February 29, 2016
by Laure

You’re a Parent? Welcome to the B-Team.

You’re a parent? This guy just wrote an article on how not to hire you. Because you’re a B-player. We only want to hire A-players. 

Even better, he’s written an article on how not to spend more than 10 minutes not hiring you. Unless you’re a jerk who does not take his/her share of dropping off to or picking up from school. In that case he might. After you’re hired you can relax over a beer and discuss how being a project manager is soooo much harder than being a parent. I mean, anyone ANYONE can clean up dried oatmeal from shirts, right?

It’s actually in the definition of a B-player. Working 9-5. Like parents who take care of their children. There, that’s what B-players are:

B-players: most people. They do the 9–5 thing, do their job well and are generally the “good not great” people.

Since I suspect only B or C players read me, I have decided to dumb it down for you.

How to Identify B-Players in Less than 10 Minutes

You know how to read a flow chart, do you?

November 30, 2012
by Elodie

Fifty shades of boredom – French mom vs. North-American mommy porn

So lately the interwebs has been abuzz with talks of “mommy porn”. Hum, sounds catchy doesn’t it? Juxtaposing mommy and porn seems edgy for journalists apparently. For the sole purpose of shedding some light for our few readers here I shamelessly purchased a copy of the famous (or infamous) Fifty Shades of Grey, and because I’m a good friend, I got a copy for our very own Laure so she can write her own review  here too!

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September 17, 2012
by Elodie

The 21-day no-shouting challenge

In my line of work, non-violent communication is key, as is the art of listening. In my home, with two kids and very busy days, I sometimes have a hard time applying what I’ve been practicing at work. I’ve found myself shouting at my eldest a lot more these days. As the French would put it, I “râle”! Râler is a verb that covers a wide spectrum of complaining behaviours, and is used a lot by the French!

While we try our best at home to deal in a non-threatening way with our toddler’s tantrums and meltdowns, it has been more challenging in the past few months. Because I love researching, I’ve been reading a lot about non-violent communication with kids and positive discipline. I’m not always completely convinced by the books I read, because the people who write them seem to all have compliant and angelic children, not exactly the model I have… I have more of a spirited child, with a very strong will and little patience. Dang! Continue Reading →

September 7, 2012
by Elodie
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Preparing for baby: baby shower or blessingway?

In France, just about like anywhere else, people usually shower new parents with gifts for their first baby. You get all the “adorable” bibs your great-aunt Greta knit herself, the little booties, onesies and other “cute” stuff people love to buy for babies. This gift-giving usually happens after the baby is born and is a way for people to gain access to your home or your hospital room to see and coo over the baby while trying desperately to figure out who the baby looks like the most (Uncle Roger, Grandpa Maurice or the mailman, you pick…).


Our babies' favourite slippers..

When I moved to Canada and found out I was expecting my first, my coworkers got really excited about organizing a “baby shower”. Continue Reading →

August 20, 2012
by Laure

Bringing Up Bébé: A French Touch Mom’s Opinion

When I heard about the book Bringing Up Bébé, by Pamela Druckerman, my immediate thought was: “uh…parenting children the French way? Really? Aren’t you afraid they’re going to turn into French adults?”.

In case you haven’t heard about this book, in a nutshell, it is about an American journalist who becomes a mother in Paris. When she realizes how well behaved French kids are, she does what she does best. She investigates.

I bought the book because I was dying to know: how do real French moms raise their kids?

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July 27, 2012
by Elodie
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Beating Vancouver weather: crafting with your kids

Living in Vancouver means dreading rainy weekends. With a very active toddler, it can be hard to get through a dreary day  without any meltdowns. We usually spend a lot of our rainy days visiting Science World or the Aquarium, where there is space for kids to run about and fun things to do and see. Recently, I took to crafting with the little passenger  (especially this year as summer took a while to appear…) I would not consider myself a master crafter (Nolwenn is the artist here!) but I do enjoy dabbling with paint, glue, scissors and the such so it didn’t take much to get me excited about doing arts and crafts with my kid. It was also a great way for us to spend some time together, when he can get my full attention as we work away on a project. With a little brother taking up a lot of my time, it was a nice way to reconnect.

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