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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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Think about your child’s teachers. Somewhere in their decision to become a teacher, there was likely a part of them that wanted to make a difference. Perhaps it was a love of learning or for children. But did they have any idea of how much mental energy teaching would require?
For teachers, just as for parents, embracing what we have control over and what lies beyond our control is an important part of self-care...
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A few months back, Angus’s dentist found a cavity in his tooth. Not just a cavity, but a rather significant hole. Where there’s one there are probably others, he said, though Angus wouldn’t allow hands or mirrors in his mouth any longer, so there was no way for him to tell for sure. Most kids with autism have sensory issues, and Angus has always been sensitive to things in his mouth. Our dentist wrote us a refe...
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There is something so captivating about seeing a large bird soaring overhead. Lately I’ve found myself craning my neck to follow the graceful swooping of one or many large birds, stopping in my tracks to just watch the majesty of their flight.
Whether it’s during a hike up Christmas Hill, a stroll in my Royal Oak neighborhood or a drive up the Malahat (as a passenger of course; I don’t stick my head out the ...
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As the summer sun wanes and the next school year starts, Vancouver Island parents will have plenty to prepare. In addition to replenishing school supplies and updating their children’s wardrobes, parents also need to know about immunization reporting that will be required for school-aged kids.
Starting in September 2019, parents and guardians will be expected to provide public health units with immunization reco...
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I write this with a six-day-old baby squirming on my lap. He doesn’t seem incredibly stoked to be sharing the real estate space with my laptop, so we’ll see how it goes.
(Live-feed update: 10 minutes just passed after me typing that first sentence, but now he has his soother and is sucking away peacefully.)
Yes, since my last column, little Russell was born into this world, making a frantic race to the fin...
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On a recent family vacation to the Okanagan, my husband (who clearly felt our marriage was on solid-footing) squirted me repeatedly in the face from his bumper boat. As I laughed hysterically, I had an epiphany: I need more play in my life.
As parents, we cultivate incredible lives for our children. We put time and effort into making sure they have activities and experiences that make them happy.
Personally, I ...
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Summer has come to an end, which means many kids are starting school again. Some for the very first time.
It can be an exciting or a nerve-wracking time, an opportunity to see old friends and make new ones, a chance to learn new skills and discover new passions, and it can be fun or it can be drudgery.
To help you and your children start out on the right foot this year, I’ve found some books that highlight th...
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With the start of a new school year, many parents are trying to help their kids get back into a routine, which includes packing a nutritious lunch. Involving your kids in planning and packing their own lunches for school can help improve their food skills, encourages them to try new foods, and may help decrease the chances that their lunch comes home uneaten.
According to the new Canada’s Food Guide, healthy eat...
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Bean dips and spreads are perfect for school lunches and after school snacks. Here is why you should consider adding them to your diet:
• Kids love dipping. Give them a variety of different vegetables and crackers to dip.
• Dips are SO easy to make. Depending on the recipe, it can take less than 5 minutes to mix or blend all the ingredients.
• You can make a large batch of a dip in advance and freeze i...
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We all want our kids to experience success, which can take many different forms. Along with nurturing and support from home, the time they spend in school is integral to cultivating the mindset and skills that will set kids up for adulthood and carry them through their lives.
I worked in public education for over a decade, both as a classroom teacher and a teacher-librarian. Several years into my career, I became ...
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