Cartoon-Coloured Glasses

I am a lifelong (award-winning!) cartoonist and mother of two delightful boys, aged 7 and 5. I like to view today's adventures in parenting as material for tomorrow's cartoon. Looking at family life through "cartoon-coloured glasses" helps me keep the all-important sense of humour required for raising kids... even for the events that don't seem so funny at the time.

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Them’s Fightin’ Words

Them’s Fightin’ Words

Them’s Fightin’ Words My boys are best buddies. They really have fun together and look out for each other. Oh, sure, they fight sometimes.  Oh, Them’s Fightin’ Words! But when they do, it’s always about something significant and worthwhile. Like this actual conversation I witnessed, on the topic of the alternate lyrics of “Happy Birthday”: […]

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Surprise!

Surprise!

“I’m like a vault, baby; locked down.” – Will Smith, Hitch Kids love keeping exciting secrets, like others’ presents. Well, all except actually keeping the secret. When I was a small child at Christmas, my dad came home and I immediately announced that I couldn’t tell him what his present was, ’cause it was PURPLE SLIPPERS WITH NO […]

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First Date Problems

First Date Problems

First Date Problems Anytime someone tells me, “I hate driving in downtown Ottawa”, I tell them the story of Hubs’ and my first date, 11 years ago this week. I was living and working five hours north of the city in Val-d’Or, smallish-town Quebec. But I got down to Ottawa often, to see family and […]

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Rowdy. You Don’t Say.

| January 23, 2018 | 4 Comments
Rowdy. You Don’t Say.

I’m not a fan of those “open letter” posts, where the person does nothing in the moment, but then goes home and rants online like they’re all tough and making a difference. But if I were the type to write an open letter-style post, it might be titled something like this: AN OPEN LETTER TO FRIENDS AND […]

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Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown Book Review

| December 26, 2017 | 18 Comments
Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown Book Review

Groovy Joe is back! I just got my copy of the latest installment from #1 best-selling author Eric Litwin, of the early Pete the Cat and the Nut Family fame. This one is called Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown. I get to review Litwin’s books as one of his Groovy Bloggers. This is the second Groovy […]

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Favourites

| November 1, 2017 | 10 Comments
Favourites

Quick! What’s your favourite number? Don’t have one? Well, you’d better get one, if you think you’ll be spending any time around kids. Kids have favourites, and they expect you to as well. Sometimes it’s a rank of favourites with careful deliberation, discussed over an afternoon of Perler Beads.   The kids lit up when […]

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Mom’s Dated References

| August 30, 2017 | 5 Comments
Mom’s Dated References

Ice, Ice, Baby came on the radio during one of their Throwback moments, so naturally as a former teen of the ’90s who would never turn down an opportunity for nostalgia (grade 7 dance flashbacks!), I cranked it and got my Running Man going. I’m right in the middle of waxing chumps like a candle and […]

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Bedside Manner

Bedside Manner

  Bedside Manner After every winter I write about someone being sick, it seems, and this time it was me. Two full separate weeks out of commission, a month apart.  It was ruthless ear, nose, throat, sinus  whole head issues that went on for days, relieved only briefly by a Hulk-Smash pancreatitis attack that made me […]

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The Nuts: Keep Rolling!

The Nuts: Keep Rolling!

  The Nuts: Keep Rolling! Eric Litwin fans: there’s a new book out!—and, it has a dance contest and a “Health Nut” challenge! I have the privilege of being on Litwin’s list of “Groovy Bloggers” following my review of his performance at the Ottawa International Children’s Festival last year (so much fun, BTW). Groovy Blogger […]

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How to Get Your Kids’ Attention

How to Get Your Kids’ Attention

  How to Get Your Kids’ Attention It’s supper time, or time to get ready to go, or you just need to ask the kids something. Does this ever happen to you? *crickets* OK, they’re carrying on somewhere, and your attempts to reach them have been futile. What’s next? Holler louder? Go upstairs from room […]

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Deep Thoughts

Deep Thoughts

My little boy turned 6 today. I started this blog when he was 7 months old! After much arguing with his brother as to whether he classified as a Small kid or a Medium kid, I think it was confirmed that he is now officially Medium. That brain is always going on my Medium son. […]

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Hooray for Dad

| January 25, 2017 | 2 Comments
Hooray for Dad

Today is Hubs’s birthday, I thought today would be a good day to express my appreciation for something in particular that he brings to our family. Namely, he has a nonexistent threshold for the kid activities for which I have about two minutes of patience/interest, such as wrestling and snowball fights. I don’t know how […]

