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online safety tips for parents and kids

5 Tips to Ensure Your Kids Stay Cybersecure

The pandemic has many children spending more time online than they may have ever before. Of course, that also brings it with a series of safety concerns and challenges. Many young children are not fully aware of the cybercriminals that lurk around the World Wide Web. Although you may think you

Purple Power Smoothie

Purple Power Smoothie

Kids will love this thick, refreshing treat! The perfect healthy ‘snack’ or quickie breakfast, packed with goodness from blueberries, peaches and bananas.

Common Signs of Dyslexia

Common Signs of Dyslexia and Four Strategies for Success

Although it is one of the most common learning disabilities affecting more than 5 million Canadians, there are still many misconceptions about dyslexia. Dr. Steve Truch, a Canadian educational psychologist and founder of The Reading Foundation, suggests that if you are concerned that your child may be struggling with a learning

5 Easy New Years Resolutions

5 New Years Resolutions You Should Make This Year

It will soon be the start of a New Year and time to get those New Years Resolutions formulated. Some say they are a waste of time, but why not create a new you? Why not make healthy changes? Why not set some new goals for yourself? Why not make

Pickey eaters Tips for Parents

Feeding Picky Eaters

When my kids were toddlers, I did at times dread dinnertime. I would prepare a variety of meals composed of what I felt to be healthy, appealing foods. As toddlers most of those meals ended up everywhere but in their tummies, walls, floor, evenly distributed all over the high-chair.

Healthy Eating easy Tips

7 Simple Ways to Start Eating Healthier

Learning healthy eating habits is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your family. Understanding that healthy food matters and healthy choices do taste good is vital to maintaining a healthy lifestyle for our children as they get grow.

Kids Chores guide by age

Home Responsibilites by Age – Kids Chores and Allowance

Why do I keep harping on giving children jobs? Because believe it or not, children need to feel USEFUL. In fact, all people have to feel as though they are being helpful and making a contribution. When a person participates and does a job or gives of their time and talents it creates a sense of affiliation and belonging that is the sticky glue that pulls a group together.

life saving skills for parents

3 Life-Saving Skills You Need to Know

Learning simple skills that could save a loved one’s life in an emergency is essential knowledge you’ll never regret acquiring. Here are three skills every parent, young adult and older adult should have:

Keeping Kids Hydrated during a heatwave

Keep Kids Hydrated and Safe During a Heatwave

Are you Keeping Your Kids Cool? Young children are more susceptible to dehydration and becoming ill in hot weather than healthy adults. Children’s bodies don’t tend to cool down as efficiently which leaves them more at risk than during a summer heatwave.

Farmers Markets & Pick Your Own

Guide to local farms in York Region and Durham. Find country markets selling fresh fruit and vegetables, sweet corn, organic produce, pick your own strawberries, berries, apples and family fun farms, petting zoos and hayrides!

Baby Signing

My Own Baby Signing Story

Like many parents who sign with their baby, my initial motivation for teaching my son American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary was to give him a way to express his wants and needs before he was able to speak. Joshua started signing at 9 months of age, and by the time

best outdoor kids toys

Top 10 Toys to Get the Kids Outside

Spring has sprung. I am sure of it this time. The grass is turning green, the patio furniture is calling and I am wearing flip flops! Time to get the kids outside, and keep them out there, as long as possible!

Vitamins women need as they age

Growing Older & Healthier – Vitamins You Need As You Age

We know vitamins are good for growing children who don’t always eat a full range of fruits and vegetables and for teens who prefer fries to a salad but did you know that specific vitamins are important for adults who’s nutritional needs change as they mature?

The Rise of Cooking at Home

Talk to anyone and you know that cooking at home has become commonplace again! Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic there has been a tremendous surge in home cooked meals. People are staying closer to home and choosing to take up the culinary arts. This trend will likely continue

The Three Brothers, by Marie-Louis Gay

The Three Brothers

From world-renowned author and illustrator Marie-Louise Gay, a story about three brothers who set off in search of wild animals in a changing climate.  This gentle adventure story about the effects of climate change ends on a hopeful note.  Finn and his younger brothers, Leo and Ooley, love reading stories

Chef Shai Spooky Zombie Finger Cookies

Make your own Spooky Zombie Finger Cookies!

