Month: December 2016

Message from the Publisher

Hello Readers! This has been a very exciting month for Family Matters Magazine! Recently, I was nominated for Mompreneur® of the Year for my work through the magazine, as well as in the community. Mompreneurs® is an association dedicated to supporting and educating women in business in Canada. It was founded by a fellow Miltonian, Maria Locker. Every year, they showcase a select few Mompreneurs® at their awards gala in March; The beginning stages of the contest begins with nominations. I am undeniably grateful for having been nominated in my community for the work I have done with the...

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Too Scared for School!

About 5-10% of children struggle with significant anxiety. Anxiety can interfere with a student’s ability to perform in school and socialize with others. Times of change (e.g., first day of school) or performance/ evaluative situations (e.g., writing a test) typically cause some anxiety; There are times when a child’s anxiety gets in the way of going to school. “School refusal” describes the problem of a child who does not stay at school or refuses to go to school on a regular basis. Children who struggle with school refusal tend to complain of not feeling well before leaving for school (e.g., stomachaches). They...

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Why It Is Important to Walk Your Dog and How to Do It for Maximum Benefit

If I were to ask dog owners why they walk their dog, most often, the answer is: “For exercise.” A ten minute stroll around the block is really not much exercise for either you or Fido, but it does not mean that you should not do it at all. Here are some tips on how to get the most benefit out of your walk with your pooch. Set aside 20-30 minutes daily; Just like it is important for us humans to do 20 minutes of cardio each day, it is also important for your dog. Another amazing benefit to...

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Help Prepare Your Child for School With Fine Motor Skills Practice

One of the most important ways we can help our children prepare for school is to practice their fine motor skills at home. Young children need to be able to hold and use scissors and pencils appropriately before using them in a classroom context. We cannot expect children to be able to write if they haven’t yet developed the strength needed in their hands and fingers. Fine motor skills do not come naturally to all children; They are a learned set of skills that can be strengthened over time. Children who have issues with fine motor skills have a harder time developing...

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Consider Family Mediation

Are you experiencing a change in the family? Divorce? Consider Family Mediation to try to resolve any disagreements. Mediation is a confidential agreement-reaching process in which the neutral mediator offers meaningful assistance to the parents/ spouses who in good faith try to reach agreement in a collaborative, consensual, and informed manner. Mediation will succeed in improving the parties’ communication, while evaluating the alternate options of dispute resolution including court litigation and identifying underlying shared interests. The parents/ spouses will address and resolve the matters in conflict. The issues to be addressed may include parenting, financial support and division of property....

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