Friday, 21 April 2017

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 month, for your reading pleasure that haven't made it to the blog.


1. M: you know who isn't very good at singing? Chickens! J: yeah they're the worst. Just terrible #ToddlerLife


2. Today I let my son pee in a Tupperware container because there was no other option. He's excited like we just went to #Disney #ToddlerLife


3. It's hard to be angry when your salt & pepper shakers are used for #LEGO #playtime (they are giant ant monsters after all) #parenting




4. M: I just realized something that's going to blow your mind: A Jester is like a clown. Me: Yeah. M: Why aren't you more excited about this?


5. J: You know what the worst part about having a lot of money is? Me: What? J: How heavy it would be to carry #ToddlerLogic


6. Adulting is pretending that it's not hilarious when your child does a spot on impression of one of their teachers #parentingfail


7. J: Did you lock all of the doors? Me: Yes.  J: Good, I don't want anyone stealing or messing with my #Lego #ToddlerLife

8. Parenting Hangover: When u feel like u drank a 26er last night, but it was just ur #toddler starfishing in your bed #ToddlerLife



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9. M: I broke up with the big bad wolf because he was late all the time Me: That was it? M: Punctuality is important in a partner mom!


10.  J: I have a big problem. My brain is controlling what I'm doing Me: And that's a problem? J: big time. #ToddlerLife


11. Why is it the second I sit down on the toilet a little voice is yelling into the door about having to poo...NOW!!!! #ToddlerLife


12. It's official #LEGO is a bigger pest in my home than #glitter I mean glitter still sucks, but it doesn't stab my foot like #Batman's helmet



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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Big Boss Man: Movie Review Boss Baby

Boss Baby was excellently marketed to kids. We pass by a giant billboard advertising the movie at least twice a day, and have seen several others all over the city. Molly in particular took notice and added watching this movie to our spring bucket list.  We decided a rainy weekend day would be a great time to check out the film.

Image courtesy of www.dreamworks.com



What's in it for the Kids?
Many kids can feel put out when a new sibling arrives.  This movie is all about sibling rivalry, paired with out there moments from the mind of a child (main character Tim) who has a fantastic imagination.  The movie is quick moving and delivers pretty much what the commercials advertise.

What's in it for the Adults?
I have a weird thing for Alec Baldwin that I've never quite understood (don't judge me).  He is the perfect person for the Boss Baby role in all of his 30 Rock Jack Donaghy glory.  There are a few jokes in this film geared towards the grown-ups that kids won't get - hopefully enough to get you through another kid movie.  I thoroughly enjoyed this film, and found myself laughing often, even when other people in the theatre were not.  Additional voice work provided by favourites including: Steve Buscemi, Lisa Kudrow, Jimmy Kimmel, and and Tobey Maguire.



Image courtesy of  www.screendaily.com




Best Parts of the Movie
Kids (and adults) who like a high action real cartoon feel to a movie will totally dig this film.  The fantasy sequences were imaginative and charming enough to keep parents engaged.  Side note: I am in love with Timmy's wizard clock (Wizzie) .

Worst Parts of the Movie
The concept is a bit of a one trick pony (he's a baby and the boss), but we went in with this in mind and were pleasantly surprised.  There are scenes in the early part of the movie (introductions of Boss Baby) that could be quite scary for a little kid.  One of the kids we saw the movie with was on her mom's lap and quite scared for about five minutes, but quickly got over it.  This scene seemed a little unnecessarily dark for a film targeted towards kids.

Overall Rating
I would rate this movie 3.5/5, it wasn't super original, but we all thoroughly enjoyed it.  Since Molly liked it so much it is a movie we will end up purchasing and potentially watching again and again. Molly's favourite part of the movie was scenes involving the big, strong, baby.  Jack loved the gross out moments when the kids were trying to trick their babysitter and laughed hysterically throughout anything slapstick or gross. As grown-ups we had fun with it, but I don't know how well I'd cope if the minions want to watch the movie as often as they do Trolls.  See it with your kids, but go in knowing that it's not going to be one of those movies that changes your life, and you won't regret it.

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To read my review of Trolls (which is now available for purchase) click here.




