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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Don’t Scare the Kids! Environmental Awareness for the Whole Family

by John Philip Green  •  July 31, 2012
Our planet is in crisis; the environmental issues we face can seem daunting and downright frightening. Some of these problems, such as climate change and biodiversity loss, are complex to understand and intimidating in their scope. It is important to engage children in discussions about these environmental issues to help alleviate fears of the unknown and empower them to make positive changes.
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Family Purchasing Power: Eco-Friendly Style

by John Philip Green  •  July 24, 2012
From the day they are born, children are exposed to marketing and advertising. In 2004, the FTC estimated that children watched 10,700 minutes of television advertisements a year—that’s over seven days of commercials. It is our responsibility to show children how to navigate our consumer world by modelling purchasing power that is both ethically and environmentally conscious. Buy Smart The number on a price tag isn’t the only cost associated with an item, more often than not, the hidden...
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Green Your Home

by John Philip Green  •  July 17, 2012
Impressing on children the importance of environmental stewardship is best done as a family initiative, with everyone in the home taking part and working together to make a difference.
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