Living Ideology, My Book, Stellar (and not so stellar) parenting moments, Stories, writer life

A paradigm shift in thinking about “books for boys.”

I’ve been paying attention to what it means when we say “books for boys.” As authors and conference attendees we hear the following: There is a shortage of books for boys. Boys are more reluctant readers than girls. Due to number 2 above, publishers lean towards “books for girls” for better sales. If we don’t… Continue reading A paradigm shift in thinking about “books for boys.”

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Conversation Fun, Stellar (and not so stellar) parenting moments

To Car or Not to Car

James -- “Did your mom tell you about the other car?” Matt-- “Yeah, but she told me to tell you ‘no’.”   *Later*   Me -- “Hey, I told you not to tell James that I told you about the car.” Matt -- “Wait! I told him not to tell you that I told him… Continue reading To Car or Not to Car

Favourite Places in Winnipeg, Stellar (and not so stellar) parenting moments

Mind Meld with a Crazy Person–oh wait, that’s me.

“Hey Mom! Led Zeppelin's playing,” Matt points to the UK Folklorama Pavilion program as James I take our seats across the table from him. “And Maiden Manitoba. Check it out, it’s an Iron Maiden cover band.” Matt passes me the paper and I read it over – The Revival, covering Led Zeppelin and the Maiden… Continue reading Mind Meld with a Crazy Person–oh wait, that’s me.

Stellar (and not so stellar) parenting moments

The Fidget Box

While attending a foster parent training, there were several items placed in the middle of each table. Observing that most people didn't know what to do with these items, left them alone (me included) assuming they were part of the training to be used later. A few people at other tables were playing with items… Continue reading The Fidget Box

Stellar (and not so stellar) parenting moments

Stop Touching Me!

Child 1 ~ "Stop kicking me." Child 2 ~ "He's touching me." Child 1 ~ "You're kicking me." Child 2 ~ "Suzanne, he's squishing my toes." Me ~ "OK, everyone freeze, no one move." *pulls out phone and sets camera, clicks picture under table.* To child 2 - "Put your feet back to your side… Continue reading Stop Touching Me!