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Sunday, 16 April 2017

Every Day I Write The Book: Sharing My Writing On Other Sites

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, I am particularly excited about the myths of the body we all believed (because I thought so many of these were really true) and that I was able to write about some twin related issues for Babygaga about mistakes parents of multiples make.  As a fan of Freaks and Geeks, and someone who has considered herself both a freak and geek, it was a lot of fun to complete some research on the show.

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, the kids always keep us guessing.  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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Saturday, 15 April 2017

The Whole World Is Our Playground: Playground Review Lora Hill Park

I can't believe it's been six months since we explored a new playground, and we couldn't wait for spring to come so we could start exploring again.  That's why we have visits to three new  on our seasonal bucket list.

We were headed to Oakville for some Easter Egg hunting with the cousins and grandparents and decided we should enjoy the weather and blow off some steam first.  Lora Hill was en route to the highway and had received solid online reviews from other people in the area so we decided to go and check it out.

My park review disclaimer: If you don't live in the area I hope you enjoy the pics and can use some of the ideas to inspire and explore in your own city. If you have any recommendations for great playgrounds (or new criteria I haven't thought of) please post a comment on this post or email me at multiplemomstrosity @ gmail.com .

Big slides at Lora Hill Park

Park Name:
Lora Hill Park
Islington and Norseman (36 Fernalroy Avenue)

Parking:
There is free street parking on the streets around the park, with more available on weekends.  The park is a 17 minute walk from Islington subway station.

Theme of Park:
Modern playground with something for people of any age. 

Ground Coverage:
The playground is surrounded by grass and has sand around the majority of the equipment.

The mini climber and slide designed for kids 18 months to 5 years old



Variety of Equipment for different ages:
This playground caters to everyone.  Not only are there two different main play structure areas, one for little kids and one for bigger kids, but there is also a tennis court right beside the playground so older kids or adults with kids who are big enough to play more independently could take in a game while the little ones play.

Best Parts of the Park:
The set up of this park is great.  Everyone has been considered.  It is easy to supervise kids in multiple structures, even from the tennis courts which are excellently maintained.  There are trees all around to provide shade coverage in hot summer months.  There are covered areas for the sandboxes and some covered benches so a sprinkle of rain, or parent who wants a shady retreat can sit without a sunburn.  There are also some picnic benches.


Racing up "the mountain" to the big kid structure


Downfalls:
There are a number of abandoned toys in this park in bad repair.  Molly wanted to ride in a toy car, but two of its wheels were missing and it tipped over, this could be particularly dangerous for little ones who aren't going to watch for sharp edges on broken plastic etc.

Racing to the top of the triangle climber



Overall Rating:
I would rate this playground a 4.5 out of 5.  Chris and I really want to go back to try a game of tennis while the kids play.  Molly's favourite item in the park was the triangle climber that we all raced up and down several times.  Jack loved the big slides.  I have to admit these are the tallest slides I've ever seen at a park, and they were pretty cool, aside from a bit of static.  We will definitely return!

To view my playground review of the playground with the boat (Vermont Square) click here.

To view my playground review of Pricefield Road Playground click here.


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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Zooropa - Our Trip To The Toronto Zoo

After a few days away from the minions for a business trip and some visiting with the family out west, we knew we'd be spending Monday with them.  When we heard the weather in Toronto was going to be over 20 degrees a trip to the zoo seemed like the perfect fit.

I thought I'd take this opportunity to share some tips on what we did that work best, along with some lessons learned from some areas where we dropped the ball along, and some photos.



Taking a closer look at the animals


11 Tips for A Successful Trip To The Toronto Zoo


  1. A Nice Spring Weekday Is The Best Bet
    Because we pulled the kids out of school for the day and went on a Monday it was really quiet at the zoo.  This meant that we were able to park close by, get to see the popular baby panda bears without a wait, and our only competition for spots in front of exhibits were preschool kids in strollers. 
  2. The Wagon Rental Was Worth It
    It was eight dollars to rent a wagon and it was probably the best money we could have spent. The kids could sit and enjoy the view on the longer walks between exhibits and thanks to the wagon we were at the zoo for four and a half hours and able to visit all of the areas on our "must see list".  If you have your own wagon bring it and save the eight dollars.

