The tyranny of the ‘should’: Should I have a baby as an LGBTQ woman?

The tyranny of the ‘should’: Should I have a baby as an LGBTQ woman?

  There is an element of fear when it comes to being a part of the LGBTQ community.   As a young woman, I always wanted a family.   When I joined the USAF in 2000, this went from a ‘want’ to a ‘should.’ Unfortunately, this was during the time of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”   Meeting …

Things your kids will remember when they’ve left the nest.

Things your kids will remember when leaving the nest.

  If you were to take a few moments and look back at your life as a child at home with your folks, what are some of the things you remember most? What are the things your kids will remember when leaving the nest?   Do you remember your mom telling you to sit up …

10 volunteering ideas to help your community this holiday season.

Volunteer in your community.

  Heading into the thick of the holiday season with the madness of Black Friday on top of us, you may have your sights set on giving back to those around you rather than getting caught up in the frenzy of super-saver early-bird specials.   Don’t worry: You aren’t alone in being totally turned off …

Make sure they know who you are: Get your ID sorted out today.

It's important to get your ID sorted out today.

  There’s no doubting that the present is an exciting time to live in.   You’re sitting reading this on a computer, and it was written on another computer. If you wanted to, right now, you could go and read today’s news in Finnish. You might not understand it, but it would be there. Technology …

Moving house: Here’s how to handle it like a pro.

Moving house: How to handle it like a pro.

  Moving house can be very stressful.   They say that buying the home is the hard part, but the upheaval of moving your life from one home to another has to be the hardest part. It can feel like a never-ending process, especially if you’re moving across states and even venturing into a new country. …

Hey! It’s Aunty Feather and Uncle Honeypie!

Blythe's Fishing

  Hey! It’s Aunty Feather and Uncle Honeypie!   When my kids were little, the tones alerting me to email and Facebook messages were sounding more than usual on one day, and that’s because Mark was out of town on a business trip and we corresponded through chat and email. Was he in Toronto? Montreal? Ottawa? Edmonton? …no, he …

Parenting: Guiding your children through life’s changes.

Mark and Stuart checking our our new neighborhood on the scooter I inherited from my father.

  As parents, we are faced with a lot of big decisions in our lives, and these decisions must be made for our children while they are young.   If you are, or are looking forward to becoming a parent, you’ll find it’s no longer possible to think about just yourself.   Now you have to consider the kids and work hard …