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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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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A Precious Little Keepsake

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The one benefit of being an “adult” is that you get to purchase most of the things you want or need.  That being said, this poses a big challenge to find a meaningful, thoughtful gift for your spouse, close friends or family after a couple of years.  We have resorted to essentials such as socks and a swap of various gift cards – pretty pathetic but what do you get for someone who already has everything?  I’m sure a trip down south would be well received especially in the cold winter months but definitely not in the budget! (more…)

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Summer Camp Round-up. It was worth it!

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Summer seemed to fly by this year and we’re sad to see the nice weather starting to turn.  Looking back at Ella’s summer camps this year I’m happy to report it wasn’t babysitting at all – it was definitely worth it!  The cost for the camps was quite reasonable and about the same as I would have paid for a week’s worth of babysitting.  I feel she got so much more from having tried them.

Highlights of what she took away from each of the camps:

  • Cheer Camp – she learned how to do a cartwheel and the splits!  Putting on a show after a one week camp was pretty impressive as well (video below).  She looked up to the older kids and learned how to work and coordinate an end result within a team.  Being an only child, I always worry about her need to be the only focus and she seemed to do just fine sharing the spotlight and working cooperatively without conflict.  It’s funny how something so simple can help build this skill set.  She’s not into sports so I will have to find more ways for her to participate in team activities for sure.

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