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BRINGING HOME BABY When I had my first baby, it was a roller coaster of emotions. Looking at this little bundle of joy was like a dream come true. I was young and confident, thinking I could handle anything. But then doubt crept in, and I realized it was going to be tough. Bringing home a newborn can be both exciting and overwhelming but with some preparation and knowledge, you can navigate this new chapter with confidence. As a mom of four, I’m here to share some tips about sleep, waking hours, feeding, changing routines, bathing, and introducing pets to your little one. Sleep Understanding your baby’s sleep patterns is crucial for both of you. Creating a safe and comfortable sleep environment is key, like using a firm crib mattress and avoiding loose bedding. Establishing a consistent sleep routine with regular nap times and a calming bedtime routine is important. To encourage better sleep try soothing your baby by either swaddling, white noise machines, or gentle rocking. Waking hours Newborns sleep a lot, but they also have periods of being awake. It’s important to engage with your baby during these waking times by talking, singing, and making eye contact. Tummy time is also great for strengthening their muscles and promoting development. As your baby grows, you can start exploring age-appropriate activities to stimulate their senses and encourage their intellectual growth.

Feeding Feeding your newborn is a crucial part of their growth and development. If you decide to breastfeed, it’s important to reach out to a lactation consultant or ask for assistance before leaving the hospital. Pay attention to your baby’s hunger signals, and you’ll quickly learn to recognize them. Diaper changing This will be a frequent task with a newborn. Remember to maintain good hygiene during diaper changes, such as washing your hands and using gentle wipes or washcloths. This will help prevent diaper rash and potential infections. A clean baby is a happy baby, so do it often. Bath time Bath time can be stressful, so make sure you have all the essentials within reach. At first you will want to sponge bath your baby until the umbilical cord stump falls off. Allow it to fall off on its own. Usually one to two weeks, up to 21 days. Pets Many households have pets, so it’s important to ensure they are well-behaved and trained when introducing a new baby. Help your dog associate the baby’s scent with something positive, such as a blanket or a clothing item that the baby has used. Involve your dog in supervised activities with the baby, such as sitting nearby while feeding or playing, can help them adjust to the new addition. Reward your dog for good behaviour! With patience and positive reinforcement, your dog and new baby can develop a strong bond and become the best of friends.You’ve got this! Mary Racioppo Editor-In-Chief, City Parent


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HOW TO APPROACH NUTRITION WHEN FEEDING CHILDREN AWAY FROM HOME Children can be picky eaters. Parents know that getting kids to eat anything, much less healthy foods, can sometimes make the dinner table feel more like a battlefield than a place to break bread. That’s especially so when the dinner table is in a restaurant, where savvy youngsters might know less nutritious dishes like macaroni and cheese or fried chicken fingers are on the menu. But the benefits of a healthy, balanced diet are so numerous for youngsters that it’s worth doing whatever it takes to get kids to embrace nutrient-rich foods, both at home and when dining out. The American Academy of Family Physicians notes that a healthy diet can stabilize children’s energy levels, help them maintain healthy weights and potentially prevent mental health conditions, including anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. But recognizing the importance of a healthy diet and getting kids to embrace one are two different things, especially when kids are dining out and are tempted by unhealthy alternatives. In recognition of that, the American Academy of 8

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highly processed foods tend to be easier to make and readily available at restaurants, serving them to youngsters can start kids down the road to poor dietary habits, potentially increasing their risk for obesity and diseases like heart disease and diabetes. When packing snacks for school lunches or taking kids out to restaurants, be sure to include or bring along healthy whole foods, such as fruits and vegetables. This can ensure kids get some healthy fare during mealtime.

Pediatrics recommends the following strategies to parents who want their kids to eat healthy when they’re away from home.

these foods at every meal may not be feasible, but kids should eat foods selected from the major food groups at every meal.

