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l et te r f ro m th e The winter season has arrived and our winter magazine is packed with timely must-read content!

4 parenting: Q&A: Avoid Burn-out: Practice Self-Care 6 learning: Ready, Set, Move: Activate Learning with Movement 7 in the kitchen: The Best Sippy Cups to Transition from Bottle and Breast

During the winter season, moms of young children can sometimes get burned out which is why we have positioned on page 4, an informative article on practicing self-care.

8 celebrity mom: CBC’s This Life Lauren Lee Smith

Every child is unique. And our informative article on page 22 sheds light on learning styles so we can better understand how each one of our children will gravitate to specific activities and toys.

10 ages & stages: Six Ways to Encourage Older Siblings to Be Involved

Welcome to the future. Our children will soon be learning Coding in the Classroom as part of their school curriculum. To learn

12 nutrition: Eating for Two: Prenatal Nutrition

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more, parents with older children can check our Urban Kid article on page 30 for information and resources about this popular topic. Parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles will be pleased to know that we are also featuring a convenient shopping guide on pages 26-27 for selecting toys for every age. Interested in planning some exciting family time? Be sure to check our event guide on page 31 for a full list of family events (including holiday activities) taking place in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Have a great winter and travel safe. As always we value your feedback. Send your emails to the editor at editor@urbanbaby.ca

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28 UrbanGuide: Ultimate Toy Guide 3 0 UrbanKid: Whiz Kids: Coding in the Classroom 31 on the town: Winter Family Fun 31 spotlight: UrbanDad: Moshin

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p a re n t i n g

| by Julie Romanowski

Q&A: Avoid Burn-out: Practice Self-Care

For many parents, the concept of self-care is often overlooked. While we are beginning to see a more positive movement in this direction, many women still struggle on how to kickstart the process so they can see results on a daily basis. Being a mother is hard work. The commitment to get the job done and get it done well is well-known. I have seen many mothers take such wonderful and very nurturing care of their children however, the same love and attention rarely is given to themselves.

Q: I am becoming more and more impatient with my partner, my children and co-workers. I just can’t seem to get over how negative I can be when I get frustrated. Then I feel so guilty afterwards. Any suggestions? Jenifer P. Kelowna JR: In order to increase our patience with other people in our

lives, we must increase the patience we have with ourselves. This is best done when we learn to ‘accept ourselves’ for exactly who we are -.the good, the bad and the ugly. Making this change within can trigger a more compassionate response in our relationships. Once we make self-acceptance a routine part of our life, we can improve how to relate to others.

Q: Am I crazy? I schedule time for myself to just “sit still”.

Seems like an obvious thing to do but with three kids, husband and a household to take care of, there is actually very little time for it. Tiffany R. Oakville

JR: Congratulations on your great habit for staying mentally

healthy. Scheduling the time to sit and be still is truly genius! Routinely allocating that time into your schedule sends a very positive message to everyone in the family that you are important. Life is busy. It just is! So go ahead and take time for yourself in ways that are meaningful to you.

Q: I’m really not happy with who I am as a mom. Since having my two kids, I feel lost and really disconnected from who I used to be. I’ve been hearing a lot about ‘self-love’. I am just not sure what that looks like or where to begin. Megan M. Langley JR: I encourage all parents and caregivers to practice self-

awareness. Simply put, it means staying conscious about the

relationship you have with yourself. This is a very important part of parenting and caregiving because who we are to ourselves, reflects in some way, shape or form to those around us. Sift through the negative put-downs you say to yourself; the possible harsh outbursts you experience within your mind; or the continuous apologizing to other people, and start to witness the connection from another perspective. Make adjustments that promote the type of relationship you desire to have with yourself. Learn to love yourself unconditionally. When we truly tune into the state of our connection with ourselves and take note of what we “like” and “need”, we can start to really catapult the relationship we have with ourselves into a safe, healthy, loving and nurturing one. You deserve it. •

Recommended Reads The Confident Parent: Caring for Your Little One Without Losing Your Joy, Your Mind, or Yourself by Jane Scott, MD

