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 – Thanks for…

Dear Barb: I was involved in a relationship for five years. We had plans to marry but things didn’t work out. We have a three-year-old daughter, who is the love of my life. My ex and I share custody, but we don’t have a legal custody agreement. I thought everything was working out great until… Read more »

Dear Barb – Think of the Children

Dear Barb: My sister has two small children, ages five and seven, and I feel she is a neglectful parent. She rarely has regular meals for her children and they often go to school without even having breakfast, although she does make them a sandwich for lunch. When I try to talk to her about… Read more »

Dear Barb – Getting Uninvolved

Dear Barb: I worked in an office with three other girls for the last five years. Recently I was offered a new position and moved on. I have kept in touch with two of my previous coworkers, but not the third. She has always been a drama queen and dumps all her problems on everyone… Read more »

Dear Barb – Lifelong Regrets

Dear Barb: I got married three years ago and I am so unhappy! I had been single for a while and all my friends were getting married, so I met this guy and we hit it off and had lots of fun. He asked me to marry him, so I thought why not. We are… Read more »

Dear Barb – Taking Advantage

Dear Barb: I am the oldest of four; I have two younger sisters and one younger brother. My parents have always been hard on me and I tried to accept this because I was the oldest and had to set an example for the younger ones. When my youngest brother was in his early twenties… Read more »

Rusty’s Gift

Every Sunday morning, without fail, my husband and I drove to our local Humane Society and walked the dogs. I walked the small ones and Ed walked the larger ones. Some days all the cages were full and other days there would be only one or two lonely, scraggly little dogs. Little did I know… Read more »

Dear Barb – Dealing with the (New) Years.

Dear Barb, I really enjoy Dear Barb’s columns and her advice. I have experienced similar situations and found this column helpful. I have a question for her. My husband and I have been together for 3 years. We have had our ups and downs in this short time but one of the things we struggle… Read more »

My Special Sister

My sister, Marion, is mentally ill! There I said it! The worst part is that I can’t do anything to help her. I thought I would be able to listen to her ramblings and not get angry with her as everyone else in the family has. I managed to do it for a time, convincing… Read more »

Dear Barb – A Christmas Message

This is my last column of the year and I would like to turn the tables and address my readers. This world can be somewhat overwhelming at times with so much going on, especially with career issues, raising children, and trying to keep relationships healthy and happy. At times our priorities get messed up and… Read more »

Dear Barb – Christmas With(out) the Kids

Dear Barb: My boyfriend and I have been dating for six months. He is divorced with two young children who live with their mother. His ex is very bitter, so my boyfriend hardly sees his children. Recently, his ex began to date someone and will be going away with him for Christmas. She wants my… Read more »