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l et te r f ro m th e We survived a super nasty winter season on the West Coast and everyone was so looking forward to Spring 2017 to arrive. I will gladly trade the fluffy-white snow for fluffy-pink cherry blossoms as spring comes to life in our stunningly scenic province! We have great content throughout our annual Green issue for you to enjoy reading in the backyard or nearest playpark. I encourage all parents to check page 6 for recent updates to food allergies. This informative article can be helpful to parents of babies as well as parents with older children. As every parent knows, children don’t just get sick during the colder seasons, illness
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Choose Fair-Trade Goods for Your Family In an ideal world, stores would only carry goods that are healthy for people and the planet. Until then, we must read labels and choose with care. The money you spend on fair-trade, provides safer working conditions and helps communities to thrive. The fair-trade certification system also prohibits GMOs and limits the use of agrochemicals. Many of us know how to find fair-trade chocolate, coffee, tea and bananas. Yet few know that they can also obtain fair-trade lip balm, lotions, flowers, clothing and sporting equipment. Soccer balls are great for children, but they shouldn’t be made by children.
What Does Fair-Trade Mean? Fair trade helps promote sustainable agriculture around the world. Farmers are paid for what they grow, based on internationallyrecognized standards on wages; labour rights; working conditions and prices. The practice supports farming co-ops, housing, health and safety standards. Fair trade also means no child labour (workers under the age of 15, as defined by the International Labour Organization).
What Fair-Trade Products Can I Buy? Coffee: It’s the second most-traded commodity on Earth after oil! Growers have cleared millions of acres of land worldwide and some use toxic pesticides and GMO varieties to increase production. Songbirds that summer in Canada usually spend winters in coffee-growing latitudes. Our coffee consumption threatens much of their habitat. When you choose coffee that has been triplecertified: fair trade, organic and shade-grown, you are helping birds and other species. Chocolate: Growers of cocoa — the chocolate bean — have also cleared millions of acres worldwide thus forcing out forest inhabitants, including boreal birds. In sub-Saharan Africa, 30 percent of children under age 15 are labourers often in agricultural activities. These realities build a strong case for choosing only certified fair-trade chocolate. Flowers: A conventional floral bouquet may be grown by children in a country far away, under nasty, pesticide-laden working conditions. Plant seeds for long-lasting happiness by selecting fair-trade flowers or potted plants that restrict certain agrochemicals; pay fair wages and avoid child labour. Clothing: The opposite of fair-trade threads is “fast fashion”
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that entices us to buy more for less. But cheap clothing and accessories are no bargain. They are not made to last. You may be surprised to know that some low-priced items are more likely to contain lead — so beware of bright, shiny handbags and wallets. Beading and sequins can also indicate possible child labour has been involved. In the book, Magnifeco: Your Head-to-Toe Guide to Ethical Fashion and Non-toxic Beauty, Kate Black says that when we pay less, we also get less: less transparency and accountability, and lower ethical standards and quality. Fair-trade clothing brands commit to worker well-being; fair prices to suppliers; transparency; accountability; economic opportunities and respect for the environment (organic or low-pesticide production). Sports balls: Choose certified fair-trade soccer balls, volleyballs and basketballs. These hand-stitched balls are made-to-last and PVC-free. Manufacturers must meet certain social, economic and environmental standards. Fair-trade premiums contribute toward programs that help employees and their families including eye exams; diabetes tests; school supplies and clean drinking water for schools.
Watch For These Two Labels Fairtrade International, a group of 25 organizations, that certifies international fair-trade standards which addresses the imbalance of power in trading relationships, unstable markets and the injustices of conventional trade. They connect disadvantaged producers to consumers; promote fair-trading conditions and empower producers. Learn more at www.fairtrade.net Fair Trade USA is the leading third-party certifier of fair-trade products in the United States. This organization uses a marketbased approach to give farmers fair prices; safer working
conditions, and community resources thus contributing to fair, healthy and sustainable lives. Learn more at www.fairtradeusa.org Make informed decisions to reduce your environmental footprint. Understand labels and claims found on everyday products. Search for certified eco-labels such as fair trade. Not only will you become a sustainable shopper, you will also empower and help people around the world. • Lindsay joined the David Suzuki Foundation more than a decade ago, with a Zoology degree and a passion for nature. As David Suzuki’s “Queen of Green” she leads and inspires others to live gently on the Earth. Canada’s “green living” expert is mom of a preschooler and throws great neighbourhood block parties! www.queenofgreen.ca
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New Updates for Parents A food allergy is when the immune system mistakes a particular food as harmful. Once a person has developed a food allergy, an allergic reaction occurs every time the food is eaten. Food allergies can be severe (often called anaphylactic) or children can have more mild reactions. We know that food allergies in children have been on the rise over the last decade. Currently it is estimated that 5% of children in BC have food allergies. This rise has motivated curious scientists to conduct scientific research to find out what causes food allergies and how to prevent them. We have a long way to go before we have all the answers; however several recent studies reveal very interesting findings. As a result, new advice is being given to parents for introducing solid foods to young children. New research reveals babies who may be at higher risk for food allergies. Allergies tend to run in families. Your baby may be at higher risk for a food allergy if: • Baby has eczema before introducing solid foods. • A doctor has diagnosed a biological parent or sibling with an allergic condition like food allergy, eczema, asthma or hay fever. Newest scientific findings don’t tell us which foods are linked to each risk factor. So there is no current advice to avoid specific foods. In fact, the advice is quite the opposite. For greater details, read the section of this article that covers recommendations for infants with a higher-risk for food allergy.
