20 Things my Children will Never Understand Thanks to Technology

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While cruising along a highway on Google Earth’s street view, I was overcome with how easy it is to do pretty much anything these days. I am going on a road trip and I wanted to see what the side road looked like, so I went online and looked at it. In the same sitting […]

Summer Lunch Ideas for the Kids

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Two months from now I will be singing the back to school anthem “It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” while we gear up for a new school year, new clothes and lots of school supplies. Today, however, I am channeling my inner Olaf while “In Summer” rolls through my head. It is the […]

Young Ontario Drivers Can Practice for the G1 Test for Free

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I remember being so excited to teach my son to drive. He was excited too and often spoke about turning 16 and the rite of passage that comes with that. Then he turned 16, and he stopped mentioning it. He would brush off any mention of taking the G1 test, even though I knew he […]

25 Activities for a Hot Summer Day

Hot Day Activities

In typical Ontario fashion, we have jumped from frigid days to sweltering temperatures. Just a short time ago we were trying to find things for the kids to do without risking frostbite for their little noses, and now we are trying to create activities that they can do when it is uncomfortably warm outside. Thankfully, […]

Why it’s Important That Your Child Gets Outdoors

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With the rise of technology, parents may be tempted to do away with old playtime favourites, swapping the cricket bat for an iPad or a playground for a television screen. The world seems too dangerous a place to let children run wild and not much can go wrong if they’re sitting in front of the […]

25 Fun Indoor Activities for Families #SlowCookFun

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This post is part of the YummyMummyClub.ca and Club House #SlowCookFun sponsored program. I received compensation as a thank-you for my participation. This post reflects my personal opinion about the information provided by the sponsors. The time we spend together is precious and I want to enjoy as much of it as possible. Preparing our […]

Regrets, I’ve Had a Few… and so will Hank Azaria

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I don’t think there’s a parent out there who doesn’t have a few regrets. We respond too harshly or don’t respond when we should. We forget to make the cupcakes for the school bake sale or miss our turn on snack day. The lucky shirt doesn’t get washed before the big game, or worse…it does […]

The trouble with Santa: Revealing the Truth

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I don’t remember ever believing in Santa Claus. I am told that when I was quite young we attended a church service where the minister preached about the “myth of Santa“, bursting the bubble of any starry eyed children in the room. I obviously don’t recall that either, so I can’t say if the news […]

Parenting a Chronically Ill Child

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I’m sitting in the hospital with my son right now. It’s become routine for us over the last six months. We know the names of the doctors, nurses and porters in the Pediatric Medical Day Unit, and they know us. They know my son’s preference for his IV in his left hand, and that he […]

No Son, you may not play Call of Duty

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Last night I went to bed and found a note on my pillow. It was a heartfelt note from my son asking permission to play M rated video games. For those of you who aren’t raising video game crazy kids, M stands for Mature and means the games are intended for people over the age […]