12 Ways to Be a Better Parent in the New Year

12 Ways to Be a Better Parent in the New Year

It's a new year and many of us consider our personal goals or our career goals, but have you considered your parenting goals? Here are 12 parenting tips that will enhance your relationship with your child this year. Be consistent. No matter how tired or fed up you are, consistency is key for long-term parenting ease. The less consistent you are with your children, the harder it will become to parent them in the future.  Learn to be consistent when your children are young.  If you say you're going to do something, do it.  By the same token, never threaten anything that you can't or Continue reading

I Don’t Like My Children Right Now

I Don’t Like My Children Right Now

The following article was from a column I wrote and was published in the Wasaga Sun on July 30, 1997. I don't like my children right now. Now that you've finished gasping and thinking terrible things about me - I'll explain. I love my kids. They're the best thing that's happened to me, but at times they are also the worst. Every parent has secretly thought this, and many have hidden those feelings out of guilt and remorse for thinking it. My youngest has been sick with yet another childhood disease. He wakes up continuously throughout the night, too sick to know what he wants. Continue reading

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

Today is the day to honor mothers. What makes a good mother can vary considerably person to person and year to year as a child grows. For example, I thought being a mother meant unconditional love, as my children grow I realize, they too, must have some responsibility in upholding their part of our relationship. I have been blessed. My mother taught me the importance of affection and love which I passed onto my children. When I first had my babies, I assumed if I put my heart and soul into them, they would grow to be fine, young men. It has proven true, thank goodness! Raising Continue reading