Kathy Kaufield
Kathy Kaufield is a writer, communications consultant and mother of two young girls. She’s a former political reporter, columnist and news editor who now writes about the ups and downs of parenting instead of politics. She’s discovered her guilt-easing mantra “Well, at least I don’t smoke crack” makes her feel better about a multitude of parental transgressions. You can read her regular parenting column at www.welcometobrunch.com. Follow her on Twitter @kaufield.

Entries by Kathy Kaufield

True Stories of Tired Parent Style Fails

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 1:09 PM

I made this dreadful realization after a meeting with a new client: half my face was covered with sparkles from my daughter's fairy princess costume and I had forgotten to brush my teeth.

Yep, welcome to the world of personal hygiene and style for parents. It's a world in which...

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Secrets For a Less Stressful Holiday Season

(3) Comments | Posted November 27, 2014 | 12:01 PM

1995 was easily my worst Christmas.

I was in my mid-20s, unemployed, living with my mom and in debt after quitting my job to backpack around Europe. On Christmas Eve that year -- exactly one month to the day after my Dad died unexpectedly -- I totalled my widowed mother's...

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The Torture of Leftover Halloween Candy

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 3:04 PM

I had this thought as I secretly stuffed a third mini-Mars bar into my mouth: my daughters are going to smell chocolate on my breath. I better rinse my mouth.

That thought was followed by this more startling one: OMG, I am behaving like an alcoholic except with Halloween candy!...

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Why Do Moms Feel So Guilty When Dads Do More Around the House?

(2) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 1:54 PM

My eight-year-old daughter said the sweetest thing to the Hubster this weekend and boy, did it make me feel wretched.

Yes, wretched!

The Hubster took our youngest skating, and out of the blue, she said: "Daddy, when I get up in the morning, you are always there. When I am...

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One Night Inside a Mom's Brain

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 6:17 PM

Oh, bed! How I have missed you. It's been 17 busy, busy hours since we've been together. It feels so good to lie down!

I am soooo tired.

Did I take the meat out for supper tomorrow night? Uh, wait, we have no meat for supper tomorrow night. Great. Just...

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How To Get Your Kids To Eat Their Veggies

(3) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 6:57 PM

This random thought popped into my head one recent evening: Neither of my daughters ate any vegetables that day.

Not a single one.

Aaaack! Bad mother! Bad mother!

Wait. Take that back. Why am I taking all the blame? What about The Hubster? Revised aaaaack: Bad parents! Bad...

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The Angst of Parenting a Child with Severe Food Allergies

(9) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 9:24 AM

I just sat in the car and had a good cry.

I was in the parking lot of my 11-year-old daughter's school on her first day of middle school, but I wasn't having the "oh my child is growing up" type of cry.

Instead, I was unexpectedly engulfed in fear...

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My Wish For My Daughter as She Begins Middle School

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 1:23 PM

I'll never forget what it said: "You are ugly and we hate you."

That handwritten note was signed by most of the girls in my junior high school class and passed up the rows of desks into the hands of one of my best friends.

Entering middle school was a...

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7 Things That Irk Me About The Breakfast Club Now That I'm a Parent

(6) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 10:18 AM

You know you're getting old when you cheer upon discovering John Hughes's classic 1985 teen movie The Breakfast Club is on television on a Saturday night. It's one of my all-time favourite movies, but the five high school students had barely settled into their detention chairs in the library when...

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New Moms Should Know: Breastfeeding Is Hard!

(12) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 1:29 PM

My lowest point came when I said these words: "I don't want to feed her. I don't want to feed my own child."

Tears in my eyes, I looked up from my nursing chair at The Hubster, who had our hungry newborn daughter in his arms. I felt like I...

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Dropping My Daughter Off at Camp Taught Me How to Let Go

(2) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 2:09 AM

My daughter's Girl Guide leader grabbed me by the shoulders, looked me squarely in the eye and said: "Goodbye Mama."

"But, but, but," I sputtered, aghast.

"Go!" she said, her face somehow reflecting both a warm smile and a 'Don't mess with me' look. I was dropping my 10-year-old daughter...

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This Father's Day I'll Think of the Families of the Fallen RCMP Officers

(2) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 1:41 PM

The families left behind -- that's what is hitting me the hardest in the wake of last week's tragedy in Moncton that saw three RCMP officers -- three fathers -- gunned down.

This weekend is Father's Day -- the first in a series of terrible 'firsts' that these will families...

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Why Do Our Kids Hate the Home Phone Line?

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 1:16 PM

I made a startling discovery about my 10- and 7-year-old daughters.

They don't really know how to use the telephone.

Ok, technically, they know how to turn it on and make a call, as my youngest aptly demonstrated when she and a friend cooked up a scheme to call 911.

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One Thing I Don't Want to Regret as a Mom

(1) Comments | Posted May 25, 2014 | 11:27 AM

To snuggle or not to snuggle: that is the question on my mind.

"Mom, will you snuggle with me?" my 10-year-old will ask, her arms outstretched from her bed, as I turn to leave her dark room.

"Not tonight, sweetie."

That's the answer I've been giving her all too often...

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We're Talking Sex at the Dinner Table, and I Couldn't Be Happier

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 2:15 PM

Well, we've been having some interesting family discussions over dinner recently. Topics have included: marijuana, driver reaction time after consuming alcohol, how nicotine stains your fingers; the intense pain caused by Tasering; bras and body hair.

One night, we even examined diagrams of male and female reproductive organs. "Those are...

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Easter Isn't Christmas - Slow Down With the Gifts

(5) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 12:54 PM

So, this is what my seven-year-old asked the Easter Bunny to bring her this weekend: Julie Albright, a $110 US "historical 1970s" doll from American Girl.

Cue a small explosion in my brain.

"The Easter Bunny does not have a workshop with elves who make toys. The Easter Bunny...

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I Want To Watch Olaf the Snowman Melt and Die

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 2:08 PM

The last straw came with this announcement from my seven-year-old daughter: "Uh, Mom, my jacket is ripped again."

"Noooo!" I moaned. "Please, not the winter jacket!"

"My jacket is way too small," chirped her older sister.

"Your jacket is just fine," I told her.

Then I took a good...

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Will My Kids Remember Me at My Best or My Worst?

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 1:38 PM

It was not my best moment.

When my daughters began loudly squealing and crying while the Hubster was on a conference call, I erupted into a "wag and shout" -- wagging my finger in their faces while shouting at them. Well, except since the Hubster was on the phone, I...

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My Daugther's Math Homework Proves I'm Not Smarter Than a 5th Grader

(3) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 1:37 PM

The day I've dreaded has arrived.

My 10-year-old daughter brought math questions home from school that I struggled to answer. I drew a complete blank on how to calculate the perimeter of a rectangle. Yep, I can now conclusively answer the question, "Are you smarter than a fifth grader?"


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Moms, You Don't Need an Excuse to Make Time for Friends

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 5:01 PM

We were a pretty sad looking bunch when we first sat down on the hard benches in the school gym. There we sat, three tired moms in a row, all of us sporting the telltale signs of battling our way through cold and flu season -- dark circles under our...

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