5 {honest} tips for teaching kids about Holiday giving

DD is not sure why DS showed up...ever.

As my 2.5 year old daughter (DD) gets older, it’s really fun to watch her tear through wrapping paper when opening Holiday gifts. Doesn’t matter what’s inside really, could be a pony or a dog biscuit, she’d receive it with the same amount of shrieking and shredding. We celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas in our […]

Defining “mommy instinct”

You know how your mom always knew stuff? She knew where to find your missing shirt, when you didn’t do your homework, and how you put on make-up and hiked up your skirt as soon as you got to school. If you’re a mom now, you’re starting to understand this gift of prediction and perception. […]

5 things not worth doing when setting up a kid’s room

There are lots of things that seem like a good, but are a complete waste of time when it comes to organizing spaces for kids. I have now set up two playrooms, two nurseries and one toddler room. I say this as if it gives me some street cred…but it does!! I have learned a […]

My son licks grates

Yes, you read that correctly. “Licks” not “likes”, and “grates” not “grapes”. (Any Seuss fans out there?) While my daughter liked to eat rocks as a baby, my baby boy is a grate-licker. You know, the heating vent that you find on the floor in your house? Yes, that’s what he licks. Rocks I understand […]

15 minutes of lame

Just today, my almost-10-month-old son decided that holding his own bottle during feeding time was not a sign of parental neglect, but a step towards independence. Not only that, but he sat quietly on his own while drinking! This allows me an extra 15 minutes (two daytime feedings x 7.5 minutes each) to be a […]

Three reasons why negotiating with a baby is a (mostly) fruitless endeavour

They can’t talk. They don’t know what “negotiate” means. They do know that when you use that tone it means they’re not getting what they actually want. I tried negotiating with my nine-month-old son the other day. It didn’t go as well as I had hoped, primarily for the reasons noted above, but we did […]

An oasis of reflection (sometimes sarcasm) and finding something to smile about

When I was 12, I swore that I would write a book one day – a complete exposé on the injustices of my childhood….mostly centred on why I wasn’t allowed to date, hang out at the mall or watch movies. Twenty years later, with a two and a half year old daughter of my own, […]