Preschool Development

Broccoli or Cookies I mentioned a while ago that I’d attended an interesting presentation by a couple of child psychologists and discovered that I’d done quite well (completely by accident) at parenting my girls when they were babies.  (Read “Talking to Babies“) Unfortunately, it turns out that I didn’t do quite as stellar a job parenting them as […] Continue reading →

Talking to Babies

Tasha feeding Kaitlyn Long story, but I was at a “Nerd Night” event this week (the short version of the long story is, “I like learning stuff”). One of the presenters was a professor of child psychology at an infant level and another was a professor of child psychology at a kindergarten level. I really enjoyed their talks […] Continue reading →

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Activity

lower case alphabet stamps Nina is one of our viewers who has been following us since our sites started many years ago.  She sent this project suggestion using the templates from our Chicka Chicka Boom Boom section. Nina wrote: “Hi Leanne, I did this with Emmaline age 5, who just started Kindergarten. Her teacher was doing the book two days […] Continue reading →

Paper Bag Puppets (for Christmas)

Christmas paper bag puppets Paper bag puppets aren’t just crafts — they’re creative toys for the kids to play with throughout the season!  Have everyone make a different character and then create your own little skits or action songs.  It works out well in our house because Kaitlyn’s always liked making the craft and Tasha has always liked making […] Continue reading →

Hiking the Loop Brook Trail

First Trestle Viewpoint The Loop Brook Trail in Glacier Park, British Columbia (BC) is the perfect type of trail for my husband Darren and I. It’s a beautiful, forest walk (which I love) that is a pleasant challenge in parts without ever feeling dangerous. It’s also an interpretive walk with frequent signs detailing Canadian and CPR railway history […] Continue reading →

Invasion of the… flowers!?

Clearing the Rhododendrons When we were in Scotland, Darren and I were pleasantly surprised by how lovely the countryside was. It was pristine, beautiful and litter free. So, as we approached Torridon (near the coast in the north) we were surprised to see plumes of inky, black smoke rising up in the distance. What could that be about, […] Continue reading →

Parenting Through Jet Lag

Tower Bridge Jet lag is a very real condition and, sadly, there is no magic cure. For many people (myself included) jet lag is also more than ‘just feeling a bit tired’ – the biggest symptom I get is actually tummy troubles whereas my husband and kids tend to get tired, headachy feelings. Darren, especially, gets quite […] Continue reading →

Touring Halifax, Nova Scotia

Cruise Ship In Halifax Harbour The port city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada has been a vacation destination for our family for a number of year’s now. Our favourite time to visit is late September to early October when (most years) the weather is still warm and the autumn leaves are putting on their display of golds and reds. Halifax […] Continue reading →