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5 Useful Tips to Help Your Child Transition Back into

5 min read

It’s August and the Back-to- School commercials have begun! The discussion about September is underway and you start to wonder how to prepare your child for the new school year. As a teacher and founder of the tutoring company Teachers to Go, I know that the summer can be a hectic time for parents, regardless if you are…

Julie Diamond

young girl smiling and studying for school

The Importance of Risky Play

7 min read

Risky play can be defined as a thrilling and exciting activity that involves a risk of physical injury, and play that provides opportunities for challenge, testing limits, exploring boundaries and learning about injury risk (Sandseter (2007; Little & Wyver, 2008).” But, and I want to be really clear here, it is not about encouraging or…

Jennifer Hood

risk

Demystifying Psychological Educational Assessments

8 min read

All parents want their children to thrive. From the minute they’re born, we guide them through a million milestones - and then we send them off to school. Most kids just get it - they breeze through the A, B, C’s, math equations, and general school structure without a backward glance. But every so often,…

Nic Enright-Morin

boy-doing-homework after psychological educational assessment

Bracing yourself for bracing your kids

9 min read

As an orthodontist, I often come across two types of parents: one who assumes their kid's experience will be the same as theirs and another type of parent who doesn’t have the experience or knowledge they need to get the process started. No matter where you stand, I hope to ease your questions and concerns…

Dr. Fred Cheung

Child getting braces

Winter/Education 2017

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The school year is in full swing. Kids are busy learning, and we're busy helping them the best we can. One way to potentially help is by getting a psychological educational assessment, but what is that? Unsure what it is, or if your child needs one, read Demystifying Psychological Educational Assessments to learn more. Looking for…

Carlie Parkinson

Winter Education Issue

Reclaim Your House After Kids Go Back To School

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year -- time to send the kids back to school and reclaim your household!  After a summer of camps and goofing around inside, your house may need a little tough love to get back into shape for the fall. Research shows that the average North American home has…

Guest Author

Kid's cluttered room

Aggressive driving in school zones is putting kids in danger!

5 min read

BCAA’s second annual School Zone Safety survey shows that driving in school zones has gone from bad to worse. In fact, this year’s survey shows a marked increase in concern across the board. Particularly alarming is that hostile/aggressive attitudes amongst parents such as honking or using profanities has jumped almost 30 per cent (51% to…

Guest Author

driving

Summer 2017

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In this issue, we’ve tried to pull together some resources to make your Summer experiences a little smoother. You’ll find our extensive camp guide, tips on how to entertain, tips on how to keep your young learners learning, and ways to make a holiday more achievable on a tight budget.

Carlie Parkinson

Boy drinking lemonade

Family Resource Guide 2017

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Looking for places to go, people to see, party places? Be sure to check out our comprehensive guide to Family Fun, Birthday Parties, Home, Education, Classes and Programs, Summer Camps and Family Health! All the contacts a BC parent needs to know for 2017. Read the issue here!

Carlie Parkinson

Resource Guide 2017 Cover

Spring 2017

2 min read

The Spring 2017 issue of BC Parent including articles on Chiropractic for children, Montessori Schooling and Tutoring.

Carlie Parkinson

BC Parent Spring 2017

Montessori then and now: still ahead the curve in education

11 min read

Our ever-changing world impacts us in many ways; even in the way, our kids are taught at schools. In recent years, the BC government has been rolling out changes to the education curriculum, which has meant big differences to the way our children are taught in schools. There are several key changes that the BC…

Nic Enright-Morin

Montessori

From Fridge to Wall – cherishing your child’s art

4 min read

Transforming your child's cherished art pieces Cherishing your children’s art is a parent’s duty, but sometimes there is too much to put on the fridge and your house is overcome by pieces from your aspiring artist. How do you encourage your child and ensure that original pieces aren’t damaged along the way? How do you…

