Jenna Em is the mom of 5 great kids, 8 years and under! She hold an Honours B.A. in English from the University of Toronto. Visit her family-friendly blog: SnyMed Living High on the Hog Blog! You can also follow her on Twitter @SnyMed.
If your mom is like mine, she's pretty great and deserves to be remembered and honoured on Mother's Day! Looking back, my
Whether you're in Ontario or in a different province, you've likely heard about Toronto and GTA housing prices. Last night was the first time we placed an offer in over two years -- and was the first time ever we participated in a home bidding war!
04/02/2013 04:55 EDT
On January 1 I decided to make some major changes to my family's nutrition and physical activity. I began to think of our five young children, all the proper body weights--but with a frequent propensity to eating desserts and exercising too rarely. They also learned by example, and noticed when I would snack.
03/08/2013 12:39 EST
My husband and I really wanted to take our own five young kids to Walt Disney World. My family had such a great time at Disney, that my kids are still talking about it two months later -- and constantly asking to go back! Here are some tips I will pass on to you, if you are planning a Disney vacation!
02/27/2013 05:50 EST
I began putting together the pieces of the puzzle: new toys broken -- no, decimated -- in under 60 seconds; clothing cut up with scissors; unfinished food smashed with a toy "hammer"-- my children had been displaying destructive behaviour. Here are some steps I put in place to get my house back, which I call <strong>SCABS</strong> for short: Supervision, Consequences, Activities, Boredom and Segregation.
02/21/2013 08:05 EST
On January 1 of this year, I made a resolution to get my family more active, and eat healthier foods together. The quintessential resolution, right? But would you believe that I lost 15 pounds in six weeks by sledding? Yes! As in with a toboggan!
02/14/2013 12:11 EST
I recently heard how the new Vine app was taking the Social Media world by storm. It's an iPhone app that allows you to shoot a 6 second looping video and upload it to Twitter, Facebook and the Vine network. At first the idea of making a mini movie didn't sound novel to me, but I still knew that I wanted to check it out!
01/31/2013 03:34 EST
This year I resolved to get my family more healthy and active, by employing 10 simply strategies. I had taken inventory of my family's daily nutrition, and realized that there was room for improvement in both the quality and quantity of food that my family consumed. So here are the 10 simple strategies.
01/18/2013 07:58 EST
My husband and I couldn't believe that simple family homes in the GTA could sell at the same prices that mansions used to! The truth became evident: There was just not an appropriate home for us in the current market at our price point.
01/09/2013 05:23 EST
Reading on my smartphone, tablet or e-reader doesn't give me the same thrill as reading an old-fashioned paper book. But why would I stop by the bookstore, or visit the local library, when I can download the <em>latest</em> books in seconds? Does society need paper books any more?
01/02/2013 12:00 EST
When I was a child in the 1970s and 80s, there was a plenitude of catchy commercials and singable jingles! Many of these commercials had enough staying power to last a lifetime, and have been permanently imprinted on my memory. Here's a list of the best 10 commercials and jingles that I remember from my childhood, in no particular order.
12/25/2012 05:08 EST
Shock, disbelief and tears have flooded us, after the Newtown, Connecticut slaying of 20 primary school children aged 5-10 years old. Although it's easy to be blindsided by the heinous crime that took place, let's ask ourselves if the same could happen at our child's school -- and what steps can be taken to prevent a similar tragedy?
12/15/2012 11:56 EST
If you're looking to save some money this holiday season, did you know that there are some great deals to be found at the Dollar Store? Although some items on this list may not be found at your particular Dollar Store, many of them will be! Save dollars at a time when you shop the items from this list!
12/11/2012 08:26 EST
Often when I meet a couple with one child, the discussion of whether they should grow their family comes up. As the mom of five kids, people feel comfortable discussing family size with me, and I'm asked to weigh in on the topic. Here's my take on the matter.
12/04/2012 05:43 EST
I admit that I'm a hard-to-buy-for Mama, usually offering few suggestions of what I'd like for the holidays. But ask me what I want for the kids, I can instantly rhyme off gifts for my entire brood. This is often the case with us Mamas who put our families first, and ourselves last. So I've decided to make a wish list for the Holidays, and cease being the difficult one this year.
11/25/2012 12:40 EST
As a child, I would play outside all day long, only coming indoors for meals. How the times have changed! My kids think that somehow it is my husband's and my responsibility to entertain them! In my own generation, my parents never played the role of entertainment clowns, so how have today's parents somehow fallen into this role? How to shake up this generation of BORED kids? Here are some of my suggestions.
11/20/2012 08:00 EST
I sometimes wonder if I was properly prepared for having five kids, four of whom are little boys. After all, no one handed me the instructions manual that explained what makes boys tick! So, I've decided to write the Cole's Notes version, just for you! Share it if you know someone who also never received the manual!
11/13/2012 12:08 EST
We received a phone call from the palliative care unit to hurry over, as my father-in-law was about to die. When we shook off the personal grief for a moment, the horror set in that the children no longer had their special Grandpa. He was gone and now we would have to tell them the sad, sad news.
11/05/2012 08:06 EST
Our daily routine was very predictable: my son would arrive home from school, he and his siblings would be given a nutritious snack, and then it would be homework time. That's when the tantrums, rage and complaints would begin. Common complaints were that I was SO mean and unfair, or "torturing" him to do his homework! Here are some tips I have used to get my son to do his homework.
10/25/2012 12:19 EDT
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