Is there life on the other side?

I’ve started to contemplate my retirement from motherhood.  Oh, I know motherhood never ends, but the day-to-day support portion, in which I have been submerged for the past 15 years, will start to vanish.  I talk to empty-nesters and they let little tidbits of their lives seep into their conversation with you, the beleaguered parent.  […]

Transform old art into new art

Daffy Down Dilly has come to town, in a yellow petticoat and a green gown Children love to paint, especially the younger ones who will paint through a stack of paper in a few minutes. There’s only so much room on a fridge and even if you recycle it as wrapping paper, you will probably […]

Lions and lambs for springtime fun

March brings breeze loud and shrill, to stir the dancing daffodil. They also say if March comes in like a lion it goes out like a lamb. Pretty soon it will be March Break and children will have extra time, especially since March can be unpredictable, when the sun shines hot and the wind blows […]

The fine art of applying for high school

Concerned mom (i.e., me, getting flustered): “Honey, it’s just terribly inconsistent to do it that way.” Fed-up 13 year old (i.e., my daughter, getting impatient): “It’s my portfolio, and I’ll do it my way!” Should she have followed my advice? Who’s to say? In any case, it was her portfolio, about her accomplishments, and her […]

Snow and ice fun for the kiddies

Lives in winter, Dies in summer, And grows with its root upwards. What am I? The answer to the riddle is an icicle. We may not have had enough snow to slide and play in, but we have had enough cold for ice, and children have been having fun skating on the city rinks. Ice […]

Great art program for young children

1 leaf, 2 leaves, 3 leaves today, 4 leaves, 5 leaves, Blow them all away! Count this rhyme out on your fingers Substitute leaves for worries and blow them all away! You may find the children are spending more time indoors now that fall is upon us and looking for things to do, especially the […]

Add fun with home-made puppets

June 5, storyteller Sally Jaeger and I are participating in the first Ontario Ultimate Block Party from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Toronto’s historic Fort York.  From 7,000 to 10,000 children and their families will tour and take part in about 20 play-based learning-activity centres. The activities are for children aged one to 81, […]

Learning to be nice is a life lesson

“But, mommy, we always have to be NICE!” This from my 12-year-old, who has one of the most pleasant, easy-to-get-along-with personalities I know. Why the complaint? We are talking about the merits and drawbacks of going to a small school. Yes, she concedes, it is great to know everyone in the school. Students even know […]