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Melissa Carr

TheThirtiesGrind.com

Melissa Carr is the founder and author of the The Thirties Grind, a popular lifestyle blog about the chaos, struggles and joy that family life in your thirties brings. It is also home to the popular Absurd Vancouver Property of the Week and the REAL Real Housewives of Vancouver series.

When not writing, she can be found working full time, raising her kids, paying her bills, enjoying a glass of wine and trying to keep her head screwed on straight! Follow her on Twitter @meliss604.
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Palm Spring With Kids: Where to Stay, Eat and Play

This spring break I was dying to get away. Funds were limited, however, so I was looking for something that wouldn't break the bank. I had no idea just how much great stuff there is to do with families in Palm Springs. Here is a list of the places we discovered to play and eat.
03/30/2015 05:02 EDT
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When Did Being A Mom Become The 'World's Toughest Job'?

If you have time to watch a YouTube video and Facebook about it all damn day, motherhood hasn't completely swallowed you up -- you had enough time in your busy day for this, let's be honest, frivolity. Maybe, after all, it isn't the toughest job in the world.
04/20/2014 12:00 EDT
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Vancouver Parents Alert: Tips for Enrolling in those Prized Swimming Lessons

We've all been there. Sitting in front of the computer screen, waiting anxiously for the clock to strike the hour. It's like the wild, wild west...only the quickest draws will survive. Who knew that registering for poxy swimming lessons could be so effing stressful? Mark your calendars, Vancouver: online registration begins Nov. 26th at 9 a.m.
11/22/2013 03:21 EST

Why is your kid the boss of you?

We've all heard about baby-led weaning. Even child-led potty training and child-led playing makes sense. But when did child-led-every-f*%king-thing in your life happen?
11/12/2013 01:57 EST
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Absurd Vancouver (Vacation) Property

Since buying a home in Vancouver is so ridiculously expensive, it goes without saying that cabins and cottages in the surrounding areas are off-the-chart expensive. But...I found a bargain for $265,000. Now...don't all of you run off at once and try to buy this beauty.
10/25/2013 07:22 EDT
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Lice. Not Nice.

Nobody ever tells you about lice. Seriously, though, there should be a handbook that they give you when your child goes into any kind of childcare or school facility warning you of the perils you will face as a parent. Then, at least, you will be fully educated and may actually decide that the person homeschooling their child on your street may just actually have the right idea. Kids are gross.
10/15/2013 06:32 EDT
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Telling Internet-Savvy Teens To Use "Common Sense" Is Garbage

Recently, I engaged in a bit of a Twitter-debate around Internet dangers and kids. Our children are making adult decisions online and it's argued that these protections should be the responsibility of social media companies. Those who oppose restrictions and protections argue that it is up to parents to teach children best judgement and to exercise common sense online. I think this is absolutely absurd.
08/02/2013 01:23 EDT
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Do My Kids Even Like Me?

Sometimes I think I must be a really nasty, boring, bee-otch to be around. They're growing up fast, I just want my kids to want to spend time with me. I want them to be excited when they know we have an entire day together. I want them to think I'm the best thing since sliced bread, but I think those times are starting to disappear.
06/28/2013 01:19 EDT
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Want to be a Great Dad? Kenny Rogers Will Tell You How

Having kids is a bit of a crap-shoot. Some people are born parents, others struggle significantly -- and a few (let's face it) can barely look after themselves, let alone another human being. What I think is one of the biggest gambles of becoming a new father, however, is not knowing how becoming a mother is going to affect your partner. It's funny because, the lyrics of Kenny Rogers' famous song, The Gambler, really apply here.
06/19/2013 01:04 EDT
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Absurd Vancouver Property Of The Week

Last week, I finished my cross-Canada tour in Alberta. This week, I'm looking at a few pricey celebrity abodes and what the same amount of dosh will fetch you in The Couve.
06/17/2013 11:24 EDT
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Absurd Property of the Week: Vancouver vs. Alberta

People live in lots of other cities in our country and for many different reasons. Yes, Vancouver is beautiful. Yes, we have a mild climate. Yes, our quality of life here is amazing! However we also have tons of rain, an out-of-control cost of living and -- absurd property prices. Anyway, I digress. I'm on the last leg of my cross-Canada tour. Today we'll have a look at what your Canuck bucks will fetch you in Alberta.
06/09/2013 02:35 EDT
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On McDonald's, Electronics and Moderation...

There we were, enjoying our salty fries and other deep fried goodness, when I noticed a family sitting close by. Mom on her iPhone, kid one on an iTouch (with headphones on) and kid two on an iTouch (also with headphones on). There they were, eating their food, playing their games and uttering not a single word to one another. I'd never seen anything like it. And I could feel a little judgement of my own rising within.
06/04/2013 12:33 EDT
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It's Time Our Kids Walked To School

While 58 per cent of us walked to school when we were kids, only 28 per cent of our kids are doing the same today across Canada. But I believe walking to school gives kids a sense of community. They get to know their route. Their neighbourhood, literally, becomes their stomping ground. It also teaches them to not be lazy and just jump in the car whenever they need to go somewhere.
05/27/2013 12:50 EDT
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Absurd Vancouver Property: Vancouver vs. Toronto

We're almost halfway across Canada in out 'Absurd Vancouver Properties' series. This week we're focused on three Toronto houses and what domestic perks they hold against f*%king ridiculously priced properties sprinkled throughout Vancouver.
05/20/2013 03:42 EDT
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Would The Circus Buy My Four-Year-Old?

There are days when I feel like there is an alien invading my little boy's body...who is this demon? His sister went through a bit of the same at this age. Willful. Stubborn. Naughty. My darling son is all this with the added bonus of also being completely irrational (no...you cannot wear your basketball shorts out in the freezing rain), disobedient (I already told you, you are not allowed to eat Easter eggs for breakfast) and violent (if I had a dollar for every time I've gotten a foot in the boob...).
05/09/2013 01:29 EDT