Category: Life lessons

Protecting your child from sexual abuse

Protecting your child from sexual abuse {Heather's Handmade Life}

We thought we had done everything right. We’d read and re-read The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers, including the section about how “your body is your own personal property, and nobody else’s business — especially the private parts.” We’d talked about public bathrooms and…

Knock knock me over

I’m done with this week. Or really, I should say “this week is done with me.” It won. It beat me. I give up. Someone I love passed away, far too young, and we say good-bye to her on Tuesday. It was only the…

How Valentine’s Day has changed for us

I was 23 when we got engaged on Valentine’s Day of 2007. Nothing had ever been as shiny and beautiful as the ring he slid onto my finger. I spent days, weeks, months tilting my hand ever so slightly in the sunlight to watch…

Teaching kids about giving | #GivingTuesday

Teaching kids about giving {Heather's Handmade Life}

Somewhere in the dreary descriptions of Pa’s hollowed-out cheeks and endless meals of nothing but coarse brown bread, it clicked for the kids. The Ingalls family was going hungry. We’ve been working our way through the Little House on the Prairie series, with me…

The trouble with school pictures

The trouble with school pictures {Heather's Handmade Life}

Photographers who take school pictures, why do you hate us? Parents, I mean. I understand taking school pictures probably isn’t easy — and that you have a lot of sticky children to usher through your lineup, probably on a tight timeline in between lunch…

When little kids skateboard

When little kids skateboard ... {Heather's Handmade Life}

All it took was a few longing glances at the skateboard ramps, while playing on the Halifax Common playground, for our kids to become obsessed with the idea of becoming skateboarders. The first time they asked me for skateboards, I laughed and said I’d…

Seven things I’ve learned in seven years of parenting

… Let them be disappointed. And sad. And frustrated. And outright furious. It’s natural to want to shield our kids from painful feelings, but it’s cruel to actually do it. They need to lose at board games. They need to see other people be…

Teaching kids telephone basics

It all started with a rotary phone. Well, a push-button phone styled to look like a rotary phone, anyway. It was bright red and shiny, and I mostly wanted it because it looked awesomely retro on my kitchen counter. I didn’t have it plugged…

My own mommy manifesto

I’m going to buy a big canvas and cover it with painted phrases that no one will really understand except me. That’s because the canvas will contain my manifesto — a list of personal commandments that will help me live my happiest life. One…

The first haircut is the hardest

I hadn’t so much as trimmed as single hair on our daughter’s head. Ever. Even when she had an unfortunate baby mullet, I left it alone. I nurtured it and brushed it and whispered for it to keep growing. I celebrated her first birthday…

Can you choose your kids’ friends?

Our six-year-old son got his class assignment as part of his report card, in the form of a nice welcoming letter from his Grade 1 teacher. There was a flurry of Facebook-ing amongst the parents-of-Primaries I have as Facebook friends, and it looked like…

Dear Primary parents

Dear Primary parents, this is what I wish I'd known on the first day of school {Heather's Handmade Life}

Dear first-time Primary parents, This is a big week for you, isn’t it? The first day of school is creeping up. You’re probably alternating between thrilled — pinning healthy lunch ideas and painting a chalkboard for them to proudly hold during those first-day-of-school pictures…