Interaction Weekly
Oct. 15, 2014

These dads say long work hours are costing them a full family life — so they're opting out
The Globe and Mail
At a time when dads are twice as likely as moms to think they don’t spend enough time with the kids, many employers continue to deny them the breathing room needed to get face time with their families. But a new wave of men is quietly (and not so quietly) finding new ways to lean out. It’s the latest thing in corporate corner-office chic: top male executives ditching work to hang out with their kids. In August, Max Schireson, head of MongoDB, resigned to take a lesser executive position at the software company.More

Start children's eye exams early, optometrists urge
Times Colonist
Carolin Roussel first noticed her daughter, Paige, would squint in the sun and rub her eyes like she was tired, even though she was well-rested. When Paige was genuinely fatigued one eye would look outward and stay that way. Carolin, a licensed optician and owner of Eye Etiquette Optical Boutique, took Paige back to the optometrist who prescribed a number of exercises to better develop the muscles operating the wandering eye.More

How to keep your kids safe online
The Huffington Post
We live in an age of instant information. With a "click" here and a "swipe" there, we can pretty much find out anything about everything (and then some!). October is Cyber Security Awareness Month so it's a good time to take a pause and have a national conversation about online safety. Our kids have a world of information at their fingertips, which can be a wonderful social and educational tool when used properly, but can also present significant dangers without the right guidanceMore

Study: It's not easy to trick a five-year-old
Vancouver Sun
If you get your fun by tricking five-year-olds with tall tales, know this: They are keeping track and soon become savvy consumers of information. By kindergarten, children become wary of information presented to them with great confidence, especially if they have been tricked in the past, according to a new study by researchers at Concordia and the University of British Columbia.More

The top 10 things to do with kids this fall in Toronto
BlogTO
The top 10 things to do with kids in Toronto this Fall don't always revolve around Halloween, pumpkin patches or trying on last year's snowpants hoping they aren't floods. Fall in Toronto promises a colour explosion, leaves trickling off trees mimicking what promises to come: snow. Fall is your last chance this year to play outside without the risk of frostbite, so if you've got kids in tow be sure to knock a few of these things off your list.More

Watchdog: Province not following through on all ideas to improve kids' care
CKNW AM
B.C. children and youth watchdog has released another report criticizing the province for not doing enough to follow through on her recommendations. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond says the ministry of children and families cannot fulfill its mandate when its budget has been cut by more than $37 million.More

Nasal spray flu vaccine very effective for children
The Globe and Mail
When Nicola Mercer got the chance last year to vaccinate her children against influenza without subjecting them to the sting of a needle, she jumped at it. Her children, then 11 and 12, were “very impressed,” with FluMist, a vaccine they inhaled. And Dr. Mercer, the medical officer of health for the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health Unit, west of Toronto, was happy to offer her son and daughter a vaccine that has been shown to better protect children against the flu.More

Vancouver city council approves $30 million day care initiative
The Globe and Mail
There have been stroller rallies and complaints of a child care crisis in British Columbia for years. Now the City of Vancouver is responding by getting into the day care business in a big way. A four-year capital plan adopted unanimously by city council calls for $3 million to establish 1,000 new child care spaces between 2015 and 2018.More

The top 10 things to do with kids this fall in Toronto
BlogTO
The top 10 things to do with kids in Toronto this Fall don't always revolve around Halloween, pumpkin patches or trying on last year's snowpants hoping they aren't floods. Fall in Toronto promises a colour explosion, leaves trickling off trees mimicking what promises to come: snow. Fall is your last chance this year to play outside without the risk of frostbite, so if you've got kids in tow be sure to knock a few of these things off your list.More

For kids, the meal is the message
The Tyee
In her new book Getting to Yum, child-feeding guru Karen Le Billon details funny-yet-depressing statistics about children's food knowledge all over the world. She cites a British study of 1,000 primary school students: only one in four knew that beef comes from cows. Another study of Australian children revealed that one-quarter thought yogurt grew on trees. One in five thought pasta came from animals. More

Best 2014 kids' Halloween costumes
Hollywood Life
Halloween will be here before we know it! Going to the store and shopping for a costume is super fun, but it may be a good plan to have a few ideas before entering an overwhelming costume shop! Princesses, super heroes and even sharks — this year's most sought-after Halloween costumes are eclectic to say the least! You may not even know where to begin when it comes to picking a costume, but don’t worry, we have rounded up a list of the top 5 kids costumes of 2014 to make your life easier! Which one will you chose?More