Category: Parenting

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…

The after-school freak-out

The after-school freak-out {Heather's Handmade Life}

As happy as I am that the kids are back in school, there’s one really annoying part I’d forgotten about: the after-school freak-out.  It happens almost every day, immediately after our daughter gets off the bus. She’s smiling, she’s running toward me, she’s hugging me…

A day well spent at the Ex

Since our family spends one full day at the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition every single summer, it’s something we all remember fondly throughout the year. It’s also become a way to notice how very, very quickly time is passing. This year at the Ex…

10 tips for a smoother weekday routine

The following is a sponsored conversation with CLIF Kid Zbar Filled. As always, all opinions and weird routines are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Heather’s Handmade Life. *** Attention please! School starts ONE WEEK FROM TODAAAAAAY!!! *parents cheer* *my teacher…

The end-of-summer panic

I shouldn’t be surprised, really, because I’m struck by the same feeling at the end of every summer: The little burst of panic that it’s almost over and I haven’t done everything I wanted to do or, more honestly, everything I felt I should…

Are you an early school-prepper?

Even before the calendar flipped to August — and by “flipped” I mean metaphorically, of course, because we’re a digital household — it seemed like everybody was talking about back-to-school shopping. One neighbour came home with new backpacks, water bottles and plastic lunch containers….

Summer brain melt is a real thing

Summer brain melt is a real thing {Heather's Handmade Life}

The humidity has been out of control for weeks — maybe a month, who even knows anymore. My hair is twice its normal size, and I have big hair so that’s really saying something. Everyone’s hot and sticky all the time. Our house doesn’t…