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The Local Guide for Active Urban Families

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kids’ fashion | family health

Love of learning

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Elementary Open House Sun Nov 8, 12:00 - 4:00 pm

Thurs Nov 12, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

at The Westin Bayshore

at Westside Montessori Academy

Westside Montessori Academy 3075 Slocan Street (on 12th Ave at the Italian Cultural Centre) (604) 434-9611

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september 2015

• back to school • families at home • family health Back to School K-12 Education in BC

Back to School Want it? Wear it! The Best in Kids Fashion

Families at Home Energy Saving Tips

Families at Home Practical Tips for Creative Backyard Play





Family Health Sex Ed at Home

Family Health Dental Discussion

Back to School Modern Home Ec Yummy Snacks




on our cover... Camryn is happy with how she measures up for Back to School fashion! For more Back-To-School fashions and info on this outfit from Sport Chek, go to page 13.

from the editor

Photo by Dylan Doubt

6 From Our Family to Yours 8 WestCoast Finds 24 WCF News 27 Time Out 28 Community Calendar 38 Last Look Our Favourite Books

next issue october • Baby Guide!! • Fall & Halloween Fun


September 2015


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It’s that time of year again, when the littles head back to school, an event parents welcome with a sense of sadness and excitement, just like children do! Of course, this means lots of coordinating, like back to school shopping, lunch making, school program perusing and more. It’s enough to make your head spin. But fear not! WestCoast Families is here to help you through this hectic time. We have a great spread on back to school fashion, with lots of amazing, local suppliers who offer clothes your kids will love while being simultaneously durable. And we’ve also outlined some local programs for after school. This is also our Families at Home issue, so we’re bringing you some energy saving tips and an excellent feature on building creative outdoor play spaces that will keep children entertained for hours. And because going back to school can mean a return to germs, this is also our Health and Dental month, so we have some great local businesses that offer all the services you need. Check out our advertisers for all you need to know about where to shop! This is a hectic time of year for most families, but we know that if you kick back with a copy of our magazine, flip through the pages and browse our website, you’ll feel a little less pressure to juggle all those balls in the air! Managing Editor Andrea Vance Assistant Editor Kelly S. Thompson Contributing Editor Jodi Iverson Art Director & Layout Krysta Furioso Administration Jennifer Bruyns Accounts Receivable & Payable Jennifer Brule

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Published by National Families Network Publisher: Andrea Vance

Come out and join WestCoast Families at these great events in September! Word Vancouver!

Etsy Vancouver

September 27 Library Square, Vancouver Western Canada’s largest celebration of literacy and reading. Free exhibits, performances, and hands-on activities for kids and adults.

September 26 Robson Square, Vancouver Join local artists and makers of handmade cool stuff for the second annual Etsy Vancouver Pop Up market at Robson Square.

Wesbrook Village Festival September 19, 11-4pm 3378 Wesbrook Mall, UBC, Vancouver Full day of fun for students to seniors, including activities, great food, kids zone, and more.

For distribution inquiries, please email For submissions to our community calendars, please email To share your feedback, please email Contributors Jennifer Bruyns, Krysta Furioso, Jodi Iverson, Kelly Johnson, David Mushens, Saleema Noon, Faizel Rawji, Alyssa Schottland-Bauman, David Starr, Kelly S. Thompson, Andrea Vance, Megan Zeni All contents copyrighted ©. Written permission from the publisher is required to reproduce, quote, reprint or copy any material from WestCoast Families Mailing address: 1215-C56 St. Box 18057 Delta, BC V4L 2M4 T 604 249 2866 | F 604 676 2802


September 2015


westcoast finds Purefresh Kohler Toilet Seat You have to see this invention to believe it! With a carbon filter that disperses scent upon seating, to the two LED lights that act as a nightlight for your little one’s bedtime toilet breaks, every visit to the bathroom will be spa-like. | $120

Kinetico Water Filtration Make sure your water is clean as possible with a Kinetico water filtration system. Whether you choose an on-the-counter model or a built in filtration unit, these filters remove impurities and contaminants to make tap water healthier and safer for your family.

Triple Studio Pillows Based in Vancouver, Triple Studio adorable pillows are painted using environmentally friendly inks and sport any animal you can think of with whimsical designs. You can even order a custom portrait of the family pet or have a tote bag for carrying back to school goodies in style. | $45 | $280

R3Volved School Supplies These amazing pencils, pencil cases, and sharpeners are great for the earth, thanks to their recycled materials! So many “Back to School” materials end up in landfills, but this company takes reused plastics to create colourful and useful desk goodies that children and the environment will love. | $3-$15

Sonicare 2 Series Toothbrush Keep your pearly whites bright with this latest toothbrush from Sonicare. It excels at whisking away plaque while being comfortable to hold. It can also be interchanged with multiple heads so the whole family can get in on the cleanliness. | $70


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With the return to school means a return to pre and post-school programs. Whether your little ones love art, sports, performing or STEM, check out some of these providers of great after-school programs that will entertain, educate and delight!

