It’s okay not to want kids

I'm a mother and a step-mother. I am happy with my choice, but I know it's not for everyone. My daughter who is now a teenager and discovering love for the first time has mentioned to both me and her father that she may not want children in her future. We both had very different... Continue Reading →

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Hugging is not a sign of respect

Both my adult brother and my teenage daughter hate hugs. This fact as been misunderstood by many family members who saw it as a sign of disrespect or excessive shyness or took it personal. The pressure is fierce and it only makes reunions and holiday parties awkward and uncomfortable. I would like to remind everyone... Continue Reading →

Gender identity and sexual orientation

Is it right to introduce gender identity and sexual orientation in the classroom? Are these concepts too complex for children, or is teaching them a helpful way to promote greater acceptance and tolerance? Children have a better capacity to understand and accept than we give them credit for. In the first grade, my child's teacher... Continue Reading →

How to reclaim the holidays

The arrival of snow is for many a sign that the holidays and the winter holidays are approaching. Happy holidays doesn't depend on how much money you spend. It's about the people you are sharing it with and the memories you are creating along the way. Shared experiences¬†with our loved ones are the most valuable.... Continue Reading →

Santa Claus

I believed in Santa Claus for a very long time and I still carry the holiday spirit and tradition to this day. As some of you already know, I grew up in a small village. Every year in the beginning of December, Santa Claus would call my house and ask what my brother and I... Continue Reading →

She can be anything she wants

Many young people still make career choices based on gender stereotypes. By fighting against them, we encourage children and youth to express their true personality and make informed choices about their future. Even today, many young people will make choices based on gender stereotypes, choices that do not always reflect their deep desire for a... Continue Reading →

Don’t hide your illnesses from your children

Your parental instincts can be to keep your children in the dark about any physical or mental illnesses you may have in order to protect them. Unfortunately, children always sense and see more than we think. Therefore your silence can have a negative impact. Children are kept in the dark, but they constantly feels that... Continue Reading →

Sexual Development

We should all be able to enjoy our childhood as long as we can. We should all be entitled to come into an awareness of our sexual orientation privately and on our own terms. We should all be entitled to full autonomy over our own body. So many mixed messages they're fed, and expectations they're... Continue Reading →

Planning family activities with anxiety

People who struggle with anxiety have this tendency partly because we have a heightened fear of things not going the way we want or expect. I was worried that the kids wouldn't get along, that there would be fighting, or that they wouldn't have a good time. I was worried we would forget to bring... Continue Reading →

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