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Post Halloween Blues

November 2nd, 2017 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Parenting - (Comments Off on Post Halloween Blues)

We had a hiccup today. Halloween went swimmingly, the whole family had fun and I made the night for three kids who didn’t think anyone would get their costumes (One Cousin Itt and Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin). The kid even got to bed basically on time and fell asleep quickly after all the …
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All Dressed Up

October 28th, 2017 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Parenting - (Comments Off on All Dressed Up)

I have always been creative, but I have never been good at Halloween. As a little kid I was, of course, always excited for the dressing up and the candy. I lived in a neighbourhood full of young families, so everyone took part. It was one of my father’s favourite times of the year, and …
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1,013 Narwhals

October 27th, 2017 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Parenting - (Comments Off on 1,013 Narwhals)

We had a good baby. She did all the baby things as she was supposed to – a cycle of sleeping and eating and pooping for the first few weeks. Gradually the cycle got longer and there was babbling and play time thrown in. She was a good baby. And when she was a baby …
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Moi, j’aime bien sur lire

October 24th, 2017 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Canadiana | Parenting - (Comments Off on Moi, j’aime bien sur lire)

The kid is in immersion, just like I was at her age. She started with a bit of French in kindergarten and now she spends half her days immersed in an entirely new language. We weren’t at all worried about this, since she loves learning and she’s still young enough to catch on quickly. In …
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Exploring Science and Tech

October 23rd, 2017 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Ottawa | Parenting - (Comments Off on Exploring Science and Tech)

I grew up in Ottawa and I have vivid memories of visiting all the city’s museum – and since we’re the capital we get a few. Science and Technology was one of my favourites – the trains, the crazy kitchen – and I took my kid there a couple of times before the museum had …
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Take My Wisdom Teeth, Please

October 11th, 2017 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Health | Parenting - (Comments Off on Take My Wisdom Teeth, Please)

When I was a kid I didn’t hate going to the dentist. It was usually just fine. Until I had to get a retainer. Actually, even then I didn’t really mind because I always wanted to be like my older sister. But I grew to hate my retainer, and when they told me they wanted to put …
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Taking An Opportunity

October 10th, 2017 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Canadiana | Ottawa | Parenting - (Comments Off on Taking An Opportunity)

My husband went out on Friday night and the kid was feeling restless. I wanted to just lie down and read my book, but she wanted to do this or that. Finally at around 6:30 pm I started googling and I decided we would go on an adventure, the kid and me. I picked out …
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Dog Days

October 5th, 2017 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Parenting | Personal - (Comments Off on Dog Days)

There are many reasons that working from home works for me, but the gift of time is my favourite. I get to read the news, put my daughter on the bus and then hang out with my dog while I type away on my computer. He’s an old dog, and I get to be here …
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In Quebec City With the Sea Mammals

September 27th, 2017 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Canadiana | Parenting - (Comments Off on In Quebec City With the Sea Mammals)

At the very end of the summer I took a few days of vacation, too advantage of Via Rail’s summer deal allowing kids to ride the train for a mere $15, and took a page from my bucket list, and off to Quebec City we went, just me and the kid. I booked the train …
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Granting permission

September 27th, 2017 | Posted by Amy Boughner in Parenting - (Comments Off on Granting permission)

I remember turning 18 when I was in high school (because I went to high school in Ontario when you did that) and suddenly having the power to sign for myself. If I felt sick, I signed myself out, if I got my report card, I handed the slip right back with the signature I …
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