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He expresses how he feels. “Matthew are you okay? What are you doing?” I asked. “Mom it’s very annoying when you keep asking me all the time,” he replies. “Matthew when you ask me for a toy a million times, that’s annoying too,” I added smiling. “I guess we are both annoying then,” he replied. …

By K. Taylor, Aurora ON.  Ah, here we are. Though our days still smack of summer there’s the tantalizing first hint of a delicious chill in the evening air. Even the sun’s getting back into an earlier bedtime routine and the house is filled with the hum of the washing machine, churning load after load …

By K. Taylor, Aurora ON.  Ontario is blessed with many beautiful campsites, we are a province of sprawling forests and glassy lakes. It is, as one might recall, Ontario Yours to Discover. But when your children are wedged so tightly between tent poles and sleeping bags that their personal space is limited to enough room …

By K. Taylor, Aurora ON.  I rediscovered something about myself this past weekend; something I’d completely forgotten. It was similar to that feeling when you plunk your hand in the pocket of an old coat and feel the sharp edges and silky sheen of a ten dollar bill. I felt that little leap of the …

It was definitely hot and humid today (Saturday July 18, 2015). The heat warning for Southern Ontario was issued through the Environment Canada. Tomorrow will be the same. According to Environment Canada notice, “A Heat Warning is issued when the humidex value is expected to reach 40°C or more or when the temperature is expected …

Digital literacy is now essential: “Now more than ever, it is vital to teach healthy learning habits in elementary school,” she says. “To be literate in the 21st century, students need to both read critically and to write functionally across a range of media forms and formats. These are not luxuries, rather, they are essential …

All the things I can win, sounds like a line from Dr. Suess books. Living in today’s media driven world heavily targeting children, sometimes I think that reading at a young age can be dangerous. But then the sooner the better, children will discover the concept of false advertising. “Mom but my food does not look like on the picture,” …

By K. Taylor, Aurora ON. I woke up this morning to snow, and yet as the sun (who by all accounts did a lot of sleeping on the job this winter) finally yawned, poured herself a coffee and got to work; my thoughts turned to the inevitable. Plans for the day? Nope. Plans for the …

Our son (soon to be seven years old) now knows that the price tag on toys is not the actual price we pay at the cash register. He knows he has to pay 13% HST tax every time (it is us paying though). He is also getting good with rounding numbers up and calculating and …

In the morning I looked out the window. Our sidewalk was covered with beautiful smooth snow dunes and the wind was still swirling around. I checked the outside temperature. It was way too cold to go out. Especially for our six year old. It was still cloudy. It helps when the sun is shining. We patiently …