Recommendations for Infants with a Lower Risk for Food Allergy: • When your child is about six months, you can start introducing •
any food in no particular order. Focus on iron-rich foods first, and then introduce a wide range of other foods. There is no need to introduce foods one-at-a-time, or wait a certain number of days between new foods.
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Recommendations for Infants with a Higher Risk for Food Allergy: • Follow the advice for lower-risk infants (above) with the exception of the common food allergens.
• Introduce common food allergens, one-at-a-time, within the •
first few months of introducing solid foods (when your child is about six months). Continue to offer the common food allergens two to three times a week.
In Canada, the common food allergens are: milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, soy, seafood (fish, shellfish, crustaceans), wheat, and sesame. Food reactions are often more subtle, non-specific, and can take longer to show up. This can make it challenging to narrow down specific reactions to a specific food. Signs of a food reaction may include any of the following: • A rash ( including worsening of eczema) • Vomiting, stomach upset, diarrhea, constipation • Stuffy or runny nose • Watery eyes
Signs of a Severe Food Reaction: Severe reactions usually appear within minutes of eating a food. Signs include: • Mouth, tongue and throat swelling • Hives • Difficulty breathing • Difficulty swallowing or hoarse voice • Pale or blue colour of the face or lips • Faintness, weakness or passing out
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Does My Child Have a Food Reaction? If you suspect that your child is having a severe reaction, immediately get emergency medical help. Call 9-1-1 or the emergency number in your area. If you suspect that your child has a non-severe food reaction, stop feeding your child that food. Talk with your primary care provider (doctor or nurse practitioner) or a dietitian experienced with food allergies. Children grow out of reactions to some foods more commonly than others. Work with your health professional to determine when it would be the right time to try re-introducing that particular food.
Food Reactions in Older Children: Food reactions don’t just happen to babies. Sometimes an older child will have a reaction leaving parents baffled as to why it happened after so many years. I highly recommend working with a dietitian experienced with food allergies and sensitivities. The gold-standard way to determine a food reaction is to do a food-elimination diet followed by a food challenge. Unfortunately, this process is often done incorrectly which can be frustrating for parents. It is also important to know that when foods are removed — without looking closely at the rest of a child’s diet — nutrients can be missed which are essential for the child’s health and development. • Kristen, MSc, RD is a child-feeding expert who helps parents support their picky eaters to try new foods on their own. Since 2008, she has been working with families to provide good nutrition for their children today and instill a love of food that lasts a lifetime. www.kristenyarker.com/kids-nutrition
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Lindsay Coulter When Lindsay was nine years old she said: “One day David Suzuki and I will be like this” and crossed her fingers. She didn’t really know what David Suzuki did for a living she just knew he liked animals and was passionate about saving the planet, just like her. It took a little bit of time and a lot of hard work but in 2006, with her Zoology degree in hand, she joined the David Suzuki Foundation. She walks the talk, even holding an environmentally friendly wedding. It wasn’t long before she became known as David Suzuki’s Queen of Green, blogging about “Living Green.” She has a four-year old son and is expecting another child this summer. Urbanbaby & Toddler Magazine had the opportunity to follow up with Lindsay about living green and how parents can teach their children to love nature and live a greener lifestyle.
LC: Our four-year son now plays with the same toys his father played with during his childhood. They are not just regular toys they are very special because they used to be Daddy’s. The toys we buy now for our son, we hope to hand down to his children and follow the same tradition. And if we’re lucky, Grandpa’s Lego might be handed down to another generation. So, when we make new purchases, we aim to buy toys that are built to last and not necessary what’s trendy. As for clothing, we try to donate clothes that our son has outgrown and give them to friends or family. When we buy new clothing, I try to source eco-friendly, fair-trade or certified organic clothing. Good-quality clothing will definitely last longer and can be used by more than just my family.
