The Guilt with Having Only One Child

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There are lots of people who I talk to who know very early on that they want to have kids.  Unfortunately I wasn’t one of them but our decision to have our precious little Ella was the best decision we could have made!  No regrets for sure and she makes our life and purpose on this world so much more meaningful.

Now onto the hard question that I’ve struggled with and constantly get asked – “so when are you having another?”. (more…)

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Kids Brains are Like Sponges….

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In one of my earlier posts, I ranted a little about Ella getting homework already in juniour kindergarten.  Now that I’m reflecting on the year as it draws to a close, I’m amazed.  We obviously moved this past year to get Ella into a better school district, but I had no idea how much she would benefit from it already in JK!

She has learned so much from the basics of learning to count, being able to do simple arithmetic, spell short 3-5 letter words (not all words spelled completely correct but I’m still impressed as there are lots that she can spell correctly!), read short books and sound out the words all by herself, create some great crafts and be exposed to some really great teaching methods!  Here are my top three favourite things her teacher incorporated in their learning this year:

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Get Back 2-3hrs from Your Busy Week

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When Ella was young, it was a whole ordeal to take her to the store.  Ensuring she was fed, changed, timing it so it was between nap times so she wouldn’t be cranky, packing up all the essentials for our trip out and then driving around looking for a relatively close spot (of course all the family spots near the front were ALWAYS taken) and finally we’d get into the store!  Now that she’s a little older I now have to deal with her dragging her feet walking down the shopping isle, wanting to stop to look at things or nagging me to buy something for her.

Regardless of the stage, taking a child shopping with you always makes the trip twice as long!  This coupled with working full-time makes it very difficult to carve out spare time when we’re running around doing errands all weekend long.  Then I discovered that I could save all this hassle and save myself 2-3hrs each week! (more…)

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Today was not a good day

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Working full-time at a fairly demanding job and often having to stay a little later, we don’t get home until about 6:30 or 7pm each night.  Given that bed time is at 8:30pm, that gives us approximately 1.5-2hrs to cram everything in before Ella’s bedtime.  She wants me to stay with her for a bit at bed time and often I end up crashing out too as I’m exhausted from an early start (I get up early before she gets up in the morning to either catch up on work or do non-mommy related things).  That means we need to cook and eat dinner, practice piano, work with her on her reading and/or homework, give her a bath, brush and floss her teeth, and pick out clothes to wear for the next day (which often is a whole ordeal in itself!) and in that limited period of time.

Today was not a good day.  I am not naturally patient to begin with so I knew having a child would definitely put my patience to the test.  This is one of the reasons we decided to have only one child as I knew myself all too well.

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Easy Solution for ALL those craft projects your child brings home!

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When Ella started nursery school, our “junk drawer” quickly got filled up with all those craft projects and drawings that she brought home each week.  We displayed a few around the house but there were just so many!  As I was not sure what to do with these precious creations, I continued to collect them and it got to the point where unless I threw some away I would have to dedicate a room to start storing them all.

After a couple of months, I came up with a solution that would allow me to keep all the precious memories without it taking over my house!

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