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Family Resource Guide 2014/15

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Take a look at this month's articles provided by Island Parent Magazine. Each month you'll find new articles with topics on parenting your children of any age. Written largely by local authors, these articles provide some great perspectives related to parenting, both on and off the island.


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Gardening with Kids Gardening with Kids
Now, believe me, I’m no gardening expert. Prior to last year, all I’d ever attempted to grow was basil in a pot from Thrifty’s. But suddenly, with a three-year-old in tow, and too many hours to fill, spending time ...
posted: Oct 2, 2014  |  views: 155  |  comments: 0
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Poking Around Parksville-Qualicum Poking Around Parksville-Qualicum
Butterfly World & Gardens. The Orchid Garden features over 800 exotic orchids, landscaped in a sanctuary of gardens, paths and a new water garden with waterfalls, streams and ponds. There’s a Big Bug Jungle, an indoor ...
posted: Oct 2, 2014  |  views: 118  |  comments: 0
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Power Pose for Super Power Power Pose for Super Power
I stood there like Wonder Woman with my feet spread apart and my hands on my hips. I stared straight ahead, with my shoulders rolled back and my most serious face on. I was imagining myself having just saved the planet f...
posted: Oct 2, 2014  |  views: 128  |  comments: 0
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The Gratitude Effect The Gratitude Effect
If more stuff equalled more happiness, our kids would belong to the most joyful generation in history. They certainly have more possessions than any previous generation. But no matter what the ads that bombard us daily m...
posted: Oct 2, 2014  |  views: 100  |  comments: 0
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Travelling with Kids Travelling with Kids
It is one of those moments when I am suddenly reminded that parenting has a lot in common with being the ring leader of a circus. We are on a bus packed with morning commuters, and my son is swinging himself around a pol...
posted: Aug 25, 2014  |  views: 209  |  comments: 0
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Power to the Princesses Power to the Princesses
My granddaughter is a princess, or at least she believes herself to be one. By the age of three she’d decided that the life of a princess was a perfect fit for her personal sensibilities, and that conviction has never ...
posted: Aug 25, 2014  |  views: 235  |  comments: 0
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Sticker Chart Chaos Sticker Chart Chaos
Like many parents, I decided to try to motivate my child to develop positive behaviours, using sticker charts. I started when he was three years old, and have kept them up, with varied consistency, for the last four year...
posted: Aug 25, 2014  |  views: 214  |  comments: 0
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The Family Cocoon The Family Cocoon
Every season has its charm, but autumn has always been my favourite. There’s something reassuring about the return of routines, about drawing back in after summer’s adventures. The shorter, cooler days of fall don’...
posted: Aug 25, 2014  |  views: 228  |  comments: 0
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Dear Gwyneth Dear Gwyneth
Dear Gwyneth, I had a few slip-ups on the road to perfect motherhood. Please understand, Gwynnie, that I meant well, really. But raising a baby turned out to be less about idealism and more about, um, anarchism tha...
posted: Jul 31, 2014  |  views: 250  |  comments: 0
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Cycling with Kids Cycling with Kids
There’s joy in flying down a hill with my heart still pumping from the climb. My children squealing with delight, begging me to go over the potholes so they can bump up and down. But the thrill of the rollercoaster rid...
posted: Jul 31, 2014  |  views: 273  |  comments: 0
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