Tag: kids


Hallelujah — The Kids Are at CAMP!! Family / Huffington Post

My two youngest children are away at camp, and this reprieve from the usual melee that goes on at my house has allowed me to reflect on those things that kids do, and that use up equal measures of time and patience in ways you wouldn’t realize unless you had kids, and then suddenly they were gone. Allow me to explain: • Being grateful when...

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The “No Internet” Punishment: Online Rules for Out of Line Kids Family / Huffington Post

I’ve always believed in the parenting principle of finding out what your kids like the most… and then taking it away from them as a form of punishment. The thing is, kids are very transparent, or “authentic” in today’s social media terminology. They simply cannot hide when there is a toy they really love, a friend they prefer over all others, or an activity they...

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Happy, Who’s Happy? Family / Huffington Post

A recent report has suggested that family “fun” is anything but, indicating that finding personal happiness through the act of having children is a tad… overrated, and concluding that in fact children can bring the level of “happy” down, not increase it. I don’t really think this will come to a surprise to many people — oh, sure there are some great times to be...

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Birth Order Basics Family / Huffington Post

Recently there has been a lot of research published on the significance that the birth order of children, the number of children, and the sex of the siblings have on forming who we and our children turn out to be. Is it really that predetermined? Stereotypically, the oldest child is likely to be more academic, less of a risk taker, a perfectionist, more driven, and...

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What They Don’t Teach in Babysitting 101 Family / Huffington Post

Like many 12-year-olds, my daughter recently completed her babysitting course, which in theory will enable her to venture forth into the world of watching other people’s children with insight, knowledge and experience. However, after having reviewed the course materials and grilling her on the information that was shared, I do believe that as a mother of four I should share some vital facts which seem...

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Can You Re-Gift a Gifted Child? Family / Huffington Post

There’s a new program which was introduced into an Alberta elementary school where kids as young as seven-years-old will be able to choose a “major” or specialized stream of learning, based on their very well-developed areas of interest. Unless they have a category called “Watching the Transformers Movie for the 1002nd Time,” I’m thinking my own child wouldn’t qualify for this program. In fact, the...

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Parenting: The Ultimate Workout Family / Huffington Post

The holiday season is mere weeks away and our ambitions to fit into that cute sleeveless little black dress gain strength. But who has time or energy to work out? Good news, moms: it turns out you already are working out. As a public service, I just wanted to remind you of all of the exercising you’re already doing. • The Toddler Squat: If you...

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Snips & Snails vs. Sugar & Spice Family / Huffington Post

Snips and snails and puppy dog tails. That’s what little boys are made of. What sick freak thought that up? And really? Little girls are made up of sugar and spice and EVERYTHING nice? Really? As a mother of both boys and girls, my personal experience tells me that it’s not always true — at least when it comes to how they interact with Mommy....

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Canadian Living: Online / Family

It’s painful, messy, labour intensive and stressful. No, its not childbirth, but getting through the holiday season when you have children. You may have heard that Christmas is really all about children. It is. It’s all about them. They’ll tell you so themselves. It is very easy to get swept up in the consumerism and overzealousness of the holiday period, in the eternal quest to...

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