How to Have a Baby and not Lose Your Shit by Kristy Smith

The Magic of Motherhood: The Good Stuff, The Hard Stuff and Everything in Between by Ashlee Gadd

Julie is a mom, an Early Childhood Consultant and owner of Miss Behaviour: the children’s behaviour and discipline specialists. Learn more through her e-newsletter, tips and blog at www.missbehaviour.ca

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Ready, Set, Move:

Activate Learning with Movement It’s a wonderful feeling when your newborn grabs onto your finger and won’t let go! But, did you know that they aren’t grabbing on consciously. It’s actually a grasp reflex. You place your finger on the palm of their hand and they will grab it. Try to take it away and their grip tightens. Through repetition of these natural reflexes, your child’s brain begins to develop relationships with his or her surroundings which foster memory, and learning. Newborns come with primitive reflexes for survival; blinking, coughing, sneezing, gagging, yawning, and breathing. These reflexes provide our children with the first stages of exploration. Our brains receive input from our senses, allowing us to engage with the rest of the world in a new way. As your baby tries out natural reflexes in the early stages of movement, he or she will begin to use the following senses: visual, tactile, auditory and olfactory. Parents are sometimes surprised to learn that both senses and movement contribute to how children will learn. Movement and exercise benefits the brain first. Many of us exercise assuming

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Lauren Lee Smith Lauren Lee Smith has been acting since she was a teenager. Her flourishing career has her working in both film and television and her success is something she feels very fortunate to have. The thirty-six-year-old Vancouver native is also a new mom. She and her husband, photographer Erik Steingroever, welcomed daughter Tuula Ray this past April. Lauren is now back at work, on the set for Season Two of CBC’s This Life, which premiered this fall. Recently, Urbanbaby & Toddler Magazine had the opportunity to talk with the Canadian actress about work and her exciting new role as a mom. UBT: How are you managing Motherhood, now that you are back on set? LLS: It’s crazy. Everyone tries to prepare you for the sleepless nights and everything, but when it happens, nothing can quite prepare you. I do have to say though, that I feel incredibly lucky

and fortunate to have my husband to be able to take time off from his job, to be here in Montreal with me and be on set with our baby. He has been a full-time daddy while I am at work. That has made things so much easier. I cannot imagine doing it without him. Montreal is an amazing city. I love it but I don’t have family or friends here. To have my husband and that support system has made such a huge difference. It has definitely made the transition so much smoother. UBT: Every new mother can relate to “mommy brain”. Do you find that a challenge, especially since you returned to the film set rather quickly? LLS: Yes. The focus is definitely not what it used to be – no longer having the luxury to sit back and spend hours learning lines or running lines with your fellow actors. Those moments between “action” and “cut” are 100% work-related, but after that, it’s momma-mode – instantaneously. I am immediately checking my phone to make sure that everything is okay with my daughter and husband. UBT: How has being a mom influenced how you see your job? LLS: I think in a sense it has forced me to become much more secure and confident in myself. Knowing I was going back to

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work with a six-week old baby terrified me throughout the latter part of my pregnancy. That was the biggest challenge coming into the second season. But it has really forced me to test my limitations and my strength and know that I can do it. I just had to trust that it will all be taken care of, and it really has. It is also great that this is the second season. It would be a bigger challenge to come into a brand new show and try to find that character and voice for the first time. UBT: What’s next for you? LLS: I just feel so incredibly fortunate that I have been able to work. I know that sounds so silly, but it’s true. For the last 17 years, I have made this my career, and I haven’t had to do anything else. I had such interesting opportunities and such different characters to play. To be able to continue working is a huge thing. To me, the definition of success is being able to call this job my “career”. As long as I can keep working — that is on my bucket list. I also feel super-fortunate that I have been able to do it all for the most-part in Canada. I think that is pretty cool. UBT: New moms often struggling with the “post-baby body” including how you see yourself and how the world sees you. Do you feel any pressure with that reality? LLS: It is definitely there. I was sort of expecting that. The one piece of advice I was given over and over again was just “don’t be hard on yourself” which I think is so true. You put your body through so much during pregnancy. I haven’t stressed too much about it, thought too much about it, or given myself any crazy unrealistic goals. I think you just need to be kind to yourself and to your body and let your body get back to its rhythm in its own time. UBT: Do have any advice you would like to share with other moms? LLS: What can I say? It is so unbelievably worth it. I had so much fear about becoming a mother for quite a few years-before becoming pregnant — because of the industry that I am in. When is the right time to do it? Because there is never a right time to do it, and then there are those thoughts; “If I do it now, will it hinder by career? Will it affect the jobs I am given? Will it affect me? Will I still want to work?” All of those unknowns. The only thing I can say now is that I don’t really have regrets. I wish that I would have done it a little bit sooner because it is doable. It is also incredible how people show up and support you. I had no idea about the strength — mentally, physically, and emotionally — that I was capable of, until becoming a mother. It’s amazing! •