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K-12 Education in BC What Every Parent Needs to Know


hy doesn’t somebody write a book explaining this stuff?” It was just an off-the-cuff comment from a frustrated parent, but Surrey principal Faizel Rawji thought it was a good idea. So he and his colleagues, David Starr, a Burnaby principal, and David Mushens, a Burnaby vice-principal, set out to provide parents with the information they were looking for. Together, the authors have more than 50 years of teaching and administrative experience, which prompted them to write Insider’s Guide to K-12 Education in BC, a book designed to help parents understand the structures, decisions and issues about education that they’re likely to encounter and to equip parents with the information they need to make the right choices and advocate for their children. The Lower Mainland has a diverse and growing population, but this brings its own set of challenges. According to the Vancouver School Board, there are 2000 self-identified aboriginal learners representing 600 bands and nations. The languages identified in schools numbers 126 and 60% of students speak another language at home. The outcome is 25% of students are designated as ELL (English Language Learners). The Lower Mainland has a strong, successful public school system to deal with this diverse population, but with more than 330 independent schools educating 13% of school-aged children in BC, many parents feel they need more information to decide which option best suits their children. “There’s a misconception out there that, just because most people attended school, they know how the school system works,” says Starr. “In fact, the education system, both public and independent, is full of its own jargon, rules and policies that the average person—and many educators—have no idea about. We get a lot of questions from a lot of people about how things work. This book is a starting point to answer those questions.” What are the top tips Mushens, Rawji and Starr would give parents? 1) Know your schooling options. There’s a huge range of schools and programs to choose from, and not all are available at each school or even in each district. For example, did you know that Mandarin immersion programs are offered in Vancouver, Burnaby and Coquitlam? Example: Is French Immersion right for my child? In 2014/5, 8% of BC students were enrolled in a French Immersion program in BC schools, making it the most popular program of choice. So it’s not surprising that this is a common question asked by parents. But did you know there are different French Immersion options available for your child? Two streams of French Immersion are offered — in both streams, students are taught the same BC curriculum as students in non-French Immersions schools.

2) Identify a school that’s right for your child. Decide your own criteria and prioritize the factors that are most significant to you, such as if your child has a special interest or passion, or how important it is for your child to be able to walk to school. 3) Visit the website of your school district. Most will identify the programs offered in the district, from general to specialty, and will identify criteria for entrance, application processes and whom to contact for more information. Many school districts publish a timeline to help you understand deadlines for registering your child. 4) Talk to neighbours and friends with kids in schools in your community. What has their experience been? What advice can they offer? Even if you don’t follow it, hearing different perspectives and experiences can help you with decisions for your family. 5) Visit schools and arrange meetings with the principal so you can get a personal feel for the school before you make your decisions. 6) Ask how your child’s learning is assessed and how their progress will be reported to you so you can prepare children and support them through any anxieties they may have. 7) Get involved in your school district by engaging with your school and/or district Parent Advisory Council. You can have input in the future of BC schools. 8) Most importantly, keep asking questions and learn as much as possible. The more you know, the better your can support and advocate for your child. Insider’s Guide to K–12 Education in BC is available from Pacific Educational Press. Visit for more information. David Mushens is a vice-principal at École Cariboo Hill Secondary School in School District No. 41 (Burnaby). Faizel Rawji is the principal at Sunnyside Elementary School in School District No. 36 (Surrey). David Starr is the principal of Byrne Creek Community School in School District No. 41 (Burnaby). September 2015


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wear it!

Our team worked hard again this year, searching high and low to find the coolest kids fashions for Back To School from Canadian brands and local stores. Here’s what we found!

Charlie snow boot: Kodiak $75



Pink blouse with lace: Remoli Studio $16 Polka dot leggings: Remoli Studio $9

Like a viking plaid shirt: Deux par Deux $42 Coloured denim pants: Deux par Deux $38



Denim dress: Remoli Studio $20

Thermal top: Little Moso $28 Thermal leggings: Little Moso $22


On our cover... Under Armour Sonic Leggings: Sport Chek $40 Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Dainty Ox Trend Shoes: Sport Chek $65 Under Armour Flawless Tee: Sport Chek $30




Bamboo play dress: Red Thread Design $60

Merino Pajamas|Base layer set: Wee Woollies $65

Wanderlust Forever pullover: Emerson Apparel $34 Striped leggings with skirt: Deux par Deux $36 Yukon blue leather boots: Ciciban $85



Tiny Flowers blouse: Red Thread Design $38 Corduroy pleated skirt: Red Thread Design $36

Roll-up Long-sleeve Shirt, Raspberry Plaid: Sofia Bella $39 Silver Jeans Amy Knit Jegging, Black: Sofia Bella $49 TOMS Classic Canvas Slip On: Sofia Bella $55

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wear it! Acadia leather boots: Kodiak $160



Music Hall knit tunic: Deux par Deux $58 Sparkling pants: Deux par Deux $48

Bamboo striped long sleeve tee: Pineapple Pete $34 Taylor bamboo pants: Pineapple Pete $46



Dress: Little Moso $40

Knit grey long sweater: Remoli Studio $25 Navy shirt with applique: Remoli Studio $12 Floral printed jeggings: Remoli Studio $18


Buying Resources Emerson Apparel, Vancouver Deux par Deux, Montreal Ciciban Canada, Ottawa Little Moso, Vancouver Wee Woollies, Victoria Sparkle & Junebug, Vancouver Sofia Bella, North Vancouver

Sport Chek (multiple locations) Red Thread Design, Toronto Remoli Studio, North Vancouver Mini Souls, Toronto Pineapple Pete, Port Moody Kodiak Boots, Ontario



Forever on Adventure tee: Emerson Apparel $28 Harem pants: Emerson Apparel $36

Go Outside t-shirt: Mini Souls $15 Distored Floral tights: Mini Souls $25



Merino tee: Wee Woollies $44 Merino beanie: Wee Woollies $19 Under Armour fleece pants: Sport Chek $45 Aspen Shark blue leather boots: Ciciban $95

