Interaction Weekly
Jul. 10, 2013

NPD: Traditional toys still a big part of kids' play time
According to a new report by market research firm The NPD Group that examines the impact of digital devices on children's play time with traditional toys, parents are craving balance between virtual play and traditional play. The report, entitled The Evolution of Play, found that 51 per cent of parents felt electronic devices had no impact at all on their child's play time, while 40 per cent felt their child was spending less time with traditional toys.More

Don't leave kids, pets in hot cars, drivers told
Winnipeg Free Press
After the deaths of two children in hot cars in Canada, Winnipeg drivers are being reminded not to leave children or pets unattended in vehicles. A three-year-old Edmonton girl died recently in hospital after she was found in a parked car, Edmonton police said. Previously, a two-year-old Ontario boy died after he was left in a hot car in Milton, ON, west of Toronto.More

Making the Connection program

Make the Connection (MTC), a Psychology Foundation of Canada (PFC) program developed in Toronto by Claire Watson and Barbara MacKay Ward, is based on current attachment research and designed to strengthen the parent-child relationship. In the program, parents practice the skills necessary to establish loving relationships, foster two-way communication and nurture the curiosity of their infant/child. The program's approach is designed to be gentle, respectful and sensitive to diverse cultures, and is well suited for use with families in which the parent-child relationship is at risk.More

Managing your money: Children's day camps a (tax) break for parents
London Free Press
Here's a money-saving fact that makes day camps even more attractive: day camp fees, like other child care expenses, may be deducted from a parent's income taxes. Here's how it works. Day camp expenses can be deducted from income tax by the lower-earning spouse of an eligible child. The amount of child care expenses that can be claimed in a tax year is based on the child's age and whether the child has any disabilities.More

Children and youth increasingly online
Net News Ledger
Children and youth are increasingly living out a large proportion of their daily lives online — whether using technology to communicate with friends, seek entertainment, or learn and broaden their knowledge about the world around them. However, just like the offline world, parents and teachers need to be fully aware of the risks children and youth may encounter while using the Internet. More

Best part of summer might not be planned
The Chronicle Herald
There's something to be said for letting kids go free-range in the summer. "I'd like my kids to be able to go play on the street with their friends when it's a nice night... not stare wistfully from the car window as we drive them to the sixth scheduled thing of the week," said Rachel Boomer, a mom of three girls.More

What to do with the kids now that school's out
The Telegram
Put them to work in the kitchen, of course. Kids are less stressed in the kitchen because they don't worry so much about the end result, and accept whatever happens with good grace. Give them some basic skills, appropriate supervision, and let them loose with the pots and pans.More

Calm in the classroom: Yoga geared to schoolchildren
The StarPhoenix
Shelly McGrath teaches half-hour yoga classes to elementary school students through a program called Yoga 4 Classrooms. It uses a combination of yoga postures, breathing exercises, classroom building, and brain boosting activities that create a calm and productive atmosphere.More

Lac-Mégantic explosion: Summer camp helps families cope with tragedy
Toronto Star
About 50 kids showed up on a grey morning. "We don't have a choice, my son wants to play baseball, and despite everything that's happened, he is going to play baseball," said Nicole Boulet, 37, at the baseball diamond with sons Anthony, 11, who was playing on the field, and Matthis, 6. Boulet was not directly affected by the blast downtown, but as a Lac-Mégantic resident, was still deeply traumatized by the event. "Bringing them to camp gets their mind off things," she said.More

School zone speed limits still in effect during summer
Kings County Register
School is out for the summer, but the law to reduce speed limits in school areas is still in effect. "I want to remind motorists to continue to slow down in school areas even though school is out," said Maurice Smith, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. "The reduced speed limits are in effect whenever children are present. Motorists must remember to slow down. It's the law. Slower is safer." More

Farmers push for child care subsidies
CBC News
The National Farmers Union in New Brunswick is asking the provincial government to extend day care subsidies to farmers. The farmers' organization calls the rule of not allowing self-employed business partners to qualify for daycare subsidies a discriminatory policy. Eva Rehak said the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development's rules puts her family at an unfair disadvantage. As a mother of two young girls, with another baby on the way, she said increasing her farm's yield would be much easier if she could afford day care.More

Why we need to put our phones down during our kids' activities
I try to focus my attention on the kids as much as possible once they get home from school, and when I bring them to activities such as swimming or tennis lessons, I try to use that time to check back in on work least that's what I was doing until my daughter made one telling comment last week. "Mommy, will you watch me swim this time?" "What are you talking about? I always watch you swim." "No you don't. You're always on your phone." More

More money lessons for kids
If you think you're preserving their innocence by not teaching your kids about money, you're not. What you're preserving is their ignorance. And perhaps your power. Innocence isn't the issue. There's nothing inherently bad, dirty, or evil about money, so innocence shouldn't come into the equation. Starting at about six years old, kids are ready to learn some financial basics: Why we save, how to make change, how to manage an allowance. By age 10 or so, they can branch into basic investing. More

Want to keep your kids hydrated this summer? Think water
CTV News
According to the Mayo Clinic, kids are especially vulnerable to dehydration because of their relatively small body weight and high turnover of water and electrolytes. They're also more likely to experience diarrhea, which exacerbates dehydration. Dehydration in kids can cause increased sleepiness, dizziness, constipation, headaches and decreased urine output. In severe cases, dehydration in kids can cause sunken eyes, shriveled and dry skin, low blood pressure, rapid breathing, delirium, and unconsciousness.More