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How to Get Your Kids’ Attention

How to Get Your Kids’ Attention

  How to Get Your Kids’ Attention It’s supper time, or time to get ready to go, or you just need to ask the kids something. Does this ever happen to you? *crickets* OK, they’re carrying on somewhere, and your attempts to reach them have been futile. What’s next? Holler louder? Go upstairs from room […]

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When You Need a Time Out: Tips for Frustrated Parents

| May 15, 2017 | 14 Comments
When You Need a Time Out: Tips for Frustrated Parents

  When You Need a Time Out: Tips for Frustrated Parents Sometimes as a parent, you get frustrated. Even the best and most patient of parents can need a time out from time to time. It’s a tough job that puts a lot of stress and pressure on you and it’s important that you don’t […]

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How Single Moms Can Master Parenting

| April 25, 2017 | 4 Comments
How Single Moms Can Master Parenting

  How Single Moms Can Master Parenting If you’re a single mother, there are many different challenges you will face each day. Parenting is a difficult task for anyone but when you’re doing it all on your own, it can be even harder.  While you might not be able to do anything to change the […]

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4 Tricks to Get Your Children Eating Healthier

| March 22, 2017 | 13 Comments
4 Tricks to Get Your Children Eating Healthier

   4 Tricks to Get Your Children Eating Healthier Some kids will eat almost anything you put on their plate and others, not so much. These picky eaters are hard to please and usually want to eat the same thing over and over. It’s especially common in younger children. Unfortunately, that’s not very healthy. Therefore, […]

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3 Tips to Teach Children to Respect Discipline

| March 15, 2017 | 11 Comments
3 Tips to Teach Children to Respect Discipline

  3 Tips to Teach Children to Respect Discipline One of the toughest parts of being a parent is discipline. While some parents handle discipline better than others, and some children take to it better than others, we all face challenges. If you want your children to respond well to discipline, you need to teach […]

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A How-To Guide for Communication with Your Child

| March 6, 2017 | 10 Comments
A How-To Guide for Communication with Your Child

A How-To Guide for Communication with Your Child Children don’t come with guidebooks and since every child is unique, it can be difficult to know how to connect with your child. While there are books, videos, experts, classes, and more to tell you how to do it, no one can tell you exactly what will […]

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The “Sugar High” Myth

| December 20, 2016 | 4 Comments
The “Sugar High” Myth

Candy-filled Halloween was not long ago, yet we’re already into the Christmas cookie season. Given that, I have a fun fact for you: Did you know that the “sugar high” is not a thing? I admittedly sometimes feel skeptical, especially on Halloween night, spending a good hour being mauled by my two rowdy, KitKat-filled post-trick-or-treaters […]

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Who Lights Your Path?

| November 15, 2016 | 9 Comments
Who Lights Your Path?

  Who Lights Your Path? My bedroom is dark. The only light is coming from the muted baby monitor on my bedside table flashing red. My early riser is yelling her protest. She is ready to begin this day, even though the moon and stars outside my window suggest it is still night. I pull […]

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It Takes a Village…Tips for a Successful Parent-Teacher Conference

| November 11, 2016 | 10 Comments
It Takes a Village…Tips for a Successful Parent-Teacher Conference

  It’s almost that time of year again: the parent-teacher conference. This is a meeting between you and your child’s teacher to discuss your child’s progress in school so far. As a teacher, I cannot stress how crucial a strong partnership between the teacher and parents is in the education of children. The open communication […]

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Confession of a Guiltless and Well-Rested Mommy

| October 24, 2016 | 8 Comments
Confession of a Guiltless and Well-Rested Mommy

  CONFESSION OF A GUILTLESS AND WELL-RESTED MOMMY   I have a confession to make and I know many of you will identify with what I am about to share with you. I, Julie Cloutier, lay down next to my 5 year old son every night to help him fall asleep. There, I said it […]

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How to Get Your Kids to Eat Anything

| October 18, 2016 | 16 Comments
How to Get Your Kids to Eat Anything

  How to Get Your Kids to Eat Anything   As a parent, we want the best for our children and that includes making sure they are eating a well balanced, whole food diet. Our children deserve to be as healthy and nourished as possible (as do we)! But what do you do when your […]

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If You Give a Kid Some Tape…

| October 4, 2016 | 7 Comments
If You Give a Kid Some Tape…

Do you have a maker kid at your house? I do! The good people at Dollarama probably recognize me as the one always buying armloads of masking tape. No toy can compare to the endless possibilities of tape. I recently had to take apart a pirate ship made of two dining room chairs held together […]

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Listening Skills

| September 13, 2016 | 5 Comments
Listening Skills

Kids have selective hearing. I don’t know how many times I’ve practically had a bullhorn in the kids’ faces and can’t get their attention… but boy, talk about bat-like hearing whenever I’m saying something that’s not as kid-friendly. Next time I need their attention, I’ll just mutter a few swears. Or something about butts.

