Author Archives: Kathy Buckworth



Kathy Buckworth

Kathy Buckworth is a writer, personality and host who lives in Toronto, Canada. She is a major press contributor, the author of 6 books, and is an international travel writer.

Don’t Be a Lilly Dipper — How to Get Ahead
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Don’t Be a Lilly Dipper — How to Get Ahead

My son recently returned from spending a month away at camp, and was regaling me with stories of rugged outdoor activities, pranking counselors, and a much anticipated overnight canoe trip. “It was good”, he said “Especially when the guy that was a Lilly Dipper fell in.” “A Lilly Dipper? What’s that?” I asked. “It’s when you just dip the paddle in and skim the surface...

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07 Jan 2014
Hallelujah — The Kids Are at CAMP!!
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Hallelujah — The Kids Are at CAMP!!

My two youngest children are away at camp, and this reprieve from the usual melee that goes on at my house has allowed me to reflect on those things that kids do, and that use up equal measures of time and patience in ways you wouldn’t realize unless you had kids, and then suddenly they were gone. Allow me to explain: • Being grateful when...

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07 Jan 2014
Myths and Truths About Being Canadian
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Myths and Truths About Being Canadian

There are many stereotypes about Canadians. If you are Canadian, and you just read that sentence out loud, you probably just hit one of them when you undoubtedly said “aboot.” Am I right? Actually, as a Canadian, I’d have to say, no, I’m not right. I’ve yet to meet a Canadian who does that, yet that particular impression persists. So what can I tell you...

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07 Jan 2014
European and French flags wave in the wind at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris on June 4, 2012. AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND LANGLOIS
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Ooh La La, Les French Moms Are Just Like Us

I think North American women are ready to put up an “arret” sign against the recent barrage of books by French femmes who are writing about how they drink champagne, eat foie gras and don’t get fat; bring up beautifully behaved children simply by setting out a few non-negotiable ground rules, get those same children to eat anything (only at prescribed times), and how they...

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07 Jan 2014
Amsterdam: Land of a Thousand Bicycles
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Amsterdam: Land of a Thousand Bicycles

Amsterdam is a city of almost 800,000 inhabitants, and 600,000 bicycles. Bicycles are stacked along the sides of canals, outside restaurants, historic buildings, at the docks for the canal “taxis” and tethered to the sides of the 2,500 houseboats. But as a North American traveling to Amsterdam, I was simultaneously impressed by their pedal power while surprised to discover that not one single cyclist owned...

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07 Jan 2014
For Mommy Bloggers Your Online Reputation is Your Newborn Child
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For Mommy Bloggers Your Online Reputation is Your Newborn Child

“Mommy Bloggers” have changed the way that marketers and brands interact with consumers and their products. Many bloggers have relationships with brands in the form of an ad on their website, running a Twitter chat contest, or doing product reviews. But now they’re looking for more lucrative opportunities to act as the brand voice, or spokesperson. Yet they’re making some fundamental mistakes which are stopping...

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07 Jan 2014
The “No Internet” Punishment: Online Rules for Out of Line Kids
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The “No Internet” Punishment: Online Rules for Out of Line Kids

I’ve always believed in the parenting principle of finding out what your kids like the most… and then taking it away from them as a form of punishment. The thing is, kids are very transparent, or “authentic” in today’s social media terminology. They simply cannot hide when there is a toy they really love, a friend they prefer over all others, or an activity they...

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07 Jan 2014
Tiger Mom vs. Lager Mom
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Tiger Mom vs. Lager Mom

A recent book about the phenomenon of “Tiger Moms” caused quite a stir in the parenting community. I’m not going to name it, because then you might buy her book instead of mine, and frankly, I think she’s doing okay. And it would just prove that HER mother was right, if she’s more successful than me. Basically the premise of the book is that the...

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07 Jan 2014
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