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A surprise adoption came through a chance encounter

A surprise adoption came through a chance encounter

Troy Media – By Stacey A. Lundgren

The thirst for adventure can lead to both positive and negative experiences, and you can learn from both, even when it involves some pain. Continue Reading

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Growing up strong

Growing up strong

By Tammy Johnston

I was reading an article early this week about over protective parents and how they are crippling their children.  I couldn’t agree more.  Unfortunately, I see more children being destroyed by over-mothering than ever before.  Under the guise of love and protection these well-meaning people are stealing valuable lessons from the kids. Continue Reading

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More dads embracing this work worth doing

More dads embracing this work worth doing

My children at the Burgess Shale gallery of the Royal Tyrrell Museum

By Dave Blaine, photographer

My wife and I are both independent contractors, but as Tracy‘s specialty is editing and instructional design, she tends to spend more time out of the house and in the corporate milieu than I do as a photographer.  What that has meant is that (at least for the last few months) I have been the one at home with our two small children. Continue Reading

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I’ve finally learned how to honour my dad

I’ve finally learned how to honour my dad

Troy Media – By Doug Firby

This Father’s Day marks the 37th year since my father, Alfred Robert Firby, died at an age that seemed too young even then but today feels indecently premature. He was 62, and a man who by sheer merit of his once-daunting physical strength could and should have lived many more years than that. Continue Reading

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The mother load: What’s wrong with a simple childhood?

The mother load: What’s wrong with a simple childhood?

By Lori-Anne Charlton

I made the decision, even before my oldest son was born, that my kids were going to have a simple childhood.

They weren’t going to have more toys than they’d know what to do with (that one went down the pipes at the first of five baby showers), they weren’t going to be in front of the TV and computer all the time (still working on that one) and they weren’t going to be over-scheduled with lessons and sports and organized activities.

I wavered, just a little bit and only momentarily, on that last one last week. Continue Reading

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The Mother Load: Motorcycle diaries

The Mother Load: Motorcycle diaries

By Lori-Anne Charlton

Can a person fall in love on the back of a motorcycle?

There was a time when I would have guffawed at the suggestion. Maybe in the movies, I would have said, but not in real life. Not in my life. Because I’ll also admit that there was a time, in my not too distant past, I when I was a little bit hard on the culture of motorcycle riding – whether cruiser, sport, street or vintage bike. Continue Reading

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The ache to adopt is sometimes overpowering

The ache to adopt is sometimes overpowering

Troy Media  -  By Stacey A. Lundgren

Editor’s note: With this column, Stacey A. Lundgren begins chronicling her life after the adoption of three Bulgarian orphans. The goals she wishes to achieve with her columns are: 1) to joyfully but realistically relate the challenges, humor, heartaches and triumphs of the adoption adventure. Adoptive parents will relate to some of her experiences but certainly not all, and; 2) to share the things she learned not only about adoption but about life, choices, and her celebration of surrender to imperfection. Continue Reading

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The Mother Load: Ruminations on Motherhood

The Mother Load: Ruminations on Motherhood

By Lori-Anne Poirier

I used to think that Mother’s Day was about honouring our mothers. I used to think that devoting one day in the year to them, to pamper and treat and fete them, helped to make up for the emotional roller coaster ride we kids send them on the rest of the year. It was a day, I believed, to remind them that, even though our words and actions might hint otherwise 364 days of the year, we really do love and cherish them, deep, deep down, and owe them everything. Continue Reading

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The mother load: The piano

The mother load: The piano

By Lori-Anne Poirier

We recently added a piano to our living room inventory.

A lady in my church was moving into an assisted living residence and couldn’t take it with her, so she was just giving it away to a good home. Continue Reading

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So, they’re going to the big house

So, they’re going to the big house

The transition from home based learning to school based learning

Lani Donaldson, Beacon Literacy

Okay, so perhaps “the big house” is not the best of descriptions for a little one’s entrance into the world of formal education, but trust me, by the time they are in high school you will have heard them refer to it as such.  The transition from home based learning to school based learning can be as scary or as rewarding as you, “the parental unit”, make it.  If they are heading off to kindergarten or grade one in September and they have not been in a formal school setting prior to day 1 (day care, play school, etc.) then now is the time to begin giving them the “keys to the kingdom” of learning. Continue Reading

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