A stellar performance of women at the Summer Olympics inspired many girls to take up new sports this year. But research by theWomen’s Sports Foundation shows that by the time they’re 14, girls are dropping out of sports at two times the rate as boys.
It used to be that to find the entrance to Long Lake Provincial Park off the Northwest Arm Drive someone had to show you where it was . . . There have been a few changes since then.
I USED to be very outdoorsy. Then I had two kids within two years and a “hike” turned into a slow walk pushing a stroller and waiting for a toddler to pick up yet another rock. Sound familiar? My first venture out alone in the woods was to a family favourite, McDonald Sports Park in Waverley.
I recently found out that my four year old daughter knows how to make pancake batter (from scratch) by herself. She knows the ingredients she needs, the measuring tools to gather and what order everything goes in the bowl. She learned how to do it at her grandparents’ house.
After hearing about this my mind immediately jumped to an image of myself relaxing with a glass of wine while my two kids whip up dinner. I reached out to Wendy MacCallum, a Halifax nutrition consultant and author of two cookbooks for families, to see if she had any tips on how soon this fantasy could become a reality.
In January 2016 there were two reported incidents of children in the HRM being approached by strangers on their way to school. These alarming events reminded many parents that teaching children about “stranger danger” is something that needs to happen on an ongoing basis, however many parents aren’t sure how to effectively have that conversation.
Sleep is the holy grail of parenting. It bonds new parents together as they wearily commiserate about their lack of it; and pulls couples apart during yet another 2:00 a.m. argument over “whose turn it is.” But what happens after those newborn years when a good night’s sleep is still elusive? What do parents do when their two year old, or even ten year old, is still not sleeping well?
Last year, my children caught the Gimmes at Christmas. I don’t know how they got infected, but our normally sweet, polite, angelic (OK, that may be stretching it) children couldn’t get enough presents…So this year, we’ve changed the way we look at holiday gifting.
This article was originally published in Family Matters magazine and has been republished here with their permission. We’ve all heard the Sidney Crosby story; his parents knew at a young age that he was destined for greatness. Now parents watch all practices extra carefully to try to figure out when their child should specialize inContinue reading “Sport Specializing vs. Sport Sampling”
This article was originally published in Family Matters magazine and has been republished here with their permission. I’d hazard a guess that the wee hours of the morning is one of the most active times on social media for new parents. I’ve personally spent many hours in a darkened room feeding, changing, or soothing myContinue reading “Social Media Helps Parents Stay Connected”
“Primary is a big step in a child’s life and parents worry if their child is going to feel safe at school,” Katrina Johnston, a primary teacher in Chester, NS, says, and she shares some suggestions on what parents can do to help.