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Healthy Father\'s Day

Healthy Father's Day

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: 144  |  comments: 0
Summer Struggles

Summer Struggles

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: 199  |  comments: 0
Critter-catching Consequences

Critter-catching Consequences

I know that catching critters is fun, educational and helps us to connect to the natural world. Kids do it, parents do it, even educators do it! I used to be the first one off the trail, pointing out the tadpoles/snakes/lizards, wanting a closer look, but while working here at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, I have learned about the consequences of our meddling. It turns out that collecting native speci...
posted: May 28, 2019  |  views: 23  |  comments: 0
Tales of War & Hope

Tales of War & Hope

On June 6, 1944, the Allied troops landed on the coast of France and began to push across the country. By the end of August all of France was free, and the following year World War II ended. This month’s selections honour those who fought in the war and those who suffer from the effects of war. The first story is The Cat Who Lived with Anne Frank by David Lee Miller and Steven Jay Rubin and illustrated by Elizab...
posted: May 28, 2019  |  views: 22  |  comments: 0
Becoming a Problem Solver

Becoming a Problem Solver

The foundations for a child’s success at school, in their relationships, and in life are laid down in the early years of their life. At each stage, from infancy through to the teenage years, parents have an important role in encouraging children to acquire the skills they need to develop confidence and reach their potential. It is up to each individual parent to choose the values, skills and behaviours they want...
posted: May 28, 2019  |  views: 21  |  comments: 0
I\'m Embarrassing You?

I'm Embarrassing You?

You figure out, fairly soon after signing on for this gig called parenting, that your child IS going to embarrass you. It’s just a matter of when, and where, and how badly. As much as your child may well be your biggest source of pride, they will absolutely, without a doubt be your most significant source of humiliation. In fact, it’s part of their job. They start out sweet enough, all snuggles and cuteness. B...
posted: May 28, 2019  |  views: 25  |  comments: 0
Ah...the Baby Years

Ah...the Baby Years

By the time you read this, our family of four will be a family of five. Yes, there will be a new small screaming addition in our house, I’ll be back to writing this column at 4 a.m. while pacing in small circles around the Pratt abode with the kid strapped to me in some modern-day psycho-nervous-parenting contraption, and I’ll be buying lots of things that I legit don’t understand the purpose of while quietly c...
posted: May 28, 2019  |  views: 21  |  comments: 0
Pasta Under Pressure

Pasta Under Pressure

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: 33  |  comments: 0
Ode to the Earth

Ode to the Earth

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: 25  |  comments: 0
Canaries

Canaries

I don’t remember the last time I was so upset I had no control of my emotions. One of the benefits of being an adult is that we can generally keep things bottled up until the time and place is appropriate for a meltdown. I don’t throw myself down in the grocery store aisle and start kicking my feet at everyone who comes near me when I’m having a bad day. Angus, however, is a different case. Last year, at Ang...
posted: May 28, 2019  |  views: 15  |  comments: 0




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