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Disney On Ice: A Magical Family Outing

On Tuesday we took my daughter Amanda (5) and my son Ben (10) to see Disney on Ice at the Rogers Center. The kids were totally excited to go downtown to see a show, and the "coolness" of seeing an ice rink set up where we would normally go to see baseball was not lost on the kids.
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“Boys Will Be Boys” and Other Annoying Assumptions

Last week I told my tween girls that I’d got them a subscription to a magazine. I thought they’d be excited, but instead they responded with “We don’t want it mom – we don’t want to read about lip gloss”. Interesting.

Greetings and Farewells

I’ve spoken before about how I think it’s important to always look happy when you see your children. Whether the kids are walking in...
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All for One – Co-operative Games

Over the past couple of months, I have written about a number of the new breed of board games. My intention when I started...
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Why I Avoid Reading

I recently had the opportunity to read a book. As a busy, working mom of six, it was a rare occasion. We were at the cottage for a week and my kid had been nagging me to read her favourite novel, The Hunger Games.

Ultimate Dinosaurs: Visiting the Giants

I visited the Royal Ontario Museum last week, with my two boys (9 yrs & 11 yrs), to check out the new exhibit and world premiere of Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants From Gondwana, a limited time exhibit on now at the ROM. Earlier this year, I wrote about the ROM's 'must see' permanent dinosaur display...
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A Safe Haven

Children of all ages treasure their bedrooms – it’s their refuge, their castle, their playroom and their safe haven. They spend as much time there as they can but is this space actually healthy for them?
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Kids’ CBC Days ‘Picnic Party’!

What do a talking yam, a Cat in a hat, and a girl named Patty all have in common? Kids' CBC! I had the great opportunity to attend the Kids' CBC Days event happening at the CBC Broadcasting Centre in downtown Toronto. This is a 2-day event that is open to the public and is jam-packed with some fantastic activities...
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My Great Parenting Mistakes of 2013

As a general rule, I don’t do New Year’s resolutions. The last thing I really need is to put extra pressure on myself. But with a new year upon us, I know we all look for a fresh start and often in the how to parent better department
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Kids Ear Piercing – For or Against?

I discovered yet another parenting “hot button” topic this week. In the past, I’ve been sucked into every controversial parenting topic possible. We’ve all beaten a dead horse talking about our stance on different types of vaccinations, circumcision, breastfeeding – the list goes on and on.
Are my kids materialistic Enough

Are My Kids Materialistic Enough?

Throughout my parenting journey, I’ve generally put value on experiences rather than stuff. I’m not fussed about having fancy furniture or cars, mostly because...
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How to Light up your Backyard Party

Every year, we host a big Victoria Day fireworks party. For my American friends – this means that yes, we celebrate the birthday of a long dead English Queen, but we’ll take our holidays where we can get them.

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Winter Carnivals and Festivals

It's time for some 'cool' outdoor play! Winter carnivals are held in January and February each year - and are a great way to beat those winter blues. See dog sled racing, participate in traditional winter games, snow shoe, sledding and plenty of other creative winter activities.
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