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Teaching Moments Making Lemonade

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I am constantly hearing “I don’t like that” at mealtimes, and the phrase is usually thrown towards something that has never been tried before. I’ve talked myself in circles trying to explain to my young children that you cannot really know if you like something unless you try it, and it might taste different cooked in different ways…. More

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Pocket Money: Breaking the Expectation of Money for All Chores

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There are as many different theories on kids and pocket money as there are leaves on a tree. (Okay, perhaps not quite that many, but you get the idea)

Some believe you should link chores to money so that kids develop a good work ethic early and learn that “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” The value of money is certainly an important lesson for children to learn, but what about all those things we have to do as adults that we don’t get paid for? How do we teach our children not to expect money for every task they do, at the same time avoiding the slippery slope into the underworld of bribery to get desired behaviours?… More

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Going To a Restaurant With Kids: Am I Insane?

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The year was 2010. My first (and at the time only) baby was about four months old. My in-laws took us out to dinner, and that’s the last time I’ve taken my children out to a restaurant and left with an existing sense of sanity.

Since then, we’ve definitely thrown good money after bad trying to recreate the restaurant experiences of “before kids” with varying degrees of bruises, loss of “last nerve” and the parent shame of a child stumbling out the door of the restaurant with an electronic device clutched tightly in their sticky little hands…. More

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What you need to know when you move to the suburbs with kids

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Are you looking to move to the suburbs with kids? There are different criteria to look for when buying a house with kids versus buying a house without kids.

I wish I had received better advice when buying my first home in the suburbs. My husband and I moved from the city to the suburbs more than a decade ago. We had always lived in condos or townhouses, and this was our foray into buying a single family home. I was pregnant at that time, so I didn’t have kids and did not know what we needed. We bought a little ranch in the suburbs which would have been perfect for the two of us without kids. Once we had our daughter, we quickly realized the house was not a good fit for us. We sold it after two years and moved again. Here are five things to keep in mind when buying a family home…. More

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