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Baby’s First Library

 

Our family is big on books. It’s one of our go-to quiet time activities. We actually have a name for it – it’s called “Library Time”.

When my daughter Rose was teeny tiny – we started incorporating story time into her daily bedtime routine. It was a way for us to wind down with her and gave both me and my husband some time to just “be with her” when the kerfuffle of dinner and bath time was over and done for the day.

She loved it and we loved it. And so “Library Time” was established.   And to perfectly honest, we also quite enjoyed reading some of her books – they were as much for us as they were for her!

Our six months old son William is no different. This kid loves being read to and developmentally its never to early to start exposing your baby to the world of books and reading.

Reading aloud to your baby is such an amazing shared activity that you can continue for years. It’s a great way to teach your baby about communication and enhances their vocabulary skills. It’s also a wonderful way to introduce concepts such as numbers, letters, colours and shapes.  Black and white books are especially awesome in the newborn stage when contrasting colours help stimulate baby’s early vision.

One study found that babies whose parents read to them  scored higher on language tests when they reached 3 years of age.   Ah…I love brainy kids!

 

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Here are a few of our favourites that are a great addition to Baby’s First Library!

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury

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Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

each peach

Mrs Mustard’s Baby Faces by Jane Wattenberg

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Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

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On the Night you were Born by Nancy Tillman

night you were born

Where is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox

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Black & White by Tana Hoban

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Of course there are so, so many great books out there for the 0-6 month age range!

Does your little one have a favourite book? I’d love to hear what you guys are reading!

 

 

xo

Dr Aliya

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Swaddling: The Do’s and Don’ts

As if being a new parent isn’t hard enough without the constant controversy over a whole host of baby-related topics from breastfeeding to co-sleeping to babywearing!

It may take a bit of time, but I find most parents end up learning to trust their instincts and doing what is best for their babies and for their families.

Swaddling has been one of those hot “baby” topics recently and everyone and their mother has an opinion!

For newbie’s, swaddling is an age-old technique used for many moons in many cultures. It involves snugly wrapping baby to help him feel safe and secure. The idea is that being wrapped up snug can stop your baby from being disturbed or awakened from sleep by his own startle reflex.

The startle reflex (occurs in infants and disappears at 4-6 months old) causes babies to make sudden jerky movements in response to being startled – sometimes to loud noises and sometimes to nothing at all. It’s a protective mechanism but becomes super annoying when baby wakes herself up from deep sleep. Ugh!

Swaddling lessens and even prevents the effect of this reflex, essentially keeping baby cozy, secure and sleeping. Swaddling can also help settle babies down when they are over-stimulated.

Sounds like a dream, right? Although the benefits to swaddling are pretty amazing (I mean, why wouldn’t you swaddle?!? A sleeping baby rocks!), there is also some debate about the safety of a swaddle.

But from what I can gather (after reading a ton of articles), if you follow the infant safe sleeping guidelines, which includes safe swaddling technique, set out by Canadian Pediatric Society, you will provide a healthy, happy and safe sleep environment for your baby. Even if you choose to swaddle. The details can be found on the Canadian Pediatric Society website here.

Following the infant safe sleeping guidelines will provide a happy healthy and safe environment for your baby

I’ll simply say that if you choose to swaddle your little nugget, following these basic Do’s and Don’ts will help keep your babe safe and snug:

Do’s

Do use a light weight blanket to keep baby from overheating

Do always place swaddled baby on his/her back to sleep

Do leave two fingers space between chest and swaddle

Do provide baby enough room to move legs and bend at hips

Do have a trusted expert teach you how to swaddle properly

Do switch to a sleep sack when baby starts to show signs of rolling (see below for my sleep sack suggestions)

Do follow the safe sleeping practices outlined on the Canadian Pediatric Society website.

Don’ts

Don’t swaddle using a heavy thick blanket to swaddle

Don’t swaddle too tightly around chest, hips and legs

Don’t leave the swaddle too loose so blankets come undone and could potentially cover baby’s face

Don’t place swaddled baby on his side or tummy to sleep or nap

Don’t continue to swaddle when baby starts initiating rolling

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A few months ago, we were looking to transition our little babe Will from his swaddle to a sleep sack. I was on the hunt for a sleep sack that would be cozy but also light weight and would be a smooth transition for our little guy – who absolutely loved to be swaddled in snug. I came across the Nested Bean Zen Swaddle and Zen Sack!

