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Netflix Fun For Kids

Posted July 1, 2015 by Loukia

Parenting is always an adventure, no matter how old the children are, and even every day activities—like a visit to the grocery store—can lead to unexpected adventures. (Like the time I walked out of the grocery store with my children only to notice my car was being driven away by a stranger!) No matter what, though, we make the best of any crazy situation.

Whether we’re on vacation or spending a quiet night at home watching shows on Netflix, we’re having fun together making new memories. Now that my boys are older, there are more movies and television shows we can enjoy watching together, including movies that I remember loving when I was a child, like Annie and The Goonies. I was excited to see that The Goonies is playing on Netflix right now—and so were my boys, because of course, they love this movie as much as you’d expect they would. It’s a classic, after all.

My boys also love How to Train Your Dragon, and they are looking forward to watching the all-new Netflix original series Dragons: Race to the Edge. Dragons: Race to the Edge will introduce some new exciting dragons, each with its own amazing abilities. I can’t wait to snuggle up on the couch with my boys for this one!

Other shows your kids can look forward to watching on Netflix right now? Puss and Boots, Penguins of Madagascar, and National Treasure. Happy Netflix-ing!

Disclosure: I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with Netflix and as part of the Netflix Canada Stream Team. All views and opinions are my own. 

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General

Capital Camps: Ottawa’s Best Choice For Summer Camp

Posted June 16, 2015 by Loukia

Are you singing along with me? School’s out for the summer… almost. And we’re all excited! Well, mostly all excited. The kids are excited. Parents? Well, we’re excited, too. After all, we love spending time with our children, right? And we don’t have to pack lunches every day! But, most of us still have to work during the summer months, and summer is long. (Not as long as never ending winter, but long.)

We’re always looking for ways to keep our children busy, having fun, and staying active. Of course, most parents will sign up their children for summer camp, but with so many camps to choose from, selecting one that is perfect for your child is a daunting task.

My boys have been taking tennis lessons through Capital Camps for a couple of years, and when I found out that they also offer a variety of Summer Camps, I got so excited. After all, I know they’ll have a good time, because they love it during the year—and summer camp is even more fun than the regular program!

Capital Camps has been running in the Orleans area for over 14 years, and I love their stellar reputation.
 
They promote safety as number one, and have a ratio of one instructor to every eight campers. 
 
They’re huge on making sure everyone feels included, and they make sure everyone is participating so every camper has a chance to excel.
 
And, of course, their camps are… SO MUCH FUN!
 
Fun is a very critical aspect of Capital Camps and my boys can attest to that—it is a lot of fun, they are playing in a safe environment, and they always feel included, no matter their level or experience.  I love the solid reputation Capital Camps has earned throughout the years.
 
My boys are signed up for Full Day Tennis Camp and not only will they be playing hours of tennis each day, they’ll also take part in other fun activities, too, like basketball, soccer, capture the flag, swimming, dodgeball, and so much more.
 
Oh, and free BBQ lunches every day… and a pizza day on Friday! Don’t you want to go back to camp, too? I know I do.
 
Other camps available through Capital Camps include:
 
Half-Day Tennis Camp
Dance and Drama Camp
Multi-Sport Camp
Arts Camp
Cheerleading Camp
Flag Football Camp

 

You can register your child online, or call 613-276-4307 for more informaiton. You can also email Aaron at aaron@capitalcamps.ca, and he’ll be happy to answer your questions, too. (You can also drop off your child before work, and pick them up after 5, too.)
 

Isn’t summer the best? Especially when your children are in a camp you know they’ll love!

 

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Family

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree

Posted May 6, 2015 by Anonymous

I was told my child was sarcastic and difficult on a particularly tired day at daycare. It didn’t take a lot of insight to realize where that came from, just a long, hard look in the mirror. Of course, that […]

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Abortion

It’s All About Choice

Posted May 5, 2015 by Sara

Have your kids mentioned how empty their classes are this week? Or are you on the other side of the fence and working from home because you opted to pull your kids out of school to protest the new Ontario […]

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General

Raising Boys & Single Mommy Guilt

Posted May 1, 2015 by Anonymous

I recently attended a fundraising event for my boyfriend’s daughter’s school. It was a great night out for parents. We were all happy to dress up, get out, socialize and, oddly enough, talk about our kids. One thing that became […]

