QBQ parenting book

Have you ever wondered to yourself why your kids do certain things? Do you find yourself asking questions like “Why is parenting so hard?” or “Why won’t my kids listen?” or “Who made this mess?”on a regular basis? I know I did.

If you answered yes to any of those questions (or many others) then you need to read Parenting the QBQ Way! Did you know that our children are the product of our parenting? GASP I know! Hard to take, isn’t it?

Accountable parents grasp the truth that it is their job to bring their child successfully into adulthood. We live in a society of needing everything now, but we are also the biggest excuse makers and procrastinators out there. We want everything fixed yesterday, but don’t want to do anything to fix it. It is so much easier to place blame on someone or something else.  This comic I saw on Facebook a couple weeks back explains it very well!

 

Teacher AbuseWhen I was growing up and did the above, I was the one that got in trouble for it not my teacher!

So back to the book. The concept behind the QBQ is about personal accountability and asking the question behind the question. I was first introduced to that book through my brother in law and husband. So when I had the opportunity to read the newest book, Parenting the QBQ Way, I jumped at the chance. I have a library of parenting books that I have bought trying to make myself a better mom! This book however was different, this books looks at things in a different way. It teaches us how to be an outstanding parent and raise great kids by using the power of personal accountability. It is a tool that enables parents to practice personal accountability by making better choices in the moment, asking better questions.

QBQs begin with the words “What ” or “How” – not “Why,” “When” or “Who” like I found myself using. When you begin to understand this you learn that the answers are in the question. QBQ parents look at themselves and try to figure out how they can improve and what they can do differently. They let their children fail and instead of making excuses or trying to cover for them they ask what they can do to allow their child to learn from their mistakes.

One part that struck a chord with me is that John shows you how voicing our parental frustrations openly in front of our kids has so many negative consequences. They tear children down, diminish our joy of parenting, and interfere with our desire to learn new skills. We get stuck in the “I am too tired” thought process.

This book is a must read for all parents. It is short and to the point, perfect for any busy mom.

The wonderful people from the QBQ were generous enough to give me 3 copies to giveaway to my readers.

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Having a new baby is one of the most exciting times in a parents life and we know how much work is involved with getting ready so we want to make it easier by knocking one item off your to do list. If you have had a baby in the last 2 months or are expecting then this contest is perfect for you!

Enter to win FREE photo birth announcements.

Do you want to send a photo card that truly reflects your style and you are proud of? We care that our customers love the finished product because we love what we do and take great pride in producing something that we are proud of. We offer custom design service with all of our orders, which means you will work one on one with your own personal designer who will take your vision and design the birth announcement to match it. Do it in style with one of Grace Announcements exclusive birth announcement designs for your new baby.

ONE lucky reader will win 50 – 4″ x 6″ Photo Birth Announcements valued at $80. To enter, simply fill the form with your qualifying entries below. Good luck everyone!

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Since our first baby was born we were lucky to have family to babysit for us. Between the 3 sets of grandparents, aunts and uncles we were all set! But as the kids have grown the family isn’t always available anymore. I don’t blame them we have certainly used their services over the last 8 years. So we have found ourselves in need of a babysitter, add in a recent move and we are now father from family and no longer have the local sitter down the street to help us out. I had the opportunity to check out SOSsitter and I jumped at the chance.

SOSsitter is a trusted resource for you to find a babysitter or nanny for your family, with over 15,000 registered sitters. As the family searching you register your own account and pay the very reasonable membership fee of $90 for a year. If you only need access short-term you can use their monthly membership for $28 per month or their quarterly of $58 for 3 months. Once registered the process is very simple. You can post your own job or search the profiles of sitters in your area. SOSsitter will also email you with tips to help make the process easier for you. My favourite was their tips for conducting phone interviews.

Some of the benefits of SOSsitter are:

  • Detailed profiles with references & background checks
  • All profiles are Mom reviewed for your security
  • Easy selection with 20+ search criteria
  • Post a job yourself for quick replies

You contact the sitter directly and negotiate the hours and wages with them. Of course SOSsitter provides you with the tools to view background checks, references, and parent reviews for any potential sitters.

And that isn’t all, SOSsitter also has sections for senior caregivers, special needs caregivers, pet sitters and housekeepers. Download their iPhone app and you can search for sitters on the go!

