Barbara Lilley

Features Writer

Barbara Lilley is the mother of four teenagers. She is surviving this time of eye-rolling, sarcastic responses and generally being ignored by her offspring by drinking copious amounts of coffee, commiserating with other parents, and occasionally hiding in her closet. Wine helps.

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The Importance of Remembrance Day

The Importance of Remembrance Day

Photo Credit: Creative Commons November 11, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. For as long as I can remember, every November, I have worn a poppy to show my gratitude and to pay tribute to the soldiers who have died for Canada. For the last several years, there seems to be [...]

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What Happened When I Turned My Phone Off

What Happened When I Turned My Phone Off

What happens if you turn off your computer, or your tablet, or heaven forbid, your cell phone for a few days? That was the question I wanted to answer for myself a few weeks ago. And so, I did it. Stepped away from my laptop, and turned off my phone. (No tablets in this house, so that was not an issue.) [...]

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Should Parents Shame Their Kids Into Better Behaviour?

Should Parents Shame Their Kids Into Better Behaviour?

Last month, a mother in Splendora, Texas, made headlines when she forced her grade 5 son to wear a t-shirt that said, “I am a bully” to school. After finding out that her son had been bullying other children, Star (last name not disclosed) felt that this was the best way to teach her son [...]

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Do’s and Don’ts of Back to School Prep

Do’s and Don’ts of Back to School Prep

Summer is quickly coming to an end, and that means it’s almost time to head back to school. Here are a few tips and tricks to make the process a little bit easier. Do start getting your kids back into a regular sleeping routine. If you’re like a lot of us, summer means relaxing bedtimes [...]

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Dog Days of Summer Survival

Dog Days of Summer Survival

It’s the beginning of August, which means there’s still a month left before school starts. Which means another 30 days of trying to keep the kids occupied, or to get them off their electronic devices. (It can’t be just me who has to deal with the glazed look of teens overdosing on screens.) [...]

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When the Government Says It’s Ok, How Do Parents Say No?

When the Government Says It’s Ok, How Do Parents Say No?

“Just say no!” That was the rallying cry for teens in the 1980’s. Day after day, week after week, we were told how dangerous drugs were for us. In my first year of high school, a very tall and formidable police officer came into our classroom one day, carrying a large briefcase. [...]

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Surviving March Break...Again!

Surviving March Break...Again!

March Break, that annual, filled-with-anticipation-can’t-wait-for-a-break-from-that-horrendous-place-called-school that fills all children with hope, and parents with panic at the thought of how to occupy their darling offspring, is almost upon us. If you have not already planned an escape to some [...]

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