Best. Thing. Ever.

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Ok so here’s why I absolutely love this sleep sack.  Both the sack and swaddle come with this gently weighted center that’s like a super lightweight bean bag built right in. Basically, it simulates a mama’s soothing, comforting touch on the baby’s chest with a lightly weighted pad.

The Zen Sack had William sleeping longer!

The first time we used the sack, William napped like a star! He fell asleep super easy and stayed asleep for longer. Plus, they now ship to anywhere in Canada!

Um, can we say #MomWin?!

Follow my latest post on instagram for a code that gives you free shipping! Yay!

Happy Sleep Mamas!

Xo

Dr Aliya

 

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Babywearing 101: The benefits of carrying your baby!

Recently I attended the Canadian Babywearing School (CBS) Educators course in Milton, Ontario. As a pediatric chiropractor, I am often asked about how to correctly wear a baby in a carrier or wrap, as well as addressing any concerns from parents about positioning and comfort.

Personally, I wore both Rosie and William when they were teeny tiny! William still loves to be worn and often drifts into a pleasant slumber when we are out and about as he nestles into his wrap.

Here are a few FAQ’s I often receive about carrying your baby!

Q. What exactly does it mean to baby wear?

The term “baby wearing” has been used to describe the ancient and recently revived custom of carrying infants in cloth carriers on a parent’s body. Although it has been gaining popularity in western society, many cultures around the world have been using this method of baby transport for centuries.

PS It should actually be called baby carrying instead of the commonly used term baby wearing (we try not to think of babies as accessories lol!)

Q. What are some of the benefits of babywearing or baby carrying?

There are numerous benefits both parent and infant:

  • It’s been shown that infants who are carried are generally calmer because all of their primal/survival needs are met. Their caregiver can be seen, heard, smelled, touched and provide feeding if needed.
  • “Skin to skin” contact is maintained and a strong bond between baby and parent is established.
  • Constant motion and rhythm has a balancing and soothing effect on infants resulting in less crying and fussing overall.
  • Carrying baby offers parents practicality and freedom to multi-task while attending to their little one – a more “hands-free” approach. Many moms master the art of babywearng and breastfeeding at the same time!
  • From a chiropractic perspective, it is also a safer, back saving alternative to lugging around a heavy, bulky car seat.

Q. How do I safely wear my baby?

There are correct and incorrect ways to wear your baby and certain safety precautions must be considered.

Each carrier, wrap or sling should have an instruction booklet – read these carefully before using with baby.

Here are a few more guidelines and safety basics:

  • Check your sling, carrier or wrap for wear and tear before every use. Look for ripped seams, torn straps and damaged hardware.
  • Keep baby’s face in view and baby’s head close enough for you to kiss. Remember – “Visable and Kissable”
  • Always keep slings and carriers snug
  • Keep baby’s chin off of their chest to maintain a clear airway
  • Make sure baby’s legs aren’t bunched up against their stomach
  • Support baby’s back and keep their tummy and chest against yours
  • Do not wear baby while cooking or working with sharp or hot objects
  • Do not ride a bicycle while wearing baby

Remember to keep your baby visible and kissable at all times.

Q. What should I consider when buying a sling, carrier or wrap?

For parents who choose to baby wear, there are many factors to consider when deciding what type of carrier to use. Here are a few things to consider:

  • Choose a model that has detailed, easy-to-understand instructions. Keep them for future use.
  • It’s always great to try a product before buying. There are some great shops that specialize in baby wearing and offer one on one help – see below for recommendations.
  • Check with the retailer or manufacturer to make sure the carrier or sling meets all safety requirements and standards.

Here are a few more resources:

  1. Carry Me Close Babywearers is a Toronto-based non-profit organization committed to offering advice on babywearing. They have a meetings once a month in Toronto. Find them here.
  2. Health Canada has a babywearing resource page offering safe guidelines.
  3. Little Zen One is a great little shop in Toronto’s East End that offers 1-on-1 consultations to help you find the right carrier.

Remember like any skill, baby wearing can take a bit of practice but the benefits for baby and caregiver are amazing!

