Kids adapt to a covid world

Teaching kids to stay pandemic-safe without turning them into germophobes is a delicate balance for parents  By Ameeta Vohra When the pandemic hit, the everyday lives of our children changed immediately and drastically. Schools closed and classrooms became virtual.  Sports teams, clubs, and countless other activities vanished. Public health restrictions ended visits with friends and […]

Rockin’ it

Paint some pebbles for your favourite pathways  By Melanie Mosher What if hiking with your family could be more than a source of exercise, a chance to commune with nature, and a time to explore the county? What if it could be a source of creativity, a time to express imagination, and a chance to […]

Let them eat pizza

Nutritious and delicious any way you slice it By Melanie Mosher Deciding what to have for meals each day and preparing them can become tedious. The task becomes more challenging with a picky eater. Rachel Waugh, a recent grad from MSVU’s school of Applied Human Nutrition who did her internship in pediatric dietetics, gives advice […]

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Day Camp Playbook

Want to keep the kids active and inspired this summer? By Talia Meade It’s camp registration season once again and this summer, camps are operating slightly differently. Fear not, from singing to coding, there are still a variety of activities to keep the kids busy whether the camp experience is virtual  or in the community. […]

Keep wellness simple: reimagining the health of girls

The healthy messages all girls need to hear By Fawn Logan Young A few years ago, I had the opportunity to work with Halifax Regional Municipality Recreation to facilitate a few sessions at an afterschool program called Fit and Fab. At the time, the Canadian Health Measures Survey from Statistics Canada reported that kids are highly […]

The elephant in the chatroom: cyberviolence

Prepare yourself and your children for the difficult conversations  By Fawn Logan-Young  We hear the term “cyberviolence” more in this age of intensified social media. It refers to online behaviour that can lead to physical, emotional, or psychological harm to the victim’s well-being.  Examples include online bullying, threats, blackmail, hate speech, luring,and non-consensual image sharing. […]

A lost art

Reconnecting kids and communication—back to the basics with writing and phone skills  By Sara Ericsson Header image: Love Struck Lettering calligrapher Lyndsay Hubley has published a workbook to help kids learn to write in cursive. Communicating used to take one of three forms: talking in person, chatting over the phone or corresponding through hand-written notes […]

Recreation out of reach

They say the key to enjoying winter is to embrace the outdoors—for many Nova Scotian families, that’s an unaffordable luxury by Fawn Logan-Young Picture a snowy Saturday morning. You and your family just finished breakfast. In your hands, you have that second cup of coffee you told yourself you would not have. You are brainstorming […]

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Study spaces that work

Simple tips to create a home nook that fosters learning and minimizes distractions By Heather Laura Clarke When Virginia Ward designed an office in her Fall River home, she never imagined she’d be sharing it with a six-year-old. Her oldest daughter was in Grade 1 when she was suddenly shifted to at-home learning in March. […]

Stronger together

WE Schools @ Home complements curriculum and helps parents,teachers, and kids connect and stay socially engaged By Crystal Murray Open almost any publication or news site and you’ll see the physical impacts of COVID-19 quantified into understandable units. Infection rates, cases resolved and death toll. The numbers and the evidence are updated hourly but other […]

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