Thursday, 29 December 2016

Dookie - Our visit to Toronto's Poop Themed Cafe

Potty humour is a pretty big staple in the life of five year olds, and since the minions are generally polite little kids we let them away with giggling at things like giant sloppy raspberry kisses that sound like farts.  Jack has been a big fan of happy faces and emojis for some time now.  His two all-time favourite emojis are a giant Happy Face with hearts for eyes and pie-eyed grin who Jack gives a voice that sounds vaguely like something out of Cheech and Chong (named Romeo) and a smiling pile of poop (who Jack named Klum).  

When I heard that they opened a Poop Cafe and ice cream shop in Toronto at Christie and Bloor I knew both kids (Jack in particular) would get a real kick out of a cafe built around his buddy Klum. We added the poop cafe to our winter bucket list and surprised the minions with a visit there for ice cream yesterday afternoon and it was a huge hit.


First off, most of the seats are real toilets. 

There's also a display toilet but the front door so you can sit or squat while you wait for your table.


The seats have blocks when you lift up the lid so you don't fall in (Jack checked)

Kids are encouraged to try on a poop themed mask


It's called a "doo-doo head" mask, but us grown-ups know it's really a s$*t head mask
This is how my coffee came, in a giant toilet bowl mug

Poop shaped waffles are $3 each and come plain or filled with nutella goodness

We ordered the oreo ice cream sundae to share.  It was more than enough for the four of us and a big hit.



The kids had a blast and have asked if we can go back again.  I'll probably tie it to a spring or summer visit to Christie Pitts park since a cold toilet bowl full of ice cream seems like the perfect top off to a day at the park.  The food was reasonable, particularly if you're willing to share.  Our trip cost us just under $25 with tax and tip in, and was well worth the expense.  Molly says her favourite part was the nutella filled waffle, while Jack says his favourite part was the toilet bowl ice cream.  The added touches of poop emoji art, poop shaped pillows, and urinal shaped water glasses kept everything on theme without being a gross-out experience.  All the same I was a little surprised they didn't offer soft serve ice cream, but that might have crossed the cute to disgusting line.  This is a great experience for kids, adults, and anyone who likes ice cream or novelty. 


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Thursday, 22 December 2016

Panic Song - Coping with Childhood Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Sometimes you get a glimpse into the way that other people see your children, or the assumptions you make yourself - no matter how inaccurate they may be.

Jack will fade in and out of conversations, and a lot of the time you might think that he isn't paying attention: then he'll surprise you.  He has an amazing memory, even if you think he hasn't heard a word that's been uttered, then he'll shock you by asking a poignant question, or reciting a memory, a story, or a poem verbatim.  Jack is a bit of a lone wolf.  Most of the time he's content to play with his sister, her friends, and the small slew of adults he'll bestow the honour of his friendship (seriously, there is nothing quite like when Jack selects you to be a part of his games or inner circle).  For the most part he likes school, but hasn't really bonded closely with other kids in his class, and this doesn't seem to bother him at all.  I've asked him about it a few times and most of the time he's content to "walk around and check things out" rather than play much with others.

Because of his Independence I somehow automatically, and mistakenly, assumed that Jack didn't care about the perceptions of others.  And for the most part he doesn't.  He's happy to be himself and won't bend that for the sake of social norms, which can be challenging not to intervene with as a parent, but I'm also super proud of how he isn't afraid to be himself.


Admiring his handy work on the Christmas Tree


Here's something I didn't get about Jack until last week.  He really loves his teachers and cares a lot about what they think about him, a lot more than he cares about what his fellow students think.  On Thursday night, I asked him about his weekly borrow a book and poetry book - he had mistakenly left it at his after school program.  It wasn't a problem, we'd get it the next night and work on it over the weekend.  About 20 minutes post bed time, I ran up to his room because he was hysterically sobbing.  He was worried about his bag, that he had left it, that it would get lost, that he wouldn't be able to practice his reading, and that he'd disappoint his teacher by forgetting.  He was anxious, he was upset, and he fully admitted to having a full blown panic attack.  He broke my heart when he sobbed, "Mommy I'm freaking out and I don't know how to calm down".

After half an hour of cuddling, and assuring him we would get this book back, no matter what.  I also told him that if by rare chance it got lost I would take care of it and talk to his teacher.  Eventually I was able to calm him enough that he went to sleep, in our bed.  For the most part I think I handed his anxiety and panic attack well, but I'm sure I could do better.  I did a little research, and I'm proud to say my instincts were pretty good, and that we found the book the next day.

