My Lovable Pest

  • Saying Thanks For Things I’m Grateful For

    May 16, 2020 by

    T’s teacher gave a wonderful assignment that asked T to watch a video explaining what gratitude is and to create a thank you card for something he was grateful for. The hubby and T worked together to create a simple card (pictured below) and T said he was thankful for the playground, even though it… Read more

  • Connecting with Special Needs Parents at the Playground

    October 25, 2020 by

    I believe the universe conspires to bring people together – and the recent gathering place is a playground. One of my favourite parts of my day is when I pick T up from his after school program. We spend an hour hanging out at the playground. Since July, he’s built friendships with a regular group… Read more

  • Finding Fitness and Wellbeing In Lockdown

    October 21, 2020 by

    The days are getting shorter and I think even more about wellness as we look ahead to the pandemic winter ahead. A recent poll reported that 1 in 4 Canadians reported their mental health is worse now than in the first wave of the pandemic. One thing I’ve missed a lot during this pandemic is… Read more

  • Preparing For A Return to Homeschooling in Lockdown

    October 18, 2020 by

    Creating hands-on learning tools, restocking supplies and reconfiguring our kindergartner’s learning space were things I prepared for a potential return to lockdown homeschooling. I took the past week off work to recharge. While I spent most of it relaxing, I also used the free time for homeschool prep. COVID cases are at a record high.… Read more

  • Taking Time Off To Recharge

    October 15, 2020 by

    Every year, I take the short work week after Thanksgiving off as “me time.” This year, I was practically crawling towards it. As with everyone who is trying to just get through these challenging pandemic times, my 2020 batteries have been burnt to a crisp. One doesn’t realize how exhausted they are until they have… Read more

  • Giving Kids Chores and Building Their Confidence

    October 13, 2020 by

    While I was preparing to take out the recycling bin to the garage, T chirpily asked to help. It was overflowing in the pantry and I helped him pull the bin out; a mountain of plastic and boxes spilled onto the kitchen floor. T insisted on carrying the box down the hallway, out the door… Read more

  • Family Day Trip to Enjoy the Beauty of Fall

    October 11, 2020 by

    It’s Canadian Thanksgiving weekend and our family enjoyed a scenic Saturday afternoon outing in nature. We had planned to leave the house by 9 to maximize our day. T and I woke up at 10 and the hubby an hour later. By the time we left the house, it was Noon. But long weekends are… Read more

  • Finding Conflict and Resolution at the Playground

    October 5, 2020 by

    On a recent Thursday daycare pickup, I got out of the car and heard yelling between T and a little girl. At first, I thought they were just playing but upon a closer look, I saw the two of them screaming at each other’s face, a parent standing behind the girl and the daycare staff… Read more

  • Taking Our 5 Year Old for a COVID Test

    October 1, 2020 by

    We had quite the unexpected start to our week when T was sent home midday Monday from school. He was sneezing and had a runny nose. He also told his teacher he had a fever. He didn’t and doesn’t have a fever – it’s his default word for everything – but because of his cold… Read more

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