Playing with your kids

Following up from our discussion this morning, I am posting links to a couple of the articles I mentioned:

Playing with Children: Should You, and If So, How?

How to play with your kids when you don’t like playing

The book I mentioned was by Alison Gopnik and is called:  The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children

If you don’t feel like reading the whole book, there’s an article about it here:

The Gardener and the Carpenter by Alison Gopnik review – modern parenting is all wrong

Or you can listen to an interview with the author by Michael Enright on CBC here:

When it comes to raising children, be a gardener, not a carpenter

The other book that came up in discussion was The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary D. Chapman and Ross Campbell. 

Happy reading!

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Welcome Back!

Hi MOMs! Welcome back from a long break – we are going to be up and running with the first session on Thursday, September 22, 2016. I will be posting the schedule as soon as it is finalized. Check out the link “All About Moms” in the menu above if you forget details regarding time, drop-off, etc. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

This Week at MOM’s: Freezer Meals

In the midst of a deep freeze, what better way to take advantage than make up some freezer meals.

This week we will meet in the basement for the usual coffee and snack, then head upstairs to do some chopping and assembling.

If you have a favourite recipe and want to share, bring a print out or send a link to

Heidi has been pinning up a storm and has some great ideas here

It’s suggested $5 per tasty meal. The planned meals are as follows:

  • Chicken Teriyaki
  • Lentil Butternut Squash Curry, and
  • Black Bean Chili

What’s also great is these meals can be made in a pot on the stove if you don’t have a slow cooker.

Other things that maybe be useful to bring:

  • Apron
  • Favourite knife
  • Can opener
  • Onion-cutting goggles

This week at MOMs – Joy of Giving

This week we will bring our focus to others and prepare an activity to do with our kids that will end in donating items to an organization we support.

Remember to save your flyers and bring them along!

Also FYI: There is a traveling sale featuring beautiful, unique and fairly sourced products from Asia taking place on Wednesday October 7th from 12:30-6 and Thursday October 8th from 10:30-6 at Bethel Place (445 Stafford Street) in the multi purpose room.

From last week – sharing our genius ideas for organizing life!

Revisiting: The Joy of Daily Flow
Genius ideas:
For dealing with dirty rags:
  • hooks under the sink to let rags dry
  • wet pail with vinegar
  • mesh laundry bin
  • mesh toy basket from IKEA
For laundry:
  • hide it in spare room/basement/anywhere until you can deal with it
  • fold it right away while watching TV
  • fold on bed or dining room table so you have to put it away
  • have one stackable basket or laundry basket for each person and make everyone retrieve theirs from the laundry room
For clothes strewn everywhere:
  • if your kids don’t like wearing underwear and/or socks, have a basket for them at the front door so they can put them on before they go out and dump them in when they come home
  • have a main floor laundry basket
For front entry:
  • have hooks close to the entry but not in it if space is tight– be creative!
  • only put the stuff you use every day in the front entry
  • keep the “deep winter” stuff separate since you don’t use it every day
General clutter reduction:
  • individual toy baskets for each kid so they can only have toys that fit in that basket in the living room (the rest in the play room if you have one)
  • put a sheet set inside a pillow case so it’s easy to organize your linen closet and find the whole set (even if you put together mishmash sets)
  • have a library return bag on a hook so you can put books you’re finished in it right away
  • read Lifechanging Magic of Tidying Up
  • create your meal plan so that obscure ingredients get used up throughout the week
  • make a special end of the week breakfast with extras so that you can snack on them when you’re running out of groceries: rice pudding, pancakes, waffles, etc.
  • create a list of your 20 favourite meals so that you can make your meal plan based on that
  • make supper (or at least prep the ingredients) before the witching hour starts (ie. before 2 or 3 pm)