Category: Parenting

When your kid keeps failing swimming lessons

Swimming lessons were never my thing. I passed Yellow, Orange, and Red, but got halted when it came to getting through Red-Maroon. I hated getting water up my nose when I jumped in. I still hate getting water up my nose. And I have… Continue Reading “When your kid keeps failing swimming lessons”

The fears behind free-range parenting

Nothing gets your heart pounding after dinner like racing for the back door, dripping sudsy dishwater all over the floor as you worry that your child might have been kidnapped. Let me back up. For the past couple of summers, I was able to… Continue Reading “The fears behind free-range parenting”

Why preschool is so totally worth it

I never went to preschool. Two weeks after I turned five, I made myself a crumpled peanut-butter sandwich, stuffed it into my orange Tupperware lunchbox, climbed the steps of the school bus and went off to Primary. Before that, I was at home, mostly.… Continue Reading “Why preschool is so totally worth it”

Yes, I bring my kids to my Zumba classes

You can hear the music before you reach the studio, and see the disco lights flashing through the window. I greet the other students and we chat for a few minutes as we change into our sneakers. But as I shed my hoodie and… Continue Reading “Yes, I bring my kids to my Zumba classes”

I gave my kids knives, and I’m glad

Giving my kids access to knives might have been my smartest parenting decision yet. I’m not sure why I didn’t do it earlier. It all started one day, a few weeks ago, when I was cleaning out our kitchen cabinets. I go kind of… Continue Reading “I gave my kids knives, and I’m glad”