    I'll admit that I let Chris take 95% of the shifts with the wagon
  3. Pack lots of Water
    If you go in the early spring not all of the outdoor fountains are equipped with water yet.  I learned this the hard way when I tried to fill up my water bottle in the African Savanna.  
  4. Bring A Spare Set Of Clothing
    Washroom lines are always filled with strollers and kids who need to go desperately.  We didn't need our spare clothes, but it came close twice - once when Molly was car sick on the way to the zoo (thankfully she's gotten much better at barf bag aim) and the second when Jack waiting until he was desperate to tell me he had to go.  
  5. If You Want To See The Baby Pandas...
    Go on a weekday.  We didn't have to wait longer than about a minute to see them, but judging by the display leading up to it and the fact that the last "admission" to that area is an hour before close, if you want to see them don't plan for a weekend trip.  I was happy that we didn't have a line to see the pandas, especially since Molly spent about two seconds looking at them before she told me she wanted to go to the gift shop.

    This is the mama panda
  6. Plan Your Route According To The Most Important Animals First
    Molly really wanted to see the African animals and Jack really wanted to check out the reptiles, particularly the Komodo Dragon.  We made sure to cover those areas first, with anything else (like the Pandas) being a bonus.  Otherwise you risk tired kids who aren't going to enjoy what they're most excited about in the first place.  Molly loved being in charge of keeping the map safe from us. Molly's favourite animal of the day was the zebra.

    Molly's survival instincts are great.  She wouldn't turn her back on the Komodo Dragon
  7. Think About Snacks & Then Double It
    Since Molly was car sick and lost her corn flakes on the way to the zoo she was absolutely ravenous about an hour in.  By lunch time she had polished off four clementines and most of our crackers.  Usually these snacks would have meant a lighter lunch, unfortunately because we didn't have more packed it meant a $39 trip to the snack bar for fries, pizza, and a chicken sandwich that Molly refused to eat.
  8. Pack Your Own Lunch
    It wasn't a busy day at the zoo, but still a 10 to 15 minute wait for food, which was basic pizza, fries.  Bring your own food to avoid the crowds and enjoy a little family time at one of the many indoor or outdoor picnic areas.
  9. Let Your Kids Play
    Yes it's meant to be educational, yes, it costs close to a hundred bucks for parking ($12) and entry for a family of four ($76) and you want them paying attention to the animals, but also let them play.  Molly wanted to climb on all the rocks,whereas Jack was content to play with his latest two Lego Figurines between exhibits.  Molly wanted to check off all of the animals we saw, like a scavanger hunt, unfortunately we didn't have a pen on us, next time we'll bring one.  Also don't be afraid to divide up.  Jack wanted more time checking out an interactive exhibit with snake skins and giant beetles.  Molly happily sat outside with me, climbing on statues and eating up all of our snacks.

    Climbing Time
  10. Leave Before Your Kids Melt Down
    We could have pushed to another area of the zoo, but the kids were tired, and immediately fell asleep on the car ride home.  Instead of fighting our way through another exhibit and getting annoyed at them for being five, we decided to leave while we were ahead.  They lasted four and a half hours at the zoo with the wagon, it would have been more like two and a half or three maximum without the trusty wagon.
  11. Don't Obsess With PhotosI witnessed a lot of parents fighting with their kids over getting a lot of pictures, sometimes I was that parent. We quickly realized Jack only wanted to pose in front of his favourite animals, and that was okay.  Focus on the experience before the photos.

    Looking at the "big cats"


    Remember to get in some pictures with your kids parents!

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Friday, 31 March 2017

Thank You For The Music

March has marked a rough month sleep wise in our home.  There have been growing pains, stomach aches, and nightmares; most frequently popping up the night before mom or dad have a big work meeting, because that's just the way life is sometimes.

Most of these middle of the night scream serenades wake up the entire house, which means we have not one, but two little ones who are awake and want to crawl into bed with mom and dad.  This is where our spare room comes in handy.  We've been tired, and we've been grumpy as a result, but I'm thankful for a flexible work schedule that allows for the minions to sleep in a little so I can walk them to school on the mornings following a particularly rough night on nightmare mountain - even if it means more night shifts plugging away on my laptop.

