Posts By: Barb Godin

Barb Godin

Barbara Godin is a graduate of Athabasca University. She writes the “”Dear Barb” and the “Women of Interest” columns. As well, Barb has written many personal interest stories and enjoys connecting with others through her writing. She has been writing for The Voice since 2003.

If you enjoy reading Dear Barb, you can also purchase her curated collection, Dear Barb: Answers to Everyday Questions at her website,

Dear Barb—Doing it All

Dear Barb: Hi, I am a mother of three children.  My husband and I work full time and have very demanding jobs and my kids are involved in a lot of sports and other activities.  We are both so tired all the time, we just want to relax on the weekends, but our kids want… Read more »

Dear Barb—COVID Crashes Easter Dinner

Dear Barb: I hosted Easter dinner this year and what a fiasco! The COVID divisiveness is still with us.  Some of my family members are vaccinated and some are not.  No one came in with a mask or did any social distancing.  I personally didn’t social distance or wear a mask either.  Everything seemed to… Read more »

Dear Barb—Reaching the End

Dear Barb: Hi, my mother has suffered from mental illness her whole life and it is getting worse.  Also, she has recently been diagnosed with MS and it is progressing very quickly.  My brother and myself are struggling with her situation.  She wants to end her life and my brother and I support her decision. … Read more »

Dear Barb—Canine Conundrum

Dear Barb: My boyfriend and I moved in together a few months ago and bought a puppy.  The dog is a year old now, it’s a husky/border collie mix.  We love him, but he barks a lot!  We have a small yard, and he likes to be outside, but the entire time he is outside… Read more »

Dear Barb—End Times

Hi, Barb, I have a situation and I don’t know how to resolve it.  My husband and I have been married for 9 years and, honestly, the relationship has never been easy, but we stuck with it.  But now it is becoming draining.  We can’t talk about anything.  Everything I bring up is a trigger… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Dating Debate

Hi Barb: I’m in my late 20s and grew up in a rather traditional family.  Most of my life I followed my parent’s wishes, focused on school, volunteer, and now work.  I’ve never come across someone I really liked until about a year ago.  We initially started dating to understand if we were a good… Read more »

Dear Barb—Intolerable In-Law

My husband and I have been married five years and have one young daughter.  I always considered us to be a happy family until my brother-in-law moved in.  My husband allowed his younger brother to move in with us and our whole life was turned upside-down.  My brother-in-law had some financial problems, so my belief… Read more »

Dear Barb—The Tipping Point

Dear Barb: My husband and I are having a dispute.  We went out for dinner last week and the restaurant was very busy.  Our waitress brought our drinks and didn’t return for quite a while to take our orders.  She walked by us several times to bring other people drinks and food.  I will admit… Read more »

Dear Barb—Where There’s Not a Will

Dear Barb: My father just passed away and he didn’t have a will.  My mom passed away 10 years ago, and dad has been living with a woman for the past 4 years.  She is great, and we all like her.  I have two younger brothers.  My parents had a home that was paid off… Read more »

Dear Barb—Beyond Retirement

Dear Barb: Hi, I am writing about my mom.  She’s in her sixties and is alone.  My dad passed six years ago.  I have one brother who lives on the other side of the country, so we do not see a lot of him.  My mom and I are close, and she was always very… Read more »