the help of the now popular Elf on the Shelf, an interactive hide-and-seek game where magical elf figures are...

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How to Keep Children Healthy Over the Holidays

(1) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 12:20 PM

Ah, the holidays. The ubiquitous plate of garishly decorated butter -- and sugar-laden cookies -- that seems to follow you everywhere. The Advent calendar that pops out an ever-larger chocolate every day for 25 days! Hanukkah's fried latkes piled high with sour cream, jelly doughnuts and so much more.


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Stress-Free Grocery Shopping with Toddlers!

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 4:24 PM

You know the feeling... beads of sweat start to gather on your forehead, your heart is racing, your palms are clammy. Are you about to bungee jump? Go in for a job interview? Sadly, no. You are in the supermarket with your toddler.

Making it even worse, you can...

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10 Tips For Throwing Stress-Free Birthdays

(4) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 8:07 AM

From the simple days of pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey to lavish car-racing and princess "spa" themes, kids' birthday parties have become fodder for reality television. Perhaps because of these tough economic times, or a desire to trim the excess, parents seem to be reverting back to the homespun birthday parties of our youth.

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