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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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The command-and-control approach to parenting works until it doesn’t. There comes a point when most children—if they are healthy—rebel against this. Or, if they don’t rebel, they just learn to go underground so that they can get their needs met.
Many parents are shocked when their well-behaved child suddenly declares “You can’t tell me what to do!” Shocked and fearful, the parent might respond with a...
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Spring. A time for new growth and sunshine—albeit through breaks in the rain. Constellations that have been hidden for months reappear in the clear night sky.
Vancouver Island is beginning to bloom and I’m feeling grateful for the lengthening days ahead. For some, the longer days means more hours outside with family, but is this true for all of us?
During the winter holidays I was given the book The Lost Wo...
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Parents can start teaching their child to drink out of a regular cup as early as 6 months old. It takes practice and may be a little messy at first but this is an important skill for children to learn! Choosing the right cup will help infants and toddlers develop the correct way to talk and swallow, lower their risk of cavities, and help them gain independence. If you start early, children are able to drink from a re...
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When I was growing up, I was never good at practical jokes. April Fools’ Day was lost on me. But that doesn’t mean the fun is lost on you or your child. Your family may get a kick out of short-sheeting beds, taping silhouettes of bugs to the inside of lamps, or whatever sort of jokes people play on each other.
Regardless of how you feel about April Fools’ Day, you don’t need to limit your humour enjoyment ...
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I’ve been writing this column for around six years; in a way, it’s been an interesting opportunity for me to keep track of things as my kids grow up. I’ve sort of been creating the road map as the journey goes on through my musings here, and I see that I’m now entering that rocky, pothole-filled area that the municipal authorities don’t want to deal with: the pre-teen years.
Yeah, my girl is 10 and a hal...
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When my two sons were born, only 21 months apart, I was eager to embark on the journey of parenthood. Although I was young at the time, I felt confident about all that I was going to impart on those two virtually blank slates. Little did I know back then that all children are born with their own unique personalities and attempting to change those to fit my preconceived notions,well, let’s just say I wasted a lot of...
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Arts Calibre Academy Active Arts Camps. Join us for a summer of creative, active fun! Exciting camps will engage children in music, art, crafts, and lots of fun and games. New activities to explore every week; outdoor fun every day; field trips to local parks. Camps for age groups 3 to 5 and 6 to 9. Register online at ArtsCalibre.ca. For more information: summercamps@ArtsCalibre.ca. 250-382-3533.
Nestled on the pr...
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Remember back to the simple days when you had a whopping ONE T4 to file? Oh those days seem so long ago, don’t they?
Now life as a parent is anything but simple when it comes to taxes. Not only do we have receipts coming out our ears, but we also need to keep them out of sight for fear of inspiring a paper maché party.
Then you sit down after the bedtime routine is finished to sort, add, subtract, and transl...
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As a single, full-time working parent, I often feel caught up in a juggling act. The balls in the air represent my various identities—mother, friend, daughter, employee, community member—and each of them demands time, effort and attention. More often that not, a ball or two drops and I am left scrambling to get it back into the air. Then the act starts up all over again.
Life is busy and time is finite. As I w...
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“I feel so special.” I said to my husband. “I am so loved.”
I held up my very first “I hate you note” from our son. He is five and in kindergarten, so it was spelled “I H 8 U.”
My husband and I often think that we can either laugh or cry during these parenting moments and both often choose to laugh. Laughter, we’ve learned, can keep you sane amongst the chaos of parenting. I don’t take these...
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