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Wear Pink in Support of Bullying Day on February 28, but support it for more than one day.

Please take the time to watch this video about bullying, it is very touching.

"To This Day Project - Shane Koyczan"

 

Bullying happens to anyone anywhere, be sure to talk to your kids, and realize it starts earlier then you think, please read the statistics below.

 

CANADIAN BULLYING STATISTICS

Info from: http://www.stopabully.ca

A study on bullying by the University of British Columbia, based on 490 students (half female, half male) in Grades 8-10 in a B.C. city in the winter of 1999, showed:
» 64 per cent of kids had been bullied at school.
» 12 per cent were bullied regularly (once or more a week).
» 13 per cent bullied other students regularly (once or more a week).
» 72 per cent observed bullying at school at least once in a while.
» 40 per cent tried to intervene.
» 64 per cent considered bullying a normal part of school life.
» 20-50 per cent said bullying can be a good thing (makes people tougher, is a good way to solve problems, etc.).
» 25-33 per cent said bullying is sometimes OK and/or that it is OK to pick on losers.
» 61-80 per cent said bullies are often popular and enjoy high status among their peers.


Source: Centre For Youth Social Development, UBC Faculty of Education


- 1 in 5 Canadian Teens have witnessed online Bullying

- 25% of kids between 12-15 have witnessed cyberbullying

- 25% of girls and 17% of boys have witnessed online harassment

- 51% of all teens have had negative experience with social networking

- 16% said someone posted an embarassing photo of them

- 12% said someone hacked their account

 

Cyberbullying Statistics

* 90% of parents are familiar with cyberbullying; 73% are either very or somewhat concerned about it.
* 2 in 5 parents report their child has been involved in a cyberbullying incident; 1 in 4 educators have been cyber-harassment victims.
*  73% of educators are familiar with the issue and 76% believe cyberbullying is a very or somewhat serious problem at their school.
* Educators consider cyberbullying (76%) as big an issue as smoking (75%) and drugs (75%).

The study adds that "the most commonly experienced form of cyberbullying
is when someone takes a private email, IM, or text message and forwards it to someone
else or posts the communication publicly"

*38% of girls online report being bullied, compared with 26% of online boys.
* Nearly 4 in 10 social network users (39%) have been cyberbullied, compared with 22% of online teens who do not use social networks (all from
Pew, 2007).

 

 

 

Resources:

24HR CRISIS 1-800-757-7766
SUICIDE CRISIS 1-800-448-3000
SUICIDE HOPELINE 1-800-784-2433
KIDS HELP 1-800-668-6868
HOME VIOLENCE 1-800-799-7233
TREVOR HELPLINE 1-800-850-8078
CRIME STOPPERS 1-800-222-8477
HATE CRIME 1-877-354-HATE (4283)
STALKING RESOURCE 1-800-850-8078
SUICIDAL THOUGHTS 1-800-567-3247
LGBT YOUTH TALK 1-800-567-3247

How to Make Valentine Fun with Kids?

Valentine Ideas101 Valentine gifts under $5 !! This is an amazing link for all parents and teachers out there looking for some creative fun ideas for Valentine’s!

My favorite from the above list is the Seed Packet which says Valentine, let’s watch our friendship “grow”. and the Thumbprint which says “thumb” body loves you! - some really great ideas, see the link!


Decorate the house:
Blow up red balloons, make heart chain links to hang around the celling, create art to hang on the walls, make heart confetti and add it to the family dining table. Or just head to the dollar store and buy some inexpensive Valentine’s Day decorations!

Egg in heart shapeMake  Some Fun Valentine Food ideas:
(see pinterest for some fun ideas)
Cut cucumbers into hearts with a cookie heart press
Fruit cut into heart shapes again using a cookie heart press
Carrots cut into heart shapes (using an entire carrot)
Egg shaped heart
Heart Rice Krispies
Heart Shaped Pancakes
Heart Shaped Pizza (home made) or buy one from Boston Pizza and in exchange they donate to a charity
Chocolate covered Strawberries
Mini heart shaped sandwhiches

Hair Ideas:
Fun easy heart shaped hair style with pigtails
Make fun heart themed barettes
Add red ribbon to their hair
Boys, add red hair dye or another natural hair solution for fun

Valentine Card IdeasCrafts:
Home made crafted cards, tons of ideas online and on pinterest
Make a Valentine’s Day box (for classmates to add their cards to)
Make paper hearts
Have a Valentine’s Day Countdown using sticks and on those numbered sticks is a different craft or activity to do each day, kids would love this!
Download free Valentine’s Day Coloring pages (search via google)

Game Ideas:
"Throw a Smile" Game,
What in Tarnation is on my Back??
Heart Towers
Bingo Themed Game

See this web site for the above game ideas!

