Summer Lovin’

When I was seven years old I was heartbroken because my mother wouldn’t let me see the movie Grease. My friends were all seeing...

Between Two Worlds

I have just finished reading what could be my biography. Elizabeth Marquardt’s Between Two Worlds: the Inner Lives of Children of Divorce had me...

Living in Your Parents’ Basement

When I was sixteen, I knew for certain that when I hit eighteen I was moving out. This wasn’t because I didn’t like my...

Are Children Worth It?

I’m really not sure why I had children, except that I was supposed to. I wanted someone to love me, and I wanted to...

The Disappearance of Childhood

In the Middle Ages, if you stopped overnight at an inn, chances are you’d be welcomed with ale and stew, and presented with a...

FAMILY VALUES: Don’t Follow Your Heart

When news of Al and Tipper Gore’s split hit a while back, many newspaper pundits chose to put a happy spin on it. Deirdre...

FAMILY VALUES: Breaking the Cycle

When my children were babies, my husband was finishing up his residency program at the Hospital for Sick Children. His barbaric schedule frequently placed...

To Be a Parent

The other day I was in the mall and I spotted a girl of about 15 sporting a T-shirt with big pink letters announcing...

The Value of Values

Who’s against putting values in the schools? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?* Of course not. It would be like being against puppies, or butterflies, or the continuing...

Having It All?

We women have been told for years that we could have it all. We tell it to our little girls, too: want to be...

FAMILY VALUES: Too Young to Be Hot

Nothing makes a teenager seem younger than one trying to act like an adult. They may get the lingo right, but watch them for...

Mourning Common Sense

If I were to pick one hundred random passers-by and asked them what they thought about spanking a 4-year-old who was swearing at his...

Retiring from Retirement

A few weeks ago, in a column about people’s pathetic lack of financial planning, I stated that if everybody had a little more forethought...

Banishing the Stay at Home Blues

If you judge by the comments of many of my acquaintances, I have the personality of a pea. If you’re a stay at home...

O Canada, Who are You?

I have been increasingly forlorn as I read about the culture wars erupting in Europe. Unassimilated Muslim youths in France torch cars. Cartoons of...