Category: Parenting mistakes

DIY costumes aren’t always cheap

DIY costumes aren't always cheap {Heather's Handmade Life}

Last week, I told you all about my epic Halloween mistake: bringing both kids into a Halloween store when I had a headache and caving to their pleas for ridiculously overpriced, cheap costumes. This year, I was determined to do things differently. I wasn’t…

Halloween costume regret

Halloween costume regret {Heather's Handmade Life}

I made a huge mistake last Halloween. I agreed to take the kids to one of those pop-up Halloween stores. It might not have been a total disaster except … I was tired and had a headache. They caught me at the ultimate weak…

Better late than never

Better late than never: a perfect belated birthday party for our son {Heather's Handmade Life}

It wasn’t that we forgot our son’s eighth birthday in early June. Not at all! We celebrated it in style, during our Ontario vacation, by spending the afternoon playing video games and arcade games at Chuck E. Cheese’s. It was clearly one of the…

Kids and junk food

I admit it — my husband and I are junk food junkies. We have been long before we got together in Grade 11, and our earliest dates centered around McDonald’s. (This was back in the “good old days” when a $5 bill covered one…

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 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,…

Let’s talk about (postpartum) sex, baby!

Let’s talk about (postpartum) sex {Heather's Handmade Life}

Looking back, my biggest #pregnancyfail — other than the time I stupidly microwaved hardboiled eggs and they exploded all over the kitchen — was that I didn’t think enough about how my life was going to change. It’s not that I didn’t think about…

How we’re tackling our daugher’s (constantly) messy room

When I picked up a pair of tights with a gummy lollipop stick attached to one leg, I was annoyed at her messy room. Then I found the candy wrappers — she’s not allowed to eat in her bedroom! — and the chewed-up wad…

#MomConfession: I made a Minecraft mistake

#MomConfession: I made a Minecraft mistake

Want to hear a parenting lesson I never expected to learn? It’s to research a video game before you agree to let your child buy it. I’m not talking about anything that’s clearly inappropriate, like Grand Theft Auto where they’re stealing cars and beating…

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…

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…

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…