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One Plus One

The tales of a single mom and her rapidly growing toddler. Through the laughs and the tears, the tantrums and tickles, the musings and rants, each day is a new adventure!

Erin is a winner of Top 25 Single Moms - 2013

What's the biggest misconception people have about single parenting?

What's the most rewarding thing about being a single parent?

What's the most important thing being a single parent has taught you?

What's your best tip for not losing your temper?

Erin Smit

I make myself speak quieter than he yells. The louder he gets I take a breath and speak even quieter, trying to figure out what the issue REALLY is. Yelling back just escalates things. When I can't handle it I just walk away - my son either figures things out on his own, or runs after me. I usually try to not pay attention until there are quieter kinder words being used if it's turned into a true 'tantrum'. I pause to explain that periodically and resume what I'm doing. I've found that breastfeeding also makes us BOTH not lose out tempers. It forces a quiet 'time-out' for both.
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What's an easy, eco-friendly habit that could help families save money?

Erin Smit

Re-use gift wrap, or buy or make cloth gift bags for every occasion! If EVERY Canadian family wrapped just three gifts in re-usable wrapping it would save enough paper to cover 45,000 hockey rinks!
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