Entries by Kathy Buckworth from 11/2012

New Family Rule: Ditch Distractions at the Dinner Table

| Posted 11.04.2012 | Canada Living

Technology has invaded our dinner space with television, tablets, and of course the constant use of smartphones, with email and texting. Eliminate the distractions and start talking. Mom and dad need to be the role models for this behaviour, so put away the phone before you sit down at the table, and make it a family rule.

They Don't Call It a "Waiting Room" For Nothing

| Posted 11.14.2012 | Canada Living

At this time of the year, many parents are visiting their doctor's office with kids in tow, for everything from routine vaccinations to dealing with the sudden influx of colds and fevers. But just going to the doctor's office can make you sick...of thinking of ways to entertain them while you inevitably wait. Make sure you're prepared to keep the kids quiet and occupied.

Sometimes What Kids Don't Know Can't Hurt Them

| Posted 11.15.2012 | Canada Living

While I believe it is important to keep our kids somewhat up to date with current affairs, do they really need to know and digest every piece of bad information that hits the ever expanding radar? A local station used to announce, just prior to the news, "It's 10 o'clock. Do you know where your children are?" I say, better yet, "Do your children always need to know what you know?"

Seven Ways to Survive Baby's First Christmas

| Posted 11.23.2012 | Canada Living

Like most holiday seasons, many families are planning on multi-generational get-togethers, particularly if there is a "baby's first Christmas" to celebrate. But having a new baby around at Christmas can be as stressful as it is wonderful. Try to keep things nice, and not naughty by following this tips...

Four Ways to Balance Spending and Saving

| Posted 11.27.2012 | Canada Business

An overwhelming majority of Canadians say that they still manage to save for the future, while many acknowledge that they have had to cut back on both spending and saving since the economic downturn. While nine out of 10 Canadians have some form of savings, which is indeed good news, 72 per cent also carry some form of debt. But there are ways to help find a better balance between spending and saving.