When my son was six, he began to wear ties to school. He wears either a dress shirt and tie or full suit and tie every single day. I don't even see it any more. But others do. For the most part, all of the attention he has received has been positive. But once, in Grade 2, he received a different kind of attention.
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In case you are living under a rock, the final instalment of the film version of the Twilight series was released in theatres last week. Am I being overly sensitive about the idea of grown women fantasizing about teenaged boys? Why does our culture have this strange double standard? If 35-year-old fathers were lining up at movie premieres to get their photos taken with Dakota Fanning, we'd scream bloody murder.
11/19/2012 12:15 EST
Picture this. It's 9:30 p.m. and you're laying on the couch with a dish of ice cream. You mentally scan over the day's food intake. Morning: bagel and cream cheese. Lunch: fast food chicken burger (that's healthier, right?) and fries. Dinner: frozen pizza picked up on sale on the way home. Why?
11/12/2012 12:19 EST
So, I'm facing down my 40th birthday. It's two weeks away and, surprisingly, my mid-life crisis is holding off. For now. I am not enjoying the lines appearing around my eyes or the various sagging and loosening bits and pieces that will remain nameless. Clearly, I have to get OK with aging. Here are my top tips for aging well.
11/06/2012 12:25 EST
With the final instalment of the Twilight franchise hitting cinemas soon, I am reminded that the fabled bad boy may make for good fiction, but seldom does he make a great catch in real life. Don't believe me? Just ask Rihanna. What duty, if any, do authors have to create strong female leads (and males who respect them)?
10/29/2012 05:37 EDT
A little while ago, I posted this on my Facebook page: "Every time I hear my nine-year-old sing Whistle by Flo Rida, a little piece of me dies." And it does. Then yesterday in the car, she told me that she now indeed understands why I change the station in the car every time it comes on. "Do you know what that song is about, mom?" she asked, with a horrified look on her face. *sigh* "Yes. Yes, I do."
10/22/2012 05:17 EDT
It's not that we parents don't WANT to connect socially, to share a laugh, dip some chips, or put our keys in a bowl and take our chances. It's just that we're pooped. Dark under-eye circles, can't finish a sentence kind of exhaus...zzzzz. Do you phone up your host an hour before a party with some excuse to stay home? You may be a Chronic Bailer. It's a serious (and LAME) condition.
10/15/2012 12:21 EDT
I've been a hockey mom for about five years now. First with my older son who then moved over to speed skating and now with my younger son. Between their two schedules, I'm at a rink a minimum of five times a week. Through the years I've learned a thing or two about how to be an efficient, organized hockey mom and how to stay warm and well-fed while doing it. Here are eight rational rules for the rink to help you make it through hockey season.
10/09/2012 12:38 EDT
It used to be that modern medicine was a thing to be venerated, a doctor's words regarded like golden nectar of wisdom. Now, not so much. Once upon a time vaccinations were seen as miracles in a needle, warding off potentially life-threatening illnesses. In the States, the unvaccinating movement has turned epidemic, with as many as one in 10 parents refusing to vaccinate their children.
10/02/2012 08:11 EDT
Despite having practiced yoga for many years, I'm constantly surprised at the revelations I have on the mat -- both the smaller "a-ha!" moments to the greater "scream-it-from-the-rooftop!" realizations. Well, I had a revelation today.
09/24/2012 12:20 EDT
My boys were keeping score over everything and it drove me crazy. I was officially on strike. This meant I would be doing nothing. If they wanted food, they would have to prepare it, if they needed clean clothes, they would have to wash them. If they needed something at the store, they would have to walk to the store to get it. They would put themselves to bed. There would be no fun outings until the strike was over.
09/17/2012 05:06 EDT
I'm a hoverer. I admit it. I'm coming out of the closet. I'm getting a T-shirt made. In this free-range age, being called a helicopter parent is anything but a compliment. In fact, it seems like supervising your kids and trying to keep them safe and secure is something to be ashamed of. But I'm not. Not at all. Kids are our most precious commodity. We say this, yet we take their well-being so lightly sometimes. The line between fostering independence and ensuring safety is often dangerously blurred today. Yes, in our day we ran around like feral cats till dusk. But these are different times, and I fear that many parents are missing the point and failing to strike the right balance
09/11/2012 05:17 EDT
I don't know where it came from, I don't know why, but from one moment to the next I was mourning my unborn babies. My heart felt the painful cramp of loss like it was freshly earned. I felt a wash of trauma sweep over me and I gasped to catch my breath. Great. Right here on vacation in Florida. In Target.
09/05/2012 12:01 EDT
I know there are some who might use the finding that home-schooled children outperform their public school counterparts as an argument against the latter, but "the system" is apparently not the telling factor here. Nope. It's parents. Homeschooled children tend to outperform traditionally-educated kids, because their parents are more involved and the kids respond to that involvement.
08/30/2012 07:25 EDT
It seems shameful that a girl or young woman should feel consumed by the alleged cornerstones of physical beauty -- perfect weight, perfect measurements, and perfect skin. If you are a mother, an aunt, a teacher or a friend to a young girl or woman, you possess the power to mentor, to help change their minds about the meaning of being beautiful, thus rescuing their potential and redirecting them toward qualities that are worthy of cultivation.
08/20/2012 05:11 EDT
I did not give birth to Allie. I'm her foster mother, but I have no rights to make key decisions for this child in my care. Allie's "real" mother has never been with her daughter for more than two hours at a time. "Mom" has never taken Allie to the park, given her a bath, or put her to bed.
08/13/2012 12:21 EDT
Canadian Olympic Diving sensation Alexandre Despatie owes much of this success to his mom, Christiane. When he was just three weeks old, Christiane took her newborn son to a class to learn to swim -- a perfect start to a successful career in diving. Alex has won three world championships and two Olympic silver medals and has became a Canadian heartthrob.
08/08/2012 07:50 EDT
So much for the five-second rule. Another urban mommy myth bites the big one. Seems anything that drops on the floor -- be it the cookie or the soother -- is contaminated long before those five seconds are up. According to the medical director of the infection prevention and control program at Loyola University Health System, Jorge Parada. "When it comes to folklore, the 'five-second rule' should be replaced with 'when in doubt, throw it out.'"
08/02/2012 12:02 EDT
We live in a world where we've elevated starlets and hunks to god-like status because of the fact that they are thin and fit. We don't feel good enough. Skinny enough. Pretty enough. But a "thinspiration" website has gone a step further -- by calling Kate Upton (aka: Sports Illustrated cover girl) a cow. Is nothing sacred?
07/31/2012 12:11 EDT
It's barbecue and picnic season! It's a great time to enjoy delicious food and the outdoors with your family. However, you may also be in the company of some unwanted guests -- bacteria and bacterial toxins that grow on your food can cause food poisoning, something that often gets passed off as the stomach flu. Here are some tips to fight back!
06/04/2012 03:14 EDT
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