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Like you, I only have so many hours in a day. While I had the best of intentions about joining my school’s parent council, the meetings were held on a night I had to take my older son to skating and my younger son to tutoring. Short of cloning myself, it jus...
After five years, I think we’ve just about got this school lunch thing under our belts. We’ve learned a bunch of tricks to make the making easier: 1) night time is lunch prep time, because mornings are always chaos; 2) a veggie and a fruit must go in every...
The debate over the value of homework continues, but it continues to be a common practice in our schools. Homework can be a tool to teach responsibility, diligence and perseverance. It gives caregivers a glimpse into what their child is learning and the type o...
My 8-year-old daughter was born at night and her preference for sunsets over sunrises has never waned. As a result, I’ve had to get creative with our early morning routines so my night owl can get to where she needs to go with minimal fuss. To help ensure no...
Imagine a scene that encapsulates the feeling of kids and moms on mornings during the school year. Doubtless you envisioned a busy household, a kitchen on the brink of breakfast disaster, and several children stuffing granola bars into their pockets as they’...
It was a hot Tuesday a few years ago, towards the end of the summer holiday. School was starting in the next day or two, and I had planned an afternoon of back to school shopping, but I needed to fill the morning with some activities for my kids. Add to that I...
Making the transition to school can be quite a change for kids, but it can also be a challenge for new-to-school parents, too! It’s definitely an adjustment for families, but with each passing year you’ll learn new tricks. Until then, here are some to g...
I’m the first to admit that my family’s sleep routine gets a little scattered over the summer break. Bedtimes get later and mornings seem made for sleeping in. But with three kids heading into elementary school and summer vacation coming to an end, it’s ...
Back to school is quite possibly the busiest time of year for parents. There are activities to register for, supplies to buy, schedules to organize, lunches to pack, and so much more! To make this time of year a little less hectic, we thought we’d share o...
“Back to school”: Three words guaranteed to make moms break into a cold sweat. Before you need to breathe into a paper bag, know that a new year needn’t stress you out nor break the bank. Take Stock Before you hit the stores, take inventory. Tip penc...
Back-to-school feelings are usually mixed. Many parents can’t wait for it to roll around, while others lament the end of a lackadaisical sunny season. Some kids are excited or nervous, and then others just don’t want to go. No matter which group your fa...
In the days of Pinterest-worthy tablescapes, magazine cover ready food and the constant question of “should I Instagram my meal before I take a bite?”, it’s no wonder the idea of throwing a backyard barbecue can leave some of us overwhelmed before even c...
By: Maija Craig Stop me if you’ve heard this one before… working parents, busy kids, after school activities, homework and a never ending to do list. If any of this sounds familiar, you’ll completely understand that sometimes it feels like “busy” ...
Waking up early to stand in line for the newest toys, trying to make Christmas absolutely perfect, “mom I want this”, “I want that”, getting, getting and more getting is all the holidays seem to be about these days. Gone are the days that the holidays ...
I don't know about you, but it seems that every year I'm always in such a rush getting everything together for the first day of school. Between embracing the last days of summer with the kids at home, and readying myself for the upcoming mayhem, there always s...
This Post May Change How You Feel About Road Tripping with Your Kids Somewhere along the Klondike Highway between Yukon and Alaska, we pulled over to take in the beautiful landscape. It was there, on top of a mountain, that we made a commitment to show our ...