Category: Activities

Our summer of Harry Potter

Our summer of Harry Potter {Heather's Handmade Life}

It was funny to admit that, at 34, I had never even attempted to read one of the Harry Potter books. It’s sort of like how I’ve only ever seen one of the Star Wars movies. (I call it “Star Wars” but people tell…

Taking summer reading to a new level

Taking summer reading to a new level {Heather's Handmade Life} Why our kids are LOVING the TD Summer Reading Club

Our son has been staying up late these days, but it’s for the best possible reason: he’s reading one chapter book a night. I’ve always felt strongly about raising readers. I’ve loved to read since I learned how, but my husband struggled with reading…

And so it begins

We’re not even a week into summer vacation, and already school feels like it ended months ago. Was it really LAST FRIDAY — not even one week ago — they got off the bus for the last time? REALLY? Our weeks of summer camp have…

Summer needs some structure

Summer needs some structure: Why I make my kids do certain activities during summer vacation {Heather's Handmade Life}

If my kids were left to their own devices this summer, they would not leave those devices — electronic devices, that is. They would alternate between the iPhone, iPad and PS4 until their eyeballs fell out of their heads and rolled across my Wayfair…

Confessions of a dance pusher

It wasn’t a shady deal in a parking lot where two cars pull up next to each other and try to act casual. It didn’t take place in an alley or in the dark corner of the park. The deals were all made via…

Work-at-home summer prep

Consider this a PSA to all parents of elementary-aged children: We’re down to less than a month before the end of the school year. Summers have always been hard for me as a self-employed person who works from home. September through June, I have…

50 backyard activities for spring

50 backyard activities for spring {Heather's Handmade Life}

It’s not that my kids weren’t playing outside over the winter — they were. Honest. It’s just that it was an especially icy, wet, windy winter, rather than a picturesque fairytale winter wonderland. The kids would go play outside and come back, wet and…

When your kids learn chess … and you can’t

When your kids learn chess ... and you can’t {Heather's Handmade Life}

When our six-year-old neighbour came over last week with a chessboard under his arm, I was gobsmacked. “You … you know how to play chess?!” I asked, incredulously. “Our kids know how to play checkers,” I thought. “He must be using the set to…

The high cost of kids’ activities

The high cost of kids' activities: How do you explain to a child that they can't do it all? {Heather's Handmade Life}

She just didn’t understand it. To her, it made perfect sense. If she took dance one afternoon, cheerleading another afternoon and gymnastics on a third afternoon, that still left an afternoon free for taekwondo. Plus, you know, a fifth weekday afternoon would be completely…

Taekwondo teaches kids respect, instills pride

Taekwondo teaches respect, instills pride {Heather's Handmade Life}

I didn’t know much about taekwondo, but I kept hearing the same rave review from other parents: “It’s so good for teaching them respect.” Sold! I mean, who doesn’t want respectful kids? We signed up our son last year, when he started Grade 1,…

The family that bowls together

The family that bowls together {Heather's Handmade Life}

It’s rare for our family to have a day on the weekend when all four of us are totally free. My husband works most Saturdays and Sundays, so I often feel guilty that our weekends aren’t packed with the cozy family togetherness I see…

#MomConfession: I made a Minecraft mistake

#MomConfession: I made a Minecraft mistake

Want to hear a parenting lesson I never expected to learn? It’s to research a video game before you agree to let your child buy it. I’m not talking about anything that’s clearly inappropriate, like Grand Theft Auto where they’re stealing cars and beating…