As I dropped the kids off at school this morning (last night there was an epic nightmare about a fire monster) I realized that Molly has stopped kissing me goodbye at the school yard. I'm guessing she feels a little too grown up for that now.  I still get a hug, but nothing more before she runs off to greet her friends.  She's also requested an alarm clock so she can wake up, get dressed and ready for school without the assistance of mom, which is fantastic - I mean we want to raise our kids to be independent adults, but it also stings a little.

A picture snapped by a friend years ago of Molly asleep in my carrier on a hike


One of the things I'm finding about having multiples as your only children (or having only children I imagine) is that once a phase is over it's gone forver.  We couldn't wait to get over diapers and full-time daycare costs, but I'll admit I miss the feeling of a baby falling asleep in my arms, those kisses from Molly at drop off, and the way that Molly used to call Wheat Thin Crackers Hayden Crackers.
Both kids still run to me with open arms and big hugs whenever I pick them up from school or aftercare, but I know that those days are limited too.  It helps a little that Jack is really affectionate and in a little less of a hurry to grow up than his sister

So as we continue to have our bed invaded by little star fishes on a regular basis I'm trying to savour it instead of begrudging it.  I'll cuddle them, stroke their hair and watch their little cherub cheeks while I can.  I mean a full night sleep would also be great, but for now I'm going to enjoy today, and maybe take a nap if I can.

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Thursday, 23 March 2017

There's A Hole In My Bucket: Our Spring Family Bucket List

The minions really loved knocking items off of our winter bucket list and it definitely inspired us to book stuff and get out and move, even when we were tempted to just curl up and binge on some Netflix.  We didn't do great on our list, but we got out there and tried a lot of new things and knocked 14 of the 30 things off.  Since some of the items are still doable for spring we moved a couple over to our spring bucket list that we worked on collectively as a family last night.

This list is designed to get us out there and enjoy everything that spring has to offer; I'm hoping that we do better on this one than we did on our winter one!

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.  I'll be adding check marks and writing posts as we cross stuff off our to do list.
An oldie but a goodie picture of little Molly enjoying the great outdoors


  1. Attend a Maple Syrup Festival✔
  2. Plant a garden
  3. Go and see Beauty & the Beast in Theatres
  4. Go and see Boss Baby in Theatres✔
  5. Go Camping in June
  6. Go to the Victorian Tea House for a family tea
  7. Explore three new playgrounds or parks✔
  8. Visit neighbourhood gardens for ideas
  9. Go and see the cherry blossoms in High Park
  10. Fly a kite
  11. Try using a scooter
  12. Ride our bikes (learning to ride a bike)
  13. Complete a nature themed scavenger hunt
  14. Go on three hikes


    A moment from an autumn hike
  15. Draw a giant rainbow using sidewalk chalk✔
  16. Make Toronto beautiful with a park clean up day
  17. Enjoy the sun and lay on the ground to watch the sun and the clouds
  18. Do family Easter egg hunt✔
  19. Make a flower crown out of dandelions
  20. Jump in muddy puddles
  21. Go to a baseball game with daddy✔
  22. Go to an outdoor flea market or craft market
  23. Go to garage sales
  24. Throw stones in the water
  25. Go for a walk along the water on the lake and beach
  26. Make a spring themed rainbow dessert
  27. Bust out that BBQ for some grilled food
  28. Visit a farm
  29. Go to the Zoo ✔
  30. May the 4th Star Wars Themed Event

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

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 month, for your reading pleasure that haven't made it to the blog.

1. J: I work for now Me: What do you do for him? J: Some stuff, but mostly I just hold his

Jack meets Darth at a Marlies Game...It was emotional & he didn't want to get too close, you know cause of the mind strangling and such.



2. M: That sign says to walk like turtles Me: It says that cars need to go slow. M: That's confusing, can we still pretend to be turtles?

