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Concussions

As professional athletes examine how they handle concussions, parents should take a hint. When Canada’s hockey sweetheart Sidney Crosby suffered a major concussion this past January, his injury and lengthy recovery created a flurry of discussion in hockey circles and among parents of kids who are active in sports: How...

Afternoon Dance Parties

Do afternoon dance parties glamorize club culture to little ones? On a chilly Sunday this past February, a rollicking crowd of 450 people partied at the Revival Club in downtown Toronto. As local indie bands rocked the house, the dancing and drinking went on until the revelers could barely keep...

Stuttering

To a preschooler, the world is a wondrous place, with something new and exciting around every corner. And while his eyes and ears are taking everything in, his brain and mouth are working at lightning speed to express his thoughts and ideas in an intelligible way. It’s no wonder...

How to Help Your Toddler’s Feet Develop Properly

These feet were made for walking It’s a momentous occasion: your baby’s first steps. As she finally musters the courage and coordination to take those first few lurching movements from one set of arms to another, it’s nothing short of magical. But as your toddler begins to toddle, you might be...

When Dance Classes Are More Burlesque Than Ballet

When most people hear the phrase “dance recital” they picture little girls in pink leotards and tutus, fluttering their arms and skipping across the stage. But drop into a local dance competition these days and what you’re more likely to see is decidedly less angelic: girls who are not yet...

Preparing your child for full-day kindergarten

Half of Canadian provinces now have full-day kindergarten five days a week. Here’s how to get your child – and you – ready.

When Your Baby is Awake All Night

Is your baby awake all night and asleep all day? Here’s how to reset the clock. Having a newborn in the house will turn any parent’s life upside down – in some cases more literally than others. Many new babies sleep for hours on end during the day and suddenly come...

Is WIFI a Hazard in Schools?

Wireless technology is convenient, but its effect on children is not clear. Most people would agree that having computers at school is a no-brainer. But a growing number of scientists and parents are discovering there are hidden risks associated with wireless technology that may be harmful to children. “The radiation used...

Are Your Child’s Tummy Troubles due to an Allergy or Food Intolerance?

It’s a fact of life: all kids get an upset tummy or diarrhea from time to time. But your child’s tummy trouble has been off and on for months, and you’re beginning to think it could be something he’s eating. Could it be a food allergy, or a food...

Mommy’s Little Helper

It's never too early to get your kids to pitch in around the house. It may be hard to believe as you watch your toddler careen around the house, but children between the ages of 18 months and three years are actually at a perfect age to learn about household...