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Power Players: The Importance of Girls in Sport

Power Players: The Importance of Girls in Sport

A stellar performance of women at the Summer Olympics inspired many girls to take up new sports this year. But research by theWomen’s Sports Foundation shows that by the time they’re 14, girls are dropping out of sports at two times the rate as boys.

McDonald Sports Park in Waverley

McDonald Sports Park in Waverley

I USED to be very outdoorsy. Then I had two kids within two years and a “hike” turned into a slow walk pushing a stroller and waiting for a toddler to pick up yet another rock. Sound familiar? My first venture out alone in the woods was to a family favourite, McDonald Sports Park in Waverley.

Gardening with Kids in Halifax

I've always said if I forget to feed something and it doesn't bark, meow or cry, well, it's gonna die. The evidence is in many sad green things that have entered my house alive and thriving and exited my house to rest in peace in the forest behind our backyard. I'm not proud and I want to change.

I've been trying my hand at container gardening a few vegetables because food is motivating for me - I'm just more likely to remember to care for food than a flower. Mind you, it doesn't mean I've had a lot of success with it. Last year I had the kids help me plant some vegetables but then I didn't move them to shelter during some torrential downpours and basically drowned everything. Whoops.

This year I used the guise of my Family Matters column to seek the advice of a local Master Gardener and got some great tips. I also found out about an awesome free seed exchange program at the Halifax library branches and picked up our free packets. Score! We're all set now and are going to get planting this weekend. Wish those poor little seedlings luck . . .

Wine and Pancakes: Cooking with Kids

Wine and Pancakes: Cooking with Kids

I recently found out that my four year old daughter knows how to make pancake batter (from scratch) by herself. She knows the ingredients she needs, the measuring tools to gather and what order everything goes in the bowl. She learned how to do it at her grandparents’ house.

After hearing about this my mind immediately jumped to an image of myself relaxing with a glass of wine while my two kids whip up dinner. I reached out to Wendy MacCallum, a Halifax nutrition consultant and author of two cookbooks for families, to see if she had any tips on how soon this fantasy could become a reality. 

Volunteering with Kids

Volunteering with Kids

I can’t remember a time of my life when I wasn’t volunteering in some capacity. I helped out with community clean-ups as a kid; served countless turkey dinners at church suppers as a teenager (and successfully resisted the temptation to sneak a piece of pie before my shift was up); and taught kids to read as an adult. It’s always been an incredible experience and it’s something I want my family to continue to experience together.

The Stranger Danger Conversation

The Stranger Danger Conversation

In January 2016 there were two reported incidents of children in the HRM being approached by strangers on their way to school. These alarming events reminded many parents that teaching children about “stranger danger” is something that needs to happen on an ongoing basis, however many parents aren't sure how to effectively have that conversation.

Baby Led Weaning

Baby Led Weaning

At twenty-one months old Ahava Bourque has a refined palate. She dines on Japanese, Indian and Lebanese cuisine, chooses carrots over cheesies and prefers her steak medium-rare.

Her mother, Alva Ortile-Bourque, credits Baby Led Weaning (BLW), the self-feeding method that bypasses purees, with her daughter’s love of food. She says the first solid food Ahava tried was steamed carrots.