UBT: Your career in the spotlight has obvious time commitments, how do you juggle time with your family? LC: After my son Wyn was born, I was able to reduce my work time from four to three days a week which enabled me to spend more time with him. I am very grateful for my family-friendly office environment that lets me stay connected with nature. As a social media mom, I have to be constantly connected so I schedule my time strategically and rely on the volunteers to help in answering questions and inquiries from fans. UBT: Many young families are unaware of the extent of our “throw-away society” when it comes to an excess of toys and clothing. What advice can you offer parents to change that?
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UBT: So many people strive to live more green but feel like they are only one person, and their impact on the planet is inconsequential. What advice do you have for those people? LC: Small steps not only inform, but also empower Canadians to live “green” without guilt or the feeling of being overwhelmed. Go from “I’m just one person, what can I do?” to “I’m one person, look what I CAN do! UBT: Teaching children about respecting the earth and nature is so important but often gets lost in this modern world of tech and gadgets. How can parents help their kids learn to respect the earth and connect with it on a daily basis? LC: Open the door. Fact: we’re raising a generation of indoor kids. In her survey, Dr. Rhonda Clements found that children spend less time playing outdoors than their mothers did when they were young—even in rural areas. Children go outside less often and for shorter periods of time. And you don’t have to plan a huge adventure to a provincial or national park. Nature can be a local green space — a treed
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boulevard, community garden, or creek running through your neighbourhood. Walk to school or put up a tree swing! UBT: What are some practices that you do daily/weekly to teach your own child about giving back to the planet? LC: When we see trash by the ocean, we pick it up. My fouryear-old is always learning about conservation, composting and recycling. He understands the concept of reusing items as part of our daily life. UBT: How have you inspired other moms to adopt a greener lifestyle for their families? LC: I think it has helped to be open to the challenges I have faced. No one wants to be preached or judged. So, I understand the importance of being open-minded. Cloth diapering was a lonely experience for me (only one of my friends was doing it). As for the other moms, I had to approach Green Living topics carefully because I didn’t want them to think they are doing a lesser job. Yet I felt compelled to share some of my passion with them, because you never know who will become inspired because of something you say. UBT: What achievement are you most proud of as a working mom? LC: I am thankful for both my roles with the foundation, and as the “Queen of Green.” I love all the research and writing. I also consider myself fortunate to work in a field that I am very passionate about. In Canada, new moms have a choice to go back to work if they choose. I am proud to work for an organization that is flexible as well. With our family’s recent move to Victoria, I can now work remotely from home and can easily take my son to Victoria Nature School in the vicinity. UBT: What can our children do to help lead the “green” movement forward? LC: Children don’t need to look far. It could start in the school yard. However, they’ll need our help! This could mean leading initiatives to plant trees and shrubs to reduce energy costs by 30 percent and beautify their surroundings. Naturalized landscaping has mason bee houses, butterfly gardens, hummingbird gardens and winter bird gardens surrounding the school property. Learning that takes place in outdoor spaces is equally important to what is learnt in the classroom. •
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Parenting Styles Around the World The minute that you and your partner decide to become parents, your life changes forever. You are suddenly more smitten, vulnerable and enamoured than you ever could have imagined. And the intensity of the love — that incredible sensation that you feel for your child — is so beautiful and powerful! It is only natural to be filled with a primal urge to protect, nurture and encourage. Parents around the globe share this intense love and protection for offspring. Certain universals exist for raising kids: providing them with a safe place to live, with the necessities of food and water, and with the encouragement to grow, learn, and engage with others. However, in certain cultures and countries, the similarities widely vary. The truth is, parenting styles differ across the globe – and although some traditions might make Canadians cringe, the reasoning behind them is actually quite fascinating.
Sleeping Arrangements - Japan and Africa In North America, it is usually customary, and even celebratory,
to get your child to sleep on their own as soon as possible. Yet many parents in North America practice attachment parenting and co-sleeping. However, most westerners encourage their children to sleep independently. This is certainly not the case in countries such as Japan, where co-sleeping is the norm. In fact, Japanese parents often sleep in proximity to their children until they are teenagers. In certain traditional African cultures and countries, such as Kenya, you will find the entire family sleeps together in one room until the child has been weaned off the breast, and even beyond that.