Make meals all-inclusive. When preparing school lunches or taking youngsters out for a night on the town, make sure to offer a mix of foods from the five food groups. The AAP recommends parents offer vegetables, fruit, grains, low-fat dairy, and/or quality protein sources, which can include meat, fish, nuts, seeds, and eggs. Offering each of

Avoid highly processed foods. The National Institutes of Health notes that studies have suggested there’s a link between highly processed foods and health problems. Such foods, which typically contain ingredients such as hydrogenated oils, high-fructose corn syrup and flavouring agents, are typically high in calories, salt, sugar, and fat. While

Enhance foods if necessary. While high amounts of sugar, salt and fat can jeopardize the health of adults and youngsters alike, the AAP notes that small amounts of these substances can be used to enhance kids’ enjoyment of healthy foods and increase the likelihood that they will eat them. Parents may not have much control over what their children eat while away from home. But a handful of strategies can increase the likelihood that kids enjoy healthy fare when eating at school or at restaurants. – Metro Creative

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Are We There Yet? (2005) By Sony Pictures In a bid to win over the recently divorced Suzanne, Nick comes up with a plan to join her children, Lindsey and Kevin, on a journey from Portland, Ore., to Canada to reunite with their mother. Unfortunately, a mishap involving a corkscrew and a metal detector leads to their expulsion from the flight. Determined not to let this setback dampen his spirits, Nick decides to take the kids on a memorable road trip in his beloved Lincoln Navigator.

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The Wizard of Oz (1939) By Warner Brothers Studios/MGM In the midst of a devastating tornado in Kansas, Dorothy and her loyal companion, Toto, find themselves swept away from their home and transported to the enchanting realm of Oz. Determined to find their way back, they embark on a journey along the Yellow Brick Road, leading them to the majestic Emerald City where the all-powerful Wizard resides. To earn the Wizard’s assistance, they must retrieve the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West.



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Body Music: Poems about the Noises Your Body Makes By Jane Yolen & Ryan G. Van Cleave Illustrations by Luis San Vicente Accompanied by scientific facts, these poems cover everything from sniffles to yawns, answering intriguing questions about knuckle cracks, sneezes, and stomach rumbles. Body Music is entertaining and secretly educational, covering science, history, language arts, and even farts! Ages: 4-8 Publisher: Moonshower Pages: 32 Price: $24.95

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RIPPLE FOUNDATION: TODAY’S YOUTH, TOMORROW’S LEADERS WORDS BY LORRAINE PELLEY The Ripple Foundation is a literacybased charitable organization that focuses on teaching kids how to express and empower themselves through creative writing. The foundation offers four free programs to youth in grades four to 12 including weekly workshops, a writing contest, an annual conference and a weekly blog. All of their programs and services are available online so children and young adults across Canada can participate. The volunteer run organization was founded by Ivy Wong in 2012. An entrepreneur who owns two businesses, including a publishing company and a digital solutions company, Wong started the Ripple Foundation to help children improve their creative literacy, grow personally, and develop important leadership, confidence, and social skills. Wong registered the Ripple Foundation as a non-profit organization in 2015 and as a charitable organization two years later. Ripple Foundation’s Kids Write 4 Kids (KW4K) contest runs until March 31, 2024. It is open to all

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aspiring writers in grades four to eight. All submissions must be original creative stories written by the entrant. Entries will be judged by a panel of 12 literary and education experts including Jessica Scott, a bestselling children’s book author, Marty Chan, an award-winning author, writer, and playwright, Joyce Grant, a freelance journalist, Alison Isaac, a teacher and writer, and other distinguished authors, accomplished journalists, and winners from past years. The winner’s submission will be professionally published and sold in paperback and eBook format on Amazon, iBookstore, Apple, Google Play and Overdrive. All proceeds from the sales of the book will go to the winner’s charity of choice. This year’s winner donated their book’s proceeds to the Canadian Cancer Society. The books are designed, illustrated, and published by a team of industry leaders who volunteer at the foundation. Over 3,800 students have submitted entries and more than 11 schools and charities have benefitted from the proceeds of the book sales.

Ivy Wong, Ripple Foundation The foundation also hosts Write It Workshops to help kids in grades four to eight improve their writing skills. These free weekly workshops are held virtually Saturdays from 1 to 2 p.m., twice a year for five weeks. The workshops are run by a group of committed and trained volunteers who recognize the importance of literacy and want to help students reach their potential. The workshops help students learn how to format an engaging story and express themselves creatively. The workshop topics include Brainstorm Bonanza, Mixed Bag of Mayhem, Plotline Play-by-Play, Details! Details!, and Stay on Track. Wave Blog is a weekly blog written by students in grades eight to 12. This online platform is a positive and safe place for older students to share their views and interests, connect with their peers, and express themselves without fear of judgement, pressure, or being bullied.

