The last time

 The last time

This picture was taken last month during my daughter’s year end music debut, at a special show just for parents. The childcare program she was enrolled in conveniently partnered with a music school. Knowing that it might be her last music performance (and another last time for me as a parent), I made sure to slip out of the office that day to catch a glimpse.

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Hemp milk recipe

Hemp milk recipe

Growing up I was lactose intolerant and still don’t eat dairy. I introduced dairy to my son as a baby and it seems to agree with him. He is now a year and a half and drinks about three cups of milk a day. Because he also gets dairy from other sources like cheese and yogurt, I started making plant-based hemp milk to mix it up.

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Top 5 sleep routine (and sleep training) tips for parents with small children

Top 5 sleep routine (and sleep training) tips for parents with small children

After many tears, trial and error, I'm happy to say that my three boys consistently sleep well each night. When you have more than one baby you quickly realize how truly individual each child is. Some children are more spirited than others, and each one has different needs and bedtime negotiation tactics! As parents, we know there isn't always one answer for all kids. 

After trying many sleep training methods with my second child and none of them working, I knew I didn't want to risk more sleepless nights with my third. I used the Calmmother feeding and sleep program to transition my third baby on a good sleep routine. It is much easier to gently put your baby on a sleep routine when it's the only thing they know, compared to breaking the well-established sleep habits of a toddler, preschooler or school-aged child. 

Our top 5 tips for sleep training babies over one year, toddlers and small children are below.

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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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