shopfredericton! May, 2014
Fabulous & Fearless
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Everything Mom How did you find the energy, Mom To do all the things you did, To be teacher, nurse and counselor To me, when I was a kid. How did you do it all, Mom, Be a chauffeur, cook and friend, Yet find time to be a playmate, I just can’t comprehend. I see now it was love, Mom That made you come whenever I’d call, Your inexhaustible love, Mom And I thank you for it all. By Joanna Fuchs
ShopFredericton! Founder: Deborah Spilman Writer & Creative Stylist: Tammy Miles Photographer: Brad Spilman Graphic Designer: Kelsey Cooper This month we salute busy Moms and Women everywhere. We honour your heart, your creativity, your brave determination, and the unwavering support you give those you love. It’s the shoulders of the women who came before us, who paved our way, on which we stand. Thank You for all you do.
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To celebrate the contributions of female artists in the city, we’re introducing you to three of our favorites. Chrissie Park- MacNeil Chrissie grew up in Gillams, a small community near Corner Brook, Newfoundland. She’s a self-taught artist who fell in love with painting as a teen, and once described acrylic on canvas as her “weapon of choice!” In 1997, Chrissie moved to Fredericton and now solidly declares it her home. She has contributed many paintings to children’s charity auctions at Isaac’s Way and keeps busy with commissioned pieces. Chrissie’s most recent project is The Art Hatchery, an art program for school-age children held on weekends in the basement at M&T Deli. In 2010, a landscape of Chrissie’s was shown in a shared exhibit at the Charlotte Glencross Gallery at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre, and she hosted a solo show at the Gallery Connexion Annex Gallery at The Playhouse in 2011. Many of her works can be viewed at M&T Deli in downtown Fredericton, or on her website at endofapaintbrush.weebly.com
Donna Mulholland Working in watercolour and acrylic, Donna Mulholland’s approach to art is an intuitive and expressive one, embracing the thrill of putting watercolour and acrylic to paper and listening to her heart to express her joy and gratitude for life in vibrant colour. Donna was recently part of the TURPS Club Spring Exhibition at the Provincial Archives at UNB, and will be participating in the solo window show titled “Cityscapes” at M&T Deli from May 1 to May 30. Her work is available at Sue Lawrence Hair Spa & Gallery and Isaac’s Way Restaurant on Queen St. Feel free to drop in to her studio at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre on Open Studio Saturdays or make a private appointment to see more. For more information visit www.donnamulhollandstudio.com
Ardeth Maguire Ardeth fell in love with art when she worked in the Harriet Irving Library where she discovered the world of art in books. Lunch time could always find her on the 4th floor where she immersed herself in books on medieval to modern art. In 1996, she became a member of the Fredericton Society of Artists. Ardeth works in an impressionist style in both watercolor and acrylic. One of her most important early learning experiences was an opportunity to study for a period with the late Robert Percival, a renowned Saint John artist. Cats became a favorite subject for Ardeth’s work and are a never-ending source of creativity. “In art history there are many great cat painters,” says Ardeth, “But perhaps none as inspirational as Steinlen.” Another significant influence and artist she greatly admires is Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938). Ardeth loves the solitariness of painting and the striving to create something beautiful from a bare surface, and the feeling of connection with those people who appreciate her work.
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Beautiful Food and Magnificent Events by Design
Chef Nicole Schuchard When Chef Nicole Schuchard applied to the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu Paris Cooking School, she had no previous experience in the food industry.
