Dear Crayola…

Please stop making gimmicky felts that my children lose interest in almost immediately. It’s wasteful and makes me sad. Stick to what you are good at and cardboard containers only please. Thanks. These include the felts that are ‘invisible’ except when you draw on special paper, the felts that you ‘twist’ up to color with instead of putting a cap on, the felts that you press to another felt inside that makes it a different color, the felts that change

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Celebrating Solstice

We celebrate the Winter Solstice in our house. It is a tradition that I find has been a lot of fun and the kids have really gotten into it. The best part is that they’ve learned things by doing it! Ha ha I tricked them. The main things we do are to decorate a ‘winter tree’ and turn out the lights. During the day of the Winter Solstice I will pop popcorn and fetch some dried cranberries which the kids…

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Travelling

Why do we live in a society were it is cheaper and FAR more convenient for me to drive my car with my two kids four hours to the largest urban center than it is to take a bus? For us to ride the Greyhound is well over $100. $180 actually that is a guess based on the trip to Vancouver – ONE WAY. Greyhound won’t actually give me a rate to Tsawwassen. And we have to leave at noon…

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Parameters for Play

I have in recent years spent a lot of time with a lot of kids. Not a classroom size or anything but more along the lines of large family. For me parenting is about setting kids up to succeed. It is my job to do the setting up and give them the tools they need in order to meet the expectations that have been laid out. I, as the parent or caregiver, provide structure and a clear set of simple…

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Growing Up

Becoming a parent is a very isolating experience. Suddenly your entire world takes on a whole new perspective and you listen with ‘mom’ or ‘dad’ ears. There are no tests to pass but plenty of courses to take and paths to choose. Now you aren’t just grown up you ARE the grown up; making decisions and choices for your children that you hope and trust will point them in the right direction as their years pass by. Having children adds…

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