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Dear family, here are a few things to do in Ottawa this weekend

Posted January 30, 2015 by andrea tomkins

THIS lucky girl has been invited on a wee getaway to Mt. Tremblant this weekend courtesy of Ford Canada. A few local bloggy peeps will be meeting at Campbell Ford and driving to Hôtel Quintessence on Lake Tremblant for a bit of an adventure. (Translation: driving skills and delicious meals in a gorgeous setting.) I will be tweeting […]

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Family

Is there such a thing as ‘good’ screen time?

Posted January 29, 2015 by andrea tomkins

I’ve written a lot about screen time, here on the Fishbowl and over on the MediaSmarts blog. I think I can summarize my feelings thusly: I’m not against TV, video games, iDevices etc. I do however, worry about the effect these things are having on our brains and attention spans and I believe there should be […]

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Family

How To Create A Better Bedtime Routine

Posted January 22, 2015 by Sonya

Most of us have experienced the struggles of going to bed with our little ones. We know how important creating a a bedtime routine is; it’s a routine that helps kids, and us, wind down the day. Each child and […]

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Friends

Why I’m Thankful For Vomit

Posted January 21, 2015 by Anonymous

Being a mom is an awful lot like being a house mother at a frat house, I imagine. Your charges sleep a lot, they watch mindless television and they throw up in the most random locations. My child is in […]

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Education

Welcome to a new patron: Joan of Arc Academy! (Subtitled: Parenting philosophies and exploring options in education)

Posted January 20, 2015 by andrea tomkins

I’ve had cause to think a lot about Our Central Tenets of Parenting lately. I should have a list of Central Tenets written down somewhere, but since I don’t, I will mention two for now: 1) We encourage our children to try new things. 2) We encourage our children to explore their options. Number one is […]

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Entertainment

Watch As Parents Talk To Kids About The Birds & Bees

Posted January 8, 2015 by Anonymous

It is always a bit of an awkward conversation, when we decide to have “The Talk” with our kids. When a discussion about where babies come from gets going, it can get a bit uncomfortable not just for the kids […]

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Holiday Etiquette For Kids: What They Need To Know

Posted December 24, 2014 by Anonymous

The holidays are truly a magical time of year, especially for kids. It’s easy for them to get swept away in all the holiday excitement, and perhaps even easier for them to forget all their manners as well. So as […]

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Cartoons

Cartoons For Kids Are More Violent Than Adult Dramas

Posted December 18, 2014 by Guest Author

Nemo. Bambie. Tarzan. These are just a few of the characters whose parents come to a violent end in top animated children’s films. A study published in the British Medical Journal’s special Christmas issue this week found that two-thirds of […]

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Entertainment

Watch As This 4-Year-Old Boy’s Dream Comes True

Posted December 9, 2014 by Anonymous

Cuteness overload. UPS has just released a commercial that is sure to bring all those happy tears to the surface. Carson is a four-year-old boy from Colorado Springs, CO and more than anything else in the world, Carson loves the […]

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General

Maeve: Five years

Posted December 6, 2014 by Amy

Dear Maeve, As I sit here listening to the Garden State soundtrack, I can’t even believe this same song was playing five years ago today. I was so ready to meet you, the baby who would complete our family. I didn’t know if you would be a Finn or a Maeve, but I knew I […]

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Crafts

Fun Indoor Activities To Fight Off Cabin Fever This Winter

Posted December 2, 2014 by Anonymous

Written by Emma Durand-Wood Ah, winter. The scenic season of fun and frolicking and adorable rosy cheeks, of Santa photos and sledding and hot chocolate. Winter is awesome—until it gets, well, too cold. And then, cabin fever sets in. Everyone […]

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The Sensitive Child

Posted November 24, 2014 by Sara

We’ve had a tough spell around here lately. My happy-go-lucky boy has been replaced with a sullen, weepy kid at home and an aggressive, grumpy kid at school. Tales from school were all filled with ‘who picked on me’ and […]

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Fashion

Holiday Outfits Kids Will Get Excited About

Posted November 18, 2014 by Anonymous

There’s nothing like getting into the holiday spirit by dressing the part. Play around with your child’s style to pull off some of the best winter looks this season. From cool Christmas sweaters to fancier holiday duds, here’s our oh-so-cool […]

