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The Moral Child

Posted: December 13th, 2011

Do young babies have moral inclinations? Recent findings by UBC researcher Dr. Kiley Hamlin’s suggests they do. Hamlin’s research challenges long-held classic theories of Piaget and Kohlberg that describe children under 6 as amoral. In contrast, Hamlin’s most recent study showed that by 5-8...more

Is your business child and family friendly?

Posted: December 8th, 2011

Coastal Eyecare was thrilled to receive the 2010 Family Friendly Business of the Year for 2010. Since that time we have been asked questions such as, “How did you create a Family Friendly business” and “What can I do to make sure my business is Family Friendly?” I realized that many businesses...more

Honouring the Child

Posted: November 24th, 2011

On Wednesday November 23 Campbell River celebrated National Child Day.  This is a day to honour the child, usually celebrated across the country on November 20.  First proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1954, it was established to encourage all countries to institute a day,...more

Supporting Success From The Start

Posted: November 17th, 2011

Every parent has hopes and dreams for their children. From the time they are born we see our children as full of potential, perfect little beings just waiting for their moments to shine. Whether a parent has distinct visions of what success looks like, or a vague sense of possibilities- one thing...more

Girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice...

Posted: November 15th, 2011

Little Ella glances at her mother’s face and stops. She was hot on the path to the forbidden bookcase to take another of daddy’s books out—a new favourite game. However, her mother’s mere expression stopped her. According to Louann Brizendine’s “The Female Brain,” Ella is typical of two year old...more

Remember to Play

Posted: November 8th, 2011

As adults we tend to forget to PLAY, or what play even looks like, how it feels to play, how it makes you feel.  Children are the experts at play, and we should take their lead and learn from them, join them and remember what and how it feels.    Pop up Adventure Play shares “Children are experts...more

New Deal for Families

Posted: November 2nd, 2011

Canada has become a country in which it is far harder to raise a young family, even though the country’s economy has doubled in size since the mid-1970’s, producing on average an extra $35,000 per household.  Despite this additional prosperity, the average household income for young Canadian...more

Listening to what you do, not what to you say…

Posted: November 1st, 2011

Why does it seem as though when we tell our kids what to do, especially repeatedly, we find they either ignore us or defiantly protest? A never ending cycle of conflict. Times of transition, moving from one activity to another, are often difficult for most kids. Getting ready for school/child...more

Happy Halloween

Posted: October 31st, 2011

My tricksters 12 years ago.And…..they still like decorating pumpkins today.  Keep traditions alive in your family, little or big, children value them as they grow older.Happy Halloween, be safe tonight!more

Keep it Simple

Posted: October 26th, 2011

From the time of conception, new parents have entered an arena of product and information bombardment somewhat resembling a game of third grade dodge ball. Product names, programs, authors, research and gimmicks are hurled at every turn, in effort to win over parents who are keen to do everything...more

First Impressions last a lifetime…

Posted: October 18th, 2011

Its not just a catch phrase, or one of those mildly interesting facts that stick in your mind when you are about to meet someone new or have a job interview- the value of first impressions can run much deeper than those scenarios. They can determine a whole life. Interesting research continues in...more

Boys are Made of Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dogs Tails...

Posted: October 11th, 2011

Across the decades, parents have been caught up in zeitgeists which sometimes prescribe: “boys will be boys” and at other times dismiss gender differences entirely. Louann Brizendine’s The Male Brain looks at boys through a brain development perspective and pushes us to consider the idea that we...more

National Family Week 2011

Posted: October 3rd, 2011

“In a world that is always moving far to quickly, family, is where we recharge our batteries, where we can find and renew ourselves.”    -- Michaelle Jean Governor General National Family Week offers a time to reflect, however fleetingly, on the abiding importance of family.  This year’s theme ...more

