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6 THOUGHTFUL GIFT IDEAS TO SHOW MOM YOU LOVE HER

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Motherhood is a journey of love, sacrifice, and boundless support. As Mother's Day approaches or any occasion where you want to express your appreciation, finding the perfect gift becomes a heartfelt mission. Whether this is for your mom or the mother of your children there are many ideas to celebrate her.

Carlie Parkinson

Mom on Mother's Day

Gateway Theatre – Reintroducing Musical Theatre Performance Summer Camp for

5 min read

Gateway Theatre in Richmond is beginning its 40th season this summer! One of the ways this renowned theatre is celebrating is by re-introducing its Musical Theatre Performance Summer Camp. Historically, Gateway has offered educational programming and summer camps that included fully realized productions and eventually evolved to a more process-orientated structure that took away the…

Lorrie Holmes

Gateway Theatre

Our Educational Journey with School Is Easy

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To embark on this educational journey, I reached out to School is Easy, a reputable tutoring organization renowned for its expansive network of tutors, including those adept at online instruction. Given my daughter's comfort with online learning and our physical distance from most tutors, it was the logical choice for us.

Carlie Parkinson

Tutoring

How to Overcome Boredom with Board Games!

6 min read

Spring Break still has a few days left and the weather has taken a turn. Going outside to play is not always a desirable option, although there are many rainy day activities everyone can enjoy. One of our family’s favourite rainy day, screen-free past times is playing a board or card game. Here are some…

Carlie Parkinson

family playing board games

6 Family Fun Activity Picks In Vancouver And Surrounding Communities

5 min read

Spring Break is here once again, and the sun is shining just in time to get started! There are so many family fun opportunities going on in our local communities, both indoors and outdoors. From visiting local parks and trails, to taking up some arts and crafts, and of course, enjoying kids camps! We hope…

Lorrie Holmes

Spring Break

3 Tried-and-True Strategies to Make Daylight Savings Time Easier for

9 min read

Daylight saving time is about to begin, and some of us are wondering how we can ease the transition for our  family. There are two strategies you can use to make the transition easier. One is to prep before the time  change, and another is to do so afterwards—this gives you leeway in deciding which…

Missy Morrison Charko

Daylight savings

A Guide To Buying Your Child’s First Phone 

6 min read

As your kiddo grows up before your eyes, their wants and needs when it comes to technology will also evolve. A smartphone can be essential for communication, learning, safety, and socializing. But navigating the world of kid-friendly devices can be overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time. This guide will walk you through everything you…

Dan Quick

child

Important Restful Resolution: 5 ways to help kids sleep more

4 min read

According to Canada’s 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth, pre-teens up to age 13 require nine to eleven hours of sleep per night, while teens between 14 and 17 need eight to ten hours every night. Good quality sleep is essential to healthy growth and development, a fact that won’t surprise any parent.

Patrick Landry

sleep

Breathe easy: doctors share tips to protect your family’s health

5 min read

Taking steps to protect your family’s health at home is a natural instinct. If there’s mold, you clean it. If you have a pest infestation, you remove them. But, there's a major pollutant commonly used in homes across Canada that increases risks to health that not enough people are aware of: gas. Across North America,…

Angela Wanja

breathe

Family Safety First: Crafting a Home Fire Escape Plan

5 min read

Earlier on in my professional life, and during my on-screen career, I've had the pleasure of working with some pretty awesome kids. What many Mr. D fans may not know is that before entering the entertainment industry, I spent over nine years as a phys-ed teacher. During that time, I saw the students run through…

Gerry Dee

Safety

Embracing Growth: New Year Plans and Cultivating a Positive Mindset

4 min read

As we usher in the dawn of a new year, it's the perfect time for families to come together and reflect on the past while setting intentions for the future. While resolutions often come and go, fostering a positive mindset and creating actionable plans can significantly contribute to the growth and well-being of each family…

Angela Wanja

new year

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

Exploring the Exciting Joys of Holiday Shopping on Robson Street

3 min read

Robson Street is Vancouver’s most iconic shopping and dining destination, complete with fashion and beauty flagships, lifestyle stores, cafés, patios, and fine dining. This bustling stretch of Vancouver attracts thousands of locals and visitors from around the world.

Carlie Parkinson

Holidays on Robson Street

Embracing the Spirit of Generosity: The Significance of Giving Tuesday

4 min read

In the flurry of holiday shopping and Black Friday bargains, there's a day that stands out as a beacon of generosity—Giving Tuesday. Falling the Tuesday after Black Friday, this global movement has gained momentum in recent years, encouraging people around the world to embrace the spirit of giving. Beyond the allure of discounts and deals,…

Carlie Parkinson

giving tuesday

Magical Christmas Events Around Vancouver in 2023

5 min read

Christmas events are a festive tapestry woven with joy, warmth, and tradition, bringing communities together in celebration. From dazzling light displays that transform neighborhoods into enchanting wonderlands to the heartwarming melodies of carolers resonating through the air, the holiday season is a time of shared merriment. Here are some not to be missed.

Carlie Parkinson

Father and Daughter at Christmas Events

Where to Draw the Line:  How to Start a Family

9 min read

Out of nowhere, a great bogeyman has pounced on our students, schools, teachers, and parents simultaneously creating chaos, confusion, and wonder.   What is this strange beast that has created such a conundrum of fear, curiosity, and euphoria?  Artificial Intelligence or AI, as we all know it.  Why out of nowhere?  Because on November 30,…

Carew Papritz

AI

Children’s Grief and Awareness Day

11 min read

As hard as it is, it is important for children and youth to have their grief witnessed and supported. The Children’s Grief Foundation of Canada confirms that 1 in 5 children experience the death of a family member before they turn 18, so we can’t afford to maintain the cultural taboo. With truthful information, comfort,…

Nicola Elischer

children's grief memory of dad

Cinderella Is Coming This Holiday Season To The Gateway Theatre!

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Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, a captivating musical adaptation that promises a magical experience for the young and the young at heart. This newly updated fairy tale still warms the hearts of children and adults alike, and Gateway Theatre is delighted to share this Tony award-winning Broadway musical. The story was adapted for the stage, with…

Lorrie Holmes

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