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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

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.

Santa Wish List Tactics for Parents

The Santa List – Managing Expectations

It’s that time of year where kiddo’s wish lists seem to grow and grow and grow. What are your kids expecting from Santa, parents, grandparents and other relatives? What can we do to manage these lists so that they are reasonable and affordable? How can gift giving fit with family

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.

The importance of family rituals

The Key that Opens the Door to Extraordinary Families

The importance of creating family rituals We’ve started a new game in our home. Each night at the dinner table we each take turns asking another family member a question about himself. “So, Rick, how are you feeling about your interview on Monday?”  “Mom, what do you want for Christmas?”

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:

Child Public Speaking

How Strong Communication Skills Help Children Succeed

Being able to communicate effectively is one of the most important life skills a child can learn. When your child learns how to communicate well, both orally and in writing, it helps them express their thoughts and feelings more clearly. Excellent communication skills will help your child in school, not

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

Activity Books for your next road trip

The Best Activity Books for Kids: Road Trip & Pandemic Lifesavers

When my kids were quite young I found a really great book on clearance called the Amazing Activity Handbook. It has four sections: Indoor games, Things to make and do, Outdoor Games and Fun on the Move. The suggestions are simple but there are games and activities that will bring

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!

Why Your Child Should Go to Summer Camp

Why go to summer camp?

Summer camp! The defining Canadian growing-up experience. So much fun, but more than that … so much learned.

At first glance, camp is a place for kids to learn to swim, sing or speak Spanish. But look closer.

5+ Inspiring Books for Teens

5+ Inspiring Books for Teens & Tweens

Being a teen comes with it’s own unique set of challenges, while the doors open to new freedoms, so too come new doubts, anxiety and even struggles with self-identity. Parenting Teens and Tweens can be an equal challenge and while parents may have the best intentions when giving out inspirational advice –

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,

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.

preparing for the first day of school

3 Ways to Prepare for the First Day of School

Starting school for the very first time. It’s an exciting, busy time. Sure, the summer’s slowed-down pace coupled with not having to pack school lunches makes July & August pure joy.

Healthy School Lunches

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

Baby Bump Toddler Show

Bump, Baby, and Toddler Expo Goes Virtual

Insightful at-home digital series featuring expert parenting advice! The challenges of parenting can undoubtedly feel overwhelming, and even more so in a pandemic. That’s why Bump, Baby and Toddler Expo #BBTE is bringing the experts to you on July 4 & 5, 2020.

Quick Toilet Training Tips

The Ultimate Improv Method to Toilet Training

The Ultimate Guide to successfully toilet training three preschoolers simultaneously (by making it all up as you go along), in 10 easy steps. If you are the parent of multiples or you have two or more preschoolers in your charge, you too can triumphantly toilet train by simply winging it!

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

Tips for Perfect Birthday Parties

Everyday is a great day to have a party

Everyday is a great day to have a party especially if you can have fun doing it! Parties should be enjoyable not only for your child and their guests but also for you. Planning a child’s birthday party can feel like one of the most stressful tasks in a parent’s life!

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.

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:

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!

Why Your Child Should Go to Summer Camp

Why go to summer camp?

Summer camp! The defining Canadian growing-up experience. So much fun, but more than that … so much learned.

At first glance, camp is a place for kids to learn to swim, sing or speak Spanish. But look closer.

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

preparing for the first day of school

3 Ways to Prepare for the First Day of School

Starting school for the very first time. It’s an exciting, busy time. Sure, the summer’s slowed-down pace coupled with not having to pack school lunches makes July & August pure joy.

Baby Bump Toddler Show

Bump, Baby, and Toddler Expo Goes Virtual

Insightful at-home digital series featuring expert parenting advice! The challenges of parenting can undoubtedly feel overwhelming, and even more so in a pandemic. That’s why Bump, Baby and Toddler Expo #BBTE is bringing the experts to you on July 4 & 5, 2020.

Quick Toilet Training Tips

The Ultimate Improv Method to Toilet Training

The Ultimate Guide to successfully toilet training three preschoolers simultaneously (by making it all up as you go along), in 10 easy steps. If you are the parent of multiples or you have two or more preschoolers in your charge, you too can triumphantly toilet train by simply winging it!

Tips for Perfect Birthday Parties

Everyday is a great day to have a party

Everyday is a great day to have a party especially if you can have fun doing it! Parties should be enjoyable not only for your child and their guests but also for you. Planning a child’s birthday party can feel like one of the most stressful tasks in a parent’s life!

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