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What Is Parent-Child Play And Why Is It So Important

7 min read

We are learning from the fields of neuroscience and child-development that children need many positive, face-to-face interactions with attentive, sensitive, and responsive parents or caregivers for healthy brain and nervous system development. Play activities between parent and child are excellent ways to provide these necessary interactions to children.  Parent-child play offers unique benefits to children…

Kathy Eugster

Play Skills For Kids Book Cover

7 helpful tips to Manage Screen Use

5 min read

Parents need to take an active role when it comes to helping their child manage his/her online life. Here are 7 practical tips to help your child on their screen journey:

Carlie Parkinson

boys on screens

‘Disconnect to Reconnect’ at Dinnertime with These 6 fun Ideas!

5 min read

Embracing togetherness with family at dinnertime is a worldwide tradition spanning generations and a multitude of cultures. Sharing a meal with good conversation is a valued part of our social wellbeing, yet a recent survey1 by Maple Leaf Foods shows that this coveted time of togetherness is another aspect of our lives negatively impacted by…

Joe McMahan

Disconnect

More Families Seeking Help for Children with Support Needs –

4 min read

As a BC nonprofit organization working closely with children with special needs (support needs), and their families, leaders from our family programs at Options Community Services are observing how important inclusion, and adequate resources, are for both the increase in children with support needs, and their families. A 2022 Inclusion BC study examined how families…

Lori Lacroix

Effective Parenting Techniques – Encouraging Growth Mindset

4 min read

Are you going to be parents? Most likely, you are feeling nervous and happy at the same time. It won't be wrong to say that this is quite obvious. Parenting can be considered one of the most difficult jobs in the world. It's kind of a race that starts after a certain period, but there…

Carlie Parkinson

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How to Survive a Family Home Renovation With Kids Around

5 min read

Renovating a family home can be challenging enough without children present - let alone when doing it on your own! Renovation projects can be noisy, chaotic and disruptive - not to mention dangerous! When combined with power tools and workstations that look like play areas for small children, a disaster could easily ensue. 1. Establish…

Eric Adams

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5 Cute “Mommy and Me” Outfit Ideas for You and

5 min read

Even though mommy-and-me matching outfit fashion dates back to the 1900s, it’s a trend that has yet to go out of style.  It’s always a delight to see mothers and their kids wearing matching clothes, and it’s a fun and creative way for moms to dress up their mini-mes.

Germaine Ignacio

matching outfits

What to expect and how to help your child through

7 min read

Adolescence is a time when youth typically want to fit in with their peers and be seen as similar to their peers.  Yet, when adolescents don’t understand the changes their bodies are going through during puberty, many are left feeling different from their peers, and worry that they are not “normal.”  The truth is that…

Dr. Victoria Waller

puberty

Effective Parenting Techniques – Encouraging Growth Mindset

3 min read

Are you going to be parents? Most likely, you are feeling nervous and happy at thesame time. It won't be wrong to say that this is quite obvious. Parenting can beconsidered one of the most difficult jobs in the world. It's kind of a race that startsafter a certain period, but there is no end.…

Dr. Victoria Waller

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Don’t let your cyber guard down

6 min read

It was reported in 2019, that one in four youth (25%) aged 12 to 17 years experienced cyberbullying in the previous year (Statistics Canada).

Tony Anscombe

Cyber

The Art of Co-Parenting: Nurturing Harmonious Child Upbringing Together

4 min read

Co-parenting entails both parents actively participating in the upbringing of their children, despite no longer being in a romantic relationship. It prioritizes the well-being and development of the child, fostering stability, consistency, and healthy communication.

Angela Wanja

Co-parenting

Keep children and youth sun safe now to help give

4 min read

The thought of skin cancer for our children may seem remote and not a priority at first thought. However, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. And the rates are rising. In fact, one in every five individuals in British Columbia will acquire skin cancer during their lifetime.

Dr. Sunil Kalia

kids

5 Inspiring Lessons Learned From Building A Business With My

5 min read

Never in my wildest dreams did I think my teenage daughter would become my business partner. Three years ago, that is exactly what happened. During the early days of the pandemic, I was looking for things to keep my kids busy and happy due to the isolation they were facing.

Heidi Avery

Business

FINDING CALM IN A KID’S WORLD 

5 min read

Kids often like to play in an environment that feels open and allows them to wander. With parent supervision, the outdoors can be a great place for safe and mindful play. Join them in exploring nature. 

Megan Lammam

Kid

The Statistics don’t lie, Fathers Matter. But what if your

5 min read

While some families spend copious amounts of time and money to have the perfect Father’s Day gift, others are struggling to meet dual parent demands and reassure their kids, while some may be in denial about the level of impact of a father’s absence on the child. The truth of the matter is, fathers matter. 

Azaliya Schulz

Fathers

Baby’s first bites: How to introduce food allergens to infants

4 min read

Safely introducing food to an infant for the first time can be daunting for caregivers. What can they eat? What if they choke? Will they like it? Throw allergens into the mix, and it’s a recipe for major anxiety.

Sachintha Wickramasinghe

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Want a Happy Child? Here are 10 Scientifically Proven Ways

10 min read

We've all seen the happy child who leans into life, smiling all the way, seemingly without a care in the world. How does this happen? Are they born this way, or can we teach kids ways to optimize their emotional well being?

Sarah R Moore

Happy child

Overcoming the Challenges of Co-Parenting After Divorce

4 min read

Divorce is never an easy process, and it can be especially challenging for couples who need to navigate the complexities of co-parenting after their separation. From scheduling conflicts to disagreements over parenting styles, shared parenting can present numerous issues which must be worked through and resolved for the benefit of the children involved.If you would…

Boris Dzhingarov

Divorce

5 Insightful Ways Parents Can Reduce Stress Through Movement

4 min read

Being a parent is an incredible experience, but it can also come with its share of stress and anxiety. Regular physical activity is crucial for parents to maintain their overall health and wellbeing, reduce stress and anxiety, and set a good example for the next generation.  Finding time for physical activity can be a challenge…

Carmine Falcone

Stress

An Innovative Work/ Life/ Childcare Solution for Working Families

5 min read

Finding, securing and keeping childcare is a challenge all working parents understand. Many of us have tapped away at our laptops distracted by snack-hungry kids or multi-tasked deadlines with a baby on our lap. With the rise of parents working from home during the pandemic, the challenge got easier in some ways, but harder in…

Jenn Wint

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2 Great tools for Autism Awareness Month

5 min read

April is Autism Awareness Month, and actor and advocate Holly Robinson Peete is helping to highlight this special month with the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s global children’s literacy program Storyline Online®. Known for her roles in television classics including 21 Jump Street, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper and For Your Love, Robinson Peete is also a bestselling author and proud spokesperson for autism…

Carlie Parkinson

autism awareness

4 Common Myths about Honesty That Encourage Lying

7 min read

Honesty is important in life, and it definitely matters to parents—surveys show that parents value honesty above all other character traits. But did you know that some common ways we teach children about lying actually encourage them to lie more? Let’s look at how our good intentions are getting in the way of raising truthful…

Colleen Doyle Bryant

Teaching on myths

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