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Six Ways to Encourage Older Siblings to Be Involved Raising a family can be so exhausting. Ever wonder how parents of big families are able to do it successfully? It is a matter of getting older siblings involved, that’s how! The key is to show your appreciation and make it fun for your older child whenever they assist.

1. Give Outgrown Toys to Younger Siblings

Encourage your older child to give outgrown toys to the younger sibling and even play together. That way, the younger children can quickly learn how complex toys work. Explain how happy this can make a little sister or brother.

2. Reward Them

With a newborn in the house, older siblings naturally want to help out. It is a great way for your older child to feel more involved. Reward him or her with an extra 30 minutes of TV; extended bedtime; a cookie after dinner or consider occasionally taking your older child to movie as a special reward. Even small tasks such as picking up toys or pacifiers can make a difference. It may not seem like much, but with a newborn on your hands every bit counts.


3. Let Them Read to Baby

If your older child is in the early stages of elementary school, they can practice their skills by reading to the younger child. Take your older child to the bookstore and let them pick out a favourite book. This gesture helps the older child to feel appreciated, especially with all the attention the newborn is getting. From time to time, invite your older child to help in getting baby ready for sleep and you can take turns reading to your younger child.

4. Let Them Hold Baby

Holding a newborn baby is a wonderful experience. When you are able to supervise teach your older child how to carefully rock Little Brother or Sister. This is not just a way to give some responsibility, it is an effective way to teach older siblings how fragile a newborn is and how much extra care is needed.

5. Make Them Feel Grown-Up

Get your older children participating in chores around the house and turn it into a game! Choose chores suitable for the age of each child. For example, you could have them help in preparing dinner; taking out the trash or separating and folding laundry. Make it fun and use the opportunity to teach organizing skills and eco-friendly tips.

6. Be Careful Not to Overload Them

You don’t want your older child to see Little Brother or Sister as a burden. So ensure you are not giving too much responsibility. Their assistance should help to form the bond between siblings at a young age. All the more reason to make their assistance – however small – a pleasurable experience! Just make sure you show how much their help is appreciated and take the time to thank them for helping out when he or she just volunteers to do something to assist you.

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nutrition

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Eating for Two: Prenatal Nutrition Knowing what to eat during pregnancy can be confusing because there are several myths about what you should or should not eat. For additional resources, check with your medical professionals to determine what is best for you.

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Myth: You’re now eating for two. So go ahead and eat every burger and cupcake you can get your hands on! Truth: Yes, you are now eating for two. However, your baby is small so you don’t need to double the amount of food you eat. In the first trimester, your baby needs some extra nutrients (vitamins and minerals) but no extra calories. In your second trimester, all your baby needs is the extra nutrients and about an extra 340 calories a day. In your third trimester, all your baby needs is the extra nutrients and about an extra 450 calories a day. It is about the amount of calories in a snack of hummus and raw veggies or a mango-strawberry smoothie made with milk, Greek yogurt and hemp seeds.

