Category Archives: Stuff my kids say blog

A final farewell

This blog began six years ago as an e-mail to my closest friends and family. We had just moved to London from New York and the kids were filled with excitement (Marley just knew she’d be invited for tea with … Continue reading

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How we handled rejection

Last night I let my 10-year-old daughter start a fire in our home. Far from a rampant inferno, this controlled blaze involved one letter-sized piece of paper and a few matches in our kitchen sink. Its flickering flames licked at … Continue reading

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Persistent Pierce

My youngest child, Pierce, is adorable. He has dirty blonde hair, piercing blue eyes, dimples and the cutest English accent. He’s funny, intelligent and driven to succeed. When he gets an idea in his head, he feels the need to … Continue reading

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A letter to Marley’s bullies

Dear kids who’ve been bullying my daughter, She can be annoying. I know. I’m her mother. She doesn’t like to take no for an answer, voices her opinions loudly and likes to bend the rules in her favour at any … Continue reading

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Why kids shouldn’t stick foreign objects in any orifice

When your child is nine, you expect her to entertain certain misdemeanours such as, hiding pyjamas under her uniform, stealing her brother’s favourite toy while he sleeps and doing a jazz hands dance in the middle of a Religious Education … Continue reading

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Faking sick

My mom had an innate ability to tell when I was lying. Actually, she still does. As a child, I would lay in bed at night plotting my latest get-out-of-school scheme. I’d toss and turn thinking about various ways I … Continue reading

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My forgetful little chap

Sometimes it’s hard to be a kid. You’re constantly told what to do, where to sit and when to eat. You have to flush the toilet and wash your hands – every time! You have to do homework, read when … Continue reading

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Camping oh camping I hate you, you stink

Some days I miss living in Canada so much I can feel an ache in my heart. I pine for the smell of coniferous trees, fresh water lakes and wild flowers of Algonquin Park; the peaceful quiet of an early … Continue reading

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A lesson in gambling

The other day Austin made a bet with our kids. He took them aside while we were touring a quaint town called Figueres in Spain and said the following: “I bet you 2 Euros that Mom takes a picture of … Continue reading

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Why my kids think I’m so awesome – NOT

Apparently, life as one of my children isn’t easy. According to my first and second-born, I have too many rules: No hitting, no punching, no lying. I require them to do too many chores: Make their beds, get dressed, brush … Continue reading

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