Tag Archives: Parenting

Summer fun alert!

This post was sponsored by Springfree Trampoline. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience. I recently wrote about some amazing things going on in my family this spring and included the fun my kiddos (and all the neighbourhood children) are having bouncing on our Springfree Trampoline. Our history with trampolines has not been […]

Talking to children about Autism + CONTEST

Our son, Carter, was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in 2010. A year after his diagnosis, he was attending preschool. Naturally curious, his classmates started asking questions about his behaviours. Autism Awareness month was near, so I used their interest as an opportunity to educate about the disorder. I wrote a poem. I explained the […]

How I Learned to Let the Mom Guilt Go

My third child was born on an uncharacteristically hot day in May one year ago. Everything about her and that period of time was as sweet and amazing to me as when I experienced motherhood the first and second time. With only one great difference: I haven’t written anything down about her. With my first […]

Tech Free Holidays – Are you up for it?

My No Tech Holiday Almost every summer my family joins another family to go camping in the interior of a provincial park. That means we leave civilization and portage in a few lakes where there is no cell service, no shower or toilets, and certainly no medical help if you accidently dislocate your shoulder. Don’t […]

Coping with Innocent Lies

“My 4 1/2 year old has taken to lying. Generally I think the lying is to impress. The last lie I caught her in was telling me (and more importantly her teacher) that she’d read a WHOLE book the previous evening when she’d only read about 20 pages. She also frequently lies about having completed […]

Why I Haven’t Had a Date Night in 12 years

I recently experienced something very new and different. For the first time in over 12 years, I had a night away from the kids with Daddy-o. Yes. The first time in over 12 years. His cousin was getting married in Taos, New Mexico. How could we resist? Now, I know what all you advocates of […]

How to Write an Appreciation Letter to your Child

I hope your spring is off to a good start. It seems the warm weather, the sound of birds chirping and the signs of new growth bring out the best in some of us. Being our best also means being appreciative for all that we have and the non-monetary gifts we have in our lives […]

How to Motivate an Unmotivated Kid

I’ve always been fascinated by what makes some people super motivated, and others, not so much. I found this particularly interesting when I saw differences in motivation between my children. Why do I have two kids who are equally clever, yet one is disappointed with a certain mark or grade in school, while the other […]

Easy Ways to get Greens into Your Day

It is spring! And nothing says spring like the budding of green from the earth. I am not talking about the crocuses and daffodils, I am talking about the herbs and baby greens. One of the best ways to get kids to eat veggies is to let them plant seeds and grow tasty herbs like […]