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health
5 powerful things you can do to boost your child's mental health

Reading Time: 5 minutes This generation of parents has become so much more aware of the importance of our...

Birth
Planning your 'Next Birth'?

Reading Time: 8 minutes Was your first birth by caesarean? Were you happy about that? Many women spend months...

Parent
BC Parent Profile - Beverly Phan

Reading Time: 2 minutes We're excited to include Beverly Phan on this week's Parent Profile. Beverly makes Vancouver her home with her partner and 3 lovely children. She loves finding delicious food and fun adventures for her family to take part in. She believes "everything is better when experienced as a family" and we couldn't agree more. An empowering presence on Instagram, Beverly shares great eats and fun places to visit in the BC area. Looking at her page always makes me hungry!

Music
BC Parent Profile - Robyn Hardy aka "Bobs" making music magical

Reading Time: 3 minutes Have you had the opportunity to see Bobs & Lolo live? They're a BC music staple producing songs that children of all ages love to dance and sing along to. I've had the pleasure of seeing Bobs and Lolo live at a number of events and my favourite song is one of their new ones "Run Salmon Run"! In today's BC Parent Profile we have an interview with Robyn Elizabeth Hardy. Born and raised in Lantzville BC on Vancouver Island, she's been living in North Vancouver for over 10 years now.

Food
BC Parent Profile - Rebecca Coleman - Fabulous Food Blogger and More!

Reading Time: 3 minutes This week's "BC Parent Profile" is with Rebecca Coleman, a Vancouver-Based food blogger, author, teacher, and mother. She loves nothing more than baking for her friends and family. “Baking is my love language,” she jokes. “But more and more of my friends and family are identifying food allergies, or choosing a more plant-based diet.” Her second book, Vegan Baking Made Easy, 60 Foolproof, Plant-Based Recipes, is being published by Rockridge Press August 10, 2021 and is available for pre-order now.

Parent
BC Parent Profile - Jenn Messina

Reading Time: 3 minutes This weeks BC Parent is Jenn Messina from North Vancouver. Jenn is a local dietician and believes that healthy eating should be the easiest choice. With two young children, she understands the need to meal plan and cook in batches where possible, but without ever comprising on quality. Her goal is to help her clients make realistic lifestyle changes that will bring the enjoyment and fun back into eating and give more time out of the kitchen!

time-outs
Why Time-Outs Are Out (and Grounding too!)

Reading Time: 8 minutes Time-Outs (and grounding) work temporarily in the short-term but they don’t work well for the long-term

Elaine
BC Parent Profile: Elaine Tan Comeau Exciting Entrepreneur Extraordinaire

Reading Time: 3 minutes We're excited to get to know another BC Parent. Elaine Tam Comeau is from Coquitlam, BC. She is a Mom, Speaker, CEO @easydaysies, Dragons’ Den Winner, Author, and Foodie. She's an all-around busy woman that has a lot to be proud of. Read below to learn a little more about her.

Parent
BC Parent Profile: Lisa Oppenheim an inspiring woman

Reading Time: 2 minutes We’re excited to include Lisa Oppenheim in our BC Parent profiles. Lisa is a woman of many hats. She’s an Actor, Teacher, Writer, Mom, and a Director of a Musical Theatre School for kids.

Dad
BC Parent Profile: James Smith - a fun Dad around town

Reading Time: 2 minutes We're excited to be interviewing a BC dad this week. James Smith is a busy Dad in North Vancouver, BC. On top of his day job as a Social Media Strategist, he's a Dad Blogger at SocialDad.ca, photographer, and lover of the outdoors. Originally from England, he moved to Canada in 2013 and adores his time either in the forest or the mountains. If you're looking for some great insight and a couple of tips like what to get Dad for Father's Day check out his blog and follow him on Instagram!