While I didn’t have a great success with finding a sitter in our area, because we live in “the burbs”! I would still highly recommend this service to anyone who is looking for a sitter, especially if you are in a major city.

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My good friend Joann from Woman in Real Life posted the most adorable kid friendly craft to do with your kids for Valentine’s Day and I just had to share it with you all! Really how cute are these hearts? Think of how proud your kids would be to see their hard work and sewing in these. And for moms of little ones, trust me they can do this! As a mom of Montessori kids I know that at 3 years old your child can sew with an actual (sharp) sewing needle.

I love crafts, but sadly I spent a lot more time doing crafts before kids as I had a lot more time. I am always looking for simple and fun crafts that I can do with my kids – key point being that they are able to do it and not just watch me (always a lesson in self control as the perfectionist in me wants to take over). This one is easy. Joann had full instructions and other ideas posted on her website.

I am heading to Michaels today to stock up on supplies so the kids and I can enjoy this craft together after school. Thanks Joann for allowing me to share with my readers!

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Letter to Santa

One of the parts of being a kid is writing your yearly letter to Santa. I know my kids look forward to it and usually start mid-summer! In preparation for our Santa Claus parade this year I created this letter for my kids and wanted to share it with you all.

Download your printable Letter to Santa now and mail it to Santa at:

SANTA CLAUS
NORTH POLE
H0H 0H0
CANADA
 

Teachers Gifts

It’s that time of year when we are putting together our holiday shopping lists. Some of the most important people on my list (besides of course my family) are my kids teachers. We’re blessed every year with the most amazing teachers so I want to put extra effort and though into their gifts. After all they do put up with my kids and many others all day long!

So for something different we wanted to put together a list of our top 5 picks for personalized gifts for those teachers who dedicate their life to teaching our kids. The best part is these are all from Canadian companies. In no specific order our picks are:

1. Juicy Red Apple Ornament from sunshineceramics on Etsy - $13

Made with earthenware clay, stamp a teacher’s name and then glaze the apple red with a green leaf and brown stem and then attach a pretty dark green organza ribbon for hanging. The ornament is also available in Sour Apple Green. They also make a very nice gift tag or wrapping decor for a special present or anyway you think to use them. Please note, they take 3-6 weeks so don’t wait long to order!

2. Personalized Pencils from Childish – $12

Emboss the teachers name in gold into the pencil available in many different colours and create their own personalized pencil set. They allow 30 characters so you can even include a short message like “Mrs. Smith – The Best Teacher!”

3. Book Labels from Mabel’s Labels - $16.95

Give a gift every teacher will use and help ensure their belongings will be returned back to them with these stylish, versatile labels. Please note, these labels are not waterproof. If their teacher is anything like me you can give any of the labels they sell and they would be happy. I use my sticky labels on everything from my iPhone to my stapler!

4. Personalized Notepads from Grace Announcements - $22

A great gift for any teacher, this apple notepad is a sure way to impress any paper lover. Perfect for writing a quick note, they are so handy you can use them to jot down ideas or write out your to do list.

5. Personalized Travel Mug from Kathy & Kim Originals – $30

They turn sensible, everyday items into adorable, must-have gear. They offer eco friendly water bottles, bags and accessories that are all personalized with names, sayings and designs that your kids teacher will love! Each piece is custom designed – simply choose your favourite colours, fonts and designs.

Our 2012 Holiday Card line is here and we wanted to reward our customers for ordering early with a free gift! Every Holiday Greeting Card order will receive 10 free gift tags* so don’t wait, order now to beat the rush.

Did you know what sets us apart?

  • you get to work one on one with your own designer who will take care of your order from start to finish to make sure that your order is exactly what you wanted.
  • we offer unbeatable quality by professionally printing all of our cards with the best suppliers we can find.
  • custom design service for no extra money so you can send out a card that is 100% you, no need to have to pick an existing template.
  • fast turnaround times guarantee that your order will arrive to you and leave you plenty of time to send them out
  • we offer many choices to fit every budget, from our digital “print your own” card to our premium cardstock cards.