Do's and Don't for Helping Your Child Cope with Anxiety, Stress & Panic



DO

Take a moment to freeze the situation and help your child calm down by taking a few deep breaths.  Molly likes to pretend to smell a strawberry and blow out a candle, whereas Jack prefers just to take deep breaths, or listen to the Calm Down Song.

DON'T

Minimize the anxiety, no matter how silly, because this is scary to them.

DO

Empathize.  Show your child you understand why they're so upset.

DON'T

Let guilt get in the way of helping your child cope.  You're doing the best you can. Make this about them, not you.

DO

Help them figure out potential solutions.

DON'T

Dismiss worry as a bad thing.  Worry has a purpose.  It protects us.

DO

Help them bring their thoughts from "What If", to "What Is" in a logical way.

DON'T

Simply give them a get out of jail free card for anything that stresses them out.  As parents it's easy to want to protect our kids from everything that upsets them, but this isn't doing them a favour.  Help them create mini goals to conquer any fears.  Celebrate them achieving the little steps they take.

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Thursday, 15 December 2016

Oxford Comma - Sharing my writing on other publications

It's that time of the month again when I share some of the writing I've been completing for other publications.  There's seriously some pretty fun stuff that I got to write this month.

Nowadays as my full-time job I write and ghostwrite articles for online publications, organizations and blogs, in addition to providing public relations services.  While I can't really share my ghostwritten articles on this platform, cause then I wouldn't really be a ghostwriter would I, I can share some of the other stuff I have been working on.

I can't begin to explain how thankful I am for all of the support I've had over the years for my writing, and for life as a parent.  It means a lot!

As for Multiple Momstrosity content, don't worry, the minions are still up to their usual antics, and I have plenty more to write about on that front - particularly with the holiday break coming up.  Click on the links for the topics that interest you most, and if you enjoy what I wrote please share, like, and follow, and keep parenting and reading on!  If you have any ideas for a story, a playground review, or article on any front, feel free to share it with me!  I'm always looking for new sources of inspiration!



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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

There's a hole in my bucket - Our Winter Bucket List

Last year winter was pretty warm.  This means it was cold enough out that we spent a lot of time indoors, but warm enough that we never managed to make it out sledding.  Like many things in life we find that if we don't write things down, fail to put them in our calendar and plan for them they never happen.

SAD tends to visit our family most years, so getting out and staying active is a must!  After our first snow storm this year, and the building of our first snowman we all sat down and built our holiday and winter bucket list.

Feel free to steal ideas from our list, and if you have any must see / must do suggestions please let us know so we can keep adding to our own list.


Molly named our first snowman of the year Miss Tenderheart


Winter 2016-2017 Family Activity Bucket List

(I've put a check mark beside the ones we've managed to complete)


  1. Build a snowman ✔
  2. Go sledding (for tips on tobogganing with toddlers click here)✔
  3. Go skating
  4. Visit the distillery holiday market ✔
  5. Attend a Marlies Game ✔ 
  6. Visit Santa ✔
  7. Build a snow fort
  8. Visit the Chill Ice House Lounge
  9. Check out holiday lights in our neighbourhood
  10. Go visit Santa Street Inglewood (Mount Pleasant and St. Clair)✔
  11. Make and decorate gingerbread men✔ 
  12. Visit the Kitchener holiday light tunnel (click here to learn about it)
  13. Throw snowballs at targets in our backyard (nope but we threw snowballs at mommy one day)
  14. Eat maple syrup snow
  15. Go tubing at Horseshoe resort✔
  16. Go swimming in an indoor/outdoor pool in the winter✔
  17. Go to Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls for an indoor water day (click here to read my tips for the best possible stay)✔
  18. Visit Centennial Park Greenhouse for their holiday flower display (bonus points if we make it to the candlelit event before Christmas)✔ (bonus points awarded!)

