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What did I learn this week?

“What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.”

I read this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson today and it made me think again about how the inability (or unwillingness) to communicate how we feel, and to read and respond to others, negatively affects our relationships, especially with our children. I was raised in a family which values conversation and interaction. Yes, talking, talking, […]

Summer swimming

The drop-in playgroup that I normally take C to is not running for the month of August, so I signed her up for two weeks of daily swimming lessons at one of the local recreation centres. She has taken some preschool classes before, but none without a parent, and this class is supposed to be […]

Advocating for number 1

There are a lot of advantages to living in a multi-generational household that includes grandparents. The most immediate and obvious being that there are two extra sets of hands around! It also affects the learning process of parenting. Instead of having a voice inside my head saying, “hmmm, you probably could have handled that a […]

Are you a good parent? (2)

As previously noted, I published and then deleted my earlier post of this title, but here is the rewritten version. If someone were to ask the question “are you a good parent?”, the answer would probably be “yes, I am…I think?” There is no such thing as a parent who has no doubts about the […]

A perfect moment

Getting C to bed is always a task that requires the three “p-‘s” in abundance – planning, preparation, and patience. For some reason, she is convinced that she is going to miss out on something exciting if she goes to sleep (hence, the resistance to napping during the day). While I am flattered that someone […]

What’s happening…?

Well, for those who don’t already know, W was born on June 18 at 3:01am after a short 3 hours of labour and 11 minutes of pushing. Contrast this to C’s entry, which entailed 20 hours of labour and 3.5 hours of pushing. I had posted an entry that evening, but Corey felt that there […]

Kids say the darndest things

OK, so please do not read this post if you are (a) offended by bad language, (b) shocked by things kids say, or (c) thinking of posting a comment opining that this is simply a result of poor parenting – JUST SO YOU KNOW! On Saturday I was getting out of the shower when I […]

Moving steadily towards “the” date

So, if I go to my due date I have a little less than 2 weeks to go to June 22.  Despite early dilation and the continued mild cramping (ie continued slow dilation), I don’t feel like anything is imminent.  And that suits me fine.  True, I do have some difficulty and discomfort turning over […]

What’s in a name?

Every parent goes through the process of trying to pick the right name for a new baby. Probably everyone finds it difficult. It is hard to pick a name that you like, then even harder to find one your partner likes, and harder still if you are also concerned that other family members and the […]

Lots of screaming today…(sigh)

Today was a difficult day for C, and consequently, for me too. She had a complete meltdown at playgroup when the coordinator, River, tried to explain the concept of sharing. C typically runs around and hoards the toys she really likes, and River tried to broach the subject of letting others play with some of […]