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—Kitty Counter

Dear Barb: A good friend of mine got a kitten, Mitzi, about a year ago.  When she first got her, Mitzi was climbing all over, even on the countertops.  I didn’t think much of it.  I thought they would eventually teach her to stay off, but it’s a year later and she is still on… Read more »

Dear Barb—Attention Please!

Dear Barb: I am a guy in my thirties, and I have recently been diagnosed with ADHD.  I always knew there was something wrong.  I have never been able to focus on anything for more than a few minutes.  Even in school, my teachers called my parents because they couldn’t manage me.  My parents were… Read more »

Dear Barb—Adult Activities

Dear Barb: My boyfriend and I have been together for three years and moved in together one year ago.  We get along well for the most part.  We spend a lot of time together, in fact, that’s why I am writing.  We both work from home and basically do everything together.  We have some friends… Read more »

Dear Barb—Father Fears

Dear Barb: Hey! My wife and I are in our early thirties and have been married for five years. We are expecting our first daughter in September. Everything is going well with the pregnancy, and we are so happy. The issue that is bothering me is that I am very anxious about becoming a father… Read more »

Dear Barb—Money Handling

Dear Barb: Hi, I graduated a few years ago and was fortunate to find a decent job with good pay and benefits.  I live a frugal lifestyle, so I have been able to save a lot of money.  The problem is my family and friends think I should be spending more money on trips and… Read more »

Dear Barb—In the Heat of the Moment

Dear Barb: I am a guy in my early thirties.  My girlfriend and I had been living together for eight years until I ended it six months ago.  The problem is I did not want to end it, I just got angry and said it was over and that I was moving out.  A week… Read more »

Dear Barb—Mom, Me and the New Guy

Dear Barb: I am in my early twenties, and I live with my single mother.  We have always gotten along great.  Since my parents divorced my mom has dated a few guys, but none seriously until recently.  She has met a guy who is ten years younger than her, but that’s not the issue.  Mom… Read more »

Dear Barb—All in the Family

Dear Barb: My parents just separated because my dad was having an affair with my aunt (mom’s sister)!  I am devastated!  I thought my aunt and my dad got along well, but I never figured this would happen.  My mom is heartbroken and barely able to function.  Meanwhile my dad wants me to be happy… Read more »

Dear Barb—Cutting out Old Age

Dear Barb: I am in my late forties, and I have noticed my face starting to age and my skin sagging.  The lines don’t bother me as much as the sagging jowls and neck.  I have been getting botox and filler injections for the last 5 years, but they are not doing the trick anymore. … Read more »

Dear Barb—Will Worries

Dear Barb: Hi.  My mom passed away four years ago and my dad remarried.  Dad always said that he had an agreement with his new wife that his assets would be left to his three children.  Dad died suddenly, last month and we have yet to hear anything about the will or any agreement that… Read more »