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Canada’s Family Information Guide

Summer / Back To School 2016

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BACK-TO-SCHOOL Back-ToSchool GEAR

Featuring the very collest back to school gear!

OLD NAVY

Fall fashions for your kids

CUPON CODE

SimplyStraws has a great discount for all our readers.

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TRANSITION TO SCHOOL A great article on how to help your kids transition from summer to school.

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CONTENTS C a n a d a ’ s Fa m i l y I n f o r m a t i o n G u i d e S U M M E R / B A C K T O S C H O O L 2 0 16

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2016 - list of what we think are the super super cool and the most fun items for your Littles.

CONTENTS

Back-To-School GEAR

CONTRIBUTORS

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EDITOR’S NOTE

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OLD NAVY Back to School fashions!

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ARTICLE “Transitioning to School.”

Our resident child psychologist gives some great pointers to parents and their children!

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CUPON CODE SimpyStraws.com

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INFANT & NURSERY

Some of the coolest nursery and infant gear for 2016.

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ECO-ALERT

TreeSmart stationary is our top pick for this year’s green back to school crowd!

COVER IMAGE CREDIT OldNavy/GAP Kids www.oldnavy.gap.com Used with Permission, all rights reserved

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HEATHER’S EATS FOOD REVIEW

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TERMS & CONDITIONS/ DISCLAIMER BIRTH OF A MOTHER ©™ is an independent publication. BIRTH OF A MOTHER ©™ chooses to represent all angles of many topics and by no means should any article/topic be taken as the sole beliefs of the magazine and it’s affiliates. We try to promote a healthy, pro-breast feeding, prolow intervention birthing, ‘back-to-nature’, and Ecolifestyle, however At BIRTH OF A MOTHER ©™ we wish to prompt mothers, parents and grandparents to do what they feel - as intelligent human beings - is best for their families THEREFORE we will not publicly adopt any specific company/businesses/doctors/midwives stance on breast-feeding vs. formula feeding. We will always strive to take a neutral stance so as to give our writers, contributors and advertisers the opportunity to present their standpoints in an intellectual manner and allow the reader to decide which methods best for them. We have to be - above all - a forum for freedom of speech given as we are a publicly distributed media source. None of the affiliates, advertisers, contributors or BIRTH OF A MOTHER ©™ Magazine itself are associated with any particular belief system, so are not responsible or liable for one another’s opinions and topics & recommendations. BIRTH OF A MOTHER ©™ receives unsolicited letters, materials, articles and promotional items from time to time. We may choose to reproduce, store, archive or publish these items in whole or in part without remuneration or compensation of any sort. Non-remuneration does not pertain to staff writers, contributors or freelance workers. BIRTH OF A MOTHER ©™ cannot take responsibility for the loss of any photos, articles, or materials during the submission process. BIRTH OF A MOTHER ©™ is copy written registered trademark of SubAtomic Snowball Media Inc.©™. All articles and story submissions become the property of SubAtomic Snowball Media Inc.™ and it’s affiliated companies. We must also emphasize that the BIRTH OF A MOTHER ©™ magazine is an educational magazine intended for informational purposes only and by no means should it be used as a substitute for the advice or guidance of a qualified midwife, licensed practitioner or health care provider. The opinions expressed in these pages are not always those of BIRTH OF A MOTHER ©™ and its affiliates, and future articles may contradict past articles. We choose to show all angles of an issue and allow for personal choice. Please see www.birthofamother.com/terms&conditions for more details. 6 Bir th of a Mother

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Birth Of A Mother P.O. Box 881 Didsbury, AB T0M0W0 Email: info@birthofamother.com Fax: 1-403-518-4505 EDITOR: Tracy Loeppky DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION: digital publications online