To help get your kids into the kitchen, check out these FUN cookies!! Since Halloween is just around the corner, we have a ghoulishly delicious recipe for the whole family: Spooky Zombie Finger Cookies! About Chef Shai: Inspired by her passion for food and education, chef and teacher Shai Mandel

Scouts Canada Guide to Raising Resilient Children

Raising Resilient Children During the Pandemic and Beyond

Scouts Canada and Leading Expert Dr. Hanley-Dafoe have Developed a Parents’ Guide for Fostering Resilient Children Youth can Scout for free all fall; sign up at Scouts.ca Resilience is essential for coping with risk factors, challenges, uncertainty, and stress, as well as for building positive mental health, emotional wellbeing, social relationships,

The Name I Call Myself

The Name I Call Myself

Meet Ari, a young person who doesn’t like to be called by their birth name Edward: “When I think of the name Edward, I imagine old kings who snore a lot.” Throughout this beautiful and engaging picture book, we watch Ari grow up before our very eyes as they navigate

Sweet Green Smoothie

Sweet Greens Smoothie

Get some goodness into your child’s diet with a green smoothie. This simple smoothie recipe is packed with nutrition, and tastes like a sweet treat so kids love it, plus the ingredients are easy to find year round – fresh or frozen.

Calm Kids with Breath Like a Bear

30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime, Anywhere An essential part of your back-to-school kit for 2020.  Help your child learn valuable calming techniques to use in the classroom. Teaching kids how to deal with new and often overwhelming emotions is something parents often struggle with.

Purple Power Smoothie

Purple Power Smoothie

Kids will love this thick, refreshing treat! The perfect healthy ‘snack’ or quickie breakfast, packed with goodness from blueberries, peaches and bananas.

Pickey eaters Tips for Parents

Feeding Picky Eaters

When my kids were toddlers, I did at times dread dinnertime. I would prepare a variety of meals composed of what I felt to be healthy, appealing foods. As toddlers most of those meals ended up everywhere but in their tummies, walls, floor, evenly distributed all over the high-chair.

Healthy Eating easy Tips

7 Simple Ways to Start Eating Healthier

Learning healthy eating habits is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your family. Understanding that healthy food matters and healthy choices do taste good is vital to maintaining a healthy lifestyle for our children as they get grow.

Kids Chores guide by age

Home Responsibilites by Age – Kids Chores and Allowance

Why do I keep harping on giving children jobs? Because believe it or not, children need to feel USEFUL. In fact, all people have to feel as though they are being helpful and making a contribution. When a person participates and does a job or gives of their time and talents it creates a sense of affiliation and belonging that is the sticky glue that pulls a group together.

life saving skills for parents

3 Life-Saving Skills You Need to Know

Learning simple skills that could save a loved one’s life in an emergency is essential knowledge you’ll never regret acquiring. Here are three skills every parent, young adult and older adult should have:

Keeping Kids Hydrated during a heatwave

Keep Kids Hydrated and Safe During a Heatwave

Are you Keeping Your Kids Cool? Young children are more susceptible to dehydration and becoming ill in hot weather than healthy adults. Children’s bodies don’t tend to cool down as efficiently which leaves them more at risk than during a summer heatwave.

Farmers Markets & Pick Your Own

Guide to local farms in York Region and Durham. Find country markets selling fresh fruit and vegetables, sweet corn, organic produce, pick your own strawberries, berries, apples and family fun farms, petting zoos and hayrides!

Baby Signing

My Own Baby Signing Story

Like many parents who sign with their baby, my initial motivation for teaching my son American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary was to give him a

best outdoor kids toys

Top 10 Toys to Get the Kids Outside

Spring has sprung. I am sure of it this time. The grass is turning green, the patio furniture is calling and I am wearing flip flops! Time to get the kids outside, and keep them out there, as long as possible!

Vitamins women need as they age

Growing Older & Healthier – Vitamins You Need As You Age

We know vitamins are good for growing children who don’t always eat a full range of fruits and vegetables and for teens who prefer fries to a salad but did you know that specific vitamins are important for adults who’s nutritional needs change as they mature?

The Rise of Cooking at Home

Talk to anyone and you know that cooking at home has become commonplace again! Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic there has been a

The Three Brothers, by Marie-Louis Gay

The Three Brothers

From world-renowned author and illustrator Marie-Louise Gay, a story about three brothers who set off in search of wild animals in a changing climate.  This

The Name I Call Myself

The Name I Call Myself

Meet Ari, a young person who doesn’t like to be called by their birth name Edward: “When I think of the name Edward, I imagine

Sweet Green Smoothie

Sweet Greens Smoothie

Get some goodness into your child’s diet with a green smoothie. This simple smoothie recipe is packed with nutrition, and tastes like a sweet treat so kids love it, plus the ingredients are easy to find year round – fresh or frozen.

Calm Kids with Breath Like a Bear

30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime, Anywhere An essential part of your back-to-school kit for 2020.  Help your child learn

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