Archive for the ‘Family’ Category

First-Ever Oakville Children’s Festival Announced

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Mark your calendar! The Town of Oakville and Tim Hortons are proud to present the first-ever Oakville Children’s Festival on Sunday, July 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Coronation Park.

Oakville’s beautiful lakeside park will be transformed into an arts and culture playground for kids of all ages with free live performances and fun events to engage young imaginations and foster creativity. Main stage headliners include: Sharon, Bram & Friends; Sheesham & Lotus; Jack Grunsky; and Corpus – Les moutons.

5 Unique Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Around this time every year I ask myself “What would my mother never buy for herself but actually enjoy having?” Not surprisingly the answer every year is different. Here are some ideas that I have come up with over the years:

Spa Gift Certificate – Treat your mother to a half-day of relaxation with a massage and pedi/mani combo. As an extra special gesture pick her up and drop her off at the Spa the day of her appointment.

Teaching Kids About Smartphone Safety

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Dear Kids,

I can understand why you might be mad. No kid likes their parents going through their stuff, and that feeling just gets more intense the closer you get to being teenagers. If you were shocked when I pulled that surprise audit of your smartphones the other day, I can completely sympathize.

Actually, I don’t think I can. When I was your age, nobody had the free and easy access to electronics that today’s kids have. The most we had to worry about in our day was that Mom and Dad would read our diary, or find that stash of magazines we kept under the mattress. And we couldn’t get that stuff nearly as easily as you can today, much less carry it around in our pockets.

I myself am a technology guy, strongly tethered to my phone, so it seemed a little hypocritical of me to refuse your requests for one, especially when it lets us keep in touch with each other. You’ll remember I favoured the basic model – it was only by pure luck in that raffle that you ended up with the iPhone. But even "dumbphones" have their problems.

So, the audit. I hope I made it clear to you that its purpose wasn’t to get you in trouble. It’s just so easy for everyone (including grownups) to forget the dangers of a near constant Internet connection, we need to be regularly reminded of a few things…


March Break Crafts and Activities

Monday, March 10th, 2014

March break is here and if you are looking for ideas that will spark their creativity and include a bit of learning, how about some Spring activities?

Plant Seeds

Kids love to plant seeds and it’s a great learning activity. If you have space for an outdoor garden, work with your children around what they want to plant. Grab some flower pots and get the seeds growing indoors. Some of the easiest things to plant include tomatoes and squash, though keep in mind that squash will need a lot of room to grow. If you don’t have much outdoor garden space, remember that you can container grow tomato plants. Another idea is to start some container herbs. The easiest is basil, though coriander is also a good choice for a sunny space.

If you are thinking about flowers, some of the easiest to grow include nasturtiums and zinnias. To make it a great activity for the kids, save up your egg cartons and use those to start the seeds. Then help them make a calendar (nothing special, a simple check list will do) so that the kids can do the watering.

Teaching Kids About Overscheduling

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Dear Kids,

March Break is here! I’m sure you’re looking forward to a few days off school. Sorry we’re not getting out of town this year – if I’d known the winter would be this cold we might have held off that trip to Mexico last October.

So – especially in the case where we grownups can’t get the whole week off work – what to do? I’ll bet you’d love nothing better than to sleep in and watch cartoons all day, but that doesn’t sit well with us grownups. We want you out in the world doing activities, developing life skills and social integration. Whole industries have developed around kids’ activities. There’s the usual sports camps and arts & crafts, but there are now even more and stranger options. I just saw an ad for a camp in Financial Management – and here those kids thought they were getting time away from Math class.