A Smartphone Contract for your child, what do you think?

child on iphoneOkay deny it or not but today kids have phones, I think I have told myself many times my kids will not have a phone until he/she is much older.

Recently I purchased an ipod for my daughter who is 8, the reason we did this as her school had an ipod project and she was learning a lot from an ipod and I realized how it can also be a great learning tool, and not just for games. I am glad we did as its been a great learning tool. I am not sure about this "face time" but it allows her to connect to family overseas and create more of a bond with them which i enjoy.

Like or not I think the smart phone will be in the future, I will hold out at least until high school! I do like the idea of knowing I can get a hold of my child for safety reasons and communication so if I did decide to purchase a smart phone for my child I would also follow this great rule list (aka) a contract for the phone he/she would get when I decide it is time.  Read below and see if you agree!

 

Article:

To My 13-Year-Old, An iPhone Contract From Your Mom, With Love
(article on Huff Post written by Jannell Burley

 

Dear Gregory:

Merry Christmas! You are now the proud owner of an iPhone. Hot Damn! You are a good and responsible 13-year-old boy and you deserve this gift. But with the acceptance of this present comes rules and regulations. Please read through the following contract. I hope that you understand it is my job to raise you into a well rounded, healthy young man that can function in the world and coexist with technology, not be ruled by it. Failure to comply with the following list will result in termination of your iPhone ownership.

I love you madly and look forward to sharing several million text messages with you in the days to come.

    1. It is my phone. I bought it. I pay for it. I am loaning it to you. Aren't I the greatest?


    2. I will always know the password.

    3. If it rings, answer it. It is a phone. Say hello, use your manners. Do not ever ignore a phone call if the screen reads "Mom" or "Dad." Not ever.

    4. Hand the phone to one of your parents promptly at 7:30 p.m. every school night and every weekend night at 9:00 p.m. It will be shut off for the night and turned on again at 7:30 a.m. If you would not make a call to someone's land line, wherein their parents may answer first, then do not call or text. Listen to those instincts and respect other families like we would like to be respected.

    5. It does not go to school with you. Have a conversation with the people you text in person. It's a life skill. *Half days, field trips and after school activities will require special consideration.

    6. If it falls into the toilet, smashes on the ground, or vanishes into thin air, you are responsible for the replacement costs or repairs. Mow a lawn, babysit, stash some birthday money. It will happen, you should be prepared.

    7. Do not use this technology to lie, fool, or deceive another human being. Do not involve yourself in conversations that are hurtful to others. Be a good friend first or stay the hell out of the crossfire.

    8. Do not text, email, or say anything through this device you would not say in person.

    9. Do not text, email, or say anything to someone that you would not say out loud with their parents in the room. Censor yourself.

    10. No porn. Search the web for information you would openly share with me. If you have a question about anything, ask a person -- preferably me or your father.

    11. Turn it off, silence it, put it away in public. Especially in a restaurant, at the movies, or while speaking with another human being. You are not a rude person;

Donate to Connor’s Cancer Warriors and Help a Wish Come True!

Connor 

Throughout his life, Connor was always taking care of others. Before he passed away last December 21st, Connor asked his family if they would do one more thing for him.  He wanted to grant a wish for another child in his memory.  In his words, he wanted to send another “cancer warrior” on their wish.

Let’s make Connor’s dream come true in a BIG way

We want to not only grant one wish in Connor’s memory, but as many as we possibly can.  With your help, we’re going to send lots of “cancer warriors” on their wish, so they too will know the joy that Connor experienced that day.

Paying it Forward

We are paying it forward in Connor's honor because that was what he was all about- making other's smile... and it was one of the many wishes he had on his bucket list, for us to fulfill for others so that he would be remembered.

Please help Connor exceed his goal by making a gift today.  The maturity and compassion that this young man had for others will be celebrated through the granting of wishes, and “paid forward” as Connor requested.

Here’s how to help

Your tax deductible gift of any amount will be greatly appreciated and all funds raised in this campaign will grant wishes in Connor’s memory.  If you would like to sponsor an entire wish for Connor, a $6,000 gift will make that happen.  Or you could become a monthly donor and help grant wishes all year long.  The choice is yours.

