Toddler Tricks - 38

  Ways to Trick your Baby:Problem: Your child doesn't want to complete the tasks necessary to move on with the day...activities like eating, taking a nap or putting toys away. You can't very well yell at them to force them to do it. They won't be any more inclined to do it next time if they remember that, plus, your next activity is usually something fun like bubbles, coloring or going out somewhere....more

I HATE THAT LIFE’S NOT FAIR, and what I’m going to do about it.

I don’t handle not getting my way too well. I know I’m supposed to be an adult about it. Plus I’m a parent, and I need to set an example for my child. But when I don’t get my way, I suffer from simmering anger, I give the cold shoulder or I hand out heaps of condescension to whoever I’m mad at.  I sometimes boil over with frustration.  Why? “IT’S NOT FAIR” says my childish reaction, repeating itself over and over in my head like a broken record. I admit it. I still HATE life isn’t fair....more

Free Comics for Everyone! May 7 is Free Comic Book Day

Got a kid who loves comics? Maybe you're a big kid who loves comics? Well, May 7th is your lucky day! Stores around the globe will be celebrating the 10th Annual Free Comic Book Day by handing out free comics to anyone who visits their stores.If you've got a little person, what better way than to introduce a love of comics - for free!Use the handy Free Comic Book Day store finder to locate a store near you....more

Don't Make Your Kids Read!

If you're locking your kids in a room and forcing them to read a book, do they rebel? If you're taking away their favorite activities in order to force them to read, are they angry and defiant? Then, don't make them read. Instead, teach them to love it.  ...more

Mother's Day? What's That?

"Oh, my boss asked me to work tomorrow and Saturday night.""Oh, really?""Yeah, and Sunday is Mother's Day.""Oh, it is?"  A worried looked seeped into his eyes."Yeah, but don't worry about it, seriously, don't worry about it." I smiled. "I'm not your mother."...Mother's Day has always been very important to my own mother, and I'm not sure why....more

Prioritizing having fun - can I do it without feeling selfish?

My cousin said to me Sunday about my midlife sabbatical from working: “If I were you, I’d just have fun and do stuff you haven’t been able to do all these past years.” It hit a chord. I’d been prioritizing volunteering for charities as my next step. I’ve been feeling a need to “do good” for a long time. But I’d also been depriving myself of pursuing having fun for myself. Why? Do a lot of moms do this? All I know is I’ve been putting my daughter, family, and job’s needs above my own for a long time. But I immediately I heard conflict in my head. It felt self-centered....more

ain't nobody happy, right? :)

Seriously, though, I think it's vital that everyone has time ...more

Super geeky fun: LEGO Community Garden at Canadian Tulip Festival

Ottawa has been home to some great LEGO-related events in the past, and this one sounds like it won't disappoint! There will be a LEGO Community Garden at this year's Tulip Festival. Located at Major's Hill park, this interactive display will feature a flower theme:...more

"I was a fat kid" by Molly Jong-Fast

     I was a fat kid.  ...more

Favorite Mom Moments

In honor of Mother's Day this weekend, I asked some people what their favorite Mom moment was. It could be as a mother or with their own mother. Here are a few of the answers I received: "Summertime at my Mom's house in Ohio. My mom, my nine-year-old son, and I are chasing each other around the backyard with squirt guns - and we're all squealing with delight." - Sherry "I still remember the day my mother picked me up at the bottom of the hill to our home and carried me on piggy back all the way up the hill....more

Operation Give a Shit

Being a selfish person, unused to spending day after day caring for children, cleaning the house and working on deadline for various outlets without seeing a regular paycheck or working regular hours, I sometimes have trouble "giving a shit." When life overwhelms me, I can spend all day until 4 p.m. in my pajamas. I can keep my kids indoors and shake my head at the state of my house, so deep under that I don't even know where to start.I don't like living like that....more