I have written several posts about traveling with kids and the lessons I’ve learned along the way. Lately I’ve been travelling alone for some work functions and conferences. Not having to wrangle kids has given me the opportunity to notice some of the other things going on in the travel world. In short, it has opened my eyes to some very annoying things going on at airports everywhere.
It’s that time of year again when we parents are a prime marketing demographic target, our children are too! Together we are seduced by television commercials, internet advertising, glossy toy catalogues, enticing in-store displays, festive jingles, extravagant light displays and visits with Santa.
The Ultimate Guide to successfully toilet training three preschoolers simultaneously (by making it all up as you go along), in 10 easy steps. If you are the parent of multiples or you have two or more preschoolers in your charge, you too can triumphantly toilet train by simply winging it!
I don’t have any personal experience with adoption. Although we entertained the thought of adopting a child a couple of years ago, the process of the particular adoption we were seeking was impossible because of international laws.
My cousin has two little girls, both with unique needs. One was born with spina bfida and because she uses a wheelchair, has a visible disability. The other daughter has a special need that’s not visible – Type 1 Diabetes. So, in other words, my cousin is a very busy mother!
Starting school for the very first time. It’s an exciting, busy time. Sure, the summer’s slowed-down pace coupled with not having to pack school lunches makes July & August pure joy.
Those hazy, lazy days of summer are coming to an end. Along with the chaos that back to school season brings, I know in my busy house I also have to think about all the kids returning to their activities.
The first day of high school can be a flurry of emotions for your kids. New school. New experiences. And new freedom to gain. It’s both exciting and frightening. If you have a teen with first-day jitters at home, here are a few ways you can help them prepare for a smooth start to school.
We all remember bringing home that first baby and making sure the entire house and anyone in it was perfectly silent as the baby slept. We put notes on the front door telling people not to knock, we turned phone ringers off and then spoke in hushed tones, if we even spoke at all.
I was recently invited to an event hosted by the folks from GoodNites to have a bigger conversation around bed-wetting. It’s actually a topic that really interests me because I had a kid who really struggled with this – and I mean well into puberty.
I recently surprised my 6-pack of kiddos with the announcement that our family was going to go on an all-inclusive beach vacation. I explained that they better enjoy and appreciate it because it would be the first and last vacation of this type on my dime.
Last week the internet celebrated National Sibling Day. I think it was primarily an online celebration, because my social feeds were full of childhood pre-digital photos of groups of siblings in 70s bellbottoms and bad haircuts.
Last week, actor and very cool Hollywood mama, Alyssa Milano, shared a post on her Pinterest about me. That was very cool of her and I was absolutely delighted.
Everyday is a great day to have a party especially if you can have fun doing it! Parties should be enjoyable not only for your child and their guests but also for you. Planning a child’s birthday party can feel like one of the most stressful tasks in a parent’s life!
Another season is wrapping up and it appears our family has survived a winter with six kids in hockey. More importantly, the parents have...
Two of my real life daughters are ages 13 and 14. Out of respect for their privacy, I couldn’t possibly talk about their entrance into teenage-hood.
When my kids were heading off to overnight camp last season, I had a lot of anxiety about homesickness. The reason? As a child I would NEVER have attended camp — I wouldn’t even go for a sleepover.
When you’re raising school-aged children, it’s pretty easy to make friends with other parents. I’ve spent many years enjoying the friendships I’ve made simply because my kiddos made friends at school and those kids have nice parents.
This week I was on the Parenting Panel at Canada AM chatting about how to discuss death and dying with kids. There is no question, this topic is a tough one for parents.
There’s no question, I’m pretty lucky to still have a grandma. This particular Grandma is pretty special for a few reasons. She was one of 21 children born in Ireland to her entrepreneurial parents.
Finding the perfect baby name can be a fun but stressful to-do item during your pregnancy. BabyCenter Canada releases the top baby names each year, the names are collected from moms who had babies in 2015 and registered them on the website. See what the hottest names are!
We recently went on a family ski trip that involved very little skiing. Mother Nature has not been well behaved, so we had no snow and conditions were not even cold enough for the snow-making machines to do their thing.