Halloween is the best and this year it’s on a Saturday night with an extra hour of the day. Talk about bewitching perfection. But it also happens to fall in the scariest year in recorded history, 2020, during a worldwide health crisis. Still, the kids shouldn’t suffer and miss out on the fun of celebrating Halloween. Even high-risk Halloween can be fun at a distance. Who says costumes, laughter, and fun can’t still be had by all ages?
Breastfeeding can be one of the most rewarding—and challenging—experiences for both mother and baby. For some, the process comes easily; for others, it’s the opposite and can lead to stress, even judgment. It’s a layered topic and one that Jennifer Lezak knows well.
Now, more than ever, postpartum wellness is getting the attention it deserves. These gentlepak-mom-approved apps address needs that while seemingly minor in comparison, make the first six months (and beyond) a little bit less overwhelming.
No matter what the situation or how far removed we were are from normal life, let's encourage our children to play. The games kids play are not nonsense: they’re full of cultural meaning; they help children (and coyotes, and gorillas) develop empathy; they encourage resilience; they help motor development; and they help children work through their feelings around otherwise unsettling events, like a global pandemic, productively.
Let us be clear from the get-go, racism is a learnt behaviour. We have all seen film footage of white supremacist families who proudly present their babies, toddlers and kids adorned in swastikas and racist symbolism. The children hold banners and spout rhetoric of which they have no real knowledge or experience, but if they know no better it can only be the parents to blame.
Many parents are now faced with the task of filling the role of teacher and caretaker all at once. It’s a big shift for both parents and children, and here is what one homeschool teacher recommends.
Suddenly, it seems, the mornings are brighter, the evenings are lighter and you see your home almost differently. Those winter months made even the cheeriest rooms look like they had a blanket over them, and night-time glows gently shadowed your décor and furniture.