Monthly Archives: November 2012

Streetproofing your kids: stay alert and stay safe

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Streetproofing your kids: stay alert and stay safeStreetproofing children is about encouraging discussions with your child every day, consistently practicing family guidelines, and developing their understanding of what’s acceptable and what’s not.

You may not be able to follow your child around and personally protect them everywhere, but with some key steps, children can be taught to participate in protecting their own safety.

Record your important details – Make sure that your child knows and has access to important addresses and telephone numbers, including 911, and go over these together on a regular basis. Whether it’s your own contact info, and/or that of a trusted neighbour or relative, children need to know where to go and who to call if they find themselves in need of help.…

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After your adult child moves out

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After your child moves outYour child has moved out but family members are experiencing times of loneliness, anxiety and uncertainty.

How can you help your family and yourself make a smooth and enjoyable transition?

  • Don’t make immediate sweeping changes: Take some time to adjust to the new pace of life in the family home. Avoid immediately ending your relationship with your spouse, selling the house, or buying a new car. Maintain as much normality as possible as everyone adjusts. If you do introduce change make sure you inform the child that has left home. They need to know things are changing so they will not be surprised or upset when they come home for a visit.
  •  Keep in Touch: Text, Facebook, Skype, or Twitter.
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A step-by-step guide to shopping for the festive holidays on a budget

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A step-by-step guide to festive shopping on a budgetShopping for the festive holidays begins earlier and earlier every year and is usually marked by the end of Thanksgiving and Halloween.

Canadians are now taking advantage of the American post-Thanksgiving tradition known as Black Friday and the subsequent Cyber Monday. More Canadian retailers are offering the same incredible discounts as the US on this day in November, making it the ideal time to cash in on some holiday savings. Cyber Monday offers you the same discounts but through online shopping and is a method of gift-buying that is becoming more and more popular.

Before you tackle your festive shopping, there are a few measures you can take to save yourself time and money.

1. Set a budget for the

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The healthy plate debate

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The healthy plate debateGoodbye food pyramid diagram….Hello, MyPlate!

MyPlate is the current nutrition guide published by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). It depicts a plate divided into four food groups and a glass of milk. In July 2011, MyPlate replaced the USDA’s MyPyramid, ending its controversial 19-year reign. Soon after, the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School developed the Healthy Eating Plate. This version makes distinctions about the grains and proteins to be consumed and replaces milk with water.

Harvard points out that its plate gives consumers the healthiest choices in the major food groups, based exclusively on the best available science rather than political and commercial pressures.

So, who is right? Is one plate better than …

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How to prepare your adult child for moving out

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How to prepare for your adult child for moving outHere are some practical steps you can take to plan for your child leaving home:

  • Prepare your child: Start taking time to introduce the topic to your child and teach them life skills they will need to live on their own. Explain that someday they will leave the family home to pursue education or a career and they need to know how to cook, clean, and take care of their personal finances. Starting these life lessons early will help reduce the impact of change on you and your child.
  •  Reconnect with your spouse: You have spent most of your time over the last 20 years being full-time parents and possibly each with full-time jobs outside of the home. It is
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