September 19, 2013

Parent Involvement in School: Why It Matters

If you have a child in school, you may have heard that it’s good to be an “involved parent.” While this is conventional wisdom, sometimes parents don’t understand why this is important, and they might not know how to get involved.

Here are some ideas on what it means to get involved, and why it matters.

How to Get Involved

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September 13, 2013

7 Tips for a Relaxed Morning

Since I became a stay-at-home Mom, mornings have become the most stressful part of my day.

I have to prepare three lunches (it used to be four, but now my eldest daughter is away at university) and make sure the munchkin boy and girl are dressed and on time for their school buses.

It was worse when my son was younger. No sooner have I gotten him dressed when he would need to go to the washroom. Oh my!

If your mornings are harried like mine, try the following tips to have a more relaxed morning:
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Non-Toxic Face Painting for Kids

Non-toxic face painting for kidsEvery Halloween, I always try to incorporate face paint in my kids’ costumes.

Face painting is fun. It lets me express my creativity. And it’s a lot safer than Halloween masks, which can limit kids’ ability to see their surroundings — not safe when they’re crossing the street or walking around cars.

Up until recently, I never gave a thought to whether the face paints I’ve been using on my children are safe.

But since I became an Alex+Von consultant, and got enlightened on the irritants, toxins, and other undesirable ingredients in makeup and personal care products, I’ve started looking around for non-toxic face paints for my kids.

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September 11, 2013

13 Things About Sleep That You Don’t Know

I’ve never been a good sleeper. When I was a child, I refused to take my afternoon naps. Then in university, I started getting insomnia. I knew it was bad if I finished reading a chapter of my history textbook, or praying the rosary, and I was still awake. Nowadays I’m still an insomniac and very poor napper.

Next time I have trouble sleeping, I’m going to re-read the following list of interesting sleep facts.

For example, did you know:
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