In Parenting, Random Thoughts on
March 25, 2019

#MomCrushMonday – Contributor Natalie

WAHM/D, SAHM/D, Work out of the home or other?

I am a part time Grade 5 Teacher and a part time stay at home mom: the best of both worlds… most days!

# of Kids? Ages?

I have three energetic girls, ages 6, 4 and 19 months

What movie makes you cry?

A movie that makes me cry is The Lion King. I can’t even make it past the intro without crying and belting out “Circle of Life” at top volume.

Tell us about a mom/dad who inspires you?

I have so many friends who are role models for parenting! One of my best friends is an incredible, gentle and talented mother of 3 who owns her own Barre Studio and has been inspiring me since junior high. Thanks Jeanette!  Another is a co-worker and amazing photographer who always seems to have exactly the right answer for any question, and makes me strive to be a better mother- I couldn’t have done it without you, Tessa!

What’s the fondest memory you have of your life as a mom/dad so far? The biggest challenge?

My fondest memory of parenthood so far is each and every trip we have taken with our kids. Getting out of our day to day routine and fully focusing on the children while introducing them to all of the amazingly rich cultures and places in this world is truly rewarding.

My biggest challenge is parenting without our parents around. Some days I just want my mom to be here to offer support and a hug. She’s only a phone call away, but the challenges of last minute childcare and sick kids can be a lot on a working mom with no backup!

Would you rather be able to see 10 minutes into your own future or 10 minutes into the future of anyone but yourself? Why?

I’d rather see 10 minutes in to anyone else’s future, but not my own. The future is not ours to see… que sera, sera.

You and your oldest child switch bodies for an hour. What do they do? What do you do?

If I could switch bodies with my 6 year old daughter for an hour, I would fly down the street as fast as my legs could take me, until I felt like I could take off into the air, and not worry what anyone thought, or about pulling a muscle. I would promptly eat hundreds of calories of cookies and cakes without a second thought about nutritional value or calories or weight gain. Then I would throw a temper tantrum and slam a door or two. It would feel so nice to get it all out in an extremely immature way, without any regard for the door jamb or fixtures in my house.

If my daughter were in my body for an hour, I suspect she would raid the top shelf of the pantry and eat whatever she likes before trying to drive the car. She’d also send her little sister to her room for a power-trip.

Worry Dolls – What Are They and Why Do You Need To Get Some Right Now?

Lately we’ve been talking about worrying in our house. About how it’s ok to feel worried and how everyone worries about different things but that doesn’t mean that it’s less important.

My one son just tried out for a sports team for the first time and was anxious.

My other son has weekly spelling tests at school that he wants to do well on. And by well he means he wants 100% EVERY time so he works hard at it but he worries.

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In Explore, Parenting on
March 24, 2019

What to Pack for Your Beach Vacation with Kids

Are you heading on a family beach vacation with your kids? Before you get to relax, you have a few things to do! Okay, ‘a few things’ is probably an understatement. As a mama, I know first-hand that it’s a LOT of work to pack for a vacation with the kids. Rest assured, soon you’ll be on the beach with a cocktail in hand and won’t have to worry that you forgot anything.

 

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In Lifestyle, Parenting, Random Thoughts on
March 23, 2019

Is Your Child Ready For Sleepaway Camp?

In conversation with Dr. Ganz Ferrance.

My kids are getting older, they’re 7 & 9 now, and I’ve been contemplating a summer camp where they actually stay there for a week – the sleepaway camp. I recall being around 8 years old when I attended my first overnight camp and I have really fond memories of it! It was very strange at first, and I was a little homesick too.

We decided to have an expert weigh in on some of the questions I had around knowing if your child is ready for sleepover camp. Alberta Mamas reached out to Dr. Ganz Ferrance, a registered psychologist in Alberta to discuss.

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In Parenting on
March 22, 2019

DON’T BE A MEAN MOM

If you are a mom, you’ve been in a situation before where you saw the behaviour of a child or mom and wanted to say something out loud to them. Regardless of whether or not you said something, if it wasn’t a safety concern, I am urging you not to say anything the next time the situation arises.

