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Raising children at 40

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In my children’s words

Lest I forget, I will use this space to capture those nuggets, babbling, words, descriptions my children used or misused along the way. This is purely for my family’s future pleasure, although maybe it can get you to jot down some of your children’s funny choice of words before they eventually get erased from memory.

Shoomoonbach – to this day we don’t know what my daughter was trying to say, but whenever we’d read a particular Elmo book to her and flip to the page where he was wearing rain boots and a raincoat, she would say shoomoombach (age eighteen months)

Okee Okee – my daughter’s way of saying milk (age eighteen months)

Bekfest – breakfast in my daughter’s words (age eighteen months)

Ummm the best! My son’s way of saying he’s the best, and we totally agreed (age two)

Water table – my son’s word for “pool” table (age three). He’d get upset if we’d call it a pool table. My son loves water tables, marble runs, basketball, soccer, absolutely anything to do with marbles and balls. He’s really good at it too. He was able to throw 10 straight hoops in a row starting at two years old.

Skeen – don’t know where my son got this one, but whenever he’d see a robin, he’d yell out there’s skeen! (age three)

Pinkle – my son’s way of saying Pickle (age four)

More to come

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An alternative to hockey


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Skiing with a hula hoop


Next stage: pizza style skiing


Continuing on the theme of doing the things you love to do with kids, my husband and I decided to expose our kids to skiing last year. We love skiing and thought that if our kids see us enjoy it so much, that they might want to pick up it up too. It also beats exclusively being a spectator in the stands. Turns out, they really liked it.

Our daughter who was five at the time advanced quickly through the lessons and we were soon able to ski blue runs together. It took our three year-old son a little longer to feel comfortable. A few early wipe-outs spooked him out. I used a few tricks a good friend of ours taught us; one was going down the hill with him using a hula hoop. It works in getting a little one to feel comfortable and get stability. They also make ski harnesses but they tend to make the kids lean back, a big ski no-no. Hula hoop is effective and inexpensive. The other is letting go, and letting your child learn, you can ease them if with the smallest of bunny hills.

Photos: Liliana Polcari