Category: Parenting

Nine years of L-O-V-E

It’s funny how holidays make you more aware* of time passing. *totally sappy Everyone was very excited to wake up this morning. Sleepy but excited!

Babies on the move

This column was originally written for Bedford magazine in the summer of 2011. *** I was sitting on the airplane, a few years back, puzzling over the woman walking slowly up and down the aisle. She had a toddler in front of her, and…

Is parenting getting easier?

Is parenting getting easier as the kids get older? {Heather's Handmade Life}

My friends and I were talking recently and, as usual, the conversation was 70 per cent about our children, 15 per cent about our husbands, 10 per cent about our careers and five per cent about the freezing cold weather. We were talking about…

Why we gave our kids debit cards

Why we gave our kids debit cards {Heather's Handmade Life}

We started giving our kids allowance when they were four and six: $4 per week for our four-year-old daughter, and $6 per week for our six-year-old son. One dollar per year of age, we figured, was pretty reasonable.*** ***It eventually (quietly) got downgraded to…

Rocked by the report card

Rocked by the report card: I finally opened one that mortified me! {Heather's Handmade Life}

Four years into being an elementary school parent, it finally happened: I opened a report card that mortified me. Our son’s report card was packed with WDs (Well Developed) and glowing comments about how he’s “confident” and “compassionate” and “knows what he has to…

Notice me Senpai?! My 8-year-old’s secret admirer

"Notice me, Senpai!" My 8-year-old's secret admirer sent him the weirdest note! {Heather's Handmade Life}

Well, that was unexpected! My eight-year-old son just came home with what may be the most … unusual … secret admirer note? In case you’re not used to kiddie-writing, it says … Dear Dexter, Hi. I really like you. Like not as a friend. Like…

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…

The Fortnite fight

The Fortnite fight: Why I'm not letting my son play yet {Heather's Handmade Life}

Our eight-and-a-half-year-old son is obsessed with being allowed to play Fortnite and I am obsessed with saying “no.” (At least, that’s how he perceives this thing called “trying to be a good parent and never being quite sure.”) Here’s why he insists it’s a…

The thing about theme days

The thing about theme days {Heather's Handmade Life}

I love a good theme day. There was nobody as excited as me when I finally got to participate in my first Crazy Hair Day at our elementary school two years ago. I was delighted in hot-gluing LEGO bricks to barrettes and turning our…

Getting kids excited about STEM

Getting kids excited about STEM {Heather's Handmade Life}

Disclosure: littleBits sent us a Base Inventor Kit* to play with so I could share this story. All opinions and irrational fears of science are my own. *** I can’t imagine a future in which my daughter doesn’t think she can go to university…

Homework nagging hack

Now that our kids are in Grade 1 and Grade 3, I’ve noticed this year feels a little different. They’re older students and with that comes more responsibilities at home. Our daughter, who’s in Grade 1, needs to read at least one book every…

It’s always scarier at night

It's always scarier at night {Heather's Handmade Life}

It’s always scarier at night. This is what I try to remind myself when my anxiety is spiraling out of control in the middle of the night because one of the kids is really sick. Throwing up is awful, but not worrying because I…