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Helping our older kids ‘stuck’ at home during Covid-19

The pandemic has forced so many changes in our lives. As I reflect on what is happening in my family, I feel it is especially difficult for our teens and young adults.

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Our Teens are Experiencing Grief & Loss too

These are difficult times as we all struggle to figure out what “parenting in a pandemic” means. For many of us, there is a pervasive sense of loss and grief. Sometimes it is easy to forget that our teens are experiencing grief and loss too.

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How can we keep our kids interested in learning?

As we all learn to navigate a world we never expected to find ourselves in, here are some tips and strategies to help keep our kids interested in learning.

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Gratitude builds Connection–REALLY!

I believe that gratitude builds connect—and, as a parent, I have found that a daily gratitude practice is a wonderful way to connect with our kids. As a parent of a 16 year old, I have discovered that having a gratitude practice has been one of the best ways of connecting.

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Parenting is Hard (What happened when my son gave up competitive hockey)

I try to set a good example for my children, I think all parents do. We all try to do what we think is right for our children. To teach them well. To instill a sense of integrity and morality. But sometimes it’s hard to lead by example. Sometimes you want to yell and scream and fight back when people behave poorly. This happened recently in my family and when it was all over, I had to thank my son for being wiser than I am.

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What is next for me?

Wake up, dress, feed, entertain, teach the children, put the children to sleep, repeat. This is my regular daily routine. Spending my days with my children, laughing, learning and playing is something I so enjoy. However, as my youngest is nearing his second birthday, I’m left feeling overwhelmed with what to do when I am able to go back to work.

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Parenting as a Newcomer: Moms share their stories.

I was thrilled to be part of a conversation with Arabic speaking mothers who are now living in Canada. The conversation, shown in the video , shares a bit of the mother’s stories regarding learning to parent in a country different from the one they were born in.

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Beating Holiday Stress

Three sets of grandparents, two sets of great grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends… That’s a lot of love and it’s also a LOT of people to see over the holidays! Not to mention wanting to have time making memories with just our own little family. Add to that concerts, parades, shopping, volunteering, parties, and all of the other things that make holiday time so special. This time can become pretty stressful.

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First Day Back at School

This morning, like many parents, I sent two of my boys on the bus for another school year. It’s lunch time right now and the house is too quiet. Although I still have some littles here with me at home, it’s not quite the same.

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Now I am a grandma

Reflections on being a Grandma

It seems that it was only a few years ago when I became a mom. Now I am a grandma. . . how quickly time and seasons pass.

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Encouraging Empathy Family Together

How I Learned to Encourage Empathy

It dawned upon me some years ago that empathy does not come naturally for everyone. After a distressing and confusing moment with my young child, I began to do some research about how to encourage empathy with my children. What I learned was a great relief: empathy is a skill that can be taught and there are many things I can do to encourage empathy in my children.

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Will my son ever sleep through the night?

My son was 3.5 years old before he was able to sleep through the night. Somewhere in there, I began to despair that it would never happen. But I learned a few things during those early, sleep-deprived years

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Social media and chlldren

Social Media and Children

Social media and children. Our arrival at this issue was a big surprise for my husband and I. Our kids are not yet teenagers and I thought we had time before some of the more subtle teachings of navigating social media were required. Were we wrong!

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Date Night for Mom and Dad

Before my wife and I were married, we really enjoyed dating. It was part of how we fell in love. Date night for mom and dad? When was there time for that?! Well, I learned that in order to be a good parent, I also need to be a good partner. So, we work at it!

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Losing a Child to Suicide

Losing a child is unimaginable. This may be one of the most truthful statements ever made because if you have not lost a child you simply cannot imagine it. Losing a child to suicide, that is another whole category of unimaginable.

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