We’re asking some of our favourite parents on the web for their very best tidbits of advice. In this edition, we’re talking to blogger, editor and photographer Andrea Tomkins! She’s the managing editor of a print publication in Ottawa called Capital Parent Newspaper. She also publishes a blog called a peek inside the fishbowl where she writes about healthy living, great gear and family-friendly activities in the National Capital region. She answers our first ever Parenting in 5 questionnaire below:
If I haven’t had time to pull something together I almost always make breakfast. It’s quick, it’s easy, and everyone enjoys it. You can’t beat homemade waffles, bacon and eggs! If I do have a bit of extra time I like to make a healthy homemade pizza using my favourite pizza dough recipe.
This will sound odd, but having an electronic combination lock installed on our front door was a huge relief. I don’t ever have to worry about the kids (or me, because it was almost always me) losing the keys. It wasn’t until after the lock was installed that I realized how much time and energy I spent worrying about it.
Teach them everything I can and then set them free.
I love being able to show my daughters the wonders of the world outside our front door: the symmetry of a pine cone, the feeling of mud between our toes, the beauty of a snowflake under a microscope. To be able to experience childlike wonder again is a real gift.
Always hug your kids a few heartbeats longer, and don’t be the first one to pull away.
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