Cooking with parents (or how to make cooking with your kids fun!)

"Don't touch that!", "Be careful", "Don't make a mess", "Don't screw that up". These are phrases that no one really likes to hear, but when you are a kid cooking with your parents, they are all too commonly heard. When you are first learning a new skill, it's tough to be told over and over that you are doing it wrong, or that you messed up, or, or, or... It takes the fun out of it, and when things … [Read more...]

How American Ninja Warrior is inspiring my boy

Over the last few weeks, Q and I have been getting caught up on PVR'ed episodes of American Ninja Warrior. This show has been his favourite for the last few years, and each year he gets more and more passionate about it. Most people know the names of rock stars or actors. Not my kid. Yes, he has some musicians that he looks up to, like Dave Grohl, Eddie and Alex Van Halen, or Taylor Swift but for … [Read more...]

A real gymnast now – Wordless Wednesday

Q has entered the world of ripped callouses and palms. Last week he got his first hand wrap at gymnastics, as he tore a callous off of the middle of his hand on the parallel bars. Hs coach taped it up, and although Q told me that it hurt so bad he cried for a while, he was a trooper and got right back in there as soon as he could. In talking to the coaches, they told me that he is going to need … [Read more...]

Kids See Free with Superstore

When was the last time you had your children's eyes checked? I will be honest with you and tell you that before Q had his eyes checked a few months ago, we hadn't done it aside from the quick checks at the doctor or school. Why, I can't say, aside from the fact that it didn't seem like he was having any difficulties seeing. After we found out he needed glasses, I talked to his teacher, who told me … [Read more...]

Hey Daddy, #WannaPlay?

It's summertime, and there is nothing more fun than getting outside to get a little fresh air and run some crazies off. Throwing or kicking a ball around is certainly a favourite outdoor activity of out family, and my son and husband love getting the chance to play a game of soccer or football as often as they can. We have recently had a stretch of insanely hot weather, and most days it has been … [Read more...]

Eating out with kids? No sweat tips to keep everyone happy

There has been a lot of chatter online lately about kids in restsurants. Should they be there? What kinds of restaurants are kid appropriate? Why would anyone want to inconvenience others and ruin their dinners just because they wanted to bring their kids? When talking about this subject, I have found that people can get quite heated and passionate. Sometimes they can just be jerks. I have read … [Read more...]

Getting used to the birthday party drop-off

Recently, Q as invited to a birthday party for someone get knew from school. He and this other child were not in the same class this year, but had been in the past, and there had been some issues between them. Needless to say, I was more than a bit surprised when he brought home the invitation to the party. He was excited to go, as any kid would be, and after talking it over with my husband, we … [Read more...]

One child is not a selfish choice

I've been thinking about this a lot lately, and I wonder. Why do we feel obligated to explain our choices to other people? Is it that we fear or wonder if we are being secretly ( or not so secretly) judged? Are we looking for validation for the choices we've made? Or do we just not want to feel alone? Take, for instance, the choice to have only one child. Heaven knows, I have been questioned and … [Read more...]