Raising kids is one of the greatest things those of us who have them will ever do. No matter where we stand on the spectrum of life philosophies, can we agree that there are things in this world that need to change? Kthanks.

How many people does it take to change each of those things?

 ONE (at least initially)

Therefore, I submit – raising kids is one the greatest things those of us who have them will ever do. Those little ankle-biters will go on to be part of the problem or part of the solution.

And they will stand on the shoulders of giants
…and they will stand on the shoulders of giants

I always thought I would be a seriously gung-ho mom. You know… the kind who has the laundry in, the beds made, and a nourishing gourmet breakfast on the table by 7 am, with a full day of fun, stimulating activities planned for my tiny one(s). Then, I had one.

Even in my first year of motherhood I began to find myself just trying to “pass the days” – waiting for my husband to come home so that I could engage in some kind of “interesting” conversation and activity. Longing for the weekends. #amitheonlyone?

Now that I’m about to start working and blogging, I feel like my time with my baby is so limited, and I wasted so much of it! So I whipped out the goal book and started making plans to take back our time together for Good.

We’re all busy, and while I believe in the inestimable power of parents – I don’t think that raising kids should consume a person’s entire life. Quality over quantity. Memories over number of moments. That is what my childhood was – a collection of precious memories that feel like big warms hugs when I think about them. It was during those very early years that I developed a love for reading, creating things, caring for people and loving God.

Whether you are the stay-at-home-mom with a lengthy to-do list but little big-picture progress, or the working mom who wants to make precious time at home count, this is a place to help you move forward.

Let's Get Going!

The purpose of this blog is to help you fit good things into your busy schedule to unite your family and help them develop into their best selves. The selves that the world needs so desperately. These good things generally fit into a few key areas of daily living that our kids will need to master on their road to success:

  • Whole, nourishing diets
  • Living intentionally (goals, milestones etc.)
  • Living simply (minimalist-style and well within our means)
  • Curiosity/delight/self-driven leaning
  • Enthusiasm for overcoming challenges and being uncommon

Check back here every week for new ideas and rundowns of our experience using them. I won’t pretend to be perfect and act like all of my ideas are flawless – partly because it’s way less entertaining, and partly because it wouldn’t be true. I’m a big believer in the importance of truth. In person and online, I’m just a real mom, doing real things, with her real kid(s) for and with other real people.

I would love to hear from you with success stories, questions and opportunities for collaboration!

E-mail me at:  vanessa@cuttingedgekid.com

4 thoughts on “Welcome!”

  1. Enjoyed your blog. You should send the link to your cousins …. or have you? I will fwd to Joanna. Thanks. Especially liked the pictures attached, seeing that you rarely post any to fb anymore:( How come??? Thanks for the last one “Especially for the aunties”;)

    1. hahaha 🙂 You’re so welcome A. Marise! Glad you liked it and the pictures – really, I can’t NOT think of you anytime I post one…

  2. Looking forward to reading more! We’re living in Edmonton now, with two little boys (Our littlest is only one month old … still figuring out the swing of things). Did you know that your sister is in my Catholic Mom’s group? Small, small world! God bless from another “Mama, PhD” : ) – Michelle

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Michelle 🙂 It is a small world, and there is lots that I’m sure I can learn from you as your family grows! What is your PhD in?? It’s great to hear from you!

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