Questions about baby wearing or infant development? Feel free to contact me!

xo

Dr Aliya

 

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Top 10 Reasons Why Parents Take Their Children to See a Chiropractor

1. To encourage good neural plasticity

2. To support “first- class “ nerve communication throughout the body – promoting health and well-being

3. To help strengthen their child’s immunity

4. To help resolve breastfeeding issues and colic

5. To reduce the detrimental impact our modern world has on our children

6. Encourages child to thrive by supporting digestive strength

7. To help improve child’s ability to learn and concentrate

8. To promote body balance – resolving poor posture, and encouraging proper biomechanics

9. To help kids stay fun and light-hearted

10. To help kids stay in tip-top shape to run, jump, play and do all the things kids do!

(as adapted by Dr. Jennifer Barham of Well Adjusted Babies)

I love seeing my little patients in practice and they respond so well often having epic naps and sleeps post-treatment.  If you have any questions about chiropractic care for your baby or child, send me an email at hello@draliya.ca.

xo

Dr Aliya

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Tummy Time: Why it’s important!

 

If you’re a parent, you’ve inevitably heard of “tummy time”.   However, you may not really know why its so important for your baby in terms of his or her development. Read on, my friend.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) continues to advise parents that the safest position for babies to sleep is on their backs.   This has been shown to greatly reduce the occurrence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). However, as babies spend more time on their backs, pediatricians and health practitioners have noted an increase in misshapen heads (cranial asymmetry) and a flattening effect on back of the head called positional plagiocephaly.

Enter tummy time.

Tummy time helps to get babies off their backs for periods of time (under supervision, of course!) giving the occipital area or back of the head a break from all that back sleeping. It also helps baby develop neck, back and shoulder muscles they need to meet gross motor milestones such as rolling over, crawling and sitting up.

Tummy time can start as early as when baby comes home from the hospital but many parents wait until the umbilical cord stump has fallen off for baby’s comfort. The current recommendation is at least 20 minutes per day with gradual increases as your baby gets older. I almost always recommend 30 minutes per day to my patients. Remember, this doesn’t have to be all at once and can be broken up into shorter segments starting from just a few minutes a session.

Here are a few tips I give to parents to encourage happy tummy play:

  • Engage baby in tummy time when she’s content and alert. Avoid insisting on it when she’s fussy. Forcing tummy time will cause a negative association for your baby.
  • Try different tummy time positions – holding baby on your chest while lying flat, placing baby on a firm safe surface, holding baby on your forearms (football hold), propping him up on a small pillow or blanket or lying baby on your lap. To make things more interesting, try tummy time on a exercise ball. (see my video on tummy time on an exercise ball here or check below).
  • Interact with your baby during tummy time. Get down on the floor and talk to, play with, sing to and be silly with your baby! This will help distract baby and keep them from becoming frustrated.
  • Consistency is key! Every bit of a tummy time makes a difference. Try to make it a fun part of your baby’s day. If you have done plenty of tummy time with baby but are concerned they are still not meeting milestones, bring your concerns to the attention of your pediatrician or health care provider.
  • If your child consistently fusses during tummy time, it may be time to bring him or her in to see a chiropractor. Often spinal misalignments resulting during birth may contribute to your wee one being fussy or crying during tummy time.

Recently, I’ve tried doing tummy time with William in his Dockatot (one of my fave baby essentials). I just position him on his belly in the Dockatot with his arms and belly over the bumper and place an interesting toy or mirror in front of him and he’s happy! Easy breezy tummy time!

Here’s a video of William  doing tummy time on the exercise / therapy ball!

Always remember: Back to Sleep and Tummy to Play!

 

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My Fave Baby Essentials

Before our first baby, Rose was born my husband and I had a little baby shower. Ok, it was a massive baby shower complete with loads and loads of baby gifts. We felt so much gratitude for our friends and family who were so thoughtful, but we were completely overwhelmed with baby stuff. Drowning in soothers and washcloths to swings and playmats and wipe warmers?! Babies needed their wipes warmed? Ah babies. We had no idea what we needed and didn’t need or could survive without.

Fast forward 2.5 years.

Our 2nd baby, Will is born and I’ve now learned to pair down to a few essential baby items. Of course, every mom is different and every baby is different, but I’ve listed a few things that have made it to my “love it list”.

*Baby Essentials….Need & Love (starting from top left, clockwise)

01/ Having a diaper bag that is functional but also cute and stylish is key. This backpack/messenger bag is from Fawn Design and my friend Emily convinced me to get one. I’m so glad I did! It has tons of pockets inside and out for storage, the straps are durable and best of all, its made of faux leather (yay!) and easily cleaned (yay! yay!)