Educational Practices – Scandinavia Scandinavian countries are leaders in literacy and education in the world – yet their children do not begin any formal education until at least age 7 at which time they are only encouraged to learn to read. Shorter school hours provide the flexibility and play time that these young minds need to learn and grow.
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Unusual Saliva Traditions – Greece and Nigeria Spit up isn’t just a phenomenon of a burped baby – in fact, in Greece, it is customary to spit at a new baby three times to ward off bad luck, evil spirits, bad luck, and specifically “the evil eye”. In Nigeria, the Igbo tribe take newborns to the family’s ancestral house where a respected and well-spoken relative, chosen by the parents, chews a type of pepper called “alligator pepper” and spits it on a finger to place in the baby’s mouth. It is believed that are a result of this, the baby will grow up just as well-spoken and articulate as the relative who is blessing the baby.
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Chinese parents have potty training down pat. If you can believe it, Chinese parents start placing babies over the toilet when they are only a few weeks old. As a result, Chinese babies are pottytrained much earlier than our Western babies.
In Bali, babies are held and carried around until three months of age so that their feet don’t touch the ground. This is because it is believed that the newborn’s purity can be tainted through any contact with the dirty ground. Finally, at three months, the family holds a ceremony where the baby sets foot upon the ground for the first time.
Postpartum Vacation – Malaysia Moms get the pampered treatment after delivery. In fact, a new mother undergoes a confinement period (or pantang) that lasts about 44 days. This treatment is designed to preserve the health and femininity of the mother. A postnatal attendant pampers the new mother and administers therapeutic massages.
As a parent, it can be helpful to understand the parenting practices around the world and the reasoning behind each tradition. By doing so, we can foster a greater understanding of other cultures and embrace diversity with all its uniqueness. The reality is: common sense is not so common. • Melissa is a coffee-guzzling, wine-loving, lip-gloss-addicted mom
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Having a Doula on Your Support Team: Understanding the Benefits
Giving birth is a transition requiring emotional and physical support including strength, openness and resilience. Many expectant parents are unaware of the intensity of labour and sometimes the chosen support person/people can be as overwhelmed as the mom about to give birth. Expectant parents are often surprised to know that a doula can make the process easier pre-and post-delivery. Doulas take specialized training and are passionate about supporting the birthing family. They can often recognize what is “normal” in birth and what isn’t. It is important that you find a doula that builds your confidence in your ability to handle whatever comes your way. Most expectant moms interview a few doulas then choose someone who is wellsuited to their individual needs. The most important thing about your doula is that she is a good fit for you and your birth team. For example, if you want an epidural in early labour you may hire a doula who is more experienced in supporting clients who have chosen epidurals.
During pregnancy an expectant mother meets with their doula a few times to get well-acquainted. Your doula desires to fully understand your wants and desires for your birth. To that end, she may help you build a written “birth plan” or work with you on ways to communicate with your chosen Health Care Provider (HCP). She can also assist you in understanding what to expect during delivery based on your particular situation. A birth doula usually goes to the expectant mother’s home during early labour. For a family planning a natural birth, this can be extremely beneficial because she will help first-time parents recognize when “active labour” begins. The birth doula will also inform the expectant mother about steps that can move labour
“The presence of a doula is a major advantage for physicians, the women and their families. They provide a level of support that is often very difficult to achieve in a busy maternity care service. We see increased satisfaction with the birth experience, lower intervention rates and excellent infant outcomes." Dr. Michael Klein
along and encourage your support team to attend to your needs. Doulas are trained to know when to call your Health Care Provider. They may also help you decide if a different resource is needed such as 811 (the nurse hotline) or the maternity ward of the hospital. Sometimes placing these calls will assist you to relax more fully during the stages of birth and/or provide the opportunity to be assessed further by your Health Care Provider. Once you are in active labour, your doula’s main focus is assisting with comfort measures, relaxation, and encouragement and positioning. She may remind you of your stated wishes in your birth plan. If any stage appears to deviate from what is normal, she will gently help you formulate questions for your Health Care Provider. Your doula, support team and Health Care Providers should all work together for you and your baby’s safety, comfort and emotional well-being. Simple things like encouraging: breathing, relaxation, movement, drinks of water and calorie intake, go a long way to ensure a healthy birth. Once your precious baby is born, the doula works to ensure that you and baby get as much skin-to-skin connection as you desire. She will also assist with a gentle introduction to breastfeeding (if that is what you choose). If the birth goes differently than you planned your doula will ensure that you fully understand options and related outcomes. A doula can be a companion; a comforting shoulder; a cheer leader, a “mother figure” or another type of support that’s unique to you. Envision a kind and loving attendant who wishes to enhance your birth with her presence. And rest assured that your doula wants to make having a baby a memorable and cherished experience for you. •
