Nurture

Here’s how to design a shared kids’ room that looks cute, offers them some privacy and hides alllll their stuff. Like many other families, we noticed that after the pandemic hit, our home was no longer running at its best. Our small Victorian row house was suddenly cluttered and chaotic. Games and toys, typically reserved
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A hot car tragedy can happen to any family—even yours. Here are strategies to prevent it. Despite decades of campaigns pushing for increased awareness, injuries and deaths caused by heatstroke when kids are left in hot cars continue to happen. Dozens of children across North America die each summer while trapped in hot cars, where
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All of us were (theoretically) gung-ho about trying out the so-called “blended family” thing. I imagined it was going to be like a box of cake mix: just add the ingredients, stir and voila—Instant Family! I was blissfully delusional. Photo: Kristy Woudstra “MOMMMM! Will’s being annoying!” While this exclamation would be annoying in itself to
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Kids love doing “adult” jobs, and these ten tasks are sure to make them feel helpful while you’re busy doing the real work. Encouraging kids to help with outdoor chores probably won’t lighten your actual workload, but it’ll give them a sense of accomplishment and pride—and keep them occupied. Here are some ideas. 1. Water
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Playtime is just plain fun, and it’s also an essential way to keep minds and bodies active and thriving. As the warm weather hits and school ends, it’s the perfect time for families to explore and rediscover activities, games and toys, all while building those all-important developmental skills. School’s out but that doesn’t mean the
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When Chrystia Freeland revealed the Liberal government’s 2021 budget, which included an ambitious five-year plan for improving child care costs and access across the country, it was met with equal parts excitement and skepticism. After all, Canadians have heard this before, especially those of us who pay exorbitant daycare fees in cities like Toronto and Vancouver.
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It was about four or five months into the pandemic when Lisa Francis’s* eight-year-old daughter started getting sleepover invites from another family. Francis, who lives in Orillia, Ont., had been diligently following public health guidance, so she said no. “And the other mom said, ‘Oh, right, you’re still doing the whole pandemic thing,’” Francis recalls.
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When we slowly emerged from the familiar fog of new parenthood, it occurred to me that I longed for the person my wife was before she was a mother. About a year after our son was born, my wife, Akiko, and I vowed that we would have a date night every month. It was the
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This may be surprising to some, but raising kids on the rez during a pandemic has been a blessing for my family—and many others. When COVID-19 hit, my daughter, River-Jaxsen, wasn’t enrolled in public school yet—she was three, almost four. But we enrolled her in some online classes and began to expand her virtual learning experiences
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My husband and I had no trouble coming up with hundreds of potential baby names. We struggled with what their last names should be. On paper, it might look like I have a blended family. My eldest daughter has my last name, and her younger sister has my husband’s. But I’m not divorced, I haven’t
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