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I’ve been reading Tiny Beautiful Things for a few days now. The book is a compilation of letters and advice given by Sugar (Cheryl Strayed), the advice columnist for The Rumpus. (I’m also, at the same time reading American Savage by Dan Savage of  the Savage Love column, but that wasn’t planned). Things in these …
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Road Tripping

July 29th, 2013 | Posted by Amy Boughner in #ToddlerLife | Sponsored - (Comments Off on Road Tripping)

It seems that the end of July is upon us – very sneaky this month of July – and soon we will be loading up our car for camping across the province on our way to a family reunion. I am both excited and terrified. I love to camp out, and it’s been too long, …
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Occasionally I read the kid a book that contains some wording that I don’t like, or shows behaviour that I don’t want her to emulate, but I carry on with the story and usually forget. Today I read a story that has been bothering me since. The story is about a little girl with a …
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I had a dream

July 25th, 2013 | Posted by Amy Boughner in #ToddlerLife - (Comments Off on I had a dream)

Growing up I had a million different answers when people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wanted to be a teacher, a lawyer, an archaeologist, a doctor, an actress, a singer, an artist, a photographer, a designer. I’m sure princess was in there somewhere, and who knows what else. …
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A place to stand, a place to grow

July 16th, 2013 | Posted by Amy Boughner in #ToddlerLife - (Comments Off on A place to stand, a place to grow)

We had grand plans to travel across Ontario in an RV to get to our family reunion in comfort and style, but things went wrong and we found out with two weeks to go that the RV was not so much happening. Yesterday, suddenly, we were faced with not going on our trip – the …
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So you had a bad day…

July 15th, 2013 | Posted by Amy Boughner in #ToddlerLife | Personal - (Comments Off on So you had a bad day…)

It’s been a tough day after a long weekend after a long week. I didn’t sleep much last night, so you’d think I’d be asleep now, but instead I’m lying here thinking about crying. There’s this pressure building and I feel like I’ll explode if I don’t let some of it out. I’ve been working …
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I’m not good with kids. Since I stopped being one I’ve been a little afraid of them. I don’t hold other people’s babies. The last baby I held before my own was born was my now 15 year old niece. Hers was also the only real diaper I ever changed. I babysat a total of (I …
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Remember when?

July 11th, 2013 | Posted by Amy Boughner in #ToddlerLife - (Comments Off on Remember when?)

The kid experienced a childhood milestone today: She swallowed a dime. It’s not something I ever did as a kid, but certainly wasn’t unexpected – she puts things in her mouth a lot, to the point that I have to threaten to take them away if I see it again. I’m just happy it was …
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So I’ve been trying to do a lot of different activities with the kid, filling our summer with awesome, taking lots of pictures, having experiences. We’ve done a lot of great things so far this summer, and there’s still lots left, but days like today make me rethink the whole thing. Today we had talked …
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Apron Strings

July 5th, 2013 | Posted by Amy Boughner in #ToddlerLife - (Comments Off on Apron Strings)

I was having a conversation with @scatteredmom a little while ago about what people allow their kids to do in the kitchen. She was reacting to a teacher who didn’t want her students doing much in a cooking lesson. I remember taking Home Economics in Grades 7 and 8. We did cooking and sewing, very …
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