I’m an atheist who loves the United Church

One of my earliest childhood memories is of a small, framed illustration on my bedroom wall. In it, a little girl in a blue dress knelt beside a bed in a scene reminiscent of Holly Hobbie, with a classic bedtime prayer in beautiful, old-fashioned script. I loved that illustration and I read the prayer every night. […]

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New articles on Today’s Parent

I just arrived in rainy Austin, Texas for #mom2summit and immediately collapsed into my beautiful hotel room while shoving a chicken sandwich into my hungry, exhausted face. My flight left at 6am today, which meant a 4am airport arrival (plus, a brief layover in Chicago). I am here but I am a zombie, friends, so […]

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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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