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Different Kinds of Attention

Different Kinds of Attention

Negative attention can take many forms, but one of them is allowing your child to take you away from something that is important to you. While positive engagement is crucial to our children’s development, passive or negative engagement achieves the opposite. Children who seek constant attention are not content, as their sense of worthiness relies on it. When a child succeeds in getting a parent to respond to his or...
posted: Nov 29, 2019  |  views: 326  |  comments: 1
Getting Help for Anxiety

Getting Help for Anxiety

My son Angus was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder last winter during his psychoeducational assessment. It wasn’t a surprise. Angus has always been an anxious kid, with a long list of fears and worries. They shape our daily life: the predictability of our routines, our avoidance of overwhelm, time spent helping him reframe his fears, breathing techniques and bedtime mindfulness meditation. I was an a...
posted: Nov 29, 2019  |  views: 370  |  comments: 0
The \'Dead\' of Winter

The 'Dead' of Winter

The cold weather has arrived along with the need to grab an extra sweater in the morning, frost glistening on spider webs, and of course, crunchy leaves decorating the ground. As a young child I never thought too hard about where the leaves end up after playtime was over. My family would rake them up, package them into a large bag then bring them to the compost center. But what about all of the leaves that were no...
posted: Nov 29, 2019  |  views: 308  |  comments: 0
Navigating the Holidays

Navigating the Holidays

People often ask, “How important is it to maintain some kind of routine over the holiday season?” Eating well, getting enough sleep and keeping active is always important but it becomes even more so during the holidays. Holiday parties, children’s activities and shopping make the holidays a busy time. It is easy to become tired, stressed out and run down. Maintaining a routine can help to prevent burnout and ke...
posted: Nov 29, 2019  |  views: 315  |  comments: 0
Just the Way We Are

Just the Way We Are

My oldest son started kindergarten this year. Leading up to his first day there was some excitement and some nerves on both of our parts. He was excited to learn and worried about how he would do, being away from me for so long. I was excited for him to go and have fun, but I was worried about whether or not he would be accepted. I think my son is great. He’s lovely, considerate, funny, and fun to be around. But...
posted: Nov 29, 2019  |  views: 196  |  comments: 0
Training Wheels

Training Wheels

My kid is cautious. Sure she’s adept at charging across the room and tackling me flat onto the couch, leaping onto my back without warning, or hanging on to my leg for a free ride, years of practice has built her confidence with this sort of recklessness. She’s also a miniature mountain goat, climbing onto rocks, playgrounds, and my car with ease. She’s like a cat that way. I think she enjoys the perspect...
posted: Nov 29, 2019  |  views: 118  |  comments: 0
Leveraging Holiday Time

Leveraging Holiday Time

The holidays are here. I love this time of year. The tinsel, glitter, gingerbread latté, indulgence and family time. It’s a happy and joyful holiday with a strong general sense of community and harmony. I love watching the season unfold through my children’s eyes and being able to experience family traditions and memory making with them. On the other hand, the holidays are also an incredibly busy time. My cal...
posted: Nov 29, 2019  |  views: 139  |  comments: 0
Simplyfying December

Simplyfying December

Over the past few years, December has become so full of holiday fun that it’s actually hard to find time to feel joyful. December is meant to be a time of family connection, seasonal traditions and homemade touches. Instead it has become a bucket-list of events and activities. Between all of the Christmas concerts (a total of 5 in my musically-inclined family), the parades (at least 2, though there’s more on offe...
posted: Nov 29, 2019  |  views: 143  |  comments: 0
Sidney Sparkles

Sidney Sparkles

The Tour of Lights Contest runs until December 23. Tour Downtown Sidney and vote for your favourite holiday window display. Grab a cup of hot chocolate and take in the holiday magic. Cast your vote at SidneyBIA.ca. Horse & Carriage Tours until December 22 from noon to 4pm, Saturdays and Sundays. Enjoy a traditional carriage ride for $40 through downtown Sidney. Up to 6 people per carriage, reservations are recomme...
posted: Nov 29, 2019  |  views: 126  |  comments: 0
Carol with the Carillon

Carol with the Carillon

Ring in the season with your family by gathering in front of Royal BC Musuem under the Netherlands Centennial Carillon—also known as the bell tower—on December 1 from 4:30-5:15pm for a special musical event. “Carol-Along with the Carillon,” features choirs and members of the community singing holiday classics, with live accompaniment, followed by hot chocolate and cookies. The Netherlands Centennial Carill...
posted: Nov 29, 2019  |  views: 135  |  comments: 0




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