Quality Time 30 Day Happy Child Challenge

Quality Time

Are you a busy parent who only wants the best for your children? Do you struggle to find enough time in the day to get what NEEDS to get done, let alone spending quality time with your children? If you answered YES to either or both of these questions, this challenge is for you! Sometimes, making goals, specific reachable goals, and making a plan to achieve those goals makes it much easier to succeed. Sometimes, instead of making what I call a “blanket goal” (e.g. from now on, I will spend more quality time with my children), you might be … Continue reading

Parenting Styles in the World Today

Modern Day Parenting

DISCLAIMER: I haven’t written a piece before where I share my strong opinions on a topic quite as strongly as I do in this one. I want everyone to know, PRIOR to reading this, that while I do have my strong opinions, I am VERY open (and encourage) others opinions and respect the fact that my opinions are NOT right, they are simply opinions! I am writing this post in hopes to start an open and respectful dialogue amongst parents. Will you join me? Anyone who knows me is aware that I LOVE to discuss parenting. I love to hear … Continue reading

Thoughts on Raising Children and Gender Stereotypes

This article may share some stronger opinions than you are used to reading here. Please know that I continue to respect ALL opinions and today I am going to take my right to share mine. I do hope that we can have a conversation below in the comment section as I am always keen to hear others opinions on this subject matter.     PINK or BLUE? Those were the options if I didn’t want GREEN for clothing when I was preparing to have my first baby. Because we were not finding out the gender of our baby and people … Continue reading

How Toddlers Thrive

How Toddlers Thrive

  What Parents Can Do Today for Children Ages 2-5 to Plant the Seeds of Lifelong Success   How Toddlers Thrive, written by Tovah P. Klein, Ph.D., the director of an internationally renowned centre for toddler development is a great resource about child behaviour and development for ages 2 to 5. It not only provides tips and ideas on how to help your child thrive and develop, but more importantly helps to make your home a happier place. The first half of the book is about toddler development and stages. While I did find it a bit repetitive, it is … Continue reading

10 Signs You NEED a Date Night

date night

Whether you are a working mom or a stay at home mom or a work at home mom – we are all in the same boat. We are busy, and we tend to put everyone elses needs before our own. Well, it is time to wake up and smell the coffee ladies! These are Signs YOU NEED A DATE NIGHT! Do you know how I know, because while you read the 10 reasons below, you may very well find yourselves chuckling along, or nodding your head. So, seriously – here are 10 signs you are in need of a date … Continue reading

Filling Your Child’s Emotional Bucket

  Have you ever heard of the book How Full Is Your Bucket?   I gave this book to my daughter a few years ago in hopes to increase her self esteem and the concept has fortunately stuck with both of my children! The basic idea is that we all have an emotional bucket and in any given moment, we have the opportunity to fill up someone’s bucket or empty someone’s bucket. We fill up buckets with kindness, appreciations, positive words, encouragement etc. and we empty buckets by using put downs, insults, teasing and negative thoughts. It is such a … Continue reading