Family


It’s Winter. Is Your Teenage Driver Ready? Family

How far is five meters? If you have an average stride, take five good steps, that’s a fair estimate. Start from the front bumper of your card, and try it out. It’s significant when it comes to accident avoidance. And it’s the difference in the distance I traveled when I recently took part in tire safety testing, pitting 3-season tires against new and well-worn snow...

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Getting Teens To Look Up From Their Phones, and Look Into a Book Family

It’s not unusual to find a group of teenagers sitting quietly, all of them with their heads looking down, shoulders slumped, as they silently tap away at their smartphones. Many of them are texting each other (some sitting right across from them), catching up on social media or watching YouTube videos.  It’s natural for parents to be concerned not only with what the screen time...

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Hugging a Teen: Why It Can And Should Be Done Family / Life

  “A hug is like a boomerang. You get it back right away.” – Bil Keane, creator of Family Circus And let’s be honest, there are some times where we equally don’t want to hug our teens. Maybe they’ve just finished playing road hockey in the heat for two hours, or maybe they’ve just finished explaining to you how old you are, in case you weren’t...

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Z Living Gives New Life To ‘Birth Days’ Family / Life

One of Kathy’s first shows, ‘Birth Days’ comes to the screen again thanks to lifestyle channel Z Living. Z Living is a TV network that provides health & wellness entertainment, and they believe their storytelling and content will let their viewers move towards healthier and happier lives. It’s no wonder that Kathy’s first television show which focuses on the nonstop adventure that is parenting is part of...

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Teen N’ Clean Family

Personally I think this is a great name for an initiative that sees teens get involved in keeping their space clean. Of course any time is a good time to get your kids to clean up their room, but with school, hockey, homework and more it can be hard to fit it in year round. Take some time in the spring to make sure you...

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Why “Because I Have Kids” Is Not a Real Excuse For Not Working Out. Family / Health

“I’d work out if I didn’t have kids.” Many of us have thought this, or possibly said it out loud…and actually believed it. I’m pretty sure there are a few Dads who might use this excuse also, and while there is no denying that adding “raising a healthy and functioning human being” into your life schedule adds a bit of pressure, the fact is that...

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Hands of woman typing on laptop computer Career / Family

Getting back into the workforce after spending time at home with kids has always been a challenge. But today, with the proliferation of social media, it can be an additional hurdle to turn what have been your personal musings and reflections on life into a professional online profile as you hunt for that perfect job. So, where should you start? 1. Start at the beginning....

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Parent Hacks: Trade computer screens for screen doors Family / Life

HOW TO PICK A CAMP THAT WILL HELP YOUR CHILD UNPLUG AND RECHARGE Every summer there are hundreds of day camps, with tens of thousandsof kids participating, across the Greater Toronto Area. Whether they are attending for one week or eight, each camp will have its own special feel and mandate. Finding one that fits your child is key to a happy camper each day....

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Getting The Most Out Of Your All Inclusive Holiday, With Kids Family / Travel

All-inclusive holidays have long been favoured by couples and groups of friends getting away and enjoying all they can eat and drink without worrying about blowing their budget with extra add-ons. A sure fire way to reduce post-vacation stress. But some of the most stressed holiday bound folks are those travelling with children. Not only is there an added expense with each little person, but...

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Gifts for kids: Thinking outside the toy box CVT / Family / Television

  Christmas can add a lot of stress for busy parents as they try to find that perfect gift for their children, of all ages. But instead of immediately thinking about toys – practical, digital, virtual – consider giving them a gift which will make them healthier, happier and more connected to you, long after the batteries have run out of the “real siren sounds”...

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