Tag Archives: independence

Failure is the route to success

Failure Can Be a Gift Helicopter parents hover; they are always there to make sure that there are no bumps in the road for their children. Another aspect to this dynamic is the fear of failure. That is, fear of … Continue reading






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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






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He Dressed Himself!

Hello, It’s been a great couple of weeks for me. I celebrated a major birthday and my gift is humungous (to quote one of my grandson’s favourite words). With my hubby, John, I will be spending a few days in … Continue reading






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Make Your Toys Gender Free

Hi,  The beautiful weather means that our kids will spend more time outdoors. And when they are playing, let’s let them determine what they will do. If Olivia wants to haul sand in a dump truck good for her and … Continue reading






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Chores in the Summer-time

Hi,  Summer holidays are on the horizon and your kids will find themselves with extra time on their hands. If they’re not already doing chores this is the time to start. Depending on their age this may also be the … Continue reading






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Baby Talk Leads to Baby Talkers

Hi, From the first word out of our children’s mouths to the long descriptive stories they love to tell as they get older, language is an important piece of child development.So today we’re going to take a quick look at … Continue reading






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Manners Matter

Modelling Manners for Your Children A while back I saw an article lisitng rules for entertaining like a grownup. The exact rules were not the point; the real point was that once we’re adult and beyond the poor student stage, … Continue reading






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Feeding picky eater

Hi, You’d think that kids would love to eat and would simply enjoy the food that is prepared for them. (I love food that is prepared for me!). But, we all know that dealing with picky eaters is a a … Continue reading






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Why you want to get involved with your child’s school

Happy New Year, It’s the start of a new year and a time to assess where we want to put our time and energy. Our children’s education is important to us and we want to ensure that things are going … Continue reading






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Rewards for Marks — A Good Idea?

Hello, I received a question about rewarding children for marks. Marjorie, Mom of Katie says: “The last time report cards were handed out in my daughter’s grade two class, she discovered that her friend gets rewarded with money and small … Continue reading






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