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December 26, 2017

Weaning Your Child Off of Pacifiers

You've decided it's time for your child to wean off pacifiers but are not sure what approach to take. Here are two methods you can try – quick or more gradual.

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December 05, 2017

Your Ultimate Guide to the Most Common Kid Illnesses

Source: Today's Parent

Today's Parent has published a guide to the most common child illnesses, including symptoms, how to treat it and whether or not they should go to daycare. Click here to download the PDF with the full guide or read further to learn more about each one...

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November 30, 2017

6 Ways to Get Your Kid to Pee When Potty Training

For toddlers new to potty training, peeing in the potty can be confusing or scary. The good news is that once they do it a few times, they remember the feeling and get over the fear of release—and you shouldn’t have to worry about it again. Here are six tips to get them to that point.

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November 14, 2017

Common Time-Out Mistakes and Alternatives

When used correctly, time-outs can be a way to interrupt an unwanted behaviour and have time to cool down a heated moment. There are also alternatives to time-outs that may be more successful.

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November 04, 2017

Fussy Eater? Tips to Get Kids to Eat a Variety of Foods (even veggies!)

Parents of toddlers often worry about the amount and variety of food their child is eating; sometimes toddlers are fussy with food and reject the healthy stuff, sometimes they don’t want to eat anything, all of which can make mealtime feel like a chore. A new study out of the Aston Research Centre for Child Health in the UK found a technique that could curb fussy eating in children aged two to four years old, resulting in more vegetables being consumed.

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October 23, 2017

Managing Your Toddler: TANTRUMS!

Tantrums are normal for toddlers, even legendary. Toddlers feel so passionately about everything, and they simply don't have enough frontal cortex capacity yet to control themselves when they're upset.

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October 04, 2017

Is it a Cold a Flu or a Cough? Best Ways to Treat Them in Kids

It can be difficult for parents to determine if their young child has a cold, flu or a cough and what to do about it. Here are some guidelines from doctors and moms. 

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September 26, 2017

Communicating with your Daycare to Ensure the Best Care for your Child

Here's how you can build a strong caregiver relationship so that you and your little one get the most from our daycare. Check out this game plan so that the childcare experience is win-win for all (especially your child). Go team!

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September 15, 2017

Daycare Drop-Off: Tips for a Smoother Morning

The morning routine – getting children up and out of the house – can be challenging enough, but what do you do when you’re faced with a difficult daycare drop-off on top of it all? Tough drop-offs happen to everyone, but armed with some tips from parents below, you may be able to avoid a few of the common drop-off pitfalls. 
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August 29, 2017

This Simple Technique Can Help Your Child Listen to You

As parents and caregivers, we always want our children to listen to us and do what we ask of them. Many times children have their own agenda and then a verbal tug-of-war happens. A simple communication technique can help. 

August 29, 2017

5 reasons why every kid should play outside

If you’re looking to raise a happy child, a good student and a nice person, the research all points in one direction: outside. 

Here are five unexpected ways outdoor play can benefit your kid.

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August 18, 2017

5 Ways to Teach Your Child About Generosity

We all want to encourage our kids to be generous, to consider the needs and feelings of others, not only themselves. But that means more than putting a few coins in a charity’s collecting can. It means giving time and energy as well as sharing.

“We’re hard-wired to be generous and kind,” says Linda Kavelin-Popov, a British Columbia-based author of the internationally bestselling Family Virtues Guide (Plume). “Children are born with the potential for these virtues, but to bring them to life they need to have them brought out.” So how do you nurture this giving spirit and make it last a lifetime?

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July 31, 2017

7 Tips to Get Your Child to Nap

Parents can get downright
 cranky when their toddlers don’t nap. Let’s face it, nap time is a nice break from all that toddler energy, for both parent and child. More importantly, sleep time is important to a toddler’s overall health. In the first years of life, the body is growing rapidly and sleep is important for physical, cognitive, and emotional development. Unfortunately, nap time doesn’t always come easily. 
“You can’t really make children sleep,” says Jason Coles, MD, “but you can provide them with an environment conducive to napping.”

