There have been studies that indicate that three children is the most stressful number of kiddos to have.
Three is no easy feat. As the picture shows, I had my hands very full back when I had only half the…Continue
Added by Julie Cole on December 4, 2013 at 5:20am — No Comments
There is one big problem with the awesome and much adored Santa. Mainly, that he is fictional. This becomes problematic because it means every family has a different Santa, which causes consistency issues.…Continue
Added by Julie Cole on November 20, 2013 at 5:17am — No Comments
Throwing a kids’ birthday party is high-risk behavior in the department of offending or excluding people. Clearly, no one intends to exclude kids from birthday party fun, but unless your party planning involves inviting every cousin, classmate and neighbour, there is…Continue
Added by Julie Cole on November 6, 2013 at 6:06am — No Comments
Oh “screen time”. Every family has a love/hate relationship with you. Sometimes you provide my kids with age-appropriate activity, fun and learning. And sometimes you hold them hostage.
Managing the amount of time kids spend on the computer and in front of…Continue
Added by Julie Cole on October 23, 2013 at 4:52am — No Comments
We all know about the whole “you stole my name” phenomenon. Think back to that episode of Friends where Monica accuses Rachel of stealing her girl name,…Continue
Added by Julie Cole on October 8, 2013 at 5:38am — No Comments
Last winter I had five of my six kids playing hockey. Madness, I know.
Many have asked how I survive the driving, the expense, the equipment and – let’s face it – the hockey smell that consumes my home.
Other than using a lot of Febreze, here are my hockey season survival tips for busy…Continue
Added by Julie Cole on September 26, 2013 at 7:08am — No Comments
Don’t get me wrong – the slowed down pace of summer coupled with not having to pack school lunches makes summer pure joy. But, it’s been eight weeks now and it’s time to outsource the bickering siblings to our kind government for six hours a day. Like any change of pace, summer was refreshing but I welcome the…Continue
Added by Julie Cole on September 4, 2013 at 5:30am — No Comments
My family and I just had our annual week at the cottage. Now that my kids are getting older, cottage life has gotten easier. No longer do I wish for a baby gate around the lake and gone are the days of me following toddlers around the entire week.
But we certainly don’t have this safety thing all…Continue
Added by Julie Cole on August 14, 2013 at 5:55am — No Comments
Apparently I blinked. And suddenly, my sixth child will be starting Junior Kindergarten in September.
Six kids in elementary school. There was a time I never thought I’d see the day, and now I feel like I don’t want to see the day.
My other five children attended…Continue
Added by Julie Cole on June 19, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments
I don’t need to tell you about the Amanda Todd tragedy. All I can say is that when these high profile stories hit the media, it is an opportunity for parents to sit down with their kids and find some teachable moments woven within the tragedy. I sat down with my tweens…Continue
Added by Julie Cole on October 24, 2012 at 8:10am — No Comments
A while ago, my friend Louise relayed that she was horrified to learn that a woman she knows “unfriends” people on Facebook who brag about their kids a lot. Louise explained that she loves sharing news about her children and also hearing about other…Continue
Twelve years ago I gave birth to my first beautiful baby. When he was a few weeks old, I was invited by a local…Continue
Added by Julie Cole on January 18, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments
I spoke last year about the difficulty of outing Santa to my son. He was at an age that most kids no longer believed, so…Continue
Added by Julie Cole on December 21, 2011 at 7:33am — No Comments
Last weekend, the whole family was in the truck and Daddy-o needed to dash into a shop. The rest of us waited in the…Continue
Added by Julie Cole on December 7, 2011 at 8:19am — No Comments
I’m all about dads playing hard with the kiddos, but around here I’ve noticed that “playing with” the kids has a tendency to transform into “showing off” for the…Continue
Added by Julie Cole on December 1, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments
This past weekend I was supposed to go on my first “girls weekend” in three years. Instead, I was sick so lounged on the couch with children piled on top of me. But, I did pull up one of my old posts and reflected upon “The Rule”. How much do you talk to your friends about your kids?
My ninety-two-year-old grandmother has given birth to a lot of babies. She had babies in…Continue
Added by Julie Cole on October 25, 2011 at 10:55am — No Comments
You’d think the statement “It’s not fair” would be commonly heard around our house. Strangely, it’s not. Or at least it wasn’t. I’m not sure why we had the good fortune of escaping it for so long, but it has recently become a part of our family’s vernacular.
It’s actually kind of surprising the kids didn’t think to use it before. I suspect there are plenty of occasions in our biggie-sized family that they could have. Like on movie night when I put out one big bowl of popcorn and it’s…Continue
Added by Julie Cole on September 28, 2011 at 1:40pm — No Comments
The youngest of my six children has had a pretty sheltered existence to date. He has only been cared for by three people: Me, Daddy-o, and Nanny Hazel. Even my very involved mom has noted that he’s the only grandchild she has never babysat. Part of the problem is…Continue
Added by Julie Cole on September 14, 2011 at 1:24pm — No Comments
By the time I had my sixth kid, I figured I had this parenting thing wrapped up.
Well, this cheeky toddler has knocked me square off my parenting high horse. One of our babysitters describes him as an adorable weirdo. One of his weirdo things is that every night for the last six months, he has insisted upon falling asleep on the family room floor. I later transport him to a suitable…Continue
Added by Julie Cole on August 31, 2011 at 1:07pm — No Comments
“People with goals succeed because they know where they are going. It’s as simple as that,”- Earl Nightingale
What are your goals? Do you have a plan in place for where you want to be in 3 months, 6 months, or 10 years from now? I have always been a goal setter, I had a goal for high school before I started my Freshmen year, as soon as I achieve one Goal I move on to the next. I always have something I am…Continue
Added by Julie Wilcoxson on August 16, 2011 at 3:03am — No Comments