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A Green Choice on Your Baby’s Bottom In the article Reusable Diapers Ditched for Disposables by Busy Parents published November 2016, in the Vancouver Sun, a new mom was interviewed. Her maternity leave was ending and she was headed back to work. With this transition, her family realized they had less time for doing laundry, so they made the switch to disposables. According to Nichole McLeod from Happy Baby Cheeks Cloth Diaper Service, business dramatically dropped off in 2016. She was very curious to know why young parents appear to be moving away from a much healthier option for the environment. And yet, she estimates that their company has saved about 3.2 million disposable diapers from the landfill. If you’re not familiar with Happy Baby Cheeks Cloth Diaper Service, it is super easy to use. Once a week the company delivers fresh diapers and picks up all your used diapers at the same time. It is that simple! The service allows you to have the convenience of disposable diapers along with all the advantages and health benefits of cloth diapers. There is no additional work required on your part, because your diapers are cleaned for you (see ad on page 5 for a special offer). Many of us know about the positive aspects of using cloth diapers but when it comes down to time and convenience; many parents don’t realize that eco-disposable diapers are also available. Since they are made from renewable resources and usually free from dyes and fragrances, it’s a healthy alternative worth considering. By selecting greener options, collectively we can create a healthier future environment for our children and grandchildren.
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| by Alison Mills
When Your Child Gets Sick:
Be Well-Informed and Prepared New parents often ask what items should be included in the safety/medical kits at home. What you need depends on your proximity to your nearest pharmacy. Expiry dates do matter, so don’t stock up too far in advance. Pregnant women should double check labels on all medications prior to taking them. If you have questions or concerns contact your doctor, pharmacy, 811/Health Link BC or Poison Control. The remedies available for adults far exceed the number of remedies that can be safely used for children. Regardless of brand, medications are always measured in milligrams (mg) and although the label of each bottle will give directions in milliliters (ml). And understanding the difference of these measurements is essential. Keep in mind that medications for children and infants have different concentrations. It is very important to give the correct number of milligrams based on your child’s weight. You can always call 811 for assistance should you have any questions or concerns with over-the-counter medications. This can be particularly useful when trying to calculate how much to give a child, for example, if they have vomited after taking a dose of medicine.
Did You Know?
Antipyretic - are for treating fevers Analgesic - are for treating pain
Confused by drugs and brand names? “Motrin”, “Advil” are brand names and all contain the drug ibuprofen. “Tylenol” is a brand name and contains the drug acetaminophen. Both acetaminophen and ibuprofen can help treat pain, both can help lower a fever. The two drugs can be given together when one alone has been ineffective. Consult with your doctor or pharmacist for additional guidance and assistance.
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Parents and caregivers of toddlers know the power of a simple bandage especially if the bandage bears a picture of a favourite television hero! Non-pharmaceuticals are just as important. Sometimes nothing tops a big hug. I have discovered that it is a good idea to be stocked up with two boxes of bandages at all times. If you do not have bandages for treating a cut, refrain from using use tissues or paper towels because they have fibers that break down when wet. A clean tea-towel is better to control bleeding until the cut can be treated properly. If you are sick with a cough/cold and have congestion, you probably don’t feel like eating much. Most of us can go a night without eating, so eating less for a day shouldn’t harm an otherwise healthy child. Newborns however require more consistent feeding and your health care professionals can provide valuable guidance should your newborn become ill. Hydration is fundamental to good health. A stomach upset that causes vomiting or diarrhea is often best treated with rest. Let the stomach empty and rest for a period of time. Then slowly reintroduce fluids. If your child appears to be tolerating fluids well, you can slowly reintroduce some bland foods before resuming to a normal diet. Resist the urge to feed an upset stomach. When fighting general coughs, colds, influenza and many infections, fluids are required. Soup and popsicles really do help! A runny nose is a sign of a hydrated child. A dry, crusty nose is begging for hydration. When breathing gets difficult, it’s time to seek medical care. Nothing beats being prepared with qualitative medical advice and resources. Both HealthLink BC (www.healthlinkbc.ca) and BC Children’s (www.bcchldrens.ca) offer a very large database of information for parents and caregivers. • Alison resides in Vancouver and is an Emergency and Pediatric nurse. She is the owner of TykeTalks which provides educational information sessions for new parents and caregivers. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the city with her four-year old daughter Annabel. www.tyketalks.com
| by Rowena List
The Juggler: Mastering
the Art of Scheduling
Ever notice how stressful it can be sometimes to manage your family schedule? Ever wondered how you can successfully manage it all with far less stress? Here are five tips to help you on that important quest: Tip 1: Children Do Best with Routine Routine is important, however, if a child is not thriving on this schedule it is wise to reconsider. Possibly remove or add an activity that will produce less stress in your child’s life. Having set times for meals, bedtime and activities makes for a happy child. Tip 2: Leave Time for Rest and Play Children love structured activities, and a certain amount of it every day is important. Each child is different, so gauge how much he or she need by behaviour shown. More than anything - after school and on weekends - children need and want free time to rest and play. Ensure you allow for that too. Tip 3: Sit Down as a Family Plan a family discussion to determine one or two activities each child wants to do each season. Two activities is most likely the maximum, although every child is different. Monitor the situation so schoolwork doesn’t suffer. Make sure you don’t overdo it or your stress will be absorbed by your children. Sitting down to dinner together as a family has proven to be one of the ways to maintain good communication with children. Schedule in meal times.
