Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Toddlers' Day - Late October

My toddler has been busier as of's a day in her life (yesterday)...from her perspective:

- Took the opportunity to draw all over the top of the white office desk (while Mommy made breakfast)...somehow it looks like a whale

- Played in the toy tent while watching a little Caillou...moved all of the couch cushions into the tent...cuddled babies and stuffed animals...I yelled random words from the tent....

- Had a slow motion fall off of a dining room lots of hugs from big sister and Mommy

- Covered Mommy's 1985 Preemie Cabbage Patch doll with blue and red pastel crayons...(I coloured on the toy box too)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fear - Fighting Halloween Games for Kids

Some children have fears and anxieties, and childhood fears can be strong during Halloween. The night of candy collection can be fun, but there are also scary costumes, haunted houses, and frightening sound tracks and visuals everywhere. 

For all children, learning to master fears is an important developmental task. 
Halloween is a great time to talk about and confront the things they dread the most, in a fun and playful way.

90% of children between the ages of 2-14 have at least one very specific, real fear. 50% of kids...can't sleep at night because they're so worried.

Clinical Therapist, esteemed family counselor and author of Generation Stressed, Michele Kambolis can speak to this subject and provide practical playtime exercises that use Cognitive Based Therapy (CBT) to reduce children's anxiety.  Kambolis makes this highly effective method accessible to all, enabling parents to help their children with home activities.

Halloween Worry Wall:

Friday, October 24, 2014

G Day For Girls - Nov 2nd, 2014

The first GDay was held in April, 2014,  and the upcoming G Day event will be on November 2nd, 2014 at the UBC Chan Centre For The Performing Arts. 


G Day is a global social movement anchored by day-long events that celebrate and empower girls aged 10-12 as they transition into adolescence. We seek to resurrect, modernize and share the wisdom and mystery that were once passed down from generation to generation.
G Day honours this rite of passage by tapping into our collective sense of curiosity, bravery and  excitement at the amazing changes taking place. Our goal is to create a space where girls can come together and explore what makes them unique as individuals as well as what connects them to one another.

Monday, October 06, 2014

Ava is 8!

Ava turned 8 the other day, and we had a small party at our house with family and several of her friends.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Generation Stressed: Play-Based Tools To Help Your Child Overcome Anxiety - Book Review

Children are feeling anxiety because of school and family pressures, life changes, and more. Clinical Therapist Michele Kambolis, has written a handbook called Generation Stressed that details the different forms of anxiety in children, and it contains a whole section of play-based tools to help children overcome their anxiety.
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