Showing posts from May, 2016

May is officially National Water Safety Month!

Here is some shocking news for parents of small children: a swimming pool is 100 times more likely to kill a child than a gun. Drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional death for children under the age of 14. Drowning is the leading cause of death for children under the age of 4. According to these statistics from  Life Saver Pool Fence  and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an average of 390 children drown each year in their own backyards. A pool fence from Life Saver offers a solution to this problem. Below is an infographic with some fast tips on how to keep your children safe this summer:  Life Saver is deeply committed to summer safety beyond simply distributing pool fencing. It is the only pool fence company recognized by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Pool Safely Campaign as a Safety Leader, an extremely high honor bestowed only upon to organizations that make a serious contribution to pool safety efforts nationwide. Life Saver is a

Avoid Rookie Camper Mistakes

Tips for spending a couple of nights in the great outdoors Camping is a memorable experience. Whether bonding as a family or gathering with close friends around the campfire, trips in the trailer or tent are sure to inspire stories for years to come. Not everybody is a seasoned camper, with a ready kit and the know how to brave the outdoors, cook over an open flame and stay cozy sleeping on the ground surrounded only by nylon walls. “Even if you have never camped before, don’t let it intimidate you,” says Mark Bingeman, owner of  Bingemans Camping Resort  in Kitchener. “It is a truly enjoyable experience where you can escape from the every day and connect with nature.” In order to make your camping trip easier, and ease some of your fears if you have never done it before, Mark offers the following advice: ·           Pack for the season.  It can quite chilly in mid-May, especially in the evening. Make sure you have a warm sweater, pants, jacket and appropriate foot

Asthma Is Not Stopping Me Featuring Fabulous Me, Piper Lee

Asthma Is Not Stopping Me! is the newest release featuring Piper Lee in the award-winning Smarties Books Series. Emergency room physician’s assistant Tolya Thompson teaches that learning through laughter is the best way to instill a lifelong love of knowledge in children. Once limited by the wheezing and chest tightness of asthma, Piper Lee with the assistance her inner voice, MeMe tell a triumphant tale of controlling asthma and living life to its fullest. Piper Lee’s message to all those with asthma is, “Never let asthma stop you from doing your thing! Enjoy life to the fullest!” Through creative, rhyming text and eye‐popping illustrations, this message is delivered in a fun, engaging style.  You can run, jump, swim, snowboard, dance, become a mastermind and do anything in the world you want if you take control of asthma. Piper and MeMe and discover how children with asthma can be unstoppable with the proper medication


Research shows increases in sun exposure correlates with positive health outcomes In an effort to increase public awareness of the importance of sunshine to human health, the Vitamin D Society today announced its support of a new GrassrootsHealth-led public health initiative,  declaring May as “National Sunshine Month.” According to GrassrootsHealth, with the transition from an agrarian to a technology-driven society, and other shifts in cultural behavior over the past several decades, people spend more time indoors than at any time in human history. The resulting decrease in exposure to sunlight is inhibiting our ability to fight many life-threatening diseases, including diabetes, colon cancer, breast cancer and, ironically, even skin cancer. “Missing sunlight puts us at serious risk of a multitude of dangerous health problems,” says Carole Baggerly, Director of GrassrootsHealth. “It is essential that we improve public understanding of the need for sunshine exposure and h

Which diapers are the best?

Huggies Snuggler is the winning brand! Rated by real families Each year $30 billion is spent on diapers. Find out the latest opinions and insights on the top 10 brands from real families that took the TTPM Diaper Challenge! TTPM , the #1 review source for parents, has released its findings on its  Diaper Challenge: Insights into today's  top brands  based on real consumer experiences  Parents spend as much as   $2,000 per child on diapers , one of the biggest expenses on baby products More than  5,000 diapers over the course of 30 days  reviewed THE WINNER: Huggies Snugglers diapers  were the undisputed overall winner, capturing the top spot in four of the five categories tested All diapers were rated by real moms on a  scale of 1 to 5 on absorbency, odor control, fit/flexibility, comfort and quality     Top 10 diaper brands reviewed included:  Bambo Nature, Babies "R" Us, Earth's Best, Huggies Little Snugglers, Kirkland, Luvs, Pamp

Out In The Open, UNESCO takes on school-related homophobic & transphobic violence

Ministers from across the world will join leaders from civil society and multi-lateral agencies to address school-related homophobic and transphobic violence at an International Ministerial Meeting hosted by UNESCO on 17-18 May.    The  Out In The Open  event marks the first time Ministers will come together to issue a Call for Action and discuss new recommendations for education sectors to effectively respond to violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression in educational settings.   The recommendations form part of the first UN Global Report on the nature, scope and impact of this type of violence, to be released by UNESCO on 17 May. According to the report, up to 85% of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students, in some countries, experience violence, including bullying, at school, while students who are not LGBT, but are perceived not to conform to gender norms are also targets.   Courses of action to ensure the right to quality e

Dream Of Being An Actress?

NORTHWOOD ENTERTAINMENT EMBARKS ON A WORLDWIDE SEARCH  FOR THE LEADING ROLE IN “ANNE”   Professional auditions have begun in Canada, U.S. and the U.K.   Online auditions are now open to talent around the world   Canada will be hosting open casting calls in Toronto, Vancouver, Charlottetown  and Halifax.  Northwood Entertainment has begun a worldwide search to find its leading actress for the title role in the new, ongoing television series “ANNE.” Based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s timeless classic novel Anne of Green Gables , Northwood recently announced that CBC greenlit “ANNE” with a Season One commitment of eight episodes of the adaptation. Production begins summer 2016. The professional search is underway for the casting of “ANNE” with auditions in Canada, the U.S. and Europe by award-winning casting agents Susie Figgis (HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE, ALICE IN WONDERLAND), Bernard Telsey & Co. (HAMILTON, INTO THE WOODS, GREASE LIVE!) and Stephanie Gorin (FARGO (T

Fractions and Percentage Calculators

Dadsworksheets recently created two useful tools to help teachers, students, and parents for solving different fraction and percentage math problems. The first link hosts a fraction calculator that can perform addition, subtraction multiplication or division of two fractions. Simply enter the values directly into the corresponding locations and the answer will be updated in real time. A visualization of the operand fractions is also shown to illustrate the answers. The second link is an online percentage calculator that shows how a percentage is represented as a fraction of a number. Simply enter the values and the calculator will calculate percentage value numerically, and show you the same value as represented visually.

How to Talk With Your Teen about Dating Violence

One in three 14-year-olds have been in an abusive relationship The numbers are staggering and widely unknown by most parents: one in three 14-year-olds has experienced physical, sexual or psychological abuse within a dating relationship, rising to 44 percent by the time American young people graduate from college. Teen dating violence (TDV) is a topic that parents must discuss with their children, yet many parents neglect to have this conversation because they do not believe that TDV is a widespread problem – or that it does not apply to their children. “I knew to talk with Jen about alcohol, drugs, sex and all those other parenting talks, but I never knew I had to teach her about dating violence,” said Drew Crecente, whose 18-year-old daughter was murdered by her ex-boyfriend. “I did not realize that it was such a pervasive issue at such a young age.” In fact, 81 percent of parents either do not believe that TDV is a problem – or do not know if it is a problem or not. I