Coffee and Caffeine

Myth: You can’t have any caffeine. Truth: The recommended limit for caffeine is 300 milligrams per day. The amount of caffeine can vary depending on the brewing method and roast selected. Generally this means a limit of two eight-ounce cups (to be clear, that is not two Ventis!). Consider also other common sources of caffeine including energy drinks, tea, dark chocolate, and medications. Some emerging evidence suggests that caffeine may increase the risk of miscarriage during the first trimester. So, you may want to decrease your caffeine even lower during your first trimester. Check with your doctor for added assurances.

Fish and Omega-3 Myth: Fish is high in mercury and other contaminants that are risky for baby. Don’t eat fish.

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Truth: Fish, especially fatty fish like herrings, sardines and salmon, are excellent sources of omega-3 fat which supports baby’s brain development. Nuts, seeds, and vegetable oils contain a more simplified version of omega-3 (called ALA) that our bodies can transform into the most useable form (called DHA). Most of fish we eat are very low in contaminants. Eating at least two servings of fish a week is recommended. The exceptions include: • Avoid eating any fish caught from contaminated lakes. • Reduce to two servings a month: frozen/fresh tuna, shark, swordfish, marlin, orange roughy and escolar. • Reduce to four servings a week: canned albacore tuna that is not from Canada. For DHA supplements, the best choices are algae-based or fish oils. Cod liver oil is not recommended in pregnancy.

Folic Acid and Prenatal Vitamins

Myth #1: You should start taking vitamins once you know that you are pregnant. Myth #2: Since a little folic acid is good, more must be better. Truth: Let’s begin by addressing the first myth. Folic acid has an important role in preventing neural tube defects which happens in the first few days of conception – before you know that you are pregnant. Therefore, it’s recommended that even before you consider trying to conceive, you take a multivitamin with 400 micrograms (0.4 milligrams) of folic acid (also called folate). To obtain additional folic acid, eat a wide range of green vegetables and pulses (beans, peas and lentils). Secondly, there is some emerging evidence that too much folic acid may be harmful during pregnancy. So, always check the labels on all of your supplements, protein powders and vitamin waters to make sure that you aren’t getting too much folic acid. As in most of nutrition, too much of anything can be harmful – you want just the right balance. Your doctor and dietitian can be helpful in achieving that goal.


Supplements and Natural Remedies

Regarding vitamins and supplements, review each one with your medical professionals to ensure you are taking the right combination. Be keenly aware of extra substances in protein powders, smoothies, juices, and protein/ meal replacement bars. Maca, traditionally used as an energy boost and to help support women’s hormones, is sometimes found in smoothies. Consumption during pregnancy is not recommended. •

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Three DIY Recipes Good for You and the Planet! Ironically many ingredients in beauty products aren’t that pretty. Commercially-produced personal care products contain some 82,000 ingredients. These include harmful carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins and hormone disrupters. In 2010, the David Suzuki Foundation asked Canadians to read labels on their cosmetics. In his quest to identify the Dirty Dozen list of ingredients, including petrolatum, parabens, parfum (a.k.a. “fragrance”) and PEG compounds, consumers were invited to enter ingredients they found in their personal products. It is no shocker to discover that 80% of products entered contained at least one of these toxic chemicals. We are learning

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Making Sense of Your Child’s Learning Style Some children attempt to talk at an impressively young age. Other children seem to have an uncanny eye for reading and identifying facial expressions. The way a child chooses to explore the world is indicative of a preferred learning style. Although most children learn by doing, in general children tend to also gravitate more towards one of three learning styles: visual, auditory or kinesthetic.

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years, they delight in hearing songs and singing. They have a wonderful imagination and love dramatic play, both at home and at school. These children make friends with children who share similar interests, and prefer to play with one friend at a time. Their interactions are rich in content and they often make deep friendships, by taking time to share stories about themselves and listening to others. Auditory learners are not necessarily as active as kinesthetic learners. Instead auditory babies love to be talked to, and often babble constantly. When reading books, they follow the story more so than the illustrations resulting in great comprehension skills. Although they love music, it can bother them when it is constant or too loud. To get an auditory child’s attention, it is really effective to ask your child to “put on her listening ears.” She will enjoy pretending to put on her imaginary super ears and carefully listen to what you tell her.

