You Don't Scare Me Creepy Clown! Helping Children Face Their Fears

October 28, 2016 | Carolyn

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I'm sad to report that the creepy clown viral phenomenon has come to Canada. People dressed as menacing clowns are being spotted, in particular, around schools. I sympathize with parents who have to comfort children frightened by one of these imposters (of course they're not real clowns, and they are...

Back to School Anxiety

September 2, 2016 | Jeannette

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My daughter off to preschool with her security object in hand When I was younger, I would dread this time of the year the most. The nights were getting cooler and the CNE was coming to an end. It was time to go back to school. I still remember vividly...

Here Comes the Summer Solstice!

June 20, 2016 | Ann

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Photo courtesy of Bart Everson on Flickr under cc Generic 2.0 licence. While temperatures soared above the 30 degree Celsius mark after Victoria Day on May 23rd, summer officially begins at 6:34 pm today. As the commuter traffic dwindles, the Summer Solstice pours through the City hurling us into hot...

Whenever I Go to the Library, My Friend From Iran is There

December 28, 2015 | Deb

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My good friend, Laleh, is from Iran and every time I go to the library I see someone who reminds me of Laleh -- someone with dark wavy hair and olive skin that never looks pale or washed out even in the middle of a sun-deprived Canadian winter, someone with a gracious manner and a ready smile. It’s easy to want to be more like someone else, and all I can say is that’s true for me with Laleh.

Volunteering Benefits

August 17, 2015 | Emoke

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Have you ever wanted to volunteer for a cause you believe in, but your other time commitments, such as school, work, family, etc. got in the way? I'm sure we have all felt this way in our busy adult lives. I started my volunteer work after finishing my studies. With...

Last Day of School!! Now What?

June 26, 2015 | Jeannette

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This week marks the last day of school for many students in Toronto. Today is also my daughter’s last day of preschool. It was a long, hard fought journey. But we made it! She cried every single day, for the first 2 months. Thankfully, she eventually adjusted and now she...

Seeds and Gardening

May 15, 2015 | Jeannette

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My daughter pulling out weeds and getting the soil ready for planting. When I was little, my grandma always kept our garden in the backyard full of delicious vegetables. Every spring and summer, she would tend to the cucumber, tomato, winter melon and pepper plants. She spent a lot of...

Celebrating Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities at the Bologna Children's Book Fair

March 30, 2015 | Deb

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Every spring in Italy, in a vast indoor space that rivals the size of the Colosseum, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair brings together thousands of people with a passion for children’s publishing. This year’s fair, which begins on March 30, 2015 and runs for four action-packed days, is hosting writers,...

Monopoly : The Board Game

March 2, 2015 | Aleks

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Monopoly; the game of trading and the fast-paced world of real estate. Entering its 80th year in the game board market, Monopoly is licensed in 103 countries, available in 37 languages, and more than 275 million copies have been sold worldwide. To win the game, a player must have complete...

Cooking with Kids

July 11, 2014 | Jeannette

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My daughter’s first favourite toy was not a rattle or stuffed animal. Instead, she enjoyed playing with items in the kitchen, like storage containers, pots, pans and utensils. When she started crawling, we had to lock up all the cupboards to prevent her from helping herself to these items. We...