“I didn’t even know what a professional kitchen looked like,” she says. “I was a newlywed, married for only three months when I packed my bags and headed on my new – and expensive - adventure. I don’t think I slept for months,” she says. “I definitely had performance anxiety. I recall a phone call home near the end of my studies when my husband Peter jokingly said, ‘If you don’t pass, don’t come home.” Passing turned out to be no challenge for Nicole. What she may have lacked in initial experience, she made up multifold in passion. Nicole not only passed, but pinned first-in-class. A tough class, indeed. “Sixty of us started the extremely intense program, and seven of us graduated.” And so a brilliant career began, eventually giving life to Three Olives Catering, an upmarket boutique cuisine and event design firm based in Fredericton. “For ten years I’ve listened to what is important to my clients, what their preferences are and what makes them happiest and I have a virtual database of special notes – who likes the hottest horseradish, the briniest oysters, who has allergies to kiwi and strawberries, who hates the texture of mushrooms,” says Nicole. Three Olives meticulously designs each event and each menu specifically for each client. “My experiences with food, food ethics and attention to detail are close to my roots. I like to keep things simple, use top products from reliable and trusted sources, pesticide-free and hormone and antibiotics free; I always choose ‘happy’ products. And I love to eat!”
Sometimes it’s precious moments in childhood which lead us to our eventual role in life. Nicole has special memories of her childhood in Georgia. “When the mild winters came to an end and Easter was on its way, I’d wander over to the neighbouring farm and kneel down beside a weathered woman known to me as Miss Nellie,” she recalls. “She would sit on a small three footed stool sinking into the wet orange-red clay and for hours we’d pick young peas and pull beets and fill baskets to carry over to her kitchen and we’d drink sweet tea and sit on her porch swing…my childhood was certainly charming.” Nicole says it was her experiences with food and ‘food love’ that shaped her life and had an impact on her career. She has had the enviable opportunity to work and study in some of the most magical cities in the world. “To know me is to know that I love New York and specifically that I have a love for Brooklyn,” she says. “Recently I studied at the French Culinary Institute under Alan Richman. I spent my time eating my way around Manhattan, reviewing fine and fun restaurants, and learning the scoop of the newspaper world, and brushing up on my journalism skills and in my spare time hosting secret supper club dinners.” Though the calendar may say we are over a quarter ways into the year, many foodies recognise the arrival of spring as the unofficial start of the “food year”. Menus are gleefully rewritten, now featuring longawaited locally available fare.
“When the spring green shoots and grasses come out the chickens lay sweeter eggs and cows produce sweeter milk, asparagus pops up, and radishes and beets are young and perfect for garnishes,” says Nicole. A sure sign of spring is when she suddenly becomes fully-booked with brunches. “It may be that Sundays are the ‘extra’ weekend day for family and friends to come together and enjoy the season before they book their summer vacations or head into BBQ season at the cottage,” she says. “Springtime is a time of renewal and my menus tend to be filled with fresh cheeses, asparagus, light bubbly drinks, fresh juices, butter croissants, salmon in all its designs.” During a trip to New Orleans Nicole stayed at a quaint B&B called “The Melrose”. Upon her return, she set to work creating a menu in its honour, now the most requested specialized brunch menu for ten years running. What’s new for this bright gem in Fredericton’s culinary world? “I am currently working on my research doctorate in Natural Medicine with a focus on prediabetes,” says Nicole. She is always eager to learn and grow, but she finds contentment in her New Brunswick home. “I live in the forest on the top of a hill with my wonderful husband (in a house under constant renovation) along the Saint John River and I am truly lucky to forage for chanterelles and other fabulous varieties of mushrooms, fiddleheads, and make birch and pine and maple syrup. I love New Brunswick.” shopfredericton.net
Savvy marketers now tout it as “The Second Talk”, but it remains a subject many women aren’t comfortable discussing. Yet with controversies whirling around traditional treatments, and new, more natural approaches to therapy yielding success, maybe it’s time we open the conversation about…
Menopause technically begins a full calendar year after a woman’s last menstruation cycle, when the ovaries have stopped making estrogen and progesterone. Many symptoms typically associated with this phase can start years before, during the time known as perimenopause.
