Category: Milestones

The pressure of ‘believing’

The pressure of believing {Heather's Handmade Life}

Welcome to Veggie Village, the very boring column where we talk about forcing our kids to eat vegetables because we’re mean. Today I’m going to share my favourite methods for steaming broccoli and how to … OK, that should guarantee any kids have stopped…

When kids have wedding jitters

When kids have wedding jitters {Heather's Handmade Life}

Our whole family was thrilled when my sister got engaged last August. She asked me to be her matron of honour — yay! — and she wanted our eight-year-old son — her only nephew — to be the ring bearer. He immediately declined, explaining,…

When your baby goes off to Primary

When your baby goes off to Primary {Heather's Handmade Life}

She’s the last baby I’ll ever have, and she’s starting Primary this week.

The wiggly tooth that drove everyone crazy

Our son is now missing three baby teeth, but I can’t really say he “lost” any of them. Two were yanked by the dentist (they were interfering with adult teeth trying to grow in) and the third was yanked by yours truly during a…

When swimming lessons changed for our family

I folded the towel to make a pillow for my head, leaned back in the Adirondack chair, lowered my sunglasses and let my eyes close slowly. The warm air and the lulling sound of the water were making me sleepy. No, I wasn’t on…

How (and why) we taught our kids to cross the street

It was a big step — about 15 little kid-sized steps, actually — letting our kids cross the street without an adult. I had no idea at what age it was supposed to happen, but I didn’t think it would be so soon. It’s…

The (very) last day of preschool

Our youngest finishes preschool today, which marks the end of FOUR YEARS (between both kids) at the loveliest little preschool on the planet. For real. Wasn’t it not that long ago that D was going off for his first day? And finishing HIS two…

Learning to ride a bike

  I’d been feeling sort of uncomfortable, all winter long, over the fact that our son hadn’t even attempted to learn how to ride a two-wheeler. Not guilty, exactly, but definitely feeling that it was a bit of a parenting fail. Here he was,…

What you probably didn’t know about wetting the bed

The following is a sponsored conversation with GoodNites® but all opinions are my own. So let’s start with me admitting that I was really, REALLY wrong about bed-wetting. When I heard a few friends talking about how their own children, who are almost five, were…

Birthday party smackdown: big parties vs. small parties

After last year’s huge birthday bash for our daughter, I swore that we were finished with big birthday parties. I don’t know what pushed me over the edge, whether it was the prep work, the money, the 50-odd people in the venue or the…

When little kids ‘date’ little kids

Our son is “in love” with a girl in his class. They’re getting married, he tells us, and it’s really going to happen because they “hang out almost EVERY day.” He says this part for emphasis because, really, how could that not lead to…

When your kid learns a bad word

“Hey Mom, I know the ‘F’ word!” The first time he claimed to know it, he didn’t. He blanked when I asked him and couldn’t remember it. “Was it … fudge?” “Nope.” “Fetch?” “I don’t think so.” “Fart?” (In my mind, this is the…