A.Bird Kenzie Top in Black & Cream: Sparkle & Junebug $82 A.Bird Bella Skirt in Black & Cream Dot: Sparkle & Junebug $98 Old Soles Space Shoe Black Snake: Sparkle & Junebug $89

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Energy Saving Tips Reduce energy usage and save money!


s we approach the colder, darker months of the year, BC Hydro recommends customers to use these Power Smart tips to help improve the home efficiency, reduce energy consumption and decrease electricity bills. 1. Turn off unnecessary lights. Two 100-watt incandescent bulbs switched off for an average of two hours per day could save you $12 over a year. 2. Use natural light. A single south-facing window can illuminate 20 to 100 times its area. Even if it means turning off one 60-watt bulb for four hours a day, that’s a $9 savings yearly. 3. Use task lighting. Turn off ceiling lights and use table lamps, track lighting and under-counter lights in work and hobby areas as well as in kitchens. 4. Take shorter showers. Hot water is expensive. If two people in your home cut their shower time by a minute each, you could save $30 over a year. 5. Turn water off when shaving, washing hands, brushing teeth. Stop wasting hot water in your daily routine and cut your hot water usage down by up to 5%, saving another $21. 5. Fix that leaky faucet. Fixing a hot water leak in your faucet can save up to $33 per year in energy costs. 6. Adjust your hot water heater. The hot water temperature in many homes is too hot. Turning down your water heater thermostat (no lower than 55ºC and no higher than 60ºC) can pay off in savings of up to 5% for every 6ºC. 7. Unplug unused electronics. Standby power can account for 10% of annual household electricity use. Unplug chargers, TVs, audio and video equipment and you could save $50 over a year. 8. Ditch the desktop computer. If you’re still using that old desktop, recycle it and switch to your laptop. Even at an average of two hours per day, your laptop will save you $11 in energy use over a year. 9. Unplug the PVR. If you have a non-ENERGY STAR PVR and you haven’t scheduled any recordings, turn it off when you’re on vacation or away for the weekend. Do that for a combined two months a year and you’ll save about $4. 10. Recycle or donate that old TV. Recycle or donate an old TV. Even if you’re just using it an hour a day, that 42-inch LCD is costing you eight bucks a year. 11. Manage your thermostat. If you have electric heat, lower your thermostat by two degrees to save 5% on your heating bill. Lower it by five degrees while you sleep, and you could save another 10 per cent.

14. Run full loads. Cut one load of wash per week, even if you’re already using cold water only, and you could save $30 a year on your laundry costs. 15. Wash laundry in cold. By switching from hot to cold water for an average of three loads per week, you could save up to $27 per year on your energy bill. 16. Hang your laundry. If you do eight loads of laundry a week and use your clothesline for 50% of those clothes, you could save $47 a year. 17. Toss a towel in the dryer. A dry towel added to your dryer load can significantly reduce drying times. If you’re doing seven loads a week, cutting drying time by 10% could save you $27 a year. 18. Be efficient with refrigeration. Keep the freezer full and defrost it regularly. Unplug and clean your fridge’s coils twice a year, and set temperatures between 2°C and 3°C (fridge) and -18°C (freezer). It all adds up and could save you $25 a year. 19. Unplug your second fridge. Unplug that second fridge and save up to $90 a year. Need to keep drinks or snacks cold for a party? Freeze plastic jugs of water – remember, a full freezer is more efficient than a near-empty one – and use them in a cooler when you need them. 20. Skip the heat-dry setting for the dishwasher. That heat-dry setting is expensive. De-select it and, based on one load of dishes a day, save up to $37 for the year. 21. Use the microwave, crock pot or toaster oven. A microwave takes 15 minutes to do the same job as an hour of cooking in an electric oven. Using a microwave instead of your oven four times a week could save you more than $20 per year on your electricity bill. All tips are thanks to BC Hydro. For more ways to save power in your home, visit

More tips for energy savings from Trail Appliances! • 90% of a clothes washer’s energy consumption is heating the water. Try a cold wash cycle instead! • Some clothes washers have a half-load cycle to save water for when you need it. • If you can’t hang dry clothing, use a dryer’s moisture sensor to automatically shut-off when clothes are dry. Timed dry cycles can over dry an item, wasting energy and causing static on your clothes!

12. Be strategic with windows, window coverings. Promote airflow through your home and block the afternoon sun. Even if you’re only cooling your house three months a year, you could save you up to $10 (2 fans) or $45 (1 window unit AC) over those three months.

• Change to a front-load washer. They use about 40% less water than a top-load washing machine.

13. Reduce heat in the kitchen. Avoid using the oven or stovetop in summer. You’ll reduce the heat in your home and be more comfortable, and save on your home cooling costs, too.

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• Look for Energy Star qualified washers or dryers and look out for any current appliance rebates offered by BC Hydro or Fortis BC.

