Author Archives: Karen Hay, RN

About Karen Hay, RN

Parenting and supporting families to be as healthy as possible is my passion. I love opportunities to connect with Halton families on social media and look forward to chatting with you online. Halton Region is where my family lives and plays.

Happy September

I simply love September.  It’s my favourite month of the year.  There is just something about this month and season that wraps me in feelings of renewal and optimism.  September is more like New Years Eve to me, full of … Continue reading

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Separation anxiety: Is it possible to stop the tears?

Have you ever had to peel a screaming child out of your arms for a daycare or kindergarten drop off?  I can tell you from first-hand experience that it’s not fun.   The stress it creates for everyone is tremendous. My … Continue reading

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How puppy classes prepared me for parenting

I always joke (tongue-in-cheek) that “everything I needed to know about parenting I learned at puppy class”.  That might sound a bit funny to you.  And I in no way want to imply that the complexity of caring for and … Continue reading

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Are you tired of nagging? This simple strategy can help!

No parent wants to nag their children.  As a Type A personality mom running a busy household, I must confess to sometimes wearing the Queen of Nagging crown.  It was really no surprise that I frequently got sighs and eye … Continue reading

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What you need to know about Zika virus if you are or may become pregnant

This week, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care reported Canada’s first positive case of sexually transmitted Zika virus.  It is suspected that the individual – an Ontario resident – contracted the virus from a partner … Continue reading

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10 reflections on the first 20 years of being a parent

I suddenly find myself in this strange phase of life where I am an empty-nester.  It feels like I just blinked.  One day I was changing diapers and wiping noses and the next I was moving my children out to … Continue reading

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How to teach your child to problem-solve in 5 easy steps!

Problem-solving is an essential skill that helps children become more independent, get along with others, succeed in school and be more resilient.  And these are just a few of the benefits of being a good problem-solver! As adults we problem-solve … Continue reading

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