Try to Remember

Imagine last summer, at the end of August. Do you recall checking through your children’s backpacks and clothing? You wanted to be sure they had gym shoes, a serviceable lunch bag. You needed to be certain their windbreaker still fit. Perhaps like thousands of other parents, you tried to get a jump on back-to-school supply…

Help From Around the World

COVID-19 has isolated us very effectively. We are all in our own “bubbles” in every sense of the word and isolation can magnify our problems by giving us the impression that we are alone to find solutions. For myself, I see my neighbours preparing with their children for a return to school and hear their…

Endless Cups of Tea

Everyone needs their own plan to manage stress. My plan involves having soothing cups of tea throughout the day. For a brief period during the pandemic, my hospital gave out free tea, coffee, and beverages to staff. I loved it! It was as if I was being reminded deliberately to remember to take a break.…

How to Have a Great Vacation at Home

Something that has surprised me in my recent meetings with families is that there are many people who are not used to spending their vacations close to home. This was evident with the number of requests I had to discuss developing “staycation plans” in family meetings with me. Since I am presently on vacation myself,…

Families and the Pandemic

My youngest son was about seven years old when I married for the second time. His father had married again about one year earlier. My new husband had two sons, both older than my youngest son, who already had an older brother and sister. He was now the youngest of five and he was terrified…

Thinking Rock

I wrote this thinking about parents, but the more I worked on this essay, the more I realized: Everyone needs a “thinking rock”. My experience with parents is that they always know best what their child needs. When they come to me with a problem that they are having with their child, the first thing…

Parenting and Marijuana

Isn’t that a title that captures your attention? But this essay is not about the first thing that might naturally come to mind with the title Parenting and Marijuana. This is my way of introducing the two topics that I want to spend the summer considering. I have spent the last four months writing about…

The Adolescent Brain

Last week, I went to work with 1.3 litre of milk. In Canada, you can buy milk in packages of 4 litres, the 4 litres being divided into 3 smaller bags each containing 1.3 litres of milk. To give you an idea of the size, if you’re not familiar with Canada’s bags of milk, I’ve…