MCF Kamloops Blog

Teaching Kindness

Have you read the book “Have you filled a bucket today?” by Carol McCloud? I was reading it to my four year old daughter last night, and was reminded of how hard it can be to find the right words to describe adult concepts like kindness, compassion and empathy to little ones.  

The book is about kindness, and illustrates how acts of kindness have big impacts on the happiness we feel in our daily lives. It also describes how unkind words and actions make us all feel sad, and sometimes change how we treat others.

I have become a big fan of the online resource which is a partnership with the Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education. There are so many practical resources for parents and teachers to use to educate the hearts of our children. I choose the following four points for today’s blog post to help us all be better teachers of kindness every day.

Posted On: April 10, 2015 | Read full post »

Kids like to move it, move it...

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Our bodies are made to move. We are made to run, jump and skip. Young children explore their world with their bodies; they taste, touch, pull, push, stomp and run constantly. Although there are times when we ask our children to “Sit Still!” as parents, we can (and should) be celebrating all their natural moving and shaking.  In fact, we likely need to be doing more moving and shaking ourselves…right? Right! 

According to Active for Life (, 2015), only 7% of kids aged 5-11 are active enough. Yes, you read that right, only 7%! I don’t know about you, but that number scares me.   

Even though we have heard the experts tell us (time and time again) to eat well and move more, it is clear that Canadians are becoming more sedentary, more obese, and less healthy. These unhealthy behaviours are being seen in our children as well. 

Posted On: February 27, 2015 | Read full post »

Finding your balance

Finding your balance…

As the parent of two young children, I find myself struggling to balance work and home life, children and finances, health and wellness. I have chosen to work part-time while my girls are small which allows our family to have more time together than if I worked five days a week. The cost of childcare vs paid working hours is closely watched. Like many of you, I value health and wellness and envy those with more free time!  These precious little people require so much of our attention that there are times when everything else takes a backseat.

Can you relate?

Posted On: February 5, 2015 | Read full post »

"It Takes a Village to Raise a Child"

We're all in it together...

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Have you heard the old proverb that "it takes a village to raise a child?" It means many things but to Make Children First, it means that when you are raising your children, you as a parent, are not alone. In Kamloops, everyone who offers programs, resources and support to families with children 0-6, want to join you in your journey.

Some families in our community benefit from close family ties and strong circles of friends. Others feel very much alone and isolated. Being a parent to young children is a full contact sport, a twenty-four hour a day job and can be an overwhelming task some days.

Are you having one of those days? Are you working through a tough stage with your child?

We hear you!

Posted On: August 5, 2014 | 0 Comments Read full post »

MCF Newsletter Vol 5 June 2010

MCF Newsletter Vol 5 (Jun 2010)

The children of Kamloops are important to everyone… 

The work to develop a Children’s Charter of Rights is well underway and our goal of launching the community Charter on International Children’s Day (Nov 20) will be attained! Submissions from children expressing their rights in words or pictures have been collected from schools, and submissions from other groups are being collected over the first part of the summer. Thanks to our enthusiastic advisory committee and valued partners, the process has been a fast and exciting one. In the words of a 6 year old from Lloyd George Elementary, every child needs “love and carrots, grapes and water...and strawberries too.”

Download a PDF of the newsletter by clicking on the preview.

Posted On: June 21, 2010 | Read full post »