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Posted August 13, 2010

Living Left-Handed

by Crystal Cossitt

Being left-handed in a right-handed world remains a challenge for those affected-- especially  children. Everything from their school supplies to tying shoes can be difficult.

WhereParentsTalk.com spoke with Lucia Howard, Partner and Website Manager of Lefty’s, an online resource and store for all things left-handed, about the obstacles left-handers have to overcome.

What are some of the common myths about being left-handed?
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Category :: Fun

Posted August 9, 2010

Summer Car Trippin’: Taking the family on the road

by Daniella Girgenti, with files from Crystal Cossitt

The summer months are the perfect opportunity for families to spend more time together. Things slow down when the weather heats up, vacation time at work is saved up, and school bells take a break from ringing. But with the extra leisure time comes open-ended possibilities for vacations, short trips, and day excursions that make deciding what to do together overwhelming.

More than being besieged with options, keeping summer-time activities within budget is a whole other issue that...

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Posted July 28, 2010

Girl Power

by Crystal Cossitt

The plight of girls and women in many societies around the world remains a question of inequality, unrest, even war.  That troubling reality coupled with the desire to give girls a voice was part of the impetus for an international initiative – spearheaded by the Belinda Stronach Foundation called the G(irls) 20 Summit recently in Toronto.

With 3.3 billion girls and women across the world and statistics that show females are responsible for two-thirds of the world’s work hours...

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Posted July 26, 2010

Literacy and Summer Break: Keeping Your Kids’ Minds Sharp

by Daniella Girgenti, with files from Crystal Cossitt

With summer break from school comes pool parties, vacations, and good ol’ fashioned hanging out. However, while children are getting their much deserved rest from school, they also might be losing some of their much needed literacy skills.

ABC Life Literacy Canada is just one organization...

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Posted July 22, 2010

A Smile for all Seasons

by Crystal Cossitt

 

Many rules go sailing out the window over the summer.  You know the ones.  Bedtime, healthy eating, cleanliness.  It’s a fact of life that with warmer weather, a less rigid routine, and a slower pace – there’s a more relaxed attitude towards some of the staples --- at least for some families.  With kids off to summer camps or...

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Posted July 8, 2010

Eco-Fear vs. Eco-Friendly: Helping Your Kids Sift Through the Dirt

by Daniella Girgenti, with files from Crystal Cossitt

Present day news, advertisements, and even blockbuster movies are focussed on our environment – the bad things that we’re doing to it, and the bad things that it’s doing to us.

Today’s kids are exposed to these stories – potentially internalizing ‘eco-fears’ rather than being enabled with the tools to help the environment overcome the challenges it faces.

To find the right balance between fear and education, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) lecturer and...