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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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So you are a dad. These days there is a new definition of father surfacing. Words are starting to take on different meaning. For proof, just ask Siri. What is the definition of respect?
“A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements and to regard the feelings, wishes or rights of others.”
Go ahead and check.
For years parents confused respec...
posted: May 28, 2019 | views: 126 | comments: 0
Welcome to June, that in-between month. Outside it feels like summer much of the time, which makes the agony of desk-work even worse. The kids are restless; the countdown to summer holidays is on. With camps open for registration in early April, and some filled within minutes, many families have had at least part of July and August programmed for months.
Summer planning is another reminder for most of us with atyp...
posted: May 28, 2019 | views: 168 | comments: 0
I love pasta. Not only is it something my kids will always be happy to find on their plate, it is also a good, quick meal. No matter what I have in my cupboard, there's always something that can be served up with pasta for a delicious and healthy meal.
Here are three pasta dishes that can be made with whatever vegetables you have in your fridge and some basic pantry items. They are perfect for nights when you're s...
posted: May 28, 2019 | views: 13 | comments: 0
Every day is a good day to celebrate our connection to nature. Enjoy nature through hiking, beachcombing, or taking strolls in local parks. Bring nature into your garden with plants that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Plant a tree or a vegetable garden.
Inspire children to get excited about being outdoors by listening to these kids’ music albums about Mother Earth and the animals and creatures that live i...
posted: May 28, 2019 | views: 12 | comments: 0
My family and I have been hiking the extensive trails in and around the Southern Vancouver Island region for almost 10 years now. From the beautiful, groomed, paths at Thetis Lake Park, to the backcountry trails of Sooke’s Regional Hills, my husband, our two kids, and I have enjoyed many a good stomp in the local woods. In fact, hiking has become our go-to activity when planning meaningful family time. Fortunately,...
posted: May 28, 2019 | views: 147 | comments: 0
After a long, wet winter, most adults can’t wait to get outside to observe the blossoming of a new season. Kids, however, might have a tougher time coming out of hibernation. Video games, good books and screen time can be hard to get away from, but spring is a great time to start spending more quality time outdoors. It’s also a great time to learn and bond together as a family.
You can make almost any seasonal...
posted: May 28, 2019 | views: 63 | comments: 0
It’s the first time in my parenthood career where I have felt fully and completely stumped, although as of late, we seem to be making progress—it’s just taking a little longer.
For those who managed to pull off potty training relatively early, I applaud you and think it takes a special kind of parent to get it done, and likely your little one was just ready.
For the rest of us who feel ...
posted: May 28, 2019 | views: 897 | comments: 0
If you’ve turned on the TV, listened to the radio, chimed in on Facebook or followed any other media in the past few weeks, you’ll know that Canadians—the public, health professionals, educators, farmers, policy makers, industry advocates, journalists and news anchors—have something to say about Health Canada’s new Food Guide. From, “where’s the beef” to “no dairy?” and everything in between, ther...
posted: May 28, 2019 | views: 9 | comments: 0
I can say with certainty that mompreneurs have all experienced, at different times in our lives, the feeling of being overstretched, out of balance and moving on autopilot from one responsibility to the next. It can be overwhelming to feel that we may be living on the sidelines of our own lives without true joy and sometimes even wishing away time. Wishing for the next stage or the easier stage in life. Wishing for o...
posted: May 28, 2019 | views: 124 | comments: 0
The new Canada Food Guide builds on the 1980’s version by using a science-based approach for its recommendations, replacing the complex calculations of serving sizes with simple suggestions for healthy eating:
• Half of your diet should be made up of fruits and vegetables.
• Protein foods (vegetarian and meat) should make up a quarter of your diet.
• Whole grains make up the remaining quarter of your...
posted: May 28, 2019 | views: 9 | comments: 0
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