02/ I have a couple of different wraps and slings that I use because I’m constantly on the go and have my hands full with a busy toddler. Plus, babywearing is super important for baby development, both physically and emotionally (more on this later!). My go to wrap is the Solly Baby. This wrap is just really easy to put on, lightweight and breathable and so so soft. I had William in the wrap the minute we arrived home from the hospital!

03/ To use a pacifier or to not use a pacifier – the old debate. Rosie didn’t take to the pacifier, but Will did and it often helps settle him down. My favourite is the WubbaNub.   Our penguin WubbaNub is attached to a Soothie pacifier that is BPA, PVC and Phthalate free and is really durable. The plush toy is key because I find it stays in Williams mouth for a longer time, plus its easy to find when it does fall out!

04/ The Dockatot gets my award for most innovative baby product. Essentially, the Dockatot provides a snug cozy space for your baby to sleep or lounge. The sides and bottom of the Dockatot are made from a breathable fabric allowing loads of air flow and its hypoallergenic. It’s not just for sleeping either! William loves hanging out on his tummy in his Dockatot!

william tummy time

05/ Aside from good ol’ coconut oil, finding a good natural “all over” baby moisturizer and balm is tough. There are so many products on the market. I love Joy McCarthy’s Smooth Like Butta Body Butter for little Will’s skin. The butter is so smooth and lightweight going on and has a yummy scent! Plus, it has no chemical additives!

06/ Surviving these Canadian winters with a baby is a challenge.   I’m never quite sure how to dress the wee ones so they are comfy and cozy! But one of my favourite 100% Canadian made products that I love for baby is the Padraig Slipper. Crocheted by hand from raw wool and hand cut sheepskin, these slippers are a staple in my family and I often give them as gifts. They definitely keep baby’s footsies warm and toasty but are also breathable. Bonus – they are hand-dyed in small lots, ensuring each pair is one of a kind!

Those are some of my fave baby essentials! Hope this list helps those of you preparing for baby’s first few months.

Mamas – are there any other items you loved for your baby? Send me a note!

I’ll definitely be adding to this list as William gets older as well. Stay tuned!

xo

Dr Aliya

* Please note: These opinions are my own and I am not receiving any monetization from any products for my recommendations.

 

 

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Easy Snack Ideas for a HANGRY Toddler

Ever had a “hangry” toddler in your midst? Eyes bulging, face crimson, mouth drooling, high pitched squeaks emanating….it’s not pretty.

My 2.5 year old is an utter monster when she’s hungry and as a parent there is a fine line between getting the monster fed with whatever is within reach stat and making sure she has a healthy, nutritious snack to gobble down.

I know I’m not alone when I say that it’s often a struggle to come up with some creative snack ideas to keep your child fed nutritiously.

I wouldn’t say I have a picky, fussy eater – but she definitely has her moments when the same snack offered at daycare pick up just isn’t going to cut it and sends her over the edge into tantrum land.

I also know that just like her mama, she is a “grazer”.   She likes to snack frequently during the day and doesn’t do a ton of eating in one sitting.

That’s when we rely on healthy, “well-timed” snacks, which can help balance out an uneven diet, tiding toddlers over between meals and keeping them from getting so hungry that they become unyielding terrors. Most toddlers do well with three meals and two or three snacks a day.

The good news is that toddlers aren’t aware of “junk food” at the age of 2-3 and the influence you have on your child’s eating patterns is amazing at this stage. They’ll basically eat what’s served to them (for the most part) and as parents we can try to take this opportunity to set the stage for some healthy food choices.

Here are few super easy healthy snack ideas and tips:

  • Stock up on fresh fruits and veggies that are easy to eat and are colourful (raspberries, blueberries, pomegranate seeds, red, green, yellow peppers, etc)
  • Think small, easy to handle bite sized portions. Cutting up cubes of cheese or chopping up an apple in slices rather than chunks is a novelty to your toddler. Trust me, offering snack choices creatively helps!
  • Dips – my toddler loves any type of “dunking” – things like hummus and veggies or yogurt and strawberries keep your little person interested and occupied for a few moments.
  • Offer a couple of snack choices — let them decide if they want nuts and raisins or carrots and hummus.  A few snack options are a great way for your toddler to feel in charge of their food choices.
  • Involve them in the prep process. Its easy to have them peel a clementine or mandarin or pull the skin from a banana. They feel pretty grown up when you include them in the process and they take an interest in the food they are eating.