    Molly finds a leaf on the ground at Centennial Green House last year
  19. Visit the Allen Gardens Holiday Flower Display
  20. Ontario Science Centre
  21. Maple Sugar Bush activities (late winter)
  22. Make marshmallow snowmen and eat them
  23. Drink hot chocolate✔✔✔
  24. Drink hot apple cider
  25. Go to a play together✔
  26. Go to the poop cafe (this one's for Jackie)✔
  27. Build a snow dog (Molly's suggestion)
  28. Go to an indoor playground✔
  29. Have a kid themed high tea at the Victorian Garden Tea Room in Etobicoke
  30. Make a snow candy cane (Jack's suggestion)

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Thursday, 8 December 2016

Words of Wisdom: My kids in 140 characters (or less)

We spend a lot of time with the minions and I'm fortunate enough to record the things that they say and do so I can look back on it and laugh. Some of it makes the blog and other smaller moments don't. One of the brilliant things about Twitter is how it's the ultimate parenting "elevator speech", because you have to keep it short. Below are Tweets, conversations, parental musings and things that the minions have done or said over the past two months, for your reading pleasure that haven't made it to the blog.

1. M: why does live forever? Dad: cause he's magic, like a M: but he isn't going to suck my blood, right?

2. M:There are Zebra quarters in my head. Me: You mean cerebral cortex? M: yup!

3. M: why are they beating him up? Me: that's called crowd surfing. He likes it. M: Are you sure? (she doesn't believe me)

4. M: Mommy what is Me: No. M: But what is it? Me: Do you want ice cream? M: Sure.


5. J: Can I eat the crazy squares? Me: what are you talking about? J: this cereal.


crazy squares, naturally!



6. Walking down the street & see some guy light up a smoke. M: You're smoking secrets & ur gonna die! Me: shrug


7. When you find out your daughter has been telling all of her friends she has a , but she doesn't


8. J: I'm delicate & that makes me furious, ROARRRR! (guess emotions are on the curriculum this week)

9. Make muffins this morning for the kids. Then M cried because I didn't wake her up to help

10. M: Remember when I was sick & we walked J to school? U piggybacked me & I cried. We should do that again. I like piggybacks!

11. Me: I'm going to yoga class M: But who's going to look after us? Dad: I'm standing right here

12. Me: What month is it? M: Chewbacca Me: That's not a month M: Oh. It should at least be a week


13. Me: Your substitute swim teacher is good looking. M: He's like candy. I want to eat him up. Me: Where did you learn that? M: yum yum yum

14. M: Why does Ryder have so many dogs? Having more than 2 or 3 just doesn't make sense! It's just weird


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Monday, 5 December 2016

The Climb

For pretty much as long as I can remember I've had a very complicated relationship with my body and food.  I began my first diet in grade seven after a school bully punched me in the stomach for being fat (I weighed less than 100 lbs at a time) and was praised by everyone when I managed to get down to 85lbs.  The dieting just kept going from there.  When I was 15, I was mortified when I accidentally wet the bed because I was feeding myself practically nothing but water for a 72 hour crash diet.  For most of university I managed my weight by living off of Slim Fast as two squares a day and a somewhat human sized dinner.  For the most part that worked for me for a number of years (as much as being very unhealthy nutritionally but managing to maintain the numbers I wanted on the scale goes).

Grade 8 Me


Since that time I've yo-yoed quite a bit and am significantly heavier than I was when I was sucking back diet shakes and not much else. For a brief period in my late twenties I lost weight by working out 15 hours a week.  When Chris and I decided to have kids I figured it was a good time to re-evaluate my relationship with food, diet, and my body.  I met with a great nutritionist who helped me see food as fuel, and not as the enemy or a caloric number that I needed to be at war with.  I lost eight percent of my body weight and started trying to have a baby.

The battle of the bulge continues post babies, but with a healthier attitude.  I exercise very regularly and try to make healthy choices for our entire family.  Chris and I made a conscious decision not to complain about our bodies in front of the kids and talk about healthy food for energy and growth, as well as exercise.  We try to raise the kids in a body positive family and not projecting our own body issues onto the minions.

Recently the scale climbed 15lbs over only 10 days, during a time period where I was monitoring my food intake very closely.  I got worried and rushed over to the doctor's office to find out what was happening.  My body image has been really fragile lately, pretty near the Slim Fast days of shaky.


Me in University


The other night we were getting ready to set up our Christmas tree.  As we were sorting through ornaments and other decorations Molly walked up to me and told me I was like Santa Clause.  I laughed and asked her why.  She then pulled up my shirt and said, "Because of your big belly" as she grabbed at my stomach.  I felt the tears starting to well up and hit the eject button, running upstairs so I wouldn't cry in front of her. I didn't want her to  know the shame I felt over how my body was betraying me, or how unhappy and scared I was over the lack of control I had over my weight. Once I had collected myself, explained to Chris what had happened, and after I had re-applied my mascara, I returned to the festivities and tried to act like nothing happened.

