What They Don’t Teach in Babysitting 101 Family / Huffington Post

Like many 12-year-olds, my daughter recently completed her babysitting course, which in theory will enable her to venture forth into the world of watching other people’s children with insight, knowledge and experience. However, after having reviewed the course materials and grilling her on the information that was shared, I do believe that as a mother of four I should share some vital facts which seem...

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Can You Re-Gift a Gifted Child? Family / Huffington Post

There’s a new program which was introduced into an Alberta elementary school where kids as young as seven-years-old will be able to choose a “major” or specialized stream of learning, based on their very well-developed areas of interest. Unless they have a category called “Watching the Transformers Movie for the 1002nd Time,” I’m thinking my own child wouldn’t qualify for this program. In fact, the...

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Does Coffee Size Matter? Family / Huffington Post

Sitting in my hotel’s dining room this morning in Bordeaux, France, watching residents drink impossibly small espressos, I likely gave an audible sigh of relief when my server offered me a large coffee. I’m not sure if it was my North American accent that tipped her off to the fact that a) I had no idea how to operate the complicated looking coffee machine that...

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Medoc Marathon: Wine, French Bread and… Fishnet Stockings? Family / Huffington Post

The 27th annual Medoc Marathon was run last weekend, through the beautiful countryside of France. For those who haven’t heard of it, this is in fact a real marathon, with real runners. I was invited to participate, as press, not as a runner (I only run if someone is chasing me), an assignment I took on faster than a Beverley Hills Housewife takes on a...

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What do Dalton McGuinty and Kathy Griffin Have in Common? Family / Huffington Post

What do comedienne Kathy Griffin and Premier Dalton McGuinty have in common, besides their Irish roots? Within the space of 24 hours, I saw them both in person; so follow along with me. I attended a sold out performance Sunday night by Griffin at the Sony Centre in Toronto. Over 2,000 people — amongst them at least eight straight men — laughed along with Kathy’s...

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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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