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—Angry Bitters

Dear Barb: My parents divorced when I was ten.  My dad remarried but my mom never did.  It was a nasty divorce, and my parents remained enemies throughout my life.  My mother has become extremely bitter and angry towards men in general.  She had a few relationships but nothing lasting.  Now she is just a… Read more »

Dear Barb—Brother Bother

Dear Barb: I am writing about my problems with my brother.  He is one year younger than me and we do not get along.  We break out in an argument at the slightest provocation.  We are in our twenties now, but when we were younger he was always spoiled and got to do whatever wanted. … Read more »

Traditional versus Self-Publishing

Many years ago, I sent my book out to several publishers and all I got was rejection letters.  So I put my book away in the drawer and gave up on a dream.  Years later I was happy to be writing again when I was chosen to write an advice column. It evolved into my… Read more »

Dear Barb—Parent Split

Dear Barb: My husband and I separated after 10 years of marriage.  Our son was seven years old at the time and I had been given sole custody.  My ex had visitation with our daughter and that seemed to be going well for a while.  But things changed when I began seeing someone.  My ex… Read more »

Dear Barb—Dating Due Diligence

Dear Barb: I am a woman in my thirties and I’m beginning to wonder if I will ever find a partner.  I have never found anyone I would truly consider spending my life with, but I don’t want to give up.  I have been wondering if I want to try online dating.  I haven’tt visited… Read more »

Dear Barb—Spouse Spending

Dear Barb: Hi, I am writing about my wife.  I think she has a problem with spending money.  We are a middle-class family with two young children.  My wife works part time and I work full time.  While I make a decent living, we don’t have much extra money. Over the last few years, my… Read more »

Dear Barb—Finding Bottom

Dear Barb: I am the mother of a thirty-five-year-old son who is a drug addict.  He has been on drugs since he was a teenager.  I have always hoped that he would be able to get off drugs, but through the years it has only become worse.  He will get clean for a few months… Read more »

Dear Barb—Bully for You

Dear Barb: I am the mother of two girls, aged 12 and 13.  They have always done well in school and had a lot of friends until this past year.  They both became the target of bullies and now they are having all kinds of anxiety about going back to school in the Fall.  My… Read more »

Dear Barb—Studying Procrastination

Dear Barb: Hi, I recently completed first year university and I did alright, but I must learn to manage my time better.  I felt very scattered and barely completed my assignments in time.  I ended up feeling stressed all the time.  It is not that I was partying a lot, I just couldn’t seem to… Read more »

Dear Barb—Doggy Dealings

Dear Barb: Hi, my husband and I have a dilemma and I am hoping you can help us resolve it.  We have a cottage about 8 hours from where we live and we spend a lot of time there and have made good friends with nearby neighbors.  Our next-door neighbor purchased a puppy at the… Read more »