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Kathy Buckworth

Award winning author of 6 books, spokesperson, media personality, traveller

Kathy Buckworth is an award winning writer of six books, including her latest I Am So The Boss Of You: An 8 Step Guide To Giving Your Family The Business (Random House).  

Kathy is a nationally recognized parenting author who is a regular guest on television and radio programs. She has been a regular parenting expert for TV's Cityline, Steven & Chris and Breakfast Television, across the country, as well as hosting the Slice network show, Birth Days. She writes parenting and travel articles for print publications and online sites, including her regular column, Parenting Hacks, with Post City Magazines, and regular travel features for Metro News and GoodLife Magazine. She also has a monthly travel segment, Get Set, Go! on CHCH Television.  

You can find Kathy on Twitter @KathyBuckworth, Facebook @AuthorKathyBuckworth and Instagram @KathyBuckworth. 

Kathy has over 20 years of corporate marketing experience and has been writing for 15 years. She lives in the Toronto area and has four children.

You Know How to Be Healthy, So Do It

According to a recent poll, 64% of families say "eating healthy" is the top priority in protecting their health. Yet 14% say they still have this on their "to do" list. The complete list from the research findings is below. What things do you need to move from the "to do" to the "doing" list in order to keep your family healthy?
05/01/2013 12:25 EDT
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Every Day Is Mother's Day (Unfortunately)

It seems to me that Mother's Day is pretty much every day in the work world, and not in a good way. Hear me out. At home, moms are privileged to receive the time honoured traditional offering of burnt toast and cold coffee from our own junior employees, intended to save mom the trouble of doing this herself. Of course the dichotomy is that more often than not, this causes mom more work.
05/01/2013 08:02 EDT

Lean In? How about Fall Down?

Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, is encouraging women to "Lean In" to their careers, with her book of the same name. Essentially she is tackling the age-old dilemma of how women s...
04/11/2013 12:04 EDT
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Why Every Family Needs a Mission Statement

As the boss of your family, you will likely find a mission statement handy, if for no other reason than to remind yourself of what you were thinking when you brought these people into the world. And why you shouldn't take them out. Corporately, a mission statement should address the employees, the shareholders, and the customers. Here's a quick primer on adapting those three categories to family life.
03/22/2013 12:36 EDT
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What to Do With Your Kids on March Break

March Break doesn't mean breaking the rules or the routines -- in terms of bedtimes, meals and, let's face it, personal hygiene -- but it can be a great time to break out some new activities that don't normally fit into your schedule. If you have more than one child to organize during the week, have a discussion with all of them to find out what they'd like to do, beyond just "not go to school".
03/13/2013 05:19 EDT
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Sheltering Your Kids Now Will Embarrass Them Later

American Idol is a great example of what can happen if you aren't honest with your children, and you send them out onto the stage, to fail. My kids are terrible singers. I am a terrible singer. They won't be one of those show contestants who are so painfully awful but are convinced they are the next Kelly Clarkson because their mom said so.
02/13/2013 05:41 EST

Gone Girl...All The Way To Bermuda

Sun, spa, and shopping. The perfect Girls Getaway trifecta can be found on the island of Bermuda. Only 26 square miles in area, this (northern) Caribbean destination is a quick trip from Toronto but a...
02/08/2013 04:23 EST
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My Love/Love Relationship With My BlackBerry

How did this happen? It's my own fault, really. From the minute that sleek black shiny square became a part of my life, I knew we would be inseparable. I have a love/love relationship with my BlackBerry. There. I've said it.
01/24/2013 05:29 EST
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Annoying Parenting Trends That Must Be Stopped

Another year gone by, another year filled with annoying parenting trends. Here are some fads I'd like to see disappear by the end of 2013, including trophies for every participant and snack time every half hour!
01/16/2013 01:13 EST
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Why Can I Recharge My Gadgets But Not Myself?

