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Take a look at this month's articles provided by Island Parent Magazine. Each month you'll find new articles with topics on parenting your children of any age. Written largely by local authors, these articles provide some great perspectives related to parenting, both on and off the island.

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Exploring Eelgrass Exploring Eelgrass
What is eelgrass? Zostera marina may sound like an oceanic form of the chickenpox virus, but it’s actually the scientific name for one of the most important marine species on the planet. Often mistaken for green algae, ...
posted: Aug 1, 2013  |  views: 426  |  comments: 0
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Gardening With Kids: 15 fun things to do in your backyard Gardening With Kids: 15 fun things to do in your backyard
Enter a garden with kids: little fingers dig and pick. Potatoes have eyes. Worms are pets. Snacks are self-serve. Plants are pulled, moved, swapped. Soil is heaved and hoed. Seeds are tucked in. Big questions are asked a...
posted: Jul 2, 2013  |  views: 722  |  comments: 0
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Natural Wonders of Vancouver Island Natural Wonders of Vancouver Island
One of my goals as a parent is to give my children an appreciation of the natural world. It’s not hard to do on Vancouver Island—we’re surrounded by wonders at every turn. In fact we’re so spoiled that it’s easy to take ...
posted: Jul 2, 2013  |  views: 529  |  comments: 0
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A Tale of Two Beaches A Tale of Two Beaches
The beach, the quintessential summer destination for lounging, reading, picnicking, swimming, castle building and for some, even swimming, but for those of us with inquisitive minds and a love of nature, the beach is als...
posted: Jul 2, 2013  |  views: 509  |  comments: 0
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Among the Giants at Cathedral Grove Among the Giants at Cathedral Grove
Two hundred feet above our heads, a small group of bald eagles chortle at each other, marking the boundaries of their territory along the edge of Cameron Lake. To those of us standing on the ground, the water is hidden f...
posted: May 31, 2013  |  views: 716  |  comments: 0
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Not Your Childhood Diary Not Your Childhood Diary
It came with a set of keys for a lock my brother had no problem picking. As I recall, it was pink and emblazoned with flowers. Or maybe it was Care Bears? What I do remember clearly about my childhood diary was the simpl...
posted: May 31, 2013  |  views: 670  |  comments: 0
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A Call to Order A Call to Order
The urge started a month before the birth of my first child. It was an obsessive call to orderliness—there were cupboards to be organized, closets to be arranged and, most imperative, little baby wash towels that needed ...
posted: May 31, 2013  |  views: 487  |  comments: 0
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A Green Birthday Party A Green Birthday Party
I’ll be honest: I wasn’t especially eager to organize a birthday party for my six-year-old last fall. Life had thrown me a few challenges, and I was secretly hoping she’d be content with the immediate and extended family...
posted: May 31, 2013  |  views: 575  |  comments: 0
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The Bigger Picture The Bigger Picture
What if…your children need something more basic than a trip to Disneyland, the latest piece of technology, or the birthday/Christmas pile of presents that breaks your bank account? What if…they don’t even know how to ...
posted: May 1, 2013  |  views: 663  |  comments: 0
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Mission Mompossible Mission Mompossible
The first cry from my 20-month-old daughter comes most days at 5:07 a.m. If I jump out of bed immediately and sprint to her room I can get to her before she starts full-on crying and wakes her brother. Then the get-he...
posted: May 1, 2013  |  views: 692  |  comments: 0
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