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Spring Break 2021 - Low Tech, Yes We Did It!

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We have just gone two weeks of spring break (yes, spring break around here is two weeks long) and we did it! Exactly what I had envisioned: low tech and sticking to a normal weekly budget. The first week she was at her Dad's. I spent every single day in the outdoors, ski instructing. The second week she was here. It was laid back and wholesome to the point that it is a stretch for me to pull out actual memories or stories of what we did. I had been stocking up on good spring break food for a month (thanks to the clearance shelf at our local health food store). We went over the things she wanted to do for spring break beforehand and then, I wrote her ideas down . Writing her big ideas and aspirations is important in keeping her focused and on track with her hopes and dreams (of course I don't tell her I am doing this). This is one of many parenting techniques I've adapted to get her through the tech era (which is quite intentionally sucking the living daylights out of our

Spring Break 2021 - Low Tech and Chilling at Home!

We're staying home for spring break. Chilling out  in the backyard. Old skool. Initially, I had my eye on a week long ski camp for her. I wanted her to get out skiing with kids her age and adults that aren't her Mom. (Ya okay, so I work at the hill... I would teach the first week and then pop her into lessons and go skiing/snowboarding the second week.) Today however, I made the decision to lay low. You see, when life is hard, it's hard. You do things out of survival -- not necessarily because they are a good idea (although surviving is always a good idea). At some point, you come out of survival and it is only through good therapy and resonance that your cells notice you are back to safety... And I have had some goooood therapy and resonance this year. I am actually enrolled in a certificate program where myself and other student practitioners practice on each other. Hours upon hours of offering and receiving this work, the effects have been so clearing that my life has re

Mom, I Want to Take Parkour.

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She has been asking for parkour lessons. What does my little kiddo need parkour lessons for? She is parkour (actually closer to free running but I will get to that). A constant mover and thinker who has never moved through space in a straight line, I proceed to tune her out as goes on about how she can't move forward in life without lessons. I go to her flipping through the handrails at SkyTrain stations, somersaulting over rails at bus stops (and the onlookers who would get joy out of watching her) as we rode transit for a year and a half through the city. I visualize the long hang kip's (I had to look that up) on the bars at parks, the double pirouette she mastered this year and the triple she did at school. I go back to the bouldering camp she participated in when she was eight, the rock face she climbed on the last day in Squamish and the transferring of those skills to other surfaces in our day to day life. I recall her three years in gymnastics and how we have been activ