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Designing for Creative Backyard Play! Interactive outdoor play spaces by Megan Zeni & Kelly Johnson of Room to Play | Photos by Megan Zeni


he research on outdoor play is clear; kids who get outside for at least an hour a day, rain or shine, are healthier, happier and more able to focus on non-preferred tasks. And while traditional play structures can be great fun, they don’t often encourage kids to interact with the natural world or feel ownership over the play space. When thinking back to our own childhoods, many of our best memories involve being outdoors creating and defining play spaces and experiences! If you want to create a fun play space that encourages independent play in your own backyard, here are some tips for a playful and creative backyard that your kids will love! Prepare the space for uninterrupted play. To avoid cold, wet, hot or sunburned kids, look for opportunities to tuck nooks, forts or shelters into your yard space. Check your local flyers for tent or tarp sales, or use lattice to define a space under some stairs and create a bat cave or enchanted castle. Even the smallest of yards can grow amazing secret play-scapes using plantings like sunflowers or some bean climbing poles for a playful teepee structure! It’s all about the loose parts. Save money on costly and visually noisy plastic yard toys and head out in nature to collect free and fun backyard toys. Shells, pinecones, smooth stones and scraps of wood all add up to hours of imaginative play. When a toy does not have a defined purpose or play value, and can be used in endless ways for various purposes it is said to have a “high affordance for play.” These kinds of playthings lead to divergent thinking and increased abilities to problem solve in the school years. A child’s ability to redesign the purpose and function of a plaything improves the affordances for play and therefore, the motivation to play with it.


Bring on the water. Water play is a basic for any four-season outdoor play space. Even in the cooler months you can have loads of fun with a water table. Pick up an inexpensive paint roller at the dollar store and let your little one “paint” the side of the house or the pavement with water. Draw pictures with water using various sized paintbrushes. The pouring and filling of various sizes of containers is endlessly satisfying and important for the development of fine motor skills. Sprinklers, toddler pools and popular water walls made of hose and bottle bits keep everyone cool on a hot day. Get messy, make mistakes. A sandbox, a corner of their own in the garden, or a pile of leaves is a wonderful place for sensorial play. Being able to dig, shovel and move stuff is the kind of unstructured play that is good for body and mind. Crafts and play kitchens are perfect for outdoor play too. Glitter will make you less crazy out on the lawn and mud pies are best served in the backyard!

Add some risk. “Risky play” refers to the thrill and excitement of trying something new. It involves a risk of physical injury but is different than a hazard (something a supervising adult knows to be dangerous for the child’s age and stage of development). Risk can only be defined by the risk taker and has profound benefits for personal development when given the freedom to experiment. Risky play can include a freedom to explore and play from various heights or using real tools, like hammering real nails with a real hammer, whittling wood with a real pocket knife or using a jig saw to carve a pumpkin. Your family can decide what your boundaries are for risks versus hazards, but consider giving the kids some say in what risky play is interesting to them. Beautify the space. Vertical gardens, fairy gardens, and any kind of thoughtful landscaping go a long way to inspire curiosity. You don’t have to be an avid gardener to add some layers of seasonal flowers or edible plantings that will help your yard feel like a getaway. And if you have a beautiful garden that you are afraid will get stomped on by kids, section off a part of it, plant hardy, kid friendly plantings there and add some toy dinosaurs! Sensory gardens (plantings that encourage children to touch, taste and smell) are popular with the littles while encouraging outdoor play. Provide support and then retreat. Unstructured play often requires an absence of adult supervision. Give children ownership over the space by providing the materials they need to create their ultimate play space and then stand back while their imaginations, curiosity and innovative ideas make your yard a favorite play space. Children who bring a wide variety of experiences into the classroom have a curiosity and wonder about the world around them that leads to deep and meaningful learning. Follow Room to Play on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest for more great ideas. And check out the Room to Play blog at to see all the services provided for families, including imagining awesome backyard play spaces!

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Sex Ed at Home Talking to your kids about the birds and the bees by Saleema Noon

“How come Bruce Jenner is Caitlin Jenner now?” “Why don’t boys have vaginas?” “How exactly does the sperm get to the egg?” “Do you think my parents have sexed before?” Above are a few examples of the many questions I’ve been asked over the years during my Body Science classes. As a sexual health educator, responding to these curious inquiries is just another day at the office. But as parents, it can be tough (to say the least!) to know what to tell our kids, how much to say and when to say it. Let’s face it; most of us didn’t grow up talking about practice erections over dinner, right? The good news is that talking about sexual health is easier and more fun than you might think. And like most things, the more you do it, the more comfortable it becomes. Here are some tips to get you started: Safety first. It’s simple: studies from all over the world show that children who are educated about healthy bodies and healthy sexuality are protected from child sexual abuse. And better they hear it from us than believing what they see on the Internet or what they hear from a friend’s older brother. We also know that having sexual health information delays sexual activity.

Say more than you think, sooner than you think. Kids only absorb what they are ready for, and everything else just goes over their heads. Plus, parents often underestimate what their kids have already been exposed to.

Start early. Preschoolers are the easiest to teach. They so are excited to be body scientists and they accept the information very matter-of-factly. They haven’t learned that sex is still a taboo subject in our society and their curiosity is endless.


Play doctor. Children can learn the word “uterus” just as easily as the word “stomach.” And if you can rehearse a few scientific words or phrases that doctors use, answering your child’s questions on the spot will be much easier.

