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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 (www.activeforlife.com, 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 | 0 Comments 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 | 0 Comments Read full post »

"It Takes a Village to Raise a Child"

We're all in it together...

Testing This out

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.”

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Posted On: June 21, 2010 | 0 Comments Read full post »

MCF Newsletter Vol 4 March 2010

MCF Newsletter Vol 4 (Mar 2010)

2010...up and running:

Hi everyone, 2010 is well underway and spring is here already! We have already accomplished a lot this year and have some great new projects in the works. Read on for more information on how we launched our year and for some of the exciting things yet to come.

We try hard to find new ways for parents and caregivers to get the information they need and to stay informed about all the things going on in our community. To do this better, we’ve relaunched our website with a whole new look. If you haven’t already, check it out at www.makechildrenfirst.ca for up to date information. If you notice anything missing or out of date, please contact Sue Lissel to make changes. We’re also on Twitter! Follow us at www.twitter/mcfkamloops. This is the place where we post links to other websites, current events going on in Kamloops and other good information we think might be useful...

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Posted On: March 21, 2010 | 0 Comments Read full post »