Please select “Connor’s Cancer Warriors” under support a specific BC Campaign to ensure your gift is directed properly.

Connor wanted to be remembered.  This is his legacy.

Please click here to make your donation now, with our gratitude for helping make one little boy’s dream a reality.

Check back here in the New Year to find out about all the great wishes that were granted in Connor’s name.

More info:

http://makeawishbc.ca/connor-a-young-cancer-warrior

Win Tickets to the North Pole Train Experience in Vancouver!

North Pole Train Experience in Vancouver

 

CONTEST CLOSED Winners hae been emailed! Lisa Pineo and Sarah Green have won! Hope you have a wonderful train ride!

Two winners will be chosen and will receive a set of (6 tickets each!) to a wonderful experience in Vancouver on Saturday, December 15 or Sunday the 16.

Step into the scene of the Polar Express where you start your magic journey to Christmas on an old-time railway passenger car. Matthew Johnson or David Wilson will amaze you with Christmas illusions. A truly great family event for the season. Two railway cars; two shows every hour from 10am - 7pm on the weekends at the Pacific Central 'VIA Rail' Station (1150 Station Street) near the Main Street Expo Line Station. Group pricing for Small and Large families.

www.VancouverNorthPoleExpress.com for more details and tickets.

HOW TO ENTER THE DRAW:

Win Tickets to see the NORTH POLE at Maplewood Farm!

North Pole at Maplewood Farms

CONTEST CLOSED
WINNERS ARE:

Suzanne Armour

Jen Kossowan

Carrie Rogozinski

Katherine Martin

Cher Hanusiak

Hope you all enjoy your visit to the North Pole!

5 winners will be chosen and each winner will receive a set of (5 tickets each) to use before Dec. 21 (subject to availability).

Maplewood Farm is pleased to announce that they will be home to the North Pole BC Experience taking place this year from November 29th - December 24th, 2012.

What is the North Pole BC Experience?

http://maplewoodfarm.bc.ca/north-pole-bc

Come help Santa and his Elves find the lost toys at the North Pole BC. This is a fun Christmas event for children and families. Visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus, Elves and be entertained by the interactive scenes and activities.

North Pole at Maplewood FarmsYour North Pole BC experience starts with a secret, ancient elf map and an invitation to visit Santa at his North Pole BC home. Visitors will enjoy new interactive activities and scenes, Christmas lights galore and magical Elf, human and animal characters. Family visits with Santa will be the highlight of the day.

HOW TO ENTER THE DRAW:

We are giving away 'VIE' (Very Important Elf) family passes to 5 winners (5 tickets to each winner) to use before December 21, 2012 (**But subject to availabilty!!).  The winners get free entrance and family Santa photo.

Enter our contest form

PLEASE ADD WHICH CONTEST YOU ARE ENTERING in the additional comment box, thanks! (and yes you can enter both that are on right now!)

xrayWe were typical first time parents. Anything we thought could be potentially be a hazard to our beautiful baby girl, was either thrown away or locked away. Covers on all outlets, even ones she couldn’t reach for another 5 years. Gate to keep her out of the kitchen. Locks on the oven and fridge doors just in case. I wouldn’t even let my husband have peanut butter in our house since allergies run in my family. Her first Christmas she was so young she couldn’t move without our help. But her second, she was a curious 17 month old when we decorated. We tied the tree to the banister so she couldn’t pull it over, used all plastic ornaments on the lower half off the tree, and any breakable ones were near the top where she couldn’t reach. Everything was great. Or so we thought.

We had overlooked one small detail. We had hung our ornaments with the same hooks we had used in all the years previous. What was originally a nice relaxing evening quickly turned to a trip to the ER. I was having a nice relaxing bath listening to my husband and daughter playing downstairs. That’s when I heard Danika cough and gag in a way I had never heard before. Dan is a level 2 first aid attendant, and quickly checked her mouth with a finger sweep. Danika let out a cry and her eyes started to water. That’s when he noticed she had grabbed two ornaments off the tree and one was now missing a hook. He quickly brought her upstairs to me, where she laughed and giggled a “hi mama” while I was climbing out of the tub. He told me he thought she might have swallowed a hook, but she was acting totally normal so I though he was just over reacting.