A few times that evening she tried to grab at my body and I pushed her away.  I was hurt, upset, and mad at a five year old who had no clue what she had done. On one hand I was thankful that these comments were for me and not hurting anyone else, but on the other I was horrified at the prospect of being "the fat mom" for life.  The next morning I talked to her about people's looks and what is and isn't appropriate to say.  I didn't bring up the Santa comments.  I think and hope she gets it.

All weekend whenever she acted up I was a little less patient, a little less kind, and finding it hard to forgive her. None of this was her fault and here I was punishing her. Not in words, but in actions. In holding back and holding onto issues that have absolutely nothing to do with her.

She is such a kind girl and would never intentionally say or do anything to hurt someone, myself included, which is part of the reason why I went upstairs to cry.  She would have been gutted if she knew she made me cry.  I was treating her like she was the bully who had punched me in the stomach for being fat.

As I work through this health issue; this parenting issue; I will teach my children to be kind and compassionate and hope that they get it. Maybe some of it will rub off on how I treat myself.

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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Sweet Surrender

My parents spoiled us, and in some ways they still do.  I don't mean this in the way that we were brats, although sometimes we totally were, what I mean is that even though there are three of us and attention was sometimes hard to come by they always found little ways to indulge us.  Those moments always meant so much to me personally, heck they still do.

This is why I'm trying to take the same approach to parenting as my mom and dad did.  Knowing when to bend the rules just a little in a way that will be meaningful to the minions.

When I was 12 years old I discovered a TV show that I fell in love with.  Unfortunately for me, it aired at 10PM every Monday night, half an hour after my weekday bedtime.  The show was Northern Exposure, and my mom loved it just as much as I did.  Each Monday, for a couple of years, my bedtime was extended until 11PM sharp.  We'd sit together, me often with a warm cup of milk, and watch each week.  Sometimes my mom would braid my hair, or put it in curlers for me, and other times we'd just cuddle up on the couch while we escaped to the eccentricities of the folks from Cecily Alaska.  Those Mondays made me feel so grown-up, so special, that I still think of it often today.


In Daddy's Shoes


Whenever my mom was away my dad would order way too much Chinese food so we'd all have leftovers for lunches that would last for days.

Both of my siblings were very athletic, I was not. That being said, when I signed up for swim team in high school, my parents sat in the stands watching me compete.

Another thing that comes to mind is pie.  I don't like pie, specifically I don't like pie crust.  This shocks and offends a lot of people, I get it, but I don't care...I think it's gross.  Here's the thing about my mom: she made crust less pie just for me...I'd always get a small dessert dish with pumpkin pie, or lemon pie filling, and no disgusting crust.  This little indulgence always made me feel so completely and totally loved.

Now that Molly and Jack are a little bit older I've come to look to indulge them in meaningful treats, ust as my parents did.

I let Jack change into PJ's before dinner if he wants.  I'll blow bubbles at the minions while they're in the bath and let them pop them.  I give Molly old jewelry and shoes for dress-up, we wear costumes together.  Chris builds the kids forts.  We dance on the bed and listen to the song Tubthumping by Chumbawamba and tackle the kids any time the lyrics "I Get Knocked Down" play, several times a week.  I pick the minions off direct from school on the nights they have swimming and we walk home together hand in hand.  On Saturdays while Molly is at dance class Jack and I go for a walk and pick out donuts the two of them would like. These sweet moments together will always mean a lot to me....I wonder which of them will stick with them as they get older. I guess only time will tell!  It will probably be something we haven't even thought of!


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Monday, 21 November 2016

Old Records Never Die

One of the things that has served Chris and I well as parents is what excellent record keepers our mothers are.  Photo albums and notes revealed everything to us from when we said our first words, got those molars, or took those pivotal first steps.

Last week after our parent-teacher interviews, Chris and I both dove back into the records our mom's had so meticulously kept for us, to see if either of us had needed some work in developing our fine motor skills when we were in kindergarten.  We both did, just like the minions (but to varying degrees).  We also looked at our grade one report cards, which revealed what we had suspected, the requirements of children entering grade one today are a lot more lofty than they were in the 1980s.  It wasn't just our imagination.  It was reassuring during a time I was feeling a little defeated in terms of nothing seeming to come easy, but at least we're making progress.

