THE PERFECT VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT – Simple and Timeless

In case you’re still recovering from the holidays and haven’t quite noticed that January has quickly slipped away from us, let me give you a heads up!  Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  Have you found the perfect Valentine’s Day gift?

It’s on the calendar, so you’d better pay attention!

Are you struggling to come up with something?

Does it feel like your whole relationship depends on getting it right?

Are you starting to panic?

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DOUBLE TROUBLE IN FLIGHT – 5 Tips for Flying with Twins + 3 Tips for Choosing a Flight

I was sitting in the departure lounge at the airport, waiting to fly to Ottawa to see an old friend (old in that we’ve been friends for a long time, not that she’s old – not that there’s anything wrong with being old 😉 ).  As I sat, I watched my 7 year-old twins play, and I couldn’t help thinking back to how different it was to travel with my twins when they were little.  I realized that I’d learned some lessons that might help others.

Out of that walk down memory lane came these 5 Tips for Flying with Twins, plus 3 Tips for Selecting a Flight 🙂 .

Some of the tips I learned the hard way.  Okay, I pretty much learned all of them the hard way 😉 .

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MY ANXIETY IS MAKING ME A TERRIBLE PARENT – am I in the wrong career?

First off, I want to make it very clear that I’m by NO means making the suggestion that people with anxiety disorders, or other types of mental illness, shouldn’t be parents.  Nor am I saying that people with anxiety disorders, or other types of mental illness, don’t do a great job of being parents – because that would be blatantly false.

I’m not even saying that I’m a terrible parent.  I love my children, and I think that I’m doing a good job raising them to be independent, polite, tolerant, and well-rounded individuals.

Just to brag a bit, I actually often get complimented on my children’s behavior when we are at restaurants.  Thumbs up to me.

What I’m saying is my anxiety makes me a terrible candidate for this parenting job that I’ve managed to get myself hired for.  It’s not that I don’t have the skills to do the job.  It’s just that my anxiety disorder makes my role as a parent more difficult, than if I was the same person just minus my anxious tendencies.

Wait STOP! Stay with me for a second.

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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”

TWINS – One birthday party or two? A lesson in simplifying

 

The introduction of twins into my life was akin to inviting two tornadoes into my home.

The chaos feels constant.

I try to remind myself to keep it simple – SIMPLIFY is my new catch phrase (or maybe it’s more like a coping mechanism).  But it’s not always easy.

And I’m learning that birthday parties are no exception.

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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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HONOURING VETERANS by Raising Children who REMEMBER

November is a busy time of year.  We’ve just barely gotten through Halloween, and we are still doing battle over all of the candy.  Christmas is on the horizon, and for me, I have three birthdays to plan.  It’s easy to let November 11th slip by without more than a cursory nod.  Because who does it really hurt if I don’t fully embrace Remembrance Day?  If I just remember without participating in the ceremonies and rituals around Remembrance Day, what harm am I doing?

The answer is that I’m hurting my children – not in a tangible way, not in a way that they’d be able to look back and point a finger at me and say that I let them down.  But, if I allow Remembrance Day to pass without honouring the veterans with an outward show of remembrance and thanks, then I’m failing as their parent to teach them the importance of the sacrifices so many have made and are continuing to make to give my children the life they have.

And the best way to teach them is to show them. Click To Tweet
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SOMETIMES MY SON WEARS DRESSES – And that’s okay

I recently read an article about Disneyland Paris refusing to allow a young boy to participate in the ‘princess for a day’ experience, and it got me thinking.  I realized that I had some things to say about it.  You see, my son wears dresses, so I have an opinion.

This particular case happened in Europe, but I can just as easily see it happening here.

I can understand how it happened.  Despite all the ‘awareness’ that is in the media etc., people still have deeply rooted beliefs about what is acceptable, and what is not, and for some reason, there is still a strong belief that it’s somehow wrong for boys to wear or like things that are viewed as being for girls.

I think this belief, that is still so prevalent in our society, is sad and so very damaging. Click To Tweet

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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”

OF COURSE WE’RE GETTING CANDY APPLES: Sugar 1 – Me 0

Let me set the scene for you. We arrived at the Esquimalt Lantern festival just after supper.  We’d been healthy and gentle on the environment by riding our bikes.  We were ready to enjoy some good community fun, and what was the first thing my twins see?

It wasn’t the beautiful lanterns on display.

It was a table laden with candy apples for sale. Continue reading “OF COURSE WE’RE GETTING CANDY APPLES: Sugar 1 – Me 0”