Author Archives : Alyson Schafer

Homework Boundaries

First, let me say, that I am not a supporter of homework. If I had my way, “homework” would be just that – work children do for the home and family. After a full day of learning children should relax and then help out around the home; shoveling snow, vacuuming, laundry and having time in […]

Back-To-School Prep: Preschool to University!

  September means back to school and that can be a tough transition time for families. To help parents out, I am offering my best short tip for each age to ensure everyone gets the year off to a good start: 1. PRESCHOOLERS Young children are still very dependant on their parents, hence they are […]

Tech Free Holidays – Are you up for it?

My No Tech Holiday Almost every summer my family joins another family to go camping in the interior of a provincial park. That means we leave civilization and portage in a few lakes where there is no cell service, no shower or toilets, and certainly no medical help if you accidently dislocate your shoulder. Don’t […]

Coping with Innocent Lies

“My 4 1/2 year old has taken to lying. Generally I think the lying is to impress. The last lie I caught her in was telling me (and more importantly her teacher) that she’d read a WHOLE book the previous evening when she’d only read about 20 pages. She also frequently lies about having completed […]

How to Write an Appreciation Letter to your Child

I hope your spring is off to a good start. It seems the warm weather, the sound of birds chirping and the signs of new growth bring out the best in some of us. Being our best also means being appreciative for all that we have and the non-monetary gifts we have in our lives […]

What to do when your toddler wakes at 5am.

It can be hard to get a child to sleep through the night – but what if they are habitually waking early? One mother emailed me about her 3-year old son who refused to do anything alone when he woke up early. If she didn’t let him in her bed, he would cry until he […]

7 Tips for Successful Birthday Parties

1. Do not make kids’ birthday parties too long. Kids only have a limited amount of energy and attention span before they start to misbehave and things start to fall apart. 2. Be very clear in the invitation as to whether this is a ‘drop-off’ or a ‘parents-stay-behind’ party. If you aren’t prepared to host […]

Birthday Budget Learning Opportunities

Contextual learning is the new buzz word for education. Children learn concepts best when taught in context. So what better time than hosting a birthday party to teach some financial literacy skills to your children. When my daughter described how she envisioned her 8th birthday party, she told me she wanted to invite all of […]