It’s not a steady downhill free fall. While some things do change - estrogen, menstrual flow, egg production and vaginal lubrication, there is a bright side. After years of menstruation, using birth control and fearing unexpected pregnancy, this new phase in life can be, for some, a relief. The years following can even be the very best years of life. Until then, however, symptoms are challenging. Controversies have surrounded traditional Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), linking it to greater risk of breast cancer, heart disease, stroke and blood clots. Such questions have propelled women to seek out alternative forms of care. The Fredericton Naturopathic Clinic was founded in 2003 by Dr. Parissa Bunin, B.Sc., R.M.T., N.D., and Dr. Judah Bunin, B.Sc.H., M.Sc., N.D. Naturopathic medicine’s approach is unique in that it focuses on prevention, and uses natural substances and treatments which stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself. Drs Parissa and Judah Bunin answer our questions on how Naturopathy may be used to treat symptoms associated with menopause. What are some of the major complaints you see from your patients? Women come to our clinic with a variety of menopause-related concerns. Many are in their early 40’s with “perimenopausal” symptoms. These are associated with declining progesterone and estrogen, and may include lowness of mood and energy, poor sleep, hot flashes, night sweats, decreased sex drive, foggy thinking, irregular menstruation, and so on. Most of these
tend to resolve on their own over a period of months to years, while others such as vaginal dryness and thinning (atrophy) tend to get worse over time. Every person is unique and each woman’s experience of menopause will be slightly different. We try to provide individualized treatment plans for each patient, based on their unique situation. Can hot flashes and night sweats be stopped, or eased?
Many women respond very well to naturopathic treatment for hot flashes and night sweats. With all of our patients, we start by addressing basic lifestyle factors such as eating a healthy, well-balanced diet with plenty of whole foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, and minimizing potential triggers such as caffeine and alcohol. Regular exercise and stress management techniques can be very helpful as well. Beyond this there are certain vitamins and minerals we would want to assess. If symptoms do not improve at this point, we typically discuss the use of various herbal formulations and / or acupuncture. In our experience there is no single herb that benefits all women experiencing hot flashes or night sweats, but after a careful evaluation, we typically recommend a combination formula from either the Western herbal paradigm or traditional Asian medicine. The research on the use of complementary therapies for treating these symptoms has been mixed, but this could be related to the fact that no two women are the same. In our experience, most women with hot flashes and / or night sweats do respond well to the individualized naturopathic treatment approach outlined above. What can help fatigue and stress associated with menopause? Fatigue and stress are very common issues in our patients, including those experiencing menopause. In many cases, a woman’s fatigue and perception of stress are negatively impacted by the poor sleep quality that is so common during this stage of life.
In addition to the approaches outlined above, certain supplements such as melatonin or herbs like Valerian, Passionflower, and Hops may be recommended specifically to improve sleep quality. What can be done to avoid bone loss associated with menopause? Weight-bearing exercise and nutrition are keys for preventing osteoporosis. Careful consideration of calcium and vitamin D consumption in the diet, and supplementation of these and other nutrients where appropriate, are important aspects of care. We may also recommend bone density testing as well as testing of hormone levels to ascertain whether it is necessary to consider supplementing estrogen or testosterone. This can be accomplished very gently with certain foods, herbs and other supplements, or more aggressively with a prescription for hormone replacement from a cooperating medical doctor. What preventative care can you recommend to women approaching this time of life? It is helpful for women nearing menopause to work with their healthcare providers to determine their individual risks for significant diseases, such as osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Then, a specific approach that takes these risks as well as any particular menopausal symptoms into consideration can be developed. As one can tell from the preceding discussion, an overall lifestyle approach that supports good health will inevitably support an easier menopause as well. The combination of healthy eating, regular physical exercise and mindful relaxation are at the foundation of any such program. It is also important to address any issues of poor sleep quality and digestion as they arise, because these symptoms are generally more difficult to treat using natural approaches the longer they persist. We believe that this stage of life offers women an opportunity to examine their health in a
meaningful way, and can be a time to make significant improvements which benefit them for the next stage of their lives. Not only will such an approach reduce the symptoms of menopause, but they will also reduce the likelihood of developing cancer, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses.
