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Leanne Shirtliffe is a writer, humorist, and teacher. She blogs at IronicMom.com and is the author of Don't Lick the Minivan: Things I Never Thought I'd Say As a Parent (Skyhorse, 2013).

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Former Alberta Teacher Unjustly Detained in Indonesia

(1) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 3:03 PM

It is without a doubt something every teacher has thought about: What if I am falsely accused of hurting a child? It's one thing to have that fear grip you when you're working in Canada; it's another thing to have it realized when you're teaching abroad.

Veteran teacher Neil Bantleman,...

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Hurry Hard! Top 12 Reasons To Date Men Who Are Curlers

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 3:32 PM

Curling Olympics


  1. They're good at using brooms to sweep.

  2. They're protective and willing to guard anything, especially the house.

  3. They're able to get out of the hack without taking a sick day.

  4. They don't think skipping is...

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10 Reasons Why Calgarians Love Nenshi (or, How to Be a Leader)

(49) Comments | Posted June 23, 2013 | 10:58 PM

I've heard it said that a person's true personality comes out in a crisis. If that's true, then thousands of people may well have fallen (further) in love with Calgary's own Mayor Nenshi these past few days.

When Nenshi ran for mayor three years ago, he wasn't a serious contender...

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Top 20 Worst Valentine's Day Gifts

(2) Comments | Posted February 10, 2013 | 5:37 PM

Worst Valentine's Day Gifts

A couple of months ago, I asked the Ironic Mom Facebook community what the worst gifts were that they'd ever received.

Given that Valentine's Day is less than a week away, I'm going to declare these...

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How To Cheat Using A Pedometer

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2013 | 4:37 PM

I bought a FitBit Zip, which I tend to call my FitBit "Zit" because it protrudes from my body like acne. If you don't know what a FitBit is, it's a small piece of expensive plastic that you clip to your waistband so it can record you how many steps...

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Top 10 Worst Christmas Songs Ever

(46) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 1:30 PM

'Tis the season...to hear endless loops of holiday music and feel tempted to strangle someone with red and green garland.

While some Christmas carols might actually bring joy to the world, there are a lot of songs that we want to throw out with the decaying holly and the ivy.

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Is It OK To Laugh If Your Child Cheats on Homework?

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 10:06 AM

My eight-year-old son cheated on his home reading.

How is that possible? you might ask.

Well, he's been yelling "blah-blah-blah" instead of recording the online book into the computer like he's supposed to.


How is it possible...

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Top 13 Horror Movies for Parents

(2) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 9:30 PM

Halloween might kick off the season of scary movies, but if you have young children, October 31st is a horror show of its own.

For most people, raising children is the scariest thing they do, so here are thirteen horror movies for parents.

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You Know You're a Canadian When..

(45) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 9:35 AM

Let's face it, if the world is ending in a few months, Canadians had best acknowledge that the year 2012 has given us a unique national identity before we (and the Earth's seven billion inhabitants) are unable to throw another curling rock over the hog line.

Without waiting for...

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