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
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
Car seats are designed to keep children safe in a car ride when properly installed. According to the 2015 Canadian Motor Vehicle Traffic Collision statistics, there were 2,317 accidental fatalities and injuries in the 0 – 4 years age group. Four out of five car seats are not properly installed Most common mistakes: Vehicle seat… Continue reading A safe ride with your child every single time!
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!
As a Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Public Health Nurse, parents often tell me they are worried about toilet training. I have always thought that "toilet training" should be called "toilet learning". Training implies parents have control over their child's toileting when our kid's bodies are in control! Your child's success with bladder and bowel control… Continue reading Toilet Training – 4 P’s to success!
Years ago I had a terrible experience of suffering from second degree sunburns on my entire face after enjoying 2 hours of outdoor activities. It was a sunny afternoon and I didn't feel the heat due to the gentle breeze constantly sweeping over my face. Your baby's skin is far more sensitive and they are… Continue reading Taking baby outside? Be sun safe!
My favorite gift for a baby or toddler is a book. Even though my kids are teens now, I still have some of their favorite books from those early days. Those books have been enjoyed so many times they feel like part of the family! But don't take my word for it, see for yourself!!… Continue reading Great gifts for babies and toddlers
Does your child enjoy certain foods one day and refuse to eat them the next? Children can be hard to predict when it comes to food and eating, which is a concern I hear from many parents. Young children are learning to eat; they are developing their own food preferences. It is important for parents… Continue reading Is your child a picky eater, or a learning eater?
You have given your baby the best possible start by breastfeeding for the first six months. Breast milk is still the most important food during the first year of baby's life. You may want to continue to breastfeed your baby for two years or longer. Your baby will need extra iron at six months. So,… Continue reading Breastfeeding after the first six months