What will draw smells out of a closet? Closed closets can be hosting a variety of strange, musty smells when you finally open the doors. This is especially true in a room belonging to a child. Remind the family that dirty clothing should be tossed into the laundry bin instead of being shoved into the closet. Cleaning the closet, airing out the clothes and removing shoes with … [Read more...] about What Will Draw Smells Out of a Closet?
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TGIS – Thank Goodness It’s (almost) September! Parents rejoice, children groan. No matter how you feel about the end of summer va-cay, it’s definitely time to start gearing up for the start of a new school year. So, in between shopping for endless supplies (do I really need to buy more glue sticks?!) and the latest must-have fashions, take a few minutes to review some back to … [Read more...] about Back to School Safety Tips for Younger Kids
“Mom, are you my friend?” Those are the 5 words my son asked me. That small question made me think - how do I want to answer this? It had me pondering what other mothers thought about the idea of “being their child’s friend.” But before I share their thoughts, let me tell you my own: "No, I am not your friend, I am your mom,” is what I told my 10-year-old son. But the … [Read more...] about Be Your Kid’s Best Parent, Not Their Best Friend!
Back-To-School season is an expensive time for families. As a mom of six kids, I know this too well. It’s Inventory Time! Go Through Those Closets – purge the stuff you no longer need, but keep an eye out for those little gems that are hand-me-down worthy. They are invaluable – we rely on hand-me-downs from older siblings, cousins, neighbours and pretty much anyone else who … [Read more...] about Back To School On A Budget
As a child, all I wanted to do was fit in. Having parents that divorced when I was in fourth grade did not help that ambition. My dream of belonging was further crushed when my dad remarried his secretary. Now, not only did I not fit in with my friends who all seemed to have perfect, “traditional” families, I was now part of a lame cliché. I was not a happy camper. This … [Read more...] about Stepchild to StepMom: How To Do It Better