Interaction Weekly
Aug. 6, 2014

Dad in-training: Getting ready for the end of parental leave
Canada.com
Last week marked another milestone in our family as our youngest daughter, Arielle, turned a year old. But our celebration was dampened somewhat by the realization that we would soon be undergoing some significant changes in our lives once again. My wife is about to return to work after a year’s maternity leave – and Arielle will be going to day care for the first time.More

Have parents forgotten how to help one another?
Yahoo!
I was the first of my friends to get pregnant-my girlfriends and colleagues, for the most part, were single or just getting engaged. Desperate for someone to talk to about placentas and stretch marks, I signed up for a prenatal yoga class. I hate yoga, but had the dreamy idea that I'd instantly bond with the other moms-to-be. I mean, wasn't that supposed to happen naturally when a room full of preggos got together?More

Reaction mixed to B.C.'s offer to give parents $40/day for children if school strike continues
The Province
The B.C. government’s promise to give $40 a day to parents if the teachers strike drags on into the fall was met with mixed reaction. Finance Minister Mike de Jong said the subsidy will be offered to parents of public school students under 13 for as long as the labour dispute continues.More

New website launched to help recognize concussion signs in kids
Global News
Deciding whether a child may have sustained a concussion while engaged in play or sport can be difficult because tell-tale symptoms may not show up right away. But a new online resource aimed at parents and coaches could help make that determination a whole lot easier. The Child & Family Research Institute at BC Children’s Hospital has launched a website called the Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT), which flags the warning signs of concussion and explains what steps need to be taken to diagnose and manage the all-too-common brain injury. More

Have parents forgotten how to help one another?
Yahoo!
I was the first of my friends to get pregnant-my girlfriends and colleagues, for the most part, were single or just getting engaged. Desperate for someone to talk to about placentas and stretch marks, I signed up for a prenatal yoga class. I hate yoga, but had the dreamy idea that I'd instantly bond with the other moms-to-be. I mean, wasn't that supposed to happen naturally when a room full of preggos got together?More

Editorial: Affordable child care can bring economic and social benefits
Vancouver Sun
Few today dispute that universal public education funded from tax revenues became one of the most powerful engines for development devised by capitalist economies. It not only creates the better informed citizens empowered by critical thinking required for healthy democracies to function, it provides the literate, adaptable, self-directed workers essential to the competitiveness and entrepreneurial regeneration of business itself.More

Parliamentary day care may hold solution for MP parents
Toronto Star
A Conservative MP says politicians should examine whether an existing day care on Parliament Hill could be used to accommodate the child care needs of young MPs rather than creating a new one. Gord Brown (Leeds-Grenville) says the Children on the Hill day care could be a good option to help MPs cope with the parliamentary baby boom. Earlier this month, NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair wrote Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer asking that the idea of a parliamentary daycare be considered in light of Parliament’s changing demographics. More

8 tips to teach young kids about money
The Huffington Post
A few weeks ago my eldest son, Dylan, was playing with coins putting them into a piggy bank. What we didn't realize was that amongst those coins was a full roll of transit tokens, worth $150! After the shock wore off we decided that this was good time to introduce the concept of money beyond the toy coins and money that our kids use to buy food for their pretend kitchen. More

B.C. teachers union blasts offer to cover day care fees
The Globe and Mail
The B.C. government is offering parents $40 a day per child to cover day care costs if the teachers’ strike stretches into the new school year, a move blasted by the teachers’ union as a “blatant and divisive attempt” to prolong the dispute. While some parents say they appreciate the gesture, they also said they’d rather their children were back in the classroom come September.More

The days when kids roamed free
Ottawa Citizen
Until I saw the recent spate of articles detailing how shockingly neglectful today’s parents are – one woman in the United States arraigned for actually allowing her kid to play unsupervised in a public park while she tried to do her minimum wage job at a fast food joint – it had never occurred to me that my own childhood bears the stigmata of much, much worse.More

Get fit, it will help your unborn kids
The Globe and Mail
In April, 2003, the human genome project was complete. After years of collaboration, the scientific community had mapped all 20,500 genes of the human DNA. No more mysteries, right? In fact, we are now realizing that genes are only a part of the system. The other part is mainly a bunch a switches that can turn genes on and off. More

Some advice on dealing with day care dilemmas
Guelph Mercury
Sending your child to day care is tough. First you need to find the right child care, which can be extremely difficult. Many centres have long waiting lists, and for some you need to register for the waiting list while you are still pregnant! Do you go with a big centre or a home child care? Do you go for the child care close to your home, even though you got a strange vibe that you couldn't quite put your finger on? Do you go for the one that will save you a few dollars, even though it's across town? More