Tip 4: Make a Calendar Many parents are surprised to learn that when a children get involved in the planning how much more cooperative they can be. Create a calendar to mark down all the regular activities. Ask each of your children to choose a colour marker that will only be used for their activities. Ensure that your schedule includes which grown-up will be driving each child to an activity. Look into car pooling especially if you need to be in multiple places at one time. If you are a single parent ask for assistance from another parent.
Tip 5: Include Designated Family Time No matter how busy you get with sports activities, work, school or home improvement projects, make family time your top priority. Schedule a weekly activity the entire family does together. If possible, plan one activity you and your spouse can do separately with each child.
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On your calendar be sure to depict family time in a different colour. And while you are at it, make sure you put in some personal time just for you! Keeping life simple and balanced will give you a harmonious family life. • Rowena is the owner of Getting It Together specializing in home organization. She lives in Burnaby and is grandma to five grandchildren. Rowena values the importance of building family traditions and teaching her grandchildren how organizing can be fun. www.gettingittogether.ca
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| by Natasha Biem
Raising an Advocate and Not a Bully In recent years, the topic of bullying has hit headlines worldwide. Bullying comes in many Make Caring for Others a Priority different forms and can be found in schools; on playgrounds; on the Internet and in the workplace. Children need to learn to balance their needs with the needs of To tackle this growing issue, our society focuses on what to do when your child is being bullied, yet we fail to recognize how we can stop this serious pattern. Your child will either be: a bully; someone who is bullied or, someone who stands against bullying. Bullying cannot be prevented, but we can give our children tools to become individuals who are empathetic, open-minded and caring towards others.
others. This can be demonstrated by passing a ball to a teammate or deciding to stand up for a friend who is being bullied. Your child needs to hear from you that caring for others is a top priority. As parents, caregivers and educators, we must hold children to a high-ethical standards such as honouring his/her commitments. At times, this may mean a little bit of personal sacrifice. Most parents will say to their children, “The most important thing is that you’re happy.” Instead, let’s start saying “The most important thing is that you are kind to yourself and others.”
Here are five strategies to raise considerate and caring children:
Instill an Attitude of Gratitude All too often we say to ourselves, “I’m just one person, what difference can I make?” There is a common notion that if we can’t do something big, we don’t do anything at all. We need to change this train of thought for ourselves and for our children. Every little contribution makes a big difference. It is never too late to become a good person, but it won’t happen on its own. Children, like the rest of us, need practice. A chore, such as setting or clearing the table, is a simple way to contribute to the family dinner. Rather than donating your child’s toys without his/her knowledge to avoid a fuss, involve him/her in the giving process.
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This is a great learning opportunity to give to the less fortunate. The reward for being kind should be an intrinsic satisfaction of being a good person and should not be a monetary or materialistic reward. Caring and gratitude go hand in hand. “Waste not, want not” is a phrase we all know, but fail to remember. Teaching children to appreciate what they have and understanding how they got it, is very important.
Expand your Child’s Circle of Concern Children tend to care about their small circle of family and friends. It is our job to help them learn to care about someone outside that circle, such as the new student in their class; someone who doesn’t speak their language or someone who is less fortunate.
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Expanding a child’s circle is exposing them to people who live in very different cultures in the world and in their own community. Teach your child about diversity. For example, if there is a new student in your child’s class who is hearing-impaired, help your child learn some sign language so they can communicate with that student and make him or her feel welcome.
