The Grandmother Diaries:  My

The Grandmother Diaries:  My “Great” Aunt

If you’ve followed my Grandmother Diaries, you’ve “met” my Gran.  All my life (and most of hers), Gran’s younger sister Minerva lived a block away.  I’m not quite sure how it happened…my Gran moved into the house she was in most the time I knew her after my Grandfather died.  I never knew him – Read More

Childhood Anxiety - Don't Pass It On

Childhood Anxiety: Don’t Pass It On

See larger image The Opposite of Worry: The Playful Parenting Approach to Childhood Anxieties and Fears New From: $9.98 USD In Stock What was your biggest fear as a child?  Do you still have it today?  If it went away, when did your feelings change? Today I’m taking my daughter to do the thing that Read More

November 2 - #NaBloPoMo 1

If You Remember These…You Might Be Old

In keeping with #NaBloPoMo, I’m posting today using the BlogHer writing prompt for November 2nd. What was the one toy that a friend had that you wished you had when you were little? If you’re new to the page, you might not know that I turned forty this year.  This makes me a child of Read More

Shared Custody, Pennies And How I Get The Most Out of Spending Time With My Kids

Shared Custody, Pennies And How I Get The Most Out of Spending Time With My Kids

When considering divorce, a major deciding factor is sometimes the amount of time that you get to spend with your children.  After all, you only have approximately eighteen years together (more or less) – and after divorce, you might suddenly find that you’ve reduced your time by half (depending on your custody agreement).  In my Read More

Simple Memories

The Grandmother Diaries: Simple Memories

I’m still slowly working my way through her diaries.  Today, I thought perhaps I’d just write about all the memories that the entries are inspiring. My Gran was a formidable woman.  Despite her anxiety issues, she managed to raise two kids almost completely on her own. I remember her working in a mall jewelry shop Read More

The Grandmother Diaries: I Opened the Box 1

The Grandmother Diaries: I Opened the Box

I finally jumped into Pandora’s box. I pulled out a handful of Gran’s journals today. I’m starting with 1987 – as it seems to be the earliest I found. Just the first page brings back memories. It’s yellow, curled a little and smells faintly of cigarettes. She lists the times of her favorite TV shows Read More

Building Strong Children 1

Building Strong Children

I love those little revelations that come with spending time with family. I’m just back from a week’s holiday in Canada – my mother, her dog, and my niece joined us. My mom reminded me of a number of things that happened when I was a child. And one little comment sent me spinning. She Read More