Do you work with natural progesterone? What is it and how does it help? This is a challenging and often confusing subject. We are trained to work with natural progesterone, but in New Brunswick we do not yet have prescribing rights for this or other natural products that are only available by prescription. The term “natural” in this context refers to the fact that a hormone is derived from a plant, not synthetic, source and that it is molecularly identical (“bioidentical”) to a woman’s own progesterone. However, to have significant progesterone content the plant-derived molecules are modified in a lab setting (i.e. plants do not have human hormones, but some contain molecules that are similar enough to be easily converted to the bioidentical form). The theory for how natural progesterone works is the same as any hormone replacement therapy in that it increases the level of these hormones circulating in the body. In conventional medicine, most of the focus for hormone replacement is on estrogen and its physical effects in the body, whereas most complementary practitioners recognize that progesterone deficiency can also have significant health impacts, especially in early menopause. These may include the treatment of hot flashes, mood swings, sleep disruption, and irregular or heavy menstruation. Since these are powerful hormones, consultation with a healthcare practitioner who is well versed in their use is highly recommended. Are you familiar with phytoestrogens? If so, how are they beneficial? This is another controversial subject, and also somewhat complex! Phytoestrogens are plant-based molecules that act as weak estrogen mimics. That is, they can bind to the estrogen receptors found on cells in the body, but when bound to these receptors they have a weaker impact than a woman’s own estrogen. For this reason, evidence suggests that phytoestrogens have an overall effect of lowering estrogenic activity in the body when a woman is producing lots of estrogen (i.e. during reproductive years) but can increase estrogen effects when she produces less estrogen (i.e. after menopause). In general, this seems to be a good thing although certain forms of cancer grow more quickly in the presence of estrogen, so we would want to be very cautious in using phytoestrogens post-menopausally in such situations. Once again, it would be very wise in this case to consult an appropriate health care professional. Do you recommend soy, black cohosh, and other vitamins and minerals to ease symptoms of menopause? Yes, on a case by case basis. Soy is thought to be one of the most potent dietary sources of phytoestrogens, and black cohosh’s main clinical use is for treating hot flashes (although it was used traditionally in North America primarily for treating arthritis and “women’s issues” prior to colonization). The goal is always to tailor each person’s treatment plan specifically for them as an individual. Our many thanks go out to Dr. Parissa Bunin and Dr. Judah Bunin for their contribution to this article. To learn more about Naturopathic Medicine and the Fredericton Naturopathic Clinic, go to www.naturedocs.ca
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Rusianne FX This June, Shop Fredericton is teaming up with Special Effects Makeup Artist Extraordinaire, Rusianne of Rusianne FX for a photo shoot like non-other. In advance of this, we wanted to introduce our readers to this gem in our midst; yet another example of the superior talent found in our city. Hello, Rusianne! Tell us a little about yourself! From where does your gorgeous accent hail, and what brought you here? I am a very proud mother of four children. I am from Essex and Kent which lay on the outskirts of London, England and a tiny island in the Mediterranean called Malta. One day I just decided I needed a change from life in England. I’ve lived in Fredericton for twelve years and I really enjoy it. Fredericton is so picturesque and quaint. When did you first fall in love with makeup art? When I watched Robin Williams turn into a woman in the movie Mrs Doubtfire! I’ve always enjoyed playing with makeup, but learning that I could do so much transformation and illusion really made me love it…. I’ve train with the world’s best body artists in Vegas and Florida. My oldest son is my number one critic, he will give me his honest opinion about my work and when he tells me that it is good, it really must be good!
Another favourite time has to be the very first time I painted a pair of jeans on a model, who was luckily a Yoga instructor! It took 9 hours if I remember rightly, and the awe that came from everyone, including myself, in the studio at how real they looked made me feel so proud. What type of work do you do most in Fredericton? Face painting for both adults and children at parties and Halloween is definitely number one, followed by makeup lessons and makeovers for women. Maternity belly painting and body painting is growing in popularity, slowly but surely. Tell us about some of the boudoir body paint you have done. What is involved, and what is the end product? Boudoir body paint is painting lingerie and jewelry onto the naked body. Depending on how much detail is involved it can be a lengthy process… the last one I did took 7 hours. The end result is a woman who doesn’t feel or look naked. It’s quite incredible and it’s a joy to watch her enjoy a professional photo shoot full of confidence which she might not otherwise have if she were without the paint. She of course has the images to do with as she pleases, it may be a gift for her partner or maybe an addition to her portfolio. I have yet to have a male do a sexy shoot. It would be fun to do a body painted firemen calendar come to think of it!
