TWIN HACKS – Creating Your Own Audiobooks For Kids

I know that I say this a lot, but parenting twins is tough.  Actually parenting in general is tough.  It’s essential to get some tricks in your toolbox.  So, today I give you a TWIN HACKS: creating your own audiobooks.

Feel free to use the HACK with any kids not just twins 😉 !

We’ve always tried to limit the amount of screen time our twins are allowed; especially when they were little.  But, every parent needs some down time, even if it’s just so you can get dinner cooked.

With twins, getting a free moment to get anything done is challenging.  Someone always needs you for something.  Enter the audiobook. Continue reading “TWIN HACKS – Creating Your Own Audiobooks For Kids”

I DON’T HAVE ASPIRATIONS FOR MY KIDS & NEITHER SHOULD YOU: a reminder of what a parent’s job really is.

As parents today, we are inundated with messages about how we should be parenting our children.  We are told about all the things that our children need to be doing to get the best start in life.  There’s so much information and so many opportunities that it’s overwhelming.  It’s easy to get caught in the trap of parental aspirations.

We want our children to excel. We want them to have a better life than we did. And anything less is a step back and a failure – right? Click To Tweet

Not in my opinion.

Maybe dreaming big for our kids isn’t actually our job as parents…

But if having aspirations for our children to conquer the world isn’t our job, what is?

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Was it really backpacking if it was only 2 km?

If you’ve been reading along with me, you already know that I’ve been obsessed with getting off the beaten path, out of the overcrowded campsites, and back into the serenity of the backcountry with my six-year old twins.  If you haven’t been following along, you can read about our inaugural backpacking trip here and how we prepared here.

But looking back on the adventures of the summer, it might possibly be time for a reality check. Click To Tweet

I’ve been really proud about finally getting my twins out on the trail with their backpacks on their backs and actually backpacking.

But let’s get real for a moment.  From the parking lot to the far end of Mystic Beach, where we pitched our tent, is a grand total of 2.3km (1.5 miles for those of you who don’t do metric).   Does that even count?  Or is that more like a gentle stroll around the block with the dog?

Did we actually accomplish anything noteworthy?

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I’VE GOT TWINS – The evolution of biking

I recently saw a poster with the following quote:

“The bicycle is a simple solution to some of the world’s most complicated problems.” Unknown Click To Tweet

And while I was unable to figure out whom to attribute the quote to, it doesn’t lessen the truth of the words.

However, bicycling isn’t always that simple – enter my twins. Continue reading “I’VE GOT TWINS – The evolution of biking”

PARENTING WHEN YOUR CHILD ISN’T A CHILD – Missed opportunity to connect

Looking back to when my oldest son was little, I can remember thinking that things would get easier when he wasn’t a child any more.  Parenting had to get easier once your children had grown-up, right?  Wrong – parenting adult children is hard! Continue reading “PARENTING WHEN YOUR CHILD ISN’T A CHILD – Missed opportunity to connect”

BACKPACKING WITH MY YOUNG TWINS – 12 lessons learned

At the heart of PROJECT BACKPACKING (Learn more about the birth of PROJECT BACKPACKING) was the question:

CAN I SUCCESSFULLY GO BACKPACKING WITH MY 6 YEAR-OLD TWINS?

The short answer is YES!  I just have to do things a little differently than when I go with my husband or friends.

The long answer would be the subject of another blog posting.  But read on for the lessons learned backpacking to Mystic Beach with my 6 year-old twins.

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BACKPACKING WITH TWINS – Mystic Beach

The day of our inaugural backpacking trip had finally arrived.  The plan was for the twins and me to hike to Mystic Beach to camp right on the beach for two nights.  It was just me and two six year-olds with our packs on our backs. That’s right, I’m going backpacking with twins!

What could go wrong?

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THE LOGISTICS OF TWINS – Hiking by stages

My twins were still pretty little when the itch to get back out into the wild began to be unbearable.  But as amazing as my double stroller was, it was useless for rugged hiking trails.  How was I going to do it?  I needed to figure out “hiking by stages.”

I immediately went to the internet and started a ‘googling’ frenzy; I can be pretty focused when I’m on a mission – one might venture to say obsessed even.  The thing was, I couldn’t really find anything on the internet about hiking with infant twins.  My conclusion was that there wasn’t any information out there, and I was on my own to figure it out.

I’m refusing to acknowledge the possibility that I just completely sucked at using internet search engines.

So, I’m here to share with WHAT I LEARNED about hiking with infant and toddler twins.

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