3. Evil moment...when u can't help but smile because ur child finally steps on the he's left on the ground & finally gets it

4. J: Mommy what do Daddy short legs spiders look like?

5. J: I'm & I'm casting a spell on u. Ur a Me: That's the best you've got? J: Just wait it will get to you

6. At the playground me: can you please take it down a notch? J: where else am I supposed to use my outdoor voice?

7. Watching w/ sitter J: Beryl gets disappointed with people. Sitter: Why? J: Because she fails, No one likes it when people fail.


Image courtesy of wikipedia


8. Hairdresser: What do you want your cut to look like? Both Children: Pull out of heroes from

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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Everyday I Write The Book: Sharing My Writing On Other Sites

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, I am particularly excited about the research I completed on the psychology of waiting in lines and why we hate it so much as well as a look at some of the bizarre baby names celebs select for their offspring.

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, the kids always keep us guessing.  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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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Butterfly Kisses - Our Trip to the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory

We're in the dog days of winter, when we're all looking forward to the promises of spring and summer.  I am already planning our spring and summer vacations (but more on that later).  Last year we started an annual mid-to-late winter tradition of going for a weekend overnight in Niagara Falls. 

This year, after our adventures at Great Wolf Lodge, we went to the Niagara Falls Butterfly Conservatory to add a little bit of colour to an otherwise grey Monday.


Molly was skeptical when we told her that the butterflies inside were the same size as this sculpture




We weren't sure how the minions, Jack in particular, would react to 2,500 butterflies flitting around their heads, but the trip turned out to be a huge success!

Admission is free for kids five and under, so the timing was perfect for a first visit.  Kids six and older pay $9.45 plus tax admission, while those 13 and older pay $14.55 plus tax.

Lush greenery and zebra stripes

Butterflies eat oranges and bananas, who knew?

Winter and spring hours are Sunday to Friday 10AM to 5PM and Saturdays 9AM to 5PM.  In the summer the conservatory extends their hours to 7PM and 8PM some nights.

Rock Landing

Exploring the warm paths

The staff are very knowledgeable, accessible and patient (even when you ask them numerous questions about poisonous frogs, butterflies, and eating them).  We were taught ways to get the butterflies to land on us, how to be gentle and move them off of the pathways. The kids learned gleefully about the butterflies, were happy to hold them, and Jack shocked us as being the most intent on having all of the butterflies "taste" his hand with their feet.  I highly recommend this as an educational destination for little ones who love nature!

The Butterfly Whisperer 

Don't Move, Even When It Tickles
Looks like pretty feathers
A New Friend Landing
Tip for anyone who wants more butterflies to land on them: show up wearing bright colours!


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Thursday, 2 March 2017

Footloose - Motivating Kids With Rewards

When I was in middle school in the late 1980's/ very early 1990's name brand clothing was EVERYTHING, particularly at my suburban Etobicoke school.  My parents didn't subscribe to the same brand of cool as my classmates and most of my clothes were hand-me-downs from my preppy older sister.  My parents priorities were getting us fed and saving for post secondary education for three kids, so they'd never drop the same amount of coin on a Club Monaco sweatshirt, or whatever else was the flavour of the week, especially since I was still growing.

One day I came home to a pair of brand new women's Nike Air runners in the front hallway of our house.  They were my mom's, but just the same I was smitten, we were practically the same shoe size after-all.  After hours of me playing dress-up with my mom's shoes like I was five instead of 13 and begging for her to let me wear them to school, just once, my parents cut me a deal.

I've always been the least athletic of my siblings and my dad was always looking for a way to inspire me to find something active to fall in love with.  My parents told me that if I jogged, an intended purpose of running shoes, at least 25 times over the next two months the shoes would be mine.  I was motivated and I ran, a lot, because I wanted those shoes!

In just over six weeks, I "earned" the shoes.  I went for maybe three other jogs that year, all in my new kicks, and most of them related to my dad hounding me to go for a run and practically begging me to "Just Do It".  As an adult I get how frustrating this must have been for my parents, and I understand why they did it.  Falling in love with a sport can lead to a life-long healthy habit.

