Category: Our Son

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…

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…

Teaching kids to fall asleep

Helping a baby fall asleep usually involves a pretty steady routine: a warm bath, a cosy sleeper, a soothing story, some milk and a few lullabies. Helping a toddler fall asleep means helping them brush their teeth, wrangling them into their PJs, answering numerous…

Riding in cars (with swears)

One of the nicest things about living in small-town Nova Scotia is that it takes us less than five minutes to drive just about anywhere we need to go. The only “traffic” is twice a day at a handful of especially-busy intersections where you…

When your child says ‘I hate math’

It came out of nowhere. The sadistic monster that haunted me from Grade 4 through Grade 12 was back, only this time it had a new victim: our seven-year-old son. We were sitting around the table eating dinner on a Sunday evening, and casually…

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,…

Our family’s lice scare

Our family's lice scare {Heather's Handmade Life}

Scratch, scratch, scratch. Is it all in my head? Am I just being paranoid or is my head really itchy? (Just try to read this column to the end without scratching your own head. Shudder.) I may not have to worry about pregnancy scares…

When your kids accidentally watch Bad Moms Christmas

The kids and I had a VERY interesting conversation last night, a full eight nights after they returned from a weekend at my mom’s. Apparently, in between repeat viewings of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, they screened … something else. MY INNOCENT CHILD,…

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…

Cheap and easy DIY floating shelves

Cheap and easy DIY floating shelves {Heather's Handmade Life}

There once was a time when we’d buy cheap laminate bookcases if we needed more storage in a room. Now we just build our own wooden shelves, and there’s no going back. If we no longer need the shelves in a particular room, we…

Cardboard box entrepreneurs

Cardboard box entrepreneurs {Heather's Handmade Life}

I can’t remember when or why the first cardboard box arrived. All I know is he’s been steadily adding to the collection for almost two months. “I’m making an arcade,” our seven-year-old son announced. With scissors and tape, he’d turned one box into some…

The 12 days of Christmas vacation

The 12 days of Christmas vacation {Heather's Handmade Life}

On the twelfth day of Christmas vacation, my family sent to me Twelve snacks served daily Eleven whiny demands Ten wicked tantrums Nine loads of laundry Eight spills a-spilling Seven rowdy neighbours Six frantic deadlines Five Mommy meltdowns Four broken Wii remotes Three Advil…