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GIVING KIDS THE EDGE: The Valuable Skill of “Debating”

After 18 years of experience in the education system, debating is still one of the most effective ways for students apply their learning By Nick Szymanis Have you ever asked your child after school, “What did you learn today?” and they reply with, “I don’t know.” ...
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2016 Calendar of Events

January MMFA THEMATIC WORKSHOPS- January theme: Music Box (making a sound object) at 1pm and 2.30pm, bilingual January 13th from 1-3pm Atwater Library Financial Literacy program, lawyer and elder law specialist Ann Soden gives a presentation on "New Year's Resolution: Recognizing and ...
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6 Self-Care Activities to Restore the Special Needs Parent

I love my son and I couldn’t imagine life without him. I’m sure all parents feel that way about their children, at least when they are not driving us crazy! But all jokes aside, raising kids is not for the faint of heart. I have learned the hard way by a bad burnout over two years ago,...
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I have to go!

Kids love a book they can “read along” to, and with the cute repetitive nature of this classic Robert Munsch book, they’ll request this as their nighttime story (like my preschooler) on a regular basis. Plus, what parent can’t identify with a child who insists that they don&r...
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Food

Portions – How much is too much?

Portion control sounds like a nasty term but it’s actually super important and the one that most people completely ignore the most when trying to eat healthy. Many people believe that if they exercise and cut out certain foods then they will lose weight and improve their health. Although the...
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Summer Adventures to Share with your Teen

Are you finding it a challenge to decide on fun adventures or travels this summer that will strengthen the bond between you and your teen? It can be quite a struggle to make an agenda based on the interests of your teen. Maybe try something completely different from previous adventures together? How...
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Family

When it’s okay to be a bad-ass in business

Aside from writing about parenting and trying to practice what I preach, I spent the rest of my time helping people who have tax problems, primarily with the Canada Revenue Agency.  I’ve learned over the years that having a third party who knows the CRA inside and out, plus who knows bu...
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Our favourite springtime crafts

Hooray for spring and warm weather and being outside (and, when it's raining, crafting like we're outside)! My bean and I have been busy doing all sorts of fun activities these last few weeks, and I thought we'd share our most recent favourite springtime crafts. Squirt gun paint...
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5 Fun Ways To Enjoy the Long Weekend With Your Special Needs Child

It’s the first long weekend of summer. OK, so it’s not quite summer yet. Someone here is a little anxious for flip flops and dining Al Fresco, but I digress. J You are excited to be home with your family, but as the parent of a child with special needs, the routine will be broken as ac...
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There's a Mouse Hiding in this Book

Tom and Jerry (our favourite battling duo) are at it again in this exciting interactive read that will have both you and your little one in hysterics. Tom, of course, is trying to catch that pesky pest Jerry, and Jerry's is putting is kitty cat foe through the wringer (as usual). Your child can ...
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Food

Organic options

We hear all the time that we should be buying organic and how it’s so much healthier for us but the reality is that it costs a lot more money and for many people, that’s a deal breaker. So the question remains, how important is it to eat organic and is it really worth it? I believe ...
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Top 10 Items for your baby registry

Creating a baby registry, especially when you're a first-time parent, can be extremely daunting - there are just so many products out there, and with little to no experience using any of them, how should you choose? These top 10 items for your baby registry will help get you through the fir...
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