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Leanne Shirtliffe

Teacher • Author of THE CHANGE YOUR NAME STORE (2014) and DON'T LICK THE MINIVAN (2013)

Leanne Shirtliffe is a writer, humorist, and teacher. She blogs at <a href="http://IronicMom.com" rel="nofollow">IronicMom.com</a> and is the author of <em>Don't Lick the Minivan: Things I Never Thought I'd Say As a Parent</em> (Skyhorse, 2013).
Former Alberta Teacher Unjustly Detained in

Former Alberta Teacher Unjustly Detained in Indonesia

I know the Bantlemans, and I too have taught at international schools in Asia. I met my husband--a guy from Edmonton--in the Middle East, and we had twins in Bangkok. I know the lure and the realization of what Mrs. Bantleman describes as wanting "to learn more about the culture and the people" of a far off land. I also can imagine how powerless you would be if incarcerated in a foreign country.
07/21/2014 03:04 EDT
BLOG: 10 Reasons Why Calgarians Love

BLOG: 10 Reasons Why Calgarians Love Nenshi

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 according to the pollsters. Still, my husband and I put a sign on our lawn, believing that this Harvard-educated, articulate, and worldly young Calgarian was the future we wanted for our city.
06/24/2013 03:06 EDT
Top 20 Worst Valentine's Day

Top 20 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 the 20 worst gifts you could give your beloved on February 14th.
02/11/2013 11:40 EST
How To Cheat Using A

How To Cheat Using A Pedometer

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 you take on a given day.
01/28/2013 02:30 EST
10 Christmas Songs That Should Be Thrown Into The Holiday

10 Christmas Songs That Should Be Thrown Into The Holiday Fire

'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.
12/22/2012 12:29 EST
Is It OK To Laugh If Your Child Cheats on

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

My eight-year-old son has been cheating on his home reading. "How is that possible?" you might ask. "How is it possible that he's been doing this for six weeks and you never noticed?" you might ask.
11/16/2012 01:25 EST
Top 13 Horror Movies for

Top 13 Horror Movies for Parents

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.
10/31/2012 10:44 EDT