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Having Fun and Saving Money! So you’re thinking of travelling to the Disneyland Resort in California this summer. And the children are super-excited! Whether you’re a seasoned “Disney” expert, or if it’s you’re very first time at the Happiest Place on Earth, we can help you make the most out of your family vacation. Our Mommy Ambassador Melissa recently took her family to Disneyland and shares her valuable tips for parents:
Timing is Everything Let’s face it: Disneyland is extremely popular. Approximately 40,000 people visit the park DAILY every year, which calculates to around 14 million people per year. Even though certain months are slower than others, you’ll likely be waiting in some sort of lineup at some time. However, there are some tips to making the most of when you go: Travel during off-peak times, such as February through June (excluding Spring break) or anytime that doesn’t intercept a statutory holiday or major event. The crowds will be smaller and the lineups shorter. Unfortunately, the slow season will have more ride closures and shorter park hours, so be prepared to miss out on a few attractions. Avoid visiting the park on July 4th or Christmas Day (unless you’ve got no choice or you’re a daredevil), which are historically the busiest days of the year at the park. In fact, there have been instances where the park has hit its capacity and visitors were turned away. Prepare for a huge amount of walking even if you are staying right near the park or shuttled to the park entrance. Make sure the whole family has comfortable shoes and you have a stroller for your baby or toddler(s). If you prefer not to bring your own stroller to the park, you can rent one for $15USD or two for $25USD. A great website, Touring Plans, is a cool and cost-effective way to see real data and statistics on the best months to visit the park, as well as the best time of day to go on certain rides.
Enjoying the Rides Bear in mind that there are height requirements for certain rides. If your child is too short he or she won’t be able to experience some of the most popular ones. With some advance planning, you can ensure your younger child will still have a fun time on other rides. You can check height requirements for rides at www.disneyland.disney.go.com/attractions
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Take advantage of popular rides that offer a FastPass+, such as Radiator Springs Racers in California Adventure. The Disney FastPass+ service saves your place in line for some of your favourite attractions while you enjoy the rest of the park. TIP: head to the FastPass+ booth for the Radiator Springs ride as soon as you enter the park in the morning, because it often sells out. Be sure to download their smartphone app that provides wait times for Disneyland rides.
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Choosing Accommodations There are only two hotels directly across from the park entrance – The Park Vue Inn and the Best Western Park Place. Hotels in the surrounding area require much more walking. So, consider all hotel options, and if you select one further out, just be sure to look for one that will shuttle you directly to the park gates. The Embassy Suites offers a shuttle and free made-toorder breakfast plus other great perks.
Obtaining Park Tickets Avoid buying your tickets at the park gates. You can save money purchasing them through alternate sources in advance of your vacation.
• Sign up for Ebates and purchase your park tickets through Orbitz via Ebates. Not only will you get a discount, but you’ll get up to 13% cash back in the mail for shopping with them.
• If you’re a planner and your trip isn’t for a few months, shop at participating Canadian retailers offering air miles, such as Safeway and Staples. Then cash in your air miles for park hopper tickets.
Saving Money on Food Three meals out a day for a family of four can add up really quickly, if you’re eating in the theme parks. I received a valuable tip from a friend who suggested that I pre-order groceries from VONS. I set up an account and pre-ordered all the snacks, water, fruit and other items before our flights. The best part was that the groceries were all waiting for us when we arrived at the hotel. This was just delightful, because honestly, who wants to go grocery shopping as soon as you arrive at your destination? Having handy snacks ready as soon as you arrive keeps the whole family content! For younger children pack a small, foldable cooler to carry formula, snacks, water and fresh fruit to store at the bottom of the stroller during your visits to the park. Experiencing Disneyland as a family is sure to have your children smiling with delight and gives them memories that can last a lifetime. By following the tips in this article, you can make your family’s visit to the “Happiest Place on Earth” the best ever. And keep your wallet happy too! •
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Preparing for Baby Step-by-Step Expecting a baby is an exciting and nerve-racking experience. Each month serves as an opportunity to make preparations and review your progress. By making sure you accomplish certain goals each month you and your partner will be well-prepared for the new addition to your family. After baby arrives, life gets really busy and you will be thankful you took care of things well in advance. Month One: Test is positive!! Woohoo! Now is the time to discuss how you and your partner plan to announce your happy news. Who do you want to tell, when and how? Talk about the details so that when you finally spill the beans, you are both on the same page. Month Two: What kind of help do you want during delivery? Talk it over with your partner. Who will you include on your birth support team? If you would like to work with a Doula, you will want to book early, so this would be a good time to interview and find that perfect fit.
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Month Seven: Pack your suitcase for the hospital including all the essentials for you and baby. Check out our article on What to Pack for the Hospital on the UBT website.
Month Three: First Ultrasound: Could there be twins? If you
Month Eight: This month you will probably be the guest of honour at one or more baby showers. Take some time to register for any baby essentials you need. Many stores offer an online registry you can access from the comforts of home. Let the organizer of your baby shower know where you have registered.
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Month Four: Waiting to purchase maternity wear until you are showing will ensure you find better fitting clothes. Before you buy, think about seasonal changes during your pregnancy.
Month Five: Now is a great time to design and decorate the nursery. Even though you may not know the gender of your baby you can still pick a decorating theme and start setting up the nursery. This accomplishment is sure to make you and your partner feel great about this very joyful time in your life.
any priorities on your birth plan. No matter what you expect your labour experience to be like, it can turn out quite different for various reasons. Writing down your wishes for the experience will help your team take care of things while you are in the delivery room. In your final few weeks of pregnancy, put your feet up and get as much sleep as you can. Be well-prepared with your suitcase ready because you just never know when (day or night) you will be delivering your baby! •
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Robyn Hardy, Bobs & Lolo The multi-talented Robyn Hardy, otherwise known as Bobs, is part of Canada’s very popular, familyoriented singing duo, Bobs & Lolo. She and singing partner Lorraine Pond (Lolo), write and perform songs like Recycle With Me and Cindy Seahorse at festivals, concerts and on Treehouse TV. Together the Vancouver area, Juno-nominated duo released five albums with the sixth one, Dirty Feet soon to be released. Robyn is now a mom to daughter Aria, soon to be one-year old. Urbanbaby and Toddler Magazine recently had a chance to interview Robyn about Motherhood and music. UBT: Now that you are a mom how has your approach to performing changed? RH: Our pre-show routine is definitely a little more hectic. Now there’s much more to prepping including remembering the car seat for the rental van. Plus, we tend to travel in greater numbers now with all the children (Lorraine has two children). We also have helpers in tow. That being said, our entourage is a pretty special team – usually made up of our husbands and always eager, baby-holding grandparents, aunties and friends. Lorraine had a
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couple more years practicing the extra organizational skills, but I’m starting to get a handle on it! UBT: Does your daughter tour with you? RH: Aria has been on the road with us since she was sevenweeks old. She has since travelled with us extensively around the Lower Mainland; to Vancouver Island and to the Okanagan as well. We also made a few trips to Alberta. She came along to this year’s JUNO Awards in Hamilton where she was my date at industry parties, including Red Carpet festivities before the broadcast event. Aria has a big summer ahead of her with trips planned to Ontario, Northern BC, Iqaluit and more. I think her life as a “mini- roadie” will definitely give her many unique and memorable childhood experiences! UBT: How challenging do you think it will be when the children are older? RH: I’m not sure we really know what our touring life is going to look like in the future. We joke about homeschooling on a big bus, but the reality is that we will likely just be more selective about when we are on the road and for how long. We have recently made some changes to help support our long-term career and family goals. After a decade of being self-managed, we signed with Nettwerk Music Group at the end of 2014. Growing our team has been very exciting for us. We’re also exploring different ways to interact with fans and grow as artists, and we’re learning every day how to balance life at home with life at “work”. Touring is a big part of what we do, and we both agree that it is something we want to continue. We are hopeful that our families and careers will continue to grow together in this next phase of our lives. UBT: What is the best part of being a mom? RH: Every day is incredible. Even the hard days are precious. I feel very fortunate to be able to spend my days with Aria. My husband and I went through a long and emotional journey to become parents. She is so special and cherished.
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and I know I’m not the only one. Still, I am very much looking forward to some longer snoozes soon! UBT: What is the best part of performing for children? RH: I would definitely say watching them dance and really get into the music. Families will come out to one of our performances expecting a sit-down concert and suddenly they are in the midst of the kiddie mosh pit. Everyone loves it! We enjoy seeing entire families on their feet, singing and dancing along. UBT: Did you ever imagine you would be where you are now? RH: Not at all! Song-writing and performing honestly started out as a side project for us as a fun way to create some support materials for our separate jobs working with children. We never dreamed it would lead to cross-country tours and running our own small business – plus a national television show! Now after nearly a decade and a half, we can’t imagine doing anything else! •
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Keep Them Busy: Seven Inexpensive Summer Activities for Children
Weeks before summer arrives, the countdown begins. Parents all over the province are asking the same question: How on earth do I keep my children busy during the summer—without breaking the bank? They know that vacations and overnight summer camps can be expensive. For those parents eager for some new ideas, here are seven money-saving summer activities to consider:
1. Free Bowling Yes, that’s right! Your children can bowl FREE throughout the summer (two games per child per day). That’s over $200 in savings per child. Kids Bowl Free is a program offered by community bowling centers during the summer months as a way to give back to their communities and provide a safe and fun environment for local children. Sign up your family at www. kidsbowlfree.com and bring on the free strikes!
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3. Grocery Shopping Adventure Save newspaper flyers from your local grocery stores and clip coupons to take along on your next grocery shopping trip. Take your children with you and instruct them to find those products shown on the coupons. This is a super way to keep them occupied while in the grocery store.
4. Cheap Summer Movies Many movie theaters offer a summer movie lineup that is child and wallet-friendly. Cineplex is hosting a Cineplex Family Favourites every Saturday morning at 11am. Your child can watch classic family movies for just $2.99. Stroller and Stars offers baby mammas, a guilt-free way to catch the newest movie release at select theaters.
5. Community Parks and Playgrounds Nothing beats being outside in the summertime. Your children are probably familiar with your community playground in your neighbourhood, so how about checking out different playgrounds in other cities? It’s great way to see what other communities have to offer and if you have close friends or family in the area, it will give you an opportunity to connect with them.
6. Local Deals and Activities If your city has a parks and recreation program, look for activities in your child’s age group. Many cities offer affordably-priced activities such as dancing, swimming and basket weaving. Subscribe to group-buying sites like Living Social, Groupon and Social Shopper so you can take advantage of deeply-discounted activities for children.
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7. Volunteer This summer, teach your children that it’s better to give than to receive. Spend some time volunteering together. Visit your local soup kitchen to find out how your family might be able to help out. Check visiting hours at your neighbourhood nursing homes or senior centers. There’s nothing better than watching your children engaged in an activity that puts a smile on someone’s face. •
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Ask Our Expert: Certified Early Childhood Consultant, Julie Romanowski. As a children’s behaviour and discipline specialist, she works in areas of anxiety, child development and communication through an approach that is positive and respectful.
Q: Dear Julie, I want to put my six-year old son in sports camp this summer but last year he freaked out on the first day and didn’t want to go. I tried forcing him and bribing him but it didn’t work. I don’t want to waste money again this year. Please help!! Carrie J, Surrey JR: Children often have anxiety around new things or the unknown. Summer camps and summer activities are different from the predictable school year routine that they had been part of for the last 10 months. Ease them into the new summer routine and activities with these helpful tips: • Ask the child for input on what activities they may be interested in or would like to try. • Explain to your child prior to the start date, what it is, how long it will be and what is expected during this time. • Offer the child options if they do not feeling like participating that day or for the full day. • Include the activity on the calendar and let them know what days/times that they are going.
with their children, plans and scheduling should be made in advance so that everyone knows what is going on and what is expected. Other tips to try: • Designate a specific time, room or activity that is special for one-on-one bonding. • Take the child’s lead, most kids love to ‘be in charge’ and have the feeling of more independence. • Ask open-ended questions to encourage more language and a deeper connection.
Q: Hi Julie! How can I have structure with my two school-age kids during summertime? I like things to be relaxed and fun but don’t want my children to be indoors on the computer or watching TV all day. Any suggestions? Suki C, Richmond JR: It’s nice to break away from the structured routine of school
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and extra-curricular activities that take place during the school year however, children thrive with structure so taking away a schedule all together may cause more issues. You can still provide structure throughout the day during the summer. Try to include things that are fun; special activities; get-togethers; quiet time and limited screen time. Talk to your children about what they would like to see happen this summer. With their input, put together a “summertime schedule” that includes their ideas and suggestions. •
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Your Children Can Learn to Love Salads! During those long summer days when temperatures keep rising, and fruits and veggies are at their peak, many of us enjoy eating salads. For many children, not so much! For some, it is the very idea that the food is touching which makes salads less appealing. For others, lettuce is simply not that yummy. Let’s face it: On those super-hot days, who wants to turn on the oven? Besides it is the ideal time to savour an abundance of fresh, local produce. Salads make the perfect summer meal. The dilemma for many parents is getting their young children to eat salads. I can’t tell you how many times over the years I’ve heard parents complain that they can’t wait until their children get old enough to eat salads with the rest of the family. If this sounds like you, I have good news. Your children will eat salad. Yes, even picky eaters and babies (still in the finger-food stage) can learn to love them.
Chopped Salads I have met very, very few kids who enjoy lettuce. And yet a great many kids love the crunch of raw veggies. So use this revelation to your advantage. Serve chopped salads. Include your favourite salad ingredients minus the lettuce. If you really miss your lettuce, try including the centre ribs from romaine lettuce. Your children may enjoy that extra crunchiness.
Make Your Own Salad Bar Some children dislike salads because in the salad bowl, “everything is touching”. The make-your-own salad bar gets around this problem. It also engages children by letting them have the power to choose what they want to eat (and how much) from the options. Children love wielding this power! The third bonus of the make-your-own concept is that you can serve the dressing on the side. Dressing served this way, magically transforms from a “yucky sauce” to a dip. Seems odd doesn’t it? The very same children who don’t want their foods to touch usually love to dip (which last time I checked, involved foods touching each other). But don’t tell your children that (wink, wink).
leaves. When children have the power to choose, I’ve seen a great many become open to trying new things. Appeal to their sense of adventure. Go beyond serving your child’s favourite veggies. For example, fresh and dried fruit make fantastic additions to salads. The make-your-own salad bar can even include full-meal salads – not just salad as a side dish. To make your salad a full meal, include protein-rich foods and starches/grains along with your produce. Mix and match them to determine your family favourites. Use your imagination! Get the children involved. Let everyone choose one item to be in the salad bar. Protein Foods: • Beans and lentils, canned or cooked from dry • Edamame • Tofu cut into cubes or fingers • Grated or cubed cheese • Chopped or slivered nuts
Starch Foods: • Cooked and cooled pasta (try child’s favourite shape) • Buckwheat (soba) noodles • Rice • Wild rice • Quinoa
• Seeds, e.g. pumpkin seeds, hemp hearts
• Hard boiled eggs • Leftover meat and poultry, e.g. shredded chicken, sliced steak
• Couscous • Farro • Pot barley • Cooked and cubed sweet potatoes
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As moms, we rarely have time to shop for ourselves, let alone take the 15 minutes needed for a proper bra-fitting. And yet, a well-fitted bra is the foundation for the rest of your clothes and can do wonders for your confidence and self-esteem as a new mom. Once you’ve had your first bra-fitting (with an expert bra-fitter), you’ll understand why— simply guessing your size doesn’t work—you need to be measured. Your breasts are always changing throughout pregnancy; postpartum recovery; breastfeeding; weaning and weight loss. A poorly-fitting bra can result in bad posture that can cause back problems as well as shoulder and neck pain. A poorly-fitted underwire bra can harm breast tissue. Meeting with a bra-fitting expert can help you eliminate and avoid posture and balance problems; strained shoulders, sagging breasts and a sore back. With the right bra, you will also be amazed how much better all your clothes will look on you and how much more confident you feel wearing them.
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The bra at the back should sit parallel to the front or lower so that it acts as an anchor for the bra. 80% of the support from a bra comes from the band.
