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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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How to Encourage Your Child to Speak French

How to Encourage Your Child to Speak French

To say that trying to get my children to speak French is très difficile would be an understatement. Despite the bilingual and increasingly multi-cultural nature of Canada, chances are that in most of the country you will predominantly hear and use English. Many of us might speak other languages, or minority languages, at home or in our small communities, but trying to encourage our kids to use French, or Farsi for t...
posted: Jan 4, 2012  |  views: 6084  |  comments: 0
No Place for Children

No Place for Children

Kids, tolerance and community There’s no doubt: being judgmental is easy and sometimes fun. I’ll admit that, on occasion, I can be the Queen of the Uninformed-Yet-Instantaneous Opinion. If the mood strikes me, I need but one glance to ascertain whether you are smart, socially competent, making the right food choices, wearing the correct styles for your body shape, deserve to have your driver’s license revoke...
posted: Jan 4, 2011  |  views: 2523  |  comments: 0
Generosity of Spirit

Generosity of Spirit

“I am constantly blown away by the generous spirit of children!” That’s what Sarah said as she dropped into a chair at the café where we had met to have coffee and talk about the preschools where we are both early childhood educators (ECEs). Sarah described how a group of three- and four-year-old children were crowded into the train on the preschool playground. They all wanted to hold the one-and-only st...
posted: Nov 3, 2010  |  views: 2411  |  comments: 0
Separation Anxiety

Separation Anxiety

One of the biggest hurdles when trying to get young children involved in activities outside the home is helping them feel comfortable in an environment without their parents. Some children never experience separation anxiety, but for those who do, it is a difficult and emotional situation for both child and parent. Addressing separation anxiety is important because when children can operate independently, they learn ...
posted: Sep 29, 2010  |  views: 2378  |  comments: 0
Learning to Play

Learning to Play

I always wished I could play with my daughter. You know, really play. Sure, I squished together the occasional playdough hamburger as I sat beside her at Christmas, dressed a couple of Barbie dolls and shook them at each other, and gritted my teeth through some stimulating games of Go Fish, but I was never really playing. Play for me is when you lose yourself in your creation. It’s when you jump into your imagin...
posted: Jun 1, 2010  |  views: 2741  |  comments: 0
Working Among the Good & Bad

Working Among the Good & Bad

In my line of work I meet a lot of bad guys. They carry guns, swords, sabres and fantastical weapons full of levers with complicated capabilities. These bad guys go by many names and have powers to fly, transform and disappear and reappear at will. They are all very mean. I meet good guys as well. The good guys seem to have a comparable arsenal of weaponry and powers with the added skill of trap-making to catch th...
posted: Apr 28, 2010  |  views: 2474  |  comments: 0
Whatever Will Be, Will Be

Whatever Will Be, Will Be

I am a freak. Or, at the very least, some would say that I am a little bit disturbed. I am the proud mother of a happy, healthy four-year-old girl, and I have a terrible little secret: I can’t wait until she’s a teenager. My daughter Kimberly and I go on our weekly play dates with her friends around the Peninsula. On most days, an argument will erupt between two or more of the kids (“I want that toy!”…...
posted: Mar 3, 2010  |  views: 4718  |  comments: 0
Literacy at Home

Literacy at Home

Most parents know that they can play an important role in helping their children develop a love for reading. Experts tell us to read to and with our children from an early age, visit libraries often, and provide good modeling by reading. Indeed, these strategies promote literacy, and most teachers will attest to the fact that students who come from homes where reading is valued tend to read at higher levels and expre...
posted: Mar 3, 2010  |  views: 4158  |  comments: 0
Through the Eyes of a Child

Through the Eyes of a Child

Jeremy is running. His arms swoop up and down and his fingers are spread. He is making electronic-type noises and is systematically bashing into every other three-year-old on the playground. He leaves behind him a trail of children looking surprised and bewildered. Four-year-old Sally and Alexa bustle around the dramatic play area, setting out dishes, putting wooden food on plates and propping up dolls in highchai...
posted: Feb 2, 2010  |  views: 3716  |  comments: 0

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