I am a mother of three adult children, two daughters in their early thirties and a son in his mid twenties. I have been married to the father of these children for 38 years. Our joint project has been building a family together and it is through this blog that I hope to discuss and explore my adventures in parenting adult children, as well as provide a forum for all of us who are trying to parent effectively our adult children.
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But here’s a bit more about me:
My background is in journalism, social work and social policy. I have a B.A. in sociology from Bishop’s University, in Lennoxville, Quebec and a Masters of Social Work from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.
Work as a Young Adult:
In my wild and woolly youth, I wrote for The Gazette in Montreal and The Ottawa Citizen. I was also the editor of an Ottawa-based community newspaper, the Centretown News. My first job was working for the now defunct Company of Young Canadians when I helped fishermen and coalminers in Cape Breton develop a community organization.
When I was 21, foolishly, I hitchhiked from Cape Breton to Vancouver. It took me a long time to tell my grown children about that one!
Federal Government Experience:
I spent a long time working in social policy for the Canadian federal government. My last job was managing the intercountry adoption unit at Human Resources and Social Development Canada. It was a job I loved.
Work with Children:
Other work relating to children included a three-month assignment with UNICEF in Cambodia where I helped develop the country’s intercountry adoption policy. In addition I spent three months as a volunteer in an orphanage in India helping with everything from obtaining a license for the home to helping the kids with their homework. To understand the highs and lows of that experience, you can see my book at: http://www.childhaven.ca/book-2010.pdf
Volunteer work has always been important to me. My work includes:
- participating in babysitting co-ops,
- helping refugees get established in Canada,
- teaching Sunday school at the Unitarian Church,
- counselling prospective adoptive parents, and
- working with cottager and community associations.