When a baby is held in a caregiver’s arms, she is experiencing the world at the same physical level of adults; she sees more, touches more, feels more, and hears more than babies who are carried at knee level in a stroller or car seat.
But what do you do when your child wants pink cupcakes? Well, I’m happy to report that I have an answer you will love. Beets my friend. Beets.
There are so many things we want our kids to learn; Sports, languages, dance, gymnastics, pottery, karate, swimming, piano. The list is pretty much endless. All of those things are great and have their place, but cooking is one thing that gets overlooked a lot.
When we take the time to teach our children kitchen skills we are giving them a gift that will have a positive impact on the rest of their lives. And, as an added bonus, one day when they have acquired some real skills, they won’t just be “helping” us in the kitchen, they will be preparing us dinner. Now imagine that…
Poor January. After all of the merriment and festivities of December, January often stretches out in front of us endlessly. But it doesn’t have to. Whenever the weather gets too cold or there’s a cold or flu running its course and we are home-bound, I always turn to one of my favourite books for inspiration: Mrs. Sharp’s Traditions: Reviving Victorian Family Celebrations of Comfort and Joy.
Our Gingerbread House may not be perfect, but with the light shining on it just right, it wasn’t half bad, and today, that’s good enough.
Regardless of your reason for celebrating, the Christmas season can be full of warmth, relaxation, and joy if you take a little time to reflect on what works for you and your family! If you keep the focus on the simplicity of being together you will experience all the true magic the season has to offer.
One of my kids favourite things for breakfast is oatmeal. Oats are a very grounding food full of fibre, vitamins, and minerals. But after reading the book, Nourishing Traditions, I learned there is a certain way that oats (and all grains and legumes) need to be prepared in order to maximize nutrient absorption.
What I learned that night, was that sometimes a thing isn’t about what you think it’s about. I thought Halloween was about collecting and eating a pillowcase full of candy. But it turns out, it’s about getting a little spine-tingling thrill, sharing with your community, and finally feeling (and looking) like the superhero that you really are.
When there is a choice between doing another load of laundry or sauntering outside to enjoy an unseasonably warm October day, ask yourself which of those two options will lift you up and feed your spirit. The choice is yours.
We worry over milestones constantly. And our adult minds are so quick to meet trouble halfway when all we really need to do is to wait and hope*. Even when we aren’t sure, it is our duty to encourage the impossible.
A few months ago, my son informed me that his front tooth was loose. Ever the skeptic, I said, “Are you sure?” And as I pressed gently on this tooth, I was shocked to discover it WAS loose. Why was I so shocked? Well, he wasn’t even 6 yet, and, how could he possibly be loosing teeth when it feels like he just got them? Didn’t I just pour my love over him through sleepless nights of teething pain? And now, it’s on to the next stage already.