Category Archives: parenting

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 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…

It Took a Tent

Since dragging her tent up from the basement and putting it in her room our daughter hasn’t needed the attention at night in order to go to sleep that she once did. I used to lay beside her while she played with my hair, we would talk about her day, and she would drift off…

The Parent/Teacher Interview

I waited outside of the room for my turn to meet with her teachers. I had a thousand questions about her progress and couldn’t focus on just one. What did she do all day while I was at work? How was her behaviour? Was she learning at the right pace? Did she pay attention? Was…

The Things We Do

All of us do things for our kids that we would never normally do. It’s to keep them happy, to keep them quiet, to keep them calm, and to keep them from killing each other. These things range from allowing the family pet on the bed all night when they’re usually not allowed or letting…

The Mustard on my Shirt

Before having a child I remember going to friends houses who had children and having a look around and thinking, why is there art stuck to the bottom of the cabinets? How come there’s a Barbie in the sink in the bathroom that they haven’t moved? Why don’t they change their living room around it…

Dr. Dad vs Dr. Mom

We’ve been at this parenting thing for 4 1/2 years. We’ve seen some gross things, gone through some embarrassing moments, endured heartbreak, and redirected, redirected, redirected. We sometimes give ourselves a pat on the back for our parenting style and then we walk into a bedroom with a multi coloured carpet created by lip gloss….