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This is Life, Based on a True Story

Playing Dear Abby

Jun 7, 2017 / 11:00 am

Often, the biggest challenge about writing this column is coming up with an idea. If I have some version of a minor crisis in my life, I have something to write...

The Like-Me Generation

May 24, 2017 / 11:00 am

To “Like” or not to “Like,” that is indeed the question. I’m talking about the Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/Snapchat likes-and-views...

Separation is sweet sorrow

May 10, 2017 / 6:00 am

I don’t know if it’s just me, but it seem more people are getting separated and divorced now than ever before. Why do I think this? Well for one,...

The awkward goodbye

Apr 26, 2017 / 11:00 am

One of the hardest words to say is goodbye. Like many people, saying goodbye is not something I’m good at. But what is there to be good at? It’s one...

Depressing times

Apr 12, 2017 / 11:00 am

I’ve been struggling with bouts of depression. Nothing specific really triggered it, although I like to blame it on the winter that never ends. I...

Mom the Maleficent

Mar 29, 2017 / 11:00 am

I’ll never be accused of being too easygoing in the parenting department. I wouldn’t say I’m overly strict though either, but my kids compare...

Dirty, little secret

Mar 15, 2017 / 11:00 am

Every once in a while, I get kid-envy. I’m not the only parent who does, but I may be one of few parents who will admit to it — publicly. So what...

Regrets, we've had a few

Mar 1, 2017 / 11:00 am

Regret. We all have it, but why? A friend is going through a great deal of regret right now. It was during our conversation it became apparent how much regret...

Dating after divorce

Feb 15, 2017 / 11:00 am

Your palms are sweaty; so are your armpits. You look nervously into your phone camera for the umpteenth time to check your hair – no grey. Teeth check -...

First heartbreak

Feb 1, 2017 / 11:00 am

My daughter recently experienced her first real heartbreak. But not of the love-affair kind. She also learned one of the hardest lessons in life — a...

Love your resolutions

Jan 18, 2017 / 11:00 am

Have you given up yet? Some people love new year’s resolutions and some hate ‘em. This is the third week of a new year. If you believe the pundits,...

Christmas gifts are overrated

Dec 21, 2016 / 11:00 am

For my last column of 2016, I decided to have some fun and ask people to reminisce on Christmases past and their favourite memories of gifts received when they...

Don't be a super parent

Dec 7, 2016 / 11:00 am

Super-parents wreck it for all of us I tend to write my best pieces that revolve around some sort of drama, usually stemming from my own life. But I’m...

Teens at work

Nov 9, 2016 / 11:00 am

One of the most biggest milestones for most adults is their first paying job. Not just the babysitting job they did one summer, but the first job in a store,...

This one is for the girls

Oct 26, 2016 / 11:00 am

In my never-ending saga of life with a 16-year-old daughter, the full impact of needing to have close women friends hit me full force this past week. After a...

Tales from a worried mom

Oct 12, 2016 / 11:00 am

I was told recently that I make parenting look simple, especially for a single parent. This person said my columns allude to having kids who don’t cause...

Big-kid bullies

Sep 28, 2016 / 11:00 am

Anti-bullying campaign isn't working Horrified. Sad. Angry. Protective. Proud. These are the emotions I experienced upon learning about a situation at my...

Making of an angry parent

Sep 14, 2016 / 11:00 am

“Why are people your age always so mad at people our age?” That was the question my 16-year-old threw at me while I was ranting at her and her...

Teachers' advice

Aug 31, 2016 / 12:00 pm

A few months ago, I was given an assignment; get into the minds of teens. Sleuth where necessary. Learn the lingo. But do whatever I had to in order to get them...

The toughest job

Aug 24, 2016 / 11:00 am

Gen X parents have a tougher job of raising their kids than previous generations. And it's our fault. I know, every generation before us has claimed they...

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