As we begin to work with Jack and an Occupational Therapist to help him build his fine motor skills I have needed to refer to old healthy child screening lists, our speech therapy progress reports, and anything else that will help him be writing ready for grade one, which is just nine months away, yikes!

Jackie taking a bite out of learning


As parents there are so many things we acquire over the years that it can be hard to keep track.  Here are some things that we've found are well worth saving/recording. Even if they don't help your child now, they may help them when they have kids of their own.

Parental Administration (things you'll need to keep)

  • Birth Certificate, Health Card, SIN Number
  • Fingerprints and footprints
  • Dates and info on first teeth, steps, words, first lost teeth
  • Immunization records (my childhood immunization record helped me determine that one of my shots didn't work when I was a kid, and then I was able to get new shots before I tried to have kids)
  • Report cards and progress reports for school and other extracurricular activities 
  • Any speech therapy, well child assessment paperwork and progress reports for any type of assistance a child has received
  • The names, phone numbers, and email addresses of anyone who has provided any kind of medical care, therapy, or learning programs for your children: these are the people can help you locate a misplaced progress report, or help you make sense of ongoing patterns and learning strategies etc. that will work for your child
  • Some drawings and artwork (but not everything...some parents with less storage may want to take photos of art and keep digital files)
Thank you collective mom's for keeping such great records!!!

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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Oxford Comma: What I've Been Writing Elsewhere (In case you missed it)

Once a month I will be posting some of my writing featured in other publications.  Take a look and see what tickles your fancy.

Nowadays as my full-time job I write and ghostwrite articles for online publications, organizations and blogs, in addition to providing public relations services.  It's also why I've been writing on the Multiple Momstrosity platform a bit less than I used to, unfortunately.  

But don't worry, the minions are still up to their usual antics, and I have plenty more to write about on that front.  Click on the links for the topics that interest you most, and if you enjoy what I wrote please share, like, and follow, and keep parenting on!  If you have any ideas for a story, playground review, or article on any front, feel free to share it with me!  I'm always looking for new sources of inspiration!


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Monday, 7 November 2016

Trolls: A Movie Review

This weekend we decided to take the minions to the movie to check out the new Dreamworks pics Trolls.  Here is a review from our, Molly ,and Jack's perspective.



Promo Shots for Trolls 



What's in it for the Kids?
This movie is a visual trip to the candy store, with bubble gum catchy songs and adorable little trolls. There's a whole lot of positivity, stick-to-it-iveness, and team first messaging (as no troll gets left behind) that both parent and kids can get behind.  The little kid themed humour and affection of trolls who hug every hour, (one troll poops cupcakes and another farts glitter) will keep the little ones giggling throughout.

What's in it for the Adults?
Many songs that you love to hear when you've had a few drinks at a holiday party or wedding are featured in this film ("I'm Coming Out", "Hello", "It's a Sunshine Day", and "Total Eclipse of the Heart").  Be warned, they are earworms and you'll be humming them the next day, but that's not a bad thing.  Voice talents of a lot of your favourite stars: Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Russell Brand, Zooey Deschanel, John Cleese (and heck, they even feature McLovin himself, Christopher Mintz-Plasse as the king of the dreaded Bergen).  There are a handful of double entendre jokes intended for parents in this slightly psychedelic feeling film, but overall the movie is mostly for the kids. Basically enjoy watching your young kids eat up this sprinkle-laden, sugar coated film, and get your groove on to the fun tunes.




Best Parts of the Movie
The songs are a definite highlight here.  Justin Timberlake's cover of Cyndi Lauper's True Colours is pretty and tugs at all of the right heart strings.  Literally every child in our movie-going group climbed up into a parent's lap during this song for a cuddle.  The visuals are great, particularly if you're okay with feeling as if you're trapped in a Katy Perry video for an hour and a half.  Jack loved the little worm troll (Mr. Dinkles) and giggled with glee, jumping up and down every time he was on the screen. He also lost his mind and was grinning ear to ear when The Bergen sang "Clint Eastwood" by The Gorillas, which is one of his all time favourite songs.  For most of the movie we shushed Jack encouraging him to quiet down, but he was so excited and happy about what was going on, we also just watched him in awe thrilled at how much he was enjoying himself.

