Family & Life

Teaching Social/World Issues With Children’s Books: My CHEX Daily Segment and Book Lists

Last night on CHEX Daily I chatted with hosts Teresa Kaszuba and Mike Judson about using children’s books to explore social and world issues with kids. The titles I brought tackle subjects like bullying, learning disabilities, race, homelessness, natural resources, poverty, war and education. In the second segment, we’re joined by one of my PVNC […] Read more…

Out of the September Haze

It’s October 15th, and I think I’m finally coming out of the September haze. (I’m blaming the delay on the late Labour Day.) The start of the school year always takes its toll on me. While I thrive on routine, getting both a household and a classroom back on board isn’t always easy (I’ll spare […] Read more…

The Halloween Decorations Are Out!

Our house is now ready for Halloween! This morning I pulled out the bin of decorations, as well as our brand-new box from Hallmark, and the girls and I got busy! One of my favourite Halloween items is our collection of photographs taken over the years, which I set out as a display on the […] Read more…

Home/School Communication Tips – My CHEX Daily Segment

Last night on CHEX Daily I chatted with hosts Teresa Kazuba and Mike Judson (who always does a great job keeping the mood light!) about ways to establish strong home/school communication – and why it’s so important! Something I didn’t mention: don’t forget to keep the school/teacher informed about changes in your child’s life (medications, […] Read more…

How Much Should You Help With Homework?

For the “Touchy Subject” in the latest Parents Canada magazine, I answer this question with: “not very much”. See my reasons why (as well as a counterargument) here: http://www.parentscanada.com/school/touchy-subject-is-it-ever-ok-to-take-over-your-kids-homework P.S. As a primary teacher, I don’t believe in assigning very much homework at all, nor have either of my daughters ever brought home an unreasonable […] Read more…

Sangita Patel: The ET Canada Momterview

In my latest Momterview I chat with Sangita Patel: Entertainment Reporter with ET Canada, wife (her husband Samir – she calls him Sam – is Chief of Radiology at Guelph General Hospital) and mom (daughters Ava and Shyla are eight and five and a half). Here Sangita opens up about her engineering background, growing up […] Read more…

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