Author - Julie Cole

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Julie Cole is the Co-founder of Mabel’s Labels Inc. ( and proud mom of six. Follow her on twitter @juliecole

What my kids taught me when my dad died

My dad had spent the last several years very unwell, and my mother spent a lot of her time taking care of him. That is a difficult situation for any family, but it is even more difficult when the person you are caring for continuously makes choices that contribute to his bad health. And so, although he was a man we loved, the result was a team of fairly frustrated family members.

My biggest frustration was trying to understand why he didn’t make choices that would allow him to be invol...

Posted on December 15, 2015 at 1:05 PM by Julie Cole

Ozzy's Home!

I owe dog owners everywhere an apology. I admit to rolling my eyes and thinking, “Really? It’s just a dog!” whenever you shared photos and stories about your pup.

When my son was diagnosed with autism, some friends “got it” and some, well—not so much. Since then, I’ve been there as friends welcomed beautiful children with disabilities and/or special needs to their families. Having personally experienced what they were going through, I knew how to respond and react appropriately—I ...

Posted on June 06, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Julie Cole

The Puppy Campaign

Several months ago, I posted that my children were lobbying for a dog. I got great feedback, tips and opinions from dog lovers and haters alike.

Many, many months have passed and much thought has been put into the topic, and all the while my children have campaigned. What did this campaign look like? Well, there were many different projects and presentations involved.

First off, they did a lot of research. They found the perfect breed for a family of our size and one that could han...

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Julie Cole

Resolution: Mom hobby!

A few months ago one of my children noted that I don’t have any hobbies. 

Then a couple of weeks ago, my 6-yr-old asked what I did in my spare time. I wasn’t convinced he understood the concept so asked what he did in his freetime. He replied that he enjoys playing tag. Clearly, he did understand. Considering I don’t have an abundance of this “spare time” he speaks of, I was left thinking hard on an answer. To buy some time, I asked what he thought I did in my spare time. He suggested ...

Posted on February 13, 2013 at 6:00 AM by Julie Cole

Surviving Pukefest

When you have six kids and a Daddy-o who is out of town, having a tummy bug go through the house is most uncivilized. Last week, I had five pukers in a 48-hour period, with a total of 19 pukes. Yes, I counted. Mostly I counted out of pride. Pride, you ask? Some people beam when their kids get a gold medal in a sport or win a spelling bee. My pride comes from knowing I had 19 rounds of vomit in our house, and every single kid hit a toilet or bucket every single time. No need to hold your ap...

Posted on December 06, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Julie Cole

The Family Pet – To Go There or Not Go There

I’ve always sworn that I wouldn’t get a dog. My kids have begged for one every day for as long as I can remember. They make a full-time job of it. My reasons for being immune to their pleas have been many:

I don’t really like touching them because they’re – well, you know…ANIMALS.

I have spent too long cleaning up human poop. Do I really want to add animal poop to my repertoire?

I feel so emotionally attached and responsible for six little humans. Do I have the emotiona...

Posted on November 28, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Julie Cole

Halloween - Family Style

There are a couple of Halloween rules that I have and they have nothing to do with safety. Quite simply, my kids must go trick or treating in our own neighbourhood and they must go out together. Enforcing the rule has never been an issue – no one has ever expressed interest in sharing the night elsewhere or with other people. Sure, we meet up with friends on the street, but the team of siblings travel as a pack on this special night.

I had not really thought very much about why this wa...

Posted on October 24, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Julie Cole

The Daycare Drop-Off: Getting Kids Out the Door Without Losing Your Sanity


As the mama of six children between the ages of three and twelve, I know the challenges of getting little people out the door in the morning.  I often describe organizing children as “herding cats”. Working mamas have hectic mornings which are often a blur of breakfast cereal and backpacks. By the time kiddos have eaten, been dressed and dropped off at daycare, the working mama arrives at work feeling as though she’s already put in a full day– yet it’s just beginning! Avoid that...

Posted on August 27, 2012 at 6:00 AM by Julie Cole