Author Archives: Maureen Harris, RN

About Maureen Harris, RN

I have been working as a Public Health Nurse for many years. I enjoy working with families and supporting them along their parenting journey. I’m passionate about promoting a healthy active lifestyle for families. When not working, you can often find me hiking the beautiful trails in Halton Hills with my family.

Why we need to stop forcing our children to hug

It’s the holiday season and that means lots of visits with friends and family. This can also lead to an awkward situation: relatives (ahem, grandparents!) and others who expect automatic hugs and kisses from children — even when some kids … Continue reading

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Why you need to stop rushing your preschooler

Do you feel like you’re always in a hurry, rushing your kids around? Have you ever stopped and wondered how this affects your child? I was recently walking through a park, when I noticed a grandmother with her young granddaughter. … Continue reading

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Books and beyond: Raising readers

Do you remember your first library card?  I do.  I was so excited to have my very own piece of ID – something I didn’t have to share with my brothers or sister. I used it religiously.  That card opened … Continue reading

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Potty training: Is my child ready to start?

There’s nothing that strikes fear and anxiety in a parent quite like the words “potty training”. This stage of development often conjures up a range of emotions. Whether you refer to it as potty training, toilet training, or toilet learning … Continue reading

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Countdown to calm: How to ease transitions for toddlers

As a parent, you’ve likely received a lot of child-rearing advice – most of it unsolicited. While I usually take tips from strangers with a grain of salt, there’s one nugget I think of as the best piece of parenting advice I have … Continue reading

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Accidental poisoning – A parent’s worst nightmare

“It only took a split second.”  These were the words of a friend who shared with me a story that still haunts her today. Her 18-month-old daughter had accidentally taken her husband’s heart medication. Even though the pills were properly … Continue reading

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Are you contributing to mealtime mania?

I recently delivered a presentation to a group of parents with young children on ‘mealtime mania’–the name says it all. Parents were worried that their toddlers were not eating enough, were refusing to try new foods, or were a picky eater. … Continue reading

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