Tracie Wagman
Tracie is the co-owner of Help We’ve Got Kids. While raising her two children, Tracie found the book, and the website, of Help to be invaluable. She liked it so much she recently bought the company with a fellow mom!

Tracie is passionate about the environment and about helping families have better lives. In her past life, Tracie worked in both retail and telecom, most recently as co-President of Pistachio, and before that at Bell Canada. Tracie was also the Vice-President of the board at Yorktown Family Services, is actively involved with the G(irls) 20 Summit, Environmental Defence Fund, and has recently joined the board of Canopy.

Tracie knows how hard it is to balance work with home life, and keep everyone in the family happy. “In real life” there are no perfect answers – it’s a never-ending quest to stay sane and also bring up happy and competent children. (Oh yeah, and keep the marriage together too.)

Entries by Tracie Wagman

Letting My Daughter Walk Home Alone for the First Time - Ack!

(7) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 12:07 PM

The day my world ended...otherwise known as the day my baby walked home from school alone.

About the time kids turn two, they begin clamouring for their independence. I remember when each of my kids turned 18 months I was suddenly not allowed to pick out clothes for them any...

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Let Your Child Handle the "Mean Girl"

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2012 | 7:20 AM

When my daughter first encountered the dreaded "mean girl" at school my inner tiger mom went ballistic. You know how it feels when your child is upset and hurt; you want to do anything to protect and help them -- even when you probably shouldn't.

I found myself in...

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Mommies Can be Feminists Too

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 5:10 PM

Every few weeks there are books and articles that come out that raise the ire of moms and parents. The last one I remember is Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother and now we have The Conflict, the new book out by a French "feminist" mom....

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Are Modern Teachers to Blame for Bullies?

(34) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 7:44 AM

I saw the movie "Bully" last week and I left the theatre filled with sorrow and rage. The movie was more powerful and moving than I expected. How has bullying gotten so out of hand and in some cases, deadly, and what we can do to stop it?

Bullying has...

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Work/Life Balance, Or Lack Thereof

(14) Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 9:34 AM

There continues to be a lot of talk about how to balance work and life and all of your seemingly never-ending obligations. Experts provide tips, books are written, and movies with typical Hollywood endings are made. I think we all know there is no Hollywood ending to this -- it's...

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Tough Talk on Bullying with the Minister of Education

(3) Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 2:16 PM

A few days ago I spoke with Laurel Broten, the Minister of Education in Ontario. Her office reached out to me to ask if I wanted to discuss bullying with the Minister. Would I?! You bet. The question is, does she really want to hear what I have to say?...

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Why Are Other Mothers So Judgemental?

(22) Comments | Posted October 13, 2011 | 12:38 PM

Unless you're wearing a curly white wig and holding a gavel, please don't judge me. This is easier said than done, I know.

Mothers compare parenting skills. It's what we do. We glance at the mom scolding her child at the grocery store and think, "SHE has clearly has...

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My Kids Are Great Eaters (And Other Lies)

(11) Comments | Posted June 20, 2011 | 2:29 PM

Two things you need to know about me:
1. I try to eat very healthily, to the point of being obnoxious.
2. I love french fries.

Over the past several years, I have slowly and deliberately changed the foods that my family eats. We no longer eat white...

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