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Rebecca Cuneo Keenan

Playground Confidential blogger and freelance writer

Rebecca Cuneo Keenan is a freelance writer living in Toronto with a husband and three kids. She also blogs at Playground Confidential. Follow her on Twitter: @rebeccakeenan

5 Easy Ways to Keep From Running Over Children With Your Car

I live in the city of Toronto with three young children. I am a driver and I am a pedestrian. But I am a pedestrian first. Unfortunately, many of the drivers in this city do not share my love of pedestrianism. They do not, in fact, seem to care about the safety and well-being of my children at all. So I put together a few simple rules to help them avoid running over kids with their cars.
06/23/2014 12:44 EDT
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Have Access To a Measles Vaccine? Get It Now

We wait until newborns are two months old before giving them their first shots. Some people have underlying medical conditions that prevent them from getting vaccinated. And in rare instances a vaccination just might not be effective in any given individual. So those of us who can vaccinate our children really should.
04/06/2014 11:23 EDT
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I Want to Stop Smothering My Kids, But I Don't Know How

I've been reading about helicopter versus free range parenting for years now. They don't get the time or space to explore their neighbourhoods by themselves and learn independence in the process. If there was ever a question about which side I'd take, helicopter or free-range, I'd already long decided to be free-range. But it's not that easy.
03/27/2014 12:19 EDT
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Health Food With a Side of Pretension Makes Me Sick

I am lucky to have enough time and resources to not completely give up on nutrition. I do what I can. But the bar for healthy eating is set so high that ordinary, working people cannot realistically reach it, you're doing everybody a disservice. When things like the Canada Food Guide are vilified for including too many refined grains and not enough vegetables, for not going far enough, then those people who only ever get a fraction of the recommended veggie intake tend to give up altogether. Most people want to be healthy. They want to eat well. They also want to know the little bit that they can do counts. Guys, it's just food. And we are damned lucky to have enough of it.
11/25/2013 05:39 EST

Should Toronto Have A Casino? No Way

A mega-casino will be built in downtown Toronto if we don't stop it. City council will be voting on this in the next six weeks. This is really happening and it's happening now. You don't have to be opposed to legalized gambling or casinos in general to not want one in our city. Here's why it's a bad idea.
03/26/2013 08:17 EDT

Do Working Parents Deserve First Dibs On Shifts?

A Canadian federal court upheld a human rights tribunal's finding that employers have an obligation to try to accommodate employee needs as they pertain to childcare. That means if your boss can reasonably let you work the day shift so you can drop your kid at daycare, then she has to. This isn't about every parent trumping every non-parent. It is designed to protect those who would otherwise be forced to leave their job. Having children may be a choice, but taking care of them is not. Juggling work and childcare is hard enough for working parents on a typical schedule.
02/11/2013 05:37 EST