children · home · relationships · Step 4: Cutting Costs

…and then right before Santa comes…

…we frugal, inventive parents have a moment of anxiety. “I got her too little stuff!” “This pile is way too tiny!” “What was I thinking, getting him so many books, free from the library’s used pile at that?” lol. Yep, this is par for the course. For many of us, swimming against the current of… Continue reading …and then right before Santa comes…

children · free stuff · home

My Maid Comes 3 Fridays From Now

I’m preparing for a trip. It’s not expensive—I’ll drive my son and myself in our small, fuel-efficient car to my mum’s house, where we’ll stay for free, eat in, walk a lot, play board games, and give each other second-hand gifts. My kid and I will purposely hang with strangers, because conversations with new people are… Continue reading My Maid Comes 3 Fridays From Now

children · fleeing abuse · freedom

Opting Out of School Bullying

Having grown up vulnerable, I experienced quite a bit of abuse at school—extreme bullying and threats—from both children and teachers. Because my parents grasped the risk to me, they let me get out before any of the threats could be implemented. I’m eternally grateful for that. Many families living paycheque to paycheque, or in extreme… Continue reading Opting Out of School Bullying