These ideas are just a start! You don’t have to be a supermom to put together creative snack ideas…trust me! If I can do it….you can too!

Plus, below are a few foodie blogs that I absolutely LOVE that offer a TON of information and creative food ideas from babes to toddlers. Check them out!

www.babyfoode.com – Michele is a mama of 2 and her blog is an amazing resource with tons of recipes and ideas broken down into baby food, toddler food AND family recipes! She also has a bunch cookbooks and ebooks that are filled with yummy recipes!

www.joyoushealth.ca – Joy McCarthy is my go-to for healthy, amazing food inspo and since having her sweet baby Vienna she has cooked up some amazing tasty and healthy recipes for babes and toddlers. Rosie absolutely loves her Good Morning Breakfast Cookies and her Strawberry Chia Pudding – both are staples at our house!

www.sproutright.com – Founder Lianne Phillipson-Webb’s book and website is a great resource for parents offering simplified nutritional information for your little people and for your family. She covers topics such as introducing your baby to solids as well as how to cope with food sensitivities and allergies your toddler may develop.

xo

Dr Aliya

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Things I Never Leave Home Without

Going from a designer bag to a diaper bag was not an easy transition for me – I’m sure a lot of mamas can relate. Trading cute style for multiple storage compartments and an easy to pack diaper pad was not my idea of staying on trend.

As Rosie got older and became a toddler, the big cumbersome diaper bag filled with baby essentials like extra sleepers, bottles and a supply of diapers was replaced by a cute leather tote with a handful of key items for both of us.

Here’s a list of the things I never leave home without (from left to right):

1. My BKR bottle

A BPA-free glass reusable water bottle that often feels like a cute accessory more than a necessity. The stylish design of this bottle allows it to fit neatly into my tote making it easy to stay hydrated all day long. (find it here shopbeautifully.com)

2. Rosie’s Kleen Kanteen Bottle

I love this super light-weight sippy water bottle for Rose – and it’s drop-proof!   It’s aluminum and BPA free and small enough for her little hands.

3. Love Child Organics Fruit Pouches

By far the best tasting fruit pouches out there – it literally tastes homemade. So easy to pop into my purse and have on hand when Rose gets super hangry. PS the company is Canadian! Love!

4. Robert Munsch’s Mud Puddle

Um who doesn’t love a good Robert Munsch book?! Rosie loves this story and it’s super mini so it goes everywhere!

5. Raisins and Almonds

For mama and baby on the go. A little snack during errands and some play time keeps us going all day long.

6. Burts Bees Beeswax Lip Balm

So nourishing and hydrating for my lips and I love the little zing from the peppermint oil.

7. Aleva Baby Wipes

I never, ever, ever leave home without these wipes. Not just for bums, but for sticky messy fingers and runny noses – they are the best. Super sensitive and not overly fragrant. They are awesome for delicate skin.

8. A Diaper

We are now starting to potty train Rose so I pack at least one diaper when we are on the go!

9. Thomas the Train

Obviously.

10. Dimpleskins Naturals Bum Bum Balm

For those unexpected diaper rashes. It’s zinc-free and made with calendula oil which provides natural healing for rashes. (find it here well.ca)

11. Substance Natural Sun Block Stick

As the weather gets warmer, I always have some sunblock handy for Rosie especially. It goes on super easy and doesn’t leave a filmy residue like most other sunblocks. Plus it’s super natural and safe for babies.

12. Honest Company’s Face + Body Lotion

Travel size lotion for dry skin and not greasy at all.

13. Minions Band Aids

Because sometimes you get a boo-boo and you need a minion band-aid to make it all better (and a mommy kiss of course).

14. KIND Granola Bar

No one likes a hangry mommy.

 

OK, so that seems like a lot – but they are my essentials for a day on the go with a toddler.

I’m curious to know… what are some of your diaper bag essentials?

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4 Fun & Easy Ways to Re-connect with your Partner – Post BABY!

I had a mama-to-be come in to see me last week and she asked me if I had any advice for the first few months after baby is born.

“Just try to survive the first 3 months”, I told her honestly.

Remembering the first three months after Rose was born was difficult. It was a complete blur!