To have a blog published on the site, students must submit their resume, a sample of their writing to the foundation, and go through a phone interview process first. Blog posts cover a variety of topics that range from entertaining and lighthearted, like movie and book reviews, to more serious topics including immigrating to Canada, diet and nutrition, and gender identity. The Express, Inspire, Connect Youth Conference is an annual virtual conference that’s coordinated, organized, and led by students. This half-day conference gives participants in grades eight to 12 a chance to connect with their peers, engage in meaningful discussions, brainstorm ideas, network with industry experts, and gain invaluable knowledge. The theme for the 2024 Conference is Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s Leaders. Information about the Ripple Foundation and its programs is available on their website at

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13 Pieces Montessori Kitchen Tools for Toddlers-Kids Cooking Sets by Yasterd Our child-friendly knives are specifically made for young children. They can join their mother in the kitchen and explore their creativity. You can even give them ingredients and let them make their own dishes for the whole family to enjoy! $32.99 Available at Amazon. ca and

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FEATURED | CAMPS AGA KHAN MUSEUM Inspired by installations in the Museum’s upcoming exhibition, Light: Radiant Perspectives (opening June 28), allows campers ages 6–12 to embark on an artistic adventure, fuelling their imagination as they experiment with different mediums to create their own masterpieces. From stained glass art to optical illusions, they will use their creativity and imagination to reflect on the centrality of light and its significance across cultures and contexts as a unifying symbol for the world. Each week brings a different theme, offering campers the chance to let their imagination shine, create one-of-a-kind artworks, and make lifelong friends along the way. Full summer and weekly registrations are available. Register your camper at |

FLYING SQUIRREL TRAMPOLINE PARK Embark on an electrifying adventure of boundless joy and excitement at Flying Squirrel Trampoline Park, proudly catering to the thrill-seekers of Whitby and Hamilton. Immerse yourself in an unparalleled experience that transcends age boundaries, where interconnected trampolines beckon you to defy gravity and soar to new heights. Brace yourself for endless leaps, laughter that resonates without limits, and the exhilaration of gravity-defying slam dunks. Whether you’re seeking an everyday escape or planning a special celebration, Flying Squirrel Trampoline Park is the ultimate destination. Our committed staff ensures a seamless and safe experience, turning every birthday bash into a resounding success. Feel the contagious joy of bouncing, the symphony of laughter, and the creation of lasting memories at Flying Squirrel Trampoline Park in Whitby and Hamilton. |


Hamilton 289-309-5332 Whitby 289-732-5327

CONSERVATION HALTON It’s the sweetest time of the year! Maple Season programs return to Mountsberg and Crawford Lake Conservation Areas March 2 to April 7 on weekends, holidays, and March break. At Mountsberg’s Maple Town visitors can walk the sugarbush trail watching 150-year-old maple trees being tapped for sap and learn about traditional methods of making maple syrup. Syrup samples, hot pancakes, and fresh taffy on snow are sure to satisfy even the biggest sweet tooth and the Country Cabin offers a variety of tasty treats to buy if you want to bring the taste of maple home! Maple Town has activities and workshops for all ages, including horse-drawn wagon rides, candle making, maple sugar making, and Talons & Tailfeathers at the Raptor Centre. New this year is the Sugar Ranger Challenge for kids to explore the sugarbush!

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905.890.6611 600 Suffolk Court, Mississauga

FEATURED | CAMPS FRENCH CLASSES At L’Agence French, we are a dedicated French Educational Specialists Team helping our students (young and adults) reach their goals. Students will receive superior education and personalized programs as they gain confidence and develop lifelong skills. We know there is no limit to our students’ potential. We offer two elite educational options to accommodate every family’s needs: the after-school/after-work tutoring school and the weekend seminars. Both services will elevate students’ French skills and nourish their curiosity. Students will build confidence in an elegant French environment. We welcome children and adults of all ages and all French levels, from beginner to advanced.


