Thirty days of.. ME

Day 01 – Introduce yourself
Day 02 – Your first love, in great detail
Day 03 – Your parents, in great detail
Day 04 – What you ate today, in great detail
Day 05 – Your definition of love, in great detail
Day 06 – Your day, in great detail
Day 07 – Your best friend, in great detail
Day 08 – A moment, in great detail
Day 09 – Your beliefs, in great detail
Day 10 – What you wore today, in great detail
Day 11 – Your siblings, in great detail
Day 12 – What’s in your bag, in great detail
Day 13 – This week, in great detail
Day 14 – What you wore today, in great detail
Day 15 – Your dreams, in great detail
Day 16 – Your first kiss, in great detail
Day 17 – Your favorite memory, in great detail
Day 18 – Your favorite birthday, in great detail
Day 19 – Something you regret, in great detail
Day 20 – This month, in great detail
Day 21 – Another moment, in great detail
Day 22 – Something that upsets you, in great detail
Day 23 – Something that makes you feel better, in great detail
Day 24 – Something that makes you cry, in great detail
Day 25 – A first, in great detail
Day 26 – Your fears, in great detail
Day 27 – Your favorite place, in great detail
Day 28 – Something that you miss, in great detail
Day 29 – Your aspirations, in great detail
Day 30 – One last moment, in great detail

Strangers

Tricky People are the new strangers

 

I always hated the whole ‘teach your kids strangers are bad’ thought process. Strangers are bad, but hey go to school.. where a stranger teaches you. Get on a bus where the driver is a stranger. .. wait a second. What are we teaching them again?

Not just that, a lot of cases where children are harmed or taken happen by people THEY KNOW. Scary statistics, but true ones.I choose instead to teach my children that they are allowed to talk to people, but they are not allowed to go anywhere with anyone without getting the ok from mom or dad first. This includes family members and people we see all the time.

If the neighbour has a littler of puppies can they go see the puppies?? Sure, as long as they come and get mom and dad first. If someone asks them to help them find a lost (child, animal, toy..etc) can they help? Of course. As long as they get mom or dad.. and then we will help too.
Can their uncle take them to the store? Yes he can, but we need to know where they are, so they need to come and let us know where they’re going and with who first.

It’s much easier to have them let us know who, what and where then to teach them to be afraid of their surroundings.

And teaching your kids proper body part names? So important. The article is right, the first time one of my kids calls their body parts a monkey doodle or something that isn’t proper I’m going to pause and go.. wait. where’d you hear that?!

I do not agree with the statement “You know who’s safe? A mom with kids.” .I don’t teach my kids that every parent or person with a child is ‘safe’ Parents can be abusive or predators too.
in malls my children need to look for clerks, security guards or people in uniforms.

Bottom line, not all sickos are strangers, not all strangers are sickos.

Don’t teach your kids to be afraid of the world, teach them to be mindful of people making them feel uncomfortable.

Watch your kids. Know who they’re with.

Fairy tales

I love many fairy tales and would be hard pressed to pick just one as a ‘favourite’. They are all pretty awesome in their own rights.

I know many people have issues with fairy tales, especially Disney ones. They fear that the princess phase will turn our little girls into whiny ladies who think that they need their prince to save them.
I don’t think that’s true at all.
While most Disney fairy tales do have the princess, damsel in distress, prince saves them story to it, there are also other levels.

One of my favourite Disney fairy tales is The Little Mermaid (which you can get on Amazon.ca & Amazon.com)

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I have had people ask how, how can you like a movie about a girl who gives up everything for a guy. Who leaves home, her friends, her world for him.Who practically sells her soul for him.
Easily,I don’t see that in the story. What I get from the story is that Ariel wanted, more than anything, to be human. She had that dream before she saw Eric. Against all odds she went after that dream. Yes, she also got the added bonus of Eric, but the big story is she followed her dream, even when everyone else told her she couldn’t do it. Even when her father forbid it. 

Tangled was much the same way. Rapunzel went out into the world to live the dream of seeing the lanterns. She was scared of the world and overcame those fears to grab her dream.

Cinderella was locked in a room, but she went to that castle not just to get her prince, but to dance at the ball.

And let’s not forget Tianna– she got her restaurant.

I think fairy tales teach our children that dreams are attainable, you just have to go after them. What do you think about fairytales? Do you have a favourite? Why? Why not? 

Review: The Time Traveler’s Wifeby Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler's WifeThe Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have to start by saying I loved this movie. I figured I would love the book equally, if not more.

But, that’s not the case.

It’s not that I didn’t like the book,I just didn’t love it.

There was a lot of confusion, almost too much back and fourth.

Also, like many other reviews point out, Claire & Henry read in exactly the same voice.

Three stars because i didn’t hate it and because it wasn’t horribly written.

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Blast to the past

If you could travel back in time, what would you tell your 10-year-old self?

I know right now you feel lonely, with mom not there all the time, and most of those kids at school being jerks to you, but don’t worry, in a few months you are going to meet an awesome girly who you will become fast friends with, and you will remain friends with her for the rest of your childhood and well into your adulthood. We are still friends!
Those other kids, the bullies, you won’t see them again once you leave school. They don’t really matter in the real world.

I know right now you are in a hurry to grow up and make your own choices, but slow down. You have it pretty good right now.
In eight short years you’ll lose your beloved papa. It will break your  heart. Enjoy the time you have with him now. Even when he embarrass’ you.
Trust me, you may not understand it right now, but you are going to miss him. Bad.
Try to go easier on your grandma. She’ll be gone soon too. She loves you, even though she doesn’t show it.
She may not be your biological mother, but she is the best mother you could have asked for.  Hold on to her love.