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Day 23: When All Hell Breaks Loose

This largely unedited free-write is linking up with the Write 31 Days Challenge. // indicates the start and stop of five minutes. The prompt word for today is BLOWOUT. Go!

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//  Blowout… not a word I use every day. In fact, the only times I’ve ever heard the word in real life is in the hair salon, and in the malls after Christmas for their end-of-the-season blowout sales. So, usually, the word produces warm, fuzzy feelings in me. Looking pretty, finding good deals.

But the reality is that “blowout” is usually a word that implies chaos or disaster. Like a blowout tire (been there) or a blowout temper tantrum (also been there). Or how about a blowout financial crisis? (Flip! I’ve been there even recently.)

The truth is, sometimes, life as a mom gets extremely stressful and chaotic. Those moments when your best-laid plans just dissolve into tears, illness, frustration, or empty bank accounts. It’s not fun, but it happens.

I remember such a season after my second child was born. Everything was going wrong: everyone was sick, the bank account was empty, the car was breaking down, friends were too busy, kids were crying and needy, cupboards were empty, and I was too tired to care. It was only a few months later that I realized that Read more

Day 16: 9 TIPS for Entertaining Little Ones on a Long Plane Trip

This largely unedited free-write is linking up with the Write 31 Days Challenge. // indicates the start and stop of five minutes. The prompt word for today is LITTLE. Go!

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//  So, in light of yesterday’s post about when we made the decision to move to South Africa, today’s prompt word―LITTLE―gave me the brilliant idea of writing a list of “Tips and Tricks for Traveling Internationally with Little Children.”

The problem was that, after an hour and a half, I was STILL writing. Apparently, ten years of dragging our kids around the planet has taught us a few things. (What a great topic for another book! Watch this space…)

So, for the purpose of this simple writing exercise, and the fact that I don’t want to blather on so long that you exit this page, I’m going to limit this post to

9 TIPS FOR ENTERTAINING LITTLE ONES ON A LONG PLANE TRIP

Tip #1:  HELP THEM PACK THEIR CARRY-ON BAG. Less is More!

The first time we flew, we told the kids that the ONLY toys they could take with them to South Africa (for a 4 month long trip) had to fit into their backpack. We thought it would help them reduce the amount of stuff they brought.

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Day 7: You Only Have to Win by One!

This largely unedited free-write is linking up with the annual Write 31 Days Challenge. // indicates the start and stop of five minutes. The prompt word for today is TEST. Go!

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// How many of you know that, as a mom, some things NEVER end. Laundry never ends. Cooking never ends. Cleaning never ends.

You know what else never ends?

DEBATING with your child about whether they WILL or WILL NOT obey you.

Yup, I’m sorry to say. It never ends! The debates may change form and become more intelligent, of course, but they are always a part of life.

I have one of those children. (I won’t embarrass him by naming him out loud, but let’s just say he wasn’t the firstborn.) Up until that point, I had never met a child more stubborn. There were days when it didn’t matter if I was asking him to eat candy, the answer would still be “no.”

I remember once being in Swiss Chalet while on holiday in Ontario, and he was absolutely refusing to eat his supper.

What? Are you kidding me? You are starving and this is your favourite! Chicken, rice, and corn. Why won’t you eat it?”  

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