Worst Parts of the Movie
There is nothing new to this plot, but that's okay.  Basically everyone is happy in Troll land for 20 years after they escape from the terrible Bergen who eat them once a year to obtain happiness. Everything is wonderful and sparkle-filled for all Trolls except for one gloomy hyper vigilant troll named Branch (voiced by Timberlake).  When the Trolls are discovered at their 20th anniversary celebration and many are captured, it's up to positive Princess Poppy (Kendrick) and cynic Branch to save the day.  Adventure ensues, and everyone learns about happiness. The film has been described by the harsher critics as a more bubblegum laden re-make of Shrek (although I'd personally say it's more like Shrek meets Frozen).  There have also been complaints it's a cash grab for selling toys since the holiday season that's coming, but seriously what kid's movie isn't marketing their characters? This movie isn't a classic, but both kids, Jack in particular, really enjoyed it.  I'd say it's the best for the under 8-10 crowd, but a fun movie the whole family can enjoy together.

Overall Rating
I would rate this movie 3.5/5.  It's watchable and rewatchable in the background for parents who will end up watching it again and again (like us if Jack has his way) by osmosis when it's released for purchase in a few months. November is a typically grey month, why not brighten it up with some sparkle laden, pastel fun!

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Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Time Warp

I've always loved Halloween, it's like Christmas to both Chris and I.  Then I had kids.  At first I kinda ignored it, and I never really understood why my parents weren't super stoked to come on over here and take the kids Trick or Treating and enjoy the festivities, or why when I was a kid as soon as we were physically able to go out without adult supervision they left us to it.  They ask us to send them photos instead, and today I actually get it.

Halloween is great, but kids on Halloween are insane, sugar-bent, gimme monsters who are a breath away from a meltdown at any moment.  For all of the epically cute Halloween photos on social media, there are probably twice as many stories about the shenanigans the children pulled that very same evening, just ask anyone.  Most parents are pretty thankful that this occasion only comes just once a year.  Another parent told me yesterday how they have celebrated 12 Halloweens with children, and not one has been tear free.  Yesterday I heard "spooky" tales about kids who rejected costumes parents had painstakingly spent hours of time making (or a pretty penny purchasing).  No wonder we all eat our kid's Halloween candy.


Princess Leia 

Here are 13 Things that Happened this year on Halloween.



  1. Molly broke her costume belt at school. (Chris fixed it with pliers) 
  2. Molly insisted on wearing her white costume all day at school (even though she was instructed to take it off before lunch) and got stains all over it.
  3. This meant that we had to launder her costume at 5PM, and were literally waiting for the dryer to buzz, so I could get her dressed, fix her hair and we could go out at a reasonable hour.
  4. Jack was so excited to head out Trick or Treating we went to five houses before we realized he wasn't wearing shoes. 
  5. Thank you reminders needed to be shouted out at practically every, single, house.
  6. And we also needed to remind Jack that he shouldn't pick up pumpkins that didn't belong to him and swing them like shot puts. 
  7. Half way through the festivities Jack started to loudly sing a song about Meatballs from Teen Titans, non-stop.  It wasn't the least bit annoying.  To hear the song click here.
  8. Both kids actually picked comic books over candy (for the first time ever) at one house on our street.
  9. We ran into a number of parents who had been tailgating Halloween (clearly we are doing this wrong).
  10. There were tears over a lost baseball eraser that was given as a treat from the boy child. Chris went out and looked for it...and ended up replacing it at Dollarama yesterday at lunch, cause he's a sucker for little boy tears, apparently.
  11. When we got home Molly insisted she'd never tasted a number of candies before and that she had to try them all, that night.
  12. We were awaken at 3:30AM by a sugar induced nightmare and were joined by Molly in bed for the rest of the night.
  13. There were tired tears in the morning from kids who had stayed up too late.
The kids can't wait until next Halloween...I'm pretty happy to wait until next October...




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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Words of Wisdom: My kids in 140 characters or less

We spend a lot of time with the minions and I'm fortunate enough to record the things that they say and do so I can look back on it and laugh.  Some of it makes the blog and other smaller moments don't.  One of the brilliant things about Twitter is how it's the ultimate parenting "elevator speech", because you have to keep it short. Below are Tweets, conversations, parental musings and things that the minions have done or said over the past two months, for your reading pleasure that haven't made it to the blog.

The Naked Princes in all their glory!

