It's Mother's Day! The day mother's around the world get to celebrate all the hard work we do all year long and the joyous, wonderful upbringing of those little or big humans we call our children. But what does being a mom really mean? Of course it means being a leader, a friend, a confidant, a listener, a guidance instructor, a wiper of the boogers and boo-boo's for little … [Read more...] about Happy Mother’s Day: The Meaning of Motherhood
Lately we've been faced with the dilemma of buying our youngest son a cellphone. Purchasing a smartphone for your child can open up a world of convenience, but it can also cause trouble if you and your child are not prepared. I think it's important as parents you create Cellphone Guidelines for your child before you hand over the phone. This can be in terms of a user … [Read more...] about Creating Cellphone Guidelines for Your Child
Our family doesn't get together as often as we'd like, but when we do we make sure to spend time together in a memorable way. Growing up, I remember we'd get together for family reunion camping trips. Scores of relatives would come and meet from different provinces to reunite and share memories while having fun. Whether it's singing songs around the bonfire, catching up with … [Read more...] about How to Plan a Family Reunion Camping Adventure
With Mother's Day fast approaching, I always think each year what I want from my boys. Not that I'm overly commercial, and I don't extend my wants and needs to the floral or chocolate factories. I usually ask for the typical breakfast in bed and no chores for the day as my yearly reward. Well, this year I thought about a different set of wants and needs and decided to … [Read more...] about What Do You Love the Most About Being a Mom?
This is a conversation that I've had a million times with my now ten-year-old son afraid of the dark. Afraid to be alone. Afraid someone will come into the house to hurt him. So why does it bother me so much? As a parent (once a kid) I can relate to how my son feels. I don't like the dark either. I also don't like being alone all the time. But as a parent (now not a kid) … [Read more...] about Teaching kids the importance of facing their fears
This week was a big week for Trace. He had POD presentations at school, and all week I had to listen to the contant droning of how he didn't want to do it. How he didn't want to go. He was afraid he'd mess up. Afraid the kids would laugh at him. Afraid he'd forget his steps. Fear is a funny thing when it's not yours to deal with... As a mom, of course, I kept the … [Read more...] about Fears of Being Different #CerebralPalsy
Church & Dwight Brand Publisher We often complain there aren't enough hours in the day. The Leap Year only happens once every four years. It's like this little (extra day) that is hidden on our calendar. But do we really take advantage of it? This year my family and I are going to treat the Leap year as a holiday of sorts by doing something fun! Your … [Read more...] about Family Fun leaping around
It's been years since I visited the Vancouver Aquarium and the Stanley Park Zoo which is no longer in circulation. It closed in 1997. I have so many childhood memories surrounding the zoo and aquarium: fun for the whole family for years growing up. Today was my first time going back to the Vancouver Aquarium. No remnants remain of the old zoo remain, but the Aquarium … [Read more...] about Vancouver Aquarium: Fun for the Whole Family
There is this moment in motherhood where you know you've screwed up. You know it the moment it happens, when the words leave your mouth. "Listen you little brat, stop acting this way! I swear to God I'll ground you for life!" "You don't love me!" "You're right..." voice dripping with sarcasm no ten year old can understand. "I guess I don't." You see the tears, … [Read more...] about Being A Bipolar Mother with a Bipolar Child
As I look back fondly on Christmas, spending time with my wonderful husband and boys, now enjoying the New Year upon us. I feel very blessed. But as everything in life has another side to the coin. The holidays enhance loneliness for those who do not have a significant other or better half to spend time with during the seasons. But with a new year comes life changes for many … [Read more...] about A Post Dedicated to Single Moms
Life is a daily challenge, having a child with sensory disorder, cerebral palsy, and bipolar disorder. A hubby with a brain injury and me with cancer. Life can be pretty stressful for all of us and we are always seeking a way to soothe our bodies and minds. One thing I've always loved is the use of bean bags, which provides constant sensory feedback for my son, comfort and … [Read more...] about Yogibo Bean Bag Awesomeness for the Whole Family! #yogibo
We as parents know the importance of getting a good night's sleep, especially for our little ones. However, kids have another agenda when it comes to going to sleep and will say anything to get out of getting a little shut eye. A recent global survey, Netflix found that 61% of parents (me included) face bedtime stalling tactics by their kids. And most of us are willing to do … [Read more...] about Netflix Helps Parents With Bedtime Battles #StreamTeam
Netflix Stream Team Brand Publisher Family Movie Night with Neflix is something we've done since I eagerly purchased my first subscription with the giant streaming service. Every Friday night no matter what we are doing, we stop as a family, push the furniture around, pull out the mattresses and settle in to camp out and watch a movie everyone can … [Read more...] about Netflix Family Movie Night Gets Goonified!
Here are 6 Tips to get ready for Back to School. Yes, it's that time again. The kids are gearing up to enter the world of learning. This year we decided to be a bit more planned for back to school since Trace is entering grade four and Jake is going into grade eleven, we know it's going to be a fun and hectic year ahead. So here is our back to school checklist. Tip #1. … [Read more...] about 6 Tips To Get Ready for Back To School
One of the biggest fears we have as parents is watching our children get hurt. Whether it's physically or emotionally. It's difficult to see our children push boundaries when we know it will directly affect them. Trace is nine years old. Born with disabilities that include: Cerebral Palsy, Sensory Disorder, and Bipolar Disorder, it's been a long road of medical visits, … [Read more...] about The Importance of Never Giving Up! #disabilityworld