What are some favourite projects you have worked on?
Which celebrity’s style do you most love?
Body painting my oldest son and two of his friends as Avatars. They had a photo shoot with Dragonfly Photography, and then wanted to go and show off in public, so I took them to the Regent Mall. They felt like Superstars! People were crowding around them and taking their photos, a promotions lady in the mall wanted them to stay with her for the day because of the attention they created! It was a blessing to see how excited and proud those kids were! Body painting for the SNAP Burlesque review each year has also been fabulous.
My son will call me a geek, ha-ha, but I have to say Katy Perry. I would love to steal her costume designer for a day! It’s the vintage style she pulls off with lots of different looks which I enjoy as I am always trying something new.
You are working on an upcoming Shop Fredericton photo shoot. Can you share a few tidbits of info with our readers? It is going to be bold with some illusion. That’s all I can say! … Stay Tuned!
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An Imaginary Traveller While we can’t always escape the clutches of a chaotic life, we can still fantacize about it. Sometimes an introspective journey is as good as any. Daydreaming and fantacizing is a healthy form of retreat. Carl Jung used this “active imagination” technique to overcome his own emotional dilemmas, and claimed it gave him insights he hadn’t been able to see before. It’s free, easy and anyone can do it. Just find a quiet place, let your mind wander, write it down, and repeat. Journey on, daydreaming travelers.
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Table for One It’s an art, just being alone. Though true, getting a little attention is a fun boost to the ego, there are times when we just want to be alone; to make our own decisions and not feel the constant pressure to impress, to please, to help and to entertain. There is serenity and freedom in occasional solitude. Embrace it.
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Why so often we feel the need to escape…
Wonder Woman Doesn’t Exist So says Debora L. Spar, president of Barnard College and author of
Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection.
She reminds us that Wonder Woman is fiction, and you are what’s real. You, in this one little go around at life that we’re all given. Yet every day women attempt to lead lives in which they not only take on everything, but insist on performing everything perfectly. This is a fantasy, says Spar, and fantasy is never a good thing. The women’s liberation movement fought for the rights of women to have and do it all. But perhaps a critical point has been lost. Does it really feel empowering to wear so many hats, or does bearing all that weight feel more defeating? Because being physically and emotionally exhausted at the end of the day, losing sleep from feelings of guilt that you haven’t done enough is not what real empowerment feels like. Perhaps the real liberation and power lies in the ability to now choose our roles, sans guilt, then “boldly, audaciously, joyfully, leave the rest behind”, says Spar. To embark on a more gratifying life, Debora Spar writes the following in her book:
Learn from the guys. Men know there’s only so much they can do at once. If the budget report’s due, the lawn goes unmowed. Women try to keep everything going, all the plates spinning. It’s OK to set down a plate. Just choose which one. Stay close to home. As your life gets more complicated, having family around is a godsend, so live by parents or siblings. Find the right partner. Sheryl Sandberg said it in Lean In, but it bears repeating. Marry someone you love and like; finding a person who doesn’t care if you’re perfect is a good start. Banish guilt from your social life. You don’t have to accept every invitation. Before you RSVP, ask yourself: (1) Is it required for work?
(2) Will it help you professionally or intellectually? (3) Will you enjoy it? If the answer to all three is no, don’t go. Commit to a workout regimen. It feels like one more gotta-beperfect obligation, but exercise is a stress reliever: If I didn’t run, swim, or lift weights, I almost certainly would have killed someone by this point in my life. Pick a job you love. If your career is satisfying, you’re more likely to stick with it after having kids. Women flee consulting and banking in droves; female doctors, though, tend to stay put, perhaps because no one enters medical school on a whim.
