Tag: Life


FILE - In this June 24, 1952, file photo, Sir Winston Churchill smiles at the front door of 10 Downing Street, London. A group devoted to preserving the legacy of Churchill is announcing Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, it will create the first permanent U.S. home to study the former British prime minister at George Washington University. An $8 million gift will create the National Churchill Library and Center at the university, which will include rare books and research materials, in collaboration with Churchill institutions in Britain (AP Photo) Family / Huffington Post

“Learning doesn’t take a vacation.” Okay, like most annoying moms, I said it and this summer, I tried to live it. During a family vacation to London, England, I attempted to make our visit a mixture of the historic and the fun (they’re not always interchangeable, no matter what my history buff husband says), hoping that the kids would learn something, even if their summer-vacation-new-knowledge...

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Why Moms are the Real Olympians Family / Huffington Post

There’s been a real focus on the Moms of the Olympic athletes at the 2012 London games. And while I’m impressed by the commitment these moms have had in getting their children to the Olympics, we shouldn’t overlook how Moms themselves compete at a world class level every day, in many challenging and sometimes stupefying physical efforts. Myself, this week I competed in: • Hurdling:...

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Don’t Be a Lilly Dipper — How to Get Ahead Family / Huffington Post

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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Hallelujah — The Kids Are at CAMP!! Family / Huffington Post

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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Amsterdam: Land of a Thousand Bicycles Family / Huffington Post

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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The “No Internet” Punishment: Online Rules for Out of Line Kids Family / Huffington Post

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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Tiger Mom vs. Lager Mom Family / Huffington Post

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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Zombie Moms: Losing Sleep Over Kids at Any Age Family / Huffington Post

The huge on-line success of the book Go the F**k to Sleep is due mainly to one thing: Every single parent in the world has uttered these words, either in their inside or outside voice. From the string of sleepless nights a newborn delivers the minute they come home from the hospital, through scary school age nightmares about The Grinch, to the awakening sounds of...

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Happy, Who’s Happy? Family / Huffington Post

A recent report has suggested that family “fun” is anything but, indicating that finding personal happiness through the act of having children is a tad… overrated, and concluding that in fact children can bring the level of “happy” down, not increase it. I don’t really think this will come to a surprise to many people — oh, sure there are some great times to be...

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Talking Turkey, Eh? Family / Huffington Post

Thanksgiving in Canada comes a whole month earlier than it does south of the border, and for that I am especially thankful. Mostly because it lands before Halloween, and then allows me to have a full two months to take off the candy and turkey poundage prior to indulging in both once again at Christmastime, just when those jeans finally zip up. So, in honour...

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