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Lori Gard

Teacher, Blogger

Lori Gard is a teacher, parent to four children, life-partner to her husband Brian, community volunteer and expert in multi-tasking, all of which can be combined simultaneously in any random order in her current passion, blogging. She has found each facet of her life to provide endless writing material for her blog. Lori was born and raised in the Maritimes, and has lived “up West” in P.E.I. since graduating with a degree in Education from the Island’s only university in 1999. Although she will never be a born and bred Islander, she still tries to embrace life the Island way.
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All Moms and Dads Must Know About 'The Casserole Card'

So...let's talk about one of the best kept secrets that the parenting advice books will never touch: the art of pulling "the casserole card." That's when I compile all the gross leftovers. If I was to serve this delectable delight on a night other than which we were about to have the TIME OF OUR LIVES, it certainly would not fly. However, all this changes when we are about to embark on an EXCITING adventure.
07/31/2013 05:37 EDT
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So You Think You've Had a Bad Day?

On those days you are having a bad day take comfort. There is always someone else having one just a wee bit worse than you. Humor me for a moment as I prove my point.
07/19/2013 03:37 EDT
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I Don't Love My Children Like My Husband Does

I realized something today as I silently watched my husband tickled our daughter, her infectious giggles urging him to do more of the same. And as I watched, I knew for sure what I'd never known before. I don't love my daughter like he does. In fact, I don't love any of our four children in the same ways he does.
07/12/2013 12:17 EDT
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Summertime Camping: Beats Having A Root Canal

Everything you will read below is a true testament to the highs and lows of camping. And I should know, having not only survived a four-day toothache all whilst suffering through the rainy season that is our July camping weather here on P.E.I..
07/03/2013 12:22 EDT
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39 Ways to Live A Beautiful Life

When I was about nine years old, a beloved aunt on my mother's side was involved in a serious, life-altering car accident. And so, to honor her life, as well as to celebrate 39 years of passionate living prior to her accident (while connecting her 39 years with my own years of life), I came up with the following list. A list of 39 ways to live a beautiful life.
06/28/2013 12:34 EDT
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How to be Awesome: 10 Easy Tricks of the Trade

Get in the habit of adding built-in exercise to your daily routine. Instead of actually exercising, I work with my perpetual lateness and just run around the house like a chicken with its head cut off. Multi-tasking at its best. Add a fancy pair of running shoes and you've got yourself a work-out regimen.
06/16/2013 10:04 EDT
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How to Handle Kids' Temper Tantrums: Tips From a Teacher

"What.the.FRIG," comes the angry retort. Then, the stomping begins, and the little tether-ball player starts to storm off. I arrive at the wall and I realize I have a choice to make. I can issue stern reprimands for disrespect to a teacher, which will be followed up on once said child arrives inside. Or I can choose another route.
06/08/2013 08:38 EDT
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Proof I'm a Parent

A recent tweet caused me to reflectively ponder my parenting skills (or lack thereof), and to ask myself: What evidence is there to prove my adequacy for this profound responsibility we call parenting? So here they are. Ten evidences that I have actually "parented" in the last 24 descending order.
06/04/2013 03:43 EDT
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Why Teachers Need Classes Too

The P.E.I. Department of Education has made a recommendation to the province to "up" the number of days for teacher professional development. This means that teachers in my province will be given more days during the school calendar year than in times prior, during which they will engage in learning and best teaching practices. To this I say: it's about time.
05/31/2013 12:25 EDT
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Offering Mothering Advice to Myself

When on a plane, they always tell you on the in-flight safety instructions to put your own gas mask on before you help the person next to you. And the same advice applies to parenting. Before you kill yourself being a parent, ask yourself this: "Have I brushed my own hair today?"
05/30/2013 03:27 EDT
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Dear Self: It's Okay to Have Imperfect Parent Days

It's okay if your children think you are the meanest mother ever for hiding their iPods in their father's underwear drawer. Everyone is entitled to his/her uninformed opinion. It's also okay that your opinion trumps all others. Really, it's okay.
05/30/2013 03:26 EDT
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What Are the Rules of Being a Mother?

I don't know about you, but every time I turn around, there it is. A message about what I, The Mother, should be doing. Or rather, shouldn't be doing. Enlighten me, if you will. What are The Rules?
05/30/2013 03:24 EDT
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I May not Be a "Good Mother", but I am Good Enough

Confession time. Along with many other like-minded mothers out there, I concur: Greatness should not be the standard when it comes to mothering. On the contrary, I think it is okay -- dare I say desirable -- to instead be a good enough mother.
04/25/2013 05:06 EDT
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A Reminder to Live Life Large and in Colour

Oh! how easy it would be to just hide under the covers and ignore the bad guys. Pretending it would all go away it we just make a simple wish. But life is far better lived in 3-D. Lived in colour. Lived out loud, and very, very large.
04/20/2013 09:02 EDT
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For Him, His Personal Best Was Showing Up!

Personal bests are never meant for comparison. We each come from very different places -- my daily best might be quite different than your daily best. And what I have to offer should never be brought up in comparison to your life contributions.
04/08/2013 05:28 EDT
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Who Are We to Judge Moms Who Need a Break?

There is a picture of a mama and her kids at the park. The kids are happily playing on the playground equipment while the mom checks a message on her phone. What could she be doing? Could a very important phone call just have come in? And who are we to judge?
03/28/2013 08:44 EDT
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International Women's Day: Keep on Keeping on, Soldier

That moment when you look at your hands, at your feet; and they look...old. When you look at your body and it seems flabby. When you look at your eyes, and they seem tired. That, my dear Mama, is the moment you realize. That being a mother is the hardest gig you've ever had to do. Harder than anything. Keep on keeping on, soldiers.
03/08/2013 12:29 EST
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Even Mothers Sometimes Need a Mother

Sometimes a body just needs to know. To feel a mother's love. To know that she is there. That she's within arm's length, when story lines grow dark. Becoming ominous, sinister. That she is only a whisper away. When the plot thickens to a portentous climax. When the theatrics prove a bit too much to take.
02/23/2013 12:04 EST