To the Invisible Mom

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Mother's Day is just around the corner, a day where mothers everywhere are celebrated and honoured by their children and the community around them. The florist down the street from us said that Mother's Day is her busiest day of the year. Flowers, cards, cosmetics and sugary treats are brought to the forefront of stores. I Love Mom, Best Mom, and #1 Mom are a few phrases we see on mugs, shirts and other merchandise. While mothers are visibly being celebrated, my heart breaks for the invisible mom. The mom you see being celebrated, surprised with gifts and embraced is the...

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Easter Egg Dyeing Recipe

Our three year old has sensed that Easter is around the corner, not because we have told her, but because she's seen chocolate bunnies in every store and in the flyers that we receive.  She had her first taste of chocolate last Easter and since then, she's been a sugar addict!  Thankfully she is still a lover of fruits, carbs and milk. I've incorporated some non sugary activities into our week including an invitation to shaving cream with foam eggs and egg dyeing.  This was the first time that I've dyed eggs with Maliya, and as a lover of EVERY...

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My Three Year Old Made Me Wear It

I am so very thankful for each one of you who read this blog.  You've sparked some great conversations and inspired many topics for me to write about, however, this is the first time I've been dared by one of you!  Now I could've just pretended that I didn't see it, but I love you all, am so glad you're here and value what each one of you have to say, even if it's at my expense. The dare was to let my three year old dress me for a week.  I did see this on another blog, so I...

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How Gel Can Buy You Ten Minutes

Every morning we face the battle of getting ready for the day, waking up, getting out of bed, getting changed, washing up and finally making it to the breakfast table.  My little one likes to cuddle in the morning, and by cuddle, I mean climb on top of me and wedge herself between my arm and my side and wrap herself around my arm.  This is after she has woken me with her series of "Mommy.  Mommy?  Mommy!!"  She will then begin to go through her repertoire of songs, including, but not limited to, Family Finger, ABC, Bingo, and back to...

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Love Is All

For the past five months I've been able to rely on my three year old for my monthly music recommendations, but she's still listening to Living on a Prayer on repeat and has been no help this month.  Since we've had Valentine's and Family Day recently, I thought a song about love would be appropriate.  Love is All begins with a chorus that paraphrases 1 Corinthians 13:4, a bible verse that is often read at weddings.  Let me try and unpack the four lines we hear in the chorus. Love is everlasting This tells me that love is not a...

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Child Led Play

After breakfast was eaten and the crumbs were swept, Into the closet, a little girl crept. She asked for red and yellow and blue, With painting on her mind, yes that's what she wanted to do. "Shall we paint outside" is what I asked, Socks and shoes, she made her own task. We grabbed the brushes, and canvas and paint. Out the door we headed, without a single complaint. The invitation to paint were all colours she chose, two brushes and small recycled wood pieces as her canvases. Without wasting a minute, Maliya came and began doing her thing.  She...

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Hugged by an Angel

In my work as an Early Childhood Educator, I've had the blessing of meeting many different families with diverse stories, cultures and dynamics.  Over the past ten years I've been in the field, my message to parents remains the same, you are the biggest advocate for your child!  If something in our classroom is not working for your child, tell us, if you require a referral to a pediatrician, present facts to your doctor, if your child learns differently than what is perceived as "normal," then speak up on what will help your child to be successful. Recently on Facebook,...

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You’re Super Mom

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Over the past few days, I’ve been chatting online with a fellow dancing mama.  We were discussing programs for our daughters, from dance to preschool and beyond.  I told her we only have Maliya in one program right now, and for the fall, probably preschool and one other.  She asked how I keep Maliya busy if she’s only in one program?  Since Maliya loves her sensory play, she’s constantly into something messy at home, paint, playdough, shaving cream, water beads, cornstarch goop, and more playdough.  In addition to that, we love walking around our neighbourhood, splashing in puddles, checking out...

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More Than Words

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Brian picked up the guitar last week and started playing More Than Words by Extreme. Immediately, Maliya dropped what she was doing and asked "what's that song?"  It's one of those songs that we played back in the day, but neither of us could remember the chord progression passed the intro, so we pulled up the video for Maliya to hear the whole song.  She commented on their long hair.  I asked Brian if they were brothers, Maliya jumped in and replied "No, they're sisters!"  She also told me that "they have a hairband, sometimes boys have a hairband."  I told...

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Living on a Prayer

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While cooking dinner one night, I started singing the oh so famous guitar riff from Living on a Prayer.  Maliya instantly stopped playing and asked "what's that song, Mommy?"  Maybe because I was singing like a crazy lady and she thought I had gone mad.  I told her it was a song by Bon Jovi, then played it for her.  We danced around the kitchen singing "owa owa, owa owa..." (That's the sound of the electric guitar incase you couldn't tell)  At this point, she realized I was playing the song off youtube and asked to see the video.  The...

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