Mental Wellness

Homework & Cell Phones

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When giving workshops to parents, one of the most common questions that I am asked is what to do about kids who can’t separate themselves from their cell phones during homework time.

Living with a life-threatening allergy

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I have always been what others would consider to be an “overprotective mom” to my two boys.  Being a worse case scenario thinker has made me “one of those moms”.  When my son was suddenly diagnosed with an anaphylactic peanut…

The Secret Ingredient

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My grandmother and I were very fortunate to be so close. Not close in terms of physical or geographical distance since there was always about 500 km between us.  But rather, the rare type of close where not only could…

A letter of LOVE: To MYSELF

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I just recently opened a letter to myself that I written at the age of 22.  That is now over 20 years.  I did not expect to wait so long to open it but I never felt ready.  At 22,…

Stuff my kids say….

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I usually write about women and work.  But a big part of my “work” is raising my precious little boys.  And the stuff they say is sometimes hilarious.  I love the humour in their words.  It gets me through the…

Validating Your Child’s Feelings

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I recently came across an article in Psychology Today called The One Emotion That Really Hurts Your Brain, which discusses a study’s findings that humiliation makes the brain feel very uncomfortable. What struck me about this article, however, was not…

42 is too young to die

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I can’t remember with any certainty who the first friend of mine was to have sex, who the first one was to get married or who had a baby first. I will never forget my first friend to die, though…

Dive in!!!

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I’ve had days that I’d rather go for a bikini wax than actually put on a bikini or bathing suit – but I’ve put my bathing suit induced anxiety aside to hit the pool for a swimming workout.

Talking to Kids About Sex!!!!

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Being a mother myself of two young kids, 5 and 8 years old, I participate in a lot of mommy talk.  There’s my parlor group, the ladies at PTA, at soccer, ballet, hockey, etc. etc.  Some of the most common discussions…

Finding Your Inner Musician at WIMA

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When my son, Aidan, was about 10, he started asking for drum lessons. My response was somewhere along the lines of, “No freaking way!”. The mere thought of having a drum kit in my house was enough to give me…

Birthdays at Summer Camp…….

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Birthdays are special in my family, especially for my children.  I am someone who doesn’t particularly love, or need all the bells and whistles for my own birthday, but my daughters are true birthday queens. 

Anti-Aging

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In a few weeks I will be celebrating a birthday,  a big one!! I’m not gonna lie… I’m dreading it!!! I know it’s just a number.  I know it shouldn’t define me.  No I don’t feel older, as a matter…

BDSM Is Not So Grey

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As a sexologist, I have been teaching about bondage, dominance, sadism, submission and masochism since the beginning of my career. To be clear we are talking about binding someone or being bound, dominating someone either psychologically or physically, submitting to…

Summer Camp Rocks!

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At this time of year, with summer camp only a few short days away, I always find myself reflecting upon my own experiences at camp.  I started my camping career at the very young age of 2 years old.  One…

Lessons My Grandmother Taught Me

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This month it will be two years that my grandmother passed away.  There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of her.  I can honestly say my grandmother was one of my closest friends and her passing…