Janice Biehn

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Janice Biehn is the Communications Coordinator for the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (pwrdf.org), part of the Anglican Church of Canada. Instead of writing about families in Canada, she now writes about families in vulnerable parts of the world working to improve their access to quality healthcare, nutritious food or clean water. She has been married to Craig Douglas for 27 years and they have two daughters, Katie, 23 and Gabbie, 21.

Thoughts from Janice

Every day I’m thankful that I live in a region where the seasons change. I suppose if I moved to Florida I’d get used to it, but somewhere in my family’s DNA code, I’ve been conditioned to crave the cooler temperatures, the muted light and the greyer skies that...

Back to School

As a child I loved back-to-school shopping. The promise of newly sharpened Laurentiens, fresh pads of paper, and a rockin’ new outfit made the first day of school even more exciting. Every year the momentous occasion was marked with a photo, usually standing in the garden. My husband and I...

Thoughts From Janice: Time to Recharge Your Batteries

A teacher friend of mine thinks of the summer as one long weekend, comparing July to Saturday and August to Sunday. That said, we’re heading into Sunday. For my husband and I, it’s one week without children down, two to go. Our daughters, 14 and 11, are at camp for...

Separation anxiety: How to handle a clingy child

When the clingy child heads off to school, separation anxiety can develop. Here's what to do.

Thoughts from Janice – Summer Fun

Across the country children are throwing their backpacks off in reckless abandon, stripping down to swimsuits and getting wet in pools, lakes and sprinklers. Would you believe when I was in grade 8 we actually commandeered the school PA system to play Pink Floyd’s We Don’t Need No Education....

The Great Outdoors

Who needs a gym membership when you can circuit train at your local park Tired of chasing your kids around the playground? If you’ve played your last game of tag, here’s a fun way to enjoy the park while instilling in your family a love of fitness: turn a playground...

Thoughts from Janice: Junk Food

When my daughter was about 18 months old, a friend and her same-aged son came over for lunch. After the kids noshed on bits of finger food, I split a popsicle in half and gave one to each child. “Oh, my son has never had refined sugar,” my friend...

Bathroom Etiquette

Dear Readers, Hands up if you’ve ever hidden in the bathroom just to get a little peace and quiet. In my house, when a colleague or friend in need calls – requiring active listening – a finger stuck in the other ear is only so effective in blocking out the...

Birthday Party Tips

I like to think I'm a seasoned birthday party host. My daughters, 13 and 11, are social butterflies and enjoy taking a hand in organizing their parties, planning months ahead. Even at a very young age, they insisted on creating customized loot bags for each guest. Over the years,...