Stay ahead of the game. Give your child information before they ask. Start with reading a few pages of a body science book before bed every night. As your kids get older, leave the books on the coffee table, on their bed and on the toilet. Give boosters of information. It’s not about “The Talk.” Take advantage of teachable moments and have lots of mini-talks. Bring up topics naturally while watching TV, listening to music or reading a Facebook article. Even two-minute conversations are valuable because they normalize the topic of sexual health in your home. Keep calm and talk on. Don’t panic when your child asks a question. If you can’t think of an answer right away, just say, “I am so glad you asked me that scientific question, but I need some time to think about how best to answer it for you. Let’s talk after dinner (or before bed, or when our guests leave, or when we get out of Safeway…).” Better to answer when you are more prepared than when you are feeling flustered or nervous. Remember that questions are a compliment. Congratulations, your child trusts you as a credible source of information! No matter how hard or embarrassing the questions are, use this opportunity and be honest. We want them to keep coming back to us, especially when they are teenagers. Have fun with it. Enjoy the misuse of words, the mispronunciations and misunderstandings. Never lose your sense of humour. Get some backup. More than ever, there are fantastic books, apps and websites available to guide parents and kids through their body science journey. Saleema Noon is a tap dancing, marathon running sexual health educator and stepmother of two. She lives in Vancouver and spends most of her time teaching Body Science to elementary-aged children. Founder of the popular iGirl and iGuy Empowerment Workshops, her book for parents is due for release in September 2016.

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Dental Discussion Ask an Expert! Dr Perel-Panar answers readers questions about family dentistry


e all know the benefits and necessity of keeping our teeth healthy, especially considering we only get one set of adult teeth to last us a lifetime. We’ve asked local dentist, Dr. Avie Perel-Panar, some questions about keeping healthy mouths for your family.

BC doesn’t put fluoride in the water. What can families do to protect their teeth without daily fluoride? What are the pros and cons to fluoride usage? Brush daily with fluoridated toothpaste and make sure to get fluoride treatments at your regular visits to the dentist. But there are pros and cons to fluoride usage. Pros: Makes the crystalline structure of teeth stronger, decreasing susceptibility to acids that cause cavities.  Cons: In large amounts, ie., if a baby drank a bottle of mouthwash, it could cause toxicity, however, in small amounts it is safe.  Make sure to use recommended amounts, as too much can cause teeth to become discoloured. Can you talk to us about childhood dental stages and what parents should expect? When should they seek medical intervention for pain/ fever/illness due to cutting teeth?

 Parents should expect their children to start cutting teeth between ages of three to seven months, however, any teeth erupting earlier or later is normal. A good rule to follow is after seven months, add four teeth every four months, so that by 15 months you can expect to see 12 of the 20 baby teeth. 

children are growing rapidly, they are more susceptible to radiation. Ethical dentists make sure that x-rays are taken only when necessary. 

They are about equal, however, children generally have an easier time weaning off the pacifier than the thumb. It is best to wean the baby off both before they are a year old.

Are x-rays dangerous to a child?

 The amount of exposure from a dental x-ray is very minimal, but because

Which is better: a pacifier or thumb-sucking?

It is still okay to allow both until about three years of age, but prolonged sucking on the soother or the thumb can lead to problems with the jaw and teeth after that age. Are baby teeth important? Yes, primary teeth are very  important. Besides  providing space for the developing permanent teeth and helping the jawbones and muscles to develop correctly, they are essential for your child to learn to speak and necessary for proper chewing and eating. Why does a child grind their teeth, and should I be worried about that? Yes, grinding of teeth is never normal, especially not in children. It is a sign of stress of improper alignment of the teeth and should always be addressed.  What questions should parents ask when they are trying to pick a pediatric dentist?

 Are they experienced? How well do they interact with children? Are they conservative?  Dr. Perel-Panar has a full time practice in Vancouver and travels to Prince George to mentor as well as practice dentistry.



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>> G Day for Girls

>> Swim to Survive Program

After the success of previous years, G Day for Girls is back in Vancouver on October 23, with another event in Victoria for those on the island. The event is designed for girls aged 10-12, the confusing time of puberty when girls are trying to carve out their identities amidst heavy media pressure. G Day for Girls was created as a social movement to empower young women going through the tricky time of adolescence, teaching them to be empowered and confident while being kind and considerate of one another. The event is a celebration and creation of sisterhood amongst young women and is designed to show them that the future is bright and full of possibilities. More than 250 girls and their caregivers will participate, listening to engaging speakers and taking part in fun, creative activities. There are also more than 50 volunteers to help make this day special and educational for all the girls involved. Last year’s event was a huge success, so help G Day for Girls be another positive experience for young women in the Lower Mainland.

Each year, drowning claims the lives of children and adults all over the world, either due to lack of swimming skills, accidents, or a combination of the two. This is especially true in British Columbia, where we have access to lakes, community centres, public pools and oceans, all with the potential for danger as much as recreation. Although some of us are more inclined to swimming than others, it is a vital skill that can prevent injury and death. Thankfully, the Lifesaving Society’s Swim to Survive program teaches children water survival skills, not to be confused with basic swimming lessons, allowing children to be self-sufficient during water play and preventing drowning and injury. During the three in-water lessons, children will learn three vital skills, including how to tread water, swim 50 metres and enter water safely. Next are three in-class water safety lessons, where kids learn the principles of being safe, even when summer fun is on the menu. The Lifesaving Society also offers grants to schools, where grade three children can be taught aquatic skills during school hours. Research by the International Life Saving Federation estimates that the Swim to Survive program has reduced mortality in swimming accidents by more than 50 per cent, so enroll your child today!

