African Lion Safari

On Tuesday, June 24, 2008 we finally took the plunge and took our two little ones to the African Lion Safari (near Cambridge, Ontario) in addition to the two kiddies I baby-sit (ages 1 and 2). Thank goodness my hubby was there to help out. “African Lion Safari is a Canadian owned family business created in the name of conservation. Our manner of exhibiting animals is completely different from the traditional approach; that is, the visitor is caged in the car, and the animals roam in 2 to 20 hectare (5 to 50 acre) reserves.We first opened the gates to

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Feeding Baby Travis for the first time!

Travis is doing fantastic. He is five-and-a-half months old and last time I checked he weighed 17 pounds. Ava was 21 pounds at one year old. Although I am still breastfeeding we had to start Travis on solids about a month ago because he has doubled his birth weight. Travis is very different from Ava. Ava is very strong-willed and spirited and Travis is relaxed and content (unless he has a dirty bum or is hungry or tired). He just started chatting baby talk this past week and wow does he chatter for a long time and very loudly (to

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Time Out

According to, “Time out is a very effective discipline technique and will work with children as young as 18-24 months old. By using this method of discipline you are giving your child time out from positive reinforcement (which includes any parental reaction such as yelling or hitting) after he misbehaves.” The parent or disciplinarian is to “prepare a time out chair, which can be a chair in any room of the house, a space on the floor, the child’s bed, etc. or any place where he is isolated from interaction with others. Use a kitchen timer to count down

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My grandmother sent this to me from her Irish Jesuit prayer site. * * * * *Children are deprived not because we do not give them things, but because we do not sufficiently value what they give us. We need to be alert to welcome what children have to offer. You remember how Kahlil Gibran wrote about children,You may give them your love but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

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Heartwarming Moments

My son (5 months old) adores his older sister. She walks into the room and his face lights up. When they are in their car seats (his backward and hers forward) I can see through the “spy mirror” that he lovingly gazes at her and generously laughs at her crazy screaming his name to get his attention. He even tolerates it when she sits on him and of course when she gives his tummy raspberries he heartily responds with a guttural laugh. I just hope this adoration, love, affection and closeness lasts …

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Cute Kid Stories

I wanted to put this cute story in before I forgot about it completely. A while ago, my husband bought Raisin Bran cereal and my daughter pulled it out. I said – “Oh, that makes you poop.” She promptly took the box and locked herself in the bathroom! Later that day she insisted she go to bed with her boots on. Oh the wonders of a two-year old mind!

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Summer Programs & Activities

Egad! Our regular programming is ending this week! I thrive on our daily and weekly routines as do the children. If I do not have plans for the day then it never ends and the kids don’t like it either. I like to be up, dressed with make-up, breakfasted and out the door on our way to a set activity or play date by 8:00AM (maybe 8:30AM at the latest). I have been fairly pro-active in getting a variety of free or low-cost programs that will be offered in the summer at several locations. I’m also part of a home

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Potty Training A 2 Year Old Girl

The joys of potty training a 2-year old little girl. Last Monday (June 9th) I officially unofficially decided to train my daughter. Officially because whenever I changed her diaper I asked her if she wanted to go on the potty. Unofficially because if she said “no” I didn’t mind. I think with my approach being more laid-back this will inevitably pay off for all involved and be far less stressful. After all, I do home child care and with two children who are 2 years old, a 1 year old and an infant of 5 months, do I really need

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Our Daughter’s First Year

We got the creative idea (from where I don’t recall) to take photos of our daughter every month the first year of her life with the same teddy bear to “chart” her growth. I thought the photos would be fun to see all together. She was born on March 17, 2006 (yep – St. Patrick’s Day!) but I seem to only find June 2006 as our first photo … oops!

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Baby Proofing and Potty Training

My daughter (2 years old) has figured out almost all of the baby proofing we’ve done in the house. She can take out the socket plastic plugs, undo several of the kitchen cabinet external latches, open the fridge and slyly convince us to open the pantry (that she has yet to figure out). Most recently she has mastered opening the toilet lid … with her teeth no less! I am starting to “unofficially/officially” potty train her (as in when it takes it takes, no rush) and when she agrees to go on the potty (her little seat sits on our

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Hi! I'm Elizabeth

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