Family Journal

War and peace: winning the homework battles

War and peace: winning the homework battles The beginning of the end A new school year has started. 6 words that strike a sense of panic in the hearts of the most hardened warriors (also known as parents).  The carefree days of summer are gone, replaced by early morning skirmishes (why are children so opposed to waking up?), breakfast mission impossible (why must the last drop of milk spill all over the school bag like a water damn bursting) and the dreaded post-school-day final battle: homework. To think that just a few weeks ago, we were happily eating ice-cream while...

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His Life Depends on Them!!

  Good day, friends, Recently, I came across an internet meme about the upcoming return to school that made me chuckle: “I can’t believe March break is almost over.” And what a March break it has been. I will spare you the details as we have all experienced this pandemic together, on a global scale. How we experience this new academic year will likely be similar, albeit with some variations. Like the majority of parents, we fretted over the decision of our child returning to school, in-person, school. In our case, the choice was almost imposed by our provincial government;...

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Sunday Morning Meant Going to Church

Those were the days... Sunday morning meant going to Church. Period. There were no alternatives, no deviations, no postponement, no rainchecks. If we were breathing come Sunday morning, it meant we would soon start getting ready to go to Church. We followed this same routine after our son was born. He attended Liturgy, religiously (no pun intended) since his baptism day.  When he started crawling, I would spend most of Liturgy attempting to mollify his burgeoning independence by carrying him lest he escaped and climbed the shallow steps leading to the altar, God forbid!  When he started walking, we spent...

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How to avoid family conflicts during the COVID-19 quarantine? 5 simple rules to maintain harmony at home.

How to put an end to the bickering before it begins? It will not be easy- but we can do it if we follow these five simple rules and if we promise to catch ourselves when we break one of the rules. It has been three weeks, maybe 4? I am losing count of the days, and I catch myself wondering what day of the week it is. Suffice to say, it has been a while that we are all at home together in a never-ending episode of Full House! I don’t need to remind you or myself that we...

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When your cooking is compared to canned goods!

No fancy-schmancy here! Some people like to exaggerate the elegance of a dish they cooked and make it sound fancy. For example, calling pigs in a blanket "cocktail sausages in a delicate puff pastry shell". I have to overcome the opposite challenge: my family is suspicious of any “fancy” sounding dish I present. I find myself downplaying the name of any new recipe just to ensure that they will actually give it a chance! This is how Nigella Lawson’s delicious Greek Lamb Stew recipe became known as Beef and Pasta! (I switched the lamb for beef because lamb is not...

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Best Vegan Cookbooks full of easy & delicious recipes to help end the repetitiveness of vegan suppers during the 55 days of Lent!

Man cannot live by bread alone… True! But 55 days of vegan suppers can get repetitive pretty quickly. This is why I have been reading vegan and vegetarian cookbooks to help end the repetitiveness of vegan suppers during the 55 days of Lent! I always start out Lent with the best Spiritual objectives in mind: more time studying the Bible, less time devoted to worldly activities. Usually, I also start with ambitious culinary intentions, as well. For example, I delude myself into thinking that I will not serve the same dinner twice during Lent. Holy Week is my exception Holy...

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Heartwarming Valentine’s Day Activities for Christian Families guaranteed to create lasting memories and provide hours of fun

Creating wholesome Valentine's Day Memories Whether you enjoy Valentine’s Day or not, children are bombarded by Valentine’s Day cards, candies, and activities for a few days every year. Whether at school, at extra-curricular activities, or on television, our children are introduced to notions of romantic love throughout the year. This year, I searched the internet to bring you a collection of heartwarming activities that put the focus on Jesus, the ultimate source of unconditional love. The collection includes crafts, printables and object lessons that I found particularly enjoyable and mission-driven. My objective is not to vilify Valentine’s, on the contrary....

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Indoor Family Activities to beat the winter blues with Biblical References!

Indoor Family Activities to beat the winter blues with Biblical References! I dislike hate Winter! That's right, I said the word HATE! Living in Canada, winter is a reality that stretches on and on and on, like the energizer bunny without the fluffy cuteness. Month after month of white snow and freezing temperatures can make even the happiest person, well, grouchy! Unless you love winter sports (I don’t) or have a body that handles the cold well (was not blessed with that either) winter will be challenging, to say the least. However, happiness can be (should be, MUST be) cultivated...

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Want your child to become more grateful? Try these 4 fun activities that easily explain this concept to little ones.

How to help your child become more grateful? We celebrated my mother’s birthday last weekend and other than being one of the persons I am most grateful to have in my life, she is also the person who taught me the most about Gratitude. Mind you, I was not always so grateful for her constant reminders to be thankful. In fact, one of the sentences that I HATED the most was: “Thank God, it could have been worse.” To which I often responded with, “Well, it could have also been better!!” Not my finest moment, I admit. It took me...

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Tips to enjoy Halloween as a Christian family-boo!

Christians can enjoy Halloween I hope that you are enjoying the fall/autumn season and taking some time to admire the beauty of the changing colours. Halloween is being celebrated by young and old this week in many countries around the world but in a BIG way in North America.  Personally, I love watching children dress up and their faces light up as they happily collect candies. I don't encourage the traditional glorification of doom and gloom. Nor do I agree with any representation that is Horrific, Evil or Satanic in nature. But I think that Halloween can still be enjoyed...

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