I’m often asked how I know which parenting advice to pay attention to. What to ignore. What’s of value and what’s a load of crap. [Read more…]
When it comes to parenting (and navigating life in general) it’s really easy to get caught in the trap of wanting to “do the right thing.”
But the way I see it, it doesn’t matter if you’re always right. [Read more…]
One of my favourite things is to sit with my kids while they write and draw.
Usually a cup of hot coffee within arms reach, I’ll curl up beside them as they work on their latest creations.
First on the docket this afternoon was a family portrait, complete with geriatric mini-schnauzer and careful documentation of our ages.
Deciding that Canada also needed to be represented in his masterpiece, he set out to convince me that I should draw the maple leaf because he didn’t know how.
Encouraging him to try on his own, I found an image of the Canadian flag he could use as guidance in getting started.
Satisfied with this arrangement, he sharpened his pencil and got down to business.
As he was finishing up, he slid his artwork across the table toward me.
“Is it right?”, he asked, clearly looking for my acceptance and approval, unsure if his first attempt was up to snuff.
My heart sank, knowing I would not be able to give him the answer he was looking for. [Read more…]
Really popular parenting advice is to “Never do for a child what he can do for himself.”
I’m sure I’ve said it before myself.
Because it makes sense, right? Encouraging our kids’ independence and sense of capability by allowing them the space to figure things out on their own — even if it takes a moment (or ten!) longer than if we’d just done it ourselves.
But I’m starting to question the truth of this popular parenting quote. [Read more…]
I love holding my youngest on my hip.
He’s getting pretty big, at just over three-years-old, but I don’t care.
I’ve found that there’s this sweet spot where I can balance him on one hip so that it doesn’t really take any extra muscle or effort to cart him around.
Today, on our usual pre-naptime search-the-entire-house-for-his-blankie mission, I was struck with the realization that this wouldn’t last forever. [Read more…]