This years mantra

This years mantra

Easier said than done, especially if you have no interest in focussing to change anything. Let’s just be sometimes, right?!

Looking back on my previous live with intention posts, my words, themes and intentions have ranged from simplicity and happiness to balance, and most recently, embracing change and living in harmony.

With family and work responsibilities this past year, personal reflection took a back seat until now. After years of living in a revolving door of change, loving life with my partner and our blended family, and a recent promotion at work, I really would’t change a thing (except maybe a few wrinkles and grey hairs!). But that’s part of why it’s a good time to reassess values, goals, and life, generally.

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Benefits of the timeout bubble

Benefits of the timeout bubble

It’s remarkable how different types of discipline are effective for one child or age group and not another. Like most toddlers and preschoolers, my daughters tested boundaries when given the chance.

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3 tips for effective discipline of children, preschooler and beyond

3 tips for effective discipline of children, preschooler and beyond

As a child, discipline for me and my friends usually involved fear based tactics like yelling and spanking. How times have changed!

Shawn and I have had it pretty easy so far with my two elementary school aged children and his older two. They all have their moments but they are generally well behaved, courteous and polite. Rule number one for us as parents in a blended family is to avoid disciplining each other’s children (a topic for another post, coming soon :).

Below are three principles for disciplining children, preschool age and as they get older.

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Baby essentials (0-5 months)

Baby essentials (0-5 months)

Keeping things organized has always been important to me but pregnancy intensified my urge to systemize every room in the house, from the pantry to the nursery. I was also unable to resist the urge to clean and put away all of the basic baby things I'd accumulated weeks before my due date. The closer to the end of pregnancy, the greater the urge to nest! 

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