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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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Arbutus Grove Children’s Centre (formerly Goosey Gander Kindergarten) has a long history of providing outstanding early learning programs to the Greater Victoria community. Our centre is a bright and engaging purpose-built preschool with a large, natural playground surrounded by urban forest. We offer half and full day programs for 3 and 4 year olds and an after school program for kindergarten/grade 1 s...
posted: Aug 1, 2019 | views: 61 | comments: 0
A grandma and her four-year-old granddaughter are strolling along a trail when the girls bends to pick something up. She squeals and holds out her find. She has found her first painted rock. It’s an amazing work of art, labeled to indicate that it’s part of the Sooke to Sidney Rock Hunt on Facebook (SSRH FB).
As part of SSRH FB, participants paint, label, and seal rocks and then hide them wherever they choose....
posted: Jul 31, 2019 | views: 11 | comments: 0
There’s something about unicorns, mermaids and fairies that captures our collective imagination. I was at a party recently, and there was a lady there who was painting the children’s faces. Soon there were unicorns galloping around everywhere you looked.
So it’s no real surprise that they turn up all the time in our stories. But what do we really know about unicorns? Children’s authors Cale Atkinson and Be...
posted: Jul 31, 2019 | views: 72 | comments: 0
Summer time, and the living is easy!
It’s summer, the favorite season of ice cream vendors and pool salespeople. It’s a time for BBQs, wearing flip flops and sitting on patios. It’s also a time of easy, or at least easier living, for a lot of our local wildlife. Gone are the days of winter hardship and of spring scrounging for suitable locations to have babies! It’s summertime and now is the time of thrivi...
posted: Jul 31, 2019 | views: 61 | comments: 0
Looking for some outdoor fun with your grandchildren? With warm weather and longer daylight, summer is an excellent time to get outside with the family and enjoy nature. Spending time with your grandchildren in natural areas enhances the whole family’s connection to nature and improves physical and mental health while creating lifelong memories. From beaches to forests, and swimming to hiking, there are many wonder...
posted: Jul 31, 2019 | views: 100 | comments: 0
A little story
I’ll always remember the first time I tried dark chocolate. Until that day, I always thought that the only chocolate worth eating was Milk chocolate and that Dark chocolate was only a pale imitation that grown-ups were force-fed for health reasons.
This all changed during a summer vacation at my grandmother’s house in my native French Alps. On a sunny afternoon my grandmother, forgetting that...
posted: Jul 31, 2019 | views: 51 | comments: 0
Another grandchild birthday approaching. I deliberate, flip-flop, buy the gift, experience buyer’s remorse, wrap tenderly, write the card (sealed with a lick ’cause a kiss won’t stick!), close eyes while paying the exorbitant parcel postage, pocket the tracking information for future reference and wait with baited breath for an acknowledgement.
“Say ta,” I can still hear my own grandmother ad...
posted: Jul 31, 2019 | views: 37 | comments: 0
How can praise possibly be a bad thing? I asked myself this question as I began my research into the nature of praise. As a teacher and a mother, I am constantly aware of the power of my words and their impact upon young minds and self-esteem. I do believe that praise needs to be earned (kids can tell when it is unwarranted). And I am quick to provide positive feedback when a child puts forth great effort or has a cr...
posted: Jul 31, 2019 | views: 40 | comments: 0
Lettuce, cucumber, lemons, peaches, pork, fried egg, and bread—this may resemble a picnic ingredients shopping list, but they are in fact local marine species. The Salish Sea is rich with biodiversity and sea lettuce, sea cucumber, sea lemon, sea peach, sea pork, fried-egg jelly, and bread crumb sponge are all out there waiting to be spotted.
As residents of this island paradise we are spoiled for choice of loca...
posted: Jul 31, 2019 | views: 29 | comments: 0
I’ve never really thought about my role as a grandfather. It’s been a sort of organic growth in approach and attitude without a whole lot of planning.
So, the other day when my now precocious granddaughter came upstairs and asked if she could sing a song for me, I didn’t give it much thought.
I could hear my daughter calling up the stairs telling Randi that Grampa had better things to do and to stop being...
posted: Jul 31, 2019 | views: 19 | comments: 0
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