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Craft and Cookie Boxes!

Looking for Easter gift ideas? For a limited time only we are doing two different Easter Egg Cookie Baskets.
1) 12 plain Easter egg sugar cookies with 2 bags of royal icing and candies to decorate (option to add more cookies and additional cupcakes frosted with buttercream). Prices vary – base price $35 plus HST
2) custom order sugar cookies decorated with royal icing. Prices vary.
Please note all orders need to be received by Friday, April 3rd. Food is prepared in our commercial kitchen with COVID19 safety precautions. Please email us for more info. Delivery and curbside pick up available.

Are you stuck at home with your little ones? Losing your mind a little? Let us help you entertain them. We can provide you with a craft or cookie box. Craft boxes come with all materials/instructions. Our craft boxes start at $35 and come with two different crafts and can be tailored to your child’s interest. Our regular cookie boxes come with 12 sugar cookies, 2 bags of royal icing and candies to decorate – additional cupcake and cookies can be added on.

 

#COVID19JEDI

It’s ok to go dark sometimes…it’s totally ok to NOT BE OK right now.

Say this sometimes to yourself, it can be helpful.

“I AM NOT OK RIGHT NOW”.

I took a class recently – on Mindful Self-Compassion and there’s a theory about self-compassion being composed of 3 basic things – mindfulness, self-kindness and common humanity. I took this class with the amazing Dr.Heidi Walk and it uses the Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook. I’ll break down the 3 parts, if you’re new to this theory. 

Kindness: 

So be “NOT OK” and give yourself a fucking hug. Tell yourself what a friend would tell you. Pretend you live on another planet (which would actually be really cool right now, you wouldn’t have to deal with any of this craziness, there’s no COVID-19 on Mars…or isssss there? Ok sorry…so you’re on Mars and your friend calls you and says, listen to what happened on earth today. Would you believe it? Would you feel like you were listening to a movie plot? Maybe, but either way bet you wouldn’t be so hard on your friend about their insecurities around their future and the world’s future. So try being kind to yourself when you’re not ok..try being a good friend to yourself. 

Mindfulness:

Today I was watching Clone Wars with my son…it’s a Star Wars spin-off, it’s on Disney, maybe not entirely age-appropriate but seriously, if you judge me on that you’re missing the whole point here, anyway….in the intro of the episode we were watching, it talks about how the Jedi have been sent to live far below the surface, cause of some Dark force guy and the similarity to our actual world…well that thought alone sent me into dark mode. You know, shaky feel, heart flutters..uncertainty at the end of every thought. But about halfway down the scary rabbit hole, I pulled myself out and that there, folks is mindfulness…being aware of the moment you’re in. Just the moment…catching yourself in your negative thought patterns. 

Common Humanity:

Maybe some of the people in your life will go dark too…let them have their space. Don’t let anyone go dark for too long though, have an accountability partner.

If you live alone…have an accountability partner.

If you live with people but feel like you live alone….have an accountability partner.

If you live with people who you like 90% of the time (be grateful) and also have a damn accountability partner.

You get the point?

So here’s what I suggest on how we’re going to be a #COVID19Jedi and not let the dark force win. 

Be mindful of when you go dark. Be kind to yourself in that moment and then find a fellow Jedi and be stronger together…be accountable for someone and to someone. 

One day at a time people….one moment…through each step of darkness, we’ll rise to be Guardians of Justice and Peace in the Universe, for people and especially for the Universe.

ps. Just so you know I’m not some huge Star Wars fan…don’t get me wrong I like it and all, but seriously who hasn’t wanted to be some form of a Jedi at some point in their life? Look up the definition of Jedi on google…the second part of the first sentence and then go find your inner Jedi, especially when the dark is lurking around any corner. 

Online Therapy

If you’re struggling at the moment to keep your mental health in a good state, you’re not alone. From our personal experience, we learn best through other people’s strength, experience and hope. We’re offering online therapy sessions for kids, teens and adults. 5 people maximum per group. Children need to be 8 years and older and we will be doing Art Therapy in children/teen groups.

Groups are run by: Nikki Goldman Stroh – a Registered Psychotherapist with over 15 years of experience in the field. Read more about her training here.

We’re also aware lots of us are struggling financially. For every online group we’re hosting we’re offering one free group to those who can’t afford therapy. We all need help at the moment…so please don’t hesitate to contact us regardless of your financial position.