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Toss the Guilt Away…
A Day at the Spa is Not an Extravagance The Wonder Woman role most women assume means they play the part of caregiver to everyone around. To their children, husband, friends, parents and coworkers. But who takes care of loved ones when you crash and burn out? You can’t give to others when you are drained and have nothing left to give. Your time at the spa is time to catch your breath, unwind, and refuel. Do this right, and you’ll be better than ever to do what you do best – give back to others. Estheticians at a busy uptown day spa offer “insider” tips on how to make the very most of your appointment time, and share some of the biggest mistakes women make.
Have a light snack and come hydrated. Miranda says she recently had a client ask her to speed up a pedicure because she forgot to eat and was starting to feel faint. Speed up a pedicure? Really? Such a waste of precious time. A quick bite to eat before your appointment regulates blood sugar and allows for deeper relaxation. And drink some water. It helps the kidneys and other organs process various substances which move through the body. After a massage or many facial treatments, toxins have been released that need to be flushed out. Hydrating the muscles so that they are easier to manipulate makes it easier for the therapist to perform deep tissue work. Arrive a few minutes early, and allow a few extra minutes to stay. Bring a great book, sit back and indulge in a few quiet moments before your service. Allow yourself time to get in the right “headspace” so that you may truly enjoy your service. If you’re having a pedicure or manicure, give nails time to dry before you leave the salon, suggests Anna. Don’t wreck a gorgeous mani by rushing on to your next appointment. A few extra minutes are all it takes. Treat yourself to your favourite coffee or tea, suggests Chelsey. Or perhaps an indulgent little piece of dark chocolate. Bring it along to your next pedicure and delight all your senses. If you have questions, ask them when you book the appointment. For example, ask about hair length when booking body waxing. You’ll get the
optimal results if hair is not too short (FYI, hair needs to be a quarter-inch if it’s fine, a half-inch if it’s coarse.) Don’t be afraid to fall asleep during a service. This is your time to relax, says Chelsey. Your esthetician won’t think it’s silly; she’ll be pleased to be offering a service inducing such relaxation. Don’t worry about what your esthetician thinks. We all think our feet look funny, or that we are hairier than everyone else. Estheticians have seen it all, says Miranda. They deal with hair and clogged pores every day – if you didn’t have them, they wouldn’t have a job. Come by yourself. Don’t bring your children. You will not relax, and neither will other clients. Leave hubby at home, too. Worrying about someone waiting for you is no way to relax, and you are wasting precious money, time and a beautiful experience. Make the very most of these sweet, solitary minutes. Turn the phone OFF… not simply on silent. All three estheticians tell stories of vibrating purses in the corner of the service room. Not only does this take your mind away from the service at hand, but is a distraction for your esthetician as well. You work hard for your money, and have likely moved a lot of other things around to make time for your appointment. Be kind to yourself and reap the rewards you deserve.
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Peas, Pretty Peas! P
ea shoots are the young, tender vine tips of the pea plant. The season is oh-so short, so if you can find them at your favorite farmers market or are lucky enough to get some in your CSA basket, snap them up! Sunshine Miles Farm in Durham Bridge shares their favorite ways to savor this delicacy of the spring season.
Pea Shoot Stir-Fry Wash, rinse and gently pat dry 2 pounds fresh, young pea shoots. Set aside. Heat 2 tbsp peanut oil in a wok or large pan. Add 1 tbsp each finely chopped ginger, minced garlic and honey. Toss in shoots and a couple drops of sesame oil. Stir fry 2 minutes, leaving a little bite left in the shoots. Serve with a piece of very simply prepared pan fried salmon and it will be the best thing you’ve ever tasted.