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July 17, 2017

15 Toys to Keep Infants and Toddlers Engaged and Off Screen Time

Setting up some engaging and self-directed toys and stations for your child will help cultivate independence and curiosity - and give parents time they need too! 
When selecting or deciding whether to keep a toy, remember that simple is good. Choose toys that will foster imagination and discovery rather than toys that move or make noise. In fact, get rid of (or take the batteries out of) all battery-powered toys. As infant expert Magda Gerber said “Active toys make passive children; passive toys make active children.” And active children are wonderful at discovering fun and entertaining activities that will keep them engaged! 
Here are some ideas for toys and stations that you can incorporate into your child’s play space...

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July 07, 2017

Keeping Kids Cool in The Summer - Safety Tips

• Avoid being in the sun between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and stay in a shaded area as much as possible when outside.

• Dress in a hat, sunglasses, and clothing made with a tight weave.

• For babies 6 months and older, use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 (SPF 30 and higher is even better) that offers both UVA and UVB protection. For babies younger than 6 months, if adequate shade isn't available, put sunscreen in small amounts on exposed surfaces of skin.

• Always apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside -- even on cloudy days -- and reapply it every two hours. Even waterproof sunscreen loses its effectiveness after about 80 minutes of swimming.

How to Treat: If your child does get a sunburn, the best remedies are cold compresses, over-the-counter pain relievers, and aloe preparations.

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June 23, 2017

Italian Day And Craft Sale At The Woodbridge Village Farmers Market - June 24

The volunteer members of St. Margaret Mary Church will be demonstrating the making of pasta, pizzelle and crostoli at the community booth. Take some of the wonderful results home to enjoy. All proceeds go to charities. Come with family and friends and support these great and talented ladies. There will also be live music provided by an accordion musician. The very popular Kids Club continues with engaging activities for the children. Come and meet our new farmers! See local artisans at the Craft Market.
Location: Woodbridge Pool & Memorial Arena parking lot, Hwy 7 & Islington
Time: 9:00 am to 1:00pm, every Saturday until Oct 7.
Web: www.woodbridgefarmersmarket.com

June 15, 2017

10 Offline Family Activities To Enjoy This Summer

This week we thought we'd feature a great article by Canadian mom Lisa Thornbury at foreverinmomgenes.com
I have a love/hate relationship with technology. Social media, cell phones, texting — we have instant access to each other 24 hours a day. We tend to log in and tune out.
Canadians spend more time online than any other country. This can mean that every member of a family is online on their own device, even in the same room. I just emailed this shocking fact to my husband sitting across from me on the couch.
Many parents have expressed concern about technology’s intrusion into their family time. I feel it. Do you?  

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May 25, 2017

Learning About Nature at the Daycare!

In our classrooms we have a variety of ways we are learning about nature and spring!

For example, our toddlers and preschoolers are watching things grow. Here are some examples of simple but fascinating things they are observing:
- an avocado seed growing into a plant
- sweet potato sprouting shoots
- planting seeds into soil and growing into small plants
- a tree branch sprouting buds and changing to flowers and leaves

We are also teaching them about birds, nesting and trees. We created our own indoor “tree” where the children made birds that live in the tree. A nest was made from shredded paper and little “eggs” were added. They also made their own real bird feeders.

In this way, we were able to talk to the children about birds in the spring and allow them to experience it through play and creativity. This kind of learning prepares children for the primary grades, when they will deepen their nature knowledge by learning about the world at large.

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May 11, 2017

Top 10 Things to Do in Woodbridge, Ontario

Tripadvisor Canada users rated these as the Top 10 Things to Do that are just a short drive from our daycare in Woodbridge, Ontario.

#1  Colossus Woodbridge Movie Theatre – great for the whole family
#2  Airborne Trampoline – let the kids get their energy out
#3  Magnotta Winery – a relaxing visit for moms and dads!
#4  Boyd Conservation Area – enjoy nature
#5  Woodbridge Bowl – great for a rainy day
#6  Sunstone Registered Massage Therapy – this one is definitely for mom! 
#7  Earth Rangers – learn about nature, the environment and animals
#8  Captive Kids Escape Room – “lock up your kids”and see if they can get out! ;)
#9  Legends Warehouse – gaming, books, comics, action figures and memoribilia
#10 Vaughan Mills – shopping for all!

Photo: Boyd Conservation Area

Discovery Point Nursery and Academy - daycare in Woodbridge, Vaughan