All posts filed under: Helpful Parenting Tips

Increasing our Creativity!

Creative projects have an endless amount of therapeutic benefits. Creating something with our own two hands leads us to sentiments of accomplishment and pride, these feelings are present in us even from the age of two when we draw our first circle or when we colour in our first picture. As we grow, our projects may increase in complexity but the feeling of achievement remains. Taking nothing and molding it into something allows us to gain confidence. We begin to value our self-worth and individuality the more we create, the more we put our ideas out there, the more we grow creatively. Creativity can help to foster: Self-esteem Imagination Determination Assertiveness Courageousness Perhaps some of us are scared by the word creativity because it is often associated with artistic abilities, however, creativity and artistic ability are not necessarily a complementary pair. One can be extremely creative in something and yet have no idea how to hold a paintbrush. We can be creative in our finances, in sports, in problem solving, in writing and even in …

Oliver

So, my wee little baby is going to be the big first digit next month! I can’t believe how fast this year has gone by, everyone said that (time will fly) and at first it seemed to be moving slower than molasses but, now everything is so blended together and I can’t believe how many “firsts” I’ve already forgotten. There are some that have ingrained their memories into my mind, perfect pictures left etched there forever, like: the first time he rolled over, sat up or took his first steps. Every day I smell his perfect scent, bury my nose in his little neck and tell him how much I love him. Some days I just want the world to stop, for the hands on the clock to slow right down, so I can remember these moments forever. Every night when I put him to sleep, I think about all the perfect minutes that happened that day, I want to save them all in a big jar and replay them forever in my mind. That …

Food Fit For a King!

There were so many things I said I would never do as a parent and then I became one. I swore my baby would be on a schedule, I would not give him a soother, I would never have him in our bed, the list goes on and on. However, there was one thing I said I would do and have so far stuck to it and that’s making my own baby food. This way I know what’s going into his little tummy and since he’s well into solids now it’s actually pretty fun concocting new recipes and experimenting with all the purees! My biggest issue (and I’m sure many others) is that there’s never enough time in a day. Being a working mom and having others watch your baby means you don’t always get a say about what goes in their tummies. Plus, since I enjoy food so much I’m not really into basing our meals around his simplistic tastes. So, I was only really left with one option: a 3 hour cook fest …

Baby Nutritrion Workshop!

Just wanted to let you know that we’ve partnered up with Loblaws and will be offering a very fun and informative Sunday afternoon. We will be meeting a nutritionist/dietician at Loblaws at 3pm, her name is Melanie Byland (you can read her bio on our Staff page). She will be focusing her interactive talk on the nutritional value of different fruits and vegetables and will help us plan meals/diets for our babies. We will be returning to Seasons just before 4pm where we will spend an hour making food for our babies for the week! You are welcome to bring containers or we can supply (for an extra charge) to bring your food home. We will be making a variety of fruits and vegetables. There will be staff(s) onsite to watch the babies (in the studio downstairs) so that we can focus in the kitchen. If you would like to partake in this fun afternoon please let us know, spaces are limited! If your babies has any allergies please notify us. When: Sunday, April 7th …

Dads Group

On January 12th, 2013 Seasons will host its first Dads Group. The group will run on Saturdays from 10-11am and all Dads are welcome! Come for a coffee/tea and join the chat, hear from guest speakers and share your stories with other Dads. Give your wives/partners a little break on Saturday mornings and get to spend some quality time with your baby! If you have any questions or would like some more information please feel free to contact us at info@seasonsfamilycentre.com   

Our Kids Private School Expo

To preschool or not. What kind of preschool. What’s the difference between Montessori and Waldorf? Should I send my children to private school for the long-term? How do I pick a private school? Can I afford private school? These are all questions that you can have answered at the Our Kids Private School Expo. There are so many school choices available to parents , and now you can see them all under one roof. The Toronto Private School Expo is the place to meet private and independent school leaders, find out about the admission process, learn about scholarships and more. If you’re thinking about picking a school for your child you should attend your event. Seasons Family Centre is pleased to offer our community free admission when you pre-register. See the details below. http://www.ourkids.net/expo/email/2012/General/ourkids-toronto-seasons.html

Seasons Spooky Haunted House is Back!

We are hosting our annual Spooky Hanuted House on Sunday, October 28th from 4-6pm. Come join us for some yummy treats, crafts and of course a good ol’ fashion scare in our haunted house. Suitable for ages 3+ up (don’t worry, we turn the lights on for the wee little ones)! For those under 3 we do have yummy treats and crafts they are welcome to participate in! If you have any questions please email us at info@seasonsfamilycentre.com 

Butternut Squash Soup

One of the great things about Fall is all the delicious recipes out there! What we love most about this butternut squash soup recipe is that it’s so easy and only takes about 30 minutes!   Ingredients 1 Butternut squash (2-3 pounds) peeled and seeded 2 tbsp of unsalted butter 1 medium yellow onion chopped 6 cups of chicken stock Salt and freshly ground pepper   Directions 1. Cut squash into 1-inch chunks   2. In large pot melt butter   3. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 8 minutes   4. Add squash and stock 5. Bring to a simmer and cook until squash is tender, about 15-20 minutes 6. Remove squash chunks with a slotted spoon and place in blender and puree 7. Return to  blended squash to pot 8. Stir and seasons with salt and pepper and serve warm.