How to talk to your kids about cannabis & alcohol

“Why did you leave Daddy’s car at the train station all night?” The question rang out from the backseat of my car, inquisitive and somewhat suspicious. We had just gone out to retrieve my husband’s vehicle, smartly abandoned in the Go Train parking lot after a celebratory night out with friends, and my six-year-old had […]

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If your car isn’t a garbage can, are you even a parent?

When it comes to driving, I was a late bloomer. As a teenager and throughout my twenties, I had zero interest in owning a vehicle or even getting my driver’s license. I did get it eventually, but it mainly served as identification to get into bars (classy, I know). The subway was my best friend […]

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Teaching my kids not to swear makes me a f&cking hypocrite

Words are powerful—we all know that. They have concrete definitions but carry different weight depending on usage. The F-word alone is a magically versatile tool that can be thrown into literally any sentence as a noun, adjective or verb. It can be combined with other words to create sweary compounds, shouted at the top of your […]

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New post on The Mabelhood: Hey Mama, being amazing doesn’t mean perfection

Mom guilt is messed up. It’s useless, it’s detrimental to our happiness and well-being and unfortunately, it’s something most of us struggle with. Ask any woman with kids and she’s likely to agree: motherhood comes with a pressure to be ‘perfect’ and a sense that if we’re anything less than that, we’re failing. This pressure comes […]

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Happ(ier) New Year

It’s New Year’s Eve and I’m home alone, writing and wishing I had a cup of coffee within reach. My husband has taken the kids to a nearby book store so they can spend some of their Christmas money and I can work uninterrupted, without the sound of Hatchimal babies and BeyBlade battles in the […]

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Rachael’s Story: Remembering William and Oliver Turza

Today, instead of writing out my own thoughts and stories I’d like to use this space to share something very close to my heart: the 2nd annual William and Oliver Turza Fundraiser, in memory of my friend Rachael’s twin boys. I met Rachael when our sons joined the same preschool class in 2015. My son […]

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