Giving thanks isn’t always easy.   Amid the turmoil of frustrations that make up everyday life. Amid the unfinished homework and messy bedrooms. Amid the bills and taxes and myriad little drains on prosperity. Amid the unwashed dishes and unmowed lawns.   Giving thanks isn’t always easy.   When we’re exhausted from sleepless nights. When...

I taught piano, voice, and guitar lessons for over 20 years. In that time, I learned a lot about what parents expect from a private music teacher, and about what teachers should expect from their students and parents. Now, parents will sometimes contact me just...

Becoming a new father is a rewarding and life-affirming experience. But it's also exhausting and terrifying. The old saying, "they don't come with an instruction manual" rings absolutely true, and while on an intellectual level we might know the essence of what to expect --...

Becoming a new parent is perhaps one of the most life-altering events you could ever experience. From the physical impact on your body, to the hormonal changes, to the long, sleepless nights, to the instant changes in the dynamic of your household. Postpartum chaos is...

It’s been a few years since bedtime stories have been a regular thing in our house. For years it was part of the nightly ritual to read a story or two (or sometimes five!) to our daughter right before tucking her in. Now she’s 10, and...

Before our son was born I could have never imagined how my life would change. I mean, I read about how my life would never be the same and what kinds of things I could expect. I also have many friends who have children and...

A while back, Buzzfeed ran up one of its longer but curiously more profound lists entitled "37 Things You'll Regret When You're Old." Although littered with GIFs (as Buzzfeed tends to do), the actual list is worthy enough of attention. In fact, we're posting the list...

When our DD was three years old, she was into Tinker Bell. Like, in a BIG way. Well, truthfully she was into all things fairy. Her favourite blanket was a quilt featuring fabric prints of the The Flower Fairies of Cecily Mary Barker. And her absolute...

If you have kids, you're keenly aware of the one major factor they all have in common: They don't stop growing. And that growing is a big problem for the budget, especially as they go through spurts. Isn't it fantastic when you can count on them as...

A lot of folks have the idea that cooking can be overly complicated. There are so many recipes to remember, and so many rules about what goes with what, and how long things should cook before starting other things. What’s more, the list of gadgets...