In each group, there are some ground rules. It’s confidential and no-one knows each other, you can also choose to turn off the video screen if that makes you more comfortable. These groups are not to discuss news around COVID-19 – they are for discussions around our Mental Health.

If you’re interested please email us at info@seasonsfamilycentre.com
Groups are $30 per session/per individual plus HST.

Santa at Seasons!

November 24th – 3:00 – 5:00PM

Avoid the line-ups at the mall and have an enjoyable Santa experience! This year we will have a small holiday market featuring products from Raluca Skincare and Epicure as well as baked goods from our very own kitchen (free and for purchase as gifts). Plus we will have My Kindness Calendar’s available for purchase. Tickets are $25 (plus HST) and include 1(4×6) photo, treats and crafts. Additional images are available for purchase. Join us at Pictonat for an afternoon of holiday fun!

BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE

Seasons Annual Haunted House

Join us for our annual Haunted House! This year we’re back, bigger and better than ever before! We have partnered with Kids Can Academy and proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to this amazing charitable organization! If you’re not into being scared, we’ve got crafts, games and treats for you! Or take a family photo in our pumpkin patch! Tickets are $25 (valid for a family of 4) and includes haunted house tour, treats, games and crafts – additional tickets are $8 each. Buy your tickets online at Eventbrite!

 

 

Family Friendly Haunted House!

Join us for our annual Haunted House! Every year we put on a fun-tastic haunted house in support of a charity. Proceeds from ticket sales go directly to the charitable organization! If you’re not into being scared, we’ve got crafts, games, and treats or take a family photo in our pumpkin patch! Tickets are $25 (valid for a family of 4) and include the haunted house tour, treats, games, and crafts – additional tickets are $8 each.

Visit Eventbrite to buy your tickets today!

 

Back-to-School Jitters – Tips for Parents by Caron Irwin from Roo Parenting

Back-to-School Jitters – Tips for Parents from Caron Irwin from Roo Parenting

The long days of summer are coming to an end and back-to-school reality is upon us. This time of year is full of excitement in anticipation of seeing old and new school friends and picking out the best back-to-school gear but it can also be full of nerves and jitters as the first day approaches.

How Do You Prepare Your Kids?

It is important to prepare your children for the upcoming school year. Children who are prepared and know what to expect feel in control and when they feel in control they are better able to manage change successfully. Start to prepare about a week before the first day of school. Starting too early can cause kids to fret for too long creating more anxiety, and starting too late can make children feel rushed and overwhelmed.

Take your child to visit the school. Take your child to their school – if possible have them visit their classroom, walk the halls, check out the lunch room and spend time in the school yard. Children learn through their senses so being in the space, seeing the sights and hearing the sounds can often help them learn and understand what to expect. It is also beneficial to rehearse the commute to school. On the walk or during the car ride talk with your child about the number of stop signs that you pass or the streets that you cross. This familiarity can help your child feel more connected and prepared.

Go over the basics. Talk to your child about where they will hang their backpack, where the bathroom is, what lunch time will be like. Knowing the answers to these questions can help your child feel prepared and can also ease their anxieties because seeing your discussions playing out at school will be comforting.

Learn some names. Go over your child’s teacher’s name and some names of the children who will be in their class. This familiarity can help your child feel confident. It also means that you can give them a task for when they start school (e.g “Try to find Max at lunch time; he would be fun to sit with”).

Involve your child in getting ready for back-to-school. Including your child in some aspect of getting ready for back-to-school can help parents have a natural conversation with them about going to school and it can also be a positive activity that helps get them excited.

Establish and practice a back-to-school routine. Switching from the laissez-faire days of summer to a structured school schedule can be stressful to everyone. Avoid first-day-of-school chaos by practicing your routine the week before the first day. Create a routine and communicate it to your child in an age appropriate way.

Caron Irwin is the founder of Roo Parenting – a consulting service that provides support to parents as they navigate the ups and downs of raising their children. She is the mother of three children and a Certified Child Life Specialist with a background in Child Development and learning through play. For ten years, she has been supporting children and families through illness at Canada’s largest children’s hospital. She holds a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Studies from Ryerson University.Roo Parenting

Caron Irwin  |  (416)559-0420  |   caron@rooparenting.com  |   RooParenting.com   |   @RooParenting