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    Sensitivity

    “The moment you say ‘I know everything’ is the end of your growth.”

    Sharon Lee

    “Pip, you need to put some clothes on,” is a phrase I find myself uttering, not just in the morning, but several times a day. My daughter simply […]

    The Sleepover

    “In the final analysis it is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.” — Ann Landers

    Pip wanted to play with her cousin last week and I explained that she was having a sleep-over at Grandma […]

    Anger Plan

    “Do not teach your children never to be angry; teach them how to be angry.”

    Lyman Abbott

    Pip surprised me the other day by stomping her foot on the floor when she was frustrated. It was a case of her not getting what she wanted, and instead of talking about […]

    Wanting

    “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”

    Martin Luther King Jr.

    Lately, it seems that many of Pip’s sentences begin with, ‘I want…’ We’re not sure where the ‘May I pleases,’ have gone, but we’re determined to […]

    Tall Buildings

    “All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them.” Erma Bombeck

    During our recent family trip to Vancouver,we were lucky enough to stay in our friend’s beautiful condo at the foot of Denman St., near Stanley […]

    Our tiny parent

    “We’ve had bad luck with children; they’ve all grown up.”

    Christopher Morley

    I’m not sure if Pip has sensed that I need her to be ‘low maintenance’ lately, but she has been an angel. (Possibly because she doesn’t usually get to watch back-to-back episodes of ‘Blues Clues’ while Fig naps!) She […]

    Grammar Mama

    “It’s a damn poor mind that can think of only one way to spell a word.”

    Andrew Jackson

    For some reason, Pip uses the phrase, “Alls I need…” My husband never says, ‘ALLS,’ I’ve never used it, and I haven’t heard anyone else use it around Pip, so I have […]

    Structure

    “When kids play they remember, they may not be aware that they are learning, but they sure are aware that they are having fun.”

    Rebecca Krook

    I was inspired by my sister yesterday. (It’s not unusual, I’m frequently inspired by her!) She’s home-schooling my five-year-old niece as well as working part-time […]

    That’s toe-toe, not Toto

    “The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.”

    Meryl Streep

    The drawback of those great stainless-steel water-bottles for kids is the weight. Today Fig was enjoying a nice sip of H2O in the kitchen, when she dropped her water-bottle on her middle toe. The stainless=steel edge […]

    Love about it

    “Tears are the safety valve of the heart when too much pressure is laid on it.”

    Albert Smith

    Pip seems to cry a lot in the late afternoon. I think it has to do with the fact that she could still benefit from a wee kip, but she hasn’t had a […]