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Fear of the Dark: Helping Your Child Feel Safe
Is your little one suddenly afraid of the dark? One night, she peacefully falls asleep on her own. The next night she is very afraid. Why the change? Being scared of the dark is very common in young children. Fear is a normal part of development, and almost every child goes through that phase. Usually it happens at around age two, coinciding with when children develop a very rich fantasy life and a strong imagination. They also become more aware of their surroundings, and remember things (especially things that evoke strong emotions, like being scared of a large dog at the park). Any negative experience can trigger a long-lasting fear. It is their wonderful imagination that makes the books you read
fascinating. On the other hand, it is also their imagination that keeps them up at night. They may lay awake thinking of that big bad wolf or howling wind. To make matters worse, young children sometimes have difficulty distinguishing fantasy from reality, so no matter how much you tell them that monsters aren’t “real”, it is a concept they can’t comprehend. To them, everything is very real.
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If your child sees that their sibling is afraid of the dark, he will most likely begin feeling afraid as well. If one of your children is scared at night, the best option is to ensure your other children are not sharing the same bedroom. If your child or your family is going through a stressful situation such as a relocation, take time to talk about his or her feelings. Leave a night light on in their bedroom. Consider leaving a light on in the hallway with their bedroom door slightly ajar. Dim lights and the sounds of the house can greatly comfort your child, and do wonders to alleviate fears. Ask your child what makes them feel safer. Sometimes a favourite blanket, stuffed animal, or “magic dust” (from the craft store) can be comforting and make all the difference. Make sure your child’s bedtime routine is calm and set aside a few minutes to ask your child what they liked about their day including favourite moments, or something he or she is looking forward to such as a trip to the zoo or a friend coming to play. Help them focus on positive thoughts before bedtime. You can always offer to stay by their bed until they fall asleep or for a few minutes. Do not try to convince them that what they heard or saw was not real, because your child might think you can’t see the danger, and therefore can’t help. The things they fear might not be real, but their fear certainly is. When you entering your child’s room avoid turning on a bright light, so he or she will learn to stay calm in the darkness. As frustrating as it is to have to come back numerous times to offer reassurances, resist scolding and do your best to demonstrate patience. With your understanding and support, your child will eventually feel safe at night and the fear of the dark will pass. •
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Entitlement Busting 101 To the modern parent, entitled behaviour causes endless worries, not to mention the dreaded parental guilt: “Did I spoil my child?” “Where did I go wrong?” “It is all my fault...” An entitled child is a child crying out for help—but that might not be obvious to them or their parents. A child who acts entitled is seeking stuff or special privileges as a means of distracting or deflecting from uncomfortable feelings. Giving them the things they are demanding is not truly what they are looking for from their parents. It’s what it sounds like, but that’s not what it is. Our new book, Gratitude & Kindness: A Modern Parents Guide to Raising Children in an Era of Entitlement is, at its core a parenting book that presents material based on psychological science blended with our clinical experience and research. The book provides solutions for dealing with entitle-mania for all ages of children, including every economic background giving power to parents, grandparents and caregivers as they both prevent and remedy entitlement-enhancing behaviors. As Western culture spreads globally, it supports children and youth in always wanting more, and children will come to expect that from everyone if nothing changes. If your children are turning into these not-so-grateful members of society, you can still do something about it. Entitled children grow up to have a hard time at work, in social situations, and in life in general. You can prevent that by learning how to implement gratitude and kindness now.
What is Entitlement? Let’s take a look at how entitlement is defined in modern culture: • The belief that one inherently deserves of privileges or special treatment. • A belief a person is owed certain rights and benefits without further justification. • The right to receive something or to do something.
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1. What is the best part about being a mom? Every moment with my daughter is amazing. The best part is that she is my best friend and we love spending time together. 2. What is your favourite activity to do with your daughter? We both love singing and dancing. We turn on the music loudly and dance. It gives us hours of bonding time. 3. What is your favourite television show? I’m not a big fan of television shows, but I just started watching Modern Family. 4. What was the last book you’ve read? I read books from the Pete The Cat series with my daughter. For myself, I am currently reading How to be Happy. The book inspired me to find happiness in everyday life. 5. What is one product or service you can’t live without? My Stokke Xplory Stroller rocks! It changes from a bassinet to a highchair. My daughter really loves to go on outings with me in the stroller. 6. How do you find some “Mommy Time”? It’s really hard to find time for myself, but thankfully my husband takes her outside for a few hours after work. I take a bath; catch a quick nap; or take a coffee break. It’s wonderful!
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Our Summer 2015 issue is available on shelves, online and in stores. Our Summer issue featuring entertainer and new mom Robyn Hardy from Bob...