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Staying Calm in the Midst of Kid Chaos

| August 29, 2016 | 5 Comments
Staying Calm in the Midst of Kid Chaos

    Staying Calm in the Midst of Kid Chaos For most moms, life is hectic. Shuffling kids today care, school, sports; running to the grocery store; making breakfast, lunch, and dinner; not to mention making a living. Stress abounds, and it is very difficult to keep your cool when your daughter is crying because […]

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5 Tips to Get Your Kids to Do Their Homework

| August 19, 2016 | 4 Comments
5 Tips to Get Your Kids to Do Their Homework

    5 Tips to Get Your Kids to Do Their Homework One of the questions that make parents feel like a broken record is “Did you do your homework?” Some kids’ grades suffer because they forget about or simply choose not to do their homework. Try these tips in your home to turn the […]

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Notes from a Five-Year-Old

| August 10, 2016 | 3 Comments
Notes from a Five-Year-Old

Five-year-old Big Bro is making great strides with reading and writing. He never ceases to find an opportunity to write these days, be it making a book or adding CHES!! to the grocery list (“cheese”, FYI; exclamation marks to illustrate urgency). Why, just the other Saturday morning, he he made a “Don’t wake up Mama” […]

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Do Less, Be More

| August 8, 2016 | 7 Comments
Do Less, Be More

    Thanks to the Ottawa Mommy Club, I was one of the lucky ones to attend the pre-screening for the movie Bad Moms this week. Even though the story was laced with tons of humor, the message I came out with was, do less, be more. We are busy, really busy. We are working […]

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A Ladies’ Night to Remember with #BadMoms ~ Movie Review!

| August 3, 2016 | 4 Comments
A Ladies’ Night to Remember with #BadMoms ~ Movie Review!

What is a “bad mom?” There are so many different parenting styles, it really hard to judge what makes a good mom from a bad one. The makers of The Hangover series decided to tackle this theme in their film Bad Moms. I was lucky enough to have had the opportunity to have attended a […]

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10 Tips To Make Children Use Internet Properly!

| July 12, 2016 | 11 Comments
10 Tips To Make Children Use Internet Properly!

To educate is to show, teach, instruct, prepare, not hide or blot out. A good education builds trust and respect; otherwise, without guidance and clear boundaries, only suspicions are created in the familiar environment. In this case, I mean the access of children to Internet, an issue that worries many parents and, in many cases, we do not know how to control it because […]

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How to Raise Confident, Healthy, Happy Children

| June 14, 2016 | 14 Comments
How to Raise Confident, Healthy, Happy Children

Do you want your child to live a life filled with joy, meaning, health and purpose? Who doesn’t want that for their kids?! What about for yourself? Here is the twist about parenting – in order for our children to live a life full of joy, meaning, health and purpose, we have to demonstrate it by living […]

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“But Why? Ya, But Why? Ya, But Why?”

| November 17, 2015 | 7 Comments
“But Why? Ya, But Why? Ya, But Why?”

There comes a point in every parents life where they are asked questions by their children that they may or may not have the answers to. Once children are at an age where they communicate with words, kids begin to ask many, many, many, many, many questions – sometimes to the point of exhaustion for parents! […]

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Circadian Rhythms

Circadian Rhythms

Do you have kids with different circadian rhythms? It seems I have one “rooster” kid and one “owl” kid; in other words, one is a morning person and the other a night person.   I’ve always been a morning person, myself; at the age of three, I’d be up having porridge with my dad before sunrise, […]

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Sentimental

Sentimental

Three years ago, I wrote this sappy post about Big Bro turning one year old.  If you do the math, that means my big boy is about to turn four. In my post of 2012, I mentioned the feelings of sentimentality mixed with looking forward to and enjoying what each new age has to offer. […]

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Raising Confident Daughters

| December 16, 2014 | 14 Comments
Raising Confident Daughters

I believe that confidence is a great quality to have, but we do not all show it in the same way or know how to show our confidence in the same manner. Often, confidence is something that parents have to help their children find within themselves. This becomes more apparent when our kids are going […]

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