Playing on the safe side, we thought we would go to the ER and get it checked out. We figured we would be ushered in pretty quickly under the circumstances. We were right. She was quickly taken to the back where they sent us for an X ray. After the x-ray I had borrowed a room and changed her. I walked back to the nurses’ station to thank them, and let them know I was done, when I saw a crowd of doctors and nurses all standing around a computer monitor. It was like they sensed me; they all turned and looked at me in silence with faces ranging from disbelief to slight amusement. I said to them “You’ve got to be kidding me” and they turned the monitor towards me. I swear the hook had grown from an inch and a half, to 3 feet long, it looked huge in her tiny throat.

familypicWe were quickly told to get in our car and take her to Children’s Hospital, as our hospital wasn’t equipped to handle such a tiny patient. Since she had been running around the ER and playing for the last 3 or so hours, they figured it wasn’t going anywhere, and her car seat would keep her nice and still on the way. She slept. We worried.

We arrived and we were quickly taken back to meet the surgeon who would be scoping her to take it out. Reality of the severity of the situation was becoming even more obvious. We had been taken in before the girl on the stretcher in the neck brace who came in on an ambulance moments before us. The surgeon warned us, it could puncture her and cause massive problems. I just kept reminding myself, and my husband, we were in the best place possible. I figure they probably do a dozen surgeries a day on removing random objects from random “hiding places” as seen by a toddler.

Two hours later, with a drowsy but still awake toddler, a new teddy bear from the nurses, and a specimen cup with the famous hook inside, we were headed home. Danika slept fine, having no idea the ordeal she just went thru. She was even up at 7 am, even though she had stayed up till 2 am and had had anesthesia. We on the other hand didn’t fall asleep till probably 4-5 am after trying to come down from the adrenaline of the last 6 hours. The next morning she woke with a “whiskey voice” and she wasn’t into eating much other than nursing and soft foods, but was still her happy, energetic self.

First task of the morning, removing all the hooks and throwing them out, switching to thread, and posting the x-ray and our story on every single mommy and news site we could think of. We had our house baby proofed to the max, if we had overlooked this, others must have, or might later overlook it too. At the risk of looking like terrible parents, we decided to accept an offer to be featured on Global TV, wanting to get this out to as many people as possible. Seeing a preview for our story during Oprah was shocking! We

Bring Mandatory GMO Labeling To Canada. Please sign!! takes two seconds!

Bring Mandatory GMO Labeling To Canada

Did you know 70% of the food sold in Canada's grocery stores contain Genetically Modified ingredients?

Over 20 countries have banned or restricted the import, distribution, sale, utilization, field trials and commercial planting of GMO’s. Canadians deserve the right to know what we are eating. We deserve the right to choose.

Please visit here and sign the petition, it's simple.

 

What are GMO's? Please visit a local resource: Mommy Footprint's web site to learn more.

Also another great local resource is from My Healthy Family, please take a look at her post on GMO's as well.

Win 2 Tickets to Circle Craft Christmas Market!

Kid ClothesCONTEST CLOSED, Tava from Vancouver has won!

 

In 1973, Circle Craft Co-operative presented its first Christmas Market in the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, “The Cultch.” The success of that inaugural event has resulted in 38 successive Markets, to which generations of Vancouverites and visitors have attended, enjoying a Market where they come face to face with fine BC and Canadian artisans and their work: wood-turners, glassblowers, sculptors and potters, clothing and jewellery designers, toy-makers, and many more.

When is it? 

November 7-11, 2012

Where:

Vancouver Convention Centre West

 

More info: www.circlecraft.net 

*Tickets are also available online to purchase

 

HOW TO ENTER:

We are giving away 1 set (2 tickets to the winner)

1. Please enter our contest form

2. Also bonus entries if you sign up for our future newsletter to win! Already signed up for the newsletter? Great, you have your bonus entry.

Win 4 tickets to see the famous Gazillion Bubble Show!!!

The Gazillion Bubble ShowCONTEST CLOSED, Christine Moon from Coquitlam has won the tickets, ans she is excited about the show!

 

Making their first ever appearance in Canada, The Gazillion Bubble Show will amaze your whole family with mind-blowing bubble and laser magic. Dubbed by David Letterman as "the greatest bubble artist in the world", Fan Yang, holder of 18 Guinness World Records, brings his highly acclaimed, fun, bubblerific show straight from Broadway, where it has been a staple for 6 years, to Vancouver.

Attendees from age 2 to 102 will be astounded by Fan Yang’s bubble masterpieces, like bouncing, floating, misty, tiny and massive bubbles as well as the

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