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Remembrance Day with Kids

November 1, 2015

It’s the first week of November, which means that Remembrance Day is just around the corner. As a granddaughter of a World War II veteran, I was brought up in a very patriotic family and Remembrance Day was always a sacred day. Of course, we had assemblies at school and did poppy-themed crafts. But, I had real-life stories to listen to and actual memorabilia to finger, which made history come alive for me and ingrained in me a deep respect, understanding and appreciation for the sacrifices of our armed forces and peacekeepers at home and abroad.

I now have children of my own, and I am saddened that they never got to meet their great-grandfather, who passed away three years before Cat was born. My girls won’t get to have that part of living history in their lives, the way I did. But I am determined that I raise them to be proud Canadians with a global understanding and empathy towards others. The challenge of course, is, how much do you teach them, and when? With topics as complex as war and peace, what is age-appropriate?

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Welcome!

September 14, 2015

Stay Outdoors Halton Mommy is a blog that celebrates finding joy in nature and living a healthy and active outdoor lifestyle, with a special focus on activities, events and resources available to families with kids living in Halton Region, Ontario, Canada.

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Why I Believe in Outdoor Play

June 26, 2015

As a mom of two who is passionate about exploring the great outdoors with her kids, it came as no surprise to me that a recent¬†ParticipACTION¬†report linked outdoor, open-ended play with positive outcomes in children’s physical, emotional and mental health. My kids are definitely happiest digging in the dirt, making “bird soup” with sand pails, water and twigs or examining the forest floor after it rains.

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