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The Family Place

The Family Place

The Family Place at North Peace Community Resources (NPCRS) has programs to support your family through the winter.  The best thing about the the Family Place is the continuity of their programming.  Every event of this poster starts a new cycle in April.  So if you missed the Nobody’s Perfect Parenting or are interested in Daddy and Me, keep watching this website for the next posting.

If you have questions about any of the Family Place programming, please contact Pam Lillico, the Program Coordinator.

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Call 250 785-6021 ext.232 or email FamilyPlace@npcrs.bc.ca

2013 Jan- Mar Poster

To download and print this poster, click Family Place Jan – Mar 2013

6th Annual Parent Conference

6th Annual Parent Conference


The 6th parent conference is Saturday, March 9th at North Peace Secondary School.  There are a few interesting twists this year.

  • Attend alone or with your children.  You can bring your kids 3+ years and older.  Either register them for child minding (3 – 5 years), enter them in the Fun Fair (6 – 12 years) or attend sessions together (various ages 10+).
  • Attend 1, 2 or all 3 sessions.  No obligation to stay all day.
  • Traditional keynote has been replaced by energizing activities in the gym to stimulate your thinking and “grow” your brain.

And as usual, it’s all FREE!  There are many door prizes and give aways for participants.  Many thanks to our sponsors Success by 6, Children First, Child Care Resource and Referral and School District 60.

There are sessions for many interests including:

  • bullying
  • online safety
  • numeracy
  • art journalling
  • oral language development
  • play based learning
  • quad and outdoor recreational safety
  • physical literacy
  • understanding challenging behaviours

Download the registration package for more information then register online.  If you prefer, you can fill out a paper copy and fax it to Pat Lang, 250.785.6123 or drop it off at any SD60 school.

Click here to download the 2013 Parent Conference Registration Package

Click here to register online 2013 Parent Conference Online Registration



Families in Motion – Robert Ogilvie

Families in Motion – Robert Ogilvie


Our Families in Motion event was well attended on Friday night at Robert Ogilvie.  We had 44 people attend, kids with their parents.  There were many pink cheeks, lots of giggles and hugs.  We all got lots of exercise and had lots of FUN!

Our next event will be at Bert Ambrose, February 15th.  The Families in Motion events are always a great opportunity to get active and spend an excellent family evening.


Family Literacy Day Activities

Family Literacy Day Activities


January newsletter-2 January newsletter-1

To download and print these posters, click here Family Literacy Day 1   Family Literacy Day 2

Family Literacy Day – 15 Minutes of FUN

Family Literacy Day is January 27, 2013.  The theme this year is 15 Minutes of FUN!  There are some cool events building up to that day for families to enjoy time together.

It only takes 15-minutes a day of having fun to build literacy skills.  The North Peace Literacy Alliance, along with our sponsors, have created 4 events to help families enjoy activities together and enter to win some fabulous prizes!

Event #1 – Take a picture of your family ‘playing’ together with the Family Activity Booklet at one of the participating restaurants and email your picture by January 25 to locfsj@gmail.com to enter for your chance to win $300 worth of restaurant gift certificates.

Event #2 – Take a picture of your family enjoying a family activity such as playing board games or cards, reading a story, sledding, swimming, skating etc… Email your picture by January 25 to locfsj@gmail.com to enter for your chance to win a prize pack worth approx. $250

Event #3 – Write a Family joke, story, poem or comic strip and email it to locfsj@gmail.com by January 25 for your chance to win 4 tickets to the CMT Hit List Tour guest starring Aaron Pritchett at the Encana Events Centre.

Event #4 – Register with the Fort St. John Public Library to their 2nd annual Family Literacy Day Camp-In for your chance to win 4 tickets to the Evolution of Extreme FMX tour at the Encana Events Centre.  Call Morgan at 250-785- 3731 for more information

The Family Activity Booklets will be available in each of the restaurants on Tuesday January 15.  Thanks to our wonderful sponsors: Decoda Literacy Solutions, Fort St. John Literacy Society, Fort St. John Public Library, Encana Events Centre, Mr’s Mike’s Steakhouse and Bar, Tony Roma’s Restaurant and JD Fitzgeralds Pub and Eatery

Families in Motion

Families in Motion

Who:  Families with children aged 6 and under

What:  Guided indoor fitness and fun for families

When: Friday, January 18th  6:00 – 7:30

Where:  Robert Ogilvie Elementary

Why:  FUN!!


To download and print this poster, click here Families-in-Motion 2013

For more information, call Jaimelia Turner 250.794.7336.