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Kinesthetic children love to touch and be touched. They like playing in groups, and tend to hug and express feelings physically. If your child has a more kinesthetic learning style, he or she will enjoy active and social settings like school and play groups. These children have a strong preference for activities such as dance or sports.

As infants, they will enjoy looking at you and exploring your features. Understandably visual learners love books especially ones with beautiful or complex illustrations. They will often diverge from the story to talk about the image which is something parents should encourage. For visual learners, it is best when parents talk to them at their eye level, and look at them while speaking.

Sensorial Stimulation

Although learning styles are good to keep in mind when choosing toys and activities for your child, it is important to provide sensorial stimulation of every type to your little one. This ensures essential connections in the brain are made and reinforced in more than one way. Only focusing on one type of learning limits your child’s learning opportunities. Bear in mind that children form their strongest connections when an experience involves using all of their senses. • Natacha is a world-renowned Early Years and Parenting Expert. She is an award-winning writer, speaker, teacher, and the Founder of the renowned CEFA Early Learning Schools. www.cefa.ca

For kinesthetic babies, it is important to let them touch objects. This is how babies learn in general, but it is especially important for kinesthetic babies. They will also like to be held more; require extra hugs and enjoy rough and tumble play. They like soft and comfortable clothing, and may be particularly bothered by tags on clothing, or anything itchy or tight. To get your kinesthetic child’s attention, bring yourself to your child’s eye level and either affectionately touch your child’s arm or lightly hold his or her hand while speaking. That physical contact will grab and retain your child’s attention.

Visual Learners

They sometimes can seem bothered by friends, but it is because they are a little more peculiar about how things should look. They are often very strong readers; excellent with visual arts; and quite detail-oriented. Visual babies like toys that are visually stimulating such as mirrors, patterns, and colours.

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Indoor Play Centres: Keeping Children Happy and Healthy When the rainy season arrives and it is pouring rain outdoors resist having the family spend endless hours in front of the TV. Instead of dealing with the ongoing boredom and complaining, get into the habit of switching up the pace at an indoor play centre.

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Playtime also encourages children to use their academic learning through imaginative play and hands-on activities. The environment helps them learn self-control; build language skills and understand instructions and rules.

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An indoor playground is full of fun and exciting activities for your children; however, it’s also a place where they can explore and use their imagination. You will notice them getting creative, solving problems and acting out scenarios because there is a great deal happening behind the scenes. Your children are learning vital skills that will help them throughout life. The activities are strengthening cognitive connections and boosting their learning ability by helping brain cells grow and thrive.

Physical activity every day is a must. Rainy days, snowy days, hot days and cool days are no exception. The idea is to just get their heart pumping for at least an hour a day. So no matter what the weather is like outdoors, you always have an indoor alternative with an inviting and expansive area to play in. Let them safely explore interactive play areas where they can navigate through mazes; troubleshoot problems; and use their imagination through various age-appropriate activities.

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alert mind and willingness to face problems head on. Sports provide a great way to stay active too. However, you can get your family participating in a healthy lifestyle by simply throwing a ball in the backyard or taking a long walk in a nearby park.

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4. SkipHop Baby Gift Sets

The six-piece set includes one-ply blanket, baby hat, reversible bib, teether, two soft toys. Available in pink or grey. Packaged in an attractive, see-through box with gift tag and ribbon handle.

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Gentle warmth to opens clogged ducts and increases milk production. Therapeutic cooling soothes sore nipples and breasts. Each pillow has one side made from supersoft 100% bamboo fleece. Richmond

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Perfect for wearing outdoors in any weather. The stretch-fit topline binding is snug around the calf to keep warm air in and cold air out. Fully-insulated design provides the optimal warmth, comfort, and waterproofing. Available in My Little Pony and Transformers themed prints.

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8. Hatley Raincoat and Umbrella

Let it rain with this adorable printed rain gear. This waterproof raincoat is lined with comfy terry and features contrast snap front, hood and front pockets. Pair with a matching umbrella. Machine washable. Available in various sizes and prints for boys and girls.