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NEW LEAF PSYCHOLOGY CENTRE has been providing psychological services to the Milton community for over 15 years. A wide range of evidencebased services are offered, including individual therapy, couples and family therapy, group therapy, psychological assessments, executive functioning skills coaching and literacy coaching. The literacy coaching curriculum is based on the science of reading and our literacy coaches are trained in the Wilson Reading System. Throughout the school year, literacy coaching is offered in small groups (Kindergarten, Grade 1) and individually for Grade 2 and older. The Summer Literacy Camp is a four-week, half-day program comprised of the Fundations Ready to Rise Program. |

400 Main Street East, Suite 210, Milton ON 905.878.5050

THE OAKVILLE SOCCER CLUB has been providing a positive soccer experience to the community of Oakville since 1972. The Club delivers year-round soccer programming for all ages and skill levels, starting with our youngest soccer stars (2 years-old), and progressing all the way to Adult League (ages 18+). Along their soccer journey, players can enjoy recreational or competitive levels of the game following OSC’s Player Pathway! Currently, registration is open for Youth Summer Soccer (Ages 2 – 18) and Summer Camp! Spaces are filling quickly! Sign up today to lock in your spot for soccer fun! |

OAKVILLE SWIM ACADEMY has remained the premier swimming instructional facility in Southern Ontario for the past 15 years. Small class sizes, warm saltwater pool, and a learning-centred instructional approach are just some of the things that separate Oakville Swim Academy from other swim schools. With an unwavering emphasis on technical success, we approach swimming lessons biomechanically, ensuring that swimmers get from point A to point B safer, quicker, and more efficiently. We offer semi-private and private lessons, parent & tot, adult lessons, leadership programs, and more! No matter your skill set, age, or aquatic aspirations, we have a high-quality program ready for you! Spring and Summer Programs are now available! Contact us for a free assessment. |

905.339.3000 407 Speers Rd, Unit 8-10, Oakville

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FEATURED | CAMPS ONTARIO TECH UNIVERSITY SUMMER CAMPS program provides campers with fun, hands-on opportunities to learn and explore. Our mission is to inspire kids to see STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) everywhere in the world around them. Hands-on activities and curriculumbased learning in robotics, coding, gaming, and much more, provides an experience that is both educational and fun! We succeed when our campers leave camp thinking that STEM is exciting and within their reach – that it could be part of their future. Counsellors are university staff, Faculty of Education students, graduates, or members of the Ontario College of Teachers. Inperson and virtual camps are available! Camps run weekly from July 2 through Aug. 23. Supervised extended care is available for an additional fee. Join us for a fun-filled summer! |

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THE ROYAL CITY SOCCER CLUB Come join Canada’s #1 grassroots summer soccer day camp. The Royal City Soccer Club is celebrating our 32nd annual summer camps this July and August. Our program is designed to offer a soccer focus in the morning with a leisure swim and camp activities in the afternoons. All children ages 5 to 13 are encouraged to register for full-day or morning sessions at any of our 30+ locations across Halton, Peel, York, Toronto, and Durham. We offer early drop off and late pickup times with additional extended care times available ($$). Our camps operate during all 9 weeks in July and August. |


TO LIVE Give your child an unforgettable adventure with a focus on fostering artistic expression and teamwork! Led by practicing professional artists, don’t miss the chance to inspire your child’s creativity in a vibrant and supportive environment. Each week is only $350. Summer camp at TO Live features two weeks of non-stop fun with music (singing classic songs, percussion games, introductory music theory), dance (group choreography, improvised dance, movement games), theatre (improvisation games, theatrical skit creation, teamwork practice), and visual arts (painting, drawing, handmade crafts, mixed media). Each day of camp at Meridian Arts Centre begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Extended care is available from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. each morning and 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. each evening for additional fees. |


TREETOP ECO-ADVENTURE PARK Camp is about discovering passion, building confidence and learning new skills. We work hard to foster your child’s independence and emotional growth within a fun, outdoor adventure setting. It’s our specialty! It all starts with the careful attention we pay to creating great groups, assigning enthusiastic and well-trained staff and providing a balanced daily experience that combines amazing activities and environmental programs. We help kids learn through outdoor play – we are the original play station! They will make new friends and face some fears. This unique woodland setting gives campers a sense of being away from their everyday routine and helps them develop a keen sense of independence. Whether it’s playing soccer, crafting or zipping through the forest, our campers are learning important life skills such as team work, perseverance and how to make and keep friends. Early Bird Pricing$50 off the regular rate if booked before March 31, 2024. |

905.655.1113 53 Snow Ridge Court Oshawa, ON L1H 0S5

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