Parenting isn’t always graceful. At some point, parents stop being polite and start getting real. However, instead of having their lives taped, they take to Twitter to air out their feelings about their tiny little permanent roommates. Here are some […]
As a parent, you want to do right by your children. You want to raise strong and independent kids who become strong and independent adults. In order to make this a reality, you’ll need to build up your child’s self-esteem. The way your children feel about their abilities will greatly affect how they face risks […]
It’s award show season and I’m just a teeny bit fed up of the red carpet. Maybe I’m just jealous because mine is only red in splotches from fruit punch. Maybe I’m waiting on my Mother of the Year award, […]
Mark and I have learned two things about winter during our parenting careers: 1) Unless we get out there and find a way to enjoy it, this six month season of sub zero torture will seem EVEN LONGER THAN IT IS. 2) By dressing appropriately and reframing our idea of “cold,” we are better equipped […]
Just a couple of days before her husband Kanye West confirmed that 17-year-old Kylie Jenner is dating 25-year-old Tyga, Kim Kardashian made her own questionable statement on social media. Kim posted a popular meme on her both Instagram and Twitter accounts, […]
It’s inevitable as a parent. At some point or another your child is going to come in the house crying, upset because another child has said or done something to hurt them physically or emotionally. Now kids will be kids, but there is a fine line between learned behavior and a child who bullies others. […]
I have been working for the same organization for the last ten years, so I haven’t spent a lot of time creating resumes. I wondered aloud about what I would put on my mommy resume to showcase the many skills I […]
So, a few days ago this happened: Yes, that is my daughter. Yes, that is a learner’s permit in her hand. And—because we live in Alberta—yes: she is behind the wheel at fourteen. Legally. And since last Friday (when she […]
Not negotiating with terrorists seemed reasonable until I went and had a baby. As an infant, my son would hold hostage my bedtime. His witching hour was around 2 am, which gave me the illusion of a dilemma between watching […]
Leggings are not pants! It seems to be the rallying cry of a generation (mine), aimed at younger generations (including my daughters’). To be totally honest, most of the time I just ignore it as so much irrelevant internet noise […]
As consumers of technology we are used to having information curated for us based on our preferences and browsing history. This ensures the most relevant products and articles are made available. My child is a curator of sorts himself. Normally, […]
Most of us have experienced the struggles of going to bed with our little ones. We know how important creating a a bedtime routine is; it’s a routine that helps kids, and us, wind down the day. Each child and […]
Want to know my current pet peeve? I mean besides the dude that moves me out of my swimming lane every morning? (Yes – I’m talking to you guy in the bad speedo and earplugs!). Parenting labels. PARENTING LABELS! Helicopter; […]
Written by Kait Fowlie Bullies, just like the trauma they inflict, come in all shapes and sizes. Mean girls are a tough breed particularly among elementary school age children, who are gaining social independence and trying on new identities. Insecurity […]
And we thought Cinderella and Snow White had it bad. Katrina Simmons is a stay-at-home mother of three who also has three step children who split their time between their home with their father and Simmons and their biological mother’s […]
Written by Kait Fowlie January—the month of fresh starts and health kicks! Too bad it’s bleak as hell outside and getting out of bed in the morning is about as inspiring as the morning after New Year’s Eve… So, here’s […]
Laundry day is that awkward transition point between “I have absolutely nothing to wear” and “Where the heck am I supposed to put all this stuff?” It’s the one day of the week… month… year that hot yoga shorts or […]
It’s pretty common that we here about stories of kids on social media but for the most part we don’t often see headlines about kids who are on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram for the good! That’s […]
We’re over the excitement and craziness of the holidays, and we’ve settled back into our daily routine quite nicely. Despite the freezing cold temperatures we’ve been dealt, I’m thankful for our daily routine. After school, although we’re busy with activities and tennis lessons and Cubs, I always find time to spend quality time with my boys, so we can talk about our day, and truly connect. I cherish every moment—truly.