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Education

Tips From A Tutor: Helping Your Kids With Homework

Posted November 13, 2014 by Anonymous

Written by Natalie Ast For a few years, in between graduating from University and moving on to law school, I was a tutor in Toronto for French Immersion and English students. I had the chance to work with a variety […]

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Family

Boredom-Proof November Bucket List For Families

Posted November 10, 2014 by Anonymous

Written by Kait Fowlie Halloween may be over, but the fun of fall doesn’t have to be. In November, the weather is ideal for bundling up and setting off on a hike, picnic, or if you never got around to […]

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Facebook

An Instagram Guide For Parents

Posted November 5, 2014 by Sonya

I love Instagram; all the visual inspirations from “igers” (short form for Instagrammers) and it’s a simple way to catch up with what some of my friends are doing, it’s perfect. It’s fun and I know that kids are definitely […]

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Entertainment

Five Remembrance Day Reads For Families

Posted November 5, 2014 by Anonymous

Written by Kait Fowlie Looking for a way to make Remembrance Day meaningful for kids? Stories can communicate the significance of the 11th in a way that’s a little more relatable and engaging than your average elementary school assembly. These […]

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Entertainment

What Happens When You Give Kids Unlimited Candy?

Posted October 30, 2014 by Anonymous

All hell breaks loose, that’s what happens! As if we didn’t already know, kids + sugar = crazy times. But in an attempt to remind us all how important it is to keep our kids’ pearly whites clean during this […]

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General

Talking To Your Son About Personal Grooming: A How To

Posted October 29, 2014 by Anonymous

There are those conversations that every parent eventually has to have with their kids that can sometimes feel cringe-worthy. The birds and the bees, personal hygiene… we know they are 100% necessary but that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to […]

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The Balancing Act

Posted October 17, 2014 by Sara

I’ve written before about my issues with mornings in our house. Put it this way, if I won a kabillion dollars, the first thing I would buy is a house elf to look after mornings in our house. Just a […]

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Review: Monsters Away Before Bed Spray

Posted October 16, 2014 by Sonya

Our neighbourhood goes all-out for Halloween. We’re already starting to see decorations go up and the kids are getting excited and discussing what they want to be already! But for some younger kids, it can be a frightening season that […]

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How To Prepare For A Family Getaway Without Losing Your Mind

Posted October 14, 2014 by Guest Author

Before having kids, we travelled all the time. My husband and I loved visiting new cities and exploring new places. When our twin girls arrived we were all of a sudden limited – by time, energy, finances – and travelling […]

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Top 10 We Day Quotes To Inspire Kids

Posted October 10, 2014 by Sonya

Imagine a stadium filled with 20,000 kids cheering and screaming in one of the most incredible events of the year. No, I’m not talking about a One Direction concert. I’m talking about We Day — an all day event that inspires […]

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3 Ways To Save For Your Child’s Future Right Now

Posted October 6, 2014 by Guest Author

It’s hard to imagine that your adorable little one, with those tiny hands and high-pitched squeals, will ever be a full-fledged grownup. Although it feels far away, any seasoned parent will tell you that the time flies. While the day-to-day […]

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Philips Wants To Know: How Do You Have “The Talk”?

Posted October 1, 2014 by Anonymous

Boys are strange little guys. Some don’t shower, some insist on using a whole bottle of body spray in one day and some will wear that Blue Jays baseball cap no matter the occasion. At some point, parents have to sit…

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General

Strict Parenting May Be Negatively Affecting Kids

Posted September 23, 2014 by Anonymous

Do you define yourself as a “Tiger Mom”? A new study says that you may be negatively affecting your child’s self-esteem and adjustment in the classroom. A survey of 589 middle and high school students in Hangzhou, China found that […]

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Education

Building Confidence At School With Downtime At Home

Posted September 23, 2014 by Sonya

By now we’ve all settled into the new school year. First week jitters have been replaced by familiar faces and learning expectations. We had our curriculum night this week and the teacher reminded us to support our kids at home. […]

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