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June 26, 2018

How to Handle Public Washrooms While Potty Training

Facing public bathrooms with your toddler is a brand new world.

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June 26, 2018

Potty-Training 101

Q: When is the right time to potty-train? And what is the best method?

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May 31, 2018

5 Steps To Help Kids Manage Their Emotions

All of us worry about our kids learning to control their emotions. After all, it's emotions that so often get us off track and into trouble. And of course we need to just say No sometimes. Kids can't run into the street, throw their food at each other, or pee on their baby brother. But setting limits on children's behaviour doesn't mean we need to set limits on what they feel.

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May 31, 2018

This Flu Season Predicted to Have Most Child Deaths on Record says CDC

Experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predict this year will be the deadliest season for pediatric deaths from seasonal flu since the CDC mandated they be recorded in 2004, with numbers predicted to surpass 170. 
“The flu vaccine is not perfect, we know that, but it’s the best preventative measure we have today,” Marotta said. “One thing that bothered me in the media today was people saying it’s only 36 percent effective. But let’s put that into context ― 36 percent is better than 0 percent.”
The CDC has recommended since 2010 that everybody aged 6 months and older get vaccinated for the flu ― and that pregnant women get vaccinated in order to help protect those under 6 months. 
To read the full article, click here.
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May 09, 2018

Should babies be dunked during swim lessons?

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Should baby swimmers or infant swimmers be dunked as part of a swim lesson, and is it even an effective method of teaching young children how to swim?

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May 01, 2018

Why Art is Important for Young Children

Your preschooler is having a blast finger-painting with a mix of colours. Trying to be encouraging, you ask her, "What are you making?" and she says "I don't know." Until you mentioned it, she hadn't given it any thought. 

Little kids are masters of the moment – they love the way it feels when they smear paint on paper, how it looks when they sprinkle glitter, and even the soft sound a brush makes as it crosses the page.

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April 17, 2018

What to Say to Kids Instead of "Say Sorry"

When a children do something hurtful, even if accidental, sometimes parents try to force apologies from their children to rectify the situation. Usually, they’ll give the kid a stern look, and ask, “Hey, what do you say?” Then, when the child mutters a robotic “sorry,” all is good! Manners! We’re teaching them! 

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March 29, 2018

5 Benefits Of Soccer For Young Children

Soccer, along with many other sports, is great for a child’s development. Though it may seem very early to introduce it into the lives of preschool aged children and younger, there are actually many benefits in doing so.

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March 20, 2018

5 Spring Equinox Facts for Kids

On the evening of March 20th, the Spring Equinox occurs on Earth. The concept of Spring Equinox might seem foreign to many kids (and probably many adults) so here are five simple facts about it.

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March 02, 2018

Core Strengthening Exercises for Kids & Babies

By Lauren Drobnjak, Pediatric Occupational and Physical Therapist

Core strengthening is essential for the progression of nearly all other developmental skills.  The core is the center of control for everything else the body does! Learn some fun ways to help strengthen kids’ core muscles!

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February 21, 2018

Taking Playtime (Not So) Seriously

Play is a universal, cross-cultural and necessary attribute of childhood, essential for development and essential for learning. However, it still needs support and attention from the adults around them.

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February 14, 2018

Flu season is in full swing!

Note to parents and caregivers:
If your child is home sick, they must be fever-free and vomit free for 24 hours before returning to school. Many viruses are active at this time of year in the community, including enteric viruses (like norovirus) and respiratory viruses (like influenza, commonly known as the flu.) 
Preventative measures can help reduce the spread of illness in the community. 

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January 31, 2018

The Benefits of Daycare Kindergarten

Is your preschooler ready for Kindergarten? We have an exceptional Kindergarten Program for children 4 and 5 years old to prepare them for Grade 1. Our program supports learning and exploration while continuing to offer the convenience of full time child care.

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January 16, 2018

Calm Your Child in 1 Minute with this Simple Technique

We’ve heard a lot about the benefits of meditation to help manage stress and many adults are trying the practice for themselves. But what about kids? Are they too young to use meditation techniques? Some parents are trying them out - either to help their children learn ways to calm a heightened emotion or as part of a bedtime routine. A simple 1-minute technique can help.

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January 01, 2018

How Music Benefits Young Children

Music is a natural part of life for young children. They might sing to their stuffed animals, tap their feet to the rhythm of nursery rhymes, and enjoy the sound of their parents singing to them — even if mom and dad can't quite carry a tune.

But this early introduction to music does more than entertain. It can kick-start learning, serve as an important cue in a child's routine, and offer lifelong benefits.

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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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