The best kid response to my new running habit


I didn't run again, aside from gym class, for years.  I took up running "for reals" in my first year of university as a measure to combat the freshman fifteen and then again in my mid-twenties when I ran my first 10KM (a Nike Sponsored run - I guess they still inspired me, over a decade later).  I picked up running again in January this year for the first time since before I was pregnant, and I've fallen back in love with it, only this time Nike isn't involved.

On the parenting front we've had trouble motivating Jack to work on his writing.  He'll barely sit through the Occupational Therapist prescribed five to ten minutes a day and a lot of the time he's just going through the motions to get us off his back.

Last week I came across a sold out Lego Toy he wanted and I bought it for him, but he could have it under one condition - he dedicate some real concerted effort on his writing and reading every single day for a week.  This toy, sits on top of a shelf in our living room and Jack can look at it and hold it, in all of its packaged glory, for one minute each day after he successfully completes his reading and writing assignments. His writing has improved dramatically, and it's only been a week.  It doesn't hurt that we write out words that are meaningful and important to him like Captain Underpants, Batman, C3PO, and Hulk, On Friday he'll have earned his toy and I can't help but think back to those running shoes.

I have no clue what next week will bring, and if or when I'll buy another goal toy to "dangle the carrot" right away to keep the progress going or not.  Maybe I'll tell Jack that he and I both need to start saving our money, something tells me I owe my mom a pair of retro Nike Airs.

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Monday, 27 February 2017

Mo Money Mo Problems: The First Six Months of Allowance

As a parent I have a severe hate on for marketing tricks meant to inspire a mean case of the "I want its". Whether it's candy bars at the front of a grocery store, perfectly timed ads for toys during children's television programming, or whatever addictive compound is present in Shopkins; it's good behaviour cryptonite for children.  

Last spring we hit a time period while running errands where the kids, especially Molly, assumed that there was some sort of prize at the end of each trip out of the house. We realized we needed to nip this in the bud and were already thinking about how we'd teach the kids about money, responsibility, and savings. 

We began giving a weekly allowance the week following their fifth birthday. They earn five dollars week because they're 5 and routinely perform chores in order to gain access to their funds. 



The most coveted Lego series


I know there is a lot of debate as to whether or not allowance should be connected with chores, but from our perspective it's been a good motivator and the kids (Molly in particular) are really proud of the contributions they're making. 

The minions are allotted their full allowance each week as long as they complete the following tasks without too many reminders or assists 
- Bring lunch bag and water bottle into kitchen each day after school 
- Put away coats and boots in proper places every day
- Complete tidy of bedroom once each week (toys in toy box, laundry in baskets, books on shelves)
- Complete tidy of basement once per week or on parental demand (toys away, dress-up clothes away etc.)
- Help sort recycling and garbage each week before garbage day
- One to three other age appropriate chores depending on parental demand (cleaning windows, setting the table, sorting laundry, clearing dishes etc.)

Molly has never missed out on her allowance and Jack only has twice. 

We predicted Molly would be the one blowing through her allowance and Jack would be the saver. 

This fall when it was "Toonie for Terry Fox" day at school, they wanted to contribute some of their hard earned allowance to the cause. (To read more about it click here)

For the most part Molly spends her allowance on clothes and Jack up until a few weeks ago saved his allowance, except  for splurging on a monster lunch bag.

In recent months Jack has fallen in love with the world of Lego. He particularly likes the action figures (mini figs) leaning towards anything Batman Lego, Star Wars Lego, or Knight (complete with robotic Lego suits). He's ripped through $50 in savings in the past month and can't wait for his funds to build up. 




Just a small portion of recent favs 


Molly surprised me. Most of her clothes purchases come from second hand stores; she loves working her budget. The other afternoon she came home from school upset because she no longer had any purple dresses that fit her. We went online together searching and she found a purple dress she liked at Old Navy and asked me to pick it up for her.  I asked her if she was sure and explained how the dress would cost her five weeks worth of allowance. She paused, thought for a moment, then told me that it wasn't worth it to her. She'd try her luck at Value Village instead.  I told her how proud I am of her for making such grown up choices. 

In the meantime Jack is all about the chores since he's grown to realizes that money (and Lego Knights) don't grow on trees. 

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