One Family’s Journey Through Autism

autism

On April 2nd, communities everywhere bring attention to autism. It’s a powerful day for every autism family. In our household, this day signals a month-long opportunity to increase awareness. Through education about how autism affects our family, we hope, one day, we will have true acceptance of our community. A day when my daughter, Penny, won’t struggle initiating play with her peers. A day when I won’t get judgmental looks when I take my son, Max, out with a harness and leash because without it, he runs into danger.     If you’ve met one child with autism, you have … Continue reading

Safe Driving Tips for Teen Drivers in the Winter

Tips for Teen Drivers

As I was deciding what categories an article about Teen Drivers would best fit, I had a brief moment of panic. Why? Because I realized that driving and learning to drive fit into the category of PARENTING! Some of you may be living this stage of your life already, but as you may know, I’m not quite there yet and it terrifies me! In a few short years, I will be coming back to this article for a reminder of how to keep teen drivers safe in the winter. For those of you with younger children, you might still be … Continue reading

Travel Savvy Tips When Travelling with Kids

travel savvy with kids

Recently, I have spent some time with the two lovely women behind K+A Personal Concierge. They are full of amazing tips and are great at helping people make life easier. Who doesn’t want more time to do the things they love? One of the areas where I feel these two are experts is travel. They have come up with some amazing travel savvy tips when travelling with kids that you should read before you travel anywhere with your family. We absolutely love to travel. Before kids we didn’t think twice about spending a weekend snowboarding at a mountain resort, exploring … Continue reading

Back to School Shopping – Getting Prepared for Kindergarten!

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Backpacks, lunch accessories,  hair accessories, sunscreen and more.  There is a huge list of items to get organized for back to school. Consequently, Kindergarten preparation can be overwhelming! I have written an entire series about preparing your child for Kindergarten and what to pack for the first day. There is even a post about 5 things you can do to help a Kindergarten teacher.  After all, I did teach Kindergarten once.  Let me tell you, you have the ability to make a HUGE difference for a Kindergarten teacher by the choices you make! Imagine 30 children who don’t know what their backpack looks like, … Continue reading

Stomach Flu and Kids – The Trick to Less Mess and More Sleep

stomach flu and kids

Do you struggle with keeping up with the mess when your child has the stomach flu? When you get woken up in the night with a combination of stomach flu and kids, do you find yourself walking around aimlessly not sure how to best handle the situation? This was me, until I came up with a system for dealing with the stomach flu and our family. It may sound pathetic, but it’s called survival! You see, when you have children who are prone to vomiting (not just because of the flu), you learn that a having a system in place … Continue reading

How to Talk to Your Child About Tragedy

how to talk to your child about tragedy

Talking to our children about any negative topic or experience like death or tragedy is always a challenge. Our instinct as a parent is to protect our children from harm and sadness. Unfortunately, this is not always possible, which means that we are faced with the difficult task as a parent to talk to our children about topics such as death and tragedy. Talking about tragedy with your child is often necessary, however it is not easy. I would like to start this post off with a blanket statement that is…I am not a parenting expert. I am a teacher … Continue reading

What to Do When You Have a Congested Infant?

infant congestion

My first delivery turned into an unexpected C-Section. After 20 hours of intense labour and two and a half hours of pushing, with no success, it was recommended that I deliver my daughter via caesarean section. I was NOT happy with this outcome, but that is a topic for another blog post. I didn’t realize at the time that the outcome would be a beautiful, healthy, yet congested infant!   My daughter was a congested infant. And, I do believe that might have been the cause of her lack of sleep and irritability in the very beginning. We tried all … Continue reading

Powering Smiles This Holiday Season #PowerImagination

powering smiles

Children love to smile and parents love to see their children smile. Unfortunately, at this time of year, for some families, smiles are difficult to find. Every year, thousands of children and their families spend time in Canadian hospitals over the holidays. And while they may have difficulty finding their smiles, I do believe that there is always a smile hiding in there, and we have to find creative ways to bring that out during particularly difficult times. Powering smiles is something that Duracell is passionate about… especially this time of year! For children who are sick, we have to … Continue reading

Saving for Your Child’s Education #EducationSavingsWeek

Educations Savings Week

Children are expensive little creatures. Saving for your child’s education is not always easy. In this day and age saving for your child’s education is a subject that you should research and understand. By the time our children complete high school, post secondary education fees are going to be considerably higher. There are many ways to invest in your child’s future by saving for your child’s education. Heritage Education Funds will be sharing tips on their blog all week from November 21 – 25 to help you understand your options. In our family, we have a set amount that comes … Continue reading

Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Wouldn’t it be amazing if you won an Amazon Gift Card Giveaway right here on Multi-Testing Mommy? It’s that time of year when we need to start thinking about holiday gifts! What would you do if you won the Amazon Gift Card Giveaway? Would you keep it or would you gift it to someone you know? One of the many items that you can purchase if you won this Amazon Gift Card Giveaway would be ebooks. Do you have an e-reader? What I LOVE about the Kindle e-reader is that it has NO GLARE! That is one thing about my … Continue reading