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Quit Trying to Dismember Me!

Posted on 01/09/2013 03:10:35 PM

  Bieing the youngest can be a trial What happens when you live with five older sisters? It was a beautiful fall day. The sun was already warm Although the school bus was not scheduled to pull up for another twenty minutes, six-year old Rebecca, my youngest child, already had her lunch..

Shadow: Quirky, Annoying but Always Loved

Posted on 01/07/2013 12:34:35 PM

  An intergal part of the family Shadow, a humongous, drooling black lab mix, with overgrown feet and an clumsy personality. Shadow was part of my children's lives for 13 years. He was the most quirky and annoying pet we have ever owned. He was also messy, bossy and slightly dense. I can on..

Serene Sunday- New Look at Parents/Kid Relationships - We're Not Friends

Posted on 01/06/2013 02:58:38 PM

Serene Sunday - there is serenity in realizing that you are supposed to be a parent, not a friend. Each serene Sunday throughout the month of January will take a new look at ways of looking at the parent/child relationship. In upcoming weeks we will look at: parents as stewards raising children to..

Teens Influence on Younger Children

Posted on 01/06/2013 09:46:03 AM

  Credit: familyTwinkle, Twinkle, Little Star?? What did our younger kids sing during circle time? We were standing in line at the Canadian Tire's automotive desk with our youngest daughter. Lucy, three weeks before turning two, was sitting quietly in the shopping cart looking adorable in a ..

Temper Tantrum?

Posted on 01/05/2013 08:51:55 AM

  Credit: sonbabies are completely dependant on their caregiver My first thought is to pity the child, not the mother. As a mother of nine kids, people often ask me, "How on earth did you manage without any help? " If I had to divulge one secret that I was fortunate enough to discove..

Do You Believe that Children NEED to Bond with Animals?

Posted on 01/04/2013 08:01:03 PM

Credit: familyMary is squeezing Hammy again! The Canadian scientist, David Suzuki , believes that all children need to bond with animals. While watching my own kids interact with our pets and farm animals, I realized that children have a deep-seated need to relate to animals. Since I grew up in ..


Posted on 01/03/2013 04:34:40 PM

By Dennis Dames:   Many have said that it will be a good year; one where prosperity reigns and the hard times for so many deserving - subside. I'm feeling good about a fresh beginning, with a new unyielding outlook on life and the roads ahead. I could sense that success is on the horizon for ..

My sweet three-year old daughter shouts, "&$#@*&"."

Posted on 01/03/2013 02:17:27 PM

Credit: en.wikipedia.orgClaire was still three when she startedjunior kindergarten in the mornings Experience taught me that the easiest and most effective way to influence my children was to ignore negative behaviour and to praise good behaviour. For example, if I didn't react to swear words,..

Celebrating Individuality Not Conformity

Posted on 01/02/2013 02:43:06 PM

Credit: familyKatie had amazing concentration, even as a toddler. All children need free time, even boring times, to discover who they really are, what they are good at and what they enjoy. Our daughter, Grace became the philosopher/ artist she is today partly because I didn't have time to try ..

Great-Great-Grandma Drank the Best and Last Bottle

Posted on 01/01/2013 11:03:26 PM

One of our better ideas was to make wine the old fashioned way. Michael and I like to experiment when we cook, bake bread or make pickles. Sometimes our creative endeavours are successful. Friends rave over our exotic herbs and vegetables, crocheted blankets, jewelry and home tied ..

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