It’s funny sometimes that the words “Holiday Season” often are used to describe the month of December. I find this ironic, as will most other women I know. There is nothing about this time of year that replays on an endless loop in my mind between the hours of 11 pm and 3 am that resembles my version of a “holiday”.Read More
Tuesday, December 1, 2015 1:51:39 PM America/Edmonton
Monday, September 28, 2015 11:46:55 AM America/Edmonton
If you like to work out, it may take a little while to get back into the swing of things mentally and physically after your little bundle of joy arrives. Your body needs time to recover and your mind needs time to rest. But just because you have a little one doesn’t mean workouts are impossible. When you’re ready, there are so many ways to squeeze in those healthy and often necessary workouts. You may need to change the way you work out, or the times, but we’re positive you’ll still feel the burn!Read More
Thursday, August 27, 2015 10:36:55 AM America/Edmonton
For parents of new preschoolers this time of year can be an exciting change but also emotional, as parents return to work and prepare their children for preschool. You have enough going on that shopping shouldn’t be a hassle. That’s why we’ve put together a handy back to preschool shopping list to give you and your children a head start on their first day of preschool.Read More
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 12:43:44 PM America/Edmonton
Sending your toddler to preschool is a big step; one that you’re both like very excited about. But leaving your little one may prove harder than you anticipated, especially if he or she experiences separation anxiety. Separation anxiety happens because your child believes that you are their lifeline and that if you leave, things will go downhill quickly. It can be hard for everyone involved but here are 7 great ways you can make it easier on your child, yourself and the preschool or caregivers.Read More
Monday, June 22, 2015 8:55:57 AM America/Edmonton
Parents and caregivers know that applying a safe, effective sunscreen to children is one key to protecting them from sun damage. Sunscreen should never be your child’s first line of defense against the sun, of course, and the reality is that some products may actually do more harm than good.Read More
Monday, April 27, 2015 12:07:33 PM America/Edmonton
Pictures are a must when you have a new baby but they can be costly and formulaic. It can seem daunting for a new mom to take studio quality pictures, but snapping that perfect shot of your boy or girl is easier than you think. With some natural lighting, a couple of props and relaxed attitude, you will have a great print in no time!
Monday, January 26, 2015 6:46:50 PM America/Edmonton
Canadian winters can bring us bright sunshine, chinooks and light fluffy snow… It can also bring us sidewalks like skating rinks, deep freeze temperatures and near blinding blizzards. When the weather is a little less than desirable for outdoor activities, don’t fret. There are still many indoor activities you can do to keep your toddler moving in your own house.
Games are one of the easiest and best way to keep your kids active indoors. There is a long list of games you can play and kids love to play. This is also a great way to spend quality time with them. Toddlers and preschoolers will be too young for most board games, so teaching them these classics is a smart bet:
- Ring Around the Rosy
- Simon Says
- Hide & Seek
- Balloon Toss (see how long both of you can keep a balloon afloat)
- Freeze Dance (stop dancing when the music stops)
- Tag (you will need a safe area to run around for this)
- Floor puzzles can also keep them moving, and they are generally very affordable
- Activity walkers are great for those that like to push and pull
When all else fails, tickle fights can be a blast too!
Kids love to role play and luckily, most of the games will keep them moving enough to tire them out. Playing “What animal am I?” is a great way to learn about their favourite creatures. And how about the old standby, pirates and princesses? Swashbuckling sword fights with paper towel roles are always a hit, as is paying dress up in mommy or daddy’s clothes.
The internet has a lot to offer our little ones in the way of activity. Dancing videos (think JustDance) are a lot of fun to try and imitate and can be found on Youtube, as can pretty much any music video or TV show they may be interested in seeing. A lot of their favourites have danceable songs and activity suggestions. Or, why not try looking up a Yoga video for kids? It’s a great hobby and may help them settle in to nap time as well.
We all have chores to get done so why not let your toddler help with some of them? Dusting baseboards and washing walls may not sound like fun to you, but it’s a great way to get them active and give them some responsibility.
Friday, December 19, 2014 7:02:24 PM America/Edmonton
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…. Until your toddler has a meltdown at the shopping mall, or the family dinner, or on Christmas morning. These are the moments that leave us all rethinking this whole holiday thing. Meltdowns are a natural part of the holidays due to the later nights, limited napping time and influx of sugar, but there are some things you can do to make sure that your little one stays on the “Nice” list.
- Always be prepared with your toddler survival essentials. This is especially important during this time of the year. Bring your diaper bag or backpack filled to the brim with sippy cups, diapers (or training pants), a change of clothes, the favourite toy and snacks. No matter where you’re headed, having all of the necessities to keep them satisfied is a must.
- If your child is shy around crowds, holiday dinners might do them in. The overstimulation and intimidation of being thrust I a crowd of (what they consider to be) strangers can be frightening. Sit down with your toddler beforehand and explain “there will be a lot of people we love at dinner and they love you too! So let’s be very nice and shake their hands.” Aso it doesn’t make the scenario easier by forcing them to give hugs and kisses. Just let them do things in their own time.
- Trying to avoid a meltdown on Santa’s lap is a tricky one. The first step is, if at all possible, not to wait in a line for 2 hours. It’s frustrating, hot and boring – adults hate it too. Try to go at a less busy time of day if possible. Also, don’t force them to go by themselves or sit on his lap. Your can go ad stand near Santa and be in the picture too.
- If you’re doing some last-minute shopping, remember the cardinal toddler-in-the-mall rules: They must have their busy toys, snacks, water and essentials. A stroller is a good option too – even if they won’t sit in it, it’s great for hauling your loot. Take them when they are well rested and let them stop and look around and take in the music and decorations too. Make it a fun trip! If you sense they’ve had enough but you’re not finished shopping, take them to a bench for a break and a snack or even a short story.
- Christmas dinner can be meltdown central so the first step is to not put so much pressure on you toddler to act like a grown-up. There’s no reason to let them skip out completely or be rude at the table, but if they’ve had enough to constitute a full tummy, let them get down from the table and play beside you with a puzzle, colouring book or put on a Christmas show in a nearby room for them. That way you can finish your dinner and they’ll be having fun too.
Wishing you all a meltdown free holiday season!