Hair Donation – Learning How to Give at a Young Age

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Ella’s school had an assembly last year about an initiative for students to participate in “Rock Your Locks”.  It was an opportunity for students to grow their hair over the year and donate it to make wigs for kids with cancer.  We talked about it for a brief minute and Ella decided she wanted to participate.  It was one of those moments where you get that proud feeling as a parent.  I was so impressed considering Ella has always been such a girly girl wanting long Rapunzel-like hair.  She has never gone for a hair cut that was more than just a basic trim to get rid of the dead ends.  So the goal was set, she would continue to grow her hair over the next year and it would be donated the following year.

Over this past year, having her participate gave us an opportunity to use it as a starting point to discuss some of the more sensitive topics.  I struggled with some of the topics such as “why do people get cancer?”.  We have always made a point to not skirt around uncomfortable discussions with Ella and be as honest as we could about things (of course tempered to ensure it was appropriate for a 6yr old).  (more…)

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Why Go to a Tattoo Shop to Get Your Child’s Ears Pierced?

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Ella is as girly as they come.  When it came to getting her ears pierced, we wanted to let her make the decision as to when (and if) she wanted to get them done.  Despite her fascination with earrings, she has been nervous as she associated it with the needle she got at the dentist or the shots she gets at the doctor’s so for a while now she has been content with using the stick on gems on her ears.

Recently, my mom not remembering that she doesn’t have her ears pierced bought her earrings for Christmas.  She loved them but of course she couldn’t wear them.  This was the moment she changed her mind and wanted to get them done.  Probing and making sure she was really “ready” she insisted that this was what she wanted to do despite the potential pain it might involve.  So I started to do my research.  Interesting enough I found a few articles on moms who decided to get their daughter’s ears pierced at a tattoo shop.  I initially was taken aback thinking about my impressions of tattoo parlours.  With more reading and also the recent surge of tattoos entering the mainstream and many more reputable shops popping up, I became intrigued about this option.

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Changing Schools – Who’s more stressed the child or parent?

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Ella recently started grade 1 a few weeks ago and because she’s starting French Immersion she had to switch schools.  That meant leaving some of her friends behind, starting to take the school bus and a whole new environment – just as she was getting so comfortable with her current school.  I spent countless hours worrying about the transition.  It didn’t help that Ella was really upset at the end of June (both she and her teacher shed tears on the last day of school) and she specifically told me she didn’t want to change schools.  That threw everything into a whirlwind, making me second guess the whole reason I uprooted our family to move to a new school district in the first place.  For months leading up school starting I worried (but of course trying to keep a cool exterior).  So many questions kept running through my mind.  (more…)

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Preparing for GR1 Reading Requirements and a Reading Light Review

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I am very surprised at the expectation for reading coming out of Kindergarten these days.  Not sure if my memory is failing me in my old age, but I recall kids eating glue and maybe being able to read a few simple words such as cat or dog when I was in Kindergarten.

In preparing for Grade 1 this September, we went to a parent’s meeting a little while ago to ensure we were informed about what to expect since it was a fairly big transition for most kids.  There was a focus on what reading level they should be at by that time – level 6.  I had no idea what level Ella was at and went home and asked her.  She told me she thought she was at level 2 which put me into worry mode thinking she might be behind!  I later found out from asking her teacher that she was at level 4.  Funny thing is that I thought she was reading really well for a child in Kindergarten and would have guessed that she was ahead of where she needed to be not behind.  The reality was much different from my assumptions! (more…)

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A Day at the Zoo in the middle of Winter!

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February 27th is International Polar Bear Day I recently learned so we decided to go to the zoo and give Ella her first chance to see a live one.  Along with her cousins, we bundled up and made a day of it.  It’s often hard to find additional activities during the winter to do with Ella so this was a nice option.  Plus she just completed a unit at school about polar bears so the timing was perfect. (more…)

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