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Top 5 Trend Traps

Shhh… Listen! Do You Hear the Sound of these Top 5 Trend Traps?

It’s that time of year again when we parents are a prime marketing demographic target, our children are too! Together we are seduced by television commercials, internet advertising, glossy toy catalogues, enticing in-store displays, festive jingles, extravagant light displays and visits with Santa.
Toilet Training 3 girls at once

The Ultimate Improv Method to Toilet Training

The Ultimate Guide to successfully toilet training three preschoolers simultaneously (by making it all up as you go along), in 10 easy steps. If you are the parent of multiples or you have two or more preschoolers in your charge, you too can triumphantly toilet train by simply winging it!
family adoption

Adoption Awareness Month – What Not to Say

I don’t have any personal experience with adoption. Although we entertained the thought of adopting a child a couple of years ago, the process of the particular adoption we were seeking was impossible because of international laws.

Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass

The Canadian Ski Council SnowPass is here - offering 4th and 5th graders three complimentary lift tickets at each of the 150 participating ski areas, all across Canada.
Disability or Not: Why You Don’t Want to Raise a Spoiled Kid

Disability or Not: Why You Don’t Want to Raise a Spoiled Kid

My cousin has two little girls, both with unique needs. One was born with spina bfida and because she uses a wheelchair, has a visible disability. The other daughter has a special need that’s not visible – Type 1 Diabetes. So, in other words, my cousin is a very busy mother!
Trick or Treating

Can You Be Too Old for Trick-or-Treating?

Halloween is upon us and one of the common complaints you hear about this holiday is that some trick-or-treaters are too old to be knocking on doors looking for goodies. To this, I say: Get over it. I have to admit, I have a long history of being afraid of teenagers.
Learn to Skate at Harbourfront Centre

Learn to Skate at Harbourfront Centre

Get ready, Toronto! It’s time to lace up and hit the ice, as Harbourfront Centre’s Learn to Skate program returns, from November 2016 – February 2017. Learn to Skate offers numerous classes tailored to suit skaters of all ages and skill levels, from Kinderskate to Adult Intermediate.
Visit to Scenic Caves

Scenic Caves Nature Adventures: A Perfect Family Day Trip!

The summer of 2016 marked my first ever visit to the Scenic Caves Nature Adventures. I don't know how I ever missed this great...

Apple Picking in and around the GTA

Treat the family to a day out celebrating fall and it's local harvest of delicious Ontario apples! See below for a handy list of apple orchards in the GTA and Southern Ontario. If you know of a great spot that is not in our list please share it with our readers by commenting below.
Fall Fairs & Festivals

Funtastic Fall Fairs & Festivals

The Fall season is one of the best times of the year for family events and outings! This colourful (and cooler!) season brings so any opportunities to head out with the kids and make lasting memories and traditions!
3 ways to Prepare for back to school

3 Ways to Prepare for the First Day of School

Starting school for the very first time. It’s an exciting, busy time. Sure, the summer’s slowed-down pace coupled with not having to pack school lunches makes July & August pure joy.

Back to School. Back to Activities.

Those hazy, lazy days of summer are coming to an end. Along with the chaos that back to school season brings, I know in my busy house I also have to think about all the kids returning to their activities.

Helping your Teen Transition to High School

The first day of high school can be a flurry of emotions for your kids. New school. New experiences. And new freedom to gain. It’s both exciting and frightening. If you have a teen with first-day jitters at home, here are a few ways you can help them prepare for a smooth start to school.

Summer Movies under the Stars

Movies under the Stars are the perfect way to fit a family outing into the hot days of summer. The evenings are a little cooler and more comfortable for everyone, and you won't have to slather them in sunscreen or nag about putting their hats back on!
children's sleeping patterns

The Sleeping Patterns of Latter Born Children

We all remember bringing home that first baby and making sure the entire house and anyone in it was perfectly silent as the baby slept. We put notes on the front door telling people not to knock, we turned phone ringers off and then spoke in hushed tones, if we even spoke at all.

Summer and Fall Enrollment Specials at My Gym Children’s Fitness Center

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Struggling with Bed-Wetting

I was recently invited to an event hosted by the folks from GoodNites to have a bigger conversation around bed-wetting. It’s actually a topic that really interests me because I had a kid who really struggled with this – and I mean well into puberty.

Keep Kids Hydrated and Safe During a Heatwave

Are you Keeping Your Kids Cool? Young children are more susceptible to dehydration and becoming ill in hot weather than healthy adults. Children's bodies don't tend to cool down as efficiently which leaves them more at risk than during a summer heatwave.

How to Create a Backyard Staycation for Your Kids this Summer

Summer holidays are knocking at the door. People often wonder how I keep six kids occupied during the summer months when school is out. While my kids love spending some time at summer camp, I was sure to make our home an entertaining place for kids – particularly the backyard.

The Ultimate Sports Camp – Good Sports

Good Sports is a multi-sport camp program from Earthbound Kids which includes instruction and skill development each day. It’s main focus is game play and being a positive team player while having fun with friends.
Learn to Ride

Say Goodbye to Training Wheels

You never forget your first bike. Mine was a fire engine red and so shiny I could see the rare Irish sun bounce off the frame in every direction. Learning to ride a bike remains a rite of passage for many kids today. It’s the stuff childhood memories are made of! We’ve compiled some of our top tips below to give you a kick start.
Rookie Camper Mistakes

Avoid Rookie Camper Mistakes

Camping is a memorable experience. Whether bonding as a family or gathering with close friends around the campfire, trips in the trailer or tent are sure to inspire stories for years to come. But not everybody is a seasoned camper.
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