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Remember the good old days as a kid when snack time was the best part of your day? Well, there's no reason why you still can't indulge in this favourite pastime. No one can resist a delicious snack, so you'll have no trouble rounding up some friends to join you.
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Parents, in particular, often feel hardest-hit by the daylight saving time-shift -- when there are more hours of daylight and fewer hours of dusk and dark -- and children simply refuse to stick with their bedtime routine. Here are five tips that can save your family from daylight-saving-time disaster.
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The key to a fun March Break at home with the kids is having activities planned out to keep them busy. With just a little planning and preparation you can avoid the lineups and crowds and have some fun right at home. Here are 5 fun-filled (and delicious) activities for you and your kids that will lure them away from their screens and make the break fun and memorable for everyone!
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"Feminism is for everyone."
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I always spoke English with my parents and I never had any sense that my communication with them was in any way inhibited. There was no pressure to learn German or Czech. If anything, my parents wanted me to learn French, which we studied at school without any great success.
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With positions of influence (and a massive media presence), these leaders are role models for youth. We got to thinking about what kids have learned about competition, both from this election and from an increasingly cutthroat social culture.
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I wasn't doing my kids any favours by handling everything, and I knew I had to let the kids take some of the responsibility. Even though they were only 6 and 7 then, I started to share everything I knew and everything I did in the name of safe eating for Celiacs and allergies, and as time passed, they started to take over for themselves.
1. They make their kids do chores.
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And: your kids grow up in the blink of an eye.
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As I sit here writing this post, coated in the slick, stench of black licorice fennel oil (for breast milk production), I can honestly say I'm more stressed now than before parenthood. And I know I'm not alone in this.
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That initial job can also serve as an ideal springboard to talk money management with your kids and help strengthen their financial knowledge.
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As a teacher, my dad has worked hard to instill in me a love of language and learning. Now, as a writer and editor with World Vision, I get to hear lots of stories of dads who, like mine did, are building a foundation for their children's futures. The reality is though, that my father has had more opportunities in life than the dads we meet with World Vision. And there's no better time to highlight those dads than on Father's Day.
As school winds down for the year, many kids will partake in day or overnight camps with their friends and siblings. Some will stay local, attending camp at their community centre; others will travel up north and stay at overnight camps in the woods. But wherever they are headed, if they have food allergies, their parents will probably worry.
You know what? I'm freaked out about it, too. This is such a big issue in the world and it's easy to freak out about it. Deeply caring about this and wanting to do something to help is the first step in making a difference. So, let me start off by saying you're already making a difference because you care.
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Simplifying is vital not only for our kid's health, but also for our own. Simplicity is a rare gift in modern life. It's an obvious message, and when we hear it, we can't help but shout YES. Slowing down feeds our souls and nurtures our families. No matter what parenting style we practice, this topic unites us.
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Parenting, like life, is about balance. Between independence and rules, work and play. With the authoritative dolphin style of parenting, greater self-confidence, critical thinking, good behaviour and academic performance are all achieved by encouraging collaborative communication that is both firm and flexible.
I think competition is good for us, and is critical to helping us find performances that we didn't know we had. Sometimes I feel we have become so sensitive about not leaving anybody feeling left out that we have all but obliterated competition in our schools, and to a large degree in our workplaces. Nobody gets recognized, and actually nobody feels special.
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The kids are growing up, and as they do so, drifting away. Their independence is greater than their need.
I think back to those days when I was smothered in children. When I knew every moment of their day. When our lives were so entwined it was difficult to see where one started and the other left off. When they were a part of me, and I was a part of them.
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Cooking is a survival skill. Children that know their way around a kitchen know how to fend for themselves. Skills such as working as a team, following directions, measuring and math and organization are all important aspects of cooking.
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Have some structures in place that help support order and routines and which ultimately teach children how to be self-reliant over time. Remember -- the goal of parenting is to work yourself out of a job, not raise a dependent who is a failure to launch, as the saying goes.
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"Tell them homework is for cowards. Don't bother with it."
Dylan's chronic condition comes from an abnormal response from his body's immune system. It causes excruciating pain, with frequent trips to the washroom creating great embarrassment. In practical terms, it has influenced every aspect of his life, leading him to quit hockey, miss field trips, and decline invites to social outings.
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Psychologists at Harvard have been hard at work studying the best things a parent can do to raise children to be ethical, kind and genuinely good people. Their findings? According to the researchers a...
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I am a firm believer that sometimes you have to purchase something that might not be ideal for "everyday" but it makes your life easier in irreplaceable ways. On that note, here are some guidelines to finding a great diaper bag for travel.
Are you going to try for that girl? That is usually one of the top three questions I get whenever someone hears that I have two young sons. Don't get me wrong, if one of my two boys had been a girl, I would have been over the moon happy, but am I any less sad that I have two boys? Are you kidding?
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With kids growing up surrounded by advertising, movies and TV, toys, books, and clothes that tell them that some things are for girls, and others are for boys, we're already fighting an uphill battle if our goal is to raise girls who know that they can solve tough, real world problems, and boys who are interested in collaboration, not just competition.
Which memories will our children remember forever and which are they going to forget? Are they going to remember the few times I got upset when they spilled their milk or all the times I told them not to worry about it? Are they going to remember all the times I attended their school events or the few times I couldn't be there?
A new study from Michigan State University shows people who think they can learn from their mistakes have a different brain reaction to errors than those who don't. Children who expect to make mistakes are much more willing to try new things and take on difficult tasks. As a result they're open to learning more both at school and in other environments.
In my life, I have enjoyed 15 Mother's Days. The first one got off to a bit of a rocky start, (let's just say there's a certain man in my life who will never live down forgetting to buy me a card from...
"My daughter is 11 years old.The boys and the girls at school call her names that shouldn't even exist. They tell her she's ugly, that her face is like a pancake smothered in poop. They have created a 'We hate Brittany' club. I tell myself all the time -- 'this has to stop. And it has to stop now. Today.' But it never does."
It's so hard to believe that 15 years ago, your father and I were introduced to someone who would change our lives in the most amazing way possible. Anyhow, what I'm doing here is putting together some things to keep in mind as you go through the next year -- and decade.
Kids are suffering unnecessarily. This is the first generation predicted to have shorter, more disease-laden life spans than their parents. While we may view our personal food choices as our right, our children deserve more respect. What will it take for us, the adults, to step up to the plate and demand better?