Tag: parenting

Find Everything You’ll Need At A Trade Show For Moms

| October 8, 2018 | 7 Comments
Find Everything You’ll Need At A Trade Show For Moms

Find Everything You’ll Need At A Trade Show For Moms Larger cities are a great place to be a parent and raise your family, with many resources and things to do in a bustling city’s many vibrant communities. No matter where you live, preparing for the arrival of a new baby can feel overwhelming at […]

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7 Effective Ways to Motivate your Kid

| September 17, 2018 | 7 Comments
7 Effective Ways to Motivate your Kid

7 Effective Ways to Motivate your Kid Whether it comes to personal progress or performance at school, motivation is the key that drives your little one to do better. So here’s a little help for you with just that! Here are 7 super effective ways to motivate your kid to give his best in whatever […]

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Being a Xennial Parent

| September 5, 2018 | 2 Comments
Being a Xennial Parent

I’m apparently of the “Xennial” micro-generation (Finally, I’ve felt so lost without a designation for years), which means that I was born in the late-70s-early-80s range. Not quite Gen X, not quite Millennial. We grew up with an analog childhood and a digital adulthood (Atari and Super Mario Bros doesn’t count, I guess? Pfft). It’s […]

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Self-Care Tips for Parents to Help Meet Your Parenting Goals

| August 7, 2018 | 4 Comments
Self-Care Tips for Parents to Help Meet Your Parenting Goals

Self-Care Tips for Parents to Help Meet Your Parenting Goals Whether you’re a new parent or you’ve done it all before, you will probably have been steered in the direction of the importance of self-care more than a few times. It’s easy to give the advice, but it’s usually much harder to put it into […]

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5 Ways to Deal with your Child’s Tantrums

| June 18, 2018 | 7 Comments
5 Ways to Deal with your Child’s Tantrums

Let’s admit it. Parenting is hard. And dealing with temper tantrums can be harder. If you’re a momma who’s emotionally and physically drained thanks to your little one being a bit too difficult over possibly anything, here’s a little something to help! Keep reading to discover 5 super effective ways to deal with your child’s […]

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Favourites

| November 1, 2017 | 10 Comments
Favourites

Quick! What’s your favourite number? Don’t have one? Well, you’d better get one, if you think you’ll be spending any time around kids. Kids have favourites, and they expect you to as well. Sometimes it’s a rank of favourites with careful deliberation, discussed over an afternoon of Perler Beads.   The kids lit up when […]

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Mom’s Dated References

| August 30, 2017 | 5 Comments
Mom’s Dated References

Ice, Ice, Baby came on the radio during one of their Throwback moments, so naturally as a former teen of the ’90s who would never turn down an opportunity for nostalgia (grade 7 dance flashbacks!), I cranked it and got my Running Man going. I’m right in the middle of waxing chumps like a candle and […]

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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 | 10 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 | 18 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 | 6 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 | 5 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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