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PUBLISHING: Subatomic Snowball Media Inc. WEB: LepKey Client Services with the help of Catch This! Design ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: Byron Loeppky ARTICLE PROOFING: Andrea Wheaton & Barb Driessen STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER: Heather Palmer Photography (formerly Heather Ward Photography) SALES/AD INQUIRIES: sales@birthofamother.com We proudly offer free advertising for all non-profit organizations, please contact the Sales Team for more information. OUR MISSION STATEMENT Birth Of A Mother is a natural lifestyle promoting family magazine geared at educating new and expectant families as they navigate pregnancy, birth, parenthood and beyond. Our mantra is to be all encompassing in a no-nonsense format, bringing education and information to all parents in all walks of life!! www.birthofamother.com ‘COVER ANGEL’©: The ‘COVER ANGEL’© program is designed to feature children and parents who are not professional models, but might wish to give it a try. We at BIRTH OF A MOTHER ©™ will not hold the rights to your photos, you will receive a PDF copy of the cover, and a hi resolution copy of the image chosen. Heather Palmer Photography ©™ reserves the right to use images taken in her personal and professional portfolio, to use as she sees fit. If you would like more information on BIRTH OF A MOTHER ©™ COVER ANGEL’© Program, contact editor@birthofamother.com.


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ithout our Contributors, Birth of a Mother would not be the exciting and informative magazine that it is. A special thanks ...

HEATHER PALMER {HEATHER Palmer Photography} Heather Palmer is a Canadian based photographer with International experience in both commercial and family photography. However her passion lies in capturing life’s moments with the families she photographs. Some of her favorite subjects are her own family members including her wonderful husband and children. Heather considers herself a lucky woman. She is able to use her talents and follow her dreams but still be at home to watch her children grow up. Birth of a Mother is very fortunate to have such a talented and creative photographer on our team!

MELANIE OLORENSHAW {BRILLENT BEGINNiNGS} Melanie OLORENSHAW, M.Sc is the founder of Brilliant Beginnings Educational Centre in Calgary. Melanie has her Masters in Applied Psychology with a major in Human Development & Learning. She has a true passion for early childhood development and has worked with parents and children in the health and education field.  Melanie’s desire is to see parents as “experts” in their child’s development and to realize their important role as their child’s first teacher! Melanie continues to study, write, and lecture on early childhood development and the relationship between environment and brain development. 

Special thanks to all our sponsors, featured companies and helpful hands: • • • • • •

Simply Straws Lorena Canals Old Navy/GAP Bentology Polli Sippy Cups Boxapetit

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Kleynimals OlliWorld Dock-A-Tot TreeSmart

If you have an interesting topic, product or idea - or would like to become a regular contributor to Birth of a Mother. Please send an email to Tracy Loeppky editor@birthofamother.com Birt h o f a Mo t her

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EDITOR’S NOTE

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ack to school ... say it with me, now. And breathe ..... I know, it’s a biter sweet term which either instills great joy or immense forboding in many-a-mom. Hopefully, the different methods in which we can obtain all the various articles of clothing, tools, and kits has made it easier and less stressful to get ready for that looming day. You can use the conventional way and shop locally, or online! You may even pre-order back to school packs from different retailers - so they magically appear on your doorstep before you can say “abracadabra!”. This edition is filled with summertime love, as well as what we think are the very best, newest and coolest of the eco-friendly, budget wise “stuffs” for your kiddos. Happy Back-To-School!

If yo u to o wo uld like to write o ur Editor, Tra cy, with yo u r th o u ghts (a nd n o, we d on’ t wa nt o nly th e e m ail h e r! e d itor@ bir th ofa m oth e r.com

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Transitioning to School By Melanie Olorenshaw www.brilliantbeginnings.ca You have been waiting for this step of your child’s development for a long time. Your child’s first experience going to school! You stood in line for hours to get into your local preschool and thought they would be more than excited to go and play with their peers. Instead you are experiencing something quite different! Your child cries every time you leave them and states they want to go home. You’re not so sure what to do as it doesn’t seem to be getting better as the weeks go on. Despite feeling alone, it is extremely normal to see children react to separation or a new environment. This is especially common in the preschool years and is a sign of a healthy attachment. In many cases, it stops within 3-4 minutes after the parent leaves. However sometimes this can persist for weeks or even months.

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Although most children will experience some type of separation anxiety there are a couple factors that can influence how your little one will react to a new situation. Temperament. Some children are more irritable and clingy as infants, have more trouble establishing regular schedules, and have difficulty with transitions. Children with this type of temperament may struggle with separating and going to school more than other children with easy temperaments. If your child has demonstrated some of these characteristics, transitioning to preschool may likely take more effort and time. Normal Development. Typically children will experience more vulnerable times for separation such as eight months, twelve months, and anywhere between 18 months to three years. Separation anxiety generally emerges around nine months of age and peaks around 12-24 months. The child’s crying and clinging can express two different messages. First, the child may cry when the parent leaves because they fear that the parent will be gone forever. The second situation is when the child cries when the parent returns as all their emotions they have been experiencing come to the surface. Separation anxiety generally decreases between 2 and 3 years of age and the degree of separation difficulty may vary from day to day. Separation Anxiety and Preschool For children with normal separation anxiety, there are steps you can take to make the process easier. It is important that toddlers are exposed to a variety of different environments and caregivers. A way to help prevent separation anxiety is to start occasionally using a babysitter during infancy. This helps the child tolerate short periods away from the parent and encourages him or her to build trust in other adults. As they become toddlers you can also start inviting peers over to play with. Even though they are not playing cooperatively, they are getting used to having others around and will be well used to socializing by time they reach preschool. Parented programs are another way to get used to the structure of classes without having to separate from you. This will help them transition easier into an un-parented program when the time comes. Tips on Transitioning to Preschool Home First: It is important to start at home where your child feels safe and they aren’t trying to deal with a new environment plus being separated from you. Start by developing predictable rituals around the house where they can trust

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familiarity and predictability. This will help them understand there is a sequence of events when you leave them somewhere. Caregiver Time: Over time you can try leaving them with a caregiver after mealtimes or naps to ensure they are well rested and full. At this time you can develop a good bye ritual such as doing a special handshake/hug or waving your hand out the window. This can then be used later on when they transition to school. Meet the Teacher: When it comes time to go to school it is important to help your child become familiar with the school before actually leaving them there. Take your child by the classroom and introduce them to his/her teacher before classes have started. Talk about the teacher by name and remind them of the fun things you observed in the classroom. Arrange Playdates: The more familiar the faces are in the classroom, the more comfortable your child will be. On the first day of school partner your child up with their playmates before leaving the room. Purchase special supplies: Let them help pick a special lunchbox or backpack with their favourite character on it. Let them pack a family photo or a special item/ toy in their backpack to help remind them of home. This gives them a sense of familiarity and may ease their emotional reaction. Be Consistent: Do not give in or be inconsistent with your responses. Let the child know that he or she will be all right and that you will be back to come get them. If you are showing signs of stress, your child will sense it and become more stressed as you are leaving. Bravery Time: Remind your child of previous brave things he or she has done. Use “emotion” words so they understand how to label what they are experiencing. Talk

Factors That May Contribute to Separation Anxiety: • • • • • •

Tiredness Minor or major illness Changes in the household routine Parents own separation anxiety. Family changes such as birth of a sibling, divorce, death, or illness. Change in caregiver or routine at day care center.

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about how a fictional character might handle going to school so they can have an example of what it looks like. Do not bribe your child to not show their distress. If you plan a special activity after you pick the child up, let it be unconditional and not based on whether they cry or not. Parting Ways: Be compassionate by simply stating that you understand why they are upset, validate their emotions, but then state its important they stay and you will return later. When leaving, give a quick kiss and hug and cheerfully say goodbye. Don’t prolong your departure or come back several times. Try to also not sneak out of the room as this will increase their anxiety over time. Focus on the positive: Don’t let them dwell on fears or imagination of what might happen. Even if you feel that a strict teacher or a bully might be part of the problem, keep your child going to school while these problems are being handled. School fun: Tell your child what they can expect at preschool. It is important to talk about the fun things that will be taking place in the classroom. Remind them that it is a place for children and not adults. You can read books about going to school or pretend to play school at your home. If they know what to expect, they will do much better with the situation.

