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I'm sick of hearing how "Halloween is cancelled" or "Halloween is ruined" because of COVID. Halloween is a holiday... nothing is wrecked - it's still on the calendar. Now, our typical trick-or-treating, well, yes, this is definitely not going to happen in a pandemic. But there are loads of w…

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Fall is an easy time to plan some craft projects because nature has provided you with all the supplies you need! Take a walk or go on a hike, collect some coloured leaves, acorns, pinecones, and more, and try out these 5 crafts for kids to do while at home.

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I am grateful. I am soooo grateful. I have a warm and wonderful home, and a partner to share my life with, and I have a beautiful and healthy little boy who literally makes my heart sing every single day. I was thinking about a church homily I heard once about planning for the future but als…

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Is there anything more beautiful than fall? The gorgeous foliage, the cool crisp air, and the pumpkin-spice everything - it's all so invigorating. If you're looking for something fun to do to celebrate the autumnal season, check out some of these activities that offer fall fun around the city.

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Well, excuse my French, but this is a f*cked up birthday! Haha - in my group of friends, we celebrate 40's with a BANG: vacations and chalet rentals and NO KIDS. So, that's not happening... at least, not right now.

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This year we are taking part in virtual learning. We were able to jump through the provincial government's ridiculous hoops and obtain a medical exemption letter so he'd be taught at home remotely by teachers (and this mama wouldn't have to take on homeschooling solo... for those of you who …

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I'm annoyed. No, more like pissed. I think we parents have all been very patient... we went along with things when they cancelled school for a month and then the rest of the school year, we waited patiently these last few weeks of summer, and now we're coming upon the new school year, and wh…

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One of my favourite things to do when I was a kid was to paint on a canvas. There was something about an actual canvas that was different from ordinary paper - it felt "official," and I'd take much more time creating my works of art knowing I was doing them on such a valued commodity.

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I've learned, in my seven years of being a mom, that my purse, or what's inside my purse, that can really be a lifeline in a tricky or stressful kid situation. So I always have certain things tucked away in my purse that, if I weren't a mom, I wouldn't necessarily have, but they've saved me …

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AHHHHHHH witching hour!!!!!!! You know, that horrendous hour before bedtime where you've exhausted all of your energy and "vroom vroom" sounds and creative mommy or daddy ideas, and you're just counting down the seconds till bath and bedtime?!

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On a scale from 1 to desperate, I think bribing my kids with toys to stay in bed when they wake up in the middle of the night really only falls around 2.

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If asked to list important skills to teach their children, most parents might propose social skills, problem-solving, or creativity as necessary to their children’s future success. While developing these abilities is recommended, there is one skill that often fails to come up on lists of thi…

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Summer is definitely a time to put school days behind us and relax a little... but it's also a great time to get some extra help around the house. It's important that kids of all ages pitch in at home, and there are chores that kids as well as teens can easily do. Make it obligatory or an al…

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Our summers are usually spent exploring our amazing city. We love taking the bus and metro to museums, restaurants, and other great sites, wandering the streets, hitting as much pavement as possible. This summer was obviously different. After having my bean home for three months leading up t…

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Summertime means lots of water fun, but the pool and other bodies of water can be extremely dangerous too. Even a shallow plastic kiddie pool can become a potential drowning risk. All too often over the summer season, we read about children succumbing to the dangers of swimming, so we want t…

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Holidays in the last few months have looked a little, well, different, but there are still lots of fun ways to celebrate dad. The only thing that matters is that you're all together as a family. So, here's how to enjoy Father's Day... social-distancing style.

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If you were to tell us parents, three months ago, that our kids would be on lockdown with no school and no access to friends for weeks and weeks, we would have thought: no way. No way can our kids handle that. They'll go squirrely. They'll go nuts. They'll make us nuts.

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Having only one child who just turned 8 years old late last year, I’ve only had the pleasure (is that the right word?) of two back-to-school experiences. Kindergarten doesn’t count since that was a first-time deal, and all new from the get-to.  I am by no means a back-to-school expert.

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I said it during my entire pregnancy, but don't we all: "I'm never doing this again." But when I said never, I actually growled it. Truth be told, I kinda knew deep down, while I felt the bean rolling around in there, that I really wasn't going to do it again. Not because it wasn't a good ex…

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Hooray for spring and warm weather and being outside (and, when it's raining, crafting like we're outside)! My bean is much more grown now, but we always kept busy doing all sorts of fun activities when spring arrived and I thought we'd share our favourite springtime crafts.

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We’ve all been here for the better part of 40 days, at least here in Quebec. Self-isolated, self-quarantined. Doing it for ourselves, for our neighbours, for our elderly relatives. For our healthcare workers. For our country.

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Feel like getting out? Why not head to the museum... virtually, of course. You can tour some of the world's most popular museums safely from your own home, and take the whole family on an adventure filled with culture, art, science, space and more. Let's go!