Author Archives: Andrea Scott RN

About Andrea Scott RN

I’m a public health nurse with the HaltonParents team – you'll find me on Facebook, Twitter and on this blog, writing about all things parenting. I’ve been working for the Halton Region Health Department since 2006 and my focus has been on supporting parents with babies and little kids. I have two little ones myself, “Pumpkin” and “Monkey” who give me plenty to write about! :)

It is possible! Tips for traveling with kids who have special needs

With the school break coming up fast, many families are preparing to travel. When you have a child with special needs, or even a child who struggles with transitions, you know there’s more to consider than just packing clothes for … Continue reading

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In an emergency, would your child know how to call 911?

A few years ago, we got rid of our landline phone. The only people calling us were telemarketers – even the baby boomer grandparents had moved on to texting us! Our kids were babies at the time and to be … Continue reading

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We went on a family vacation… Without any screens

2017 was an insane year for our family of four, so my husband and I decided to start the New Year off by taking the kids for a local getaway. I’m talking a small hotel room with a kitchenette for … Continue reading

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Help! My baby won’t nap

I’ve had two babies. One that. Would. Not. Nap, and the other LOVED naps! Want to know what I did differently? Nothing. So let me start by saying – no, I don’t believe it’s anything you have done or did … Continue reading

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How to increase your kids’ intake of fruits and vegetables with minimal effort

It was one of those busy days when breakfast was cold cereal and dinner was soup with grilled cheese. My daughter had refused the soup, and her lunch bag showed her container of fruit and veggies were untouched. Unless you … Continue reading

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How to help your child cope with vaccinations

It was time for booster shots (cue doomsday music). My daughter was 5 years old and right at that age where many kids tend to have a well-established fear of needles. I remember learning in nursing school that kids of … Continue reading

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“That was easy!” Reporting your child’s immunizations

My daughter got her booster shots recently, and it’s been on my mind, I’ve got to report these to the health department. Somewhere in the middle of laundry, groceries, working and, oh right, taking care of my kids, I need … Continue reading

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