Motherhood can be a dream. Nothing compares to welcoming your own children into the world, to watching them take their first steps, to hearing their first words, to seeing them make friends, go to school, graduate, begin their careers, start families of their own... Motherhood can also be a nightmare. Nothing is more agonizing than watching your children hurt, bullied, or in … [Read more...] about A Matter of Life: Suicide Awareness and Prevention
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We took three “First Day of Kindergarten” pictures this year. There was our son's first day of virtual kindergarten – August 24. Then his first day of hybrid kindergarten – November 10. Two weeks after that, we went back to all-virtual school. We started round two of hybrid kindergarten again at the end of February. And then, finally, in April, we took our son's “First Day of … [Read more...] about We Survived Virtual Kindergarten!
Where I live, we’ve just gone into another lockdown. Different regions are seeing different things – schools closed, restaurants shut down, physical distancing in place. This is hard. It has been going on a long time and parents are exhausted and frustrated. We have a lot to be upset and stressed about, but with the risk of sounding toxically positive, I want to reflect on a … [Read more...] about Silver Linings for Families During a Pandemic
We just survived a holiday with my in-laws, and when I say in-laws I don’t just mean Daddy-o’s parents - I mean ALL of the in-laws. At the top of the family pecking order is the grand matriarch, Oma. She has five grown kids, one of whom is Daddy-o. The total headcount for this communal holiday was: 1 Oma, 10 adults, and 17 grandchildren under the age of 13 years … [Read more...] about The Family Holiday Dinner Survival Guide
Like a lot of families, our summer vacation plans were canceled due to COVID-19. We are looking forward to the days when we can travel again. When we are able, our next vacation will be a home exchange. We got started home exchanging three years ago, and now, it's our favorite way to vacation! So far, we have swapped homes with families in Copenhagen, Ottawa, and Barcelona. … [Read more...] about Why A Home Exchange Is a Great Family Vacation