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Chasing adventure & living mindfully while parenting through mental illness


Giving Tree

Giving Tree

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I grew up in a religious family and went to parochial school from Kindergarten to Grade 12. One of the things I have taken away from that education, even though I am not religious, is that part of Christmas should naturally involve service to others. Being away from the church and any religious community for many years, I haven't gone out of my way to embrace that spirit. That is an important change I wanted to make this year.This year, we happened to come across a giving tree at the Granville Island Kids Market that was connected with a local women's shelter. It was the perfect set up for us. To make the experience valuable for Breccan, we tried to choose a child near his age. I let him pick out the toy. We talked about how we were buying the toy for another boy for Christmas because we wanted to make sure he had a fun gift to open at Christmas time. We talked about how lucky Breccan is to have a big family and lots of people who love him. We talked a little about how not everyone is so lucky.It is an important value for our family that my children acknowledge the privilege with which they were born. While I am not sure Breccan understood everything we talked about, I do believe that the earlier we have these conversations, the less troublesome and surprising they are later. It also is a time to practice the language we use so we feel less nervous when our kids are old enough to really absorb what we say!


Happy Holidays 2016

Happy Holidays 2016


Festival of Lights at Van Dusen Gardens

Festival of Lights at Van Dusen Gardens