Dear, sweet husband, I want you to know that love still exists between us. When Valentine's Day isn't quite as romantic as it used to be because of diapers, spit up and early bed times, know that I wouldn't have it any other way. When it gets hard, I'll choose to be with you.
The story is less about the pictures and more about the words. It contains methodically picked vocabulary with a psychological purpose. One recommendation is to concentrate on listening instead of the pictures, however the pages are filled with soft subdued colours to keep readers in a peaceful and calm place.
We introduced the kids to the idea of charity by getting them to donate their time; they helped us sell Daffodils, which was a mere four hours, but the impact it had on them was profound. The kids also gained a greater understanding of how they can make a difference.
As a busy mom, I don't value the standard gifts of Valentine's Day the way I did as a young bride and I think many women out there think the same way. We don't need the extra calories of heart-shaped chocolate or expensive, cut flowers that wilt and die in a few days or a store-bought card that lacks originality.
What if handwriting is once again integral to the worlds of communication and commerce? If so, your kid, down the line, may end up needing handwriting more than we thought. But will she ever be able to achieve real graphic fluency, given that cursive is no longer taught in many schools?
While I may not be able to make a card half as beautiful as my daughter's, there are small things I can do every day to show my children I love them.
One board in particular seems intent on demonstrating, even before the deadline, that its employees have zero interest in complying with the Alberta government's regulations that would implement supportive school environments for LGBTQ youth.
I thought yoga would be a great way to connect with my children and get into shape at the same time. I found many great apps on my iPad, and we got started. Except it didn't work out the way I thought it would.
When a friend says postpartum depression is normal, I get disappointed. When a psychologist says postpartum depression is normal, I get worried. When a New York Times best selling author and former U.S. congressional candidate with hundreds of thousands of followers says that postpartum depression is normal, I get livid.
I consider these things to be lessons from the daughter I never met, but know innately.
I couldn't keep it in any longer. "I love you!" I exclaimed much too loudly to my boyfriend, who was sitting next to me on a blanket.
Parenting, like life, is about balance. Between independence and rules, work and play. With the authoritative dolphin style of parenting, greater self-confidence, critical thinking, good behaviour and academic performance are all achieved by encouraging collaborative communication that is both firm and flexible.
My idea of romance has changed a bit since our kids entered the picture. Parenthood is like exploring a strange jungle together. Everyday brings something completely different from the next. As strange as it may sound, it can be pretty romantic. Stick with me on this one.
Isn't the fact that my daughter got to school prepared and on time the most important thing?
When I gave up the screen-feed, my life woke up.
We flit in and out of each other's lives like acquaintances at a cocktail party, stopping just long enough to compliment a fancy dress or a particularly elaborate hairstyle.
Every parent who's been through this stage knows just how hard the emotional roller coaster can be. But there were also many wonderful things that came out of this year. So as I'm preparing to welcome my Threenager, I do hope some of my 2 year old lingers a little longer.
For a parent of a special needs child, many of us are faced with the challenges of a day when our children, many of whom don't like touch, affection or cannot understand the meaning, and wonder how to go about celebrating this day. What's a parent to do?
While still unproven, the Zika virus, mild for many who get it, appears to cause a severe fetal abnormality -- microcephaly -- in which an infant's head doesn't develop properly in the womb and causes brain damage. The rate of microcephaly in Brazil is suddenly 20 times above average and that rise appears to coincide with Zika outbreaks.