Category: On Being A Parent

On Being A Parent

Back to School Survival List for Parents

When my daughter was starting JK I was on the hunt for all of the best tools and resources I should have on hand.  I knew what it was to be a teacher, and I knew what I wanted kids to come to school with.  But, as a parent, this was a whole new world. After some thought and research, I collected what I now call my school survival list for parents. Waterproof Labels I’m smitten over my recent waterproof labels find!  If you have elementary-aged children and want to label their water bottles or containers you need these labels.  I personally used the Emily Press Labels, which are super easy to apply and actually lookContinue reading

Conversation is such a powerful educational tool. These are 3 powerful conversation starters for the kids in your life.
On Being A Parent

Conversation Starters for Kids

Sometimes, the most important thing I can do for my child is talk to her. Conversation is such a powerful educational tool.  It gives us the power to: Create emotional connections Tell and rephrase stories Engage in dialogue exchange Build ideas Enhance vocabulary, and Strengthen social skills. I know that as parents and educators we often look for “busy-activities”.  Things we can give our kids and have them do independently, while we tend to whatever it is we need to tend to.  However, we should also invest in conversations in a habitual way. Our kids and students need to know that they have our supportive ear, our care and concern and most importantly an open channel to expressContinue reading

Art, On Being A Parent

Mother-Daughter Painting Activity

My daughter shows a fond interest in art.  She loves all things painting, coloring, molding, etc.  I really wanted to nurture that interest, and so we’ve started a new mother-daughter tradition: canvas painting.  The idea is: we each get a canvas, or share one, and paint art that conveys a message or theme we’ve been talking about.  We’ll display our art in my daughter’s room as a reminder of the experience we shared, and will switch up the wall displays with each new art adventure we take :).  Here is our first set of canvases: The Theme/Message: We chose to have a star theme.  “Reach for the stars” is the first quote that came to myContinue reading

Important lessons when having your second child.
On Being A Parent

Lessons I Learned When Welcoming Baby #2

I’ve recently taken a little hiatus from a lot in life; but it’s for a good reason.  My little family recently welcomed our 2nd precious little baby girl.  While it’s been a rollercoaster of emotions and new experiences, it’s been a truly beautiful time.  Through this experience, I learned many new things.  Even though this is my second child, there were a lot of new experiences to be had and lessons to be learned. This post is dedicated to sharing just some of what I have come to know while welcoming baby #2 :). Labour & Delivery Remember this lovely experience?  If you’ve been through it before, how can you not! My main lesson learned here is toContinue reading

5 companies for kids that every parent and teacher should know about!
On Being A Parent, Teaching Ideas & Inspiration

5 Companies For Kids That You Should Know About

After becoming a mom, I realized that the world of toys and books is a vast one.  I searched for products and companies that aimed to enrich my daughter’s learning experience in a unique way, and that’s when I stumbled upon these 5 companies for kids that every parent and teacher should know about!  I hope you enjoy these fantastic companies as much as I did! 1. Raddish Provider of edible education! This is such an awesome concept!  Raddish essentially provides children education through food and cooking.  They currently offer 4 cooking kits, with experiences which include Art, Chemistry, & international cuisine.  Their kits include recipe and creativity cards, table talk starters and more.  What’s so greatContinue reading

Classroom Organizaion, On Being A Parent

Toy Organization Ideas (With A Minimalist Approach)

Last year I experienced a big move.  My husband, daughter and I packed our bags and relocated to Delaware.  Before that I was living with my inlaws.  My daughter was still small and didn’t require too much stuff.  A crib, changing table, stuffed animals and basket filled with shakers and plush toys were all she needed.  However, once we moved things changed quite drastically.  My daughter turned 1, began walking, became more alert and all around more demanding!  What’s more, we had much more space to hold all of our trinkets.  On came the toy buying.  Now, I have never been one to accumulate stuff.  I’ve always shopped as consciously as I could, and usually askContinue reading

On Being A Parent

Kidpreneur – Teach Kids Entrepreneurship in 5 Steps

*This post contains affiliate links for convenient viewing* The feeling you’ll get if you’re able to achieve this project will be such a rewarding moment.  Inspire your students to think outside the box and become a kidpreneur!  You may just spark something in your students that will remain as a life long lesson.  What I love about this is that it gives your students character lessons in self confidence, persistence and hard work. Ideally, you can tie these entrepreneur lessons in with a media literacy unit.  The two go hand in hand, since students will need to think of such things as target audiences, appealing to consumers, etc.  Here are the steps you’ll need to teach kids entrepreneurship.Continue reading

On Being A Parent

To my dear sweet child…

To my dear sweet child, If you are reading this letter, it is because you are about to have a child of your own.  I choose to write this to you because I am currently raising you… my gem.  I am trying to polish you, care for you, and protect you.  I’m also choosing to write this to you, because I am young and super cool, and you probably don’t want to listen to your old mother at this point in your life.  So listen to the totally awesome younger version of mama :). When I was pregnant with you, I could have never expected what was coming my way.  My sweetheart, a lot ofContinue reading

On Being A Parent

That moment…

Throughout my pregnancy, I imagined that the moment I first held my daughter would be magical.  As in: cue the fireworks and tears kinda thing.  So you can imagine how horrible I felt, when my midwife abruptly placed this squirming, naked, crying little person on top of me and I couldn’t focus on that magical moment.  How could I?  There I was, still in delivery, uncomfortable, in pain, and nearly out of my mind.  Don’t get me wrong, I did appreciate her beautiful little presence, but not like I imagined.  It wasn’t until the midwife took my baby and husband (the other baby in my life :D) aside and explained all the “hows” and “whatContinue reading