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Make Fitness a Family Affair

Get the Whole Family Moving and Find the Fun in Fitness

Family FitnessIs that treadmill in your basement collecting more dust than a Dyson? Don’t feel bad – finding time to exercise in between all the other commitments is a big challenge for all of us. However, obesity rates among both adults and children are on the rise in Canada, and are a full-on epidemic in the United States. Making sure you stay fit will not only keep you in optimal shape, it will set a good example for your children as well. Why not get your children into healthy habits early by turning fitness into a family affair? Getting the whole family involved not only makes it more fun, it makes you more accountable.

Why not leave the car in the garage and hit the pavement? If you are fortunate enough to live in the same neighbourhood as your children’s school, walking instead of driving is great exercise and will also give you a chance to catch up with your kids about what is happening in their lives. If the school is too far to walk, find some places in your neighbourhood that you can walk to with your children, like parks or coffee shops.

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Sexting 101

Explicit Coded Messages Exposed

Sexting 101How many of you parents out there have a young teenager who has a cell phone and who texts non-stop? And of you parents who have kids that have cell phones, how many of you know what your child is texting or can understand what they are texting? Probably not too many...

As parents, we all want to have the peace of mind thinking we taught our children the right things, we’ve had the sex talk, and we know that with the morals that we have instilled, they are capable young adults who know how to make good decisions. However, when it comes to peer pressure and trying to impress classmates, boys, and girls – sometimes our childrens’ judgment is compromised. We hear of other kids sexting and committing inappropriate acts, and you and think, “Oh, my child would never do that.” Well, firstly as the adults, we need to be less naive. Being a parent in today’s age of endless communication it has become harder to communicate with our kids, and ensuring our moral messages are reaching our children.

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Healthy Habits Start Early

Tips for Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks

Healthy EatingAs children get older, the more difficult it can be to get the proper nutrition that will fuel their body to make it through the day. This is especially the case for students whose school campus lures fast-food outlets, convenience stores, cafeteria offerings and vending machines.

Add that to the opulence of many children today who plug into technology and spend a significant amount of time using iPods, computers, TV and video games and you have the perfect compilation of bad habits that can lead to unhealthy tendencies and problems, with obesity being chief among them.

Negating this situation early in childhood is ideal, however it is never too late to change the way nutrition is approached. Parental support and involvement are essential to successfully establishing proper health habits in children. Just as parents should model good behaviour for their children, modelling wise, nutritional choices is just as important.

Here are a few tips parents can use to ensure improvement on their child’s eating habits:

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Making the right decision

Weighing the beneļ¬ts of private schooling

The question on how to educate a child is one of the most important questions a parent can ask. Most parents struggle with the choice of public vs. private schools.  Though public schools don’t have tuition costs, the benefits and advantages of private school education can be a great way to help your child with his or her studies and social skills. Also, a private school can teach your child values that are constant and vital to your family.

 

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Educational Choices

Helping you select the right school

Choosing the right schoolAlberta offers a wide range of educational options. When selecting a school for their child, parents can choose from a variety of school systems: public, Catholic, private, charter, francophone, and French immersion.One of the key principles of Alberta’s education system is educational choice. To ensure that parents are able to make the best choice for their child’s education, it is important to understand the aspects of the available options.

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Getting Started

When should your child begin kindergarten?

When to Start KindergartenSome parents choose to send their children to preschool while other parents wait until it is time for kindergarten to send their child to school. What you decide to do as a parent should be determined by your child’s needs and your own personal principles. However, there are a number of benefits for your child if he or she goes to preschool before attending kindergarten.

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How to Choose a School

There are many considerations to examine

How To Choose A School

Choosing the right school for your child can be a complicated and emotional process, and while it can seem daunting, it is one of the most important decisions you will make for your child. As a parent, you know your child better than anyone else. A school that brings out your child’s best, helps them to achieve their fulles

t potential, motivates them to learn and a place where they can feel safeand valued will have a large effect on their education.

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