My husband and I found ourselves managing on a day-to-day basis and our relationship took a toll, to say the least.

That is until about 4 months post-birth when I found myself missing him and trying to come up with different, unconventional ways to re-connect. Our new responsibilities were crowding out everything that seemed important before baby.

One day we found ourselves on the living room floor playing cards (our internet was down and our Netflix was out of commission), enjoying each other’s company in a way we hadn’t since becoming parents.

Trust me, I get it.

It’s easy to fall into a routine, the hum-drum of life takes over and we forget to nurture the relationship we have with our partners especially when kids enter our world.

For this very reason, I’ve thought up some easy and fun ways to re-connect with your partner.

  1. Learn something new together

To keep things interesting, try learning a new skill or hobby or playing a new sport with your honey. Things like taking a wine-tasting course, or a cooking-class, learning a new language or even trying out a new sport such as tennis or squash or my favourite thing to do – going for an easy casual bike ride around our ‘hood!

  1. Day dates

Perhaps an evening date may not be in the cards for you two, but meeting for quick coffee or lunch during the day can easily fit into your schedules. Take a longer lunch break and meet your partner downtown for bite or even schedule an afternoon off to hang out and get a couples massage.

  1. Games night

Board or card games aren’t just for your kids. Challenge your sweetie to a game of cards, Monopoly, Scrabble or Trivial Pursuit to lighten the mood and reconnect.

  1. Get in love!

Remember how it felt when your partner gave you flowers for no reason? Or that time you were wearing something sexy and the look on their face? Every relationship needs a kick start of romance post-baby. Try things like writing a sweet note, or buying a nice bottle of wine.

Rekindling a connection to your partner is crucial to any couple’s relationship and can easily fall by the wayside after baby is born.

Start with small gestures and easy, fun things to do with one another and your relationship will be back on track in no time!

 

 

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Life Lessons Learned from my Little

 

No one ever said motherhood would be easy.   Actually, I’m pretty sure we’ve all had our butts kicked by our kids at some point or another. For me, it’s a constant reminder that she really is “The Boss”.   And the boss is a little crazy.

But I will say one thing….my little boss is constantly teaching me things.

Today I took a second to stop and think about all the little nuggets she’s shown me or taught me over the last 2 years.   Some pretty awesome life lessons.

Here are a few:

1. Take pleasure in the little things.

Blow bubbles. Splash puddles. Let snowflakes land on your tongue. Try on mommy’s jewelry.   Eat raisins one at a time. Lick the jam off the toast before you take a bite.

She loves taking her time, investigating and savouring the little details.  Life moves so fast – it’s easy to get caught up in it and forget the little things that make you feel joy!

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” – Robert Brault

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2. Dance to the rhythm of your own drum.

Sing off tune. Dance they way you want. Wear mismatched socks. As adults we’re constantly fearful and mindful of what others will think or say. Her life is limitless. She’s not scared or fearful of failure or judgment.

As we get older, we fear the unknown, stay safely in our comfort zone and perpetually match our socks. I’d like to think the sense of unknown exhilarates our senses and keeps our spirit awake.

3.  Baths aren’t just to get clean.

Baths are to practice swimming or to pretend you are an octopus. The crib isn’t just where we sleep – it’s a giant castle for all of your stuffies or a boat that’s sailing through the sea.

A child’s imagination is wild. I can’t believe all of the things she dreams up and how creative her mind becomes. She sees an elaborate fairytale story everywhere!

“Logic will get you from A to Z. Imagination will get your everywhere” ~Albert Einstein

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4. Every day is a new day

She pushes a reset button every night.   Every morning is a fresh start and all of the worries from the day before have flown away. Her adaptability constantly surprises me – she kinda just goes with the flow (clearly she doesn’t get that from me!).

There’s no baggage from day to day.   How I wish I could as easily let go of the past with its often tenuous situations and just chuck my baggage out the window!

“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?” – L.M. Montgomery.

5. A hug and kiss fix EVERYTHING.

I’m serious. It’s like a magic potion. It works for skinned knees, major meltdowns and a lost stuffed bunny.   It still amazes me how powerful a loving hug is when she’s in the throes of her emotions – whether it’s anger, sadness or frustration.

It’s such a tremendous feeling to know that I have the best antidote to all of the crappy things life hands her… she still needs her mama to make things better!

“The Best Medicine in the World is a Mother’s hug”