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When can kids handle the truth about Santa?

When can kids handle the truth about Santa?

My children Jake and Micah did not have sanitized childhoods. While other parents were firing up videos of Pingu, Barney and Teletubbies, we were letting them watch seriously age-inappropriate stuff. Tim Burton’s very dark animated Nightmare before Christmas was a family favourite, as were Six…

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Confessions of a micro-manager

Confessions of a micro-manager

It is exhausting and under-appreciated work, being a micro-manager. So after decades of dedicating my heart and soul to it, I am throwing in the towel and giving up. This was not an easy decision. I have been micro-managing practically my whole life. I first…

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What’s the relationship deal for political wives?

What’s the relationship deal for political wives?

I’m a far cry from being a political junkie. I’d get skewered in any debate about foreign policy, health reform or immigration. But I seem to have been blessed with an idiot savant memory for the personal details of politicians. Like, I can recite the…

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How to keep your partner out of the friend zone

How to keep your partner out of the friend zone

Alex, the 16 year old son of my cousin Audrey, has miraculously leapfrogged overnight from a hockey obsessed kid into a handsome, mature and articulate young man. I am one of his millions of Facebook friends so know from his “relationship status” that he has…

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Euthanasia: When is the right time to put your relationship down?

Euthanasia: When is the right time to put your relationship down?

Our first family dog, Riley, was a psychotic piece of work. I paid an outrageous amount to an animal therapist who insisted that Riley was not the problem. Rather, it was my lack of leadership skills and my refusal to feed Riley a raw meat…

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Long distance love affair

Long distance love affair

It is 5:30 am. I am watching my husband pack his suitcase, scrambling to make a 7am flight. For the past three years his work has taken him out of town more than half the time by my conservative estimate. People comment on how tough…

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What goes around comes around

What goes around comes around

I was never the “good job” kind of Mom. My two sons didn’t get standing ovations for doing ordinary party tricks like learning to use the potty, eating broccoli or making their beds. Nope, I never subscribed to the theory that “good job” parenting would…

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Ghosts of Girlfriends and Boyfriends Past

Ghosts of Girlfriends and Boyfriends Past

Unlike most people who start a committed relationship, I didn’t come with a past. If there had been an award in high school for “most likely to join a convent”, I would have won hands down. I wish I could report that undergrad was any…

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Simple creatures (Part 2)

Simple creatures (Part 2)

It took me too many years to figure out that if I wanted to get my husband to fulfill the activities on his side of the domestic ledger in a timely manner, I had to learn to speak his language. For too long, I honed…

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Simple creatures (Part 1)

Simple creatures (Part 1)

My husband buys an average of nine magazines per month, subscribes to three daily newspapers, and owns about five million books. He has a strong emotional attachment to everything he has read or plans to read. This means that recycling is only an option when…

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