Childhood Obesity

How to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Balance is key in helping your child maintain a healthy weight. Balance the calories your child eats and drinks with the calories used through physical activity and normal growth.

Overweight and obese children and teens should reduce the rate of weight gain while allowing normal growth and development. Don’t put your child on a weight-reduction diet without talking to your health care provider. Read more

Conversations You Need to STOP Having With Your Kids

The 3 Conversations You Need to STOP Having With Your Kids

You feel it coming. You’re at your breaking point as a parent. Your kids have pushed every single button you have ever had and are verging on demolishing your sanity. You have tried every parenting trick known to you and you are still getting nowhere with them. You have silently counted to 10 in your head and realize it’s way past the point of no return.

Your frustration is at an all time high and you lose your temper. Read more

Teach Your Children a Thorough Apology

Teach Your Children a Thorough Apology

“Say sorry to your brother.”

“But he’s the one who–”

“Say it!” you insist, an edge of warning in your voice.

He huffs, rolls his eyes to the side, and says flatly, “Sorry.”

“Say it like you mean it,” you demand.

“Sorrrrry,” he repeats, dragging out the word slowly with bulging eyes and dripping insincerity.

You sigh in defeat and turn to #2, “Now tell him you forgive him.”

“But he doesn’t even mean it!” Read more

lemonade stand

Ages 10-12: Set Up a Lemonade Stand

The two things are often synonymous with one another: summer and lemonade.  Cool down this summer by making some lemonade with your child, and set up a stand to treat neighbors and passers by to a cool and refreshing sweet treat as too!

A lemonade stand is a great opportunity for your kids to work on their money skills, but it’s also a good opportunity for them to make a difference this summer.  Work with your children to choose a charity that they really care about, and donate all your earnings! Not to mention, any time your child works in the kitchen, she’s practicing her measuring and fraction skills and building on her ability to follow directions.  Here’s a recipe for lemonade and the stand to go with it! Read more

children and allergies

Children and Allergies

A child who sneezes or coughs a lot, who frequently develops a rash or hives, or who gets a stomachache, cramps or nausea after eating certain foods may have allergies. Any child may develop allergies, but they are more common in children from families with a history of such reactions.

Early identification of childhood allergies will improve your child’s quality of life, reduce the number of missed school days and help you avoid having to use sick time or vacation days to care for your child.

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Handling Your Child’s Fears

5 Tips to Handling Your Child’s Fears


It can be easy to assume that anxiety, stress and fear are only adult emotional issues, however the truth is that children as young as toddlers can experience these feelings too. In many circumstances they are healthy and normal such as when you leave them with a new baby-sitter or they go off to their first day of Kindergarten. But in other cases, such as a preoccupation with feelings that you might abandon them forever, or if you notice your child is worrying about bigger issues such as money or family problems, it’s time to ease their fears. Read more

What to Do if Your Child Starts Swearing

What to Do if Your Child Starts Swearing

I hate to break it to you, but if your sweet and innocent child starts blurting expletives the chances are they heard them from you. As parents we are our children’s role models. This feels quite a heady privilege until you observe your child exhibiting some of your less desirable behaviours. Role modelling is a warts-and-all role. Time to embrace your mini-mirror. And watch yourself like a hawk. Read more

Responsible Children Become Responsible Adults

Responsible Children Become Responsible Adults

When a child is born they are completely and utterly dependent on their parents—and that’s exactly as it should be. Even a toddler needs most everything done for them. But it is also at that toddler stage that a child begins to exhibit the first signs of having the capability to be a responsible, contributing member of the family. Do NOT ignore these signs! Read more