I love books. I spent much of my childhood and probably too much of my teen years with my head buried in a book. Even now, I can’t think of anything lovelier than to curl up with a steaming cup of coffee and a good story ;) As you can imagine, it practically drove me crazy that my daughter didn’t enjoy reading… A reluctant reader When my ten year old was enrolled in public school, she refused to read chapter books. Her idea READ MORE ➞
I love this time of year. The last of the cold, lingering snow has melted. Birds are singing, squirrels are chattering, and winter jackets are idling in the closet! The start of warmer weather feels like a weight has been lifted. It’s liberating. I tend to spend most of winter dashing in and out of the car… these days I catch myself dawdling between the car and the front door.
When I was a kid, I used to scour the roads for papery winged seeds. I liked to throw them up in the air and watch them twirl to the ground like little helicopters. These winged seeds are fruits called samaras and grow on Maple trees. I know this now because our backyard is home to these two lovelies. I recently dredged up a memory from my childhood that portrayed a side of me that I had forgotten existed. I READ MORE ➞
Opting-out of school lunches I have four school aged kids. This translates into planning, preparing and packing four snacks, four lunches AND serving breakfast – by 8am five days a week. That’s a lot of work for someone who’s not a morning person! Last year, I picked my younger two kids up for lunch every Friday and it was a great way to spend some quality time with them, but I particularly enjoyed the slower, less hectic pace to my Friday READ MORE ➞
“Children need free, unstructured time. They need time to do ‘nothing’; time to do handstands. Or figure out a way to get the ice-cream truck to continue straight down the block without always turning at the corner. Or to make a good ice-cream truck plan while practicing handstands. ” ~ Kim John Payne. Simple living and un-scheduling your kids lives Last Summer, my younger kids and I packed a lunch and spent most of our afternoons at a neighbourhood park. They READ MORE ➞
To celebrate the end of the school year, my 7 year old’s teacher had the kids complete the second half of a little booklet. The idea was to show the kids how much their writing had improved over the course of the school year. My daughter showed me the booklet and had a good laugh about how bad her spelling used to be. I, on the other hand, couldn’t move past the topic she chose to write about. Candy deprivation. Hmm… READ MORE ➞
Procrastination. According to Wikipedia, procrastination “is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the last minute.” That pretty much defined my behaviour for the first half of the school year. My four year old (the youngest of my four kids) started school in September and for the first time in a very READ MORE ➞
After-school hunger pangs Every morning my three kids leave home with lunch bags filled with healthy snacks and a hearty lunch. Every afternoon these same kids return home starving. I tried moving dinner up an hour (from 6pm to 5pm) and suggested the kids wait it out but was informed in no uncertain terms that I may as well ask them to starve! When fruit, yogurt, peanut butter and crackers didn’t cut it I began baking more often. I served healthy READ MORE ➞