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Kelly McQuillan

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Kelly McQuillan is a writer, musician, teacher, and fledgling mother living in Comox, BC. kellymcquillanwriter.weebly.com

A Digital Disconnect…for a real-time re-connect

I never thought I would be one of those parents. You know, the distracted parent, engrossed in something on their phone/tablet/laptop while their child...

Reclaiming Meaning in the Season of Stuff

The decorations started appearing during the lazy, hazy days of summer—glints of tinsel and multi-coloured lights, side-by-side with water toys and Halloween candy, a...

Making Peace with the ‘Season’

Recently an anonymous poster in a mom’s group spoke of feeling lost in motherhood and craving something outside of the domestic realm through which...

The Saving ‘Grace’ of the Redo

“Tomorrow is a new day.”My mom has often used these words (memorably uttered by the irrepressible literary heroine, Anne Shirley) to placate and...

Raising an Extrovert

(When Small Talk Scares You) I am a textbook introvert, with a generous helping of social anxiety thrown in that makes me cautious with interpersonal...

The Power of a Mama Hug

I don’t often suffer from writer’s block, but I’ve certainly wrestled with it lately. After weeks of COVID-19 lockdown we’re trying to negotiate a...

Cultivating Joy

The world is in upheaval as we cope with the disruption, uncertainty, and fear of the COVID-19 pandemic. Collectively, we’ve never seen a time...

Helping Our Tweens & Teens Navigate Conflict

The “tweens” (between the ages of 8 or 9 and 12) are rough. Carefree childhood innocence rapidly slips away as kids encounter higher expectations...

The Importance of Friendship…for Parents!

February: the month of love. Love takes many different forms, and lately I’m feeling particularly grateful for the friendships in my life. Parenting young...

Dialing Down my Side Eye

A refresher in compassionMy son’s first “Ninja Warrior” class was a bit disorganized, with energetic preschoolers running amok. Truth be told, it was absolute...

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