Opening scene: It is after 7 pm, the day is Sunday March 10th, 2019 and L is getting dressed in his Pajamas after having his shower. As he pulls up his pants he asks, 'Mommy, was I in your belly before I was born?" I answer, 'Yes, honey', thinking this would be the end of… Continue reading How did I get here?
Carnival in my country is officially over and everyone who took part is in full recovery. It was L's first year taking part in Carnival festivities in Primary school and of course we were tasked with the job of making his costume. The theme sent home by the teachers was 'Flora and Fauna of Trinidad… Continue reading Costume making- Carnival 2019
...make more than one meal at lunchtime. There, I confess! Yes, and here come the mommies all around the world looking at me with arched eyebrows and shaking their heads. Yes, I make a different meal sometimes for my son and I confess to this horrendous crime. Lock me up! But before you put me… Continue reading I admit it, sometimes I…
Yes, I said it. You may be thinking it, but I said it. I know we see some of those oh so picture perfect bloggers posting about how blessed they are to be around their children 24/7, and how that makes them a better person, but I am going to say that the slight opposite… Continue reading 5 reasons why time away from my son makes me a better mother
This is officially blog post number 50 and I am super proud that I have reached this milestone! It has not always been an easy time juggling real life and trying to stay on track (and frankly there were weeks at a time when I fell off the tracks), but I do the best I… Continue reading Number 50!
I recently decided that I should do what writers are supposed to do; put myself out there. I have not been pushing my work as I should, but since I have officially finished my MFA (yay I graduated!!), and I had an entire book just waiting to be read, I decided that I need to… Continue reading Anxiety and Writing; this thing called Publishing
I have always been a stickler when it comes to my son's bedtime routine and I don't plan to let up anytime soon. You see, he has always had what I see as an 'early' bedtime from since birth. Of course, taking into account the fact that newborns sleep when they want, I took the… Continue reading Why my child has a set bedtime (and why I don’t care if your child sleeps late)
Well now that we are well into the first term of the school year, we have gotten into a groove of sorts when it comes to learning. We have surmounted that learning curve and got to a new normal that works for all of us. Our new normal now consist of the following: Introducing work… Continue reading The Schoolwork hurdle-Our new normal (Part 3)
In the last post I spoke about the homework hurdle that we encountered and in this post, I will tell you how I actually have been working through the resistance. Every single time we presented work to L he groaned and whined and it was always a fight to get him to do anything. Honestly,… Continue reading The Schoolwork hurdle- How I got over the resistance (Part 2)
This is the sixth week of school and wow, have there been a lot of adjustments! For one, L had to navigate his way through the longer day and the fact that while some things stayed the same, a lot of things changed. One of the main things was the workload. In preschool, things were… Continue reading The schoolwork hurdle- Homework edition (Part 1)
So if you are a parent you have either read or heard what the experts have to say when it comes to small children and screen time. Most experts say a big fat NO to screen time for children under 2 because the research shows that an early introduction to electronic devices is linked to… Continue reading An ode to screen time
Well, it started off with a sniffle and a bit of tears the moment L slipped on his school shirt and realised...oh boy, this is it. His potty face met me as I came down the staircase for the possibly fifth time because I had forgotten something else. (Somehow even with my meticulous planning I… Continue reading The first week of Primary school: recap
It has been quite a time these past two months at home. Frankly, most of the time has been spent prepping for the new chapter in L's life: Primary School. Eeek! I know right? My child is going to 'big school' and I am freaking out just a tad. He, on the other hand is… Continue reading Two months passed, what have we done?
For some time now L has been making mention of his fear of the dark, but most recently (almost as soon as he hit the age of 5) his fear of the dark went through the roof. Literally, every night while sitting with him until he falls asleep, he would mention ghosts and the shadows… Continue reading Gender roles and Peppa Pig
This post has been a long time coming, I have been mulling it around in my head for so long, but after I recently read an article called 10 Things not to say to new moms and I thought, 'it is time I said my piece'. I have one child (you may have noticed I… Continue reading Things not to say to people who only have one child
You may have realised that while I speak about my son quite often I have never posted a picture of him where his full face has been to the camera. The reason? Well, my husband and I decided (sometime around the time L was born) that we were not going to expose him to the… Continue reading No pictures? No problem!
It is June and the decision has been made. Well, it was basically made for us, but we are actually quite happy about it. Remember when I told you guys we had applied to four schools? Well, we did and last month we got a call from one that told us L had been shortlisted… Continue reading Round 3: Accepted. (Primary School Edition)
So it might sound extremely weird, but sometimes I say no to hugs from my son. Meanie mom I am not, but a mom that is desperate to teach an important lesson about consent. You see, we have been working tirelessly to make sure that our son does not grow up to be one of… Continue reading Why I say no to hugs sometimes
Throughout L's time in preschool we have had project after project to do, so much that we felt as if we were back at school ourselves! Added to the school projects, L would give his father his own projects to do (he would just decide he wanted something and he absolutely needed daddy to do… Continue reading Our crafting adventures (on a budget)