Who can live without a BlackBerry? Not this Mom. And my dentist tells me I HAVE to use an electric toothbrush. And my own common sense tells me the children NEED to have hand held gaming units. But those are some of the things that are easy to recharge. Things like my own mental and physical energy are somewhat harder to energize.
12/27/2012 12:30 EST
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Why Kids Understand Cross-Marketing Better Than You Do

Cross-marketing itself is not a new phenomenon, but there are many more layers to it in the digital age. "The kid business has always been transmedia," said Ken Faier, president of Nerd Corps. Keeping their focus on the fans and delivering different content at the same time on different media platforms, where their fans would be, works very successfully with games, toys and other associated merchandise.
12/12/2012 05:17 EST
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Four Ways to Balance Spending and Saving

An overwhelming majority of Canadians say that they still manage to save for the future, while many acknowledge that they have had to cut back on both spending and saving since the economic downturn. While nine out of 10 Canadians have some form of savings, which is indeed good news, 72 per cent also carry some form of debt. But there are ways to help find a better balance between spending and saving.
11/27/2012 08:03 EST
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Seven Ways to Survive Baby's First Christmas

Like most holiday seasons, many families are planning on multi-generational get-togethers, particularly if there is a "baby's first Christmas" to celebrate. But having a new baby around at Christmas can be as stressful as it is wonderful. Try to keep things nice, and not naughty by following this tips...
11/25/2012 11:27 EST
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Sometimes What Kids Don't Know Can't Hurt Them

While I believe it is important to keep our kids somewhat up to date with current affairs, do they really need to know and digest every piece of bad information that hits the ever expanding radar? A local station used to announce, just prior to the news, "It's 10 o'clock. Do you know where your children are?" I say, better yet, "Do your children always need to know what you know?"
11/15/2012 05:29 EST
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They Don't Call It a "Waiting Room" For Nothing

At this time of the year, many parents are visiting their doctor's office with kids in tow, for everything from routine vaccinations to dealing with the sudden influx of colds and fevers. But just going to the doctor's office can make you sick...of thinking of ways to entertain them while you inevitably wait. Make sure you're prepared to keep the kids quiet and occupied.
11/14/2012 12:09 EST
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New Family Rule: Ditch Distractions at the Dinner Table

Technology has invaded our dinner space with television, tablets, and of course the constant use of smartphones, with email and texting. Eliminate the distractions and start talking. Mom and dad need to be the role models for this behaviour, so put away the phone before you sit down at the table, and make it a family rule.
11/04/2012 01:15 EDT
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Children Can Be Expensive

With four kids, money rarely physically stays on my person for more than a minute. It comes directly from the ATM, barely touching down into my wallet, before it goes out to the waiting hands of a retail merchant. I think this is partly because of safety concerns, but also it's also somewhat due to our own gullibility in believing what they really "need."
10/17/2012 08:04 EDT

Teaching Your Kids Mobile Manners

According to a new study, 48 per cent of Canadian parents with children aged 11 and over now let their kids carry a cell phone. With a new school year well underway, this presents a new learning challenge for parents: How to teach their kids to use their cellphones appropriately. Not just from a safety perspective but from a "mobile manners" point of view as well.
09/18/2012 12:25 EDT

The Dreaded Compliment: "You Look Good For..."

"You look good...for someone who's had four kids...especially since one of those kids is 21." I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that no mom ever wants to hear anything past "you look good." If in fact someone says this to you, you must move away immediately to avoid the unavoidable follow up sentences.
09/18/2012 05:37 EDT
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Harry Potter and the Educational Vacation

"Learning doesn't take a vacation." Okay, like most annoying moms, I said it and this summer, I tried to live it. During a family vacation to London, England, I attempted to make our visit a mixture of the historic and the fun (they're not always interchangeable, no matter what my history buff husband says), hoping that the kids would learn something, even if their summer-vacation-new-knowledge resistance factor was strong.
08/21/2012 05:28 EDT