As a parenting group facilitator, many parents/caregivers have asked me "will praising my child spoil them or feed their ego?" Actually, praising children nurtures their growing brain with positive attention, love and reinforces that you believe in them while fostering self-motivation in your child. There are key ingredients to praising effectively which apply to both… Continue reading A recipe for praise
Do you think of exercise and immediately picture a fitness centre with complicated machines and impossibly hard, high tempo exercise classes? This can be scary for anyone, let alone a new parent who is isn’t sleeping well and adjusting to life with a new baby. Exercise doesn't have to be difficult, it can be built… Continue reading Are you ready to start exercising after having your baby?
The early weeks after the birth of your baby are joyful and full of new experiences. At the same time they can also be tiring, overwhelming and stressful. As a new parent you can feel both emotionally and physically tired. Your body needs time to recover. You also need time to learn how to breastfeed,… Continue reading Family and friends can support breastfeeding
A child may find it hard to cope with new situations, routines, or experiences because they do not know what to expect. When this happens, it is common for children to have breakdowns and tantrums. So, how can we prevent these behaviours from happening? How can we help our child understand our expectations? By using… Continue reading A picture is worth a thousand words
To celebrate turning 1½, all children in Ontario are invited for a special well-baby 18 month checkup with your family doctor or nurse practitioner. This is an exciting stage in your child's growth and learning as they become more independent. Parents need to book this in-depth checkup for two reasons: Now is the ideal time… Continue reading What’s so special about being one and a half?
After a baby, everything seems to be different; from sleeping patterns, to eating habits, and especially how communication happens. As a nurse who works with parents adjusting to life after baby, I've seen countless times how things can keep changing- the good and the not so good. Understanding yourself and getting the support that you… Continue reading Express yourself: Better communication after baby
Fathers are on the front lines, taking care of both the physical and emotional needs of their children. Here's Kristine Clarke, Public Health Nurse, to share more on fathering: In my work with parents of young children, I witness many fathers excelling in the role of caregiver. I see them at the EarlyON Child and… Continue reading Celebrating involved fathers
When you become a new parent and start breastfeeding you may have questions about how you and your baby are doing. Sometimes you may even feel you are on your own. Would you like to meet or talk with other parents who are going through similar breastfeeding experiences? Are you pregnant and interested in learning… Continue reading Breastfeeding groups
Becoming a parent can be an exciting time, but it can also be a time which brings stress, anxiety, lack of sleep and more. Many people may have heard about 'Maternal Mental Health', but did you know dads can get depression and anxiety as well after a new baby arrives? Paternal Depression and Anxiety (postpartum… Continue reading Can fathers get depressed after their new baby arrives?
The Ontario Association of Optometrists recommends that children have their first eye exam at 6 months of age and again at 2-3 year of age and every year after that. In Ontario, eye exams for all children 19 years old and under are covered by OHIP. As recommended I took my 3 year old daughter… Continue reading Common vision problems in children