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WINSTON BOOKS – where you can get them!

October 20, 2023

About this time every year I remind people to grab a copy of my favourite Christmas book: How Winston Delivered Christmas by Alex T Smith. I know what you’re thinking. It’s October. You’re like, “Calm your farm, lady.” But you see this book is an ADVENT story. Starting on 1st December and finishing on 25th December you read a short chapter every night to your kids. Or your dog. #nojudgement It’s one of my FAVOURITE Christmas traditions and we’ve been reading this book every December for years now. My kids still LOVE it. See, kids…

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“Dear Bec, My daughter has been dumped by her friendship group …”

October 6, 2023

EMAIL FROM A READER: My daughter was dumped by her friendship group … Hi Bec, I was given your website from a lovely lady at work. I am…

Reader Email: My 14yo daughter sent shirtless photos to a boy

July 7, 2023

Hi Rebecca, My daughter has had her phone since the beginning of High School 18 months ago. She has no social media, her phone is only allowed downstairs…

Reader Email: My 13yo son loves Roblox. I became suspicious when I could hear him talking softly into his computer …

June 30, 2023

Rebecca, I just wanted to reach out and thank you for the work you do for our tweens and teens. I read your post on FB at the…

Teens, parties and alcohol

June 25, 2023

The question about whether it’s okay for parents to supply  alcohol to 15 year olds blew up on my Facebook page last week. (One parent wrote in the…

Learning to Handle Failure

March 1, 2023

I’m not on the team. I wasn’t chosen for the squad. They didn’t pick me for the play. I missed out on a leadership position. I didn’t get…

Kitchen Table Time Capsule

March 1, 2023

I heard this brilliant idea from author and podcast host Gretchen Rubin during her Happier podcast: take a yearly photo of your kitchen bench, but not when it’s…

What To Do When Your Tween or Teen Comes Home Cranky

March 1, 2023

See that girl? That’s me. I’m sixteen in that photo. I look at that photo and I go straight back. I can remember my teen years like they…

Simple Ways to get Happier

February 23, 2023

If you’ve been reading my blogs for a while, you’ll know how much I appreciate Gretchen Rubin and her work. I’ve listened to many interviews with Gretchen over…

Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2023

When your child starts dating… According to one very interesting article about tweens, teens and dating, there are three waves to dating: fifth-grade hand-holding, middle school messaging and…

How Do Your Kids Think About Racism

January 16, 2023

One of the beautiful things about raising children is having the opportunity to watch them grow and form their own opinions on the big issues facing our nation. …

About Bec

Over the past 25 years Rebecca Sparrow has earned a living as a travel writer, a television publicist, a marketing executive, a magazine editor, a TV scriptwriter, a radio producer, a newspaper columnist and as an author.

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