Balance Hacks for the Control-Freak Perfectionist

Balance can be extremely difficult to achieve especially if you are a control-freak perfectionist.  Unless of course, you choose balance itself to master.  Over the years, I have strived to "have it all", from work, to personal life, and finally family.  Once the kids came however, everything was thrown out the window.  Now that my oldest child is nearly nine years old, I have finally found a sense of balance in most areas of my life, although it sometimes comes crashing down like a house of cards.  Here are some of my tips to help achieve balance. ...more

A couple of other tips that work well -- having a whiteboard in a prominent place. We write ...more

Organizing Your To-Do List

Overwhelmed by all you need to do? Write it down! Make a list of everything you need to do. Next, assign a day to each task. Those things that are most important and urgent should be assigned to an earlier day. Beside those items you will do on Monday, write an M. Put a T beside the things you will do on Tuesday, and so on. Then, look at the items you have on your list for today. Prioritize them by putting a 1 beside the most important and urgent item on the list, 2 on the next, etc. ...more

Mark your calendar: Playful holidays abound in 2009!

Did you know there are lots of playful, child- and service-focused holidays to celebrate throughout 2009? Here's a short list - tell us in the comments how you plan to celebrate! ...more

Choosing a Family Calendar

Toss out the wrapping paper and let's get to work--it will be 2009 in exactly 6 days. Do you have a calendar yet? I do. It's a bit of an obsession, actually, one that has befuddled those around me. I'm generally a plugged-in, on-line kind of girl, but when it comes to calendars, I cannot bring myself to go electronic. I have tried PDAs--more than once--but to no avail. I need my paper calendar to manage my life, and I live by it. ...more

I like the fly lady calendar for my wall...it doesn't have pics but it has big squares or ...more

I Bleed Maize N' Blue

DISCLAIMER: This post contains giveaways, so you might wanna keep on reading. ...more

Language: The Hanen Centre (and a Giveaway!)

As parents we want to give our children the best start in life. In last night's US debate, the candidates talked about parents "stepping up". At first it bothered me. Blaming parents for the failures of our education system (and in Canada we're not much better) is ineffective. It does not solve the real problems that plague our education system. I refuse to believe that North American parents are any better or worse at preparing their children for school than any other parent in any other country. That ...more

Get 2008 Organized!

Make your own family calendar to help you organize and plan for the year. Print out this one (it's free) and spend some time to plan out your entire year. ...more