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What You Needfun food for kids

• 3 slices deli smoked turkey breast (30 g)
• 5 Ritz Crackers
• 30 g Mild Cheddar Cheese, cut into 3 pieces
• 5 each: cucumber slices, carrot slices and cherry tomatoes

Make It

• CUT each turkey slice into quarters.
• Wrap crackers in plastic wrap.
• PLACE all ingredients inairtight container.
• Refrigerate until ready to serve.
• ASSEMBLE “stackers” just before serving.


What you’ll needflower sandwiches

• Bread
• Peanut butter or cream cheese
• Jelly or jam
• Water bottle cap

How to make it

1. For each sandwich, cut two slices of bread into flower shapes with a cookie cutter.
2. Cut a hole in one of the slices by pressing a water bottle cap into the center.
3. Spread the peanut butter and jelly on the whole piece and place the slice with the hole on top.


The other day, I was lying on the couch in my living room reading. In the apartment above me I heard the characteristic thumping and chatter of children.


“Cool,” I thought. “Kids in the building. Maybe I can play with them.”


Let me qualify that statement by first saying that I am not really a lover of children. I am not really……… maternal. I like my own siblings – I am mildly obsessed with my baby brother, even though he hates me – and sometimes the children of close friends grab my heart strings a little.


But I am not one of those women who looks at a child and gets a throb in the general direction of her womb and goes “OHMYGOSH………..I WANT THAT TINY HUMAN.”


NO Mostly, I think of how terrified I am of night feedings and explosive diapers and the boundless energy that little people seem to have.

Kids in Motion

Thumpers and Squealers


Should kids have to do chores to get allowance?

This is a tough one……

Everyone has their own philosophy about chores being linked to allowance. However, I personally don’t think there is a right or wrong answer. I think it depends on what works best for your family.  Try them both! Take note of the results.

Allowance for nothing? Or, chores gets you money!

To pay or not to pay?


April 10th is “Encourage A Young Writer Day”. What a great day to get your kids creative juices going. Here are “6 Ways to Encourage Young Writers” that will give you the opportunity to see what talent and amazing imaginations your kids have. Remember don’t get too hung up on spelling, grammar or punctuation. This is the time to let them run with their ideas……editing can come later. Have fun!


A survey by Studentawards Inc., a Toronto marketing and scholarship firm, has found that family is extremely important to young people. Spending time with family was one of the top priorities for the 2,500 high school and post-secondary students from across Canada who participated in the survey. In a press release on, Studentawards Inc. expressed surprise at the results, indicating that family may be more important to today’s kids than generally believed.


American teen Abby Sunderland’s dramatic end to her attempt to sail solo around the world has many people accusing her parents of irresponsibility. Although the elder Sunderlands told the Los Angeles Times that danger is everywhere, it’s a fact that many of us would never allow our children on the high seas alone. But whether we agree with the Sunderland’s decision or not, we have to admit that 16-year-old Abby has responsibility down pat. What can we learn from the Sunderland family that might help us raise the same kind of super-responsible kid?

I don’t know Abby Sunderland or her family. But we can use what we do know to deduce a few things that may have contributed to this young woman’s ability to be responsible.
Here are some things I plan to keep in mind for my kids: