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June 2012, Issue 11, Volume 2



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CONTENTS 8 Contributors

June 2012 Issue #9 Volume 2

10 Editorials 11 Book Worms 12 Kidz Korner: Celebrating Dad 14 Top Ten: Homemade Gifts 16 Sew Simple: Bibmababy Basics 24 Living Green: BPA, Why You Should Care



28 Feature: Ready for an Emergency 32 Bellies & Babies: Labour 36 Cover Story: Patrick Gervais 41 Double Check 43 Nature’s Recipe: Ice Cream 46 Baby Food: Zuchinni Apple Puree

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Editors Word June 2012

We are pleased to welcome our new Creative Director, Rosalia Rivera of Newbie Media. As you flip through this issue, you will notice a new, fresh look at Home Grown -Parenting in the North. We welcome your feedback regarding our new look and direction. We hope you enjoy the warm weather that summer has to offer. June is our Father’s Day issue. We would like to wish all dads out there a Happy Father’s Day. Fathers have such a strong influence on the lives of their children, it is important to show them recognition for the great job they do. Check out the ideas from Kidz Korner and Top Ten to celebrate Father’s day with the special men in your life. Also, make sure you check out the interview with our very first cover dad, Pat Gervais; a husband, father and police officer. Kayleigh May.

Kayleigh May is the editor-in-cheif of Home Grown - Parenting in the North. She is the owner of All Things That Grow Photography. With two boys aged 3 and 20 months old, she is a very busy mother, wife and photographer. Kayleigh loves working with pregnant women and newborns.

Senior Editor Chantal Warren Creative Director Rosalia Rivera Writers Natalie Anise Sarah Blackwell Kayleigh May De Cecco Christina Demers Sahaja Freed Rachel Gervais Sara Kendall Julie-Anne Mauno Tessa Morrissette Pam Pilon Christine South Chantal Warren Photography + Art Pium Adaquila Michel Arnaud Kayleigh May De Cecco Mat Hayward Rosalia Rivera Media Sales Inquiries Newbie Media Inc. newbiemedia.ca

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Contributors Chantal Warren is an eco-entrepreneur who manages to balance life, love and business while ensuring she does what she can to reduce her family’s carbon footprint. The mother of two young boys, her desires to raise them to enjoy and respect their planet have lead her to open a natural parenting store in Timmins, Sweet Face Baby Boutique. Chantal is passionate about sharing the knowledge she has gained through her business venture as well as her own experiences raising her family.

Julie-Anne is a stay-at-home mom to six beautiful children in rural Northern Ontario. Her adventures include large family mothering, homeschooling and rural living. As an experienced childbirth educator and doula, she desires to encourage other mothers, especially through the childbearing years.

Pamela is a mom to one, born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario. Her passion for creativity led her to Ottawa where she currently resides, teaching and working in the Graphic Design industry. She is the face behind Bibmababy, an online boutique offering unique, chic and funky styles to youngsters. She also writes for www.lifewithkate.blogspot.com.

Christine is a married mother of 4 beautiful children. She is a qualified teacher and works occasionally with the NCDSB in Timmins. She spends most of her time with her family, enjoying the roller coaster ride of being a mother. Her husband works out of town as a mechanic 4 weeks at a time, so she holds down the fort at home, juggling 4 active young kids. If there's one thing this lady is good at, it's multitasking!

Sara Kendall is a freelance writer and mother of two young daughters. She feels that being a mom is the most challenging and at the same time, the most wonderful path she’s yet taken in life.

Having lived and grown up in NY, Rosalia Rivera now enjoys the natural beauty of Northern Ontario. A first time mom, burgeoning organic farmer, environmental activist, seasoned travel and documentary photographer and advertising agency owner, she manages to find time to be an avid cook. She says her secret is having a great support system.

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elcome to our new Editorial section, where we post your letters, comments and suggestions. We want to hear from you! We welcome your feedback on our articles, sections and overall content. Did any of our content have a positive impact in your life? Did an article inspire or inflame you? We want to know. Share with us and our readers alike. At HOME GROWN, part of our mission is to help shape the movement of natural parenting, but it is also to respond to trends, both past, present and future. What better way to stay on the pulse than to hear from you, our loyal readers.

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What’s On the Nightstand Check in every month to see what we’re reading. From classic to hot off the press, find our recommendations for great reads for both young and not so young.

The Five People you Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom This New York Times best seller is an inspiring fiction novel about life, love and the afterlife. A heroic attempt lands an old war veteran in his afterlife, where he has the opportunity to review his life through a new set of eyes. This soul moving story will have you reviewing your life in a positive way.

Book Worms Hop on Pop, Dr. Seuss

In classic Seuss style, Hop on Pop is a fun, easy read for little book worms and book worms in training. Easy repetitive words make it fun for little ones to take part and read along with Pop during their bed time story.

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Kidz Korner

cks and put them in a baggy or jar and label it ow “he rocks”.

to give dad everything he wants. Just fill in the sh in whenever he wants. Some ideas to get you ou want, we’ll eat”, “Yard Work, we’ll take care of . Use your imagination and customize your d will love.

June is all about celebrating dad!

Here are some fun ideas for little ones to make their own gift for dad. Dad Rocks: Have little ones collect rocks and put them in a baggy or jar and label it with our cute printable to let dad know “he rocks”!




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Love coupons An easy printable gift to give dad everything he wants. Just fill in the coupons with gift ideas for dad to cash in whenever he wants. Some ideas to get you started are: “Choice Meal, anything you want, we’ll eat”, “Yard Work, we’ll take care of the lawn”, “Unlimited Hugs & Kisses”. Use your imagination and customize your coupons for things that you know dad will love.

Top Ten With the focus this month on the men in our lives, what better way to say I love you then with a handmade gift.


“DAD” Pictures – Get the kids together and take pictures of them holding the letters D-A-D. Or, have a little dress up fun with his clothes, nothing says “I love you Dad”then little ones trying to be just like their papa.


Recordable Books, As Read By The Kids – Another fun option, especially good for the father who works out of town, is a recordable book, read by your little ones. Don’t worry if they can’t read yet, have them make up their own story. It will make a great keepsake for years to come.


Make A Tie, Tie Wreath. If you are crafty, here’s a new twist on the standard tie gift. Find a pattern online and make matching ties for father and son. Another fun idea which will require you to take scissors to old ties banned to the back of the closet is a tie wreath. Check out Good Housekeeping’s tutorial to make use of those no longer fashionable ties: http://www. goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/ christmas-ideas/christmas-wreathprojects#slide-2 Video Card. Technology now is great for making it easy to make and share short little videos. Record your kids sending pop their own little father’s day message and send it to him via email.



Love Coupons. Tried and true, love coupons are always a fun way to shower dad with love. Make coupons for anything he enjoys, from preparing favourite meals to being showered with kisses on demand. “Nuts & Bolts” Snacks - Make your own snack by combining all of dad’s favourite treats into one. Check out www.allrecipes.com for some fun healthy ideas. Wash The Car. – This is one dad will never get tired of receiving. Either roll up your sleeves and do the dirty work yourself or drop off dad’s wheels for a custom cleaning at a local detailing shop.

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Here is a list of the top ten handmade gift ideas to give to all the great fathers out there. 14 HOMEGROWN- PARENTING IN THE NORTH

Do Dinner – The way to any man’s heart is his stomach. Put together dad`s favourite dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner for his special day.


Yard Work – Don the work gloves and help dad with outdoor tasks. Cut the lawn, trim the bushes and give dad the day off from the yard maintenance duties. Family Movie Night - A fun family event that is often times underappreciated. Get the whole family in their pjs, prepare some popcorn and pop in a cheesy family flick that will bring you all closer together.


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Bibmababy Basic Bias-tape Bib By Pamela Pilon

It’s been over 10 years since I started to sew. What started it all? My sister’s dire need for better coverage bibs while feeding baby. I gave myself a goal. I wanted to learn to sew, and figured making better bibs would be a great start. This very basic bib consists of recycling an old towel and extra swaddling blankets. Why did I choose bibs with ties over hook and loop bibs? You get a custom fit around the neck, and baby can’t pull it off like he can with the hook and loop. Finally, a reason to use of the two dozen flannel blankets you got at your baby shower! PREPARATION TIME Approximately 30 minutes WHAT YOU NEED · An old towel · A flannel swaddling blanket · Extra wide, double-fold bias tape · Ruler · Scissors · Sewing machine, needle and · Coordinating thread CUTTING YOUR MATERIAL Cut a 10 inch wide by 12 inch tall square from each of the towel and the blanket. Cut 28 inches of bias tape MAKING THE BIB 1. Cut out your fabrics according to the list above. 2. Round the corners. Pin the front and back pieces together, right sides facing each other, wrong sides out. 3. Straight stitch the entire bib. 4. Cut out a neck hole at the top approximately 4 inches wide, and 2 inches deep. 16 HOMEGROWN- PARENTING IN THE NORTH

5. Turn the bib right side out through the hole you just cut and iron flat. 6. Pin the two sides together again to prevent shifting. Topstitch the bib using a straight stitch or a decorative stitch. 7. Topstitch the hole close to the raw edge. This facilitates stitching the bias tape. 8. Fold the tape in half to create a crease. Find the center of the neck hole. Using the crease, center your bias tape by sandwiching the bib. Pin in place. Starting on one end of the tape, backstitch and carefully sew the tape together. Go slow, it is easy to misalign the tape and end up with missed stitches in the back.. If that happens, you can hand-stitch it afterward. 9. Sew all the way around until you get to the other side. Backstitch again. Now just snip the threads and you’re done!

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Hair removal has been around since caveman times. Originally, it was not for vanity, it was a method of survival. In a fight, cavemen did not want anyone to be able to grab onto any facial hair. They used sharp rocks to scrape off the hair... OUCH! Later on, Egyptians designed razors made from flint or bronze. They also used a sticky paste or bees wax that was applied to the skin and then yanked off. These forms of shaving and waxing are still familiar today. Fast forward to today, we still see men and women spending time removing unwanted body hair. And it’s not only women getting waxed these days; men spend almost as much time pampering themselves with manicures, pedicures, back and chest waxes and yes, even brazilians. Read our comperative review to decide what is better for you, waxing or shaving (or none)!


Hair returns 1-3 weeks after, The longer and more consistent you are with waxing the longer it takes for your hair to return. Cost Depending on the area getting waxed, 1/2 leg - $40+, Full Leg $60.00+, Bikini $35.00+ and Brazilian $55.00+ Waxing DIY kits start at $25.00. Speed 1/2 hour to 1 hour appointment, (sometimes up to 2 hours for a full body wax including legs, brazillian, armpits, eyebrows) 20 HOMEGROWN- PARENTING IN THE NORTH

Level Of Ease - Let the pro do it, sit back and relax (as much as you can) - DIY - Can be difficult, with the risk of burning yourself, and not getting all the hairs. Results - Hair grows in softer, No shadow after wax, (great for dark haired, fair skin women) - After waxing for a few years your wax can last up to 6 weeks. Down Sides - Bruising, Bumps, and Ingrown hairs a possibility. (with a good esthetician these can be avoided - needs to be at least a 1/4 inch to be waxed, (that means you can spend a week with longer leg hair, Especially if you haven’t been waxing for long. - Can be painful the first 3-5 times you wax, however after you get used to waxing the hair follicle weakens and it is less painful. - Painful during your menstrual cycle - Hair can grow in 2-3 cycles, waxing may take a few times before all hair grows on the same cycle. Prep Work BEFORE - Try to book your appointment for a few days before or after your period, your skin is more sensitive during your period. - Exfoliate, Prepare the area to be waxed by exfoliating, this will encourage all hairs to come out. - Don’t use any lotions. - If you are worried about the pain take an asprin or tylenol 30 minutes before. The After Care - Use Tend Skin to fight the bumps and ingrown hairs - Exfoliate - use a gentle exfoliator as well as a loofah or wash cloth. - for two days after waxing try avoiding saunas, tanning beds, and steam rooms. - Avoid irritating undies - Soft cotton undies are always best after a wax of the pubic area. - Use olive oil moisturizer, or just plain olive oil (Works best on the bikini area as it doesn’t irritate) JUNE 2012 WWW.homegrownparenting.ca 21

SHAVING Duration 1-2 days, You may feel stubble as soon as the next day. The more you shave the coarser the hair grows back. Cost Razors can start 10.99 for a kit of 1 razor and 2 disposable blades (Gillette Venus razor pricing) Shave Gel can start at 2.69. Should last between 2 weeks to 1 month. Speed Shaving can take 15-20 minutes each morning in the shower. Level Of Ease - Simple however risk of nicking your skin. Results - Hair removed for the day. Down Sides - possibility of ingrown hairs, razor burn, cuts and nicks, barbers rash, - Stubble may return the same day, or the next day. - Hair keeps growing back thicker and coarser. Prep Work BEFORE -Wash and exfoliate area throughly, -Soak your legs for 5 minutes in warm water to open pores and get a closer shave - Use a thick lather of cream, and a good blade to shave. The - - -

After Care Do not exfoliate - The act of shaving has already exfoliated the leg to prevent bumps and ingrown hairs use a product such as Tend Skin. Moisturize 1/2 hour after.

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Living Green

Why You Should Care. By Chantal Warren

Bisephenol A, a ‘product’ many had never heard of until just recently. Now,

you can’t go anywhere without being overwhelmed by companies promoting their new and improved BPA-free products. Why all the hype all of a sudden? What is this chemical and what is it used for? To learn more about this free-radical causing chemical, read on.

What Is It?

Bisphenol A, or BPA, is a chemical compound currently used in making plastics and packaging materials as well as carbonless print paper (heat transfer receipts). It is the compound that gives plastic it`s strength and stability. Its original use however, was as an artificial estrogen for women undergoing estrogen replacement therapy in the 1930s. The majority of the population have some level of BPA in their system, due mostly from ingesting contaminated food and drink. The chemical is leached into food when its container has been washed, heated or otherwise altered (bent, flexed...). Food containers, plastic wrap, carbonless receipts, tin cans all have varying levels of BPA in them. Coming into contact with any of these products will transfer this chemical into your system.

But Really, There’s No Way To Avoid It So Why Bother?

Repeat and long term exposure to BPA increases the chances of being diagnosed with breast and testicular cancer. It also affects natural hormone development. BPA’s effects are amplified when exposed to infants and youth therefore, it is important to reduce your


exposure while pregnant or nursing and to reduce the amount of exposure of infants and young children. When you consider the planet as a whole, BPA is polluting the earth and surface water at an alarming rate. As plastics and metals decompose and degrade in the environment, BPA is released into the soil and water. This in turn affects the development and growth of plants, fish and wildlife. This creates a double exposure as these natural resources are eventually consumed by humans.

So What Can Be Done?

Your biggest and loudest voice is your spending dollar. By supporting companies who use BPA free packaging , you are telling the global economy what is important to you. Many companies are now making strides to provide safe food packaging and many options are now available for BPA-free plastic containers for safe food storage at home. Check out products from Eden Organics, who have been using BPA free canning practices for over 20 years. Companies like Tupperwear and To Go Wear also offer safe food storage options to replace cheap, chemical laden plastics found in most kitchens. You can avoid BPA exposure by eating fresh prepared food and avoiding processed foods packaged in plastic or tin cans where possible. If you want to start small, the first change should be purchasing canned tomatoes from companies who use BPA-free cans. Tomatoes, due to their acidity, have the highest level of leached contamination of most canned products. Some other tips to keep in mind: Use glass or stainless steel reusable water and drink containers instead

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of disposable plastic ones. Use only BPA-free baby bottles and dishes. Avoid plastic food and drink containers made with #7 plastic as they are the ones that have the highest levels of BPA and other toxic chemicals in them. Globally, there is a push to have BPA banned for use in food related packaging and consumer goods. Recently the Canadian government agreed that the risk of exposure was dangerous enough to ban it from use in all things related to infants and children. The Department of the Environment in Canada has declared that BPA is a toxic substance. Some great achievements have been attained to date and with all of the publicity that BPA has been garnishing, more triumphs are on the horizon. So, the next time you reach for your check out receipt or heat up those leftovers in that ancient plastic container, keep in mind what you may inadvertently be exposing yourself to.

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eaching your children key safety skills could save a life, even their own. Of the many concerns facing a parent, the safety of their children is the greatest. Maintaining a close watch is simpler when they are small, but this period doesn’t last very long. There will come a time when your child needs to hear from you about the unfortunate possibilities of life beyond your warm embrace and more serious than a couple of stitches in a forehead or a broken arm. It’s important to create teachable moments with your child about safety rules, and in the process, you may prevent an accident or two from ever happening. 28 HOMEGROWN- PARENTING IN THE NORTH

I’m Lost Just thinking these simple words can be quite terrifying to many children. Get your child ready for this potential situation by ensuring they know some vital information: • Their full name • Home address • Emergency contact telephone numbers • How to find help & who to look for To teach your child their contact information, start out by writing their full name on an index card. Post the card on the bathroom mirror or in their bedroom. Reinforce until your child can say and spell them without looking at the index card. Once they have mastered their name, move on to your home address, and emergency contact telephone numbers. Talk with your child about who they should approach if they get lost. First, look for a police officer. If not in sight, look for someone who works where they are lost like a librarian, cashier or someone in a uniform. Everyone is going to be a stranger, explain you believe one of these people will help. Empowerment Educate your child about all of these important safety rules. Having this vital knowledge in their own personal safety arsenal will not only build your child’s confidence, but will also make them better prepared if an unfortunate event arises in their life. Sources: National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and FBI.gov

The ‘Nevers’ List Your child needs to be made aware of possible dangers of listening to others first and not asking permission from a parent. It’s an unfortunate reality that someone they know might not always be nice when there isn’t a parent around. Have a chat with your child about the following list of Nevers, it could reduce or eliminate potential harm from a familiar person or stranger. • Never go outside without a parent. • Never accept candy, an offer to see a puppy, etc. from someone without asking your parents. • Never get into a car or leave a location without permission from your parents. • Never go inside a neighbor’s house without permission from your parents. Think about your own personal circumstances. Add more to this important list as you think necessary and appropriate for your child’s age. JUNE 2012 WWW.homegrownparenting.ca 29

Dial 9 -1-1 Knowing how to make a 9-1-1 call could be the most crucial skill on this list. Discuss with your child when you would make this life saving call. A fire, an intruder or unconscious family members in your home are all valid reasons. Just as important, let them know this is not a call to joke around with. A missing pet, a skinned elbow or a lost toy are not good reasons. Role-playing with your child using a play phone or an old cell phone is very effective at getting them ready for an emergency. You play the dispatcher and your child plays the person in need. Ask your child questions like what’s the emergency? what’s your name? and what is your address and telephone number? It may not be easy or pleasant, but could be the most important game you ever play with your child.

Take Action Explain to your child, no one should touch or treat them in a way to make them feel uncomfortable. If they are scared, tell them to get out of the situation as fast as possible. This is not a time to be passive; this is a time it’s okay to forget about their manners or being polite. Make it clear, they should immediately remove themselves from a situation they don’t understand or that makes them feel uncomfortable. If they encountered such an experience, encourage them to tell you as soon as possible. Let them know you are here to help them through a possible problem, and they are not being a tattletale about someone even if they are a family member or friend. Opening up the lines of communication between you and your child will make it easier for your child to come to you when they need to tell about a questionable situation. 30 HOMEGROWN- PARENTING IN THE NORTH


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Bellies & Babies

Labour Inside & Out By Kayleigh May DeCecco Photography by Edijs Palens

Pregnancy, by design, is just the right length of time to help women prepare, both physically and mentally, for the birth of their babies. However, even after having 9 months to prepare for the impending birth, many women still fear the moment they go into labour. It’s unfortunate that it has become normal in our culture to fear birth. In this day and age the portrayal of birth is far from positive. Television promotes the use of drugs and surgery as the only means of dealing with the pain associated with delivery, and obstetricians aren’t much different. It is the fear of birth that increases the pain associated with it. The more open a woman is to the process of labour, the more confidant she is with her body, knowing that she CAN get through this process, the LESS PAIN she will feel. You can observe within your own circle of mothers, the women who talk early about getting an epidural and claim to know that it will hurt, will come out of the experience saying that it was a painful and unbearable experience. However, those who know that there will be pain and are confident that their bodies will be able to deal with the pain, will claim that they felt pain, butenjoyed the experience. How is that possible? Find out how knowledge will help you enjoy your labour and delivery experience.

How Contractions Work. Contractions are natural body impulses that move your baby down into the birth canal during labour. They happen when your uterus starts to contract in preparation for child birth. They generally start at the top of the uterus and wave downward. This helps your baby begin his voyage into the cervix. If the cervix is ripe, ie dilated and ready to deliver, the receptors in the cervix send nerve impulses to your brain. The brain in turn releasesoxytocin into the bloodstream. Oxytocin is the natural hormone that helps your labour progress. It stimulates the uterus to increase the strength and length of contractions, helping babymake his way lower into the cervix. As the cervix stretches to accommodate baby, signals are resent to the brain, releasing more oxytocin. This cycle will continue until the baby is born.



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Why Is It So Important To Have A Positive Outlook On Your Labour? Oxytocin is influenced by your perception to the birth event. If you are frightened or uncomfortable, you will inhibit the release of oxytocin. However, if you are open to the experience of labour, feeling secure and safe, you will increase the release of oxytocin. Natural oxytocin helps a mother get through labour and can give mother that “orgasmic feeling” after birth. “Basically oxytocin is part of the hormonal cocktail that prepares a mother and baby for bonding and attachment.

The hormonal formula is: oxytocin (love) + beta-endorphin (dependency) + prolactin (mothering) = mother-baby-bond.”


Roles Of Oxytocin Oxytocin is referred to as the “Love Hormone”. It is produced in the brain and released into the bloodstream. This causes the uterus to contract. Oxytocin can also be released with the stimulation of the nipples, and simple kissing. The release of oxytocin creates feelings of relaxation and security. Oxytocin is a key hormone to mother and baby bonding. “The energy that got the baby in, is the energy that gets the baby out!” -Unknown This is why it helps to have your partner in the room with you during labour. Allow the love to flow through the room. Open your mind to the experience and oxytocin will flow through your veins helping you have a positive birth experience.

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Name: Patrick Gervais Home Town: Timmins What is your favourite thing about living in the North? The atmosphere; being able to be outdoors and enjoy nature. I love being able to go fishing, hunting and camping when I want, without having to drive hours. I often hear people complain about the cold and snow and how you can get all seasons in one day, but they often forget it could be worst, there could be tornado’s, earth quakes and floods etc. We live in one of the most fortunate places in the world. Work: What is your day job? I am a municipal police officer in northern Ontario. What is the best thing about being a police officer? Everyday is a different challenge and learning experience. Furthermore, I have the opportunity to be a role model for youth and help steer troubled youth in the right direction. This is important to me because youth are our future. How does shift work affect your family life? It is difficult being away from my family 12hours a day or night so every shift I make an attempt to go home and say good morning or good night to my family. On the other hand working 4-on/4-off allows me to spend a lot of time with my family on days off. 36 HOMEGROWN- PARENTING IN THE NORTH

Patrick Gervais Family man Photography Kayleigh May De Cecco

You’ve been a police officer for some time now, how has your work changed since having children? I make it a point of not allowing my work to interfere with my home life and vice versa; however I’ve noticed that dealing with young children in unfortunate situations is more difficult to deal with and makes me appreciate every moment I have with my children more and more. You are in a role where you witness a lot of difficult family situations. How does this affect your family life? In essence it doesn’t affect my family life as explained above but it allows me to appreciate my family situation and not take it for granted. I believe it is important to leave work at work; not to let it affect my family life. I have a good support group of friends at work to talk about various encounters at work if need be. Are there any safety tips you’d like to share with families. Parents need to be more cognizant of electronic devices, broadband and wifi, these days. I’ve investigated a number of online related complaints and attended various seminars and training with respect to online services such as FaceBook and the underlying security issues. Parents and children/teenagers are very naive. Ultimately, I suggest youth should not have access to social networks such as Face Book, but if they do, it is imperative that the security settings are at the highest level. Friends are screened before being added and most importantly limit the personal information on your profile. Even more importantly, do not post photographs as there is recognition software out there that anyone can access. A person can obtain pertinent information from the user, his friends and family by posting information you may not think is a big deal. JUNE 2012 WWW.homegrownparenting.ca 37

Family: What is the makeup of your family? My loving and caring wife Rachel, a very energetic and funny two year old Maksim, and a very charming 5 month old Feliks.

my children in what I’m doing. My two year old has his own measuring tape for example, because everything I do, he is helping and as a parent who wants his children to excel and be versatile, I can’t discourage that.

What ‘style’ of parent would you say you are? Calm, cool and collected. I’d say I’m patient and positive, firm but fair and don’t like dealing with poop and puke. Sometimes these characteristics are difficult to maintain so I remind myself it’s for the children’s well being.

How important do you think it is to have an active father role in the lives of kids? Based on my experience, training and education, I am a strong believer in the theory “you are a product of your environment”. Therefore, having an active, positive role in my children’s lives is imperative. The success in their future, essentially, depends on how I help them prepare throughout their childhood and being there every step of the way. Being there to guide them when they’re young will teach them to make their own sound decisions as they get older.

You were able to take a parental leave when your sons were born, what were some of the benefits to having this time off? I had the opportunity to take approximately 6 weeks for both boys and there are no regrets. I recommend it to anyone who has that benefit. It allows you to help out at home in times of need and most importantly it allowed me to witness the changes I wouldn’t see while at work; those precious moments that are gone too fast. What are some of the things you are looking forward to sharing with your kids? Most importantly, a healthy lifestyle. I’d like them to enjoy and partake in my endeavours such as hockey, camping, hunting, and fishing. I believe it is important to teach them how to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle while they are young and I believe it’s equally important to include 38 HOMEGROWN- PARENTING IN THE NORTH

What would be the most important life lesson that you wish for your kids to walk away with? Mistakes are inevitable. It’s what you take away from them and what you learn from them that matters. Also, to be successful, you need to be able to accept constructive criticism. I remember when I was a young boy helping my dad build a house, my grandfather asked me if it was ok if he showed me a better, more efficient way of doing something. I appreciated that and took away a life lesson from it which has helped me along my career. What benefits do you think you`re giving your sons by living in the North? There are no limits; there are so many things to do, you can make the best of all seasons.

“you are a product of your environment. Therefore, having an active, positive role in my children’s lives is imperative.” I want them to appreciate what they have here in the north because, as mentioned earlier, we are very fortunate to be in the north. Other: If you could meet any person, past or present, who would it be and why? Garth Brooks. I grew up listening to his records. He is a genuine, humble, family man and speaks the truth with respect to reality. Who inspires you? Why? My father and my uncle. I didn’t always agree with my father as a teenager because we moved several times; we built 4 houses in 6 years which took a good part of my childhood. I participated in these projects whether I wanted to or not. As an adult, I can appreciate everything I learned from him as a versatile, persistent, hard working man. Because of my father, today I am independent, hard working and with my inherited persistence, I can accomplish any project or task put before me. I am more versatile because of my father. Growing up I always looked up to my uncle. He was athletic, competitive, fun and chased his dream of being a police officer. He became a police officer 9 hours away from home unfortunately, but every time we spoke, he would share stories which led me to want to be a police officer. To this day, I seek professional advice from him and now we can exchange stories. Have you read any good books lately that you’d recommend? In 2009, I had the opportunity to do a two week Emergency Response Training, facilitated by Jimmy Bremner, who had experience on a tactical team in the GTA. Bremner wrote an inspirational book based on a true story about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and how it affected him. It was a very good read and I recommend it to any type of reading audience. Plus, if you look at page141, there’s a picture of the back of my head in Jimmy’s class room. The book is called “Crack in the Armour” by Jimmy Bremner.

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ummer is a time for outdoor play, flying kites and scraped knees. No summer would be complete without a bowl full of ice cream every so often. Not a fan of all the sugar found in typical ‘ice cream’, here’s a great recipe to make your own fresh, easy ice cream inspired treat; no ice cream machine or waiting necessary. 2-3 cups of frozen fruit of your choice ½ cup of yoghurt (any flavour works) ½ cup of orange juice (or whatever fruit juice you have on hand). Throw all ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth, serve. *Note: This is a great way to use up those bananas that you’ve been saving for banana bread for the last year.

Flavour Ideas Strawberries & bananas – frozen fruit with vanilla yoghurt Chocolate, peanut butter, banana – add a tablespoon of peanut butter and a touch of chocolate sauce. Carrot & mixed berries – cooked and frozen fruits & veggies, fruit yoghurt and any kind of juice JUNE 2012 WWW.homegrownparenting.ca 43

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Summer-Fall 2012 Été-Automne

Cochrane Farmers’ Market/ Marché des fermiers de Cochrane

Saturdays 10am – 12pm/ samedi, 10 h à 12 h (midi) Mid July to October 6/mi-juillet à la fin de semaine de l’Action de grâces Cochrane Curling Club: 47-8th Street, Cochrane Club de Curling de Cochrane: 47, 8e rue, Cochrane Hearst Farmers‘ Market/ Marché des fermiers de Hearst

Saturdays 10am – 1pm/ samedi, 10 h à 13 h July 28 julliet, August 11août, August 25Août, September 8 septembre, September 15 septembre Downtown Hearst, Between 8th and 9th St Centre-ville Hearst, entre la 8e rue et la 9e rue Iroquois Falls Market – “Garden Town Celebration”

Marché des fermiers d’Iroquois Falls – ‘Célébration ville-jardin’ Thursday, August 2, 2012/ le jeudi 2 août 2012 (one day only/ une journée seulement)

Hours/Heures: 9am – 4pm/9 h à 16 h Jus Jordan Arena Cafeteria: 729 Synagogue St, Iroquois Falls cafétéria du Centre Jus-Jordan: 729, rue Synagogue, Iroquois Falls Kapuskasing Farmers’ Market/ Marché des fermiers de Kapuskasing Saturday, 8am – 12pm/ samedi, 8 h à 12 h (midi) August – 2nd Weekend of October /août – 2e fin de semaine d’octobre On the Circle in Downtown Kapuskasing From the highway (at the mill), follow McPherson Ave. straight to the Circle dans le Cercle, centre-ville de Kapuskasing De la route 11 (au moulin) suivez l’av. McPherson tout droit au Cercle Timmins - Urban Park Market/ Marché du parc urbain

Downtown Timmins BIA/ZAC du centre-ville de Timmins Thursdays, 11am – 2:30pm/ jeudi, 11 h à 14h30 July 5 to September 27/ 5 juillet à 27 septembre “Urban Park”, 3rd Ave, Downtown Timmins ‘parc urbain’, 3e avenue, centre-ville de Timmins Timmins - Mountjoy Farmers Market/ Marché des fermiers de Mountjoy

Saturdays, 8am – 12pm / samedi, 8 h à 12 h (midi) July14 to October 13/ 14 juillet à 13 octobre Centennial Hall, Next to Mountjoy Arena 782 Park Ave, Timmins salle Centennial, près de la patinoire Mountjoy, 782, avenue Park, Timmins

I intend on making it a tradition, just like you did with me !

was such a delight, it brought back memories of when you took me as a little girl.

Dear mom, I thought you would enjoy knowing that I went to the farmers market

today with little Jack. The fun he had picking his own veggies