Ages & Stages - Baby

Protect yourself from parental burnout

Have a newborn? Establish those good habits now, Laurie Warren writes                                                       Parenting can be amazing and a gift and most parents wouldn’t trade it for the world. Yet the truth is, parenting can also be difficult, exhausting, and fraught […]

Preventing food allergies

Here’s how to separate fact from fiction, writes Dr. Paul Roumeliotis In the past, it was recommended that parents wait until babies were older than one year before feeding them certain highly allergenic foods, like eggs, fish, or berries, especially […]

Spit up got you down?

Not to worry, writes Dr. Paul Roumeliotis – infant regurgitation is very common Spitting up, or regurgitation, is very common during a baby’s first few months of life. About 40 percent of normal, healthy babies spit up, usually right after […]

Spotting dyslexia early

Here’s how to recognize the signs of a learning disability   Sometimes the signs of a learning disability like dyslexia are easy to spot, and sometimes they’re not. According to a recent study conducted by Dyslexia Canada, only 30 percent […]

Choking hazards are everywhere

Prevention is best when it comes to choking and safety   Babies and young children can choke on virtually any object. Tragically, children have died from choking on things such as small balls, tiny toys, balloons, and plants. Babies and […]

Ages & Stages - Kids

Step outside

Spending time in a backyard green space is good for kids of all ages, and can relieve stress and anxiety due to COVID-19, writes Kris Kiser You don’t have to go far to experience nature. It actually starts right outside […]

Scratch that

A common problem that affects children in daycare and school, lice can quickly be spread to whole families, Carolina Surma writes                                        […]

Beyond please and thanks

Author of Manners and Me: An EasyPeasy Guide for Kids and the Grown-Ups Who Love Them, Nancy Dorrier gives the lowdown on minding your Ps and Qs Learning good manners is important because it helps us in our relationships and […]

‘My child is always sick’

The average child attending daycare will be sick a dozen times in the first year   Typically, as kids begin school or daycare, parents notice that their child is seemingly always sick. This is a very common complaint, and in […]

Spotting dyslexia early

Here’s how to recognize the signs of a learning disability   Sometimes the signs of a learning disability like dyslexia are easy to spot, and sometimes they’re not. According to a recent study conducted by Dyslexia Canada, only 30 percent […]

Ages & Stages - Prenatal

Getting fit after baby

Fitness guru – and mother of four – Nikki Clarke helps get you in shape postpartum Daily movement is one of the most important things humans can do to keep themselves both physically and mentally strong, and this especially rings […]

Good sleep habits start at birth

Sleep problems – the most common complaints of new parents – should be addressed early, says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis   On average, most newborns sleep about 16.5 hours per day, but some may sleep as little as nine hours, and […]

Preparing for baby’s arrival

Baby proof your vehicle and your house before bringing the new arrival home It’s never too early to consider your child’s safety. Injuries are rarely accidents, in the sense that most injuries are preventable. Make your environment safer by removing […]

Protecting baby from whooping cough

(Photo of Dr. Paul Roumeliotis) Recent Canadian and American guidelines recommend that all pregnant women receive the pertussis vaccine during every pregnancy even if they have previously received this vaccine. This is to prevent whooping cough infection in the mother, […]

Ages & Stages - Toddler

Bottoms up

It’s a scorcher out there. Is your toddler drinking enough water? Bryan Sarlitt asks the big question   If you feel like your family doesn’t drink enough water throughout the day, you’re not alone. In fact, a recent survey found […]

How green spaces benefit kids

Here are five health benefits you might not have known, Kris Kiser writes Now that spring is here, have you ever considered how our green spaces contribute to your child’s health? Studies show that green space and landscaping contribute to […]

Is your child having a challenging day?

Here are five ways to respond, writes Mark Borg, Jr.   Even if our kids are perfectly polite and well-behaved out in public, most will, at least occasionally, act out at home. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Because our […]

‘My child is always sick’

The average child attending daycare will be sick a dozen times in the first year   Typically, as kids begin school or daycare, parents notice that their child is seemingly always sick. This is a very common complaint, and in […]

Spend 10 minutes outside

Getting outside can do much to boost your mood, productivity, and quality of life, Kris Kiser writes   A growing body of scientific evidence proves getting outside is good for our health and well-being. Exploring and appreciating nature – in our own […]

Ages & Stages - Tweens & Teens

Dreams into reality

Parents, help your preteens discover their talents, Dan Scott writes In her book, Teach Your Children Well, child psychologist and Madeline Levine says that discovering one’s sense of self is the primary task of elementary children. By the time a […]

Looking ahead

Being prepared is the key to helping your daughter handle her first period Your daughter’s first period can be an exciting time for her, but it can also be a little scary. Everyone’s period is different, so being properly equipped […]

Dad's Corner

Time for change

If we could see the world through the eyes of our children, we might be better off, writes Chris Hunt My son sits beside me on the couch.  His head, warm and improbably heavy, rests on my shoulder.  We are […]

The new normal

For Jon Willing, that elusive perfect bill of toddler health is what’s needed to keep his family’s world turning during a pandemic Within the first three weeks of being back at daycare, Miles and his mom were in line at […]

A reluctant retreat

Even when life in isolation gets tough, a boy and his dad never stop needing each other, Chris Hunt writes As first glance, it appeared a normal day.  Outside, the sky was a vivid blue and the sun shone bright.  […]

A strange turn of events

In his debut column, new dad Jon Willing sings the praises of daycare and its value to his young son Like jailbirds scrawling the days on the prison wall, our small family was tracking our time spent semi-confined under the […]

Another kind of upbringing

Riley grows up in a different type of household than his father Chris Hunt did. Here’s why both are great, our columnist explains My son Riley stared at his own reflection in the bathroom mirror, his toothbrush an inch from […]