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General

Why I’m Not Trying To Get My Pre-Baby Body Back

Posted April 29, 2015 by Anonymous

“You know those things where you squish them and they are gushy and the stuff squeezes out through the other side of your hand? It feels like that!” my son said gleefully. What on earth was he talking about? Oh […]

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Entertainment

Baby’s Reaction To His First Dandelion Is Hilarious

Posted April 27, 2015 by Anonymous

What did we do with our kids before smartphones and the internet? And what did we do with our free time before babies, smartphones and the internet came together  in perfect harmony to give us gems like this one? Vlogger […]

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General

Parenting ADHD Kids: Care for You and Your Child

Posted April 24, 2015 by Zoë Kessler, BA, B.Ed.

When I was diagnosed with ADHD late in life, a series of tumultuous emotions washed over me, from relief to regret, from anger to embarrassment, from shame to sorrow. It […]

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Education

The Importance Of Reading, Writing And Arithmetics

Posted April 22, 2015 by Anonymous

While I am a fan of the arts and sports, I believe in the basics and have tried to instill a love of them into my son. Reading, writing and arithmetic are things I live for in a geeky way […]

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General

What If The Sperm Bank Lied?

Posted April 20, 2015 by Sara

Over the last week, there’s been a story in the news about an Ontario couple suing a sperm bank for giving them false information about the donor that they chose to use to father their child. I’ve read a slew […]

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Family

Anti-Vaxx Mom Changes Her Stance After Her 7 Kids Get Whopping Cough

Posted April 15, 2015 by Anonymous

In recent months, the vaccination debate has really heated up. But now, in an interesting twist, a Canadian mom’s story is going viral after she publicly announced that she was abandoning her anti-vaccination stance after her seven children developed whopping […]

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General

Complimentary Kindness: Why My Kid Is A Thank You Machine

Posted April 15, 2015 by Anonymous

Motherhood can feel like a thankless job. You incubate this thing and it makes your belly giant, gives you heartburn and makes you barf all over the place. If you are really lucky, you get to spend ten whole months […]

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General

How A Tablet Can Help Autistic Children Communicate

Posted April 14, 2015 by Sonya

April is Autism Awareness Month and for many families with children diagnosed within the Autism spectrum, finding ways to learn and communicate effectively is a high priority. There is no cookie-cutter solution; each person diagnosed has their own particular needs […]

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Family

Photographer Proves “Strong Is The New Pretty”

Posted April 10, 2015 by Anonymous

Taking pictures of your kids playing in the yard, swimming with their friends and generally goofing around is something all parents do. They are memories we all want to hold on to and photos let us do that. Kate T. […]

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Divorce

The Perks Of Being A Newly Single Mom

Posted April 10, 2015 by Anonymous

One of the things I love about being a single mom is the bond I’ve formed with my kids. Sometimes it feels like it’s just me and them in the world. They know I will always be there for them […]

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General

Being A Single Mom & Picking Up The Pieces

Posted April 8, 2015 by Anonymous

A fresh set of eyes can be helpful in solving problems. What eyes are fresher than those of a child? My child is a very inspiring problem solver. He sees solutions that I would never even dream of because he […]

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General

Get Outside Kid!

Posted April 7, 2015 by Sara

I’ve had a bit of writers block lately. Maybe it’s the tail end of the winter, and yes, I’ve been hibernating with the Underwoods on House of Cards. Maybe I’ve just been relishing in the peace of life. Will is […]

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Facebook

Mom’s Facebook Post Earns Her Mother Of The Year Award

Posted April 1, 2015 by Anonymous

Recently, it has become a trend to use social media to shame your kids as some form of punishment. Most of the time, the “shaming as punishment” doesn’t seem like the best idea… almost like parents bullying their kids. And […]

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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

Dear Everyone: Here’s Why I Don’t Want To Read Your Crappy Opinions On What Mothers Should Do

Posted March 26, 2015 by Guest Author

Earlier today, Lydia Lovric, a Montreal-based “columnist, talk-radio host, stay-at-home mom,” wrote a scornful response to piece from 2013 about why Sasha Emmons chooses to work outside of the home. Don’t ask me why Lovric is responding to a two year old article, […]

