Danielle Donders shares her digital parenting experiences with us on Thursdays. But she also shares a wide range of parenting insights, whenever the spirit moves her, via her popular blog, Postcards from the Mothership. *** Now that we have the Canadian and American elections out of the way, we can turn our attention to something […]

My six year old is at the kitchen table, working on a complex art project of his own devising that includes Pokemon and jack-o-lanterns. “What’s for dinner?” he asks. “Pizza.” I tell him. I know it’s his favourite. “Sick!” he replies. I roll my eyes. I really thought I had another half-dozen or so years […]

It was rather insidious, how my four- and six-year-old sons became addicted to the computer. They’d been allowed on the computer for a year or so, and I’d noticed that their time spent online had been increasing. With a brand new baby in the house, though, it was just way too easy to let the […]

It’s that time of year again. Time to start thinking about what to get the family for Christmas. I’ve found that one no-fail gift that every grandparent loves is pictures of the grandkids. Not content to simply fill their homes with framed photographs of beaming grandkids taken throughout the year, we’ve traversed the photo-gift spectrum […]

My vote was for sale for the upcoming Canadian election. As a suburban working mother of three young boys, I understand it’s a pretty valuable vote, too. My first priority was to simply vote against the Conservatives. As a working mom, child care is one of my number-one issues, and I’m still bitterly disappointed over […]

Phew, finally got the kids to bed. I can’t believe it’s the first day of school tomorrow! Do I pick him up tomorrow at 11:15 or 11:30? Or is it 11:45? Where the heck is that piece of paper with the school hours on it. (Rifles through stacks of paperwork on the end table, the […]

I’ve been re-reading Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy books again. I’ve read them a couple of times now, but not in the last 10 or 15 years. The whole “a trilogy in five parts” bit has always tickled me. As I was reading, I kept thinking that “Don’t Panic” would be an excellent […]