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4 Tips to Avoid Being a Mean Mommy

Originally posted here

By: Grace Cross
Twitter: @grace_cross1000

We all have met them. That mom, who is judgmental, has a problem with every other mother’s parenting practices, gossiping about family life and making overzealous assumptions. We can’t stand mean mommies but can we be that mean mother sometimes? Here are four reminders on how to avoid being that Mean Momma.

1. Do Not Gossip – When a mother confides in another, whether her marriage is on the rocks or she is having trouble with her children. Do not share that information with other mothers. When someone is feeling isolated based on problems to begin with, gossip can further isolate the person who is being gossiped about.

SOLUTION: Help with the problem, even if it’s an offer to carpool once a week, or scheduling a play date at the park, give that Mom a break or an ear to listen to.

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2. Do Not Judge– Try walking in another Mother’s shoes. Is she under a lot of stress? Could she use some help?

SOLUTION: Again, be an ear to listen to or invite her out for a play date. Friendliness goes a long way.

3. Do Not Make Assumptions About Someone’s Situation– When we make assumptions on something we know little or nothing about, it can breed into a Mean Mommy Monster! Not only are mean assumptions a reflection of yourself, the people you are feeding the lies to may agree with you at the time, but you will get a reputation as a Mean Mommy.

SOLUTION: Point out the positives of another Mother. People who seem to have it all together are people to learn from. Swap parenting tips, the only thing that can happen is a new friendship and learning something new.

4. Keep Jealousy At Bay– A lot of Mean Mommies mean comments to others comes from jealousy of the mother they are speaking about. Some Moms will have it more together then you, others will not.

SOLUTION: Learn from these Mothers. They can teach you parenting tips or maybe once you get to know them, you will realize that they too, have hardships, problems and are real people.

Motherhood is a really difficult job and we should all be in this together. Mothers being mean to other mothers are childish and your children may hear you being catty. Instead of being pinned against one another, remember that we are all in this together and need the support from each other. It takes a village to raise a child and if we are all on the same team, it makes this job a lot easier.

 

About the Author & Special Guest Blogger

Grace Cross is a writer, author and owner of The Baby Spot, a global magazine celebrating the similarities and embracing the differences of parenting practices world-wide! Grace is co owner of Artist’s Opus, a social media following that promotes artists from all over the world.

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Centreville: A Hidden Gem, A Ferry Ride Away from the Big City

Growing up in Toronto, there was many things to do as a family but one of my ultimate favourite places to go to was Centre Island or more specifically Centreville. I remember loving the ferry ride to get to the island and then spending the day on all the fun rides. Those are the moments that I remember and cherish to this day.

Now with a family of my own it was my turn to provide these same fun memories to my daughter who now at the age of two can enjoy more of them.

Here are my five top reasons why Centreville is a great place for families to visit.

Escape from the Big City

It is hard to believe that Centreville is only a ferry ride away from the busy city of Toronto, Canada and gives guests a scenic ride to the Island with unbelievable views of the city with planes flying overhead into the airport. Once you arrive at the Island you can already feel such a calming atmosphere. The scenery is landscaped beautifully and there is so much to see on the island. It is a great place to see and a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Click here to see a map of the island.

Momma Braga Tip: To avoid long line ups, it is best to purchase your ferry boat ticket online as it will save you time. Infants under the age of 2 are free; Children from 2 to 14 is $3.65 CDN; Student (under 19 with ID) is $5 CDN; Senior ($65+) is $5 CDN; and Adult is $7.50 CDN. This price is to and from the Island.

Photo Credit: Karen Braga
Photo Credit: Karen Braga

Centreville Amusement Park

From rides and games to a wide selection of food outlets, there is something for everyone at Centreville, like they say! Centreville celebrates 50 years of fun this year and has been a hot spot for families with young children for many years. Even though many know about Centreville Amusement Park, I think families don’t realize how toddler friendly it is. There are many rides and attractions for toddlers and that is the best part! There are of course some rides that are not recommended for toddlers but I find Centreville full of many more options.

Momma Braga Tip: When planning your visit, check out the website to see what type of rides they have and it also lists how many tickets you need to ride each one. The neat part of this section is that it lists the intensity of the rides under: Smooth, Moderate and Extreme. I also recommend to check the hours of operation as well before visiting, click here.

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There is no entry fee to enter Centreville Amusement Park (which is fantastic!) but to enjoy the rides and attractions payment is required. There are different rates depending on what you would like to do. Each ride requires a certain amount of tickets to ride them and you can also buy a pass which will provide you unlimited access to the rides for the day. You can purchase a Family of 4 All Day Ride Pass ($108 CDN) which must include at least 1 Adult; Individual All Day Ride Pass Over 4’ ($35.35 CDN); Individual All Day Ride Pass Under 4’ ($25.25 CDN); Sheet of 25 Ride Tickets ($23 CDN); Sheet of 65 Ride Tickets ($55 CDN); and Season Pass ($66.50 CDN). Please note that some rides require an adult to accompany a small child and therefore the adult will require a ticket. Keep this in mind when making your decision on what to purchase.

