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

Visit Martinique - It's Magnifique!

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 8:21 AM

"Martinique is not for tourists; it is for travellers." says our guide as we make our way through the winding, hilly roads of this French/Caribbean island.

Martinique is to France, as Hawaii is to the U.S. This island "outpost" is a district of France, and its approximately 400,000 inhabitants live...

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Can You 'Getaway' With Only One Of Your Kids?

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 1:40 PM

"It's not fair!" The cry heard around the parenting world pretty much every day, for those of us who have more than one child. Playing the game of "Even Steven" happens from the smallest slight "He got to push the elevator button the last time!" to perhaps what could be...

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Buckworth List: Ski The French Alps

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 4:45 PM

The French Alps are on many avid skiers "bucket lists", but the expectation that the price is prohibitive prevents many from even exploring the possibility. Extra costs for lift tickets and lessons can escalate quickly. But in Valmorel France, the all-inclusive Club Med ski resort makes managing the cost easier...

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Mind Your (Mobile) Manners In Front of Your Kids

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 6:18 PM

"The invention of the teenager was a mistake. Once you identify a period of life in which people get to stay out late but don't have to pay taxes, naturally, no one wants to live any other way."
― Judith Martin

This quote, from Judith Martin, better known as...

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The Highs and (Rob) Lowes of Kids Leaving Home

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 5:25 PM

Rob Lowe's newest autobiography, "Love Life" has been getting a lot of attention, mostly due to a chapter he wrote about "crying like a baby" before his oldest son left for college. Apparently this upset him so much he slept in his son's bed the first night he was gone.

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The Many Grey Shades of Being Fifty

(1) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 1:32 PM

"To be fair, mom, there aren't too many people who are older than you." The defense from my 14-year-old daughter upon discovering I was not in fact the same age as a man she had just compared me to.

He was 80. I'm 50. She's never been good at math....

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Forget the MBA, Board Games Teach You All You Need to Know

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 1:50 PM

I think some of the best management tools are board games. I often play board games with my children, and besides providing the opportunity to learn a bit of math, reading, and logic, the games examine that all-important role of luck. We can't always choose our own circumstances (or children,...

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Secrets to Planning a Great Girls' Getaway

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 6:30 PM

The best girls getaways are the ones that end with you not wanting to "get away" from the girls you just spent a weekend with. Travel is a great way to really get to know someone, but it can also be a great way to find out what the differences...

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How To Get a Teacher a Gift Without Breaking the Bank

(2) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 6:21 PM

While gifts for teachers are not mandatory, many parents and kids like to show their appreciation for a hard job well done. However, as families struggle with their monthly budgets, there isn't always a lot of extra cash for teacher's gifts, let alone gifts for kids' favourite teaching assistants, librarians,...

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Peter MacKay Proves That Not Much Has Changed For Working Mothers

(25) Comments | Posted June 21, 2014 | 11:47 AM

When Peter MacKay, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and notably, father of one, made the comments that "women don't apply to be judges because they fear the job will take them away from their children," and that "children need their mothers more than their fathers," (according...

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Make a Deposit to Bank of Dad on Father's Day

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 6:24 PM

"Bank of Dad" is a well-known and well-used institution in many families, with kids lined up, waiting for allowances, gas money, movie ticket requests and more. This Father's Day, how about giving dad the gift of saving money, instead of spending it?

1) Gardening: After a long hard winter and...

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Six Reasons Why Business Trips Are Like Summer Camp for Moms

(1) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 1:49 PM

1) While away on a business trip, you have a set schedule of activities to accomplish during the day. At camp, these activities are listed on a sheet hung by the cabin door, and there is little flexibility. On a business trip, these activities have been entered into your smartphone,...

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Why Parents of Olympians Aren't Better Than the Average Mom or Dad

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2014 | 1:30 PM

I'm not sure I understand nor condone the "momification" of the Olympics. You know what I mean; major sponsors lining up to thank mom, and begrudgingly, dad, who drove Evan out to the ski hill every day, went to the ice skating rink every morning at 5 am with Emma,...

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How to Make Mother's Day Every Day

(0) Comments | Posted May 3, 2014 | 12:41 PM

"Because every day is Kids Day," we all wisely counsel our children when they ask why there is a special day for Mom, and a special day for Dad, but not for them. While this isn't technically true, the sentiment behind it infers that kids are inherently rewarded every day...

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Hey Kids: Shut up and Eat

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 1:16 PM

Visit a local bookstore and you'll see that the cookbook section is filled with several variations of the theme of "Deceptive Cooking." Loosely defined, parents are apparently being told to disguise good, nutritional food in fun and exciting ways, in order to convince their fussy eaters to switch over from...

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Not Everything Is Funny But We Should Still Laugh

(1) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 2:39 PM

"Kathy, not everything is funny."

I got this feedback from my boss during one of my last formal job performance reviews. My initial reaction was that I found that pretty funny. And so shortly after, I left corporate life and started writing about how really funny it was to try...

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Simplify Your Life in Six Steps

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 1:47 PM

"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated" - Confucius

Despite Confucius' wisdom, it can be hard to bring things back to the basics in our increasingly complex world. We Google everything, research endless possibilities, find everything we need with a few taps of the keyboard, and...

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Spring Cleaning's Not Just For Moms: How to Get the Kids Involved

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 1:14 PM

It's been a long, cold winter, and for the first time in a long time, some of us are actually looking forward to spring cleaning...mostly because it has the word "spring" in it. And although spring cleaning is a great way to herald in the new season, traditionally the bulk...

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The Supernanny Is More Like a Substitute Mommy

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 6:19 PM

Self-proclaimed "SuperNanny" Jo Frost has recently released a book, in which she explains how to keep toddlers from running and ruining the lives of parents, and basic instructional advice about how to avoid complete meltdowns in public. Theirs, not yours, apparently. She comes at the angle of disciplining children seemingly...

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Who Has a More Satisfying Life: Parents or the Childfree?

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 6:18 PM

If you're reading my column, chances are, you have kids. You may even be reading this while hiding in your washroom or as a way to avoid eye contact with that overzealous PTA mom across a coffee shop. That's what people with kids sometimes do, unlike their seemingly carefree childless...

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