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Sherry’s Ramblings for the Week

I WON 50 STARS FROM THE STARBUCKS FOR LIFE CHALLENGE!

Maybe this means I am out of the running (statistically) for winning it for life, but.. 50 STARS! 🙂

FREE ACTIVITIES / WHERE TO BRING TODDLERS, BABIES & CHILDREN DURING WINTER (OR ANY TIME REALLY)

I have been dying to figure out things to do with Baby Bun on a regular basis when his playgroup ends and when they take breaks, and these are my three main go-to areas:

Indigo book stores are great because they have toilets nearby and a kids section to read and play in.

Ikea is another winner with a built in restaurant with decent food, emergency diapers and lots of things to play on (couches), and a kids area. You can even drop them off in a little daycare area if you were so inclined.

Malls are the last, obvious choice! They’re warm, inside and you normally get free wifi so you can take a break while they nap sweetly in their strollers and they like to run around.

TALK IS ONE THING, ACTION IS ANOTHER

I find it very interesting that the U.S. is portrayed in the world as a very prudish, no-sex-allowed sort of country especially when it comes to very steamy advertisements that push the boundaries or show flesh (like in Europe), and yet they are the #1 users of porn in the world.

Thoughts?

Repression would be my first guess, the same way I have noted that with the Japanese, they seem to be extremely buttoned down and strict but only in the confines of their own country or behind closed, and locked doors so when they go abroad, they are free and feel like they can be different, or so I am told.

Shame is my second guess. It is shameful to have any kind of sexual desire, so they do it secretly by watching it.


Confusion is my third guess — wanting to embrace openly these sexual desires feels right yet so wrong! Think of the children!!!!

Anyway.

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6 Comments

  1. Cassie

    I’m not sure what kind of resources you have in Montreal, but I can give you an idea of some of the stuff I do with munchkin here:
    1) Our library has a large kids section, as well as drop in group reading/playing sessions that are separated by the child’s age. I’m in the under 1 group, but I know they have several toddler sessions as well.
    2) We have something called Parent Link in Alberta that is a learning and resource centre, but they also have open play sessions that are divided by age. Again, my group is under 1, but they also have a toddler play group and an under 6 play group with age appropriate books and toys. The toys in the baby group are washed after every play session, and I believe the toddler ones are washed frequently as well. I would expect you would have a similar resource in Montreal as well, though it probably goes by a different name.
    3) Have you tried taking him swimming? Our community centre has free kids (and parents) swimming certain days of the week.

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    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      The library I am near, has no toddler section. I am run ragged trying to keep him from ruining the computers and smashing his head open on the floor with the weird steps they have 🙁

      I wish they had toddler sessions!

      I will check out Parent Link as well.

      I have taken him swimming once but have been too tired to try again 🙂

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  2. Kathy

    I’ve always read that we are prudish based on TV advertising, but if you consider the number of brides who are not virgins on their wedding day, the number of live together unmarried couples, and the number of out of wedlock births, that pretty much covers a huge portion of our population who definitely are not prudes. Perhaps we simple prefer to keep our sexual activity private and having it thrown in our face while watching TV with our kids is something that we simply don’t think is necessary.

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    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      Ah, what an excellent point! I do agree with it not being on TV however, especially in light of what children pick up these days.

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  3. raluca

    Hah! I see the prudishness in the US and I cannot help but be reminded of the prohibition. Sure, it was not allowed to drink and yet everybody did it. The hypocrisy is staggering, when seen from outside.

    I believe there are 2 reasons US consumes so much porn:
    1. Lack of sex education in many of the states. I believe quite a few states still have a culture of “abstinence only” sex education where they teach kids that the only option is to remain a virgin. Teenagers have hormones and curiosity, if you don’t explain it to them they will find their own responses, usually online.
    2. Repression: Religion is much more present in the US than in Canada or Europe and the main religions in the US almost demonize sex. So people react as always, by eating the forbidden fruit – porn searches in the privacy of their home.

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    1. Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

      The religion bit is really quite strong here. It’s overwhelmingly Catholic / Christian based on looking at government sanctioned holidays…

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