Back To School 2015: The Stuff, The Cost And The Faces

The Most Expensive Time Of The Year Most of my blogging colleagues’ pages are full with wonderful back to school information.For example, a page where students can ask for programming help to assist with classes. As I read through them, several emotions rushed through me – the biggest one? Relief! Smiling, my comment on most of these pages began with “Well, as I do not have a school-aged child …” and ended with the smiley face emoticon. Children are wonderful – wonderfully expensive! When I see very young women, children

My 6-Year Daughter Made Me Stop Lying

And A Child Shall Lead Them Previously published on February 27, 2014 She was only six or seven years old but this was the most gut-wrenching experience with her. It was also a most life-enhancing one for me. Money was tight with us. We were still renting and although both of us were working, our responsibilities extended beyond our household. My baby girl was in prep school at the time and that was a fee we also had to cover. Her birth father was to help with that but as

Dear Parents: Set Boundaries For Your Kids

Saying “No” Is Hard To Do Part One of this two-part successful parenting series was a horror story about one of the worst behaved kids I have ever met. Not all cases are like that, in fact most are not. At the end of  last week’s story I stated that children need to hear the word “No. Children need boundaries. I know most of you are thinking “well my child hates to hear no and acts out even more” and that very well may be true. I know how exhausting

Today’s Wellness: All Things Summer

Summer’s End Is Near Continuing our series on successful parenting, Contributor Alexis Ali will later this afternoon post Part Two of her story on telling children “No.” In the meanwhile, let us have a look at a couple of things this Wellness Tuesday. Summer is coming to an end. Someone pointed out to me this past week that the leaves here have already started to change colour. Frankly, I had not noticed as my tendency is to just take the seasons as they come and dress as appropriately as possible.

Friday Roundup: Relationship, Kids And Cougars

I Love Fridays Friday has meant many things to me over the years. As a child, it was the end of a nerve-wracking week in a crammed classroom of 50+ students, hiding behind my fellow students so that the teacher would not call on me to recite the timetables. I really hated Mathematics and to a large extent still do! When I started working and was on my own, hiding was the last thing that was on my mind. Partying was and a local disco provided the dance floor. The

The Key To Successful Parenting: Teaching Boundaries

Personal Declaration On Parenting Let me start by saying that I do not have children and I am not the kind of woman who has dreamt of reproducing since I found that red stain in my underwear. Sure I want kids but it is not a burning desire. Maybe this attitude affects me in ways that I am unaware of or maybe what I am about to tell you is true regardless of my feelings on parenthood. I am leaving that up for you to decide and please, understand that

Are You Raising Super Entitled Or Well Children?

Parenting Style On Public Display There was a recent storm, in the media mainly, that seems to have blown over very quickly. Yet, the “eye” of that storm lingers among us, across many places in our world and very visible particularly in North American communities. Remember the story about a restaurateur who reportedly shouted at a child in her restaurant? Her story is not unique. There have been many business owners, customers in various business places and even employees of businesses who have or at least wanted to do the

Top 3 Wellness Concerns For Mothers

Wellness And Your Circle Circles of influence and your wellness, that is where our spotlight is targetted today.  Psychologists, sociologists and other such learned folks have done the research and for some time now they have reported to us that those in our lives who actively influence our thoughts, choices and behaviour affect our wellness. Some researchers this year announced that they will be taking their investigation further and have developed a smart phone app and wearable monitoring technology that will measure, over a four-year period, the relationship between social