Prawns with Pea Shoots and Garlic Scapes 2 lbs Prawns, cleaned and deveined 2 Tbsp butter 2 cups pea shoots 2 Tbsp chopped garlic scapes Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
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1 lb freshly washed, young pea shoots 1 cup washed, hulled and sliced strawberries ½ small red onion, very thinly sliced ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese ¼ cup sliced, toasted almonds Drizzle with Vinaigrette:
Saute butter and garlic scapes in a heavy frying pan, season and add prawns. Cook on a medium/high heat for one minute per side. Add pea shoots, toss, and heat for just about one more minute… shoots should retain a teeny, tiny bit of crunch.
Pea Shoot and Strawberry Salad with Feta and Maple Vinaigrette
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¼ cup olive oil 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar 2 tbsp maple syrup Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.
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Parents, Get Cyber Safe The talk about it is everywhere.
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Do you know what Cyber Bullying is? Put simply, it’s the use of electronic communication (cell phones, computers, tablets) to bully a person, usually by sending messages of a menacing or threatening spirit. Examples include rumors posted on social networks, mean or threatening emails or texts, and embarrassing pictures or videos posted online. Cyber bullying is terrifyingly different from “old-school” bullying because of the rapid speed with which it spreads to a far and wide audience, almost always including strangers. It is relentless, continuing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week… even when a child is at home in her “safe place”. Bullying messages are often sent anonymously, leaving the victim completely unaware of who the perpetrator is. And once a message, photo or video is out there, it’s virtually impossible to permanently delete. The effects of cyber bullying are numerous. Bullied children are more likely to use drugs and alcohol, skip school, have lower self-esteem and experience more health problems.
How do you know if your child is being bullied? Look for these signs: •
Changes in usage of cell phone or computer – increased usage, or unusual avoidance.
Mood swings after reading emails or texts; anger, becoming withdrawn or anxious.
Becoming secretive regarding online activities.
Falling behind in school, skipping school or social activities.
Poor appetite, change in sleep patterns.
Deleting social networking profiles and accounts.
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New texts, email addresses or phone numbers begin appearing on your child’s phone, laptop or other device.
They block one or more numbers or email addresses from their online accounts or email.
But what if you suspect your child is the one doing the bullying? As heartbreaking as it is to think of a child being the victim of a cyber bully, it is equally terrifying to suspect your own child of perpetrating the harassment. The first thing you need to do is take ten. Really, stop and catch your breath. You need to take time to collect your thoughts. A floodgate of emotions will try to cloud your judgement, perhaps bringing up memories of your own experiences of being bullied, or shame if you’ve been one in the past. You need to deal with your own emotions before you can tackle the present situation with your child. Cyber bullying often grows from peer pressure, involving all sorts of children… some who just simply get caught up in the moment, afraid to not ‘fit in’ with the crowd. Some children don’t see it as the serious situation it is…often they cannot see the reaction of the victim, and are therefore unaware of the real consequences. Perhaps it is done out of boredom or the need to feel powerful. Or perhaps it is a cry for attention.
Here’s what to look for if you suspect your child is involved: •Does your child have many different social networking accounts, or use some else’s? •Do they become upset if they can’t use the computer? Continued on page 20
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•Do they laugh a lot, or use rude, insulting language while online? •Does your child become secretive about their online activity, switch screens when you walk by, or not want to talk about their online activity? •Do they spend long hours online, often late at night?
What can you do? You’ve got to talk, and talk and talk with your child. Start the conversation about cyber bullying. Let them know you are aware of what it is, and that it’s important to their lives. Don’t be shy or ashamed to check out your child’s online accounts and phone activity. Go through text history, photos and their social networking sites. New parental monitoring tools can be installed that aim at preventing cyber bullying.
Keeping lines of communication wide open with children is the first line of defence regardless of the situation. Bringing in other “team” members such as teachers and other family members can also help in curbing the growing phenomenon Gift Card sted of cyber bullying. And keeping eyes wide open to signs that something is wrong.
Need more information? The federal government’s website getcybersafe.gc.ca offers helpful tips and resources for parents and children to stay safe online.
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