Category: Parenting

Independent biking

And then I read THIS!

I had another blog post planned for today, and then read this article, and nearly blew my top!  When is the fear mongering going to stop? Police and Child Services sent to a home in which the mother DARED allow her children to play outside. Insanity.

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Surviving Road Trips WITHOUT the kids being glued to a screen

We road trip it A LOT. With family in southern Alberta, northern Alberta and Victoria, my kids are quickly becoming long car ride experts. Whether you are driving for 2 or 20 hours, a little pre-planning can go a LONG way to making that drive pleasant…and without watching Frozen on repeat ten times.

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3 Steps to a Painless Back to School Routine

Back to School means back to routine…and back to rushing, running, nagging, cajoling. But maybe it doesn’t have to be. This year, with both kids in school full days, we are working really hard to make the transition easier. 1. Get the kids involved. Talk about what they need to do before and after school, […]

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Childcare is not a parent issue, it is a community issue.

“Approximately 46 per cent of kindergarten-aged children in Alberta are developing appropriately in all five areas of development.”, as outlined by the results from the Early Childhood Mapping Project of Alberta.  Only 46%?  That means more than half of our children are NOT developing appropriately! Until last week, I, as a Champion for Children, had […]

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And the Band Marches on….

Today was the final ballet performance for my daughter. She has been taking ballet for the past 3 years, and tonight was the end. Next year she has decided she would like to try her hand at figure skating instead. And while I know, logically, that she can easily go back to dancing if (and […]

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Ladies, Start your Engines!

I found myself in a very unusual situation today. One that revealed to me how sometimes, we create our own vulnerability (want to read more about this? Check out this amazing blog post about women’s vulnerability and what men can do about it). This situation involved me, two friends, and a flat tire.

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Spelling Counts!!

My son is in grade 2, French Immersion, and his spelling is horrid!! And I seem to be the only one who cares. He is an avid reader, and can sound out pretty much any word he comes across in either French or English, but this does NOT translate into his writing. But that is […]

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Feeding Tiny Tummies

We regularly run workshops for our dayhome owners, but our next one is open to parents as well! Have you ever had a hard time figuring out what to feed your kids? Encountered picky eating? Unsure if those fruit snacks are actually healthy?    Come to our workshop in May to get the answers to […]

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Why The Oil Industry MUST be Involved in Designing New Curriculum

I was having lunch with a friend recently who asked me, as a teacher, what I think about the fact that companies such as Syncrude and Suncor, are being consulted when redesigning the Alberta Education Curriculum. “I think it’s brilliant” was my reply. The incredulous look on her face prompted me to explain.

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When did “nice” become a 4 letter word?

Be nice. Play nicely. If you don’t have anything NICE to say, don’t say anything. These are things I say to my children, both in my home and in my classroom. But more and more, I am seeing a trend away from nice. Then there are the sayings of “THATS nice…..”  “Nicely done…..”   These […]

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