Special treat: sweet, sugary breakfast foods

It’s still March Break here, so our mornings have been leisurely and relaxed. I decided to make French toast for breakfast the other day.

French toast, full of eggs, milk, cinnamon-sugar and maple syrup, is not a standard breakfast food for us. Neither are pancakes. We all tend to feel a fatigue-ish slump halfway through our day if we consume sugary or highly processed products first thing in the morning. So muffins, pastry, or sweetened cereals are usually out. No pancakes or French toast on school mornings, either.

But during March break, no one gets up early. We lounge around in pjs, have coffee and watch cartoons. Continue reading


Guilty verdict in elementary school: boy vs girl

Learning that life is not fair is a hard lesson for any kid to face. Hearing mixed messages from educators at school, parents and other well-meaning adults makes it all the more confusing for them. With the current social climate of #metoo, I  worry how we’ll navigate the upcoming teen years. Don’t you? Even if your kids aren’t teenagers yet, they will be…

The following story happened to my son when he was about 9 or 10 (so approximately three years ago), and I have permission from him to tell this story here. Your feedback is both welcome and encouraged, especially if you’re parenting the same age group as mine.

I would really like to know what parents, like me, think about this.

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The rules on the school bus are simple:

Stay in your seat, speak quietly, don’t eat or read or get up and walk around.

The bus driver’s primary responsibility is to drive the bus safely. His or her eyes should be on the road at all times. The bus driver is not a babysitter.

This is common knowledge and all of us, parents, teachers, bus drivers, even board administrators discuss this with the kids.

But we are dealing with kids here. This isn’t an excuse, it’s just a fact. Kids don’t always obey rules, and they get themselves, and others, into trouble. Often unintentionally.

Because they’re kids. They don’t always THINK before they ACT.

What bugs me is the mixed messages that are coming from the school system.

Here in Canada, the message is loud and clear:

We are all equal. Treat everyone the same.

But when it comes down to it, the school does not follow this message at all.

Unfortunately I’m not making this up.

This does not mean I don’t respect teachers and principals who guide and teach our students today. I have nothing but respect for them. In my son’s case, the principal manages a school with 900 kids; this is no small feat. 

And still, the mixed messages are continually perpetuated toward our elementary students.

May I illustrate?

Will you read?

Will you think about this? Continue reading

Typical sport family Saturday, and a new meal-time term

Remember this post? I was feeling tired and dispirited about the never-ending hockey and ringette my kids were involved in. That was back in January, still in the regular season. So almost three months ago.

Well, the season is not done yet. We are now in playoffs, thanks to a fantastic game last Tuesday night that knocked the first place team out of the runnings. And we keep winning!

Here’s a newsflash that won’t surprise anyone: Continue reading

Permission to dwell in negativity: this too shall pass

Negativity breeds more negativity, is what I’m hearing. Toxic people are negative people and no good will come from them.


Well I am here today to say that sometimes, we need to give ourselves permission to wallow in a bad mood.

There. I said it. Call it catharsis or whatever you want.

There are simply times when I just want to be left to it. Wallow, self-pity, woe is me.

I blame hormones. (But that’s another fun and exciting blog topic for another day.)  🙄  Continue reading

Gratuities and tipping in the service industry

We just got back from an away tournament and I noticed something a little different this time. A lot of people working  in the service industry in Niagara Falls (Canada) are older than me, and working manual labour jobs: serving and cooking in restaurants, cleaning or maintaining hotel rooms, that kind of thing.

Thinking back to previous tournaments, I remember seeing young adults in these types of jobs. Maybe the 20-somethings still work in those fields (service, food and tourist industry), to make ends meet while going to college or university, and I just wasn’t there during their shifts. But for the most part, I would have guessed the average age of these workers I came across at 50+. Continue reading