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Category Archive for 'Ages 10-14'

I’ve just come out of a week-long fog caused by a nasty flu bug that has been circulating and am just beginning to feel (somewhat) normal. Being saddled with the flu is like spending weeks planning for a party only to have that annoying neighbourhood kid show up and ruin everything. He wrecks all the [...]

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The day before last I finally completed the 2011 Census and I think it was the short form for all of those who remember the hoopla of the long versus short form. Anyway it’s really easy and you can do it online. Right after I was asked to participate in another voluntary household survey and [...]

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As a parent I often have this insatiable urge to shield my daughter from the unpleasant things in life. Whether in song verse (you’d be amazed at how negative, macabre and downright scary some popular children’s songs are if you really listened to them. I mean “down will come baby cradle and all” isn’t the [...]

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I am slowly realizing that having child(ren) means that things get done in fits and spurts including blogging. In my defence, I did have a rather busy week including caring for a very sick toddler while desperately trying to convince myself that I am not in fact sick as well (who has the time right?!)  [...]

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Sometimes the universe just comes together and things click.  I was up at 3 this morning just being pregnant (i.e. meaning that I needed to eat RIGHT THEN) and began trolling my social media when I saw a Facebook update on the book launch of The Never Weres by Fiona Smyth (ISBN: 97815545152843, Annick Press, [...]

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My high school was a huge brown building with loads of kids and very few windows. It was a place that was both formidable and exciting to a young whippersnapper at the tender age when we leave the cushiness of elementary school behind and become thrust into teenage life.   Once you arrived you learned [...]

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Maybe it’s because I am a woman and pregnant (initially I was going to write pregnant and a woman but then I thought about that sentence…) but lately I have been thinking quite a bit about the strength and power of women. Having gone through pregnancy and birth, nursing, parenting and surviving on little sleep [...]

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Last weekend I was in a bit of a down mood and it was more than just a case of the winter blahs. On the Friday evening I went to pick up Miss Mouse from daycare and found her right smack in the midst of a lively play-session. Suffice to say she did not want [...]

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Like every teenage girl filled with so many thoughts and feelings I didn’t know what to do with them, I started a journal. This served not only to record all my innermost thoughts and feelings, hopes, secrets and wishes for the future , it also made me feel like I was recording my life and [...]

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“A love of books, of holding a book, turning its pictures, and living its fascinating stories goes hand-in-hand with a love of learning.” ~Laura Bush I can ignore any political leanings when it comes to the appreciation of books for kids which is precisely why I’ve started off my post with this quote. I believe [...]

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