Stomping in the Mud: A Busy Week

Posted: September 24th, 2011

Today I felt I needed to share a blog that is very inspirational.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.Stomping in the Mud: A Busy Week: This week got away on me, so just pictures to enjoy. our mini hill, perfect for rolling down The start of our herb garden........more

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Posted: September 23rd, 2011

Our young children are the future of our community.  What we do today matters. “The Path to Prosperity”Join the Community Council of Partners, Success By 6 for lunch and a thought provoking presentation by Lynell Anderson  Monday November 7, 2011 @ 11:30 – 1:00  Community Centre LoungeHow do...more

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Posted: September 12th, 2011

In Celebration of National Breastfeeding Week Please join in the fun to supportBreastfeeding Challenge EventSaturday, October 1, 2011Vancouver Island Regional Library1240 Shoppers Row, Campbell River10:30-11:00 a.m.   Story Time for All and Registration11:00  Challenge Event11:15 – 12:00 noon  ...more

Sing, Sing A Song – What Children Learn From Music

Posted: August 25th, 2011

Does your child love to make music? Then let him play!  Like learning to talk or walk young children’s musical ability starts early.   Simple things like singing a nursery rhyme or marching to the beat can develop your child’s musical sensibilities.    Why does this matter?  Because our...more

Tips for establishing Family Meal Time into Your Home

Posted: July 28th, 2011

Use these tips for establishing a family meal in your home. Prepare for AdversityWhile small children may not care, your teens may give you a little opposition about establishing family dinnertime.  Know what you will say when kids complain about this interruption in their lives. Be positive...more

Ways to Bring Your Family to the Table Get Everyone Involved

Posted: July 26th, 2011

Make your kids part of the process. Get them to help with:·         the shopping·          the planning·         prepare meals togetherNutritionists believe children are more likely to eat something they have made some decisions about.  Steering them in the right direction is always left to you....more

A Healthy Family Is a Happy Family

Posted: July 25th, 2011

Today's healthy habits can benefit you and your children for years to come.  Kids who have regular family meals are also:• more likely to make healthy eating choices like fruits, vegetables, and grains• less likely to snack on unhealthy foods • less likely to become substance abusersSo how do...more

Why do Young Children Act Out

Posted: July 21st, 2011

Why do young children have temper tantrums? Why do they act out? Are they trying to manipulate you or run the household? There are many reasons why children act out, but it is not because they want to be rotten!A young child communicates through behaviour. He is trying to tell you something...more

New Deal for Families

Posted: June 23rd, 2011

There is a silent generational crisis in Canada, one that we ignore because we are distracted by stale political debates. This 7 minute video invites listeners to refocus attention. It makes clear that the generation raising young kids today receives a bad deal, and proposes a New Deal for...more

What do you need to know about postpartum depression?

Posted: June 20th, 2011

Quick facts and tips for moms and family members to keep in mind when there is a new baby in the family: Sometimes it begins before the baby is bornSometimes it is a slow, subtle slide toward feeling numb or generally bleak about the events in your life Sometimes it is feeling worried and anxious...more

The Importance of Relationship

Posted: June 16th, 2011

Whether your children are four or fourteen, the parent-child relationship is equally important. How would you rate your relationship with your child?  If your child has a problem, are you the person that he or she will come to for help?     As parents, we tend to be very concerned about ensuring...more

Growing Through Play

Posted: June 7th, 2011

Earth, water, sunshine and dirty hands:  these are elements which create endless learning and play opportunities for children.  Encouraging meaningful experiences and teachable moments becomes easy once taking a step outdoors.Outside, the senses awaken and the mind is alert, children are open to...more

Imaginary Play – Helpful or Harmful

Posted: June 3rd, 2011

In the past, when parents thought about educating their children they tended to think about the basics – reading, writing, and arithmetic.  Media provided them with many ways to focus on these aspects of learning – flashcards, dvds, games, etc. Dating myself, I remember as a child, playing ‘cops...more