Be a Strong Moral Role Model and Mentor Children learn ethical values by watching the actions of adults they respect. Being a moral role model and mentor means that we need to practice honesty, fairness and caring ourselves. But it doesn’t mean being perfect all the time. For our children to respect and trust us, we need to acknowledge our mistakes and flaws. We also need to respect children’s thinking and listen to their perspectives, demonstrating to them how we want them to engage others. You can model caring for others by contributing to the community regularly with your child.
are helpful when we are calm. Practice this strategy when your child is calm. Then, when you see your child getting upset, remind him/her about the steps and do them together. There should be a rational conversation after. Ultimately, our children will be able to have this internal dialogue when we aren’t there to guide them. Your role as a parent is the best chance your child has to survive bullying. You are your child’s role model, mentor and educator. It starts at home. They are watching and listening, so make them feel safe and loved. Listen to your words and stop yourself from saying, “If you don’t put on your jacket, Mommy is leaving without you.” Or “Daddy will love you forever, if you eat all of your lunch.” Raise your children to be confident and remind them that they are loved and how to show love. And teach them to make decisions considering the needs of others. •
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Strollers list their weight limits and seat back height. Will an infant and a toddler be using the stroller? Consider any future children to avoid having to spend more on a new stroller in a couple of years.
Do You Need a Infant Car Seat Adapter? Depending the make and model of your infant car seat certain strollers can accommodate different models. Check with the sales representative and car seat manual to make sure your child’s car seat is stroller compatible.
Jogging Stroller vs. Regular Stroller: What is the Difference? The main difference is that jogging strollers have frames designed for jogging and control at fast speeds. Regular strollers are designed for maneuverability. Most jogging strollers have three wheels and a heavier frame for added stability. Jogging strollers provide the following added features:
• Wider frame than regular strollers • Provide more leg room for longer strides • Fixed front wheel or locked position for improved control
• Braking system on the handlebar with a hand safety strap
• Larger wheels for better suspension • Require your child to be sitting upright Child Safety Rules: Babies incapable of holding their head up must have additional head and neck support to ride safely and comfortably. For jogging or off-road stroller use, children should be at least 6-8 months old. Please check your stroller manual for proper guidelines and safety instructions.
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| by Julie Romanowski
Connection is Key to Quality Conversations Having a conversation with children is really about building and maintaining a connection. Without it, you may find your child reluctant to share information with you. Cultivating a sense of trust is essential so your child knows you genuinely care about his or her well-being and sincerely want to know what’s going on. Children, who develop strong communication skills early in life, become better communicators as adults. In most cases, they just want to be heard. Keep in mind that by opening up the dialogue you are not trying to solve your child’s problems or take control of the situation. After they share some information, ask if your help is needed. Sometimes children are open to assistance. Alternatively, they may wish to handle things on their own. Avoid interrogation-type questions. This can be too overwhelming for most children and it may trigger them to shut down even more. It’s critical to make a connection so your child knows that you are there for him or her and that you truly care. Parents don’t always let their child know those feelings which can be very reassuring.
Tip 3: Make it FUN! Try a game where you say one thing about your day and then it is your child’s turn to talk about his or her day. Take turns and repeat. Tip 4: Be ready and PRESENT when you are with your child. Your child can tell when a parent is distracted (or preoccupied with their smartphone or computer). When you are not fully present, it’s likely they won’t share as much. Tip 5: Allow time for them to PROCESS the questions and formulate the answers or response. For a child, it can be a challenging process to clear the mind; organize thoughts and then share information or feelings about what happened that day - especially if the day did not go smoothly. Tip 6: PRACTICE makes perfect! Even if it doesn’t go so well the first few times or if you are getting limited responses, keep trying and see if your child responds after being given some extra time to process the discussion.
Conversation Starters • “I noticed something new in your class. What was it?” • “What was one good thing and one not-so-good thing that happened today?”
• “Who did you play with today?” • “Was snack/recess or gym time better today? How come?” • “Looked like you were thinking about something serious when I picked you up today. What happened?” • “What’s the most unexpected event that has happened so far today?”
Communication is one of the greatest skills we need to be successful in life. Sharing details of the day and related feelings requires a certain type of ongoing trust and connection between you and your child. Despite how busy your life gets, let your children know they are worth your complete and undivided attention and then demonstrate that commitment time and time again! • Julie is a mom, an Early Childhood Consultant and owner of Miss
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Tip 2: Find the best TIME to talk. Right after school may not be ideal. For some, a better time is after dinner or around bedtime. Do what is best for your family.
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Spring Family Fun!
