Paying for it: the intricate and complicated details of paying for kids activities

This post was partly prompted by some articles about household money I’ve been reading in various places around the web recently. The topics are especially prevalent when it comes to double income couples who end up single income couples when one parent stays home with the kids. What happens to the money? Is it accessible by both parents equally? Does someone get an allowance? How do people stay on top of the daily flow of cash, particularly when the incidentals become more frequent (with older kids, for example, who join a variety of sports or other activities)?

Every family has their own way of dealing with the household money. We have a way that works for us, but I’ll tell you something, being responsible for the cash flow is neither fun, nor easy.

And the worst part is the checks. Not just the endless writing of them, but keeping track of them. Continue Reading

Random parenting thoughts pecolating through my head

My 12yo has a friend who lives in our neighbourhood, is in the same class, and they take the public transit together to and from school. The boys also take tennis lessons at a local clay court near their school together, and used to be on the same hockey team back in the day.

This friend is a very nice, quiet boy. I have heard him say a total of 5 words to me in the past however many years I’ve seen him in the ‘hood. I mentioned this to my son the other day and he fell off his chair from laughing so hard. Continue Reading

Pre-cooking meals, and how to stretch your meat dollar

Yesterday I went to the grocery store and bought a lot of food.

I am on a mission to stop this endless running to the store every few days. Seems even with my list, I end up coming home without items and then off I go again 24 hours later to pick it up elsewhere. It never seems to end.

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How to stay informed without tuning into tv’s morning shows

My weekday morning habit is to watch a local breakfast morning show while sipping my tea. I watch for school day weather forecasts, school bus delays or cancellations, and traffic accidents for those who commute that morning. Then there’s some news highlights of what’s happening in our city, local events, crime or other stories.

Twice in a half hour they cover the major news, both local and other.

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Ringette, a girl’s ice sport

This post describes a little bit what a ringette team is all about. I talk about why we chose to let our young daughter try and play ringette, how it differs (slightly) from hockey, and why we think it’s a great sport for girls (although boys are allowed to join a ringette team up to the age of 10 in our league).

If you have a girl who likes to skate but is a little uncomfortable with joining a boy’s hockey team, or even play hockey on a girl’s team, this post is for you.

Ringette will teach each player how to skate (or improve her skating), how to play the game and follow its rules, how to compete in a relatively relaxed atmosphere, and most importantly, how to have fun with other, like-minded girls of similar age.

In addition, I elaborate each section below with a little bit of a personal perspective, and added some pictures of our own daughter in action. I do hope that it is useful to you.

So please, read on, and let me know if you have anything you might like to contribute.

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Tired

I’m tired. And just to add to that sentiment, this weekend we lose an hour of sleep. What a ridiculous thing, this time change.

I have time for…precisely nothing.

March break is upon us and I hope for dry weather. Sunshine would be nice too. We have some now, after days of rain, which only meant muddy paws on our furry house-guest Molly.

It’s been a strange winter in our part of Canada this year. For example, every single Tuesday it rained. Continue Reading