Is Ashley Ready for a Sleepover Party?

Hello, How has your summer been?  What were the highlights? We took a trip to visit a number of friends and relatives with summer cottages. We were, in fact, cottage-surfing. The Ontario weather was not exactly the best but the visits … Continue reading

Planning Now Will Make Back to School a Breeze

  Hi, Well I’m back from holidays feeling rested and ready for the rest of the summer. Today we’re going to take a look at preparing for the Fall.  Yes, it will be here before we know it. Settle back … Continue reading

When Do Bribes Work?

If You Behave I’ll Give You a Candy. Recently I read an article about running errands with kids. The premise was that you make it fun and comfortable for all. The author talked about preparing the children for the outing. … Continue reading

Kids in the Kitchen

Hello, Today we’re going to about involving your kids in meal preparation. While your do that,  I am off having wonderful restaurant meals in Southern Oregon.  Ashland and the Oregon theatre festival to be exact. It’s an annual trip for us … Continue reading

Is Parenting Instinctive?

Hi, June in our area of the world is always uncertain. Every day is different. It often seems as if we have all four seasons at some point during the month. And then, in my experience, on about July 10 … Continue reading

The Dreaded Final Exams

Hello, If you are reading this during the evening, pacific time I will be enjoying a lovely meal with my husband and a few close friends. We are celebrating our forty-ninth wedding anniversary. How time flies! How fortunate I am … Continue reading

Is Sacrifice a Dirty Word?

Hi,  It seems the first version of this post hit some snags so I am starting over and hope this works. Is sacrifice a dirty word? What is the line between meeting our kids needs and looking after ourselves? It … Continue reading

Is Sacrifice a Dirty Word?

Hi, Is sacrifice a dirty word? What is the line between meeting our kids needs and looking after ourselves? It can be a challenging decision. We’re going to take a look at this thorny concept today. The Prime Directive of … Continue reading

Sometimes child discipline goes awry and a small child ends up in the morgue

Hi, If you live in BC you know that it’s election time but I was astonished when I saw a TV comment indicating that our young people aren’t even aware there is an election campaign going on. We need to … Continue reading

The Ins and Outs of Curfews

 Hi, I hope you had a wonderful long weekend. Whether you were celebrating at your church, watching kids hunt for Easter eggs, at a Vaisakhi parade or opening the family cottage it does seem to be the weekend the welcomes … Continue reading