Category Archives: family

When Your Child is a Worrier

This weekend I noticed a pattern with my daughter and upcoming events or activities. She worries. She becomes obsessed with the details and asks numerous questions in order to figure out the facts prior to her arriving at the event or activity. While on our way for ice cream she was told by a friend…

Infertility Awareness Week

Her words were banging around in my head while I sat in her office. “Secondary infertility.” That wasn’t right. Was it? No. I was supposed to grow up, have babies, raise them, screw them up, and live happily ever after. There was no “infertility” in my future. I had read about the crippling effects of…

If You Can Give a Mom A Moment

If you can give a mom a moment here are a list of things you can do to make that moment incredible. 1. Pack up all of the kids, everything they will need for the day, hour, minute, help them with their shoes and their coats while mom sips on her coffee, don’t yell at…

The Big Five

This weekend my little love turned five We celebrated with cake, fun, presents, and friends. Zip lining, rock climbing, ball pits, and blow up castles. Wore those kids right out! The big kids too…   So much fun and guaranteed to leave everyone needing a nap afterward. Which I might have planned. So as we…

Amost 5

I hugged her way too tight and wouldn’t let go. She asked me to. I didn’t want to and asked if I could hang on just a few minutes longer. It would be one more sleeps until she was 5. 5. FIVE. No matter how I wrote it the number seemed impossible. I remembered her…

The Stealey Kid

She looked nervous and shifted uneasily as we packed our things to go. I could see her being protective over her bag and asked her several times what was wrong. Nothing, she had said, she was just checking her LeapPad and fixing the case, she reassured me that she was fine. Right. I knew that…

Penis – It’s Not a Bad Word

She coloured quietly at her easel while Brian and I talked, wisps of red and purple going across her page, shapes forming. “Pennie!” My daughter exclaimed, out of the blue. “Pardon?” What was she talking about? “You know, penis.” Well, obviously. She looked up at us and stopped colouring, “but we can’t say penis, it’s…

Evaluating Kindergarten Friendships

We sat on the couch, side by side, like we often do, her hand in my hair for comfort, while she chatted about her time at her nannies, her friends, and going back to school after the March Break. “Mom, sometimes I let Emma* butt in front of me, but I don’t mind, that means…

March Break

My heart leapt into my throat as I turned on to our road. I had left something behind… our daughter, she wasn’t with me and it was a school day! I needed to pick her up! Didn’t I? No… no, I reminded myself, she was gone for the week and I didn’t have to go…