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Gift the Unexpected: 3 Unique ‘Gifts for Good’ Ideas that Help Children Worldwide

Children everywhere love traditions (parents, too), and traditions make memories. Celebrating Giving Tuesday (November 29) is a tradition in our family, too. It marks the largest global movement of generosity and signals the start of the holiday season. This year, while writing up your family’s wish list, consider including some unique ‘gifts for good’ that will make a lasting difference for vulnerable children worldwide—and create a new tradition for your own.

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.

Teaching kids healthy financial habits

A good lesson for children to learn early on is the power of saving. That $20 bill Grandma gave them can supplement their allowance, allowing for a bigger purchase in the future if they save it now. To help demonstrate the benefit of saving, brainstorm some ideas with your child about what they might want to save up for. Remembering to keep things fun will yield the best results when teaching young children about money. 

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.

The Overlooked Benefits of Video Games in Childhood Development

Playing video games is a mentally engaging task. Depending on the game, it requires fast decision making, real-time problem solving, coordination of fine motor skills and more.

Cold on the Road - Important info to keep your child safe!

As parents, getting out the door in the morning with toddlers in tow can be a challenge on a good day - and much harder in the Winter. That’s because, despite cold temperatures, children shouldn’t be wearing puffy jackets in their car seats.

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. 

Adolescent Development and Mental Health Concerns

Puberty can be the tipping point for some teens when it comes to mental health and sense of self. It’s very common that a child who was experiencing mental health concerns in the tween years struggles more once they hit puberty.

Maker-Minded: Raising DIY Kids

The Maker Movement is a quickly growing culture that embraces the idea that learning is done best through doing. It includes do-it-yourself individuals and groups that create things, and its members are producers more than consumers, says Irm Diorio, executive director of a maker space. While some makers work in maker spaces, others tinker in their homes and garages.

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.

Top 5 money books for your kids

You can kickstart financial literacy at home with books designed for every age to teach your kids the ins and outs of money management.

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.

Don't miss it: The Baby Show Vancouver October 22-23

Canada’s Leading Pregnancy, Baby and Toddler Event Arrives on the West Coast: The Baby Show Debuts October 22-23 at Canada Place.

B.C ShakeOut Week kicks off with new earthquake response strategy

The Province is kicking off B.C. ShakeOut Week with a new, comprehensive earthquake response strategy that builds on emergency preparedness capacity to increase resilience and keep people safe during major earthquakes.

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.

Good Reasons To Take Out a Personal Loan

Here are some things to consider when getting a loan.

Twelve Tips to Teach Gratitude

In Canada, it is Thanksgiving weekend.  We have a lot for which to express gratitude, but sometimes it can be difficult to impart this message of gratefulness to our children.  However, there are some things we can do.

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. 

A Great Music Soundtrack to Childhood

We had the pleasure of interviewing Daniel Ingram, an award-winning, five-time Emmy nominated songwriter and...

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.

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