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Archive for the ‘Kids’ Category

39 Is Gonna Be Fine

Monday, April 7th, 2014


So, my husband calls me URGENTLY on Friday and tells me that I must call Visa immediately, as it appears my credit card has been frauded. Visa was unable to reach me at home and they needed to verify suspicious transactions. He gives me the number to call ASAP and tells me to ask for Nelly.

I hang up the phone while en route home from carpool and call the number. I ask for Nelly as told, and proceed to ask, “What happened to my credit card?”

Then, a chuckle on the other line, “Is this the birthday girl?!” she laughs.


Mixed Monday

Monday, March 31st, 2014


Happy Monday, dames! I just finished a spin class at the gym, and after ignoring myself in this department for almost 10 days due to a hectic schedule, it felt great to SWEAT. It’s Monday, spring is ALMOST in the air, and the sun is actually shining in Montreal.

Today is sort of a mixed bag, so I titled it Mixed Monday– keeping you updated on some events, revelations and conclusions… WomenOnTheFence style.

I’d love to kick it off with a Music Monday before we dive in. If you watch anything this week, let this be it. I have hope for humanity when I see stories like these.


International Day Of HAPPINESS!

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Oh my goodness, the truth is, I wasn’t planning on blogging today, but after seeing this, I had to share. Today is International Day of Happiness, and watching this made me, well… HAPPY! I know it will make you happy too.

Watch this cover of Pharrell‘s hit HAPPY, sung by the Detroit Academy of Arts and Sciences choir. Let’s just hope these kids are the future of Detroit. I’m in love.

So, did it make you HAPPY? Happy International Day of Happiness, lovely ladies!


Spring Break

Friday, February 21st, 2014


It’s that time again – Spring Break. My kids are off next week, and whenever they are, my gift to them is to take a blogging hiatus and lighten the load.

So, I will occupy these kids next week, give them some extra TLC and will see you back the first week of March. Of course, I will still be in touch via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

And to all my stuck fence-sitters, this one’s for you…


How To Answer Your Kids’ Toughest Questions

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014


On this morning’s weekly parenting segment for Global TV, I talked about How To Answer Your Kids’ Tough Questions.

Well my friends… the research is in. Skirting around the tough issues because you’re too uncomfortable to talk about them with your children, just ain’t gonna cut it. We all need to start getting super comfortable with the uncomfortable.

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Six Secrets For Your Son’s Success In School

Friday, February 7th, 2014

By Guest Blogger Dr. Edmond J. Dixon

‘Let’s face it; I’m stupid. You know it, I know it, and my parents know it!”


These words were spoken in anguish and anger to me by Chad, a 12-year-old student in my office back when I was a principal. He reflected a profound problem that I could no longer ignore. I had seen too many boys who did not succeed in school.

I knew he was not stupid, and his parents saw him as a smart, if unfocused, child. But our opinions no longer mattered. His experience in school had convinced him otherwise. He dropped out a few years later and I was saddened, but not surprised.

Your son may not become a drop-out, but if he is like many boys, he dislikes school, does not apply himself to the fullest and is willing to let the girls in his class achieve more highly. Statistics show that this leads to boys who are increasingly unprepared for a world in which high levels of education and social-emotional intelligence are required.


#YOLO: The Modern Day Bailout?

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014


On this week’s parenting segment for Global TV, I talked about the expression #YOLO: A term most often used by the younger generation, AKA “You Only Live Once.”

I encourage you to watch it, and then I ask you the ON THE FENCE question of the day:  Is the term YOLO (You Only Live Once) teaching our kids to live in the moment and enjoy life, or is it encouraging our kids to throw in the towel on smart decision making? Is YOLO giving our kids an excuse to act “stupid” and irresponsible?

Direct link to segment: