Friday, 17 June 2011
Tent in the city
Dan and I are both from the country. You know, lost in the middle of corn fields and maple forests. We each spent our childhood exploring what looked like a never ending playground filled with discoveries: a large toad near a stream, a dead deer under a tree (!), a multitude of blackberry plants, an abandoned sugar shack, etc.
Alice will have the exact opposite: a life in the city surrounded by concrete, cars, tall buildings (the occasional prostitute on the sidewalk), etc. However, we don't see this as a problem. Dan and I are totally committed to give Alice an access to both worlds. It just requires a bit more planning than opening the backyard door.
With the right attitude, Alice's backyard can be the Montreal Botanical Garden, the Mount Royal Park (designed by Frederick Law Olmsted who also designed New York Central Park), the Jean-Talon Public Market, the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, the Jazz Festival, etc.
With this in mind, I just got a second hand baby Pea Pod tent for our numerous urban excursions. For example, after a stroll in the Old Montreal, Alice could relax in her cozy UV protection tent while Dan and I enjoy a picnic near the St Lawrence river. Perfect :)
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little gray pixel: Don't worry. I won't do that! And I love your concept: "eat the same healthful meals as a family and exercise daily as a family".
lola: I also think that kids should question what they are told. Well, maybe not the "take your bath" or "do your homework" ;)
clairsy: I don't know any Tiger moms (yet). In the book, the author writes that childhood should not be fun. To my opinion, this is so sad!!!
ali: I think that we all have a bit of tiger mom in us! Love your dental hygiene comment...ah ah ah! And yes, I also loved her self-deprecation (is that a word in English???) humor.
isa: Wow, I love your sewing style. SSSSSSOOOOOOO pretty :)
shannah: I just purchased Simplicity Parenting. I will let you know what I think of the book soon! Thank you so much for the info :)