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Jeni Marinucci

Freelance Writer

Jeni Marinucci is a freelance writer with two children. She has a guilty conscience, countless dead hamsters (see “guilty conscience,”) and a questionable home-haircut. At 34 she returned to University to complete her B.A. in English Literature, a designation which has provided her with an extensive library and resume full of menial jobs. When no teaching college wanted her, she had to choose between taking orders through a window, or taking orders from an editor. She chose the latter. Her neighbours wish she would cut her lawn.

Jeni keeps a blog at and is on Twitter at @highlyirritable.
A Parent's Primer To

A Parent's Primer To Minecraft

Do you have a child between the ages of seven and "I-stopped-counting-after-the-third"? Did you also make the huge mistake of giving them access to electricity? Do they shout random terms like "Butter!" and "Creeper Lava Diamond Pig"? If you answered "yes," to any of these questions then it is likely you know my pain: Minecraft Mania.
07/20/2013 11:05 EDT
Commando Parenting My Independent

Commando Parenting My Independent Daughter

I turn to my daughter. She is 14, and busy perfecting the act of looking at once both pensive and haughty. Finally she admits something. "I'm thinking about the bus. You said you wanted to teach me to ride the public bus. That I need to be more independent." I did say that...
04/08/2013 12:10 EDT
How to Talk to Your

How to Talk to Your Teenager

A parent can never over-prepare for the turbulent teenage years ahead, and any little morsel of information you can gather may pay off in droves later. So here are a few of my favourite tried and true tips that I've used to build trust with my newly-teenaged daughter over the last year.
03/31/2013 05:42 EDT
I'd Like my Burger Without a Side of Erotica,

I'd Like my Burger Without a Side of Erotica, Please

Recently my partner and I were enjoying a sunny afternoon on a patio. The waitress leaned in and asked if I had read <em>50 Shades of Grey</em>. I replied that no, I hadn't. She assumed "hadn't" meant "hadn't yet," because she went on to describe in great detail how much I would love it. If I had specifically asked "How long can I expect to wait for the chocolate soufflé and/or a mind-blowing orgasm?" then perhaps her words may have been appropriate.
09/25/2012 07:42 EDT