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Whiz Kids:

Coding in the Classroom In 2016, the Ministry of Education announced that Grade 6 to 9 students in British Columbia will soon be learning computer coding as a mandatory part of their curriculum. Details of the plan include spending $6 million to train teachers and develop the curriculum, with a portion set aside to buy equipment and resources. It hoped that the curriculum can be developed by 2017 so students can learn to code in classrooms by September 2018. Learning to code will teach students how to analyze a problem and determine computer-generated steps to resolve the problem. With more and more discussions about computer coding taking place amongst parents, this educational concept is being embraced. In fact, some suggest that learning to code could become “the new piano lesson” for children of all ages.

As a busy mom of 4, I loved being there for my children however, my choice to be at home limited my career options. I looked into several home based companies (party plan & MLM) but I wanted something more traditional. Today, I work with a manufacturing company and head up a marketing team. Most of us are moms and all of us work from home… around our family’s schedules! If the idea of earning additional income, while having fun with other moms, intrigues you…we should talk!

To get your child started in learning about coding, check out computer coding camps or courses in your community. You can also find numerous online courses, programs and apps with simple tutorials designed to help children learn about coding. Here are a few online coding programs and books to get your child excited about this emerging educational shift:

computing classes in schools and offers free lessons and resources for parents.

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this app for Android and iOS helps to teach programming logic with visual code blocks.

Books on Computer Coding: Scratch Coding Cards: Creative Coding Activities for Kids by Natalie Rusk (Available Nov. 30, 2016)

How to Code: A Step-By-Step Guide to Computer Coding by Max Wainewright

between traditional building blocks and robotics, this Lego series allows children to build models with programmable motors and sensor.

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Nov 19-Jan 2, 1pm-5:30pm: Heritage Christmas Burnaby Village Museum, Bby An old-fashioned holiday with entertainment for the kids burnabyvillagemuseum.ca

Nov 25-Jan 2: The Peak of Christmas Grouse Mountain N. Van Sleigh rides, choirs, ice-skating, Santa’s reindeer and Christmas movies grousemountain.com

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Shop ‘n Stroll Fitness Various Weekdays, 9:30am Mom & Baby Fitness Class Sponsored by your local Shopping Centre Free to Attend Registration required

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Dec 4-23: Carol Ships Parade of Lights Vancouver Harbour 50 decorated boats and 100,000 lights to see carolships.org

Dec 13-31: Christmas at Canada Place Woodward’s windows, mini train, outdoor covered skating rink, Santa’s workshop and much more christmas.canadaplace.ca

Dec 3, 6pm: Santa Claus Parade Memorial Peace Park, Van Hot chocolate, Santa, arts & crafts, music and community carolers mapleridgechristmas festival.com

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Movies For Mommies New Releases and Favourites Alternating Wednesdays, 11:30am Dunbar Theatre, Vancouver Grab bags and special guests. Stroller friendly, diaper change area moviesformommies.com

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Family Fun Dec 4, 12pm: The 13th Annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade Van. Downtown W Georgia St and Howe St Dazzling floats, Santa, treats and music

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Moshin • Richmond Zoya, 2 ½ and Kian, 6 months

1. What is the best part about being a dad? Everyday is so exciting. I enjoy being such a big part of their lives and watching them grow and learn. They have even taught me a few things. 2. What is your favourite activity to do with your children? We love to explore new parks in the city; ride our bikes together and pretend we are “tourists on an adventure” as we ride on the skytrain. 3. What is your favourite movie? I have too many to mention although the one that stands out for me is: Monty Python. 4. What is one product or service you can’t live without? My Surface computer and Smartphone are my must-haves. Both enable me stay in steady contact with my friends and family. 5. How do you find some “daddy time?” My wife is amazing! She knows I love concerts, so I am able to attend quite a few with friends. If I really want “daddy time,” it is late at night when everyone is sleeping because I am quite the ‘night owl’. 6. What advice would you give other dads? Learning to adjust to the new responsibilities and expectations may feel overwhelming at first, but you’ll have plenty of time to get it right. Enjoy all those special moments because your children will grow up fast. I have learnt to cherish the small stuff before it disappears.

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