Friends with Emily Dickinson


“Camper van season” flew by (aka Spring, when everyone brings them out to get ready for summer vacations) and now it is Summer. You can smell the heat today- it smells like baking and soil and moss. It feels like being wrapped in a blanket of sunshine. My favourite little weirdos are on summer vacation, the peas in my pod.…

Didn’t We Have Easter Just Last Month?


When Covid-19 started, I had a feeling it would last years, and I felt ready for it. My optimism ruled. I love my home and, as a shy, socially awkward, introvert, hardly leave it, anyway. My thought was- how will my life really change? I would make a wonderful shut-in hermit type! Plus, I don’t live alone: I won’t be…

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Homeschooling Essentials for My Autistic Son.


My son has high-functioning autism (formerly known as Aspergers) and is participating in the guided homeschooling program. In Alberta, Canada, it’s called HUB learning. Deciding whether or not to send him to school this year was a tough choice! But, almost half a year in, I don’t have any regrets. The big deciding factor was the way Hunter stims. A…

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If Hunter and I ruled the world….


If Hunter and I ruled the world, the week would look like this: Sunday, Second Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. This week has been hard. Lots of pushback and brutal emotional honesty from Hunter. On top of that, a full day of freak-outs and meltdowns. (Knowing the difference between tantrums and meltdowns has been key in changing my parenting…

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Stop Chasing Perfection


Just a little reminder to…. Accept that LIFE IS MESSY & Embrace its imperfect nature. Since there is NO SUCH THING AS PERFECT, You don’t need to keep grasping for certainty. Life is always changing, The future is never set in stone. tianna-babbling panda blog

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School During COVID-19: Not What We Expected


I was as disappointed as Isabella that she was starting her first year of high school- Grade 7(!)- during COVID-19. We are cautious over paranoid, so it wasn’t fear that was getting to us. And both my daughter and I were aware the precautions existed for good reason (shoutout to Dr. Tam for keeping us informed!). So it wasn’t that.…

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Fitness Trackers: Mini Mega-Motivators


Guest article written by Susan Doktor For moms, staying healthy is practically a full-time job of its own. Keeping up with doctors’ appointments. Making sure we’re up to date on the latest health news, from vital pandemic information to the evolving body of nutrition research. Then, once we figure out what we should be eating, we must shop for it…

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