>> Neuroplasticity and Education: Strengthening the Connection In a world of consistently available information on the web, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction, especially when it comes to the realm of children and education, in which everyone has an opinion. Thankfully, the Eaton Education Group is gathering the ultimate experts and professionals for their upcoming conference, Neuroplasticity and Education, to be held on October 23rd at the Westin Bayshore Hotel. For parents of schoolaged children, or their educators and health professionals, there is something for everyone to learn at this engaging and exciting event. The conference is in its third year, routinely selling out to the 750-person audience. The hosts, the prestigious educating experts at Eaton Educational Group, are dedicated to helping parents and those involved in the raising of children to improve children’s learning. With the various lectures on neuroplasticity and it’s place in learning, combined with activity breaks and exhibitors, attendees will learn about how the brain can be opened to learning and what techniques can be used to improve focus and awareness in the classroom.


>> Terry Fox Run

>> Robotics Course at EcoDairy

Few Canadians are unaware of the name Terry Fox, who has become synonymous with strength, bravery, and dedication to a cause. 35 years ago, he began his trek running across Canada with one leg in order to raise money for cancer research and awareness. Sadly, he succumbed to cancer before finishing his route, but those who supported him have continued the path. On September 20, 2015, in celebration of the 35th anniversary, British Columbians are encouraged to participate in one of the many runs throughout the community in order to keep Terry’s legacy alive. Across the Lower Mainland there are countless walks and runs that families can participate in. But those unable to walk or run aren’t limited to sitting on the couch. Instead, they can sponsor another runner or simply donate money to the cause, or perhaps volunteer their time at one of the events. Terry Fox taught us that one person could make a difference but as a united front, even more is possible. Gather with fellow Canadians by checking for the venue near you, sign up to collect donations and get running!

These days, parents are learning about the benefits of encouraging their child’s interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, also known as STEM. Although the sciences may not be a typical place to cultivate the arts, at the EcoDairy, children are being encouraged to combine both sides of their brains to create new and exciting robots through the Robotics Gearbots Makerspace. Children aged nine and older can participate in the program designed to enhance creativity, spark imagination and teach them elements of STEM that will benefit children in the future. In the five-week program, which runs several sessions throughout the year, kids learn hands-on details of robotics such as computer coding, circuits, 3D printers and more! Children will enjoy the opportunity to explore these diverse subjects and have their very own robot to show for all their hard work! And of course, there could be no better place to practice STEM technology than the technologically advanced EcoDairy, which remains on the forefront of innovation in science.

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modern home-ec Back to School Yummies Alyssa Schottland-Bauman of It ’s time for back to school, back to routine, back to healthy eating! Get the kids off summer’s non-stop ice cream sugar train. Here are a couple of our favourite back to school protein and taste-packed snacks. They are school friendly, so either pack them in the lunchbox or have them ready for when the after school famish hits. All of these recipes are super simple to make once you have the Nourished pantry items stocked. Double the recipe and freeze some so you are always prepared.

Cacao Puffed Quinoa Bars These tasty, nutritional powerhouses are a great post-workout snack, not to mention the kids will love them! Ingredients • 1/2 cup coconut oil • 2 tbsp coconut butter • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder) • 1 tbsp hemp seeds • 2 tbsp maple syrup • pinch of salt • 1 cup puffed quinoa (see below) • 1/4 cup dried cranberries • 1/4 cup shelled pistachios or walnuts (omit, or substitute pumpkin seeds to be school friendly) Instructions Pour quinoa into large dry pot. Heat and stir for about 5-6 minutes. Melt coconut oil and coconut butter in a saucepan. Sift and stir in the raw cacao powder and blend in the maple syrup, hemp seeds, salt, puffed quinoa, cranberries and pistachios. Grease and line a loaf pan. Pour the mixture into the pan and chill in the fridge until set (overnight). Cut into snack-size bites, or heartier bars, approximately 1/2 inch thick.

Carrot Bites These gluten-free, macaroon-style cookies are moist, spicy and loaded with veggies. It’s easy to eat too many of these. Enjoy! Ingredients • 3/4 cup almond flour • 3/4 cup quinoa flakes or quinoa flour • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut • 1 tsp baking powder • 1/4 tsp sea salt • 2 tbsp ground flax seed • 1/4 tsp cinnamon • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (leave out to be school friendly) • 1 cup carrots, shredded and packed • 1/4 cup zucchini, shredded and packed • 1/2 cup raisins, diced (or your fave dried fruit) • 1/2 cup maple syrup • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted • 1 tsp fresh ginger, or 1/2 tsp ground • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract • 1/2 cup high quality chocolate chips (optional, but recommended) Instructions Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine flour, quinoa flakes, coconut, baking powder, sea salt, flax and cinnamon. Add in the nuts, carrots, zucchini, chocolate chips and dried fruit. In a small bowl mix maple syrup, coconut oil, ginger, and vanilla. Add to dry mixture and stir until combined. Drop a heaping tablespoon of dough onto lined baking sheet, about 2 inches between each bite. Shape into a ball with hands. Bake for about 25-30 minutes and cool for 10 minutes on a baking rack.


timeout Mad Decent Block Party WestJet Concert Stage at the PNE Amphitheatre September 6 Mad Decent aims to bring new genres and cultures to light in the ever diversifying music community with outdoor dance party/concerts. General admission or VIP 19+. Wine and Art Walk Historic Downtown Abbotsford September 10, 4-8pm View some amazing artwork of all mediums at various businesses. Sample delectable wines and have a fun evening. Tickets $25 (check online). Friday Sunset Music Series: Sea to Sky Orchestra Summit Lodge, Squamish September 11, 6-7:30pm The final performance of the sunset music series is a group of passionate string players brought together by their mutual desire to create and play classical music in the Sea to Sky Corridor. Bicycle Trek for Life and Breath White Rock September 12-13, 9am-8pm Riding from White Rock to Cultus Lake and back in support of the BC Lung Association’s fight against lung disease. Includes all food, accommodation, entertainment, gear transportation and medical & mechanical support – all by committing to fundraise only $500! Please register online. Car Trunk Sale Bill Copeland Sports Centre, Burnaby September 12, 9am-1pm Move your unused items from your garage to your trunk to sell! Admission is free for buyers. Rain or shine and concession available. 604.297.4521

Kid-free Events for Mom & Dad!