12th-13th • Exotic Reptile Show • 11am-4pm • www.richmond.ca/parks/parks/naturepark/events Richmond Nature Park: Live reptiles presented by the West Coast Society for the Protection. 13th • St. Patrick Day Parade • 11am-2pm • www.celticfestvancouver.com/parade Downtown Van: Enjoy Celtic musicians, Scottish and Irish dancers, acrobats, stilt walkers, vintage cars. 13th - 24th • Spring Break 12 Days of Fun! • 11am-4:30pm • www.burnabyvillagemuseum.ca Burnaby Village Museum: Scavenger hunt, crafts, live entertainment and carousel rides. 11th- 26th • Spring Break at Fort Langley NHS • 11am-3pm • www.tinyurl.com/springbreakftlang Fort Langley: Old-fashioned activities for the kids, shoot a target and visit farm animals.
April 2017 7th • Abbotsford Tulip Festival • 9am-6pm • www.abbotsfordtulipfestival.ca Come see thousands of tulips spread over a 10-acre area farm. Admission required
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8th • Easter Chocolate Making • 12pm-3:30pm • www.coquitlamheritage.ca/events Mackin House: Introduction to chocolate making and gift basket making for older children. Registration required and by donation.
Eva, 7 years old • Mya, 4 years old Ivy, 18 months old
15th • Easter Fair • 11am-4pm • www.tinyurl.com/sryeasterfair Surrey Museum: Local rescue animals, spring crafts, scavenger hunt and meet the Easter Bunny. 22th • Earth Day • 12pm-4pm • www.cnv.org/earthday Heywood Park: Enjoy live music, family tent, and special guest speakers.
May 2017 6th • Mother’s Day Heritage Gift Making • 12:30pm-3pm • www.coquitlamheritage.ca Mackin House: Treat Moms to tea and scones while children make crafts. Registration required and by donation. 7th • Family Market • 11am-3pm • www.familyevent.ca Clayton Heights Secondary, Sry: Fun for the whole family, variety of vendors, door prizes and kid’s entertainment. 13th • Mother’s Day High Tea • 2pm-3:30pm • www.coquitlamheritage.ca Coquitlam Heritage Society: Bring your mothers, daughters, and grandmas for afternoon of tea. Registration and fee is required. 25th-27th • International Children’s Festival • 9am-7:30pm • www.surreychildrensfestival.ca Surrey Arts Centre: Family-friendly festival with performances and hands-on art activities.
Ongoing Events Various Weekdays • Shop ‘n Stroll Fitness • 9:30am • www.runnersandbootiesfitness.com Mom & Baby fitness class sponsored by your local shopping centre. Free to attend. Registration required. Every Wednesday • Groovin Babies • 11:00am • www.runnersandbootiesfitness.com Parent and toddler dance and music class sponsored by Brentwood Town Centre. Free to attend. Registration required. Every Friday • Zumba for Mom & Baby • 10:00am • www.runnersandbootiesfitness.com Dance class for mom & baby/toddler sponsored by Lougheed Town Centre. Free to attend. Alternating Wednesdays • Movies For Mommies • 11:30am • www.moviesformommies.com New Releases and Favourites at Dunbar Theatre, Vancouver. Grab bags and special guests. Stroller friendly and diaper change area.
Find more family-friendly April Easter events on our blog
16th • Easter in Queen’s Park • 11am-2pm • www.newwestcity.ca
Rainbow Playground: Photos with Mr. & Mrs. Bunny, petting farm, crafts, face painting. Free admission.
1. What is the best part about being a mom? All the unexpected hugs and kisses and when your kids tell you they love you. 2. What is your favourite activity to do with your children? I love swimming with my kids. It is an activity we can do all together. 3. What is the last book you’ve read? The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. 4. How do you find some “Mommy Time”? When I’ve had a rough day at work nothing makes me feel more rejuvenated then going for a massage. 5. Do you work? If so, where and what do you do? I work as a registered nurse and am a blogger. On my blog www. happymomblog.com, I try to solve the biggest problems for moms and share tips on how to make them happier. 6. Any advice for balancing work and being a mom? As a mom finding balance takes a conscious effort. It can be hard to find balance because if may require changes. If we make the changes and pay attention to areas of our lives that are lacking, we will see a difference and be much happier.
15th-16th • Great – A-Mazing Egg Hunt • 10am • www.vandusengarden.org
VanDusen Botanical Gardens: Easter egg hunt, Easter Bunny, decorating eggs, and crafts. Tickets required.
1st-23rd • Stanley Park Easter Train • 10am-5pm • www.tinyurl.com/vaneastertrain
Stanley Park, Van: Ride on the miniature train, egg hunts, crafts and meet the Easter Bunny and Easter Chick. Tickets required.
Contact event organizers with info provided to confirm details.
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