Too much TV time linked to poorer sleep in kids
For all the parents who've ever banged their heads against the wall wondering why their kids won't sleep, a new study offers at least some partial clues. The research, out today in the journal Pediatrics, finds that the more TV kids watch, the less they tend to sleep. The connection is fairly intuitive – even adults can get wired staring at screens for too long. But the study adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting that too much screen time in childhood is at least linked to, if not the cause of, poorer health, both physical and mental.
Why are more moms staying at home?
In the so-called mommy wars, the rhetoric often pits two sides against each other: wealthy women who opt to stay at home with their children versus middle-class moms forced to balance work and child duties.
But while there are certainly members of the "opt-out" generation staying at home — more affluent, educated female high-achievers — the recent jump in the number of stay-at-home moms is much more complicated than those generalizations. It's also much more depressing.
Parents, staff shocked after N.S. day care closes without warning
Dozens of families and employees are scrambling to find answers and child care arrangements after a day care in Lower Sackville, N.S. suddenly closed its doors.
Parents and staff arrived at the Cobequid Children's Centre to find the doors to the facility had been locked.
Employees say about 45 children were supposed to spend the day at the day care and more than 70 families are affected by the sudden closure.
Day care suing Ontario government
A Port Credit daycare has filed a $26 million lawsuit against Ontario's Ministry of Education, alleging defamation, malicious prosecution and other damning accusations.
Tiny Town Daycare filed the statement of claim in Ontario court.
The lawsuit alleges that unlawful actions, with respect to licensing and compliance issues, have been taken against the day care and its president, including intentional interference with management and operations, intent to defraud, defamation, malicious prosecution, breach of contract, and collusion and conspiracy.
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Day care dearth in Whistler ongoing
Jessica Kologie, a mother of two children, is well aware of the shortage of daycares in Whistler, which is why she chose to open a daycare 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.
Parents, staff shocked after N.S. day care closes without warning
Dozens of families and employees are scrambling to find answers and child care arrangements after a day care in Lower Sackville, N.S. suddenly closed its doors. Parents and staff arrived at the Cobequid Children's Centre to find the doors to the facility had been locked. Employees say about 45 children were supposed to spend the day at the day care and more than 70 families are affected by the sudden closure.
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.
Babysitter unavailable? Call for backup
In February, Melinda Nguyen-Raybould found herself in a bind. She was hospitalized. Her husband was out of town on business. She needed someone to watch her 3-year old son.
The North Toronto mother didn't wish to burden family or friends.
Lev Tahor children to remain in child protection in Ontario
The London Free Press
It was unusually quiet at the Lev Tahor settlement, where ultra-orthodox Jewish families prepared for the Passover feast while awaiting a crucial court ruling in a legal fight over the seizure of some of their kids.
Over the last five months, since fleeing a Quebec child welfare probe in the dead of night, the runaway Jewish sect's leaders were ready to talk to anyone who'd listen — to plead their case about religious freedom and persecution.
Opinion: CNC day care a great boon to community
Prince George Citizen
I was very saddened to have learned that The CNC Daycare may be closing the doors after 34 years of operation.
I was a student of The Early Childhood Education Program at CNC in 1990 and believed then, as well as now, that having an onsite child care centre for the students to utilize as part of their learning environment is essential.
Having this centre available to the students for their observation of the children and during practicum experiences allows the students to see what they are actually being taught in their classes. Observing children is much more than watching them "just play" as some people believe.
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King George VI School getting $1.2 million in upgrades
Kenora Daily MIner and News
The Keewatin-Patricia School Board is on the move when it comes to upgrading its facilities across the region. Not only has work on a new kindergarten expansion on Valleyview just finished, the school board is expecting to build a brand new high school in Sioux Lookout, move into some brand new administrative offices in Kenora and build a new running track at Dryden High School. Now King George the VI will be receiving some upgrades which are expected to total about $1.2 million. One of the changes will be that the day care at the school will be moved from its current location to a new room which will be converted from one of the existing classrooms. This is expected to cost $255,000.
Children's Centre Society gets $17,500 grant
Tumbler Ridge News
Families in Tumbler Ridge will be receiving $17,500 to improve child care and recreation opportunities in the South Peace through the B.C. Government's Community Gaming Grants Program.
The Tumbler Ridge Children's Centre Society will receive $17,500 to fund day care, preschool, and out-of-school care in the community.
Kids introduced to Walkman cassette players, hilarity ensues
Remember popping in a tape cassette of your favorite band into a portable Walkman player? It wasn't that long ago that we all thought a Walkman and a pair of headphones were the ultimate way to listen to music.
In this "Kids React to Walkmans" video by new-media production duo Benny and Rafi Fine — also known as The Fine Brothers — kids and teens attempt to figure out the portable cassette player known as the Walkman with mixed results.
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