I faltered slightly as I managed to stutter to my husband,“Do you want to know what Claire just said to me?…”.
I love how each generation of fathers are becoming more involved with childcare. My husband was much more involved with our children than his father ever was and my sons are even more comfortable changing diapers and bathing infants. all paintings found at Dad and daughter relationships, as explained by 10 paintings. One of my…… Continue reading A Salute to 21st Century Fathers
Last year, one of my daughters, who was finishing up an Honours Degree in Religion and applying to Teacher’s College, asked me what I thought were the attributes of an effective teacher for her application. When I considered effective teachers, I immediately thought about effective mothers. One of the best ways to learn how to…… Continue reading Effective Mothers Remember What It Is Like to be Small
Never let them get tired and never let them get hungry
I love how each generation of fathers are becoming more involved with childcare. My husband was much more involved with our children than his father ever was and my sons are even more comfortable changing diapers and bathing infants. all paintings found at http://www.upworthy.com/dad-and-daughter-relationships-as-explained-by-10-paintings One of my son-in-laws says that he could never see himself as…… Continue reading A Salute to 21st Century Fathers
Grandparents are our kids’ link to the past, just as our kids are their grandparents’ hope for the future.
All I ever needed to know, I learned in Kindergarten, from my mum, from God…and from Dr. Seuss.(Dr. Seuss quotes are in blue) If leaders of countries and the heads of corporations practiced what they learned as small children, the world would be happier, healthier and more peaceful. Perhaps people in power should listen as Dr.…… Continue reading Revisiting: All I Ever Needed to Know …
When I was a child, we hopped on bikes without helmets, only wore sunscreen at the beach and ate peanut butter sandwiches.
An unborn child hears and reacts emotionally,
not only to his parents but also to all the other people and activity whirling around him.
The simplest way to play with our kids is in nature, especially with pets or farm animals. Have you noticed how a toddler delights in the mere glimpse of a dog or cat? Even a goldfish on the counter or a hamster in a small apartment will fascinate a small child with their antics. For…… Continue reading Fall Edition of Tender Tidings Parenting Magazine
I love how each generation of fathers are becoming more involved with childcare. My husband was much more involved with our children than his father ever was and my sons are even more comfortable changing diapers and bathing infants. . Today’s fathers are informed with access to so much more information; facts are a mere…… Continue reading
The garden was my children’s domain as well as mine because I wanted them in the garden, connecting with the earth. As they planted seeds, watered growing plants and picked fruit and vegetables, they became attuned to the rhythms of nature. My kids marvelled at the power packed in a tiny seed because after planting one bean seed, they soon ate handfuls of green beans…… Continue reading Gardening with Kids
Last year, one of my daughters, who was finishing up an Honours Degree in Religion and applying to Teacher’s College, asked me what I thought were the attributes of an effective teacher for her application. When I first thought about effective teachers, I immediately thought about effective mothers. One of the best ways to learn…… Continue reading Effective Mothers
Spring has finally come this week, Without any help from me. Flowers are blooming pushing through dead leaves and untilled soil Even more surprising, all sorts of breakthroughs are happening in my adult kid's lives simply because I let go of control prayed, trusted in God and allowed natural growth and development to progress without… Continue reading Letting Go and Watching Growth
Life at the Juneau’s farmhouse was often overwhelming with eleven personalities living, working and playing together. Luckily, Melanie had a wicked sense of humour and just enough grace to remain serene in the eye of the hurricane, the CEO of a chaotic domain. She has written hundreds of short stories, insights and articles which only…… Continue reading Oopsy Daisy
All my children have the same parents and have lived in basically the same environment. Yet each child inherited not only different physical genes but different character traits as well. This gene pool is larger than I ever dreamed it could be.The differences between my offspring are mind-boggling. Actually the truth is that every person is completely different. My two…… Continue reading The Gene Pool is Enormous
Did you know that a child conceived after a miscarriage can be affected negatively? I had no clue until recently. It really is such a simple and obvious emotional and spiritual dynamic but one that most of us are oblivious to. For some pragmatic types, this concept might seem ridiculous but as I watched, listened… Continue reading The Effects of a Miscarriage on the Next Baby
Once a year I post this article about Irlen Syndrome or SSS (Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome) because my son has Iren Syndrome. He could have grown up to be a functionally illiterate man, if I had not stumbled on a misplaced book. Now he is an avid reader in his twenties. Schools in Canada do not screen for this disability. I…… Continue reading Iren Syndrome or SSS
Remembering last year… One of my daughters Shattered , Pieces flew everywhere Slapping everyone in the face Shocking Freezing Thwarting all attempts to love her. We were all in agony Our fierce love was as ineffective as a noodle arrow which could not pierce through to her heart. We do not fully grasp what is…… Continue reading Can We Love Another Completely?
What is really important in life? One of my daughters phoned yesterday, on the coach with a migraine, only managing to nurse, change, cuddle and play with her baby. Bitter cold kept them indoors. She was feeling as if she hadn’t accomplished anything for days. I reminded her I watched her uncle die last month realizing…… Continue reading Childcare IS the Most Important Work