Parenting

Has your child had an eye exam?

Did you know that 80% of children's learning is gained through their eyes?  However, 1 in 4 school-age children may have a vision problem that makes it difficult to learn. When vision is not clear or does not provide a focused image to the developing brain, it can result in permanent loss of vision in… Continue reading Has your child had an eye exam?

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Looking for help with the cost of child care?

Finding the right child care centre is a big and often stressful decision. You have to consider many things such as location, convenience, quality, and of course cost. Child care in Toronto is expensive, making it hard for many families to afford. Did you know that there is a way to receive help with the… Continue reading Looking for help with the cost of child care?

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Sex after a baby?

Congratulations on the arrival of your baby! New parents have a lot on their minds. Taking care of a new baby can be overwhelming with the new responsibilities, hormone changes and feeling exhausted.  These changes can all affect your emotions and your relationships.  Here's Nancy McAlary, our Sexual Health Nurse, to answer the question that… Continue reading Sex after a baby?

Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

Never leave a child unattended in a car: Look before you lock!

It’s a beautiful summer's day and your errand list is endless. You are rushing and you have a lot on your mind. Your child is quietly sleeping in their car seat. You exit the vehicle, taking your valuables, and note where you parked. Did you remember to check the backseat? Every year in Canada, children… Continue reading Never leave a child unattended in a car: Look before you lock!

Parenting

Speaking to children about Pride celebrations

Pride month in Toronto begins June 1st.  Sometimes parents ask advice on what to say to their young children about what Pride celebrations mean. Here's Jennifer Katz, a Sexual Health Nurse, who shares some great tips for you and your family. When speaking to children about Pride, try to keep in mind that children will… Continue reading Speaking to children about Pride celebrations

Pregnancy

Is it okay if I have sex while I’m pregnant?

This is one of the hottest topics that our readers have asked us over the last year. So, to answer this question, I've reached out to Jennifer Katz, RN – who is one of our sexual health nurses. As a sexual health nurse, I often speak to prenatal clients about their sexuality throughout their pregnancy. … Continue reading Is it okay if I have sex while I’m pregnant?

Baby's First Year · Parenting · Pregnancy

Parenting isn’t always easy: How can we help?

In my opinion, parenting is one of the toughest and most rewarding things in life.  When I was pregnant I was so worried about labour and birth.  I went to prenatal programs to learn what to eat to keep me and my baby healthy, how to manage my nausea and vomiting, signs of labour, and… Continue reading Parenting isn’t always easy: How can we help?

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Vaccine time? Tips to reduce immunization pain

So, over the last few weeks we have been reminded to make sure that our vaccinations are up-to-date. If you're like me or my kids, getting a needle can be quite an ordeal!  Vaccines may protect children from serious diseases, however, the pain factor can be an issue and affect your child's experience with vaccination. … Continue reading Vaccine time? Tips to reduce immunization pain

Nutrition · Pregnancy

5 Refreshing and naturally infused water recipes

With the weather warming up, you're probably looking for different ideas to quench your thirst!  Our dietitian, Melissa Koch, posted these great fruit-flavoured water recipes and I wanted to share it with you once again.  Share your favourite water recipe! _________________________________________________________ Sometimes I get tired of drinking plain water.  Knowing that most of my fluid… Continue reading 5 Refreshing and naturally infused water recipes

Pregnancy

Tips to stay safe and active during pregnancy

My friend Aileen loves walking and doing Zumba.  Recently, she found out that she was 5 weeks pregnant.  She was very excited but wondered if she should stop going to her favourite Zumba class.  This is a similar question commonly asked by expectant parents and I'm sure many of you want to know if it's… Continue reading Tips to stay safe and active during pregnancy