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...]

When Kids Ask Big Philosophical Questions

Kids are unknowingly Zen Masters. They teach us patience with their Why? Why? Why? They say profound things that make you question your very existence or inspire you. My Daughter once said to me when she was about 7. “What if life is a dream and what if what we dream is real.” I didn’t know what to say to that other than to distract her with candy and a trip to the park. . Its not so much their questions that stump you it’s their observations … [Read more...]

Bedtime

I need more sleep! Got to get more sleep! I didn’t get enough sleep. How can I get more sleep?! How much sleep did you get? I sound more like a drug addict than a parent! Yet getting kids to go and stay in bed is a challenge at the best of times, they’re excited about life and don’t want to miss a moment. Yet it really is the only time parents get to themselves and we cherish these rare moments, or if you are like me you use this time to clean … [Read more...]