Health & Lifestyle

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!

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!

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.

Family Mealtime

Family Meal Time

I love the idea of family meal time and think its important to “break bread” together. But forcing children to stay at the table will not achieve that “happy family” time you aspire to create. Instead you’ll get whining moaning and other misbehaviors that sabotage your efforts.

Coronavirus Childrens Book free download

COVID-19 Illustrated Children’s Information Book

A free information book was released by Nosy Crow this month explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures

3 Tips For a Healthy Back to School Lunch Routine

It’s back to school time and, like January, back to school offers the perfect opportunity to start a new routine and create new healthy habits! My kids have been in school full time now for a few years and each school year the morning madness does get a bit easier, in part because I

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.

Kids School lunches

Checklist for Healthy Back to School Lunches

There seems to be two camps on school lunches– on the one side we have those that take great pride in creating amazing works of art that are beautiful to look at and also healthy to eat.

Dealing with Picky Eaters

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.

Naturally flavoured water

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.

Preparing Healthy Foods with your Family

Learning about food is a very important step in helping kids make healthy choices. Balanced, nutritious meals will enable them to feel fit, strong and ready to take on their daily activities – both at school and at play! It is ideal to teach your children about good eating habits from an early age…

Drowning Prevention

Drowning Prevention: Swimming Lessons Are Not Enough

A national survey from Safe Kids Canada shows 86% of Canadian parents believe swimming lessons are the best way to protect a child from drowning. However, this is not enough. Safe Kids Canada recommends parents use five ‘layers of protection’ to keep kids safe from drowning this summer, beyond swimming

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

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!

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!

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

Family Mealtime

Family Meal Time

I love the idea of family meal time and think its important to “break bread” together. But forcing children to stay at the table will not achieve that “happy family” time you aspire to create. Instead you’ll get whining moaning and other misbehaviors that sabotage your efforts.

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.

Kids School lunches

Checklist for Healthy Back to School Lunches

There seems to be two camps on school lunches– on the one side we have those that take great pride in creating amazing works of art that are beautiful to look at and also healthy to eat.

Dealing with Picky Eaters

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.

Naturally flavoured water

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.

Preparing Healthy Foods with your Family

Learning about food is a very important step in helping kids make healthy choices. Balanced, nutritious meals will enable them to feel fit, strong and ready to take on their daily activities – both at school and at play! It is ideal to teach your children about good eating habits from an early age…

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