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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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When a child feels upset and possibly angry with something you have done, reflective listening may not be enough. You want to attempt to understand the false, self-limiting beliefs that create the feelings. When you are listening reflectively and notice that your child remains defensive and upset, it might be time to ask some questions.
Children can have mistaken ideas about the world, especially about relationshi...
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Infants are at a much higher risk for serious health issues from diseases that can be prevented by vaccines. This is why it is important to immunize your child according to the schedule recommended by the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control. To provide your child with the best possible protection, immunizations are routinely offered at 2, 4, 6, 12 and 18 months of age. Immunizations can be stressful for both ...
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We are a month back into the school year and perhaps already used to early mornings and packing lunches. New kids and new teachers are getting used to my atypical, neurodiverse, different, unusual, quirky, non-verbal, highly sensitive, curious, funny (as in ha ha and strange) goof ball of a special kid.
According to the National Symposium on Neurodiversity, “neurological differences are to be recognized and resp...
posted: Oct 1, 2019 | views: 305 | comments: 1
Vancouver Island is home to an increasing number of families who are choosing to commute by bicycle. Many are concerned about climate change and want to reduce their carbon footprint. With European style cargo bikes becoming more readily available in Canada, people are taking advantage of our region’s bike-friendly climate to hop out of their cars and onto bikes—kids, pets, grocery bags, and all. In the quest to ...
posted: Oct 1, 2019 | views: 341 | comments: 0
October marks the beginning of the cozy season. The nights grow long. The sky takes on a constant shade of grey, and even the sunshine seems faint. It is the perfect time to embrace warm and comforting foods. Soup is quick, easy and warm. Exactly the right sort of food for a cool fall night. While there are endless options for healthy and delicious soups, here are 3 recipes that feature one of the stars of October: T...
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Baby teeth can erupt in early infancy; in fact, some babies are born with teeth!
The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) recommends that baby’s first dental exam be as soon as the first tooth erupts or by the first year of age, to ensure that the jaws are properly developed to support dentition.
Once your child is a toddler, it’s time for regular dental checkups. At this stage, parents should be t...
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The hectic school schedule is in full swing. The days are getting shorter, darker and cooler. There is a general sense of sadness for the loss of summer freedom: from parents and children alike.
When we move from one season to another, it often changes the way that we engage with one another. In the summer, it is easy to pack a picnic and head to the beach for dinner or to enjoy the extra hours of evening light pl...
posted: Oct 1, 2019 | views: 302 | comments: 0
Well, September has come and gone, which means you’re drowning in reams of paperwork associated with your kids’ school. At least a couple trees bit the dust for little Johnny’s class alone. It’s completely overwhelming: emergency contact info, (avoid listing people who live out of province and would have to hop on the next flight and grab the kids if you’ve got a rumbly tummy and can’t make it to after-sc...
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Reconciliation is a word that has been thrown around a lot lately, but it can be hard to explain it to our children. We can give them the dictionary definition about “the restoration of friendly relations,” or the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s version, which is “establishing and maintaining a mutually respectful relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in this country.” W...
posted: Oct 1, 2019 | views: 319 | comments: 0
“Mama! Mama! MAAAAMAAAAA!!!”
My three-year-old son summons me to the couch.
“Water!” He shakes his empty sippy cup at me, continuing to watch his show. It’s his much-coveted “TV-time” and I am in the midst of preparing dinner.
An image pops into my mind—my son in 30 years, lounging on a couch in a white undershirt, demanding another beer. Nope. I’m not going to enable that sort...
posted: Oct 1, 2019 | views: 263 | comments: 0
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