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This is Life, Based on a True Story

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...

Gold-digger moms

Nov 23, 2016 / 11:00 am

A dead-beat dad is a man who owes his ex-spouse child support for the care of their children, but doesn’t pay. This results in havoc for the other parent...

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...

Kelowna's singles scene

Aug 10, 2016 / 4:00 pm

There’s a white elephant in Kelowna’s proverbial living room. In my first column, I asked you to send me your ideas for columns you think are...

Too scared to call for help

Jul 27, 2016 / 6:00 pm

Picture this: you’re a parent to a young, beautiful teenage girl. She’s been pushing her limits and acting out — drinking, partying and going...

An affair with Castanet

Jul 13, 2016 / 6:00 pm

It’s officially official. Castanet has asked me to go steady. What started as a harmless little fling as a guest columnist on Writer’s Bloc, has...

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