Parenting

Embracing winter activities with your children

What if embracing winter activities was a commitment for parents and not merely a popular trend? Throw aside the TV remote, ignore Netflix, turn off your phones; spend less time on social networks and spend more time outdoors.  Let’s get ourselves out the front door! Living in Toronto, we are north of the 79th parallel… Continue reading Embracing winter activities with your children

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Top 5 non-perishable foods to stock up on for the winter

Time flies and winter is already here. Natural disasters—blizzards—often come with little to no warning. Grocery shopping will become more difficult or even impossible during a winter storm, especially for pregnant people. Stocking up now on the right non-perishable food items will help you reduce your stress. Non-perishable foods, also known as “shelf-stable” foods, are… Continue reading Top 5 non-perishable foods to stock up on for the winter

Nutrition · Parenting

Snack recipe for kids: Carrot and cheese sandwich

Parents and caregivers are always looking for new and interesting recipes as snack ideas for their children. One of the recipes that we use at many of our programs is a “carrot and cheese” sandwich. This is a “nutrient rich” snack meaning that it provides a lot of nutrients. By making this snack you are… Continue reading Snack recipe for kids: Carrot and cheese sandwich

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

New Year’s Resolution: Leave weight out of the equation!

Is this the year you and your partner are planning to have a baby? You may be thinking about the healthier choices you need to make to improve your chances of getting pregnant. I say skip the diet and keep weight out of the equation. Instead trust other signs to guide you to a healthier… Continue reading New Year’s Resolution: Leave weight out of the equation!

Baby's First Year · Parenting

First words: The power of play time

Before having my own children, I didn’t enjoy the winter.  However, I quickly realized that once you dress warmly, it’s fun to get outside and play like a child again. And…there is so much to talk about! You can make a difference in the way that your child learns their first words. As a Speech-Language… Continue reading First words: The power of play time

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Safe storage of leftover food

Preparing larger portions of food ahead of time, or having family or friends bring you home cooked food, is a great way to minimize how often you have to cook. I often encourage my clients to prepare a larger portion of food and freeze the extra amount for another meal. That last month of pregnancy… Continue reading Safe storage of leftover food

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Warm-up with Curried Sweet Potato & Lentil soup

At this time of the year we can rely on hearty warm soups that will keep us healthy and satisfied until the spring time. This is what Bradie Hutton, our nutrition student would like to share on this topic. Recipe included! With fall quickly disappearing before our eyes, this flavourful soup will help warm your… Continue reading Warm-up with Curried Sweet Potato & Lentil soup

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Teaching children about body awareness and consent

As parents and caregivers, you play a vital role in raising a sexually healthy child. You get to be the primary educator to teach your child about healthy sexuality based on your family values and beliefs. Here are our Sexual Health colleagues, Jennifer Paterson & Nancy McAlary, to explain more. Children are curious and have… Continue reading Teaching children about body awareness and consent

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Parenting

Feeling stressed during the holidays?

Year after year I notice that as soon as Halloween is over, it’s all about the upcoming holiday season. The days get shorter, the sights and sounds of the holiday fill the air. The holidays are considered a time for celebrating and spending time with family and friends. This time of year can also be… Continue reading Feeling stressed during the holidays?

Parenting · Pregnancy

Can I drink alcohol if I’m planning a pregnancy or pregnant?

With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s a known fact that parties and alcoholic drinks will be a part of the celebrations.  But what about drinking alcohol when you’re planning a pregnancy? “If I’m not pregnant yet, is it okay to have just one or two drinks?” When it comes to drinking alcohol and planning… Continue reading Can I drink alcohol if I’m planning a pregnancy or pregnant?