• Coping with Innocent Lies

    • May 26, 2015
    • Alyson Schafer
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    • Posted in: Family

    "My 4 1/2 year old has taken to lying. Generally I think the lying is to impress. The last lie I caught her in was telling me (and more importantly her teacher) that she’d read a WHOLE book the previous evening when she’d only read about 20 pages. She also frequently lies about having completed tasks as simple as flushing the toilet or cleaning her room. I usually cope with that one fine (I think) saying, ‘Now if I were to go check in the bathroom, would the toilet be clean or dirty?’ to which she usually scampers off and flushes it!" – June Purpose of the Behaviour June, you started with the idea that the lying serves a purpose (in this case, to impress). Bravo! I hope all the regular ...

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  • Why I haven’t had a date night in 12 years.

    • May 24, 2015
    • Julie Cole
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    I recently experienced something very new and different. For the first time in over 12 years, I had a night away from the kids with Daddy-o. Yes. The first time in over 12 years. His cousin was getting married in Taos, New Mexico. How could we resist? Now, I know what all you advocates of “date night” and “alone time” are saying – it’s important that we foster our relationship, that one day the kids will be gone and we won’t know each other, and so on and so forth. My perspective on the topic is a little different for a few reasons: I would venture a guess that most people who have six kids really like being around kids in general. Of course, all those two-kid parents love and ...

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  • Spring a leek

    • May 19, 2015
    • Theresa Albert
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    • Posted in: Food

    I am a big believer that kids need to know food comes from the earth, not the grocer. So here’s what you can do to find one of the first greens to pop up in the spring: wild leeks. Head north to forested areas where trees have dropped their leaves to a brown and thawed ground. For about 3-4 weeks after the frost has passed the only thing green will be clusters of dagger like leaves about 3 inches tall and solid green with a red and white stem.  Pull one or two to find a white bulb that smells distinctly like onion and you have hit pay dirt! Don’t over harvest, leave half of each cluster to proliferate next season. OK, so you don’t want to forage but you do want to find leeks at the grocery ...

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  • The Easiest Ways to Nourish Yourself

    • May 15, 2015
    • Guest Blogger
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    • Posted in: Family, Health

    I’m not sure when I mastered the art of juggling. I don't mean the kind where you juggle 3 balls. This kind of juggling I'm doing is a lot harder. It's the kind where you toss endless responsibilities into the air, (work, bills, kids, to name a few) and try to carefully catch each one as they descend. Not letting a single item hit the ground.  So many people I see in my practice are trying to keep it all together perfectly, losing themselves and their sense of how to be healthy in the process. So, I thought I would share some simple and effective ways that you can nourish yourself and promote a sense of calm while trying to manage the chaos that life brings. Healthy Food:  Stick to a real ...

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  • This is what love looks like.

    • May 13, 2015
    • Heather Dixon
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    • Posted in: Family

    I wake up and walk to my kitchen. The morning is quiet. The house is still. I move last night’s dirty pots out of the way to make coffee. I silently tell myself that I should have made time to do them. But then I remember that last night, my need for solace and a moment to myself was greater. And that’s okay. I hear my 3-year old stirring. She leans on the doorframe of the kitchen and watches me. Messy hair, pillow creases on her soft cheeks and furrowed brow. She wakes slowly. It takes her time. I smile at her and notice the toys on the floor by her feet. Discarded and forgotten after yesterday’s games. Left for someone else to pick up. And then I realize something very honest. Very true. This ...

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  • How to Write an Appreciation Letter to your Child

    • May 12, 2015
    • Alyson Schafer
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    • Posted in: Family

    I hope your spring is off to a good start. It seems the warm weather, the sound of birds chirping and the signs of new growth bring out the best in some of us. Being our best also means being appreciative for all that we have and the non-monetary gifts we have in our lives like freedom, peace, and the people that surround us. It got me thinking about this blog post I wrote a while ago and the impact gratitude can have. I would like to re-share it with you now and remind you that it isn’t necessary to wait for a special occasion – these lovely acts of kindness are appreciated all year long! “I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. This year, I decided that since my girls are used to sharing ...

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  • Great Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

    • May 8, 2015
    • Theresa Albert
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    • Posted in: Family

    Breakfast in bed!   Your mom doesn't need another mug, doodad or chachkie any more than you do. Mother’s Day is about simple, quiet pleasures. When my child was young and I was a stay at home mom, what I wanted most was a day off. I wanted to be served breakfast in bed delivered with a good book and hours of silence.  Now that my child is in university, my fervent wish is to do the same, with her by my side. My own mother likely wants the same but complies with the bbq and all the grandkids and their moody hubbub. I am a big fan of downsizing and simplifying, which is why I love edible/usable gifts that don’t take up any space. The three things a gift must do to be a good choice are: Show ...

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  • Spring Cleaning?

    • April 29, 2015
    • Guest Blogger
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    • Posted in: Family

    I love the idea of spring cleaning and getting organized, I really do. There’s something about a fresh start that I’m crazy about. I can’t decide whether I like January or September more for getting back on track with new routines, so I just consider both months “clean slate months”.  Spring is another perfect time to hop on the organization bandwagon! You see, there’s always a fresh start a few months away in case your best intentions didn’t work out! When I was growing up, my very organized Mom not only did a major cleaning each season but actually changed the décor depending on the season. We had sheer, light flowing curtains that were pulled out in the spring/summer and heavier ...

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  • 6 Safety Tips for Kids: Teaching Them about Stranger Danger.

    • April 28, 2015
    • Alyson Schafer
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    • Posted in: Family

    With spring just around the corner, chances are our kids will be asking for a little more freedom than they had last year.  If you are considering allowing them the opportunity to develop their independence by walking to their friend’s house a few streets over or taking a small unsupervised trip to the park, be sure to “Take Time For Training” before you send them on their way. When a missing child makes the news, every parent has the same thought flash through their mind: what if that was my child? Unbearable thoughts. This is a good reminder that we should all talk to our children about street safety rules. First, some facts for parents. Most all missing children in Canada are taken ...

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  • How to motivate an unmotivated kid.

    • April 26, 2015
    • Julie Cole
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    Big brother helping little sister with homework. I’ve always been fascinated by what makes some people super motivated, and others, not so much. I found this particularly interesting when I saw differences in motivation between my children. Why do I have two kids who are equally clever, yet one is disappointed with a certain mark or grade in school, while the other thinks it is more than acceptable? A few weeks ago I spent an evening holding a gun to one kid’s head forcing him to prepare for a math test taking place the next day. No gun to head, no study. Across the room was the other child busily typing on her laptop. When I asked what she was working on, the response was “I have a science ...

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