Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease

Hand, foot and mouth disease is a common childhood virus. It is caused by the Coxsackie virus. This virus is common in the summer and early fall. It is highly contagious!!!! Often it will show up 3-7 days after your child has been exposed to it. A child is most infectious during the first week, easily spreading it to other …

Achieving Balance and Motherhood

A few weeks ago, I posted on my Facebook page. “What defines your success?”. I was expecting a lot of numbers. I was expecting people to define success in life as a number beside their name because traditionally, we judge our self worth on our pay cheque. To my surprise, not one single person replied with the key to their …

3 Effective Ways to Help Your Preschooler Self-Soothe

Preschoolers kiddos have big hearts and vivid imaginations which can test our patience at bedtime when we want our child to sleep. My daughter is a great example of this— everything she worried about comes out around bed time. “Mom, I’m so tired but my eyes just can’t close”. “Mom, let me tell you about this REALLY exciting thing that …

6 Tips for Becoming a Mother-Runner

Before I started running I would have laughed if someone told me I would become a long distance runner after having kids. I was not able to run around the block without feeling winded. Two pregnancies, bedrest, sleep deprivation, breastfeeding, sleep deprivation (did I mention, sleep deprivation?) were all valid reasons why I couldn’t start running. For proof, I have …

Returning to Work and Coping with Separation Anxiety

If someone could create a living example of separation anxiety in a toddler, my little girl would be your case study. Before having my daughter I couldn’t have truly understood how children so young can struggle with such strong fears with seemingly no known cause. Then after learning and growing along beside my daughter, I realized that this can happen. …

Don’t lose sleep over daylight savings

The time has come.. again. Daylight savings time. I remember being younger and loving the idea of an extra hour of sleep. My fond thoughts of daylight savings came to an abrupt halt when I became a mom. My babies (like all babies) do not care that the clock has “fallen back” and will wake at their regular time.  It …

Take the stress out of starting solids!

Watching your babe grow and experience their “firsts” is exciting as a parent. First smile, first roll over, first sleep through the night. But when should they first start solids? There are so many opinions on this (as well as every other parenting topic), and parents are often confused on the best time and strategy. The Canadian Paediatric society recommends six …