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It’s that time of year when I gather my delightful six-pack of children to receive their feedback around my best/worst mom fails of the year. They enjoyed sharing many of them with me, but my darlings have kindly narrowed it down to just three for 2019. They are as follows:


The Pet Fail

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There are a lot of living creatures in this home that we need to keep alive. One might think that is a basic task. Not so. It may have got to the point where a poster had to be hung to remind us to keep one of the critters alive. A fail? I don’t think so! A fail would be that the critter is dead. It is not!


The Dreaded “Onesie”

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My kids find it completely ironic that I recently got profiled for my keen fashion sense. Yes, while I do appreciate good fashion, they see me as a fashion embarrassment. The reason? I wear my “onesie” not only in the house, but to the grocery store, to their hockey games and to do school pick-ups and drop-offs. This mom loves nothing more than comfort, and that is exactly what my “onesie” provides.


My Stocking Essentials

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While my kids do just fine in the present department on Christmas morning, I must admit that I use their stockings as an excuse to give them the things that I’d have to buy them anyway. As babies and toddlers, they received diapers and wipes. With five teenagers and a tween, their stockings are now overflowing with deodorant, acne cream and dry shampoo. Apparently they feel I may have stepped over the line by including feminine hygiene products this year.



For the record, I think the biggest fail gets awarded to my kid who is away at University. Although we all appreciated the hoodies and other assorted merch she gifted us for Christmas from her school, she gained a little too much pleasure with the present she gave her baby brother. It was a McMaster University-branded HORN. As we all cried and covered our ears, she screamed “I don’t live here anymore, SUCKERS!”

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Another year, another collection of fails and wins. Let’s go into 2020 not taking ourselves too seriously.


Julie Cole is a recovered lawyer, mom of six and co-founder of Mabel’s Labels. She has helped her company bring their product to a worldwide market, gain media recognition and win countless awards. Julie is no stranger to the media, having appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, HLN’s Raising America, Breakfast Television, The Marilyn Denis Show, CP24, among many others. As a blogger and writer, her articles have appeared in The Huffington Post, Today’s Parent, The Globe and Mail, Profit Magazine, Working Mother Magazine, Chicken Soup For the Soul - Power Moms and numerous websites. When she’s not juggling her busy family and professional life, Julie is an active volunteer and engaged community leader, who is passionate about women’s issues, mentoring young entrepreneurs, poverty alleviation and social justice.

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