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Education

Workshop: Obesity in young people with physical disabilities

Posted April 22, 2015 by Arya M. Sharma, MD

The prevalence of overweight and obesity in children with physical disabilities (CWPD) is 2-3 times that of their non-disabled peers, threatening the increased life expectancy made possible by other medical advances. Many clinicians report substantial challenges in assessing, discussing and managing the weight of CWPD and there appears to be a tension between a desire to address weight-management,… Read More »

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Environment

Epode’s Canada Obesity Forum

Posted April 17, 2015 by Arya M. Sharma, MD

As part of the 4th Canadian Obesity Summit, EPODE Canada presents its first Canadian Regional Forum. This one-day workshop is designed for program managers, local community coordinators or program advisors of childhood obesity prevention programs, and to share knowledge and practical advice between EPODE and Canadian programs. Senior members of the EPODE global team including program managers from… Read More »

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Discrimination

What Happens To Patients With Severe Obesity In Hospitals?

Posted April 15, 2015 by Arya M. Sharma, MD

With the increasing number of Canadians living with severe obesity (BMIs 50+), it is not unexpected that more of them will be seen in healthcare settings. However, whether or not Canadian hospitals are ready to look after these patients with in the right setting with the right equipment and whether healthcare providers are aware of and sensitive to the special needs of these patients is not clear.… Read More »

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Diabetes

Adolescents Undergoing Bariatric Surgery Are Severely Ill

Posted April 14, 2015 by Arya M. Sharma, MD

The recently released Canadian Practice Guidelines on the prevention and management of overweight and obesity in children and youth released by the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CMAJ 2015), rightly recommended that surgery not be routinely offered to children or youth who are overweight or obese. Nevertheless, there is increasing evidence that some of these kids, especially those … Read More »

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General

No Girls Allowed

Posted April 1, 2015 by Anonymous

“No girls allowed.” That’s what the sign said, propped up against the opening of my son’s makeshift fort. He was curled up in there with his Chromebook, a lamp and a bowl of snacks. He was in his “boy cave”, […]

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Family

New Study Says Quality Time With Kids Means More Than Quantity

Posted March 30, 2015 by Anonymous

In our world of busy schedules, work-life balance and extracurricular activities, a new study can be a comfort for busy mothers everywhere. The study published in April by the Journal of Marriage and Family claims that the amount of time […]

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General

Made From Scratch Vs. Out Of The Box

Posted March 25, 2015 by Anonymous

I think all kids are a bit weird about food. Mine was particularly weird about food the other day. He asked me where black toast comes from. I told him that’s what happens when you burn breakfast. It was a […]

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Feminism

Lego Magazine Want To Beautify Your 5-Year-Old

Posted March 17, 2015 by Anonymous

On the heels of the whole “Toy Of The Year” fiasco, we now have this: Lego is handing out beauty tips to girls aged 5-12. Yup. If you remember, back in 2011 Lego introduced their Lego Friends line. Aimed at […]

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General

One Family’s Journey With Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Posted March 16, 2015 by Anonymous

When you hear the word arthritis, what first comes to your mind? For me, it’s usually older people, with painful joints. What doesn’t usually come to mind for most people is a 22-month-old baby girl who refuses to walk because […]

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Education

What Happens When Kids Read Mean Tweets?

Posted March 13, 2015 by Anonymous

I will be the first to say that I eagerly await the release of a new “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets” segment from The Jimmy Kimmel Show. I find it funny, and I know it is 100% mean-spirited. I would personally […]

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General

Barbie Joins The World Of Super Heroes

Posted March 12, 2015 by Sonya

Big news coming out of Mattel: Barbie’s latest career is going to be…. a Super Hero! For the first time in Barbie’s 56-years, the iconic doll is declaring the year to “Be Super” and inviting kids to celebrate their own […]

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General

What Are Your Kids Up To On Social Media?

Posted March 10, 2015 by Sonya

Back in the summer last fall I was introduced to a new app called VISR. It’s an app designed to help families keep a respectful eye on their kids’ social media usage. I know what you’re thinking… there are lots […]

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General

“Toy Of The Year” Continues To Perpetrate Gender Stereotypes

Posted March 5, 2015 by Anonymous

The Toy Industry Association has handed out its awards for “Boy Toy of the Year” and “Girl Toy of the Year.” This year, boy toy is the interactive Zoomer Dino named Boomer. He went on to win overall “Toy of the Year” […]

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General

The Funniest Parenting Tweets: Dad Edition

Posted February 26, 2015 by Anonymous

Parenting isn’t always graceful. At some point, parents stop being polite and start getting real. However, instead of having their lives taped, they take to Twitter to air out their feelings about their tiny little permanent roommates. Here are some […]

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General

Little Boy Goes To Disney And Proposes To Every Princess

Posted February 20, 2015 by Anonymous

Parker loves Disney princesses. So on a recent trip to Disney World, his mom suggested that maybe because he adores the Disney ladies so much, he should propose to them. 5-year-old Parker loved the idea and excitedly agreed it was time he […]

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General

Valentine’s Day Garland Craft For Kids

Posted February 11, 2015 by Anonymous

There’s something about garlands that are just so cheerful! They can be so simple to make, yet add a whole lot of festivity to your home. I created a vertical garland made out of hearts cut out of the pages […]

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General

Jack: Nine years

Posted February 8, 2015 by Amy

Dear Jack, You’re nine now. That’s halfway to 18. We’re making the turn and heading for the back nine, the final years of your childhood. It doesn’t seem possible that the baby I held in my arms just moments ago is now the boy running down the basketball court, the soccer field, the baseball diamond […]

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Entertainment

6 Sweet Valentine’s Day Movies To Watch With Kids

Posted February 6, 2015 by Anonymous

Written by Kait Fowlie Spending Valentine’s Day as a family this year? We totally approve. After all, the day is all about celebrating love. Love, and chocolate. A veg-out session on the couch with your fam and a movie you […]

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General

She Lies To Me: A Parenting Anthem

Posted February 4, 2015 by Anonymous

Sometimes I think about what the soundtrack of my parenting. I admit that some days it would be that 54-40 hit, She Lies To Me. I always swore that I would never lie to my children. My parents lied to […]

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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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General

Emmie: Seven years

Posted January 16, 2015 by Amy

Dear Emmie, I think there must be a mistake because there is no way you are seven. Three? Sure. Five? I can see that. But seven? No. Just no. But alas, tis true. I can see seven in you every day, although there are some days where I see seventeen in you and that makes […]

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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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General

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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General

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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General

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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General

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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General

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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General

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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