I miss my boys when they were toddlers and young children; but now, it’s an entirely new world of fun. I love seeing and learning about the things they are interested in; reading, writing, building LEGO, playing Mario Kart and Minecraft and spending time on their iPads actually playing educational games and learning while they’re online. My oldest son is devoted to science and math; my youngest son loves to use his imagination with play, writing, and creating. They are very different, and yet similar in many ways; for example, they both love video games, and challenging each other.
I was recently approached by a great Canadian-based mystery subscription company called Nerd Block. It’s basically a mystery box for “geeks” and “nerds”, where subscribers receive a box filled with toys, collectables, and a custom t-shirt every month. It’s considered “Comic Com in a box, every month.” Sound fun, doesn’t it?
New to the Nerd Block family is Nerd Block Jr., which is catered to children and contains age appropriate toys. I was sent a sample box for my boys, filled with Super Mario Bros. and Minecraft items, and they loved it. I think Nerd Block Jr. is an excellent surprise to give to kids, and to give as gifts for friends, especially if they live far away; what a perfect surprise to receive in the mail! You can customize your box, and if children have different interests, you can get a girl box or a boy box, if you want. You can choose to subscribe for three, six, or 12 months; totally up to you. I love that you can pick your theme, too, so you don’t receive items you don’t want.
To find out more, check out the Nerd Block Jr. Facebook page. I think you’ll love it as much as my children did! I think a special monthly subscription service that delivers a surprise box of items that children are interested in is such a cool idea.
Thanks to Pinterest, Instagram and pro iPhone photographers all over the world, we are often presented with idyllic versions of parenthood that leave us wondering why, oh why, is Junior having a tantrum in the middle of the grocery store? […]
After a hectic holiday season, January 1—the holiest of resolution-making days—can sneak up on us before we’ve had a chance to reflect on what we’d like to see happen in the year ahead. But there’s still plenty of time to […]
For families living with autism, connecting with children can sometimes be challenging. On top of daily routines, occasions like the holiday season or getting ready for birthday party can be overwhelming for some. With these families in mind, a new […]
I’m not much of a Hollywood Star gazer, but I have to say that I kind of love Jennifer Garner. My admiration of her has nothing to do with her acting ability (although I hear that she’s quite talented), and […]
Nemo. Bambie. Tarzan. These are just a few of the characters whose parents come to a violent end in top animated children’s films. A study published in the British Medical Journal’s special Christmas issue this week found that two-thirds of […]
The day my child was born, I noticed he looked vaguely like a turtle. He had a round little face on a poky little neck. That resemblance was later reflected in his approach to punctuality. Through the process of learning […]
A mother from Montreal is fighting back against coffee giant Tim Hortons after they allegedly refused to hire her after they found out she had children. According to Global News, the incident happened back in August 2012 when Jennifer Byrnes applied […]
Sometimes it’s hard to do this by myself. Sometimes, most of the time, I can’t imagine doing this parenting thing with another person. Relinquishing control would be too hard on me. Sometimes I’m grateful to not have a relationship on […]
Eva Mendes breaks her silence! Two months after welcoming her baby girl with partner Ryan Gosling, Mendes finally opens up on what it’s like to be a new mom to daughter Esmeralda Amada and why she decided to keep her […]
Tantrums are quite common amongst young children, no? I mean, it’s almost expected to happen especially when things don’t go their way. They cry and scream in obnoxious volumes but wait a couple minutes and fingers-crossed, it’s all over. But […]
Written by Natalie Ast For a few years, in between graduating from University and moving on to law school, I was a tutor in Toronto for French Immersion and English students. I had the chance to work with a variety […]
Written by Kait Fowlie Halloween may be over, but the fun of fall doesn’t have to be. In November, the weather is ideal for bundling up and setting off on a hike, picnic, or if you never got around to […]