Carlie Parkinson

original art

Unplugged and Unbothered

4 min read

Organize your electronics for a happier and healthier home If you spent 2016 lost in your electronics you’re not alone. It’s said that two thirds of Canadians own a smartphone and children average more than seven hours a day looking at screens. As 2017 starts, Professional Organizers in Canada (POC) say it is time to…

Guest Author

Family looking at devices not unplugged

Importance of sewing and cooking skills

6 min read

To a busy parent rushing to put a weekday meal on the table or trying to find a few, free minutes to sew a button on their child’s shirt, the prospect of teaching their kids life skills such as sewing or cooking may seem an impossible task. Experts advise starting slowly with simple, easy, fun…

Bev Yaworski

children cooking and practicing life skills

Training Your Child’s Brain

5 min read

In many ways, parents are the coaches of a young child’s Brain Fitness Regimen! Like professional coaches, it is important for parents to employ physical exercises and activity which encourages and stimulates both sides of the brain. Movement and visual exercises, which cross the mid-line of the brain and systematically work both left and right hemispheres, are very important to promoting the development of…

Guest Author

child sits with mother for brain training

Time to Enlist a Babysitting Circle!

5 min read

On a recent trip to the UK, I was asked by my Mother in Law if I had a babysitting circle? I wasn’t sure what she was talking about, and when I Googled it I realized I didn’t have one and wow did I ever need one. What is a babysitting circle, you ask? Well,…

Carlie Parkinson

a group of moms and babies form a babysitting circle

Education 2016

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As fall rolls in and the weather changes from bright, sunny days to gloomy, shorter days, our focus also changes from outdoor activities to the education of our children. The first official feedback is coming from schools soon, and you may now be aware of some potential problems/struggles your child is facing. In this issue, we’ve pulled together some…

Carlie Parkinson

Boy playing in leaves. Education Issue. Cover of BC Parent Magazine October Issue 2016

Mompreneur Series – Interview with Traci Costa, founder of Peekaboo

4 min read

We're excited to interview Traci Costa, founder of Peekaboo Beans in this edition of our Mompreneur series. The company is celebrating their 10th anniversary this fall with a special collection. Peekaboo Beans began in 2006 when founder and Mompreneur Traci Costa, unable to find quality, cute playwear that would allow her young daughter to explore, grow…

Carlie Parkinson

Peakaboo Beans 10th anniversary party with mompreneur Traci Costa

Keep Children Safe While Playing Pokémon Go

4 min read

“Pokémon Go” is Dangerous for Children, Says Children’s Safety Group Tech safety expert weighs in on the risks and how to avoid them. Pokémon Go has been downloaded by more than 40 million users, making it one of the most widely downloaded apps of all time. In fact, it is now rivaling Twitter as the…

Carlie Parkinson

Consuming content

Field Trips with DIY day camp

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Are you undertaking a DIY day camp? A field trip is a great way to fill your day. Here a couple things to keep in mind. Getting there Mini-Van: If you’re considering taking the kids on a field trip and are fortunate enough to have a mini-van, don’t forget to think about booster seats. Plan…

Carlie Parkinson

DIY Day Camp

3 min read

Summer break is long, and although Summer camps can be a great solution by giving your children exciting learning experiences, the costs can add up quickly. If you are looking for a more budget-friendly way to achieve the same benefits that a day camp provides, you might want to consider teaming up with other parents and…

Carlie Parkinson

kids

Summer 2016

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The 8-weeks of Summer can be hard to fill. In this issue, we've put together a list of the available camps from overnight (residential) camps to entertaining and educational camps. We also have some tips for you on the importance of risky play, ideas on how to help prevent the dreaded academic summer slide, and…

Carlie Parkinson

Ask an Expert – Important answers to questions about RESP’s

4 min read

As parents, we want to do what’s best for our children, and part of that is ensuring they have a good education. When is comes to saving for their post-secondary education, things get confusing, especially with RESP’s. We polled our Facebook Fans to find out what they were most confused about when it came to…

Carlie Parkinson

RESP's

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