Best Advice: Parenthood in 5 with Julie Harrison

Blogger, writer and college professor Julie Harrison of Coffee with Julie shares some of her best parenting advice

Julie Harrison of Coffee with Julie

Photography by CL Buchanan Photography

Welcome to our second installment of Parenthood in 5. This time, we’re chatting with Julie Harrison. Julie’s a freelance writer, college professor and lifestyle blogger. Yes, she wears lots of hats. But she loves hats! On your next coffee break, you can join her over at: CoffeeWithJulie.ca.

1. What’s your go-to family dinner?

Well, I can’t claim that “I” have a go-to family dinner because my husband’s the cook in our family. Our staple dinners are quick and healthy and include homemade pizzas, mild Indian curries, and chicken fajitas.

2. What’s one life-saving product that makes your family’s life easier?

A Bodum pressed coffee maker. Everything is easier with caffeine.

3. Describe your parenting philosophy in 10 words or less.

We’re teaching our kids to fish. (From the old saying “Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.”)

4. Briefly, what’s your favourite thing about being a parent?

Lying in bed at night with my husband recounting a funny thing the kids said or did that day. Oh, and big squishy hugs. I really like those.

5. What’s the best parenting advice you’ve ever received?

When your child walks into a room, does your face light up? This advice came from Toni Morrison on an episode of Oprah that I watched years ago. It’s really stuck with me. Greet your child with warmth, not a face that is critically examining their mismatched socks or unbrushed hair. It’s easy to get caught up in life’s never-ending to-do list, but you can never assume that a child knows just how much you love them unless you show it to them every day.


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26 responses to “Best Advice: Parenthood in 5 with Julie Harrison”

  1. Andrea says:

    That’s great advice Julie, especially #5. It’s spot on and I try to keep that in mind too. It’s tough though. *sigh*

  2. Julie Harrison says:

    I know … it is tough, isn’t it? I have to remind myself all the time! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, Andrea!

  3. Pam Dillon says:

    I love #3. : D

  4. Shannon says:

    #5 is mine too. I remember watching that episode and it has stuck with me.

  5. pam says:

    Julie is an inspirational lady. She is also one smart cookie! Great little interview here.

  6. Tammy says:

    Does your face light up! This is so important and something I seen somewhere that has stuck to me too. To a child an expression says a million words. Wonderful advice! I love big squishy hugs too!

  7. Neimad says:

    A husband that cooks. Where do I get one of those?

  8. Sandy says:

    Love #5! Such a great reminder…we shouldn’t care about those mismatched socks (or in my case, clothing). I’m going to remember to let my “face light up” :) Great advice, Julie!

  9. Jennifer Van Huss says:

    YEAH for husbands cooking!! When its my hubby’s day off he cooks too!

  10. Julie Harrison says:

    I will be advising my daughter to marry a man who cooks too! :)

  11. Julie Harrison says:

    I’m so glad it resonated with you, Sandy! Keep lighting that face up :)

  12. Julie Harrison says:

    Trust me …. I looked long and hard to find one! LOL!

  13. Julie Harrison says:

    Hooray for big squishy hugs! :)

  14. Julie Harrison says:

    Aw, thank you SO much!!

  15. Julie Harrison says:

    You remember it too, eh? It was so powerful for me!

  16. Julie Harrison says:

    Sometimes it’s easier to just hand them a fish, eh? :) But, we shall persist!

  17. Aeryn Lynne says:

    I had to look up what a Bodum pressed coffee maker was, and now I have no idea why I don’t have one in my life. I totally agree with everything being easier with caffeine! :D Oh, and I wished my hubby cooked! *jealous*

  18. Julie Harrison says:

    Okay, you *need* to get a Bodum if you like coffee. It makes a much better coffee! (I started using one in Australia where no one uses a drip coffee maker.)

  19. Jennifer says:

    “We’re teaching our kids to fish” LOVE this Julie!

  20. Ashley Stone says:

    I LOVE the advice about “lighting up” when our girls walk into a room. I don’t know if I do that every time, but I will be much more aware of it now.

  21. Julie Harrison says:

    Try it! It actually makes me feel happier and less concerned about the messy hair … haha! :)

  22. Julie Harrison says:

    Like the mamma bird, we have to help the babes leave the nest and thrive! Glad you enjoyed this little clip!

  23. Ourfamilyworld says:

    Our dinners are easy too! And I love discussing funny things kids said! Makes my day

  24. Julie Harrison says:

    Why do complicated, right?

  25. Cheryl says:

    We love sitting together at the end of the day laughing about the cute things our son does as well. So much so that I can’t remember what we talked about before we had kids!

  26. Julie Harrison says:

    I know! It’s so true! We must have had something to talk about before kids … but I can’t remember what it would have been now :)

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