a young girl barefooted hoping across rocks in a lake

Raising a Confident Child | How I Failed Her by Thinking She Couldn’t Do It

Have you ever stopped your child from trying something because you were afraid they might get hurt or because you thought they’d fail?  Does this sound familiar?  “Get down off that rock.”  “Don’t go so high in that tree.” “How about you try an easier sport?”  I know I’ve said these words before.  And you know what, every time I stop my child from attempting something new, risky, or challenging…[…]

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A woman wearing a purple cross-shoulder bag as her mom purse

Packing your mom purse for outdoor adventure

You can spot a first-time mom from across the playground… fancy stroller, watching attentively, drink and snack ready in hand, and that huge diaper bag parked on the bench beside her.  Then there’s the third-time mom, slouched on the bench, slurping her coffee, book or phone in hand, purse thrown down at her feet.  She might still have that similar look of mom exhaustion, but she’s no longer dragging around[…]

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a picnic table covered in a red checkered table cloth and picnic foods

Easy Family Picnics are Simpler Than You Think

Have you ever flipped through the pictures of a Gwyneth Paltrow cookbook?  Well, for starters, if the food in those cookbooks will make my thighs look like hers, then let’s get cooking.  But what I really covet (and you might too) are the glamorous family picnics she and her kids enjoy: hand-stitched quilts, laced napkins, antique tins, and smiling, well-gromed children frolicking in golden fields… Real life family picnics are[…]

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Try these unheard-of solutions for your picky eater

The Picky Eater | Quick and “Dirty” Solutions

After another busy day you finally get dinner on the table.  Everyone has been served, glasses filled, and you sink down into your chair.  Then you hear it: “I don’t like this.  I want pasta.  Mommmy where’s mmyyy food?”  Your three year old is sitting back, arms crossed, upturned nose.  You have a picky eater. You’re not alone.  I’ve seen kids pour ketchup on everything.  I’ve seen kids refuse anything[…]

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keep that vacation feeling with these easy to do tips

Give Yourself that Vacation Feeling (even after the vacation has ended)

Who doesn’t love a good vacation?  For a few days you get to leave the stress of work and home behind.  You slow down and allow refreshing calmness to seep in.  You play and sleep deeply and explore.  Then, you return home feeling rejuvenated and ready again to take on daily life.  Yet, before you know it, you are planning for and counting down to your next little escape.  Right?[…]

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Why our kids need more outdoor active play

Your Kids Need Outdoor Active Play, Not Indoor Play Gyms

You want to see your child succeed.  You put them in school, in lessons, and in clubs.  You make them read and practice and buy them the necessary gear for all their various pursuits.  You are a supermom, managing all the scheduling and shuttling that goes along with their activities. What if there was another way?  What if there were an easier way to help your child to grow to their[…]

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Marmot Meadows – Cross Country Skiing and outdoor winter fun

Getting our kids excited about cross country skiing can be challenging, especially when it is so cold outdoors and so warm indoors.  Even I have a hard time convincing myself to go out.  But Parks Canada has done a good job helping families make the most of an outdoor adventure by creating – what Parks calls – a winter hub at Marmot Meadows here in Jasper National Park. We took advantage of their inviting programming[…]

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Old Fort Point, a family walk with a few challenges and great rewards

A thorough exploration of Jasper’s best known walks would not be complete without a climb up to the top of Old Fort Point. This hill looms up out of the surrounding forests to stand sentinel beside the Athabasca River. I guess, in a way, it does resemble a fort, maybe even more so to those long-ago travellers making their way through the Rockies along the Athabasca.  But, as far as I[…]

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Easy and assessible walk at Pyramid Lake Island in Jasper National Park

Pyramid Lake Island, easy and quick fun for little ones

We just love this little island!  Pyramid Island is quick to get to, an easy walk, and offers beautiful views.  Going to Pyramid Lake Island is a favourite activity for our family.  We especially love to go here with a bag of goodies from the Bear Paw Bakery or Snow Dome Café, and the intention to sit and relax while the kids run, play, and explore. A few weeks ago, after dropping the oldest child[…]

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