Interaction Weekly
Apr. 9, 2014

Day care dearth in Whistler ongoing
The Question
Jessica Kologie, a mother of two children, is well aware of the shortage of day cares in Whistler, which is why she chose to open a day care business out of her home two years ago. Whistler has experienced a baby boom since the 2010 Winter Olympics concluded, especially in the last two years. The construction of affordable housing in neighbourhoods such as Rainbow and Cheakamus Crossing meant many couples were in a better position to stay in town to start having families.More

Day care operator on B.C. council
Nanaimo Daily News
A Nanaimo day care operator has been appointed to bring local concerns to a Provincial Childcare Council. Melissa Burke, who directs Vancouver Island Kidz Kompany Childcare Group, is one of 19 selected to join the council from across Canada. Burke was appointed by Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux in February and has since met with the council in Vancouver. The group's role is to provide advice to the provincial decision-makers on policies and programs surrounding child care. More

The Pauline Marois era is over
The Montreal Gazette
Asked what she wanted for her 65th birthday on March 29, Pauline Marois said: "I think you can guess — I hope it will come on April 7." But the majority government the Parti Québécois leader hoped would be her crowning achievement was not to be. Thirty-three years after she won her first seat in the National Assembly — a period during which she held several key cabinet portfolios, including finance, health, education, revenue, labour and the status of women — the Marois era was over.More

The benefits of licensed child care in Brantford
Brant News
Knowing she has support is one of the main reasons Wendy Martin appreciates being a licensed child care provider with the City of Brantford. Martin applied for a licence soon after she moved to Brantford in 1990, making her the city's longest registered provider with 23 years of service. She was previously licensed in the Peel region when she lived in Mississauga. More

Study: Children's books that feature animals with human traits create confusion in young minds about nature, biology
National Post
Winnie the Pooh, Charlotte's Web, Babar, Peter Rabbit — they're all staples in children's literature and pop culture. And all these stories feature animals with human characteristics; they talk, wear clothes, and have other human tendencies. But a new study by University of Toronto researchers has found that kids' books that feature animals with human characteristics not only inhibit factual learning, they may also hinder children's thinking and reasoning about real-life animals.More

7 steps to raising stellar, successful, self-sufficient children
The Huffington Post
Self-awareness is a key predictor of a child's ability to be balanced and secure in life. Being self-aware helps kids establish positive peer relationships, get along well at home and respect authority. Self-awareness is at the core of emotional intelligence and is crucial to your children reaching their academic and personal goals throughout their lives.More

How young is too young to travel?
CNN
The child was screaming and out of control as he and his mother boarded the aircraft. That much psychologist and parenting expert Kevin Leman remembers well. It could have been another tantrum-filled flight from hell. But Leman says a quick-thinking flight attendant could see what was about to unfold. She got the captain's attention and he ordered the family off the aircraft before they could get to their seats. More

Child care centres open in Halifax, Sydney Mines, Monastery
CBC News
Three new centres providing early learning programs and child care have opened in Nova Scotia. The facilities, known as early years centres, are located in Halifax, Sydney Mines and Monastery. A fourth centre is expected to open in September in Yarmouth. The provincial government says the facilities are located near or in schools.More

Shouting at children 'increases their behaviour problems'
The Telegraph
Mothers who angrily tell off their children when they step out of line may be making behaviour problems worse, according to research. A study by the London School of Economics found that excessive shouting and meting out hard-line punishments was counterproductive. Ignoring naughty children also appeared to lead to deterioration in discipline standards, it was claimed. More

7 steps to raising stellar, successful, self-sufficient children
The Huffington Post
Self-awareness is a key predictor of a child's ability to be balanced and secure in life. Being self-aware helps kids establish positive peer relationships, get along well at home and respect authority. Self-awareness is at the core of emotional intelligence and is crucial to your children reaching their academic and personal goals throughout their lives.More

Kids need parents to enforce limits when it comes to screen time
TreeHugger
The average American child spends 40 hours a week in front of screens, not including computer time at school. In fact, American children spend more time with electronic media than they do in any other activity, aside from sleep. That's a whole lot more than what the American Association of Pediatrics recommends for healthy development, which is a maximum of 1-2 hours daily in front of any screen for children over age two, and none for children under two. More

Tablets, apps for children are on the rise
Los Angeles Times
With kids in mind, companies such as Fuhu make tablets that come standard with protective casings and parental controls. The entertainment industry is jumping into the sector too. Nick Stepka knew what gift would make his daughter's third birthday a hit, and it wasn't a toy or doll. He gave her a tablet — not a sleek new iPad or a hand-me-down Samsung, but one specifically designed and marketed for little ones. More

Herald School Daycare to be privatized
The Medicine Hat News
SD 76 is looking to privatize its only day care operation which currently runs at Herald School. Previously the Herald School Daycare was one of four city-operated day care facilities until 1993 when city council voted to no longer be involved in child care. SD 76 opted to take over operation of the program. "As things have moved on we've really ended up with private day care operations in our other schools," said Supt. Grant Henderson, such as Ross Glen, Elm Street, George Davison and Connaught.More