Being Canadian

Being Canadian   I am proud to be Canadian but even more so as a parent I am grateful to be Canadian. Raising my kids in a peaceful, democratic country where my children can be kids and enjoy a childhood of exploring the world around them, have an education and healthcare with an abundance of food and clean water is incredible. I mean really all these things should be basic human rights although for much of the planet unfortunately they … [Read more...]

The Back Arching Ninja

When my son was 18 months peeling a banana the wrong way would set off a tantrum with the most adverse affects. Okay it wasn’t the end of the world but it felt like it at the time. There was nothing I could do to calm him down. It was a mystery to me. I would try everything to pacify the situation although I had no idea what was wrong or what to do. He became a totally different kid, throwing himself down, slamming doors; he was a back arching … [Read more...]

Halloween

Every year Halloween creeps up on me like poison Ivy. The month usually starts off with a conversation that would go something like this. “What are you going to be this year?” My 6-year-old daughter would reply, “A princess” I’d say, “Again?” But not the same princess as last year or the year before that, oh no, a whole new thirty dollar costume of coarse and times that by three, the two older ones like costumes that are just more morbid like … [Read more...]

Summer Vacation

Summer Vacation As the school bell rings and the screams of joy come bellowing out through the doors into the playground it dawns on me, even though I knew it was coming, that another school year is over. I started stressing about the summer early April. What will I do with them for 2 months, for 67 days, for 1608 hours!! I began asking other parents what their plans were with their kids for the summer. One mom told me her kids … [Read more...]