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But Mommm: Pals

During a typical bedtime routine at our house, our six-year-old tends to get the last cuddles of the night. One night this week, as I drew the nuances of my day on her back with my fingers, I was struck by how much older she suddenly looked to me. So struck, in fact, that I stayed there lying next to ... Read More »

But Mommm: Food

Some of you may be aware that our family is currently participating in Today’s Parent magazine’s Healthy Family Challenge. For just over three months, myself and two other Moms from across Canada are blogging weekly about our efforts to plan better meals and engage in more family-oriented fitness activities ( Meal planning has always been my challenge. I hope that ... Read More »

But Mommm: Daredevil

Our loving, sweet, funny, adorable son is a daredevil. When this trait first started to appear about six months ago, I’d laugh it off with a stereotypical comment about boys. “Wow, little boys really are different,” or, “Now I understand what everyone says about little boys being so active.” As time has worn on, though, I’ve come to realize that ... Read More »

But Mommm: Reflections on Motherhood

Our regular guest blogger Deanna is out this week so I thought I would jot down a few of my own notes about motherhood. Not about how much I love being a mother. Not about how much I appreciate all that life has given me. Not about how much fun it can be when you really just relax and enjoy ... Read More »

But Mommm: Sleep

It never fails. Just when you think you’ve finally gotten to a point where maybe, just maybe, sleeping patterns are getting consistent in your house – they change. Again.   From a sleeping perspective, the last six to eight months have been pretty great for us. Of course the kids have woken up during the night at times but there’s ... Read More »

But Mommm: Decisions

Today, for the first time ever, I overheard a stranger talking negatively about a parenting decision we made. The disapproving tone and whispered comment came from a couple (I’m guessing in their 60s) sitting in a booth next to us at a restaurant.   “I can’t believe they let those girls do that. Terrible. Unbelievable.”   The decision? We let ... Read More »

But Mommm: Independence

The news is full of stories these days about umbrella and helicopter parenting. Parents who stay too close, who don’t cut the umbilical cord, who don’t let kids do things for themselves and who hover and watch over them like a hawk. It gets to extremes when you have parents doing everything for kids in their teens and 20s (writing ... Read More »

But Mommm: Let’s Talk

In the last six months I’ve had conversations with three different friends whose teenage daughters have been experiencing various forms of mental illness. As I listened to these women, who are all loving, involved and wonderful parents, I started thinking about the prevalence of depression and anxiety with kids and doing a little research to understand early warning signs.   ... Read More »

But Mommm: Finality

Our baby is two. Two years ago I delivered him. Two years before that I delivered his sister. Two years before that I delivered his other sister. This year, I’m not delivering anyone. The pattern of pregnancy and nursing that has been my life for six years is done.   Done. Where did that time go? How can the “baby” ... Read More »

But Mommm: Power

From as early as I can remember, my Dad would ask me one simple question each and every day. He asked it before bed. He asked it at many of my major milestones throughout life. He even ended his speech at my wedding with it.   “You know what?”   “What Dad?”   “I love you.”   And now, as ... Read More »