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Summer\'s Playfulness in Fall

Summer's Playfulness in Fall

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: 15  |  comments: 0
Homeschool Is in Session

Homeschool Is in Session

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...
posted: Oct 1, 2019  |  views: 19  |  comments: 0
Letting Reconciliation Into Our Hearts

Letting Reconciliation Into Our Hearts

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: 47  |  comments: 0
Giving Thanks...Building a lifelong habit of gratitude

Giving Thanks...Building a lifelong habit of gratitude

“Mama! Mama! MAAAAMAAAAA!!!” My three-year-old son summons me to the couch. “Yes?” “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: 25  |  comments: 0
5 Tricks & Treats for Halloween

5 Tricks & Treats for Halloween

October is a fascinating time of year. Fall is here along with a flurry of seasonal traditions and a progressive build up of spooky delights. Leading up to Halloween, some choose to buy firecrackers and light up the night, others will hit the town or host parties, but for those with young kiddos at home, the 31st takes on a whole new form. A celebration of tiny monsters in the day, and for some, an early start to ...
posted: Oct 1, 2019  |  views: 34  |  comments: 0
Well-Regulated Revelry

Well-Regulated Revelry

Halloween is an exciting time, but it can also be dysregulating for round-peg children. Holidays in general are a challenge for kids who require consistency and routine, but Halloween—with the costumes and scary decorations and past-bedtime fun—is especially overwhelming for some children. This month, I asked parents of round-peg kids for ideas on how they ensure Halloween is successful for their children. 1....
posted: Oct 1, 2019  |  views: 31  |  comments: 0
Halloween Happenings

Halloween Happenings

Victoria & Area Bring the family to the Quadra Village Community Centre for their 6th annual Quivering Village Carnival and Corn Maze on Oct 25 from 6-8pm. You’ll find carnival games, a witch’s lair, fortune teller, photo booth and more. Admission is by donation. 901 Kings Rd. quadravillagecc.com. The 5th Annual Wicked Victoria is on Oct 27 from noon-5pm. Celebrate a fun, festive, free, family-friendly and pe...
posted: Oct 1, 2019  |  views: 34  |  comments: 0
Family Health & Wellness

Family Health & Wellness

Cowichan Valley Craniosacral offers free newborn ATLFF™ screenings to assess breastfeeding challenges. Suck, swallow and breathe physiology is carefully examined when checking seven lingual frenulum functions and five appearance items. It is also a tool that differentiates true-tongue tie from faux tongue-tie. The session is informative and provides parents with resources regarding strategies and if needed, a treat...
posted: Oct 1, 2019  |  views: 29  |  comments: 0
Teacher Care

Teacher Care

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...
posted: Aug 28, 2019  |  views: 232  |  comments: 0
Brush & Floss

Brush & Floss

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...
posted: Aug 28, 2019  |  views: 80  |  comments: 0




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