All Blog Posts Tagged 'Julie' (73)

Finding Autism Support For Parents

It has been 10 years since my son was diagnosed with autism at the age of three.

Back in those days, you got your diagnosis and you were sent on your way to deal with it. Very little information regarding treatment, agencies, education or help of any kind was provided. It was pretty much a…


Added by Julie Cole on April 8, 2014 at 4:15am — No Comments

Are My Kids Materialistic Enough?

Throughout my parenting journey, I’ve generally put value on experiences rather than stuff. I’m not fussed about having fancy furniture or cars, mostly because I’m simply not interested. Those things don’t excite me.

My friends often laugh at my lack of interest over things like a new house…


Added by Julie Cole on March 26, 2014 at 5:28am — 1 Comment

Kids are NOT Mean

There’s a general statement I often hear about kids, usually when there has been an incident of bullying or unkind behavior. That statement is “kids are so mean”. I cringe every time I hear it because:

a)      It’s not true

b)      Generalizations don’t serve anyone well and usually end up…


Added by Julie Cole on March 12, 2014 at 4:59am — No Comments

Kids Ear Piercing – For or Against?

I discovered yet another parenting “hot button” topic this week. In the past, I’ve been sucked into every controversial parenting topic possible. We’ve all beaten a dead horse talking about our stance on different types of vaccinations, circumcision, breastfeeding – the list goes on and on.



Added by Julie Cole on February 26, 2014 at 6:21am — No Comments

Valentine’s Day Made Simple

Despite the fact that Valentine’s Day can be a bit of a contrived holiday, kids love it! And with six kids in elementary school, it’s generally a very busy holiday in my household. I try to remember that it’s only a Hallmark holiday – there’s no point in letting it cause stress. So, I have a few easy tips to keep…


Added by Julie Cole on February 12, 2014 at 5:04am — No Comments

Facebook Betrayal

There seems to be a Facebook group for everyone about everything. I belong to several local mom Facebook groups, a school moms group and a few others based on my interests. For the most part, these groups are a fabulous resource – somewhere to go to get information from like-minded people, share…


Added by Julie Cole on January 29, 2014 at 6:53am — No Comments

Cracking the Code: Computer Programming For Kids & Learning Code

I own a web-based business and I’m an avid blogger/social media type. One would assume that I would be quite the tech savvy mama. The truth is… I’m not. Luckily when I’m hanging around the office, there are a plethora of smarty-pant nerd types who can help me out. When I’m at home, I have to pull in the big guns for…


Added by Julie Cole on December 18, 2013 at 6:29am — 1 Comment

Three’s Company

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…


Added by Julie Cole on December 4, 2013 at 5:20am — No Comments

My Santa is better than your Santa.

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.…


Added by Julie Cole on November 20, 2013 at 5:17am — No Comments

Birthday Party Politics – How to Avoid That “Left Out” Feeling.

Kiddo birthday parties are a landmine.

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…


Added by Julie Cole on November 6, 2013 at 6:06am — No Comments

Parenting Advice: Managing Screen Time For Kids

Screen Time – a Family Friend or Foe?

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…


Added by Julie Cole on October 23, 2013 at 4:52am — No Comments

Name Ownership – Can you own a name?

From popular baby names to unique baby names – names are always a hot topic around Mabel’s Labels. What is the etiquette around “stealing” baby names?

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,…


Added by Julie Cole on October 8, 2013 at 5:38am — No Comments

Tips for Hockey Moms: Surviving Hockey Season with Kids

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…


Added by Julie Cole on September 26, 2013 at 7:08am — No Comments

Forget Christmas. Back-to-school season is truly the most wonderful time of the year!

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…


Added by Julie Cole on September 4, 2013 at 5:30am — No Comments

Roughing it in the Bush

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…


Added by Julie Cole on August 14, 2013 at 5:55am — No Comments

Kindergarten – To Go or Not To Go?

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…


Added by Julie Cole on June 19, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

Talking to Kids About the Amanda Todd Tragedy

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…


Added by Julie Cole on October 24, 2012 at 8:10am — No Comments

Bragging on Facebook – Annoying or Acceptable?

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…


Added by Julie Cole on March 28, 2012 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Losing a Mama Friend

My "Number One Son" with his life-long buddy. They met at "Moms group" when they were a couple of weeks old.

Twelve years ago I gave birth to my first beautiful baby. When he was a few weeks old, I was invited by a local…


Added by Julie Cole on January 18, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments




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