These are difficult times and the pandemic is testing our resilience. We are doing things that we may have never done before, such as home schooling, staying away from our family and friends and working from home. Our routines have changed and we may be feeling that we have no control over what is happening… Continue reading A recipe for wellness
Children expand their vocabulary by hearing the words we use. We tend to be really great at labeling objects (think: "A car! A ball! A puppy!"). But of course, we need other types of words to build sentences. Action words (verbs) are really important for building sentences, but they can be trickier to teach. Here… Continue reading Baby talk: Let’s get moving with action words
Fish is a healthy choice during pregnancy because it provides essential fats and protein for the brain development of your baby. You can prepare this recipe using almost any fish you like. I prefer using salmon, either leftover filets or canned. I have tried different fish cake recipes over the years. The one that I… Continue reading Leftover fish? Make fish cakes!
This is the fourth part of my brain development series. As a quick summary of this series, I've shared: Part One: How the brain develops Part Two: How to build better brains Part Three: The impact of early life experiences on the brain This last and final part will focus on resilience. "Resilience is not… Continue reading Building resilience: What is it and why is it important?
In Canada, Breastfeeding Week is celebrated annually on October 1-7th to promote the importance of breastfeeding. This year's theme is "Support breastfeeding for a healthier planet." Breastfeeding contributes to a healthier planet by…. being environmentally friendly, there is no packaging or waste being low cost, convenient and readily available reducing baby's exposure to the effects… Continue reading Happy World Breastfeeding Week!
Whether you are new to eating greens or looking for ways to add some colour to your meals, kale appeals to everyone's taste buds. Eating greens will help keep you healthy. Let me introduce to you the versatile kale. It is called a superfood, as it has many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants such as vitamin… Continue reading Inspiration Kale
All parents and caregivers of children under 6 years old deserve a medal for having coped with these months of lock down. Explaining to a young child why we are doing things so differently - in a way that they understand and without frightening them - is so important. Emotional well-being is as important as… Continue reading Parenting During a Pandemic
With children back at school, parents and caregivers are always looking for healthy lunch and snack ideas. Healthy foods provide children with all the nutrients and energy they need to grow, learn, and play. Here are a few tips you can use to provide healthy lunches and snacks for your children. For healthy lunches: Use… Continue reading Healthy lunches and snacks for kids
Alcohol and pregnancy is a topic that has been around for generations. Some common questions and statements related to the use of alcohol during pregnancy include: “Isn’t it OK to have a glass of wine or cider on a special occasion during pregnancy?” “One drink won’t hurt, right?” “My mom drank alcohol when she was… Continue reading Raising awareness about FASD
Whether you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s important to eat enough foods with protein; protein will help your baby grow, manage your weight gain and feel good! Protein is found in foods such as beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, meats and poultry, fish, shellfish, eggs, and dairy products. Canada's Food Guide recommends that you choose protein foods… Continue reading Tips to help get more protein from plants