  1. Me: what do u want to bring to grandma & grandpas? J: hmmmm. How about the naked princes?
  2. J: If Rob is a Zombie why is he singing? Zombies can't sing (Apt questions asked during decorating)
  3. J: Don't worry mommy, I hardly eat any car food anymore. Me: What's car food? J: Stuff that I find on the floor of the car
  4. That moment when you laugh at the angry dad shaking his fists at the school bus & then you make eye contact
  5. Who needs car air fresheners when your children leave rotting cores in the backseat of your car?
  6. While watching M: Why do they keep calling Falcor a dragon when he's clearly a flying dog?
  7. J: M's swim teacher is named Dave Me: is it really? M: No J: I've decided when i don't know someone's name I'm just going to call them Dave
  8. Me: No you can't sit in that chair because it's in someone's garbage and covered in garbage
  9. Having mixed feelings telling my daughter it's inappropriate to yell Shut Up at Map
  10. (While watching for the first time) M: How come is the only one who understands what's going on?
  11. M: Thanks 4 breakfast milk servant Me: I don't know what that means, but don't call anyone that M in tears: But I said thanks!
  12. J: Bro, you totally forgot my pretzels Me: No I didn't & don't ever call me bro again, I'm your mom J: Chill out bro
  13. Potato leek soup prep time 90 min, time kids spent complaining about leeks, 20 min, time spent sifting out leeks 5 min, silence = golden
  14. Today I refereed a tearful & heated argument about whose nose an imaginary spider lives on
  15. Proud moments When ur son asks u 2 play at dinner but then u drink the milk with the iocane powder, inconceivable
  16. M: I need a toy human to play with Me: you mean a doll? M: I guess that will have to do
  17. M: J you don't need to watch the movie with me, but can you cover my eyes during the scary parts? J: Sure
  18. Evening with M at game: Why does grandpa keep yelling at the ?
  19. Me: We didn't get done so u need 2 wear a or your brother's underwear M: grabs suit annoyed,rolls eyes

    To view my last two Twitter round-ups click here and here

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Monday, 24 October 2016

Do Your Ears Hang Low? - Infants, Kids & Ear Piercing...The Debate Part 3

This post is part 3 (and the final portion) of the infant ear piercing debate and discusses while some people wanted to wait, and some thoughts on why others were glad they didn't.  To read part 1 about the benefits for piercing an infant's ears click here to read part two click here.


Picture of a standard piercing gun courtesy of Wikipedia 



Avoid the piercing gun


Earring advocates and piercers everywhere will be able to tell you about the benefits of going to a professional piercer, not a kiosk at the mall, to get a piercing. Piercing guns can’t be sterilized the same way that a needle used by professional piercers is cleaned. While it may seem strange to take a child into a tattoo parlour or piercing salon to get something as simple as an ear piercing, by hiring someone trained in piercing parents gain access to a professional and a higher quality of earrings available for purchase.



Coping when a piercing goes wrong

Infections can happen with earrings to adults, kids, and babies. What’s done is done, but being prepared and knowing what to do to treat a potential infection is key. Knowing the difference between an allergy and an infection will help you better treat the ear. An infected piercing will look red and swollen and contain a pus discharge. The solution is to clean daily with soap and water in addition to using alcohol twice a day. If an infection doesn’t clear within a few days, it’s best for parents to connect with their health care practitioner to get a prescription for an antibiotic cream or oral antibiotic. Infections should clear up within four or so days when using antibiotics. An allergic reaction is more likely to cause dry, itchy or peeling skin. If it’s an allergy the best bet is to take out the earrings and let them heal over, making sure that when the ears are re-pierced (it’s best to wait six months to do this) that stainless steel earrings are used.

Is there a health risk?

Many people wonder if there are any health risks associated for their child getting a piercing, whether their 12 months or 12-years-old. The American Academy of Pediatrics believe that there is very little risk for children getting their ears pierced at any age, so long as the piercing itself is performed in a careful, professional, and safe manner. No ice cubes and sewing needles at home people! They also recommend that parents wait until the child is old enough to care for their own piercing. All of this being said, the decision needs to be based on what is right for the family, their preferences, culture, or traditions.


After Care

By purchasing quality earrings that will stay in place parents can reduce the instances of piercing related infection in their children. It is recommended that new piercings not be removed at all for the first six to eight weeks after the piercing. To prevent infection in a new piercing a clean cloth with some rubbing alcohol should be wiped around the ear two times each day. Twisting of the earrings once a day is also recommended. New earrings that are made of surgical steel or gold 14K or greater are the least likely to cause an infection.

To read part 1 about the benefits for piercing an infant's ears click here to read part two click here.


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