Like with many others, Covid quarantine gave me lots of time to slow down. Gone were the days of constant playgroups and outings. Suddenly, I was at home and had time to give things a rethink. In came the idea of preschool homeschooling.

What no one tells you is that there’s so much out there! I spent so much time looking up things that I forgot what was the most important part. Little E.

Through recommendation, I did find a curriculum that works for us, but it’s not anything that I strictly follow. We leave things out if they don’t…


When your baby is born, you look into their eyes, stroke their soft skin, and smell the new baby smell. You think about what activities you’ll do together when they’re older and what they might want to be when they grow up. An engineer? A teacher? A doctor? You always dream of a perfect life for your new child.

They get older and become busy toddlers going from mess to mess while you try to follow and keep some level of cleanliness in your house. You cuddle your way through the tantrums while they figure out how to act in…


I imagine by this point in your life, you’ve heard of the big A — Alzheimer’s Disease. You’ve seen it in movies, books, articles, and during yearly fundraising campaigns. It’s one of those diseases that happens to other people’s families, other people’s friends. You read about the research or new findings when it circulates the media. You consider yourself knowledgeable enough on the topic.

Then a loved one is diagnosed and you go into this adventure thinking that you are prepared. Just in case, you listen to doctors who give you the quick run down of this progressive illness. You…


There was a time when women did not have a choice so would dutifully run the household and look after her husband and her handful of children. Post-secondary education was out of question for all but a few and the work force was reserved for men, young pretty unmarried women or spinsters with no marriage hope in sight. This was also a time when most families could live comfortably on a single income. Even forty or as recent as thirty years ago, it was a common sight to see a mom stay at home with the their child even though…


Today was a good day. When your loved one has Alzheimer’s, you don’t know one day to the next what the day will be like. You brace yourself for bumps and revel when it’s smooth sailing. It’s only human to feel sad or disappointed or upset when your loved one with Alzheimer’s slowly forgets what you have done together or attributes the past moments to someone else. It’s difficult to hear things like “your grandfather and I used to do this” or “your grandfather and I used to go here” knowing that those past moments were done with you. …


When your child is newly diagnosed with a food allergy, you’re bombarded with information on what to do about the allergen at the same time as dealing with the post-traumatic stress from watching your child burst into hives or, worse, experience anaphylaxis. Tests (scratch and/or blood) will be done to confirm the allergy. Your pediatrician and allergist will help you develop an allergy action plan and hand you a prescription for epinephrine. With papers and prescription in hand, off you’ll go into the world as a new food allergy parent. You’ll go out into the world armed with information and…

Shannon LaBrecque

I’m a mom of 3 boys and 1 girl, currently as a SAHM and parttime caregiving for a 94 year old grandmother with Alzheimer’s Disease.

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