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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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Making Sense of Social Media Making Sense of Social Media
I still remember the day nearly eight years ago when my dad said he wanted to get one of those new smart phones. I was a bit stunned, as I was still using my pay-as-you go flip-phone. He had held my husband’s iPhone an...
posted: Jun 29, 2015  |  views: 203  |  comments: 0
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A Letter to My Granddaughter A Letter to My Granddaughter
The other day, I taught my five-year-old granddaughter how to hang a teaspoon on her nose. We were in a restaurant, and I’d already used the crayons provided by the serving staff to draw her a picture of a unicorn and ...
posted: Jun 29, 2015  |  views: 207  |  comments: 0
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Being There for the Birth Being There for the Birth
When my daughter Shannon asked me to be present for the birth of her second child, my first thought was: Of course, I’d love to be there, what a treat to witness a new little being entering the world and to be a part o...
posted: Jun 29, 2015  |  views: 135  |  comments: 0
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Words to Live By Words to Live By
In the space of two years, I lost my mother to cancer and became a grandmother for the first time. I was present for my mother’s last breath and my grandson’s first, and both moments marked me in a profound way. M...
posted: Jun 29, 2015  |  views: 156  |  comments: 0
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7 Great Spray Parks 7 Great Spray Parks
On a beautiful summer day, slip on your swimsuit, slop on your sun screen, pack a picnic, and head to a spray park. Most spray parks on the Island opened on the May long weekend and will stay open until the end of Septem...
posted: Jun 17, 2015  |  views: 243  |  comments: 0
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Hands-Wet, Hands-On Learning Hands-Wet, Hands-On Learning
By way of geography and a familial connection, I had a marine science mentor at a very young age. A well-worn path from my grandmother’s Cordova Bay beachfront house led to my great uncle’s house next door. As a high...
posted: Jun 17, 2015  |  views: 144  |  comments: 0
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10-Kilometre Vacation Challenge 10-Kilometre Vacation Challenge
You don’t have to travel far for a great family vacation when your home base is on Vancouver Island. My own family will be testing this assertion for a few weeks this summer, temporarily restricting our travels to fall...
posted: Jun 17, 2015  |  views: 220  |  comments: 0
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Learning from the Muffin Man: Baking with kids Learning from the Muffin Man: Baking with kids
No matter the recipe, my children love to bake with me. Perhaps it is the thrill of those secret taste-testings while my back is turned or maybe it is the anticipation of licking the beaters at the end. Whatever the reas...
posted: May 28, 2015  |  views: 283  |  comments: 0
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Goody-Bag Guilt Goody-Bag Guilt
I took my daughter Julia to a birthday party for one of her preschool friends recently. It was like most of the other ones we have been to lately: a rented room in a recreation centre, a rented bouncy castle, 20 or more ...
posted: May 28, 2015  |  views: 275  |  comments: 0
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Going it Alone: An exercise in lowered expectations Going it Alone: An exercise in lowered expectations
“Get the blueberry…or the one that I can’t remember the name of, but whatever you do, DON’T get the bubble gum.” My 12-year-old son is giving me instructions over breakfast during the usual morning chaos. ...
posted: May 28, 2015  |  views: 396  |  comments: 0
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