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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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General

Mom’s Bikini Pic Is The Real Way To Break The Internet

Posted March 24, 2015 by Anonymous

We all remember Kim K’s infamous Paper Magazine cover in which she set out to “break the internet”, effectively making breaking the internet a thing. Kim is a mom and we are all for moms flaunting what they got. But […]

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Education

SATs? Scholarships? What You Need To Know About U.S. Colleges

Posted March 24, 2015 by Sonya

We sometimes joke around about our kids one day going to Harvard, that’s the dream isn’t it? But then we really started to think if something like that is really a possibility for Canadians? How do you go about it? […]

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General

Why My Kid Is My Life Coach

Posted March 18, 2015 by Anonymous

Some people go to great lengths to find a life coach: someone who really understands and can help focus them to achieve their goals. I feel like I’m at a crossroad in my life and I was thinking I could […]

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General

Being There

Posted March 18, 2015 by Sara

We have a routine on Tuesday nights. I go to a spinning class for an hour with my girlfriends and one of their husbands, who shall now forever be known as Chef Spaghetti, makes dinner for our kids and then […]

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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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Family

Given The Choice

Posted March 12, 2015 by Sara

Before I had Will, there were a few promises I made to myself about how I wanted to raise him. Now, stop rolling your eyes. These weren’t promises along the lines of ‘my kid is going to be the next […]

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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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Entertainment

Kids Are Becoming Narcissists & It’s All Our Fault

Posted March 12, 2015 by Anonymous

Not only are we making our kids materialistic, it seems we may also be turning them into narcissists. (Geeze, can’t we get anything right?!) A new study published in the journal PNAS found a direct correlation between narcissism in children […]

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Family

Are We Raising A Generation Of Materialists?

Posted March 11, 2015 by Anonymous

Giving your child an “I love you” gift maybe doing a lot more harm than good. According to a recent study published by the Journal of Consumer Research, parents who use material possessions as gestures of love are potentially raising a […]

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General

Grocery Shopping Alone: How Parenting Has Changed Me

Posted March 11, 2015 by Anonymous

The evidence was staring me right in the face. Parenting has changed me. It’s not just that I can’t respond to a question with “Everything is awesome” without getting that stupid song stuck in my head. Under “Things Mom Likes […]

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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

Get Ready Moms: The Baby Show Is Coming

Posted March 9, 2015 by Anonymous

Are you trying to get pregnant? Are you already expecting? Or maybe you’re a brand new mom? If you’re in Ottawa or the GTA, then The Baby Show is where you want to be this March! On March 21-22nd the Baby Show and over […]

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Feminism

A Decent Girl

Posted March 6, 2015 by Kath

My fourteen-year-old daughter came home from school one day this week and sighed. “Rough day?”  I asked. “Everyone was making fun of me because I said I was a feminist.” My first emotions were pride and relief. Well, I must’ve […]

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General

Hoarders: The Pediatric Edition

Posted March 4, 2015 by Anonymous

It is a scientific fact that you can tell your child 500 times to clean his room and he will not hear you, but he will definitely hear the crinkle of a bag of potato chips opened surreptitiously after bedtime. […]

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Family

Discussing Dinner, Dessert & Danette With The Mulroneys

Posted March 4, 2015 by Anonymous

All around Wonder Woman Jessica Mulroney (she works for Kleinfeld at Hudson’s Bay  is the co-founder of the not-for-profit Shoebox Project) and her husband (and E-Talk host) Ben, have their hands full with their three adorable kids: fraternal twins Brian […]

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General

The Science Behind Smell, Touch & Bath Time For Baby

Posted March 3, 2015 by Sonya

We know that in parenting—and in life—we need to be mindful in everything we do. Put away the mobile devices. Turn off the screen and spend quality time with our kids. We’ve heard it all before and we try our […]

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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

Where’s My Mother Of The Year Award?

Posted February 25, 2015 by Anonymous

It’s award show season and I’m just a teeny bit fed up of the red carpet. Maybe I’m just jealous because mine is only red in splotches from fruit punch. Maybe I’m waiting on my Mother of the Year award, […]

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