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Mother’s Day is what caught my attention this week. I have a few favourites for gift ideas as well as a blog post about being a mom, plus a humorous video with a message about what Rob Ford is teaching our kids.

For great Mother’s Day gifts, I love this frame because I’m into plexiglass frames right now. My own mom used to have them and I’m glad they’re back. The option of adding a recorded message is new and fabulous though.

To get you in the tear-jerking mood for mother’s day, watch this video. Now start looking for something nice (for yourself or your mom, or both).

I recently found and fell in love with a new line of skin care from Ste. Anne’s Spa, a beautiful and well regarded inn and spa in Ontario. They have developed their own line of skin care—Ste. Anne’s skin nourishment—which is now available online. My favourite is the Deep Hand Hydration. It has a very slight scent of lavender and isn’t greasy. Because the simple pleasure of applying luxurious hand cream for a harried mother with small children is a big deal.

Nobody knows that better than one of our Savvy Storytellers, Rebecca Keenan of Playground Confidential. Her post, ‘How to Stop Sounding Like a Douchebag Parent in 5 Easy Steps’ will make you laugh out loud…once you get past the colourful language. I hope all moms who read this will refrain from getting trapped into any unnecessary pressures of perfection this mother’s day.

How to Stop Sounding Like a Douchebag Parent in 5 easy steps

One last little bit I thought I would slip in…a great Google trick for measuring nutritional information when cooking and eating. Thanks to our Food Editor, Jan Scott for this.

Finally, I give you Rob Ford’s Words in the Mouth of a Child. Keep in mind that your kids are listening to him and learning some pretty crazy lessons about not taking accountability for one’s actions. Watch the video with them if you think they are old enough. It could raise some interesting conversation.

Have a good week.

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Raising Great Parents: How to Become the Parent Your Child Needs You to Be
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Parents need a lot of help. Anyone who has had a child for at least a day knows that. This week I found a few useful resources that caught my attention.

One of my favourite parenting experts, Beverley Cathcart-Ross has published a book called Raising Great Parents: How to Become the Parent Your Child Needs You to Be. It’s full of lots of good advice, but what I like the most about it is the title. Beverley has been dishing out advice to parents for long enough to know that it’s the parents who need to learn before we teach our children anything. If you want to be a great parent you should pick up a copy.

If you’re more worried about getting the baby to sleep at this stage, you might be interested to know that smallnest, the app that tracks everything your baby does, just introduced an update called Stop Crying. Apparently you just tap the ‘Stop Crying’ button, and your iPhone will emit an inaudible sound wave pattern that clinical trials have shown calms babies enough for them to immediately stop crying.


You’ve heard of the Tiger Mom and perhaps even the Jellyfish Parent, but you might not have heard about the Dolphin Mom. A new book called The Dolphin Way by Dr. Shimi K. Kang promises to provide parents with a guide to inspire children to develop their own internal drive by drawing on the latest neuroscience and behavioural research to show why pushy ‘tiger parents’ and permissive ‘jellyfish parents’ actually hinder self-motivation. Dolphin parents focus on gently yet authoritatively guiding their kids to maintain balanced lives and dolphin traits like adaptability, community mindedness, creativity and critical thinking…and maybe good swimming skills? Breathing under water for a long time?

The Dolphin Way by Dr. Shimi K. Kang, M.D.

Sometimes I yearn to be like my parents who unapologetically said no to pretty much everything (and we just obeyed and accepted it). Like when they said no to watching TV during the week—except once weekly when we were allowed to watch the squeaky clean and full-of-positive-family-messaging Little House on the Prairie. Imagine your kids only having one hour of screen time a week. If you want your kid to turn out as well as I did, the re-release of this series is now available on DVD.

Little House on the Prairie

For parents concerned with their child’s literacy, The Hanen Centre’s newest guidebook, I’m Ready!™How to Prepare Your Child for Reading Success, teaches parents the most effective ways to nurture their child’s early literacy during everyday routines and activities. Speech-language pathologists Janice Greenberg and Elaine Weitzman have taken the most current research in emergent literacy and broken it down into fun, easy-to-use tips and strategies for promoting early literacy throughout the day. Taking a walk, reading a book, shopping for groceries…I’m Ready! transforms all of these daily routines into enjoyable opportunities for parents to prepare their child for reading success. Incidentally, we’re giving away five copies. Here’s the link to the contest.

I'm Ready:How to Prepare Your Child for Reading Success

Have a great week.

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