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Big Boots

| January 4, 2017 | 6 Comments
Big Boots

Purchasing footwear for kids is always a great reminder of how fast kids are growing. “I can’t believe it,” we say as they tromp around in their new boots.  Well, believe it. They had these adorable little round kid boots last year, and now they have these giant monster truck-tire jobbies with velcro (bought from […]

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Family Game Night

| December 29, 2016 | 11 Comments
Family Game Night

We have a decent collection of board games, mostly from the days when we’d get together with friends for “game nights”. Nowadays, Hubs and I occasionally enjoy a game of Dominion or Lost Cities when we go wild and try something other than Netflix.   Board games are fun. We look forward to playing many […]

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Candy Cane Problems

| December 21, 2016 | 6 Comments
Candy Cane Problems

I can’t unwrap a candy cane without breaking them. Who cares, right? Tastes the same. Not to kids, it doesn’t. It tastes like minty disappointment. There’s no greater ruiner than she who was entrusted with a new candy cane and broke it, and no one more insulted than he whose brother managed to get an […]

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The “Sugar High” Myth

| December 20, 2016 | 4 Comments
The “Sugar High” Myth

Candy-filled Halloween was not long ago, yet we’re already into the Christmas cookie season. Given that, I have a fun fact for you: Did you know that the “sugar high” is not a thing? I admittedly sometimes feel skeptical, especially on Halloween night, spending a good hour being mauled by my two rowdy, KitKat-filled post-trick-or-treaters […]

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Bricks 4 Kidz #Review

| October 27, 2016 | 4 Comments
Bricks 4 Kidz #Review

What if I told you there was a program starting up near you where kids can learn STEM concepts and skills year-round by constructing machines, buildings, vehicles and other projects with LEGO bricks? You’d say you want to be a kid again? Me, too! Big Bro and I were invited to a sneak peek of […]

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If You Give a Kid Some Tape…

| October 4, 2016 | 7 Comments
If You Give a Kid Some Tape…

Do you have a maker kid at your house? I do! The good people at Dollarama probably recognize me as the one always buying armloads of masking tape. No toy can compare to the endless possibilities of tape. I recently had to take apart a pirate ship made of two dining room chairs held together […]

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Listening Skills

| September 13, 2016 | 5 Comments
Listening Skills

Kids have selective hearing. I don’t know how many times I’ve practically had a bullhorn in the kids’ faces and can’t get their attention… but boy, talk about bat-like hearing whenever I’m saying something that’s not as kid-friendly. Next time I need their attention, I’ll just mutter a few swears. Or something about butts.

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Notes from a Five-Year-Old

| August 10, 2016 | 5 Comments
Notes from a Five-Year-Old

Five-year-old Big Bro is making great strides with reading and writing. He never ceases to find an opportunity to write these days, be it making a book or adding CHES!! to the grocery list (“cheese”, FYI; exclamation marks to illustrate urgency). Why, just the other Saturday morning, he he made a “Don’t wake up Mama” […]

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Wakey, Wakey

Wakey, Wakey

I do  love seeing my kids’ shining little faces each morning. But sometimes, particularly lately where the early July sunrise means “it’s daytime, Mama” as of 5 a.m., it’s also nice to dream of a bit of time to come to terms with reality first. Wakey, Wakey! Every so often, I get a teaser. Nice […]

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Eric Litwin Live! At the Ottawa International Children’s Festival ~ Review

Eric Litwin Live! At the Ottawa International Children’s Festival ~ Review

Polka-dot doo doo doooo… Polka-dot pants, polka-dot pants… Sorry. Just saw Eric Litwin live at the Ottawa International Children’s Festival, and I’m still dancing around to that number.  I think most people with little kids know who Eric Litwin is. His best-selling Pete the Cat books (the first four in the series) sit on most Kindergarten […]

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“Now, Get One with Me In It”

“Now, Get One with Me In It”

This is the scenario I envision when my kids look back at our family pictures in future years. It’s because, like many moms, I am always the one taking the picture. I love taking pictures. Everything around me looks beautiful or adorable or hilarious; something that we’ll want to look at fondly later. So I’m […]

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The Boys and the Beanie Boos

The Boys and the Beanie Boos

The Boys and the Beanie Boos I love it when kids show their caring and nurturing side– boys as well as girls. Though girls are often the ones seen more readily cradling and tucking in their toys/remote control/produce, boys have it in them, too. (And, also, future potential dads and whatnot, so let’s encourage it). […]

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