Having a fun, productive summer: Healthy, wholesome activities for your child.

Children's summer theatre camp.

Although many parents worry that their children won’t do or learn anything productive during the summer season, this does not have to be the case. In fact, there are a wide range of healthy, wholesome activities for your child to be involved in this summer.   Here are three:   Theatre. If you’re serious about …

Greek villagers’ secret weapon: Grow your own food. | Yahoo News

Greece Resilient Villages

Ilias Mathes has protection against bank closures, capital controls and the slashing of his pension: 10 goats, some hens and a vegetable patch. If Greece’s financial crisis deepens, as many believe it must, he can feed his children and grandchildren with the bounty of the land in this proud village high in the mountains of …

THE GREEN FILE: Saving our children from nature deficit disorder | The Journal Pioneer

suffering from nature deficit disorder?

The statement was a game changer. While interviewing a young child on his obsession with being indoors, Richard Louv leaned in towards the young lad and asked, “What is it about being indoors that you find so appealing?” “Why, that’s where the electrical outlets are” was his reply. It was on that day in 2004 …

Tips from a lousy housekeeper and grudging cook.

Coffee ice cubes.

I hate housework. I’ve never been one to enjoy cooking either. The one thing I did really well and totally enjoyed was baking, but the sad part is I can’t do that any more because, if it’s in the house, I can’t resist it. I do have some favorite tips and hints I use to …

Why I don’t feel guilty that my kids spent their early years in daycare.

Erin and Stu's daycare photo.

When I look at the differences between Mark and I and the result of our fairly isolated childhoods, and the active, happy and social childhoods of Erin and Stu thanks to their being in a great daycare, it is understandable why I don’t feel guilty that my kids spent their early years in daycare.   …

Heatwave myths: The tips and tricks that help you keep your cool | BBC Newsbeat

Tips for handling the heat.

Train tracks are buckling, dogs are being kept out of cars and shops have sold out of fans. The heatwave is here.   The Met Office says today (Wednesday) is the hottest day on record with 36.7C recorded so far at Heathrow. We know the common advice for coping with the warm weather – stay …

Canada Day treats!

Girls in bikinis in the snow. Only in Canada.

For a Canada Day treat, here’s a panoramic photo our daughter Erin took of the Bow River in Calgary – the city she has come to love so much.   I’m still waiting for pictures from Stuart of his new house. He must be working hard as he hasn’t managed to take any yet. Erin …