Interaction Weekly
Oct. 29, 2014

Editorial : Protect our children with licensed day care spaces
Toronto Star
“What could be more pressing, more urgent, than protecting children?” That’s the question Ontario Ombudsman André Marin asked with the release last week of his highly anticipated report Careless About Child Care, which investigates unlicensed day care in the province. The answer to his question seems obvious: nothing.More

Reading program in Whitehorse links kids with their heritage
CBC News
A reading program in Whitehorse is reaching to French-speaking families. The program is called Contes sur roues. It's a literacy program offered for free to families through the Association Franco-Yukonnaise . The idea is to help kids learn French. One of adults helping them is Jean Chalifour, known to the children as Monsieur Jean. The kids gather around him - sometimes as many as a dozen - as he works with puzzles, stories and costumes and everything is in French.More

Setting high expectations can help children
Guelph Mercury
I recently received a letter from a Guelph mom frustrated at the behaviour of her two-year-old son. She shared with me that at day care, her son will nap for two hours. But on weekends, she finds she must take him for a walk or drive to get him to nap. She also shared he has tantrums with her, but when she goes out and leaves him with his father or grandparents, he has none. She asked me if I felt this might be a case of her child living up to an expectation she had set for him. More

Tips on talking to children about the shootings in Ottawa
Ottawa Citizen
Within minutes of the news of shootings in downtown Ottawa, frantic parents were texting their children or checking with schools to make sure their loved ones were safe. The drama on Parliament Hill on Wednesday was frightening for everyone, but such incidents can be especially traumatizing for children — no matter their age. “Switch it all off at home,” says Dr. Maggie Mamen, an Ottawa family psychologist and author.More

Kids' artwork making a world of difference
Lethbridge Herald
Grade 2 and 3 students at Westminster Elementary School are already learning about the importance of helping others. As part of a project launched by the new non-profit organization Kids’ Art for a Cause, the children have created a series of paintings with starry skies symbolizing that everyone sleeps under the same sky and everyone deserves a good sleep. They have then been selling the works online to raise money for the charity Sleeping Children Around the World, which provides bedkits to children in developing countries. More

5 alternative Halloween treats for kids
Global News
Aside from dressing up in fun and creative costumes, kids tend to love Halloween for one main component: candy. Yet for parents or guardians who wish to provide children with a less sugary option due to dietary or allergy restrictions, non-candy alternatives are always available. Here’s a look at five ways for kids to celebrate the holidays without the sugar rush. Note: Most, if not all, of the items below can be purchased in bulk or at your local discount dollar store.More

Burnaby eyes tripling child care spaces
24 Hours Vancouver
City-funded child care facilities in Burnaby could triple if the vote goes through. The proposed memorandum would have the city partner with the district’s school board to create up to 12 new facilities. The buildings would be paid for by the city, housed on school property, and run by local non-profits. Currently, there are only five child care facilities paid for by the city, and none of them are on school district grounds.More

How brain myths could hurt kids
The New York Times
The idea that we only use 10 per cent of our brains has been roundly debunked — but, according to Paul Howard-Jones, an associate professor of neuroscience and education, teachers don't necessarily know that. In an article in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, he reveals the disturbing prevalence of this and other "neuromyths" in classrooms around the world, and explains why they can be so damaging. More

Explaining Halloween to kids — when they are literally scared
Hamilton Spectator
Halloween is here and as exciting as it can be, for little children it can be overwhelming and scary. Developmentally, young children are just learning to distinguish between reality and fantasy, so it's very normal for them to be frightened during Halloween. Although all children react in their own unique way, there are similarities to their interpretation based on their dominant sense.More

MPP: Thousands of day care jobs at risk
Orillia Packet and Times
Ontario could lose 140,000 day care spaces if a government bill goes through unamended, Simcoe North MPP Garfield Dunlop warns. Dunlop, the Progressive Conservatives’ education critic, is taking aim at Bill 10, also known as the Child Modernization Act, which he said would make many private day cares illegal. Should Bill 10 become law, it would severely restrict the number of children unlicensed providers can oversee, he said, noting operators would be allowed to care for five children (including their own kids) and be prohibited from looking after more than two children younger than two years old.More