Author: chickadee

The Start of Kindergarten a Mix of Emotions

When he was 4 months old, he got his first tooth. At 13 months, he took his first steps. At 3 years old, he transitioned from a crib into a “big boy bed”. And this week, he embarks on another major milestone: his first day of school. With every new transition in his life, there’s…
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What We’re Reading: Gibby’s Great Adventures

Do you know what a Gibbon is? Don’t feel bad. I didn’t either until I met Jackie from Prime Earth. Although Jackie lives right here in Burlington, she has spent her adult life trekking through the jungle in Asia learning about a species of primates called Gibbons. While most of us have heard of chimpanzees,…
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Zero (or Almost Zero) Cost Tips for Keeping Kids Entertained This Summer

Keeping the kids busy during the summer is means endlessly bouncing from one activity to another. For parents, that means constantly having a bundle of activities in your back pocket to pull out the moment boredom sets in. While your calendar may be full of trips to Burlington’s local attractions and to your favourite play…
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Our First Experience with Organized Sports

“I want to play baseball”, he said. You know when your kid says something and you nod and go “oh, that’s great baby”, then move on to making dinner or folding laundry. Well, let’s just say I treated this statement the same as his declarations of “I want to be Spiderman” and “I want to…
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Starting Solids With Your Baby

“Gone are the days of mushy peas and the sneaky “here comes the airplane” trick – with baby led weaning, parents give babies control of their mealtime experience.” This guest post was provided by Michelle Evans, RD. Starting solid foods is an exciting time in a baby’s life, and for his or her parents! It can…
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It’s Official! The Grand Opening of Burlington’s First Play Cafe.

For as far back as I can remember, I’ve dreamed of owning my own business. My own little shoppe. When I was a little girl, I dreamed of owning a bookstore. Yup, I was a total book nerd. My absolute favourite place to pass time is still the local bookstore. Then I hit my 20s…
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What We’re Reading: My I Am Song

I AM.  Two short but powerful words. What we put after them shapes the way we think about ourselves. When my son was two years old, we were playing the muffin game; a fine motor activity where you pick up tiny plastic muffins with tweezers and put them into compartments. He was struggling with holding…
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That Thing They Didn’t Tell Me As a New Mom

Breastfeeding is natural, they say. Breastfeeding is the best nutrition for your baby, they say. Here’s what they don’t tell you about nursing your baby. Throughout my pregnancy I always assumed that I would breastfeed my baby. The idea that nursing might be difficult never even crossed my new mommy mind. My midwife’s office was…
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A Kid-Friendly Café Needs a Kid-Friendly Coffee. Introducing the Babyccino!

Parents, we know you love your coffee! We also know our kids see everything we do and try to minic our actions. One of the first imaginative play games my son started playing was “making Mommy coffee”. So, why can’t kids get in on the fun coffee action? Babyccinos are a feature item on our…
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Did you Have a Gender Reveal Party?

When I was about 9 weeks pregnant, I woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, touched my barely there bump and said “Nathan”. That was it. My baby was a boy and his name was Nathan. An ultrasound a few weeks later confirmed what I already knew. I was having a boy. There was…
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