Around the Kitchen Table

Verna's blog covers everything from her struggles with weight loss, adoption, cooking, and family to life in general. Her honest stories about her bone marrow transplant and their life in Fort McMurray will keep you coming back.

Verna is a winner of Top 25 Canadian Moms - 2013

What's the best part of raising a family in Canada?

We have been fortunate enough to experience life on the East Coast of Canada, and we currently are experiencing the life in Western Canada. Our children have been lucky enough to live in wildly different parts of the country, and with that they have experienced different integrated cultures, food and talent.
The best part for us as parents has been just raising them in a safe country with good healthcare and an education system that will allow them to explore various avenues in their futures. We extend our family through fostering, and every time has been a wonderful learning experience as we adopt new traditions and food to make everyone feel more welcome when they live with us...much like Canada is in every province.

What's the biggest misconception people have about raising a family in Canada?

I think everyone realizes now that raising children is just hard. You are always worried about screwing up, being judged, being too distant, or being a mother who smothers. Should we give them a religious background, or let them make their own choices, should we help them with projects, or make them be more independent and work alone? How much TV is too much TV, is their diet properly balanced? I think it is easy to make assumptions of any family in any country...but we shouldn't because really, every one is just trying to do the best they can!

What do your kids love most about living in Canada?

Our two older boys love all the differences, whether we are talking about scenery or the people who live around us. And like any teenage boys, they love their independence, their freedom of speech and all the opportunities that they have just because of where they were born. Our youngest, who is four and a half, when asked said she loves going to the pool, playing in the snow and getting to go out for a normal four and a half year old response. We love that we are now a blended family through adoption, and it is much more the norm now than it ever was before.