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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 and is the author of Don't Lick the Minivan: Things I Never Thought I'd Say As a Parent (Skyhorse, 2013).
Former Alberta Teacher Unjustly Detained in Facebook

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 Getty Images

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
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 Alamy

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
You Know You're a Canadian

You Know You're a Canadian When..

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 the world to end or the NHL season to start, let's begin.
09/27/2012 01:02 EDT