Five Parenting Lessons From My Five-Year-Old

five lessons from my five year old

It is true that the years pass quickly. Suddenly, I am the mother of an outspoken, creative, strong-willed little human being. Five years ago, little Boo made me Mommy. It has been quite the journey getting here. The journey has included a lot more grief than I ever could've imagined, but here we are, navigating the path together, and finding our way through this journey as a family. As a parent, I have always thought about the many lessons that I want to pass on to my daughter. All the disappointments I have faced, I want to spare her from. The tears...

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Teether Here, Teether There, Teethers Everywhere

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For months and months we have been waiting for our Little Bean to pop out her teeth. Our older daughter popped two teeth out at six months. Our youngest sprouted her whites just this week, however, she has been very oral for many months! Everything, and I mean, EVERYTHING goes into her mouth. Things that our little one has tasted that her big sister never got to try: - Paint - Earplugs - Socks - The dog cage - Restaurant highchairs - Crayons - Sharpies - Dog food - Leaves - Lego - Toilet paper rolls - And today, she tasted...

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What is Postpartum Depression Like?

I've had this post sitting in my drafts since May. It has been on my mind for a long time, but one that I've been afraid to touch. I was expecting to come back to a few paragraphs, but this post was completely empty. The only thing I had for this post was the title. There is still a stigma around postpartum depression and often leaves me fearful of being misunderstood. I really didn't understand depression prior to living it. Postpartum depression and anxiety (PPD/PPA) is difficult for me to share about because I do still feel judgement. I work with families,...

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Motherhood Moments: A Meltdown in the Street

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Recently, I have been finding it difficult to motivate myself to get out of the house. I am bouncing back from a few weeks of low mood, so I know that plays into the lack of motivation. I also know that getting out of the house every day makes me feel better, so this week I have been forcing myself to get out for a walk. I pack up both the girls and head out to fill the time between my parents leaving for the day and Brian arriving home. Our walk is usually the crazy time of day when...

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I Choose Breastfeeding, and I Choose Me

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There have been pictures of mamas breastfeeding their babies popping up on all my social media feeds in celebration of world breastfeeding week (August 1-7). Breastfeeding is a personal choice, and many health professionals are very pro breastfeeding. I'm sure you've heard the saying "breast is best." With my first daughter, I really believed that "breast is best" and therefore thought that formula was poison. What kind of mother would I be if I wanted a break and decided to give her formula? If I was physically capable, how dare I not be available to feed her? If I had to be...

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Sleep Deprived Conversations part 2

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I first wrote about our sleep deprived experiences when Cray K was one month old. Well, the sleep deprivation didn't really get any better. Did you know babies have a four month sleep regression? Oh yes they do, and our kiddo hit her regression two days before turning four months old. There were nights I was sleeping in 30 to 60 minute intervals. My level of functionality is still minimal and conversations with my husband can leave us both guessing as to what the other is trying to say. Here's a look at our conversations and actions from our four month sleep...

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How I Talk To My Preschooler About Death

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In my daughter's four years on this earth, I'd say she has experienced more death around her than a typical four-year-old. With the loss of two of her siblings, my husband and I agreed that we would always try to help her understand death by answering any questions she may have. Death is an abstract concept for a preschooler. Someone was here, and now they're not. What happened to them? Where are they now? Why do we say goodbye? How do we say goodbye? As a family, we have been navigating grief these past two years and often discuss the babies...

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The Fourth Trimester

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We have made it through what is known as the fourth trimester. These past three months have flown by. The days are long and difficult, but the time has really passed quickly. I know my maternity leave is going to be over in a flash. The first month was dedicated to recovery due to complications after birth. At first, I physically couldn't do anything. Recovering from a postpartum hemorrhage is no joke! I really had to rest. Lying in bed with the baby on me was about all I could do. The days I tried to challenge myself to be...

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Learning to Pedal Forward

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Our four-year-old has had an exciting week. She is now a proud owner of her very first bike! We promised her a trip to the store so that she could choose her own, and we wanted to make sure that we got an appropriate bike for her petite size. Is it any surprise that she chose a bike that features her two favourite Disney sisters? Our daughter has been out every day riding her new bike. At bedtime the day she received her bike, it proved to be difficult to close her eyes. "I want to ride my bike tomorrow." "Can...

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Like I’m Gonna Lose You

like i'm gonna lose you

Like I'm Gonna Lose You by Meghan Trainor and John Legend has been on repeat at our house, and in the car. Not only is our four-year-old singing this song morning, noon and night, she has also requested the Spanish version and alternates between languages. While she is actually learning Spanish from this song, she also has her own version of Spanish. (She also has her own version of Cantonese.) The first time I heard this song was while I was pregnant and it brought me to tears. The lyrics are so powerful and this love song really rang true for where...

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