Play Paves The Way: The Flow of Outside Water Play

Posted: June 2nd, 2011

A fantastic blog site to share with parents and colleagues.Play Paves The Way: The Flow of Outside Water Play: "I just heard that we have had the wettest, coolest and gloomiest April and May in fifty years. Water is the pulse of our play yard ...the mo..."more

Learning to See – How Vision Develops (Part V)

Posted: June 2nd, 2011

Toddlers and Preschoolers   Children’s vision continues to develop throughout their preschool years. As toddlers, it is important for them to continue development of eye/hand/body coordination, eye teaming, and depth perception. Stacking building blocks, rolling a ball back and forth, coloring,...more

Learning to See – How Vision Develops (Part IV)

Posted: June 1st, 2011

Eight to Twelve Months  Babies can now judge distances well. Eye/hand/body coordination allows them to grasp and throw objects fairly accurately. Perception skills such as visual memory and visual discrimination help babies make sense of their exciting new world. The integration of their vision...more

Learning to See – How Vision Develops (Part III)

Posted: May 31st, 2011

Six to Eight Months  Most babies start crawling during this time, further developing eye-body coordination. They learn to judge distances and set visual goals, seeing something and moving to get it. Their sudden freedom allows for many new experiences and the rapid development of visual...more

Learning to See – How Vision Develops (Part II)

Posted: May 30th, 2011

Four to Six Months  As babies learn to push themselves up, roll over, sit, and scoot, eye-body coordination develops as they learn to control their own movements in space. Likewise, four- to six-month-old babies become quite skillful with their eye-hand coordination, able to direct a bottle into...more

Learning to See – How Vision Develops

Posted: May 24th, 2011

Newborns have all the eye structures necessary to see, but they haven’t learned to use them yet. Infants' vision begins to develop at birth. Babies spend much of their early weeks and months of life learning how to see--developing such skills as focusing, teaming their eye movements, recognizing...more

Read, speak, sing to your baby: How parents can promote literacy from birth

Posted: May 20th, 2011

Campbell River Literacy Now Supports Play!The theme for Family Literacy Day this year was PLAY!  Literacy in young children should be an extension of their play.  Families who play together are giving their children the best start in life.  Many families joined us downtown to play a variety of...more

Play is a Powerful Force

Posted: May 18th, 2011

Play is a powerful force. Research is confirming that it shapes much of our health and our approach to the challenges of living throughout our lives, but no more than it does during childhood. Rich early play experiences are directly connected to rich human development. The following memory might...more


Posted: May 17th, 2011

Do you know a child who is two years old and only using a few words? Do you know a child who is three years old and very difficult to understand?  If so, you might know a child with speech and/or language difficulties. Now is the time to get more information, since May is Speech and Hearing Month...more


Posted: May 11th, 2011

Why do young children have temper tantrums? Why do they act out? Are they trying to manipulate you or run the household? There are many reasons why children act out, but it is not because they want to be rotten!A young child communicates through behaviour. He is trying to tell you something...more


Posted: April 27th, 2011

Interaction:  Spend time watching me and responding to my cues.  It tells me I'm important and special to you.Loving Touch: Cradle me, hold me.  Give me lots of hugs.  It keeps me calm and comforts me, and gives me courage to move on.Stable Relationships: I need someone special to be there when I...more

Before ABC’s & 123’s

Posted: April 24th, 2011

Learning is natural. Research tells us learning begins in utero, and continues on for the rest of ones life.  When learning is self directed and meaningful, its depth goes far beyond anything taught. Children routinely choose their play activities based on interest which can reflect their...more

Campbell River Early Years Community “A Year in Review” From April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011

Posted: April 21st, 2011

What have we been up to in Campbell River? We’ve been busy making a difference for the youngest children in our community.With the guidance of the Success By 6 Community Council of Partners, the Early Childhood Development table and the Working Group the local Success By 6 (SB6) and the Campbell...more
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