When I first heard the word “doula”, I had no idea what it meant. When I heard that a doula is someone who supports a woman through her labour and postpartum period (or fourth trimester), I didn’t realize such a service even existed, in fact most people don’t know anything about doulas! To learn what [...]
When a baby is born, parents usually receive a truck load of gifts: clothes, toys, cute blankets, picture frames, etc. But is any of it actually useful? Getting a 6 month size Winter coat when the child will be 6 months old in the summer is probably going to mean that the mom will have [...]
By Allison Rees
After 21 years of teaching parent education, writing books, articles, doing radio and television Q&A’s and raising my own kids, I think I’m ready for the next step. I want to support other people who teach parent education. Like all jobs, this one can have some challenges, but the work is so [...]
By Karen Swift Murdoch
Is your child struggling at school? Do you sometimes feel like you’re the only parent going through this? It’s also possible your child feels that they’re the only one having a tough time. I often hear from children that they are the “worst” in their class even though this usually isn’t true. [...]
By Alison Gunn
While each trip we take is unique due to the girls’ ages and stages, Goldstream itself is slow to change. Sure boardwalks have been erected over the rocky shores I once wandered as a child, and the Nature House now has a Facebook page; but from the giant, slippery, maple leaves lining the [...]
By Lora Carroll
“It is not good enough for care to be good, the care must be excellent.” ~ Magda Gerber, Founder of RIE (Resources for Infant Educators)
As my maternity leave came to an end, I was faced with the terrifying reality of returning to work and transitioning my child into daycare. The thought of leaving [...]
I get a lot of dads asking me what tasks I do during labour, fearing that I will take over and they will be pushed out of the picture. This is simply not true at all. I am there to support both mom and dad in the labouring process.
Because there is such a strong bond [...]
Ghosts, Graves and Girlies, Oh My.
By Alison Gunn
We could have gone to a pumpkin patch, or an apple orchard or raked the leaves into a gigantic pile and jumped, but all that seemed too run of the mill this year. Instead, we veered left, into Ross Bay Cemetery to see if there were any “spooky [...]