Erin Chrusch
Erin is a writer and lawyer based in Calgary, Alberta. She blogs at Working Mother Chronicles (, telling stories about modern parenthood and raising active citizens.

Entries by Erin Chrusch

On Guard, For All of Us

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 1:02 PM

This morning, I walked into my daughter's bedroom to help her get ready for kindergarten. She was lying in bed "reading" her books and I asked if I could take a picture of her. I was thinking of an internet meme I'd seen a few weeks ago - #GirlWithABook -...

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Everyday Heroes (For Nathan)

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 2:02 PM

Yesterday, our city - the entire country really - got the news no one wanted to hear.

Two weeks ago, on another sunny, Monday morning, Jennifer O'Brien went to pick up her 5-year-old son Nathan from her parents' home where he had spent the night. As we all know by...

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5 Lessons for My Kids From the Sochi Olympics

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 4:07 PM

Like many Canadians, it was an early morning here at our house. We didn't travel to the local pub or anything (although it was open and business was booming), but we were still part of the great cultural event that was the men's gold medal hockey game. Even my parents...

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It's Not Just About Football

(22) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 1:40 PM

You may have heard that there was a football game being played in Regina this weekend. Tens of thousands of fans descend upon Mosaic Stadium to cheer on the home team at Taylor Field. There might have been people there cheering for the other team, but I'll go out on...

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What I Want My Dad to Know This Father's Day

(2) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 12:57 AM

Yesterday, in a small town on the Canadian prairie, there was a celebration. A public space had been reclaimed and turned into a park where residents could go for rest and reflection. More than 200 people showed up for the official dedication. This might not seem like much until you...

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What We Must Learn From Steubenville

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 12:42 AM

It's very early in the morning. Mia had an unfortunate nap late yesterday afternoon that resulted in a later-than-usual bedtime and so she is awake now, at 4 am.

"It's wakey-time?" she asks me hopefully, after urgently calling me to her room.

"Not yet sweetie."

"But I hungry."

So I...

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Why I Will Let My Children Fail

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 2:28 PM

When I was in university, one of the requirements for my degree was a political philosophy course. It was not the best class I ever took, although the professor tried really hard. As the old adage goes: it wasn't him, it was me. I knew I wasn't alone in my...

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The Only New Year's Resolution I'll Make

(1) Comments | Posted December 31, 2012 | 12:22 PM

For the past week or so I've been hearing about how all of my friends and family and acquaintances plan to improve their lives over the next year. There are health-related resolutions, career goals, and ideas for improving relationships. Maybe this will be the year they finally lose those last...

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I'm Choosing Hope Over Fear: Views On The Newtown Tragedy From A Canadian Mom

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2012 | 10:00 AM

It's been one of those days when the words are many, yet not enough. Because what can you possibly say about such horror? Nothing really.

I've wept for the parents, siblings, children, spouses, friends and families of those who were so violently taken from this earth at Sandy Hook...

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