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30 Oct, 2018

A Halloween question

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life|parenting

There are a lot of conversations about Halloween happening in the Interwebs right now, especially as it pertains to age: how old is too old etc. For the record, I have no problem giving candy to teenagers. I figure if they want to be a kid a little while longer, it’s ok in my books. […]

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Our two daughters have been employed since they were 14 and I can’t begin to describe how positive of an experience it has been for them. It’s also been great for us, the parents. Their wages contribute quite a bit to our household. It’s not as if they’re handing over their wages, that’s not what […]

07 Jun, 2018

What to pack kids for day camp

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: parenting|Publishing/writing/career stuff

This topic MIGHT be far from everyone’s mind at the moment, especially with the provincial elections happening today, but I wanted to plant this seed in your brain before it was too late. Once upon a time I was that parent, running around the night before camp begins, digging old sunscreens out from under the […]

26 Apr, 2018

First and last day of school

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life|parenting

Many of my friends have younger kids, so I’m anticipating a LOT of last-day-of-school photos in my social media feeds in June. Well, as the mother of a university-aged daughter I get to post mine earlier because SCHOOL IS OVER. At least for the Eldest. Yay! I am thrilled to have my little family together […]

Some of you are already familiar with Fishbowl patron, Lice Services Canada – Ottawa Head Lice Treatment and Removal. They offer lice removal services to families at their Westboro location, travel to schools all across Ottawa AND treat lice at home! What I really appreciate is that Lice Services Canada offers frazzled parents practical help. […]


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