It took me years to build up an immunity and not to care about what others say or think about me. It wasn’t easy and I have my friend’s mom to thank for this immunity. She once said to me: People that don’t like you will always have something negative to say about you. Since they already don’t like you, why would you waste any time on them and care about what they have to say?

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In Uncategorized on
March 18, 2019

#MomCrushMonday – Contributor Rachelle

WAHM/D, SAHM/D, Work out of the home or other?

Both a Stay at Home mom and an entrepreneur mom running my business called Momentum Health & Wellness.

# of Kids? Ages?

I have 3 daughters: 6 year old and 4 year old twins! I’m not sure who’s going to need a holiday when they are teenagers … my husband or myself!

What movie makes you cry?

The Notebook makes me cry every time!

Tell us about a mom/dad who inspires you?

My mom inspired me.

She passed away from a brain tumour when I was 7 years old. I don’t have a lot of memories of her, but what I do remember is that she was a strong, kind and loving lady who fought till the bitter end for her life and still made time for her 5 children despite having cancer.  So on the days where I feel like I’m failing or struggling, I think of her strength and realize life is too short to worry about the small things and to live each day to its fullest.

What’s the fondest memory you have of your life as a mom/dad so far? The biggest challenge?

My fondest memory of being a mom so far is watching my daughters grow. Watching them learn new skills, observing how they solve a problem on their own and listening to their giggles when they play a new game they made up!

My greatest challenge being a mom so far is parenting 3 children differently. No one warns you about this when you decide to have more than 1 child!!

Would you rather be able to see 10 minutes into your own future or 10 minutes into the future of anyone but yourself? Why?

I wouldn’t see 10 minutes into the future of myself or anyone else.  I am trying to be more present with my life and live for right now, in this moment, and appreciate all the little things around me.

You and your oldest child switch bodies for an hour. What do they do? What do you do?

If my oldest daughter (6 year old) and I would switch bodies for an hour, she would make herself a hot chocolate with all the marshmallows she could fit in the cup, drive my vehicle to the nearest 7-11 and buy herself a slurpee, then she would would pick her own show to watch in my bedroom. (She was pretty happy to answer that question!

I would colour a picture, ask for a snack and take a nap!

 

Rachelle Howse is a mom to 3 young girls and owner of Momentum Health and Wellness in Edmonton, Alberta. She has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and over 12 years of experience in the fitness industry working as a Certified Exercise Physiologist and Pre & Post Natal Fitness Specialist. She started her company to inspire and educate others about fitness and wellness. Her goal is to create a community of prenatal and postnatal women who support one another through their health and wellness journey as well as educating families on the importance of creating a healthy environment at home and being a positive role model for their children. 

Visit Rachelle atwww.momentumhealthandwellness.ca, reach out to her at rachelle@momentumhealthandwellness.ca, and follow her on Facebook or Instagram for motivation and inspiration!

8 Apps For Kids That Don’t Need Wi-Fi!

No wi-fi? No problem!

I enlisted the help of my kids for this one – they were more than happy to break out their electronics for this research! My daughter even suggested bringing her phone in the car to really put it through the paces. Smart cookie right? HA!

My daughter is 9, and my son is 7 so these apps are a few of their faves. They use them on long road trips and trust me, I don’t let allow them hours and hours of electronics – there is a whole wide world to look at as we drive by, but this certainly helps keep the fighting down to a minimum in that back seat.

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In Calgary, Parenting, Random Thoughts on
March 15, 2019

KidzGO in YYC

In this city, indoor play places are essential!  You never know when, or for how long, you might be at the mercy of our unpredictable Calgary weather!  

You know what I’m talking about…the kids get stir-crazy, the parents aren’t far behind, recess has been cancelled at school for days, and you just need to get out of the house!  

Having some options of places to go where everyone in the house, regardless of age, can burn off some steam is going to be your lifesaver at some point in time.  That’s why we were so excited to learn about YYC’s newest indoor play centre, Kidz GO!

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