Category Archives: Mom In Training

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First Day Of Grade 1

My little darling, Nid, you continue to amaze me every day with how smart and loving you are becoming.

As you begin a new chapter in your life, I want to wish you wisdom and strength. I want to wish you laughter and friendship. I want to wish you happiness and compromise. But most importantly, my darling, I want to wish you love.

Senior Kindergarten was a tough year for you on so many levels. You experienced bullying; some done to you and some done by you. You experienced uncertainty when learning a foreign language. You experienced separation anxiety when you were first put on the school bus. You experienced, independence when asked to bring home your uniforms and containers daily. You experienced growth when given homework every Friday.

My love, you rose above all your obstacles and shined brighter than the North Star. You proved my uncertainties wrong and excelled in everything you took on.

This year, as you enter grade 1, I want to wish you this one prayer:

Dear Lord:

Thank you for the gift of my child.

Please watch over her as she goes back to school and protect her from negative influences.

Help her to be a light to others and help her show love, care, and respect to her friends and teachers.

Please protect her from bullies but if she faces one, give her courage to stand up for herself and others.

Help her to remember that when she is scared, You are with her. As much as I love my child, You love her even more and I know You will be watching over her. Amen. 🙏🏼

I love you, little lady and hope you have an amazing grade 1. Xoxo

~Tamana

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Mom-In-Training: Behavioural Issues

As my little pumpkin grows, I have noticed a huge change in her behaviour. We’re have challenges with her listening to us and today she lied about something very mediocre; nevertheless, it was a lie.

Have you dealt with lying or behaviour issues? What was your solution or technique to get your little people to listen?

I have tried having numerous conversations with her and I have asked her questions to figure out if there is something bothering her; which is causing her to act out. She doesn’t have a reason. She just wants to do what she wants to do.

Maybe she’s at the point of developing her personality and is experimenting with things she can get away with.

Quite frankly, I don’t know what it is. But it is getting to me and I have lost my cool a few too many times today. I have taken away her privileges and grounded her but to no avail. She still acts out and doesn’t listen.

Any suggestions? I am going to try read up on behavioural solutions tomorrow but in the mean time, if you have any proven solutions and ideas, please share them with me!

The Frustrated Mommy ~ Tamana

Senior Kindergarten Graduation Day

Two amazing teachers!

My love graduated from Senior Kindergarten on Tuesday and today was the last day of school for her. I can’t believe how quickly time has gone by and she has gotten so big. She’s going to grade one next year! Can you believe it? It’s like it was just yesterday when I left her for the first time at daycare and now she’s starting grade school soon.

Here are some pictures from her graduation. I cried through most of the ceremony.

I don’t know why, maybe I’m a proud mom or the utter shock of her growing up so fast had me in tears. Either way, I am so proud of her and everything she has accomplished this year. She has learned so many French words and songs and has showed such discipline through all the challenges and obstacles.

We’re beginning her summer break by a breakfast at her favourite restaurant and the. A trip to the public library to join the summer book club and pick up some books. I think we’re going to also drop by Dollar Tree and pick up some new mathematical activity books, so that she can begin practicing her addition and subtraction like she did last summer.

Anyway, I’ll share some of our summer adventures as they happen. Let me know how you are spending your summer with your little ones!

Xoxo ~ Tamana

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers, aunts and grandmothers out there. I hope your loved ones spoil you rotten today and all year through.

I am spending my Mother’s Day at work but spent my Saturday with my mother and sister. I got them a cake and a beautiful hanging plant for the house and made them lunch. It was a good day and time well spent.

My little munchkin grew a sunflower plant at school and made me a beautiful card; which was the best present ever. This evening when I get home from work, I’ll spend more time with her and maybe we’ll have an early movie night or a walk to the park if she wants.

How are you spending your Mother’s Day? Are you doing something special for a mother or woman in your life today or are you the special woman in someone’s life and are being spoilt today? I’d love to hear how you spend your day!

Have a blessed day and give lots of love to the women in your world today. Xoxo

~ Tamana

Mom-In-Training: Busy Mom

I haven’t been writing much lately; partially due to being obsessed with playing games on my phone and partially due to being busy with home, work and a major project to redecorate Nid’s bedroom. She’s growing up so fast and I’m just trying to keep up with her.

She had a lot of baby/toddler toys and furniture lying around collecting dust, so I decided to sell whatever I could and buy her some new stuff. She has one of those cute loft beds but it’s currently in the bottom position and I would like her to start sleeping on the top so that I can create a cute, cosy desk area and reading nook for her.

I found some great ideas on Pinterest for her room but there is one particular one that caught my eye. Here’s a pic of it. Sorry I don’t have credits from what website it was on, so if you know who originally posted this picture let me know and I’ll give them credit for it.

Nid’s bedroom walls are a similar colour and so, I’m recreating this room with a few of mine and Nid’s ideas.

I’ve been looking for a purple shag rug for the past few weeks and can not find any that are budget-friendly; so I’m making her one! I found a great video on Instagram showing how to make mats, I’ve decided to take it up a notch and am creating 5×6 rug. It is a lot of effort and is taking quite some time, however, it’s costing me a fraction of the price to make and with being home most of the week, I can afford to take my time to make it for her. Here’s how far I’ve gotten:

I will post pictures of it when it’s a bit further along and maybe even a how-to tutorial.

We have a $250 budget with most of the funds coming from selling her old toys, clothes and accessories. I’m keeping a very tight lock on my wallet because it’s so easy for me to get carried away with buying accessories and decorations. Stay tuned for more updates on her room!

Have a fantastic week and stay blessed.

Xoxo ~ Tamana

Mom-In-Training: Birthday Party For Baby Alive

Little Miss. Nid got a Baby Alive doll for Christmas from her grandparents and aunt and has complained that Baby Alive aka Emma hasn’t had a birthday yet and is zero years old.

For the past few days I’ve put it off. But was instructed this morning to make sure the dining table was clean. Being the obedient mother that I am, I went with it; I cleared the table, brought out Barbie, Elsa and Anna and placed plates, cups and napkins on the table. I even stitched “Emma” a new dress for her big day.

After the little missy returned home from school, we had a cookies and milk birthday party for Emma. We sang her the birthday song and even cut a cookie-tower cake.

I don’t particularly like birthday parties during week, but thankfully the guests quickly ate their treats and went off to play.

I know it’s kind of hilarious but when the missy wants a birthday party, you have to give her “baby girl” a birthday party.

Needless to say, the child in me awoke today and I got a big hug and kiss as a thank you, and the biggest smile; which is what it’s all about at the end of the day, isn’t it?

Enjoy the rest of your week and let the child in you come out and play a little too! Xoxo

~Tamana

Mom-In-Training: Precious Moments

One of the most precious moments caught on camera was of my love and me, holding pinky fingers as we slept.

I found this photo on my phone a few days ago; it must have been from the night when she got in trouble from me and cried herself to sleep.

We had a rough day, the two of us, and when it was bedtime, I lay there beside her explaining how words and actions can hurt even mommy and daddy’s feelings. Because we didn’t cry, it didn’t mean that we weren’t hurt.

She was sorry and empathetic. She grabbed my pinky finger and pinky swore to never hurt me or her daddy again. I kissed her forehead and told her it would be alright as long as we all respected and loved each other.

By the time I was done talking, silence had fallen, her tears had dried up and she was peacefully asleep with her pinky finger locked into mine. I soon fell asleep not removing my finger from hers and when I awoke this photo was on my phone.

Daddy must have come in after we fell asleep and captured this moment for me to cherish.

One of the sweetest moments indeed…