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

Negative Discipline Methods — an overview

Hi, If you are one of my regular readers you know that I am working to end physical punishment of children in Canada. I am clear that hitting is assault, spanking is hitting, therefore, spanking is assault. Often when I … Continue reading

Mom, She’s Being Bad!”

Hi, I don’t know where you are and what you’re doing but I am travelling to the desert to visit with my brother and sister-in-law.  They also have five grandchildren and I hope to meet them all.While I am relaxing, … Continue reading

Is Your Child Suffering from Spring Fever?

Hi, Spring break is just around the corner and no matter where you are in Canada, you are anxiously awaiting the end of our horrible winter. That’s when we find ourselves dealing with Spring Fever. But, it’s not just us, … Continue reading

Play is the Essence of Childhood

Hi, One of the joys of my life is watching my grandchildren play. They create fantasy situations, with stories and activities associated with the story they are creating including taking on different personas to fit the game. They involve their … Continue reading