A Creed for September

As mamacare v.2.0 wraps up and my family and I slowly settle into a fall routine, my thoughts have been turning inwards.  I guess it’s that time of year.  I have been working on creating my own “creed”. Creed: “a set of beliefs or aims that guide someone’s actions” Have you given this any thought?…

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Back To School Transition Tips For Parents

Back to school…. it’s looming on the horizon. Here are some back to school transition tips for parents.  And remember… this is not just about transitioning your kids… it’s about you too!  Let me explain…. The June my oldest child finished kindergarden, I remember quite distinctly the sinking feeling in my stomach. Butterflies perhaps? Or…

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3 Fundamentals for Health

I was honored to present last week at the 4th annual Compassion Fatigue Care 4 You conference. This is a yearly conference put together by Compassion Fatigue Solutions which is an organization that helps those in helping professions manage what is known as “compassion fatigue”. The conference had little to do with children, but it…

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10 ways to raise unhealthy eaters

We all love our kids.  We want them to be happy, healthy, and resilient.  We do the best we can by them day in and day out. When it comes to food and feeding, many of us fall into the same traps.  We rely on age old strategies to get our kids to eat, we…

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Autism One 2014

What are we to do in The Age of Autism?  What I found at Autism One 2014.   I went to Chicago last week to learn more about autism. I wanted to learn why 1 in 50 kids has autism (1). Why 1 in 6 has a neuro-developmental condition (2). Why 54% of kids in…

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Flu shot alternatives – keeping the troops happy

Cold and flu season is upon us!  Are you looking for flu shot alternatives?? Health Canada recommends that all children receive a flu shot as a preventative measure.  But many parents choose not to go that route for various reasons.  If you are choosing to avoid the flu shot, instead of sitting around hoping to…

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Why Is My Kid Such a Picky Eater?

Post #4 in a series of 4 for managing picky eaters!  This is the final one for now. All of the advice so far has had to do with social dynamic issues that can be underlying picky eating.  Now in this post I’m shifting gears to talk about physiological concerns that can be part of…

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Picky Eaters – Tip #3 (video)

Now for tip #3 for managing picky eaters! In a previous post I started explaining my approach to picky eaters and how I approached our picky eater when he was 3.  He’s now 4 and things are going much, much better. The first post was all about food battles and how to avoid them (and why).  The second one…

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Tricks to get kids to eat

  This is post number 2 about managing The Picky Eater. When my middle child was three he went through a very picky stage which allowed me to actually test out some of the recommendations I give other parents.  Guess what? They worked.  He’s four now and these techniques work to avoid a simple “phase”…

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Got picky eaters? Here’s how I manage mine (video post)

Tip #1 for Managing Picky Eaters I have three children.  My three year old, I used to  characterize as “one of those picky eaters”. This post is part 1 of a series in which I want to share some of the things I did in this situation.  He’s not nearly as picky any more.

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