Raising a family is one of the most important jobs you will ever do, but it's also one of the hardest! Luckily in Halifax we are home to an incredible local organization called Family SOS. They are there to help support all local families during their journeys AND they also run some pretty cool activities for kids and youth - and it's all free! Today we shine a spotlight on this organization and some of the amazing programs they offer to help local families.
Parenthood is the most incredible job, but it also has the biggest learning curve in the world. You can prepare all you want but, until you're in the thick of things, you won't know exactly what support you will need or who you can contact for help. buybuy BABY recognized that challenge when they recently hosted a Baby Registry Celebration and so they gathered up a group of industry experts to connect with expecting parents to help prepare them for the big event…and the days following.
Did you know there are businesses in Nova Scotia who create gorgeous clothes out of beaitiful soft organic fabrics, design completely recyclable clothing (FROM recycled content), make apparel that adjusts for your kids getting bigger, share their proceeds to feed the less fortunate around the world, and build knee pads right into their cute pants for busy kids? I was thrilled to discover so many innovative and eco-conscious - yet still stylish - apparel for kids being developed right here in our home province.
I've loved working on this guide and learning about all of these businesses and I am excited to share seven of them with you today.
Cooking with children from a young age can help them learn basic counting and reading skills, grasp the concept of following directions, develop their fine motor skills, and, the thing most parents are focused on around food at that age, encourage an adventurous palate.
Buuuutt... I KNOW, it's also a lot of work to cook with a preschooler. Trust me, I get it. I know the idea of allowing them "help" can seem like it will take too much time. I've discovered, however, that if you plan ahead a bit and go into it with the right attitude, it can be a wonderful experience for both of you.
Grief is a complex process for adults to go through, and even more so for children . . . and being an adult trying to teach children about how to handle their grief? Well, most of us don't even know where to begin. For me, this is when I turn to books and local author Angela Campagnoni's picture book, I Want to See my Papa, deals with this very issue is a sensitive and gentle manner.
Creating a baby registry is one of those things many expecting parents start thinking about early on but it can be overwhelming to actually get the process started. There are a lot of major decisions to make while you create the registry, such as what you want your sleeping situation to look like with a newborn, what type of stroller you will need, what your feeding plan will be . . . basically SO.MANY.DECISIONS.
I recently sat down with Melissa, one of the baby registry team members at the new buybuy BABY store, which is located in Bayers Lake in Halifax, to talk about baby registries and she showed us some of her top picks for new parents
In this digital age it can be hard, especially as parents, to let go of that need to appear perfect all the time. I've got some thoughts on how to change that perception...
Making a mom friend is not an easy task, and when you're new to a community - or even just new to being a mom! - it can be even harder. Navigating new social waters at the best of times can be challenging but throw in a kid or two and it can be damn near impossible to build bonds with other people when you can't even finish a sentence because your kid has a mouthful of dirt or your 18 month old is suddenly at the top of a six foot ladder.
In Halifax we have a reputation for being friendly but I've heard time and time again from new moms to the area (or even lifelong Haligonians who are new to being moms) who tell me that Halifax can be a hard place to make REAL friends.