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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.


PacificSport opportunities for physical literacy

PacificSport opportunities for physical literacy

There are programs, offered locally, to promote physical skills needed for healthy living and for later participation in sport.  My daughter has participated in several PacificSport programs and has enjoyed them a lot.  There is no pressure to compete and a focus is put on participation.  Jennifer Gibson coordinates these programs out of the Pomeroy Sport Centre. Contact her for more information at 250.794.3308 or jgibson@pacificsport.com


To download and print this poster, click here PacificSport Winter 2013


Give the gift of physical literacy

Give the gift of physical literacy

I don’t know if you’re like me, but as soon as the holiday rolls around and our routines stop, we usually huddle up at home.  We often don’t use the time to get active all together.  And then afterward, we all lament the missed opportunity.  And this happens year after year.  But this holiday, I have a plan.

Click below for an excellent blog post about toys that give the gift of physical activity.

10 toys that give the gift of physical literacy

And here’s a cute take on the classic Christmas carol the 12 Days of Christmas.  It’s now my holiday TO-DO list on my fridge.

12 days of active holiday fun



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

Daddy and Me – December events

Daddy and Me – December events

Daddy and Me Gym Night is always the 2nd Wednesday of each month at Robert Ogilvie from 6 – 7:30.  This month the community Daddy and Me event is hosted by the North Peace Cultural Centre.

We hope to see Dads at either or both events.  We are very proud to celebrate Dads in our community!

To download and print this calendar, click here Daddy and Me December 2012

To download and print this schedule of events, click here November – March Daddy and Me Calendar

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.



Active Play

Active Play

I really loved this blog post from Participaction. It is a call to action for ACTIVE PLAY.

Click this photo to read the ACTIVE PLAY blog. 

Click here to link to the main Participaction site 

Daddy and Me is a FREE, drop-in gym time at Robert Ogilve gym from 6: – 7:30 pm the 2nd Wednesday of each month.  It’s an opportunity for active play with Dad!  What could be more fun!

Come join us at 9907 86 Street.


Friday is Families in Motion at the CDC 6 – 7:30.  It overlaps with the parade, which is unfortunate.  Being outside and walking is great for families, as well.  But I hope to see lots of you there.

Come join us at 10417 – 106th Ave.

To print this poster, click here Families-in-Motion 2012-2013

November Early Learning Calendars

November Early Learning Calendars

Happy SNOVEMBER!  Welcome winter!  Living here for 37 years has taught me that the best way to survive winter is to keep active and stay involved.  As we transition into winter, I hope you continue to attend these amazing programs.  If you have questions or need help finding programs and activities in your neighbourhood, please call Jaimelia @ 250.794.7336 or email jturner@prn.bc.ca.

  The weather outside is frightful but the people are so delightful.

To print this schedule, click here Robert Ogilvie StrongStart November 2012.

To print this schedule, click here Duncan Cran StrongStart November 2012.

To print this schedule, click here Hudson’s Hope StrongStart November 2012.

To print this notice from The Family Place, click here The Family Place Nov/Dec 2012.

To visit the North Peace Community Resources Society webpage, click here http://www.npcrs.bc.ca/.

To print this schedule of events, click here 2012 Daddy and Me calendar.

To learn more about the Daddy and Me program, click here http://www.npcrs.bc.ca/programs-a-services/12-daddy-and-me.html.

To print this poster, click here Fort St. John Public Library – Fall Programs Poster

To download more information about the Fall programs at the library, click here FSJPL Fall Programs 2012.

To visit the FSJPL website, click here http://fortstjohn.bclibrary.ca/.