Every Click Helps #ctipday2016

It’s a feeling deep down in the pit of your stomach.  Something isn’t right.  That picture looked a bit off, and isn’t telling the whole story. Your intuition is screaming at you to do something, but your fear of over reacting, or getting pulled into a mess-that-isn’t-yours takes over.  What if it really isn’t anything? What if it is?, operated by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection,is an integral part of the Government of … [Read more...]

The Joys of Boys… Entering the Teen Years.

So here's the thing... I'm a girl.  I know about girl issues, and girl problems. I know how to keep myself healthy and happy.  Both mentally and physically.  I can sympathize with any 'tween or teen girl, as I was one once.  Only, aside from our four legged family members, I am the only girl in the house. I have a husband and two sons, and I honestly don't know the first real thing about mens' health. I have to stop pretending though, you see … [Read more...]

Let’s Talk Baby with Walmart Canada

I was 25 when I found out I was pregnant with my first born.  I knew exactly zilch about what life as a parent would be like.  I still had a lot to learn about my own life, let alone all that I needed to know for this baby.  I turned to those who had done it all before me to learn that is requried for me to be a good mama to the little bambino I was growing.   Almost immediatly I began thinking of a ton of questions and I intended to find the … [Read more...]

Is He Ready For Kintergarten?

Starting school at 4 years old can seem daunting for children and parents alike.  But the big question is, are they ready? My little boy is very bright.  He knows all about the planets and the order they orbit the sun, he has a hard time accepting that Pluto is not a planet...I think he thinks Pluto feels left out.  He knows how to count 1,2,3,4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 14, level1, level2, level3... and he has known the alphabet inside … [Read more...]

Swimming Lessons!

Every summer I enroll my son Ben in swimming lessons.  We began when he was 5, and beyond timid of the water.  It would take 15 minutes of his 30 minute class just to get him in the water.  His first summer we spend six weeks at the pool every morning, and he did not pass level one. His second year we only spent four weeks at the pool.  Four weeks where his skill advanced so much!  And at the end of his second year he got his first … [Read more...]

Going To Preschool

I believe in the power of preschool. I know that may seem bold, but my children do not go to daycare, they do not have a day home, or a regular babysitter.  They spend the majority of their days with me.  My husband and I work back to back shifts in the same restaurant, so the kids are either with one of us, or both of us.  If not with us, they're with their grandparents. We have lived life this way for the past 8.5 years...and it works for … [Read more...]

How Do I Get My Kids To Listen To Me?

I have never written a biography about myself that reads Jen Banks, Parenting Expert. I have never claimed to even have the slightest clue as to what I am doing when it comes to this whole parenting gig. But I do know one thing...My mother was right. When my first son was born, paranoia made me bring him into our bed. I always needed to be next to know he was breathing. My mother said that I would regret that decision to co-sleep and … [Read more...]

Wash Your Hands!

Over and over I repeat myself. Wash your hands!  Spending my life working in the food industry, I truly know the importance of proper hand washing. It is THE best (and easiest) way to avoid spreading germs, and cross contamination. It doesn't matter what kind of germ it is, cold or flu, a virus, or salmonella... Simple hand washing can significantly reduce the likely hood of it spreading from one surface to the next, or from one person to the … [Read more...]

Lysol Germ Detectives!

How do you keep your kids free from germs? Impossible, right? We all know that the little loves of our lives are really germ infested little petri dishes with legs.  Hey, don't kill the messenger...we all know this is true.  How often do our kids all get together...and though maybe only one or two kids had the sniffles...they all end up bringing those germs home.  Those things fester, and grow, and eventually we're all running for the … [Read more...]

The Health Triangle: Eating Right + Exercise + Vitamins = Healthy You By Deborah Lowther

There is no one magic pill that will make you healthy, no one perfect exercise that will get you in shape and no one super food that will give you all the energy you need to face the day. The truth of the matter is being healthy takes all three: eating right, getting regular exercise and taking vitamins to ensure you are the healthiest you can be. Eat Right
 Before you grab something to eat, plan a meal for your family or pull something … [Read more...]

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