Bonding Times

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Creating Memories

One of the best things you can give to a child is the gift of a memory.  The memories you create when you’re with them and those that you share from your life. Grandkids especially love to hear stories about their parents when they were growing up. When my youngest daughter was about four years […]

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The Death of a Pet

Children and pets. They go together like peanut butter and jam. When our kids were small, we had almost every pet you could think of – except snakes. I even managed to live with a small lizard in my house and it wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be. The down side of […]

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Worn Out

These grandkids are wearing me out. They’re cute and cuddly, they say and do the funniest things, but they’re like the battery that keeps going and going. And my energy is gone and gone. Women don’t usually have children past middle age for a reason – we can’t physically keep up with the little darlings. […]

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Persistence and Practice – Lessons From My Grandkids

These days, while watching my two grandchildren during the day, I am learning a lot of lessons from them. I’m learning persistence from four-year-old grandson. Each day he tries to throw his hat on our coat rack. Since he is aiming for the highest hook, that’s not an easy task. Sometimes it takes him fifteen […]

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Childproofing Your Home

Now that I’m back to watching little people at my house, I have to think about things like childproofing. Here I thought my home was pretty safe. Silly me. Grandbaby girl can spot a crumb on the floor at a hundred yards away. She delights in trying to open all the cupboards and has radar […]

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Raising Confident Grandkids

When my husband was a boy, he often heard the words “be careful”. I’m afraid I was the same way with my boys. But my daughter encourages my grandson to try new things and doesn’t hinder him with her fearful thoughts. As a result, he is very outgoing and comfortable in new situations – many […]

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Disney on Ice

This past weekend, I attended Disney on Ice at the Rogers Centre (Skydome) with my 4-year-old grandson. The show was two hours long, with a brief intermission halfway. Toward the end, he was starting to get restless but enjoyed most of it. The “Cars” sequence was his favorite and was right at the beginning. We […]

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Nursery School Takes Energy

Wednesday morning. That means nursery school for my two grandsons, ages two and four, and I. It also means a break for each of my daughters, both with new babies. And after two hours on my own with the boys, it means I’m exhausted and ready for a nap – some days more than others. […]

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