Intellidance Blog Voted #1 Education Blog in Canada for 2013!

Sat, 12/14/2013 - 10:19am -- Jessica Baudin-...

This past Monday I was awoken by a this tweet:

I'll admit at first I had no idea what Stephanie (who happens to be a client at my studio J’Adore Dance) was referring to. I had won something related to my blog?!?

Upon further investigation I learned the Intellidance Blog had been voted the #1 Education Blog for the 2013 Canadian Weblog Awards!


The (not so) Perfect Thanksgiving: Book Review

Thu, 09/20/2012 - 5:23pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

Pinterest, Facebook, magazines, TV shows, blogs, all of these mediums can provide parents with so many options on how to make the Holidays “perfect” it can be overwhelming. Many of us are just doing our best to get our kids to their activities on time, hope they are eating some fruit or veggies at some point during the week, and hope the underwear we just grabbed came out of the clean hamper and not the dirty hamper. The extra “pressure” to make DIY table settings, cook a flawless meal, and find coordinating outfits for the family can make most of us want to throw in the towel.

A simple way to stay connected

Thu, 08/30/2012 - 8:02pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

School is starting and for many families this means less time to relax together and more time apart. Parents with little ones departing for the first time to preschool or kindergarten may feel slightly sad or anxious about this big life change. Parents with older children can feel overwhelmed trying to balance full days of school and extra curricular activities with quality family time. It can be difficult to let our children go, knowing they will be experiencing many firsts without us. How can we be sure to stay connected to our children without hovering or imposing on their growing independence? 

A tradition I have with my girls is our nightly sharing. Each night, after our bedtime routine, I crawl into bed for 5-10 minutes with each girl. As we cuddle together under the covers I ask them these 3 questions:

Summer Blogging Hiatus

Fri, 06/22/2012 - 11:23am -- Jessica Baudin-...

I've decided to take a little break from blogging for the next month or so. But don't dispair! The reason for this hiatus is to take IntellidanceTM to the next level! I am busily preparing training materials for the first IntellidanceTM Instructor Certification this August, helping to bring the IntellidanceTM programs to a community near you. We have a wonderful group of instructors joining us. 

Over the next few months will become much more than a blog! We are also launching a new sleek look to help us take IntellidanceTM internationally! Our own original music, sensory toys, and apps are just a few of the other exciting projects we have in the works. 

What happened to the Awesome Moms?

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 5:28pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

Hot Mamas! Yummy Mummies! The MILF club! It seems like everywhere I turn there is a group, website, club, or network for moms flaunting how “hot” they are.

Case in point? This morning as I went through my normal “work at home” morning routine (chai latte on the couch, puppy snuggling beside me, surfing Facebook), this popped into my newsfeeds:

There’s a mixed message when celebs are paid millions to lose the baby weight after pregnancy…

This was the status update for Erika Ehm’s Yummy Mummy Club linking to this article about Jessica Simpson’s pregnancy weight gain and her recent 4 million dollar deal with Weight Watchers to lose her baby weight in a year.

Jessica's Picks: Mermaid Island, a cooperative board game

Fri, 05/25/2012 - 2:09pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

Playing board games with young can be challenging. Many children have difficulty waiting for their turn, may have trouble playing games independently if the rules are too complex, and naturally want to win. Losing can lead pouting, crying, or anger. This is amplified when playing with a sibling or peer who may not be a "gracious" winner. I have often found Bria and Malia in a full on catfight due to a "disagreement" over a board game. 

But board games have so many benefits for children! Alvin Rosenfeld explains in his article, The Benefits of Board Games,:

Hair Cuts and Teddy Bears: What turning 3 looks like

Sun, 11/27/2011 - 7:46pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

Last Saturday we celebrated Malia's 3rd birthday. To start off the festivites I took her for her first hair cut. Yes it has taken me 3 years to cut her hair. In my defence I just couldn't bring myself to cut off her baby curls! But a few months ago when I asked her what she wanted for her birthday she said a hair cut so  how could I say no? We took her to Beaners (a local kids salon) and evened everything to a cute bob and bangs. What's left of the baby curls give her ends a nice flip.

Creative Mom Confessions: Craft versus Art

Sat, 11/12/2011 - 1:32pm -- Jessica Baudin-...

To dispel any rumors that I am a "super mom", I have decided to confess some things to you.  My hope is that it will show you I am just like any other parent, trying my best to be flexible in the craziness that is raising a family. That my ideas do not live in a creative purist vacuum. That I am not perfect. How boring is it to read only about perfect people?

So let's tackle something I have had a few of you ask me about: Craft versus Art

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