Fostering Tiny Humans – Step One

A couple of weeks ago I filled out the form on the Children’s Aid Society website indicating an interest to become a foster home. They sent back a message checking in with me, asking whether I was aware of the different religious and cultural based foster agencies in the city, and confirmed whether we wanted […]

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Image: A redheaded toddler on the lap of his parent, holding a book together

Sick Mama, Sick Baby

We’re feeling a lot better now, but we’ve been sick for about a week – before us it was my partner that was sick, then the rest of us caught it eventually. My goal was to take it as easy as possible – and to encourage my son to do the same. The weather was […]

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The way people treat children

The way people treat children

I’m not alone in how I see children, there are people that inspire me to be better and more thoughtful and more patient – folks like Robin Enzig of Visible Child and Teacher Tom.  Having expectations are developmentally appropriate and fair make things a lot easier.  Boundaries are created and kept and gently supported. Feelings are […]

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new year, same great us

new year, same great us

Yesterday morning we bundled up and got ready for the ymca. It’s become a regular thing, this guaranteed Tuesday morning visit to the Y – why? Because we have a regular cleaner now, and it’s nice to get out of the house and get out of their way. I’d rather spend time with the TinyHuman […]

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We went outside and other things

The Tinyhuman had a swimming lesson this morning – he went with his dad, and I slept in until the glorious time of 9am. I’m getting pretty into these Saturday mornings where I sleep in, and then do some housework while they go play in the pool. In my head, I thought maybe I would […]

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What We Learned – Owls, Trucks, Nature programming, more owls

What We Learned – Owls, Trucks, Nature programming, more owls

Every Wednesday we watch the garbage or recycling  truck from the front window – conveniently we have been reading Digger, Dozer, Dumper, an amazingly fun and wonderful board book with a couple pages focused on a garbage truck.  When we hear the familiar rumble of the waste disposal truck  –  my son looked at me, […]

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Weekly Vegan Menu Planning #3 –

Weekly Vegan Menu Planning #3 –

I started my planning process earlier this time around, so there is no scramble to make a plan and also it gave a little time to go along and comment on the week as things happened. How did we do with last week’s plan? I think it’s worth analyzing how last weeks meal plan worked […]

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Weekly Vegan Menu Planning #2

Weekly Vegan Menu Planning #2

I should start thinking about the weeks ahead during the week before, but we get to Sunday and I remember it’s time to put our grocery order in. Grocery order? Well – our local grocer has an online option so someone else picks our groceries for us and we load it into our car. We […]

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Tiny Human House, Tiny Houses, She Sheds

Somehow I’ve gotten a bit obsessed with the idea of a She Sheds. Or just, having a tiny shed in the garden to escape and read or craft or write in. It’s part of a large effort to simplify things in the house, and make the house as safe as possible for our little one, […]

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One Year of Mama

My baby is one year old. While obviously, this is a significant milestone for him – I’m trying to find a balance between telling my story, and not telling his. The often forgotten part of birthday’s are parents – and I know I never gave my parents much thought when I was growing up and it was […]

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