Who do you believe in?

Santa Claus is NOT pure Evil

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Nor will he ruin your children’s faith in God

There seems to be this constant upheaval in the Christian world surrounding Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and don’t even get me started on Halloween.Jesus is the reason

When I was growing up we didn’t celebrate Santa Claus. I didn’t receive gifts from him, nor do I ever remember believing in him. That being said, we always watched Miracle on 34th Street, sang all the christmas songs about Santa and made Santa decorations. Somehow, in the midst of all that I was still able to know who Christ is, to serve Him with my whole heart and more importantly I was able to never be confused by what the TRUE meaning of Christmas is.

I have struggled with Santa and how I was going to deal with this in my own home now that I am a mother. I vowed that I would never teach my kids about Santa. That there would be no ‘Santa’ gifts. I wasn’t going to fake reindeer steps in the snow, or leave half eaten cookies and drunk milk. I was NOT going to tell my kids there was a Santa Claus because HE has NO place in Christmas.

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Even Princesses Fart: living life in a real way

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Saying Goodbye to Diapers

Perfect Potty Training Motivator: Disney Frozen Underwear

 

Recently, we have begun the painful process of Potty Training. It has been such a joyful time in our lives (said no parent ever.) In reality it has actually gone considerably smoother then I can remember it going with Juders. We began Saturday morning and by Monday we were down to only 4 accidents! Emma has been very excited about wearing big girl underwear and although I worried about sending her to daycare while still having so many daily accidents she refused to wear her diapers anymore. I guess that could partly be blamed on the fact that I bought her these super adorable Frozen themed underwear to encourage her 🙂

Note to self: Guilt is not always the best Motivator!everything-i-do-makes-me-feel-guilty

This has been my system, “Emma, if you pee on Princess Elsa and Ana they are going to cry. So remember you need to always pee in the potty. Ok Emma?” It kinda backfired though because there were several in the package she wanted to wear them all at once and had difficulty choosing just one pair – so  whenever she had an accident she was not so much sad about having made her favourite Princesses cry as she was excited to pick out a new clean pair!

Raising Princesses to BE REAL

Through this whole process bathroom words have been used quite frequently. Much to Jude’s chagrin Continue reading Even Princesses Fart: living life in a real way

When Mom’s Need to Count to 10

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Your head is pounding – you can feel a migraine coming on. Partly from exhaustion, partly from stress. In this moment though all you can focus on is the fact that it is now WAY past bedtime and your 2 year old will not cooperate and put on her jammies and your 5 year old has pranced into the room naked for the umpteenth time. You have tried your best to use your sweet, patient, mommy voice but clearly these children do not hear those tones. You can see it coming, the rage is building, your blood pressure is boiling…. SNAP – you’ve gone to the dark side and you are screaming.

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#1 Question: are you putting your TRUST in Justin Trudeau?

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Recent events have led our world to scary, angry and fear-filled debilitating states. The constant news feeds streaming across my screen are shaking me to the core.

Bombings. Deaths. Beatings. Attacks. Hate. Hate. Hate. So much hate.

You can feel hatred and evil vibrating in every corner of our world.
With the rising death tolls, terrorist attacks and retaliations there seems to have also arisen an ugly beast. It disguises itself as hatred, mistrust, and selfishness. Continue reading #1 Question: are you putting your TRUST in Justin Trudeau?

Eating Poop: All in the name of tolerance

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One morning in the not too distant past…

Wade, while changing Emma’s diaper, “ARRRGHHH!!! NO!!”
Knowing I have absolutely no desire to ACTUALLY know why he’s upset I call out from the safety of our bedroom, “What happened?” Praying that he doesn’t say he needs me.
Wade, “Emma just stuck her hand in her poopy diaper and then put her hand in her mouth.”
I gag, and stay right where I am.

Wade, “Wait… no… ok, she didn’t stick her hand in her mouth.”poop-where
Emma suddenly lets out an ear piercing scream of pure rage.
Wade, “Emma don’t stick your hand there, no Emma that’s poop!”

And thus our day began with a bang!

To say NO or not to say NO:
That is the question.

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Isn’t it amazing how one tiny little word, “No” can elicit such strong, passionate responses? Equally amazing is how Emma can be so completely convinced that what she wants AND needs is to stick her hand in her poopy diaper and then taste test it. So compelled is she by her conviction, that her entire body shakes with rage, huge tears course down her chunky cheeks as she stares at Wade, the evil father who dare say no to the princess. What does he know anyway!? He’s old, has no clue what she needs, what will make her happy. Right?

Does it change so very much as they age? There are still times, when what they want, what they are reaching for, begging for is nothing more than a poopy diaper. As a parent, we can see the nastiness that they are reaching for. We can see that it will not prove beneficial for their lives. And as a parent it’s our responsibility to say no, to endure the rage and the tears. Isn’t it? Maybe I am looking at this too black and white. Maybe you say, it will be different when Emma is a teen. When it isn’t literally a poopy diaper that she’s trying to immerse her hand in. Granted, I am still living in the parenting world of toddlers – So maybe I am naive…

The Mom Card

MOM CARDOne of my all time favourite shows is Gilmore Girls. There was a time that I could quote every word from every episode (who are we kidding I still probably could if put to the test!). I love how Lorelei and Rory communicate, the speed at which they put forth sentences is simply astounding! What I do not agree with, however, and what seems to have become the standard norm for parenting strategies is how they seemed to have this democracy led household. There is one episode is Season 1 – where Rory is going to be switching to a private school, and she is angry about it and Lorelei says, (and I quote), Continue reading Eating Poop: All in the name of tolerance