Why wait, stop by and see our selection of holiday cards for everything from Christmas to Hanukkah. If you can’t decide or there isn’t anything perfect, just for you, let us know and we are happy to help you decide!

*While supplies last (although we have lots to go around!)

 

We are turning 7 years old and we want to celebrate by giving you the chance to win FREE photo holiday greeting cards!!

Send out this year’s holiday greeting cards with style, and sure to fit every style and budget. From modern to traditional we have cards to suit all styles. Grace Announcements also offers our holiday cards in many different formats that are sure to be noticed. From flat single sided photo cards and double sided card stock cards to folded card stock cards all available in many different sizes, there is a style that is sure to express your personality. You will also find holiday card designs that include anywhere from one to six photos allowing you to show off your family. So when Christmas rolls around this year, make sure you leave a lasting impression with your Christmas Cards.

ONE lucky reader will win 50 – 4″ x 6″ Photo Holiday Greeting Cards valued at $80.

To enter, simply fill the form with your qualifying entries and tell us what is your favourite thing about the holidays below. Good luck everyone!

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Are you expecting or recently had a baby?

We know how exciting a time it is to welcome a new baby into this world and how much work is involved with getting ready so we want to make it easier by knocking one item off your to do list.

Enter to win FREE photo birth announcements.

Do you want to send a photo card that truly reflects your style and you are proud of? We care that our customers love the finished product because we love what we do and take great pride in producing something that we are proud of. We offer custom design service with all of our orders, which means you will work one on one with your own personal designer who will take your vision and design the birth announcement to match it. Do it in style with one of Grace Announcements exclusive birth announcement designs for your new baby.

ONE lucky reader will win 50 – 4″ x 6″ Photo Birth Announcements valued at $80. To enter, simply fill the form with your qualifying entries below. Good luck everyone!

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Sleepaway CampAre your kids heading off to summer sleepaway camp this summer for the first time? We want to share some tips from ourselves and our fans to help make preparing everyone a bit easier.

Remember that you want to make this a positive experience for both so it is best to get your kids involved every step of the way. It will probably also help if they are a little aprehensive about being away from you 24hrs a day for anywhere from a week to the entire summer.

1. Check the camp’s website as most have a very thorough packing list to help make sure you don’t forget anything important.

When my son and I recently had an overnight experience at Muskoka Woods I realized that I never thought to bring any hand soap to wash our hands after using the little boys/girls room. I thought about shampoo and such but it never occurred to me that there would be no soap dispenser in the cabin washroom.

2. Involve your kids in the shopping and packing process.

Making shopping for camping supplies fun and allow them to pick what sleeping bag they want, it might help to make their time away from home more enjoyable as their space will feel more like theirs.  As a fan shared, having your kids help you pack is important so that they know what clothes or items belong to them.

3. Label every single item that they bring with them.

Just like having them help pack, the labels are extra important. You could have 10 kids in one cabin and it will become very easy for items to get mixed up between kids. We highly recommend Mabel’s Labels Camp Combo which includes everything you need so everything that leaves with your child comes home with your child. Don’t wait too long as it is a limited edition and only available until the end of June.

4. Don’t forget stationery to allow your child to document their adventure and keep in touch with you.

There are many items that you could pack like our personalized camp note cards to hopefully encourage them to write home. Stamp and address the envelopes to make it super easy for them. But we can’t promise that they won’t use them to ask you to come get them! Also include a special journal that they write about their adventures. It will be fun for them to look back through once they are back home.

One mom shared how parents can send a letter the week before their child leaves so that it is there waiting for them. Her mom did that when she went to camp for the first time, it made her feel so special as she was the only one who had mail on the first day and helped her feel more comfortable being away having that immediate contact. We think this is a great idea!

5. Pack a digital camera for your child and include a large memory card.

If you your child doesn’t already have their own camera we recommend buying one so that they can document all of their memories and new friends in photos. You can buy a disposable camera or a good digital camera for around $50.

6. Be sure to include your child’s “special thing”.

If your child has a favourite blanket or stuffed toy be sure to include that too. Don’t worry that they might be the only one, on our adventure 3 of the 4 boys in our cabin had their stuffed toy with them. This will help your child feel connected with home should they start getting homesick.

 

Do you have any tips to add? Did you go to sleepaway camp?

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