Grow
How Our Children Grow Us Up - 4 places to begin

Reading Time: 5 minutes Let’s face it: our children have a way of bringing out emotions in us that we may not have known we had before becoming
parents! We may find ourselves having a temper tantrum or digging in our heels with a big “No!”, or trying to retreat away from handling the situation. It is in these moments that we are being offered a mirror. And if we have the courage to look, with compassion towards ourselves, we are being given the unique opportunity to grow up and benefit our children in the process.

Parent
BC Parent Profile: Holly Conway

Reading Time: 2 minutes We had the pleasure of asking some questions to Holly Conway, a local radio personality. If you want to hear Holly in action, she can be heard on weekday mornings from 5:30am-9am on 94.5 Virgin Radio with her comrades Jonny and Nira. 

Parent
BC Parent Profile - A fun interview with Carlie Parkinson

Reading Time: 3 minutes An interview with Carlie Parkinson - editor of BC Parent magazine

spring cleaning
Spring Cleaning and Home Maintenance

Reading Time: 10 minutes Spring cleaning is an annual ritual that many perform—some more enthusiastically than others—to clear out the winter debris and achieve a more comfortable environment for everyone in our households. But performing spring cleaning and annual home maintenance tasks isn’t only good for our homes. According to medical science, it’s actually good for our mental and physical health too. In fact, increasing numbers of people have begun to view spring cleaning as an act of self-care because of its benefits to mind and body health. This year, don’t skip this ritual; luxuriate in its healthful benefits, and enhance your living space with improved maintenance at the same time.

spring clean
Amazing Spring Cleaning - Ready, Set, Refresh

Reading Time: 5 minutes As any parent can tell you, kids are the first to embrace bright colours and creative spaces. Their joie de vivre can help lead the way in imaginative bedroom design. All it takes are a few new upgrades, accents, or accessories for the ultimate kid’s room refresh.

smartphones
Crazy talk. Or, is it? SmartPhones, Cigarettes, and Our Children

Reading Time: 8 minutes Smartphones are causing negative health effects. We even have a medical diagnosis for smartphone addiction (it’s Nomophobia, by the way). Look for yourself-you don’t have to dig very deep to find it. We have developed difficulties with sleeping, anxiety, compulsive web surfing, loneliness, depression, even vision and balance disturbances.

Covid - waiting for dad
An Inspiring Parent's Story: Covid and family

Reading Time: 5 minutes When we first began hearing about Covid in early 2020, it barely registered. Like many parents, having my kids at home, working full time and trying to keep sane has been a lot to handle. But I’m proud of how we’ve managed and, when I reflect on these past months, I realize we’ve found the good in the situation and I’ve found some of the strategies from my professional life have translated to managing my family life.

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Please Don’t Worry So Much About Me

Reading Time: 4 minutes Excerpt from: "What Young Children Need You to Know: How to see them so you know what to do for them" (May 4, 2020) - Please Don’t Worry So Much About Me

girls looking at a digital screen
Learn the fundamentals of Digital Parenting

Reading Time: 2 minutes Join a free, introductory Digital Parenting webinar Thursday, June 25, at 1:30pm ET! It will focus on parents of children between 5 and 11 years old and will discuss questions such as how closely should we watch our kids when they are online, how can we help them stay safe when using the internet, and what is too much screen time.

Family Wellness
6 Useful Tips On How To Promote Family Wellness During School Closures

Reading Time: 7 minutes Let’s begin with an acknowledgment – these are strange times. Schools have been closed since...

Socratic Method - Mother talking to daughter
5 tips on how to be more Socratic with your children

Reading Time: 4 minutes The Socratic method is a form of cooperative argumentative dialogue between individuals, based on asking...

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12 sanity survival tips for family time at home

Reading Time: 8 minutes When talking online with a 5th-grade boy recently, he said: “My friends and I thought that...

anxiety
Advice: Coronavirus Anxiety in Kids

Reading Time: 6 minutes Last week, I wrote a six-step script for  How to Handle the Big “What If’s?”,...

Anxiousness and depression, bullying
Pink Shirt Day: Legal Rights When It Comes to Bullying?

Reading Time: 5 minutes Bullying used to be upsetting but contained.  A victim would most often be verbally or...

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