Becoming a new parent brings new roles and responsibilities. It means having to wear many different hats. Hats that you may have never worn before and hats that you never thought you would wear. Some of the hats may be beautiful and fit you perfectly and some of the hats may be hard to put… Continue reading The many hats of parenthood
May is Speech and Hearing Month. Now more than ever, it's time for us as caregivers to be detectives about how the pandemic and its restrictions may be affecting the development of our children's communication. Every May, Speech-Language Pathologists celebrate Speech and Hearing Month and spend time discussing the importance of early identification and intervention,… Continue reading May is Speech and Hearing Month – It’s Time to be a Detective
Does your child eat certain foods one day and refuse to eat them the next? Many parents often worry about this and ask me why it is happening. Young children are learning to eat; they are figuring out what they like and don't like in terms of taste, texture, touch and smell. Take time… Continue reading Why won’t my little one eat?
When I was pregnant I received so much advice. Family and friends, random people in the grocery store, social media, the internet - they all had advice to give me even when I wasn't asking for it. So how do you sort through all this advice? How do you know what to listen to and… Continue reading Advice for new parents
On January 28, 2021 Canadians are being encouraged to talk about their mental health. We are facing challenges that we have never faced before. From social distancing to lockdowns, fear of becoming sick to fear of losing loved ones. When it comes to mental health, now more than ever, every action counts. Some stress and… Continue reading Let’s Talk!
Are you struggling with how to keep your child engaged and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic? Are you running out of ideas and activities? Here are a few tips to help your day go a little easier: Keep a daily routine. Children do well when they know what to expect and breaking the day into… Continue reading Things to do with your baby or young child during lockdown
As a Public Health Nurse working in the Healthy Babies, Healthy Children program, I am asked every day: Is it safe to take my baby outside? My answer is YES, I recommend you go outside for a discovery walk (everyday if you can). Here’s my top 5 benefits of a discovery walk: Opportunity for new learningBabies… Continue reading Benefits of taking your child on a discovery walk
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
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!