The debate about playgrounds

The debate about playgrounds

As play becomes a hotly debated topic with scholars and parents, another concern is surfacing, safety.  The argument is that too much “safety” takes the fun out of play and may even hinder our children’s healthy development.

Here are two voices on that topic.

Are playgrounds too safe?  Click to listen to this interview with Jian Gomeshi from Q, CBC, and Harry Harbottle of the German playground manufacturer Richter Spielgerate. Mr. Harottle argues that an excess of concern about minor injuries means many playgrounds are being dumbed down to the point where they no longer offer a challenge to children.

Are Playgrounds Too Safe? A cure for the overprotective parent by Cory St. Esprit.

For a longer article about how natural environments offer more challenges and opportunities for play, check out this Globe and Mail article.

How kids can reconnect with nature on the playground

2nd annual FSJ Library Stuffed Animal Sleepover

2nd annual FSJ Library Stuffed Animal Sleepover

The amazing Morgan, has invited another round of stuffies to sleep over at the FSJ Library next Friday.  This year the host is Scaredy Squirrel and it promises to be lots of fun.  But knowing Scaredy Squirrel, it will be VERY safe!

To download this poster, click here Scaredy Squirrel Library Sleepover 2012

Want to see the video from last year’s sleepover with the pigeon.  Click here  .

For more information, contact Morgan.  mpeltier@fsjlibrary.ca  250.785.3731


To download the November newsletter, visit the FSJ Public Library website.


How do kids learn?

How do kids learn?

Parents are always asking themselves, each other and experts what they can do to help their young children be happy and healthy.  The current research on the brain is helping me navigate my own parenting journey.  The best books I’ve read lately are Brain Rules and Brain Rules for Baby.  They’re easy to read and give very clear information about how to work smarter not harder as a parent.

“The human brain appears to have been designed to solve problems related to surviving in an unstable, outdoor environment and to do so in near constant motion.”  Dr. John Medina

Dr. Medina explains that optimal learning occurs when three things are happening: We are outdoors.  We are moving.  We are experiencing new things which are important to us.  How does that help parents?  Well, these three things stick out for me.

1.  Safety

The human brain was designed to survive first.  Any “extra” learning only happens if the child feels totally safe and cared for.  So before we try to “teach” our children, we need to attend to their survival needs.  This can be a need for food, sleep or emotional connection to other important humans.  That emotional connection to others is often called attachment.  Attachment is a complex idea yet very empowering for parents.  Dr. Gordon Neufeld‘s book, Hold on to your Kids, is a place to start if you are interested in learning about attachment.

2.  Physical activity

We learn if we are moving.  Participation Canada states that 93% of Canadian kids do NOT get enough activity in a day.  Scary, right.  Studies show that we are fooling ourselves by thinking our kids get more exercise than they do.  In fact, Canadian children spend almost 8 hours/day sitting in front of screens.  That can be phones, Ipads, TV, computers, or gaming devices.  If you want to know how much activity is recommended for toddlers and young children, click here.

Physical Activity Guidelnes 0 – 4 years

Physical Activity Guidelines 5 – 11 years

Dr. John Ratey recommends we think of exercise as medicine: one part Ritalin and one part Prozac.  And it’s FREE.  It primes the brain for learning and keeps us all young.

3.  Time in Nature

We know we should reduce screen time but what do we replace it with?  Nature.  If you want to raise healthy, active, calmer children, get them outside.  Many pediatricians warn us that this generation of children will be the first to die at an earlier age than their parents.  Inactivity is the key factor in this health decline.  Playing outside means being active, which in the modern world, equals improved health.

Nature is also a healing balm for the emotional hardships in a person’s life.  Richard Louv, author of The Nature Principle and Last Child in the Woods, Saving our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder, describes how the natural world helps us regulate our emotions and feel calmer.

Nature also encourages PLAY which may be the panacea to raising children in the modern world.  Our kids need unstructured, creative, active PLAY in natural environments.



Daddy and Me – November events

Daddy and Me – November events

The Dinosaur event is always super fun and well attended.  You and your little one will have LOTS of fun.  The gym nights have been slowly growing and are a great way to get exercise, learn to interact with others and play in a boisterous environment.  Hope to see you at one or both of the events.

To download this poster, click here Daddy and Me Nov. 2012

Here are the remaining 2012 events.  The calendar for 2013 will be out soon.

To download this poster, click here 2012 Daddy and Me calendar

Dad’s and other important male caregivers are essential in the physical, emotional and psychological health of their children.  This book by Neil Gaiman is an excellent, honest look at the irreplaceable role Dad’s play in our lives.  I highly recommend it.

The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish

They also have this book at the FSJ Library if you want to have a look.