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Summer Stargazing

Family Summer

Summer Stargazing

To infinity and beyond! Kids (and adults too) have always been fascinated by the mysteries and science of space. So why not take advantage of the warm summer temperatures and spend an evening stargazing with your little ones this summer? Here are some tips for making the most of this fun family activity: Check your local weather forecast and try to pick an evening that is as clear as possible. Nothing rains on a stargazing parade as much as, well, rain. Or overcast skies. Try to find a spot with as little artificial lights as possible. Sometimes our backyards can be...

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Family Traditions for the Last Day of School

Family Summer

Family Traditions for the Last Day of School

As you've seen in many of our other blog posts, I truly believe that creating family traditions (no matter how big or small) is so important for little ones as they grow up. There are so many occasions throughout the year to adopt a family tradition, one of them being the last day of school! Does your family have something specific that you do together to celebrate the start of summer holidays? If not, here are 5 suggestions to get your creative juices flowing:

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Help! My child is a biter

Parenting

Help! My child is a biter

If your child does end up biting someone else, try to not overreact. Remember that any attention (even negative) reinforces behaviours. So try to count to ten, or take a deep breath, or do anything else to calm your initial feelings of frustration, annoyance or embarrassment. Use a short sentence to let your child know that biting is not okay, like "no biting" or "biting hurts". Then switch your attention to the person your child bit. Simply say "Look! Your friend is crying because you bit her and biting hurts". Showing sympathy and directing your energy to the person who was bitten will teach your child that biting does not give them more attention and also teaches them empathy. It connects their behaviour (biting) with the result (friend crying).

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Homemade Popsicles

Healthy Snacking Recipe Summer

Homemade Popsicles

With the warmer weather finally arriving, it's time to think of ways to cool our little ones (and ourselves) down with something refreshing and thirst quenching! Enter popsicles! Making your own is really easy and gives you endless possibilities for flavours, and also lets you add some great vitamins and minerals to a tasty treat!
Here are some of our favourite combinations:

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7 Confidence Building Strategies

Family Parenting

7 Confidence Building Strategies

In order for a child to be happy and feel secure, they need a healthy self-esteem and self-confidence. This will allow for better learning and more success, as well as a good attitude about trying new things. But building confidence is more than just heaping praise over your child. Here are some tips:

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