Kathy Buckworth
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Kathy Buckworth is the Chief Family Advisor for Presidents Choice Financial, and an award winning author, columnist, spokesperson and television personality.

She is the author of six books, including Shut Up & Eat, and her latest, I Am So The Boss Of You (Random House), which has just been optioned by Warner Bros Television.

She is a columnist and feature travel writer for Metro News and is also a columnist for ParentsCanada, GoodLife Magazine, Post City Magazines, and contributes regularly to other national magazines.

Her monthly “Be The Boss” column appears on over 25 websites across North America. She is a parenting and travel expert for CBC's The Steven and Chris Show, and appears regularly on morning television.

Kathy is the Chief Family Advisor for Presidents Choice Financial and Loblaws PCPlus program.

Kathy is the only two time winner of the Professional Writers Association of Canada Award for Excellence in Humour, and is the 2010 recipient of the Mississauga Arts Award for Established Literary Arts.

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Entries by Kathy Buckworth

I Finally Understand Newfoundland

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2016 | 11:57 AM


As we sat down to our last meal in St. John's, Newfoundland, after a busy week of activities and exploring in the city as well as around the Avalon Peninsula, I asked my 17 year old daughter if she would recommend Newfoundland as...

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How To Keep Your Back To School Spending Under Control

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2016 | 12:52 PM

According to a recent survey conducted by PC Financial, parents are spending more and more on back-to-school supplies. While only 35 per cent of parents spent $500 or more per child during the 2015 holiday season, over half agree they will spend this amount per child on the...

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Moms Dive Deep To Support Their Olympic Daughters

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2016 | 11:38 AM

From the left: Margarida Benfeito with her daughter Meghan along with teammate Roseline Filion with her mother Helene.

The first time I met Margarida Benfeito and Helene Filion, I was sitting in front of them as their daughters Meaghan and Roseline, half...

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Olympian Jen Kish Plays Rugby Like a Girl (And You Should Too)

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2016 | 8:17 AM


"I'm wearing a bronze medal around my neck, but I feel like I've won gold." Jen Kish looks tough. And she is tough. Tough on herself to perform at the highest level of athletics, and more importantly, to provide a positive role model...

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Don't Let Age Come Between You And An Adventurous Life

(0) Comments | Posted July 26, 2016 | 10:37 AM

"At our age, we really need to stop trying new things."

As my former work colleague, a good seven years younger than me, said this during a recent dinner, my reaction was mixed. Since turning 50, I have tried out many new things: riding a horse in Patagonia, descending...

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You Play Like A Girl? Good For You

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2016 | 12:56 PM

"At least I'll be playing hockey with the kind of girls who play hockey", so said my daughter a few years ago, when she reluctantly made the move from being the only girl on a boys' house league hockey team, to a girls' rep team. The awkwardness of changing in...

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It Takes A Village To Get To The Olympic Village

(0) Comments | Posted July 4, 2016 | 10:28 AM

Photo credit Ian MacNicol

One of the biggest commitments and complaints you'll hear from the parents of competitive athletes in training is the constant driving. Driving to practice, to competitions, all of it made a little bit easier when you can count on...

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Teens Need Hugs (Even If They're Totally Over Them

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 4:08 PM

"A hug is like a boomerang. You get it back right away." - Bil Keane, creator of Family Circus

This is true 90 per cent of the time. But 10 per cent of the time, it's not true -- especially when you're trying to hug...

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Every Day Is Father's Day When You're Olympian Mark Oldershaw

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2016 | 4:00 PM


If there's one thing we know about babies, it's that as soon as you establish a routine with them, they break it. As parents, we adjust, move on, and establish new routines we know will also slide into oblivion. But when your work...

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Surprising Secrets To Freelance Success

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2016 | 3:59 PM

I have had steady work on the freelance writing, speaking and spokesperson front ever since I put down my corporate briefcase and picked up my pen, about 14 years ago. I often get asked how I get these great jobs and get the opportunity to work with great people. Here...

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No, You Do Have Time To Read

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2016 | 11:25 AM

"If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that." Stephen King.

When I read this quote, from my favourite childhood author, it gave me hope. I read everything I could get my hands on as a kid, in particular...

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California: One Big Outdoor Fitness Centre

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2016 | 5:01 PM

When I looked at my itinerary for California it made me a little anxious. While we would be visiting Yosemite National Park and enjoying all it had to offer, we were staying in a series of remote cabins. Cabins that didn't include a fitness centre, and outdoor terrain...

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Qualicum Beach Is Rustic, Relaxing And Anything But Boring

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 4:23 PM

"Relax, it's Qualicum!"

I heard this many times during my visit to this small Vancouver Island community, whose population of 8,900 swells to 16,000 in the summer. They boast the dubious honour of having the highest median age of any city in Canada. But if you think...

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Why Do Canadians Love Florida So Much?

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 3:25 PM

Canadians love Florida. Particularly those of us on the Eastern side of the country, where we can fly to sunny skies and gorgeous beaches in less than three hours. But the low loonie has seen a dip in the number of visitors from Canada to this southern state, with estimates...

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Gold Medal Mom Wins At Mother's Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 2:55 PM

When my kids were young, I used a reward chart to motivate them to accomplish certain tasks. Stickers or stars for cleaning your room, making the bed, maybe even brushing your teeth or being nice to a brother.

But when Olympic gold medal trampoline athlete the Rosie MacLennan...

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Why Do We Hate Reading Glasses So Much?

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 4:44 PM

"Pass 'em over," said our good friend Joe, to his wife, as we all peered at our menus in the darkened restaurant, trying in vain to read the tiny print without using the reading glasses that were making the rounds.

Sooner or later, many Canadians will find themselves stretching...

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First-Class Hacks For Staying Fresh During A Long Flight

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2016 | 5:49 PM

"Long flights can either be the best thing ever or the absolute worst," says Heather Greenwood Davis, award-winning travel writer and founder of GlobetrottingMama.com. Davis has learned this during her extensive travels around the world, most recently to long-haul destinations such as the Azores and Hawaii.


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For Hygiene's Sake, Clean Your Room!

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2016 | 2:04 PM

"Go clean your room!" is ground zero for children's chores. But teaching them to keep their room clean is not just an aesthetic goal; it's a hygienic one as well. Yes, it's the only space they can claim as really their own in the house (even if they share with...

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Millennials Need To Change These 5 Attitudes About Work

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2016 | 11:24 AM

"Your job is to get your manager promoted."

At my advanced age, I can't even remember who gave me this advice, but it is advice I have repeated not only to friends and co-workers, but also to people who were being managed by me. Yes, I'm the manager you...

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How To Get The Best Airplane Seats

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2016 | 3:50 PM

"Keep going, kids." Says the weary adult as their child optimistically looks at the business class seats on their way to the way, way back of the plane. As they pass the front section, past the premium or preferred economy seats, the spacious exit row seats, and find themselves in...

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