As your daughter heads off to school with her pocket full of your first-day advice, remind her to be her sister's keeper, as well. With today's hyper-media connectivity, it is quite safe to say that if there are problems in a girl's life somebody knows something.
Thirty years ago, school supply lists were quite short, perhaps just two items: pencil crayons and a geometry set. But for a number of years now, the lists have become very long and often include two types of paper: photocopying and toilet. How did we get to this point?
No one knows what my family is, or how exactly we all relate to each other at first sight, but it's always been a question of where we come from, and implicitly, a question of what we're doing here at all. I have never met someone who shares my ethnic mix (outside of my brother) in my entire life. My grandma divorced her husband. My mom ran off and married a black dude. They've never said it to my face, but I've figured that a lot of the amazing and independent choices my parents made as women didn't totally click with a lot of what India was telling women to be back in the day.
Nutrient-rich foods not only fuel those busy bodies and brains, but they also help in the development of teeth and gums! And just as the rest of your body needs a variety of vitamins and minerals to grow healthy, your teeth and gums do, too, to avoid decay, gum disease, plaque, periodontal disease and cavities.
When Penny's mom said last week that Ms. Oleksiak is in fact "a very typical teenager," she reminded us of something important. Ms. Oleksiak is one of many young Canadians just waiting for their opportunity to shine. If we surround them with support, they will no doubt live up to the challenge just like Ms. Oleksiak did in Rio.
Every three months for the past two years, my family and I walk to the same precipice and look down. This is what it is like to wait for the results of an MRI when your child has a brain tumour. This past July was the second anniversary of my daughter Alina's diagnosis.
The breakdown is simple: 80 per cent of the time you focus on eating healthy and clean foods, and 20 per cent of the time you can look the other way and enjoy life's indulgences. I love food and have always felt when you deny cravings, you can set yourself up for a lifelong struggle with food.
Listen, I get that traveling with kids can be tough. I've done it with babies, toddlers, schoolboys and teens. I've been on a plane planning for a 5-hour trip to dreamland only to be startled awake by a baby's piercing wail. I've been the unhappy recipient of a child whose happiness is manifested through swinging feet that make constant contact with the back of my chair. I get it.
By the time I hit middle school, I was bringing home more As than a family-sized box of Alphabet cereal. I was clueless when it came to drugs. I made curfew like my life depended on it. I respected my elders. By society's standards, I was a well-behaved kid. So how come I've never heard my parents say, "Son, we're proud of you"?
Since becoming a parent, my eyes have been opened to a minority I was unaware of -- and it's the cutest little minority there is. Children are often treated as second class citizens, as somehow less than adults. This discrimination precipitates manipulation of children and fuels society's expectation of a parenting approach centered on adult's wants rather than children's needs.
This new federal funding was earmarked in Justin Trudeau's first budget last March. In a one-time "Strategic Investment Fund for Post-Secondary Institutions," it totals $2 billion nationally over the next two years.
Have we ourselves ever fallen victim to the allure that devices and screens provide? I lie if I fail to answer in the affirmative. Of course, our family battles the daily urge to reach for our screens, the lifeline connecting the isolated to the seemingly infinite. But every once in a while, there is something greater that entices.
Ed Gillis wanted to teach his sons about how glaciers are formed, so he took them to the top of New Zealand's Fox Glacier and let them fire questions at a pair of geologists. For eight-year-old Heron Gillis and his brother Sitka, six, the world is their classroom. World schooling can take experiential service learning to the next level.
He loves his little baby just as much as he loves his trains. I think people need to stop over reacting with the whole dolls are for girls and trucks are for boys thing. Just let your kid be who they are, play with what they want to play with. In the end, they will grow up to be the person who they were meant to be.
We are packing to take our 18-year-old son off to college at the end of this week. A small pile of 'Don't forget to pack!' items accumulating by the back door serves as a startling reminder that I have less than a week to tie up a few loose parenting ends.
Love it or hate it, the kids are heading back to school in less than a month, and while over 50 per cent of Canadians are looking forward to getting back to a routine, more than one-third cite expenses as the number one stressor when it comes to back-to-school shopping. Here's how to beat those budget blues.
Each June, a flood of children from all over the country arrive in our small town for the beginning of day camp near their grandparents. Their parents drop them off with instructions that come with codicils, quickly departing to allow us one-on-one time with the children.
Being British is an integral part of my identity. From Monty Python to EastEnders, baked beans on toast to a nice cup of tea solving all of life's woes, I am quintessentially English. And as much as I love Canadians, and moved here solely based on falling hard for one, in particular, I have no desire to become a Canadian.
So it was with some trepidation that I realized shortly after the birth of my son, that this precious little man of mine, was a Canadian. At least, until he started talking.
In public health, infant mortality is often viewed as a marker for a society's development, and Manitoba consistently falls to the bottom. Poverty, limited education, historical trauma and colonization, to name just a few factors -- can be linked to both Manitoba's high rates of infant mortality and kids in care -- and puts children at risk for other negative health and social outcomes.