“For children with normal separation anxiety, there are steps you can take to make the process easier.” may confuse him more.

Emotional Reactions: Try not to be upset if your child cries. Of course it is upsetting to see your child crying, but remember they sense your anxiety! Don’t make a fuss or reprimand your child for clinging or crying. Instead firmly encourage and reassure him that you will be there to pick them up after class is finished. If you hold, embrace, or baby him while telling him to go inside the classroom it

Some children take longer than others to adjust to school. Remember to be patient and not force them to adjust quicker than they are developmentally ready for. If you are particularly concerned, speak to your child’s teacher and see if there is anything further that can be done. As your child develops a sense of trust and security, they will appreciate the many benefits of going to school!

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GREAT GEAR

Bentology’s Creative Portion Control Lunch Solutions Make Lunchtime Fun! www.bentology.com Bentology’s insulated lunch bags are offered in seven different prints and styles including a colorful kitty, blue and green camouflage, solid night and more! Each insulated bag is equipped with multiple convenient compartments as well as a water bottle holder on the side for additional storage. The insulated lining is easy to clean and the netted compartment is perfect to store utensils, napkins or even a cool pack. Bentology also offers insulated sleeves in the Kitty and Camo prints as well as the solid night color. Each sleeve is equipped with a secure buckle which can be attached to a backpack or bag for easy storage.

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GREAT GEAR

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GREAT GEAR

Simply Straws - Reusable glass straws www.SimplyStraws.com #PledgeAgainstPlasticStraws Some Benefits of Using Simply Straws They’re reusable, durable (lifetime guarantee - if you break ‘em, we replace ‘em), biodegradable, and handmade in California with equal portions of logic and love. The materials are BPA-free and the colors are non-toxic. Our commitments: • Our products are reusable, sustainable, durable, biodegradable and handmade with intention in California. • Colored Glass are non-toxic • Materials are bpa free • Sleeves are made from fair-trade, organic hemp, flax, and cotton • Web hosting and printing are powered by eco energy, • Printing with non-toxic dyes and fsc certified 100% post consumer recycled paper • All packaging is compostable. • Simply Straws is proud to be a Clean Energy business and EPA Green Power Partner. • All electric energy is offset by Arcadia Power, a local wind and solar clean energy provider. Our effort in helping to reduce America’s dependence on dirty fossil fuels.

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GREAT GEAR

Introducing Poli Sippy Cup The Easy-To-Clean, No Loose Parts Playful Sippy Cups http://usapoli.com

NEW Lunch Box Book Box Appite Black+Blum www.boxappetit.com Read all about it! A fun and functional lunch box in the style of a modern book. With a luxurious space for food and drink space to work with, it’s ideal for packing, partitioning and portioning your daily lunches. Designed for older children and adults with a playful personality.

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GREAT GEAR Kleynimals Check out Kleynimals at www.kleynimals.com. Follow Kleynimals on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Meet PIPPI, SCOUT & OTTO. These sweet Arctic friends are the newest members of the Kleynimals’ family joining the original trio of Safari friends. The 3-piece baby flatware set includes 1 feeder spoon, 1 baby spoon, and 1 baby fork. Like Kleynimals toy keys, the flatware is proudly made in the USA of 100% food grade stainless steel. Kleynimals flatware is packaged in the brand’s signature muslin bag. With a commitment to the enviorment and made in the USA, Kleynmamals are a great addition to a lunch box.

