Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Ways To Bring Your Family Closer Together

photo credit: Mondays with Mac Photography
Ways to Bring Your Family Closer Together

Time goes fast. One day you have an infant, and the next thing you know they are getting on a bus and starting school. You blink, and all of a sudden they have their first job, and then seemingly out of nowhere - they are moving away to pursue post secondary education.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Journey Of A White Belt

Many years ago, Mr. J told us that he wanted to try karate. I did some research, tried to find a good dojo in our area that might be a good fit. It was a little overwhelming, as there are many martial arts places around.  Eventually, I found a groupon for Browns Martial Arts.  At the time, the deal was $49 for 3 months of karate and the uniform. We purchased 2 (one for each of the boys) and gave them to them for their birthdays. 

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Learning Differences - How To Help Your Child Succeed

As parents, I think we can all agree that we want the best education for our children. We also want them to do well in school, and try their best.  It's normal that kids may struggle in certain subjects, or even just with a particular unit in a certain subject.  Sometimes teaching a different way, or having a little extra time on that subject can help.

Mr. J doing homework when he was young
When it comes to children that have an LD (I prefer learning difference to disability), sometimes they need a lot more than just a "little" extra help.  In  these cases, it isn't a matter of just working or trying harder. Their brains process information differently, and they often need a lot more help.

Mr. K was diagnosed with LD's at the beginning of grade 2. His mostly revolve around language. We weren't overly surprised with the diagnosis - he had speech and language issues as a toddler, and was in speech therapy for many years.  When you have a child with issues with speech, they are at a higher risk of LD's.  We knew when he was quite young that he was struggling.  He definitely had trouble with sound/letter recognition, even in grade 1.

Hiring a tutor was a big game changer. He is now reading at grade level (woohoo!) He still really struggles with printing and writing though.   Something that will need to be worked on going forward.

When looking for a tutor, it's good to ask a lot of questions.  Having a recommendation from a friend, family member or teacher is a great start. But be sure to ask what their qualifications are; if they have experience working with kids that have an LD, what their approach is.  Some tutors have private sessions, and others do group sessions. There are definitely pros and cons to both, and it really comes down to what works best for the individual child.

It's also important that the child has a good rapport with the tutor. It might take a few sessions to see if they are a good fit or not, but it's worth it in the end.

As a mom, it is so hard to watch them struggle. It's even harder when you see them trying so hard, and they just continue to struggle.  Seeing them down on themselves because they just aren't getting it is heartbreaking.  When you see them succeed, knowing ALL that has come before, is such a wonderful feeling.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

March Break 2019

March break 2019 has come to an end, and the kids are all set to head back to school. This break was filled with video games, kids fighting, a visit to the sugar bush, dessert before dinner, a couple of trips to shoot pool, time with cousins, sleepovers, more video games, more fighting and lots of fun!

fun at the sugar bush
some shots from our trips to play pool

In addition to the stuff listed above, the kids also got to try out Jiu Jitsu. The dojo Mr. J does karate at has just started offering a jiu jitsu program as well. They both did a 10 day trial and really enjoyed it. Mr. J is starting it now, and Mr. K will be starting in the summer, once his activities end.

I hope that you had a lovely March Break - whether you stayed home or traveled. We haven't taken a trip over march break before. I would like to take the kids somewhere warm one of these years....maybe 2020 will be the one!

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Shop Smarter With reebee {giveaway}

For many years I was a stay at home mom, and our family lived off of one income. I tried my hardest to make our money stretch. It's not so much about "saving money" as it is about making the money you have go a little further. One easy area to do this was by cutting back on what I spent at the grocery store. Grocery bills add up, and eating healthy actually isn't all that cheap. Below are some tips to help you out.

Monday, February 4, 2019

February 4th Monday Madness Giveaway Linky

How would you like to win some prizes? Make sure to enter the great giveaways linked up below. If 
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Monday, January 28, 2019

Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Giveaway

Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is available January 29th on Blu-Ray TM and Digital.

Featuring a star-studded cast, including Keira Knightley, Mackenzie Foy and Misty Copeland,
with Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman

"Disney’s dazzling adventure “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” — inspired by E.T.A. Hoffmann’s classic tale and the beloved ballet “The Nutcracker” — carried audiences along with 14-year-old Clara (Mackenzie Foy) to a magical, mysterious world with breathtaking performances by Misty Copeland plus sweets, snowflakes, soldiers, scurrying mice … and no shortage of surprises. Destined to become an annual viewing tradition for adventurers of all ages, the film arrives home instantly with never-before-seen extras and deleted scenes on Digital and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™ and DVD Jan. 29, 2019."

Now is your chance to WIN a copy of Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms on Blu-ray! Use the form below to enter for a copy. Open to Canadian residents 18+. Giveaway closes on February 5th 2019, 1pm EST.

Good luck!