I heard shouting down the hall… then crying. My daughter entered the room with an empty mug in her hand and she’s sobbing. “She spilled my hot chocolate.”
So we are crying over…. spilled hot chocolate?
Understandable behaviour if she was 5 but she is in her mid-teens and it took me off guard.
I consoled her with a promise to make more and as I folded her into an embrace, I caught my husband’s eye across the room. He raised his eyebrows but said nothing. Continue reading
Posted in Mental Health, Parenting, School-aged Children, stress, Teens, Tweens
Tagged development, emotional, emotions, hormones, Mental Illness, relationships, teen brain, youth
A few years ago, we got rid of our landline phone. The only people calling us were telemarketers – even the baby boomer grandparents had moved on to texting us!
Our kids were babies at the time and to be honest, I didn’t think about them needing to use a phone. Who were they going to call anyways??
Wait… Even little three and four year-olds have called 911 and saved a caregiver’s life. Continue reading
Posted in Parenting, Preschool, preschoolers, School-aged Children, Toddlers
Tagged call 911, call 911 from cell phone, emergency, get help, landline, mobile, teach kids
The dinner is on the table, the milk has been poured, and everyone dives in. Well, everyone except one. There is one person at the table checking their phone.
No. No. Not my daughters.
Like many households, we have a no-device-at-the-table rule. Apart from the occasional reminder my kids have done well to remember and even respect this guideline. It has long been established that the dinner table is a great time to regroup and connect as a family. I am embarrassed to say, however, that there is a rising star in this rule-breaking – my husband. Having recently started a next chapter in his career he is more in demand than ever. Add this to our societal shift of “all things must be answered now” philosophy and you have a dinner-time-device debacle.
Check out this hilarious video below from Commonsense Media:
Posted in Babies, Mental Health, Parenting, preschoolers, School-aged Children, stress, Teens
Tagged adult, cell phone, dinner time, emotional health, families, family, family time, limiting screen time, mental health, mobile, parenting, parents, phone, play, screen addiction, screen time, stress
2017 was an insane year for our family of four, so my husband and I decided to start the New Year off by taking the kids for a local getaway. I’m talking a small hotel room with a kitchenette for five nights and six days. And no screens.
When I told friends about our plan, the first question was a befuddled “WHY?!” Continue reading
Posted in Mental Health, Parenting, Physical Health, Preschool, preschoolers, School-aged Children, Toddlers, Tweens
Tagged break, cell, cellphone, holiday, iPad, iphone, kids, no screens, phone addiction, screenfree, screentime, tablet, tv
When our sons were about 14 and 16, their lives revolved around friends, food, sports and girls. Pretty typical, right? They were kind, compassionate kids who had done some mandatory volunteering, but as their parents we wanted them to see the benefits of giving back. Continue reading
Tandem breastfeeding wasn’t something I set out to do, it just sort of evolved. Here is my story:
I was breastfeeding my first child when I became pregnant with my second. Although I wasn’t totally ready to wean, the idea of breastfeeding a newborn plus a two year old was daunting. I pictured myself sitting on a spit-up soaked sofa, tandem breastfeeding a baby and toddler with play dough stuck in my matted hair, surrounded by piles of dirty laundry and stacks of unwashed dishes. Not a pretty picture. I also thought my son would be less jealous of the new baby if he was weaned, and so we stopped. A couple months after weaning, the baby’s arrival ROCKED my first child’s world. He was angry that the new baby disrupted his life and he saw the new baby as a challenger for my attention.
Posted in Babies, Breastfeeding, Parenting, Pregnancy, preschoolers, Toddlers
Tagged Breastfeeding, how to, new baby, newborn, older child, sibling, tandem, tandem nurse, tandem nursing, toddler