Parenting

Written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts (Ages 5-8) Aaron wants to become a writer and loves listening to stories. But he’s struggling: Every time he tries to read, the writing just looks like a bunch of chicken scratch. So how will he ever relay his own stories without using words? mastermindtoys.ca
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Fine, we’ll say it—vacuuming is fun with a Dyson. Modelled after the brand’s best-selling cordless model, this mini vacuum isn’t just for pretend play—it actually sucks up small bits of dust and debris! Colourful balls whirl around in the canister, and the nozzle shortens to help you reach the dust bunnies’ favourite hiding spots. Casdon
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Safety and speed are aligning. This expertly engineered scooter has excellent shock absorption and built-in front suspension, which give riders a comfy and safe experience. The adjustable T-bar can be set to three different heights to grow with your child, and its sturdy aluminum deck makes it the perfect ride for urban sidewalks and spaces.
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Half balloon, half dinosaur, the B-Rex (get it?) is programmed with more than 70 sounds and movements. Play tug-of-war, have a tickle fight, feed him a bone and don’t forget to cuddle—he’ll nuzzle right up! He can also throw down some solid dance moves and rip an impressive toot. Who knew a balloon could be
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Bit too young to operate a real Cat vehicle? This lifelike toy is the next best thing. The fully functional excavator arm operates via a manual lever and is up to the challenge of demanding tasks and gruelling sandbox terrain. It has a removable shovel, shatterproof plastic cab windows, functional doors and genuine chain-link treads.
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The Parenting Junkie shows how to set boundaries with family. Some family dynamics can be harmful to children and therefore setting boundaries with family is important. When you learn how to set boundaries you can feel more comfortable attending family gatherings. Setting boundaries with parents especially setting boundaries with your parents can sometimes feel more
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Need a bestie? How about three? Alex, Nico and Ellis each come with stylish threads and a cute coordinated companion. The easy-remove outfits promote motor development and nurturing skills, and the cool fashion can’t hurt when it comes to fine-tuning kids’ own style. Plus, the dolls are 100 percent washer- and dryer-safe. Manhattan Toy Playdate
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With Halloween fast approaching, I realized I’m more than a little behind on the kids’ costume prep. I’m terrible at Halloween. This is supposed to be the fun part, right? Spooky decorations, cool costumes, and candy overload. How could any parent fail at Halloween? I always start out with the best of intentions. This year,
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Mammograms can spot cancer two to three years before physical symptoms develop, but screening guidelines vary between provinces. Here’s what you need to know. Photo: Courtesy of Ali Harrison of Light + Paper In 2018, 47-year-old Adriana Ermter found a lump in her armpit. Her doctor referred her for a mammogram, but the clinic said
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There’s no shortage of euphemisms for describing cancer to children. But first you have to get comfortable with the concepts and the words in your mouth. A bad lump. The black spot. Little cells behaving badly. There’s no shortage of euphemisms for describing cancer to children, regardless of age or stage. Before parents pick one,
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