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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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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I no longer JUDGE other parents!

So the saying “you can’t really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes” is definitely something I would say rings true for me now that I’m a parent.  I have always been a control freak when it comes to anything in my life.  Luckily I have a job that allows me to exercise that controlling need but when I’m at home all bets are off.  I never thought that using the same principles that work so well for me at work would be an utter fail for me at home.  It sounds so silly that I ever thought that way but in my own naive way I thought it was logical and would work! (more…)

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How texting can improve your child’s learning

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In this day and age, I know there is a lot of thoughts about keeping your kids away from the phone and computer so imagine the reaction I get when I tell people I signed my 5yr old up for WhatsApp (free text messaging app)!

Now that you’ve had that reaction too, let me explain. Ella is in SK now and they’ve really started to focus on reading. We’re not talking about simple three letter words here and there but full sentences!  To complement this, she is also very interested in learning how to spell. (more…)

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