Mariette Ulrich

Mariette Ulrich is a homemaker and freelance writer. She lives in western Canada with her husband and six of their seven children. Mariette holds an Honours B.A. in English Literature (University of Saskatchewan). While awaiting the commencement of her M.A. studies, she worked briefly writing ad copy for radio. Severe morning sickness followed by full-time motherhood put an abrupt end to both. She now home-schools her children, writes, and does speaking engagements as time permits. Her columns and articles have appeared in various journals, newspapers and magazines in Canada, the U.S., England and Australia. Her interests include politics, culture, gardening, baking and ballroom dancing; her passions: faith, family and costume drama adaptations of 19th century literary classics.

Hoovering can lengthen your life, ladies
20 Nov 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: exercise, housework, life expectancy
It’s not news that physical activity can increase wellness and longevity, but new studies are giving more precise detail about what types and amounts of exercise are most beneficial.

Battle of the messy bedroom
14 Nov 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: adolescents, order, parenting
Even if parents have missed the Early Childhood Training boat, all is not lost.

Trick or treat time
31 Oct 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Halloween
Is there a unifying theme? Not in a pluralistic society where you must attach your own meaning to any given holiday or event.

Are married folks happier than those who cohabit?
26 Oct 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: cohabitation, happiness, marriage
The short answer, according to a recent study, is Yes, No, Maybe, and It depends.

The problem with starting a family today
18 Oct 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: baby boomers, family values, Gen X, Gen Y
Is it the Boomers’ greed, or is there another reason Gens X and Y are struggling in today’s economy?

Childless by choice - a decision you may live to regret
30 Sep 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: Canada, childlessness, demographic decline
Hot yoga and shopping trips to New York won't sustain you when you're eighty-plus and lying in a resthome.

Baby-bedtime debates: cry it out vs no-cry
29 Sep 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: babies, parenting, sleep
Australian “sleep training” study says it's OK to let babies cry. Hmmm.

Music and baby talk
20 Sep 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: child development, language, music
As one of those moms who started her kids on classical music shortly after birth, I don’t need to be sold on the importance of music, but it’s always nice to have one’s educational priorities validated.

Working moms spend less time on kids’ diet and excerise
14 Sep 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: children's health, working mothers
Moms who are employed full-time outside the home simply have less time for everything outside of working hours. It’s a logistical reality, not a moral judgment.

Older dads and the risk of autism
29 Aug 2012 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: genetic disorders, paternal age
Women who continue—or begin—childbearing in their late thirties and beyond are accustomed to hearing about increased risk for certain conditions and complications. This NY Times Health story, however, puts the shoe on the other foot, or gender as the case may be.

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