Luxury and Supercar Weekend VanDusen Gardens, Great Lawn September 12-13, 11am –5pm See rare classics and modern supercars for urban Vancouverites and automotive fanatics from around the world. General admission is $50/day. The Canuck Place Adventure Race Jericho Beach September 13, all day This is the ultimate celebration of outdoor athleticism, offering participants the opportunity to kayak, bike and run at beautiful Jericho Beach. The funds and awareness raised go directly towards supporting the operation of BC’s recognized pediatric palliative care provider: Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. The Art of Leadership Vancouver 2015 Vancouver Convention Centre September 14, 8:30am-5pm This one-day conference features five internationally renowned bestselling authors and thought leaders who will share an exciting blend of cutting edge thinking and real world experience on today’s most critical leadership issues. Managing Common Child Health Problems Childbearing Society, 3569 Commercial St September 16, 1-3:30pm Many people are frustrated with long wait times in Emergency, only to have medical staff do things that could have been done at home. An emergency/pediatric RN, paramedic & 911 call-taker shares things you can do to safely manage health problems and when to seek consultation. $40 with certificate provided.   778.737.8953 |

My Bella Baby-Baby Shower Croatian Cultural Centre, Vancouver September 19, 10am-6pm Find out the latest trends, featuring everything under one roof for prenatal, birth, breastfeeding, babies, toddlers, preschoolers, parents, and grandparents too! Free when you register online. Town and Country Vintage Fall Market Murrayville Hall, Langley September 19 Shop for unique treasures and finds at this unique market in an old fashioned environment. The whole family will find something that speaks to the vintage lover inside them! Word Vancouver Throughout Vancouver September 23-27 Come hear musical performances, free readings and panel discussions, and take part in free writing workshops. Canadian authors and book, magazine, and comic exhibitors are all gathered to share a passion for the written word. Fun for literature and literacy lovers of any age! Leading Moms 2015: Inspirational Talks by Extraordinary Moms Science Theatre, Science World September 25, 9:30am-12:30pm Be among an audience of other moms in a day filled with stories from moms making a difference in the arts, culture, health, community, business, and more. A Night of the Arts for Adults Only! Place des Arts September 26, 7-10pm Are you 19+? Take part in two innovative art workshops of your choice in a variety of visual art media, dance and singing, all led by Place des Arts’ professional instructors. Enjoy complimentary tapas and dessert bars, and purchase a glass of wine, beer or non-alcoholic beverage with musical entertainment. September 2015 27

community Vancity Day at the PNE PNE Fairgrounds, Vancouver September 3, 11am-11pm Vancity members and a guest will get to enjoy the perk of entry at the Fair for only $5 each. With hundreds of performances and exhibits, fun rides and delicious food, Vancity Member Day at the Fair at the PNE is one of the highlights of the summer. TAIWANfest Downtown Vancouver (Granville Street) September 4-7 Kids can enjoy the sheep, do arts and crafts, learn to dance and dream to be a composer. TAIWANfest is a family-friendly event that showcases food, arts, culture and lifestyle. 604.263.9311 | Moon Festival in White Rock 14970 Marine Drive September 5-7 This three-day event will feature Western and Chinese cultural performances featuring music, performances, a mobile drawing unit, martial art demonstrations and 500 lanterns lining the pier and promenade. Corn Festival September 5, 12noon-5pm Britannia Join the Latin American community’s annual corn harvest fiesta. Celebrate the importance of corn to the peoples of Latin America and their efforts to protect the biodiversity of traditional corns. Try delicious Latin American food, enjoy music and dancing. Free family fun. 604.718.5895

Labour Day Fair Burnaby Village Museum September 7, 11am-4:30pm An old fashioned fair complete with games of chance, entertainment, and a craft! Last day of the summer season. A Day at the Farm Westham Island Herb Farm, Ladner September 12, 10am-4pm Come and see all that your local farming community has to offer, including wagon rides, live auction, musical pony show, live music, milking demos and much more! There will be fresh produce for sale, local food trucks and a BBQ. 604.940.3392 | Luminary Festival Sunstone Park, North Delta September 12, 6-10pm Experience the magic as the park comes alive with lights! Use your imagination to create a lantern to bring or illuminate yourself! Place des Arts Annual Open House Place des Arts, Coquitlam September 12, 2-4pm An informative, entertaining way to discover the classes and programs available for the season. Meet the teachers, watch class demos and participate in fun activities. Register for a class during the open house and receive up to $10 off your registration fee (1 per family). Free. Please register. 604.664.1636 |

Fleetwood Community Festival Francis Park, Fleetwood September 12, 11am-3pm This annual community event is for all ages, hosting a wide variety of performers and children’s activities, including trackless train, bouncy castles, face painting, crafts, and games. An outdoor café, BBQ and concession will be available. In-N-Out Burger at the Langley Good Time Cruise-In Fraser Highway 206 to 208, Douglas Crescent and the Cascades Parking lot, Langley September 12 Local car enthusiasts are invited to visit downtown Langley to view numerous cars in one place and help raise money for local charities. BC’s First Annual Grandparents Day Stroll River Market, Westminster Quay September 13, 10am-1:30pm This fun, family event will have music, information tents, a screening of the acclaimed documentary, “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Telling Our Stories” and a walk to raise funds for PSS programming that supports Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and other diverse families. The 10th annual BBQ Off the Bypass 20353-64 Avenue, Langley September 13, 10am-4pm The event is free to the public with live music, interesting displays, tasty vendors and delicious BBQ samples. The BBQ Off the Bypass is also the site of the Great BC Bake Off, an annual amateur pie baking competition.

