By Sonia Verma
Stay at home moms: Priceless
Steven Nelms crunches some numbers and realizes his family couldn’t afford to pay a professional—a team of professionals, actually—to do all the things his stay-at-home spouse accomplishes. Attentive, customized child care; daily household stuff; budgeting; planning; meals; the works.
He did it because until they had a kid, his wife had always had a paid job, right since her teenage years. It was part of her identity. He wants her to know that even though there is no paycheque every two weeks for her any more, he recognizes that it’s because what she contributes to the family is priceless.
His post is not a commentary on whether staying home to raise kids is superior to working outside the home. It’s not about quality vs. quantity, though here is a great Today's Parent article on the subject. It’s just one man reassuring his spouse that he appreciates and values how hard she works. Cheers, Steven.
Shopping for your little kids
It’s time to stock up for spring/summer/early fall clothes. Some of you more organized parents are probably also looking ahead to winterwear and Halloween costumes.
If you, like me, are cheap but also daunted by the size of consignment or Mom to Mom sales, here’s a fantastic primer from momstown Moncton on how to shop smart for your kid[s] at the consignment sale.
Included are the size charts for common retailers like Carters and Old Navy. And don’t forget to check Moncton’s list of must-have basics for summer time with kids.
Does what you eat affect your breastfed baby?
Did you regretfully cut out sugar, gluten, dairy, garlic, onions, spices, meat and/or anything else that you love because your breastfeeding baby appeared to react to it? Today’s Parent has a great read on the subject.
From CBC Kids, here’s a quick and comprehensive explainer on the Jewish festival and how it’s celebrated around the world.