Here and Now Mama

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Here and Now Mama

Here and Now Mama

I have been thinking back, recently, to when my children were babies. They were so soft and sweet and warm. Babies are just so physically wonderful, they’re impossible to resist. But babies can also stir up some difficult feelings, especially for new mothers. I believe this is because babies are absolutely and completely in the present moment. Babies don’t dwell on the past or have any concept of future. They only have this moment, which is actually all any of us have. As the mind develops, we begin to think about the past and the future, by the time we

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Screen Wars!

There’s an ongoing battle in our household over screens. By screens I mean television, video games, computers and iPads, basically any electronic device that has a screen. The Canadian Pediatric Society recommends that time in front of the television or computer should be limited to no more than two hours a day[i]. Research shows that more time than this is correlated with poor social skills, learning problems, short attention spans, obesity and sleep problems[ii]. Our children’s brains are developing and what they are exposed to has an impact on how their brains develop. It’s pretty clear that some of the

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The Lies We Tell Ourselves

We are storytellers, we humans. It is one of the things that truly set us apart from the other mammals on this planet. We love to tell stories and we love to hear stories. Some of our stories endure for thousands of years, while others are as fleeting as the wind. Stories are so intricately woven into our lives that we often don’t even recognize them. We call some stories ‘news’, some history, some gossip, sometimes we even call them facts. These are the stories of our culture. We also have our own personal stories. Some we repeat to others,

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Mmmmm, Coffee

I stopped consuming caffeine on a daily basis this year. It took me by surprise, to be honest. I’ve tried many times in the past to give it up , without success. The first to go was coffee. One day I just didn’t want it. The thought entered my mind that I wouldn’t be drinking coffee any more and the next day I stopped. It was a strange feeling because I have always enjoyed coffee. Not just the the taste but the ritual of it too. I would get up in the morning and in the solitary quiet, I would

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Caged Children

“Mom, ever since we moved into this house it’s so strict and boring! We’re not allowed to climb, jump, drum, make any mess, go on adventures alone… You don’t trust me anymore! I had so much more freedom when we were camping.” This lament came from my tall fearless 8 year old daughter, whose name roughly translates into “wild adventurous and beautiful spirit”. We had just moved in-doors after living on the land in a tii pii for 5 months. She and her two younger brothers have had a childhood full of fun and some freedoms that seem to be

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