Sick Day Swindler


Welcome! To fly with Co-Pilot Mom and never miss a post, follow me with Bloglovin. Connect with me on Facebook or Twitter, too!  Sick days. Every once in a while, we all need them. When it comes to my children, I have 3 sick day criteria: Ergo, if the answers to the above are NO – […]

Bad Canadian


  Dear Canada – my home and native land, They started appearing in my news feed on Facebook – pics of friends wearing their jerseys, talking about game night. Then I noticed the trending topics on Twitter. Hockey season has begun, Canada.  Seriously? Didn’t it just end, like, yesterday? I mean “season” implies that there is […]

Time Lock


  Captain Bravo is not one to hold back.  He is somewhat like me in that heart-on-sleeve, face-shows-every-feeling way. Perhaps it is because he is a younger brother, or perhaps it is just his way. When Bravo is happy, there is a choir singing somewhere – the smile is beatific, the laughter easily caught. But, […]

The Hardest Word


  As much as I call myself a fan, Elton John got it wrong when he sang about sorry being the hardest word.  Sorry is not the hardest word. I am Canadian – take it from me, sorry is easy. I say it all the time. Sorry, Sir Elton. (See what I did there?) The […]

The Gift of Brothers


  For a while David and I wondered whether we would ever have a baby. When we felt ready to be parents, we had trouble conceiving.  Then, once we had Captain Alpha, we wondered whether the time would ever be right for another child. And if it was, would we have trouble conceiving again? Maybe we would […]

Epic Summer


  It seems to happen every year, and yet I think this year more than ever I set my expectations for summer so HIGH. I wanted us to have a summer to remember. Bravo is starting school in September. Our lives about to change drastically. It is all good, of course. Learning and growing. Growing […]

Boys on the Bus


  I was on the school bus coming home from school the first time someone told me I was ugly. I was seven.   I was sitting with my friend, chatting. When it was her stop, I stood to let her slide across the seat. We were sitting near the front, so I had to […]

Marriage: Not a Seafaring Fairy Tale


  This September, David and I will celebrate 16 years of marriage.  That number seems a bit incredible to me – in some ways, it seems as though it has gone by very quickly. In others, I realize how much we have been through together.   Sweet 16. And for the most part, our marriage […]

Time in a Bottle


  He crawled up on my lap. He was sticky with that little boy summer mixture of sweat and sunscreen and Popsicle residue. I put my hand on his cheek and wondered how he could have gotten Popsicle by his ear.   This weekend he sat with me on the couch a few times. He […]

10 Facebook Commenters in Your Feed Right Now


  I enjoy social media. I love to connect with my friends and family and readers. I spend time on Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Instagram, and Facebook. (Are we following each other at those places? I can wait while you check.) Lately I have noticed some trends in social media commenting. I wrote this post with Facebook […]