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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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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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In Lifestyle, Parenting, Random Thoughts on
March 9, 2019

Everything Changes

 “The Only Thing That Stays The Same Is Everything Changes”

Lyrics from Mr. Tracy Lawrence’s Time Marches On. 

If you think back on your life so far, how many changes have you gone through?

Big changes, little changes, they all directed your path in one way or another. As parents, we share in certain big changes. Getting pregnant changes your life  – for both parents and as they get older our relationship with our children changes.

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In Lifestyle, Parenting, Random Thoughts on
March 8, 2019

Divorcing or Separating from a High Conflict Spouse

Does My Spouse Have a High Conflict Personality?

  1. Is your spouse rigid and uncompromising?
  2. Does your spouse have difficulty accepting and healing from loss?
  3. Do negative emotions dominate their thinking?
  4. Does your spouse have an inability to reflect on their own behavior?
  5. Does your spouse have difficulty empathizing with others?
  6. Is your spouse preoccupied with blaming others (mostly you)?
  7. Does your spouse avoid any responsibility for the problem or the solution?

If you answered ‘yes’ to most of these questions, then your spouse may have a High Conflict Personality. According to the High Conflict Institute, these are some of the patterns you see in a person with a high conflict personality.

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In Lifestyle, Style on
March 6, 2019

How to Host a Clothing Swap!

We all know that once you become a mom the priority so often shifts from numero uno to the kids. It can be really difficult to find time AND money to upkeep your wardrobe when your kids are growing out of their pants at a rapid rate. One of the greatest things we’ve been introduced to in recent years is clothing swaps! This is a budget friendly, eco friendly and all around awesome way to clean your closest and re-fill it ‘with new to you’ items, perfect for the upcoming change in season.

What is a Clothing Swap?

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In Lifestyle, Parenting, Working Mama on
March 4, 2019

#MomCrushMonday – Contributor Suzanne Pescod

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

Work out of home – Marketing & Communications Director for all of Alberta’s Ronald McDonald Houses

# of Kids? Ages?

1 Beautiful 16 Month Old Daughter 

What movie makes you cry?

Life As a House, Homeward Bound, Toy Story 3 (all three — like tsunami of tear)

 

Tell us about a mom/dad who inspires you?

My mom – I cannot imagine how much energy she exerted when she was raising myself and my brothers. She was (and is) endlessly creative, allowed us to RUN FREE (she didn’t even bother putting furniture in our living room for five years – we just played in there instead.) But she also has strong morals – and a very strong sense of helping others. 

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

I’m going to cry typing this but – holding my daughter as soon as the c-section was over. I cried, I whimpered, I couldn’t believe that she was in my arms after a very long pregnancy journey. It was completely overwhelming and even now the pure emotion of it can stop me in my tracks. 

The other memories always involve how much I love to hear her laugh and chatter. And the way she can give hugs – I can picture a few of those very special moments an done of my greatest wishes is that I will be able to picture them for many, many years. Coming to get her when she wakes up in the morning or at nap time – her cheesy grin plastered across that precious face – and thinking to myself “I cannot believe she is mine”. 

The biggest challenge has been coming to terms with the vulnerability it takes to be a parent. Your heart and soul is now out in the world and you cannot protect them (nor do you want to all the time) but the pressure that puts on my own heart and my own anxieties can be really challenging. 

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

10 minutes into my own future — I own my own future, not anyone else’s and I don’t think that I would want to take that from anyone – getting to see before they do. I would almost be nervous to looking into my own future. Now – ten minutes into my own past – I would love that to be able to reflect on some situations where I could have handled things differently. (What a boring answer — but it’s truthful!)

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

This would be fun – since our daughter is only 16 months. I would do bathtime to try and figure out why she all of a sudden hates it. I would cuddle with ‘dada’ just to get a glimpse into the adoring way she looks at her father. Or maybe I would just take a nap! 

My dear daughter would probably spend the whole time reading grown up books. She might also want to try driving – I’m pretty sure she would try driving. 

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