Summer 2020

Summer is my favourite season. So I'll cling to it as long as I can (which means as long as the sunshine lasts) but in our household we are shifting into our fall schedule. Peter will be back to work fulltime next week and - the very biggest change - Pearl begins kindergarten soon. (Yes,… Continue reading Summer 2020

Book Review: Hold on To Your Kids by Gordon Neufeld & Gabor Mate

Hold on to Your Kids - Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Mate (Vintage Canada, 2005) Attachment theory is at the heart of this book. Children need a safe, secure, and nurturing attachment with a loving adult in order to mature and develop in a healthy emotional manner. As our society becomes increasingly peer-oriented, parents unconsciously encourage… Continue reading Book Review: Hold on To Your Kids by Gordon Neufeld & Gabor Mate

Life: What We Did in April

So April was...a month. It feels very strange to look back over an entire month full of things I didn't do. We didn't swim at the pool. We didn't get new books from the library. We didn't have friends over or go to anybody's home. We didn't play at the park. I didn't set foot… Continue reading Life: What We Did in April

Reading with Pearl & Rose: Alphabet Books

The alphabet is, obviously, the foundation of literacy. There are a LOT of alphabet books out there for kids, with all kinds of themes and illustrations. These are some of the favourites in our household. Pearl knows her ABCs now and is beginning to recognize a few simple words. Rose remains largely illiterate. ABCers -… Continue reading Reading with Pearl & Rose: Alphabet Books

Life: The New Normal

Painted rock at the beach - "Remember to Breathe 2020" "The new normal" is a phrase I keep hearing. I'm not entirely sure what it means and I'm not quite sure any of us really know what our new normal is. It's strange how quickly our minds adapt and yet how slow. How quickly it… Continue reading Life: The New Normal

Pearl is 5!

This week our Pearl turned 5! She is feisty and goofy, hilarious and serious. She loves to follow (and enforce) rules. She likes clear boundaries and expectations and so, I hope, will thrive in school this coming fall. She likes being in charge (classic oldest sibling) and is quite competitive. She is a true introvert… Continue reading Pearl is 5!

Life: Valentine Day and Other Excitement

Actually, this post has nothing to do with Valentine's Day other than that today is, in fact, that day and that means we are halfway through February. Not sure how that happened so quickly when January lasted roughly three hundred days. January hike We did fit in some fun in January though, even as we… Continue reading Life: Valentine Day and Other Excitement

Book Review: The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Second Edition by Elizabeth Pantley

2 out of 3 of us are asleep here. I received an Advance Edition of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Sleep. It's one of the most important things to parents, especially parents of newborns. They talk about it endlessly. People ask about it endlessly.… Continue reading Book Review: The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Second Edition by Elizabeth Pantley

Life: An Update on Reducing Plastic

It's been a couple of months since I read How to Give Up Plastic and was inspired to reduce the plastic usage in our home so I thought I'd share how that's going and some of the things we've replaced. Shampoo! Well, I haven't given up shampoo but I did make the switch to a… Continue reading Life: An Update on Reducing Plastic