• What parents can do to help kids cope with stress

    What parents can do to help kids cope with stress

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    Our social media feeds, not to mention local coffee shops, are full of parents who are either thrilled their kids are back in school or missing them terribly (probably both). One thing’s for certain, no matter what parents and caregivers are feeling right now, all families go through some degree of back-to-school stresses. I wanted to use this post to share some tips and experiences of my own.

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  • Breakfast ideas for busy school mornings

    Breakfast ideas for busy school mornings

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    School will be back in session in the City sooner than we all imagine. This means a change in schedule for many of us. Those lazy, slow days of summer will soon give way to a more complex, hustling mornings and afternoons as the kids go to and from school.

    It’s one reason why breakfast will be such an important time of the day. Before heading out the door, a nutritious breakfast will be needed for the kids (and for parents too!) Research has told us the importance of eating a healthy breakfast and what it means for our kids. One scientific article wrote: "Moreover, there is evidence that breakfast positively affects learning in children in terms of behavior, cognitive, and school performance.”

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  • Your litterless lunch checklist

    Your litterless lunch checklist

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    It’s hard to wrap your head around back to school season, but it’s coming.

    I used to get anxious thinking about all the things I need to do in preparation for the first day of school. It’s such a busy time, and there’s just so much to think about that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Trust me when I say that one way to regain that sense of control is to (a) make a list and (b) get ahead of the crowds.

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  • Eco friendly activities and camps for the kids this summer

    Eco friendly activities and camps for the kids this summer

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    The summer is the perfect time to stoke your child’s interest in the environment, sustainable living and nature. With a variety of workshops, programs and camps happening across Ottawa, there isn’t a better way than for them to get a hands-on experience that will stay with them. Whether they are learning about local eco systems, or where their food is coming from, there are many opportunities for them to have fun and create special memories.

    Here are some ways your children can connect with nature and learn about the environment at special programs and camps throughout Ottawa this summer!

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  • What to pack for day camp (and what to leave at home): a helpful list

    What to pack for day camp (and what to leave at home): a helpful list

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    We checked in with a local expert and got the inside scoop about what to pack (and what not to pack!) for kids going to day camp. Note, the expert is my daughter Emma, who’s been a camp counselor for the past five years (and is now a camp director) at one of Ottawa’s top camps for kids.

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