Whose Needs Come First?

Over the last thirty years we have seen unprecedented changes in the family. Then, most children were raised with both biological parents; today that’s...

Living in Limbo

An interesting thing happened about a century ago when nutrition started improving. The average age at puberty started declining, and it hasn’t stopped. In...

Saying Thanks

Thanksgiving should be a lovely holiday: we get together with loved ones, we eat a delicious meal, and we talk about our blessings. But...

No More Dads

There’s an interesting, albeit heartbreaking, lawsuit in the United States right now. The National Center for Men is suing on behalf of Matt Dubay,...

Dog in this Fight

It seems just when I think I’ve said all I would ever want to say about Belinda Stronach, she pops up in the news...

I’m Scared

My family and I flew out of Heathrow Airport four days before the terror arrests, and that was just a little too close for...

Fake Food Society

When I was in grade four I felt immensely sorry for Edmund and Lisa, the two fat kids in our class. I remember them...

Teaching Disabilities

When a child in grade three can’t read, we normally assume that child has a learning disability. But is it always the child’s fault?...

How to Avoid Poverty

With the new government in place, the demands are sure to start coming soon that Harper tackle the persistent problem of poverty. And there’s...

Grown Ups and Financial Facts

Last week, in New York, the Staten Island Ferry collided with the pier, sending passengers hurling towards the deck. That scene is about to...

Who Knows Best?

While I was working on my Master’s degree at Queen’s, my husband and I decided to try for a family. I ended up miscarrying...

A Graduation Speech

We are not preparing children well for the real world. Want proof? Here’s Exhibit A, the children’s soccer league in Ottawa, which made headlines...

What Women Want

Let me give you the stories of two women who are very close to me, both of whom start our tales with children from...

The Getaway Plan

By the time you read this, I’ll be back, but right now my family is preparing to go camping. The girls are collecting the...

On Fathers

When I think of Dad, I think of belly laughs, and smiles, and choked back tears. I think of a proud grandfather, a fiercely...