Momma Braga Tip: We purchased the Family of 4 All Day Ride Pass and we purchased it online to save some money ($105.50 CDN) as this way we didn’t have to worry about how many tickets we needed. If you are looking to buy a pass, I recommend to purchase it online to save yourself some money.

Nikki Favourites: Our daughter had a few favourite rides that she recommends for all her young toddler friends which are: Centreville Train; Antique Carousel; Kiddie Boat; Fire Engines; Touring Cars; Twirling Teacups; and the Pony Express.

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Photo Credit: http://www.centreisland.ca/centreville/rides-attraction

Far Enough Farms

A staple of Centre Island is the Far Enough Farms and a must see with your little ones. My daughter loves animals so of course this was on our must see list. Far Enough Farms is locating just east of Centreville Amusement Park and is open daily 365 days a year from 10 AM to 5 PM and completely free to enjoy! Yes! I said FREE! There are 40 different species to see at the farm and you can learn about them through the farmers and farm hands that are always on hand to answer any of your questions. We truly enjoyed this part of our visit and of course so did my daughter!

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Fun Games

Can’t forget about all the games that you can play to win some stuffed toys to add to your collection! Check out all the games they have on site by clicking here.

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Photo Credit: http://www.centreisland.ca/centreville/rides-attraction

Great Food Outlets

Plenty of yummy food to eat at Centreville and they are all great! We didn’t bring our own food as we decided to fully experience Centreville. Here is a list of all the available food outlets. We ended up eating at the Carousel Café which we just adored. They are located a short walk away from Centreville.

Photo Credit: http://www.centreisland.ca/food-and-drink/carousel-cafe
Photo Credit: http://www.centreisland.ca/food-and-drink/carousel-cafe

These are my top five reasons to visit the Centreville Amusement Park and if these reasons are not enough…..I think the most important part was it provided a city escape to spend time together as a family. Overall, we all had a great time and what tugged at my heart strings was seeing the pure joy in my daughter’s constant smile as she enjoyed every minute of Centreville. I got to see what my parents use to see in me and for that I am truly grateful for.

Until next time…..Happy Parenting!

–          Momma Braga
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4 Tips on Visiting Legoland with a Toddler

Legoland Discovery Centre Toronto is located in Vaughan, Ontario. They first opened their doors in 2013 so it is fairly new. I have always been intrigued to see what Legoland was all about and thought this would be great for us to do on one of our family’s staycation days this summer.

So that is exactly what we did and after feeling a little overwhelmed with our trip to Legoland, I thought it would be great to put a few tips together for other families with toddlers who may want to visit.

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  1. Purchase Tickets in Advance

It is highly recommended to purchase your tickets in advance as the website states that it is the only way to guarantee entry. There are two types of tickets, Online Saver Ticket ($15.40 CDN each person) and Flexi Ticket ($24 CDN each person). With the online saver ticket you need to select the date and time of your arrival and the Flexi ticket does not restrict you to a particular day and time. There is also the option of the Annual Pass which I would recommend if you are planning to visit often. Children 2 years old and under are free.

With a toddler it can be difficult to select a definite time and therefore we went with the Flexi Ticket as it offered us the flexibility that we needed.

  1. The Layout

Not sure why I was expecting anything in particular with regards to the layout of the centre but I did and felt overwhelmed with it. When you first arrive you need to check in and then you have the option to take a photo that you can later purchase as a keepsake.

You then enter Legoland and you first start off in a room where you are greeted by a staff member. There are some displays in this first room and then the first line-up to the very first ride begins. After this ride, you will see the photo booth where you can purchase your photos (you may also get a picture from the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride).

The neat part after the photo booth is Miniland which was my favourite as it was a mini version of Toronto’s landmarks made by Lego. After travelling through Miniland, you have arrived at EVERYTHING!

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Everything else is all in one big room which was the overwhelming part for us and of course for our toddler who didn’t know where to go first.

Therefore be prepared for this type of layout as it may save you from being disappointed.

  1. Check the Map before Arriving

The website provides a map and overview of all of their activities/attractions. I recommend to check it out first to see what they have to offer. It can also help guide you when you get there as not all activities are available for toddlers as there are height requirements. Here are some attractions with restrictions to be mindful of: Kingdom Quest Laser Ride child must have the ability to walk unassisted and children over 130cm may ride without an adult. Melin’s Apprentice child must be at least 90cm and must be accompanied by an adult. Children over 120cm may ride without an adult. Lego Fire Academy & the Lego Construction Site child must be between 90cm and 140cm to enter. All children must also wear socks in this attraction.

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Photo Credit: Legoland
  1. A must visit, Duplo Village

Duplo Village takes up a tiny section of Legoland and is the area that seems to really cater to toddlers from 1 to 5 years of age. The blocks are big to build with and there is a slide in this area that they can go down.

This area would be a recommended spot for toddlers as it will be fun for them.

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These are my four top tips on visiting Legoland with toddlers. Overall, our daughter did have fun but to say that we would go again, not likely. Maybe when our daughter is over 90cm tall she may enjoy it more as there will be a lot more that she can do.

In the meantime, we will enjoy other activities that will be more accessible for her age and height. Legoland might be great for older children and children who love lego. It just wasn’t good for us at this time but maybe it will be one day.

Until next time…..Happy Parenting!

– Momma Braga