Self Esteem is Everything

by Kathy Green  •  September 25, 2012
Never underestimate the power of self esteem in your child's life. Why is self esteem so important? Healthy self-esteem is like a child's armour against the challenges of the world. Kids who know their strengths and weaknesses and feel good about themselves seem to have an easier time handling conflicts and resisting negative pressures. They tend to smile more readily and enjoy life. These kids are realistic and generally optimistic. In contrast, kids with low self-esteem can find challenge...
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Regrets, I Have a Few...

by Kathy Green  •  September 11, 2012
Hindsight is always 20/20 as we know, and it is so frustrating as a mother whose children are launched in the world, relatively well I believe, to look back with the knowledge that years gather, and have regrets. Sometimes these memories are of incidents created by inexperience, some by fatigue, but the ones that bother me the most are the ones where I really had no excuse, and as the adult, I had the responsibility to behave better. One that particularly sticks in my mind and bothers m...
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Kids' TV: All That Glitters is Not Gold

by Kathy Green  •  September 05, 2012
Children's television programming - what can I say? I have had many years as a parent to sample the best and the worst of what television has to offer as entertainment and education for our children. I am saddened by what I have seen and by what I have learned. Gone are the days of carefree, fun-spirited cartoons and "family values" based television - replaced by network programming with "child superstars" who sing, dance and banter like adults. These "children" who captivate, entertain a...
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Sink or Swim?

by Ali Dinani  •  August 28, 2012
It’s summer, and what kid doesn’t love playing in a swimming pool or going to the beach. For parents it is a convenient, often close and low cost way to consume all that energy your little one has during the hot summer months. Why wouldn’t you want to spend half your summer in the water? The statistics may make you think twice : 700 children under the age of 15 drown every year in the United States. Drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional death in Canada for children aged on...
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Too Hot to Handle?

by Ali Dinani  •  August 21, 2012
All winter, as we whine about the cold, snow pants and keeping kids from frostbite, we dream of the lazy, hazy summer days!!! Bathing suits, t-shirts and a bit of suntan cream--a piece of cake. Not this year! Last month we experienced the hottest month we’ve had on record over the past 118 years! And there is little relief in sight! Those of us with the primary care of children have got a whole new set of rules and habits to consider when the humidex reaches 100 degrees. The bottom line ...
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Kids Say the Darndest Things!

by Ali Dinani  •  August 09, 2012
Regardless of age, innocence or intent, some of our most humorous lines come from children. From misusing terminology to downright witty comments, our young gems can be the source of hours of laughter. We at CareGuide want to share some of the funniest stories and conversations we’ve come upon! (1) Dinnertime blessings A wife invited some people to dinner after a long day at work. At the table, she turned to their six-year-old daughter and said, Would you like to say the blessing?" "I wo...
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Environmental Crafts for Kids

by John Philip Green  •  August 07, 2012
Making crafts together is a fun, creative way to spend time with your kids. With eco-craft projects you have the added benefit of repurposing materials from your own recycling bin and storage spaces. This means fewer expenses at the craft store and more time teaching your kids the lighter side of the three Rs. Reusing items like old milk cartons and worn t­-shirts can help kids learn to think twice about the way we use resources, and encourages some out-­of-­the-box thinking to address envir...
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Jumping the (Toy) Gun

by Kathy Green  •  August 01, 2012
My most treasured childhood toy was my Annie Oakley toy gun and holster. I just loved it! I played with it for endless hours, seeing how fast I could draw it from the holster, shooting my pet cocker spaniel many times a day, shining it adoringly and ultimately sleeping with it.It represents one of my fondest and strongest child hood memories. As an adult I have never been in a physical fight, I abhor violence and am considered very pacifistic. When you view this in light of my early obsessi...
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