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I AM Never Going To Be The Mom That Volunteers for School Field Trips

December 6th, 2016 Posted by Development, family, parent publications, writing No Comment yet

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When I was working full-time, like many mothers, I felt very guilty for not being able to attend my kids’ field trips or other school functions. I couldn’t wait to get more flexibility in my work so that I could be that mom that helped with the PAC meetings or at school fairs. And when I started working for myself, I tried to attend as many school events as possible.

But then I realized that it wasn’t for me. (more…)

Is Your Teenager Entitled to an Allowance?

November 8th, 2016 Posted by family, parent publications, writing No Comment yet

teenagers, allowance, scarlett ballantyne writer,, parenting writer

As a kid, I was enamoured with the idea of an allowance. In the 80s, there were plenty of happy families portrayed on television tossing the word allowance around casually. I think what I liked most about it was the idea that you could get paid once a week, or every two weeks, just by virtue of being a kid. It seemed like this was the norm for any happy well-adjusted family. I recall getting an allowance now and again—my parents would start a system that would work for a few months, and then inevitably it would fall off the rails. Somehow, I imagine our haphazard approach to pocket money was the norm rather than the exception. And let’s just say, my money-management skills later in life certainly seemed to follow suit… (more…)

5 Things I Wish I Had Done When my Child Was A Baby

September 21st, 2016 Posted by family, parent publications, writing No Comment yet


When my first daughter was born, it was the start of spring. The days were getting longer and because I had a relatively easy childbirth, I spent many days taking long walks with the stroller. I loved spending my days off work enjoying the sunshine and taking care of my baby. But I also missed out on some friend-related things and events, partly because I was so afraid to let my baby out of my sight. Now looking back, there are things I wish I would’ve done when life was much simpler than I first thought. Who knew that having a new baby at home was the easy part? (more…)

Three Essential Workout Items to Keep You Happy

July 21st, 2016 Posted by family, parent publications, writing No Comment yet

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After turning 40, I knew that it was going to be time to start getting serious about working out. Being a naturally thin person for most of my adult life, I was really able to keep my weight down, and a pretty decent amount of muscle tone, even though I wasn’t working out very regularly. I’ve never cared for getting sweaty, and I would rather spend my time window-shopping or writing or crafting. But after hitting the 4 decade milestone, I noticed that my pants started getting a little tighter, that muffin-top got more pronounced, and generally I just didn’t feel as tight anymore.


I Survived the First Three Weeks of Sleeplessness

June 30th, 2016 Posted by family, parent publications No Comment yet

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The summer I was pregnant with my first child was the summer that the long running hit reality show Survivor debuted on TV (yes, it was that long ago—my daughter is now a teenager). I watched with bewilderment as that first cast of characters went without food and slept in crappy conditions, turning on one another and acting with genuine despair. I remember thinking, ‘This is ridiculous! How hard can it be?’

Then I had my baby. (more…)

Make Mealtimes Matter with Your Busy Teenagers

April 7th, 2014 Posted by family, parent publications, Photography, writing No Comment yet

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If you are like our family, everyone in your household is running in different directions at mealtimes. The kids have lessons, husband is working and for me, there are often things to attend around the dinner hour. However family mealtimes have always been something that we have tried to implement; especially now with busy teenagers that will be moving on soon. (more…)

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