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BABY GEAR

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Lorena Canals www.lorenacanals.us

Washable Rugs Yes - we said WASHABLE. How many times does a child spill, poo, barf, get dirty and in turn, get all that stuff on the carpet? Ehem - Always. Then we moms et the dubious task of attempting to steam clean that stuff out! No more. Toss a Lorena Canals fluffy, soft, incredibaly luxurious washable rug down and you’ll never have to replace another rug. This product gets a G O LD STAR from Birth of a Mother! “North American parents are thrilled that they now have a safe, comfortable and machine washable spot for their little ones to rest, play and even snack (!) on. Our stylish children’s rugs are handmade entirely of 100% cotton, non-toxic dyes, and free of VOCs. All Lorena Canals kids and baby rugs are machine washable and responsibly made in India under fair labor practices. A portion of proceeds from our rugs goes to building schools in Northern India, where our rugs are made.”

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BABY GEAR

Ollie Swaddle www.theollieworld.com When we created The Ollie Swaddle, we put a lot of love into the design. If you’ve read the story behind The Ollie, you already know that.

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With hundreds of other swaddle and swaddling blanket options available to you, we know it can be overwhelming to decide what’s right for your little one. We hope that this information helps you make the best decision for you and your little one. So, what sets The Ollie Swaddle apart from all of those other swaddling options? Therapeutic Benefits: • • • •

Eases the transition from the womb Decreases irritability while promoting self-soothing Encourages calming to increase bonding Enhances quality of sleep to improve rest and cycle regulation Decreases the risk of hip dysplasia Birt h o f a Mo t her

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The DockATot baby lounger gives parents a safe, snug spot for little ones to comfortably

relax, play, and get in tummy time and sleep with a unique shape and design. Moms and dads love DockATot’s portability, it can go anywhere at anytime so baby can get the rest he or she needs while on vacation or on-the-go. For a baby to be perfectly comfortable and safe, we need to think not just about their global climate, but about their microclimate as well. DockATot is hypo allergenic made with the most nurturing and hygienic fabrics that also have excellent air-permeability. DockAtot provides the ideal microclimate that mimics the womb. It’s 100% breathable and even safety tested in the UK for air permeability. www.dockatot.com

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ECO-ALERT

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T R ALE 98092 Student Study Set - (Bottom Right) School TOOLS  and supplies, including pencil case, 4 pencils, mini color pencil set, 2 mechanical pencils, and a 6” newspaper/plastic ruler.   The pencil case and mechanical pencils are made from reprocessed plastic, US currency, and other recycled materials.  This is a perfect incentive to teach the benefits of recycling to students of all ages. 80007 Artist’s Color Pencil Set - (Top Right) The special artist in the family will enjoy the quality of these pencils.  Made with Recycled Newspapers.  COLOR  Pencil Set - Artist size 7” COLOR  Pencils. 12 PC  set Artist size Color Pencils in convenient Tube PACKAGE  for easy carr y. Great for keeping the pencils all together for those spontaneous projects. Made with recycled rolled up newspapers.  Bright colors, long lasting, and durable. 80035 Mini Color Pencil Set - (Bottom Left) A perfect gift for all the young students in the classroom and at home.  A great travel item. 12 recycled newspaper COLORED  pencils – Golf size! Start the creative juices early with mini colors for big pictures.  It’s a perfect fit for little hands.  Or a perfect ACCESSORY  for the TRAVEL  kit on those long journeys in the CAR . This 12 PC  Mini (golf-size) color pencil  set comes in a convenient storage Tube Case for THE POCKET  or purse.

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C O V ER program©

The ‘COVER ANGEL’© program is designed to feature children and parents who are not professional models, but might wish to give it a try. We at BIRTH OF A MOTHER ©™ will hold the rights to your photos, however, you will receive a PDF copy of the cover, and a hi resolution copy of the image chosen.

All covers designed with a Cover Angel are done by Heather Palmer Photography ©™, who reserves the right to use images taken in her personal and professional portfolio, to use as she sees fit. If you would like more information on BIRTH OF A MOTHER ©™ COVER ANGEL’© Program, contact Editor@birthofamother.com. 34 Bir th of a Mother

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