Tag Archives: health and wellness

Daddy and Me May events

Daddy and Me May events

There are four spring events remaining before the summer break.  In May, Child Care Resource and Referral is hosting a creepy crawly, bug extravaganza.  We hope to see you at the gym or with the insects.

Daddy and Me May  2014

To print, click Daddy and Me May 2014

CCRR photo

CCRR is located between Mondo’s Restaurant and the Baked bakery on 100 ave.  You can find it at the back of the Masonic Lodge.

Moya and Heather

 

Heather and Moya help families find licensed childcare and help early childhood educators with professional development, networking and toy lending.  They are brilliant advocates for families, children and educators.  You can call them for help at 250.785.5701.

 

 

SuperPark Community Meeting

SuperPark Community Meeting

Jaandi Roemer, President of the North Peace Family SuperPark Society (NPFSS), issued this open invitation to a public meeting about the current status of the SuperPark plans.  The meeting is Saturday, February 22 at North Peace Secondary School at 3:00.  For more information or to get involved, contact Jaandi at (250) 262‐2703 or email fsjsuperpark@gmail.com.  Or check out their Facebook Page at SuperPark Fundraising.

The NPFSS is a not-for profit society formed to create an indoor play space for preschoolers in Fort St. John and area.

Invitation to community meeting

Download and print this letter; click here Invitation to Superpark Meeting

Daddy and Me December events

Daddy and Me December events

Daddy and Me is an exciting series of events giving dads fun opportunities to get active with their little ones.  Hope to see you at either or both events this month.

As, always, we celebrate the importance of dads in healthy families.  Whether this program suits your family or not, we hope to increase awareness about how AWESOME dads are.  Dads matter for many reasons but here’s a moving post about Why Dads Matter – Especially for Girls

 

CBC parents

 

Dads are also more likely to play physically than moms.  This could be rough and tumble play, object play or tag.  This is a generalization but it is another facet of how dads can support kids.  This blog post from the CBC describes how a simple game of catch can layer in life skills for your kids.  Physical activity helps kids build life skills.

Daddy and Me Dec  2013

 

To download and print this poster, click Daddy and Me Dec 2013

The 2014 calendar of events will be out soon.

Parenting Series – The Power of Attachment

Parenting Series – The Power of Attachment

We are learning that the softer side of parenting and educating can be more important than anything else we do with kids.  In essence, it is not what we do with children that matters; it’s who we are in their lives that counts.  With so much information about educating our children and parenting, in general, we can start to doubt our own abilities.  Learning about attachment can help parents use their intuition to lead their children.

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9 – 12 pm for parents

1 – 4 pm for educators

To download and print this poster, please click Parenting Series – Attachment.Nov 2013

On Saturday, November 23, you are invited to come meet Dr. Sonia Vellet, an attachment pyschologist from Vancouver, who can help us harness attachment research to work peacefully and successfully with our kids.  It has been proven that children with strong attachments to the adults in their lives fare well academically and socially.  We hope to see you at the Child Care Resource and Referral office to learn with us later this month.

Dr. Gordon Neufeld, another attachment advocate from Vancouver, granted this interview recently, explaining some basic attachment concepts.   This interview might unsettle you a bit.  It can open up a lot of new questions.  Although the interview is quite long, the conclusion at 17:00 is worth the time.

Please come to discuss your ideas and questions with other parents and with Dr. Vellet on November 23rd.


Daddy and Me: Self regulation practice

Daddy and Me: Self regulation practice
Daddy and Me:  Self regulation practice

 

Self regulation is a hot button topic in our world.  We are becoming more aware of the affects of constant stimulus on our bodies and our concentration.  This interaction with our world comes from our senses, our emotions, other people, our impulses and reactions and our thoughts.  As Dr. Stuart Shanker teaches, there are five formal domains of self-regulation:

 

  1. Biological – how well the child regulates her internal states and sensory stimulus’ like sight, sound, smells, touch and tastes.
  2. Emotional – how well the child identifies, monitors and modifies her emotional responses
  3. Cognitive – how well the child can sustain and switch her attention; inhibit impulses; deal with frustration, delay gratification, ignore distractions; sequence her thoughts
  4. Social – the child’s mastery of rules of socially appropriate behaviour; how well the child can co-regulate or help others to participate in social norms
  5. Pro-social – the desire and ability to develop and sustain relationships, support and care for others, act inclusively and be an engaged member of a community

Each domain builds on the others to help us stay calm, alert and focused.  This is most easily learned while playing, being physically active and in close relationship with people who love us.  Daddy and Me Gym Night and Families in Motion are monthly opportunities to practice all of these skills in a playful environment.

As I observed the play at Daddy and Me this month, I noticed examples of:

  1. children experiencing new sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures, in a very stimulating enviroment
  2. kids and dads managing powerful feelings: excited, joyful, frustrated, sad, angry, scared
  3. taking turns, sharing toys, managing distractions, taking risks
  4. children mastering social rules and learning to help others learn those rules
  5. Playing, creating and problem solving with others, sharing and including others

Look closely at these photos and see if you can find clues of how these kids are learning to live happily in their bodies and in their community.  This is not an easy task in the modern world.

 

As always, I am  grateful to participate in a monthly event where so much learning takes place in such an authentic and fun environment.  Please join us Wednesday, November 13th at Robert Ogilvie Gym.

 

 

May Daddy and Me events

May Daddy and Me events

Both May events are early in the month.  Hope we’ve given you enough notice.  As always, these events are FREE and drop-in.  Come when you can; Pam and Jaimelia are always happy to see you.

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To download and print this poster, click Daddy and Me May 2013

As, always, we celebrate the importance of dads in healthy families.  Whether this program suits your family or not, we hope to increase awareness about how AWESOME dads are.  Dads matter for many reasons but here’s a moving post about Why Dads Matter – Especially for Girls

 

CBC parents

 

Dads are also more likely to play physically than moms.  This could be rough and tumble play, object play or tag.  This is a generalization but it is another facet of how dads can support kids.  This blog post from the CBC describes how a simple game of catch can layer in life skills for your kids.  Physical activity helps kids build life skills.

Daddy and Me

Daddy and Me

The schedule for Daddy and Me is confirmed until December 2013.  We are entering our seventh year of events around the community and the third year of gym nights.  Many thanks to Pam at The Family Place for her ongoing coordination and enthusiasm.

2013 Daddy and Me calendar (1)

To download or print this calendar, click April – Dec 2013 Daddy and Me Calendar

For more information please contact:

Pam Lillico at The Family Place 785-6021 ext.232

Jaimelia Turner at SD60 262.6040

 

 

Active children manage stress better

Active children manage stress better
Active children manage stress better

As always, on this site, I strive to explain the link between physical activity, play and learning.  Current brain research tells us that we learn best while moving and doing interesting, new things.  Dr. John Medina is an award winning author who explains these links simply and clearly.  In a nutshell, sitting, listening and writing are not the best ways to learn new ideas.

We also learn best when we manage stress.  All people, children included, manage stress best when their bodies are active.  And it doesn’t need to be expensive, structured sports.  Any kind of active play supports the body, heart and mind.  Check out this great post on how active children manage stress.

Study: Active children manage stress better

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And check out these former posts

The importance of Vitamin N (nature) in the physical and emotional health of our families.

What is self-regulation and why should I care?

 

Parent Conference 2013

Parent Conference 2013

This is a repost from January 23rd.  Please take a look!

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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
  • AND MANY MORE

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