Preschool

Should schools anathema Valentine’s Day cards?

“Yes, I think schools should ban Valentine’s Day cards.” Melissa Carter, mom of one Maybe it’s because my son’s name, Sebastien, is nine letters long, but I’ll bet even Zoe/Ava/Kai’s parents feel the same unsentimental sense of dread when the class list of 25 names (of kids who’ve only just mastered writing them) comes home in...

5 ways to forestall your kids from saying inapt YouTube videos

So my kid loves PAW Patrol. She can’t get enough of Ryder and the pups’ adventures and will watch—and rewatch—episodes on Netflix until we tear the iPad from her cold, sticky hands. Netflix and other streaming services are great, but sometimes they don’t have the latest seasons and episodes of our kids’ favourite shows, so at times...

20 blazing questions all relatives have for Treehouse

Every character on The Simpsons is missing a digit, and the prehistoric Flintstones family celebrated Christmas: proof that we don’t expect cartoons to be realistic. Still, it’s hard not to notice these glaring logical leaps in our kids’ favourite cartoons (most of which air on Treehouse). Max and Ruby, Photo: Courtesy of Treehouse 1. Either Max...

11 best play food sets for kids

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25 best things to buy during Ikea for kids

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16 giveaway things kids can get on their birthday

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10 fun Valentine’s Day gifts for kids

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How to speak to kids about racism: An age-by-age guide

Have you talked to your kids about race and racism? Maybe you think they’re still too young or that a specific conversation isn’t really necessary? They’re never too young, and an ongoing dialogue about race and racism is a really good idea, says Rachel Berman, graduate program director of the School of Early Childhood Studies...

3 tips for avoiding bad playdates

Photo: Stocksy United In the wee hours of the night, Wendy Morelli, a Toronto mom of two, was awoken by noises coming from her then eight-year-old son’s bedroom, where he was hosting a sleepover. The sleepover buddy was kicking the wall—the latest example of his bad behaviour that night. Earlier, he’d purposely splattered toothpaste all...

The ultimate beam to pinkish eye

Photo: iStock Every parent’s been there: Your kid wakes up in the morning, you go in for your morning hug, and you notice the white of her eye is pink. Is it pink eye? What should you do next? Can you send her to daycare or school? Are you going to catch it, too? Read on...

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