Tag: Life Style


All I Want For Christmas Is to Stay on Budget Family / Huffington Post

‘Tis the season to be stressed out, falalalala lalalala yikes. While Christmas brings a lot of happiness to families, it can also be a frantic time, and the biggest causes of stress (according to a recent Leger survey conducted for PCFinancial) are associated with gifts; the buying and the giving. Fourty-one per cent of Canadians surveyed listed budget one of their top sources of holiday...

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Are You Over-scheduling Your Kids? Family / Huffington Post

When I was a kid, like many of my friends I would race home after school so I could change and get outside to play. We used to run from door to door seeing if other kids could also come out to play. You know the word “play,” right? Besides when it’s referencing a video game? We would stop playing only for dinner and homework...

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Are You the Parent? Then You’re the Boss Family / Huffington Post

How democratic parenting is letting us down: a top-ten list. 1) It’s wasting our time. An unusually long amount of time can be spent attempting to explain to subordinates (children) why certain things just “are” (such as bedtimes, dental appointments, nutritious food, etc.) when a simple “Because I said so” takes less than four seconds. Try it. 2) It’s forcing us to redirect our energies....

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Paradise Is Lake Placid Family / Huffington Post

Busy families looking to unwind, unplug and undo their daily demands will instantly appreciate the aptly titled Lake Placid, with calm waters showcasing a shoreline dotted with “Great Camps”, built in a bygone era when wealthy families in the New York City area hauled their families up north to escape from the city heat and bask in the beautiful mountains of the Adirondacks. The town...

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If You Think Having Three Kids Is Hard, Try Four, Five and Six Family / Huffington Post

One of my favourite lines from the The Simpsons is when Bart complains he is having the worst day of his life. “So far,” responds his unsympathetic yet correctly predictive father, Homer. I liken that to a study by Today.com that suggests three is the most stressful number of children to have. A mom of three explains that the stress level increases when it comes...

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Lean In? How about Fall Down? Family / Huffington Post

Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, is encouraging women to “Lean In” to their careers, with her book of the same name. Essentially she is tackling the age-old dilemma of how women should compete in a “man’s world.” She argues that unless women approach a relentless pursuit of success at the office, we will never be able to achieve equality at home, both in...

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My Love/Love Relationship With My BlackBerry Family / Huffington Post

They really should launch the new BlackBerry on February 14 instead of January 30. Here’s why, at least for me. For reasons I can’t explain, PeeWee Herman and, in particular, his show, PeeWee’s Playhouse, has always held great appeal for me. Fans of the show (back me up here!) know that if PeeWee had had a BlackBerry, he would have married it — just like...

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Are Kids Today More Expensive? Family / Huffington Post

Two of my kids have Post-it notes stuck to the fridge which read “Money Mom Owes Me.” The irony of this is not lost when I’ve known that the average cost of raising a child in Canada is approximately $300,000. That’s for one child. As the volume of children go up, the cost per child drops, presumably because of some shared expenses and hand me...

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The Dreaded Compliment: “You Look Good For…” Family / Huffington Post

“You look good…for someone who’s had four kids…especially since one of those kids is 21.” Okay, stop. In fact, stop two sentences ago. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that no mom ever wants to hear anything past “you look good.” If in fact someone says this to you, you must move away immediately to avoid the unavoidable follow up...

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