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Carlie Parkinson
6 Exciting Spring Break Camps

Spring Break is literally just around the corner. In most districts in BC it will be from March 13-26. These two weeks can sometimes be challenging to fill with fun. They can also be a great opportunity. What have you go planned for your kiddos? Are they aspiring artists, evolving entertainers, or conscious coders? Check out these great, local camps to find one that suites your child!

5 Exciting Ways to Celebrate Lunar New Year This Weekend!

Lunar New Year 2023 falls on Sunday, January 22nd, 2023, and celebrations continue the weeks following. 

Important new items to recycle!!!

People throughout British Columbia will now find it easier and convenient to recycle a wider array of single-use plastic items and packaging products in their residential blue box or at participating recycling depots.

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Sugar-Free, Gluten-Free, and other diet restrictions during the holidays

The holidays are known as a time to indulge. But what if you or a family member need to follow a specific diet for health reasons? What do you do to still share in the holiday treats without breaking your recommended diet restrictions?
Here are a few healthy alternatives to fill the sweet-tooth craving while still allowing you to keep on track with your restrictions.

The Perfect Gifts for Mom and Dad

It can be tricky to find the right gift to be for your Mom and Dad, from your kids or from each other. Here are some ideas to help.

Amazing Annual Toy Drive!!!

This was our second annual toy drive. We partnered with the Capilano Rugby Club and helped build this amazing pile of gifts for the children and teenagers that receive support from North Shore Christmas Bureau run by North Shore Family Services, North Shore Neighbourhood House, North Shore Salvation Army, North Shore Food Bank

Awesome Gifts for the Bigger Kiddos

This is the biggest gifting age. It's the time when your kids start telling you which gifts they want, but a little gentle persuasion doesn't hurt. We've pulled together some gift ideas that will make your kids smile on Christmas morning! From the creative story-teller to the more mature photographer, we've got you covered.

Don't Wait! Winter Camps and Winter Classes are available!

Winter Holidays are in less than 2 weeks! Luckily there are some Winter Camps that are a great opportunity for kids to learn a new skill and have some fun. Here are a couple opportunities for kids to get excited about. There are also some great Winter activities that start in January.

Baby Gift Guide 0-3

It's December 1st and now is the time to start getting gifts for your loved ones, unless you're organized and have already started getting them. Here are a few ideas to get you started when shopping for baby!

New and Exciting Child care Benefits!!!

Starting Dec. 1, 2022, parents in British Columbia will save as much as $550 more per month for each child they have in participating licensed child care facilities. This funding will lower fees for children kindergarten age and younger by up to $900 per month.

4 Can't Miss Holiday Events to Add to Your Exciting Family Traditions

'Tis the season for family traditions. Whether your family enjoys baking together, decorating the house and Christmas tree, or just snuggling in with a few favourite seasonal movies - the time to do it is coming up. We're very fortunate in British Columbia to have so many options to help us enjoy the season. You can get up the mountains if you want to play in the snow - Cyprus Mountain is now open. Or you can attend one of the City's magical events. Here are 4 of our favourites family traditions.

5 Great Tips to Finding the Right Tutor for Your Child

There are many reasons for a child to fall a bit behind in one school subject or another. Maybe your family moved and the new school does things differently, or maybe your child is operating on a different developmental clock than the curriculum.

Whatever the reason, being behind other learners is never a happy situation for your child. You may be able to do extra work at home to catch up, but often a tutor is the best way to help a child make great strides in learning.

Hiring a tutor is a serious venture. You don’t want to risk adding more stress to your child’s life and the additional expense can be a strain on your budget. You definitely want the dollars spent to bring positive results.

5 Useful Tips for Reducing Eye Strain in Children This Winter

With 80 percent of children’s learning gained through their eyes, school-aged students are starting to notice the effects of digital eye strain from a younger age. To help your child see their best this year, here are some tips and techniques parents can do to help reduce digital eye strain for their children. 

Is it safe to post pictures of your child on social media?

The recent Wren Eleanor discourse is centered on the ethics of posting children on social media. This discourse is primarily fueled by other TikTok content creators who posted stitches (videos directly commenting on the original Wren videos) and commentaries offering their views: predominately, that Wren’s videos were saved by people who were sexualizing children.

Exciting PNE Winter Fair

The Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) is thrilled to announce the most unique winter celebration in BC, the brand new PNE Winter Fair. The ten-day event features guest
favourites from the PNE Summer Fair and the PNE has translated them into a unique winter holiday experience including nightly indoor concerts by your favourite artists, holiday themed food and beverages, an outdoor Holiday Marketplace, carollers, a Holiday Theatre with live kids show and local performing groups, nightly tree lighting ceremony, a Christmas edition of Duelling Pianos, WinterLights walk through light display, and holiday-themed ice skating in the Agrodome featuring live music (*).

Sonderly | BC Parent, Parent Profile for 2022: Tara Jensen

Quirky? No seriously, we have such a fun family dynamic. I met my spouse when we were in grade 3 attending an elementary school in the community we still live in so we have a wonderful connection to our city and each other.

Stay safe while trick or treating on 31st October

On October 31, many children will dress up and knock on your door asking for treats. Although Halloween is a fun holiday for kids (and even the not so young!), some costumes and decorations can pose a hazard, including a fire threat. Here are tips while trick or treating to reduce the risks.

Tricks & Treats at Playland

Tricks and Treats, a brand-new experience ideal for kids and scaredy-cat adults. It takes place October 29th and 30th from 12pm to 4pm at Playland and includes rides, games, a candy scavenger hunt, and other surprises along the way! Costumes are welcomed and encouraged.

Why parents choose private school

Some features parents look for when they turn to the private system include a specific educational approach, such as Montessori or Waldorf; a particular religious or cultural setting; a strong academic setting or a program for children who are gifted; the ability to accommodate special needs; the flexibility to accommodate special scheduling required by art, music or sports training.

Mydoh helps children manage their finances

If you’re looking for a helpful app to get started check out Mydoh, powered by RBC. It is a helpful tool to educate and show your children the comings and goings of their money while learning how to make smart money choices. It’s a money management app and Smart Cash Card (which includes a digital and physical Visa Prepaid Card ) that helps kids make their own earning and spending decisions — instilling values that help build a strong foundation for the future. Kids can learn responsibility, earn money through tasks and allowances, and spend responsibly using the Smart Cash Card. 

The Exciting Education Issue 2022

We are excited to be back in the classroom for another year. The pandemic is now behind us and our children are happy to be with their friends every day. With everything coming back to normal we’ve got a few articles in our 2022 Education issue to help you get settled in.

Truth and Reconciliation Day

Each year, September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The day honours the children who never returned home and Survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. Public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process. This federal statutory holiday was created through legislative amendments made by Parliament.

An amazing BC Mini-Entrepreneur, 9 year old, creator of Lily Lou's Aromas

Lily Lou’s Aromas, a BC-based home care brand, is excited to launch their new line of luxury candles, Enchanted Ritual, on August 21st in celebration of founder,  Lily Harper’s ninth birthday. 

Parent Profile: Amazing Megan Lammam brings a mindful practice for kids

We had the privilege of interviewing Megan Lammam and adding her to our Parent Profiles....

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