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calendar Southlands Country Fair Southlands Riding Club September 13, 10am-5pm The fair features pony rides, petting farm, spectacular equestrian entertainment, silent auction, local arts and crafts market, heritage farmers market, agricultural demonstrations, book sale, face painting, delicious food enjoyed outdoors, children’s musical performer, Will Stroet! Entry by donation. 604.263.4817 Project Soul + South Asian Arts Scotiabank Dance Centre, Vancouver September 17, 12noon The Dance Centre kicks off a new season with two of Vancouver’s hottest dance companies, Project Soul and South Asian Arts. The show will celebrate these two contrasting styles, which share deep connections to music and rhythm, and there will be an artist talkback after the performance. Tickets $14/$12 students, seniors and children. 604.606.6400 Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House Scotiabank Dance Centre, Vancouver September 19, 11am-5pm From contemporary and swing to classical Indian and Ukrainian dance, the annual Scotiabank Dance Centre Open House  offers the chance to sample a host of dance styles in a day of free open classes, studio showings and events. Free admission. 604 606 6400 | 6th Annual Little Fox Run September 20 A Terry Fox Run geared towards children aged three to five. The Terry Fox Foundation differs from other organizations in that 84 cents from every dollar raised goes directly to cancer research initiatives.

Wesbrook Village Festival September 19, 11-4pm 3378 Wesbrook Mall, UBC, Vancouver Full day of fun for students to seniors, including activities, great food, kids zone, and more. Join WCF at the 5th annual Wesbrook Village Festival this year. Enjoy a day full of fun for everyone, from students to seniors and residents to visitors. It’s an afternoon of fun activities and great food all for FREE: BBQ, Live Music, Rock Climbing Wall, Kid’s Zone.

SPARK: An Outdoor Gala for Camp Goodtimes Summit Lodge, Squamish September 19, 4:30-11pm Celebrate the end of summer in style at Spark, a luxury, outdoor gala benefiting Camp Goodtimes. Camp Goodtimes is an unforgettable and empowering summer camp experience for kids living with cancer to attend with their families. MetamorFest 2015 Community Street Festival Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House September 26 This is a free event with fun interactive activities for all ages. There will be live entertainment all day and businesses will be set up with games and fun activities for the public. There will also be food trucks along with other food options for purchase, a beverage garden, silent auction, and raffle. 604.879.8208 | Etsy Vancouver September 26 Robson Square, Vancouver Crafters, artisans, and collectors will be selling their handmade and vintage goods. Come show your support for talented Vancouverites!

Bird Walk Van Dusen Gardens September 26, 10am Meet in the Visitor Centre Atrium. Join Jeremy Gordon for a guided birding exploration in the Garden. Rain or shine. Free for members or with garden admission. Family Day at PdA: Culture Days Edition! Place des Arts, Coquitlam September 27 Learn portraiture by using fun photos of staff and teachers. Make “comic jams,” an improvisational form of drawing. Use black and white paint to contribute to a large collaborative landscape 604.664.1636 |

Word Vancouver! September 27 Library Square, Vancouver Western Canada’s largest celebration of literacy and reading. Held during the last week of September at various venues throughout the city, the festival promotes books and authors with free exhibits, performances, and hands-on activities for a wide range of ages and interests.

Walk Now for Autism Speaks Canada: Vancouver 2015 Swangard Stadium, Burnaby September 27 Walk 3 km in support of Autism Speaks Canada. The day includes fun activities, performers and snacks, and a Resource Fair too. Walk Begins: 9:45 am

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reading corner We asked children of the WestCoast Families team to tell us about their favourite books that are occupying space on their bedside tables. Encourage literacy in your home by encouraging your little one to chat about their favourite read. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl This summer, I have enjoyed reading Roald Dahl books such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach. I like these stories because they are exciting adventures and his writing always pulls me in and doesn’t let me go! Emma Loken, 10

Critter Club and Puppy Place by Callie Barkley I like all the Critter Club books because I love stories about animals! They’re full of animals and sometimes they’re mysteries too. Olivia, age 7


13 Suspicious Incidents by Lemony Snickett This is a book of short mystery stories, and each story contains different characters that are interesting in their own special way, especially Lemony Snickett. The stories are funny, clever, and will keep you guessing until the very end, when you get to flip to the end of the book for the solution to the mystery. My favourite story in the book is called “Very Obvious”, because it IS very obvious, but interesting at the same time. This story involves trying to figure out who ate the pie. I recommend this book to kids and their parents! Clementine Doubt, 8

3-D Theater OCEAN – Look and find in amazing 3-D popups by Kathryn Jewitt This is my favourite book to read every day. I like the swordfishes. I like to find all the fish in the pictures and I can learn about different sea creatures. The dragon fish is really scary and the tripod fish is funny. Jesse Vance, 4

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