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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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In the beginning of Angus’s grade one year, we received a call from his teacher. One of his classmates had thrown a handful of gravel at him at recess; Angus was fine but his classmate had been sent home and would return the following day with an apology. The girl threw the gravel because she asked Angus to play with her and he refused.
At that school, there was a rule: anyone who asked to play had to be invited...
posted: May 2, 2019 | views: 7 | comments: 0
Nature, family time and fresh air. Sounds pretty good, right? Hiking is a fantastic spring activity for the whole family. It is beneficial for physical and mental health, while also creating life-long memories and connections to the natural world. With spring comes warmer weather, wildflowers and deciduous leaves emerging. What an excellent time to get outdoors. Here are some tips to make the most of your family hike...
posted: May 2, 2019 | views: 22 | comments: 0
Imagine a teacher who inspires continuous wonder and curiosity. A teacher who challenges you to the edge of your physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual knowing, always present and always patient.
Imagine a teacher who welcomes your insatiable curiosity and who gives you the space and time to make sense of the world around you.
Imagine a teacher who instills all of these preschool skills all whi...
posted: May 2, 2019 | views: 29 | comments: 0
In the process of choosing a theme for the May Book Nook, I considered reviewing books that showcase the delightful relationships kids have with their mothers since Mother’s Day is on May 12. But then I thought to myself, my kids probably aren’t going to remember Mother’s Day exists unless I point it out with neon lights. So May really isn’t about me. And if your kids are anything like mine, it’s not about ...
posted: May 2, 2019 | views: 26 | comments: 0
One afternoon during March Break, my son and I drove across town, parked along a side street and knocked on a stranger’s door. We were greeted by a man I’d met over the Internet. “Leave your shoes on,” he insisted, as though we might need to leave in a hurry.
Across his dining room table were strewn a variety of guns: three automatic rifles, a pair of high-powered pistols, magazines of various sizes. “Do...
posted: May 2, 2019 | views: 43 | comments: 0
If you are looking for a way to get more vegetarian protein choices into your diet, then why not try lentils? They are very versatile and easy to add to most any dish.
Reasons to love lentils:
• They are super healthy for you. High in fiber, iron and other vitamins and minerals.
• Lentils are lower in starch and have more protein than beans.
• Dried lentils don’t need soaking, so they are a really e...
posted: May 2, 2019 | views: 40 | comments: 0
“Mama! My bug friend!” My three-year-old son points gleefully at the insect slowly crawling across the window screen. It is, in fact, a leptoglossus occidentalis (Western conifer seed bug). We started noticing them on the windows and vinyl siding last summer and his curiosity prompted me to look it up (nope, not poisonous). We’ve started doing this whenever we see something in nature that we can’t identify, n...
posted: May 2, 2019 | views: 44 | comments: 0
We’re all guilty of white lies, so how do you talk to your children about lying?
By nature, small children are inherently honest—they tell it like it is which is why they are so endearing. Ask a young child a question requiring an honest answer, and you’re apt to receive a brutally honest answer.
What happens along the way then that causes children to resort to lying? Well, they have to reach a certain le...
posted: May 2, 2019 | views: 28 | comments: 0
The news of the college admission scandal in the United States left me feeling heartbroken for the thousands of children who don’t have a wealthy parent to buy them golden futures. These are the children whose parents work two or three jobs to be able to buy school supplies and put food on the table. These kids work hard to achieve their academic success. They put in hours and hours in order to achieve good grades....
posted: May 2, 2019 | views: 147 | comments: 0
Support for new parents is crucial to the well-being of both the new baby and the new parents. To that end, KidCareCanada helps bridge the theory and practice of nurturing with a wealth of free online resources for new parents. This month, in the first of a three-part series, Estelle Paget, KidCare’s Executive Director and Founder, offers practical ways we can help ease the transition into new parenthood. For more ...
posted: May 2, 2019 | views: 31 | comments: 0
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