Tag Archives: children

New to Canada? How to embrace winter!

When my parents told me we were moving to Canada, I remember being so excited to see snow for the first time. I couldn’t wait to make a snowman like the ones I had seen in the movies. You can … Continue reading

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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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Why I hire a teen to babysit my kids

Have you ever hired a babysitter to watch your kids? I have a few times and it’s been great. I am lucky to have family nearby who babysit my kids, but we find ourselves saving these asks for when we’ve … Continue reading

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Helping your child feel good: building self-esteem not just confidence

The other night I was watching Grown Ups 2 and while laughing at the parenting scene in the video below, I also started thinking about self-confidence and how I have been building this character strength in my children. I am … Continue reading

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