Thursday, November 20, 2014

Universal Children's Day 2014

The United Nations Universal Children's Day 2014 falls on 20 November and it is a specially designated event to foster understanding between children and to promote international togetherness and awareness among children.
UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, promotes and coordinates this special day for international children, which also works towards improving children's welfare and lives all over the globe. 
In Canada: National Child Day has been proclaimed across Canada since 1993 to commemorate the United Nations' adoption of two documents centred on children's rights: the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1959, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1989. The "Child Day Act" outlines human rights to which children, under the age of 18, are entitled by law. This Act promotes awareness and teaches children that they have rights, like adults do, under the law. The date of celebration is November 20th. 

Fun Children Facts

1. The average age children begin to use a microwave is seven.
2.A 3-year old Boy's voice is louder than 200 adults in a crowded restaurant. (No disagreements here!)
3.On an average, a 4-year-old child asks 437 questions a day (An understatement?)
4.For children, watching television alone can act as a natural painkiller (Don't try!)
5.The kneecaps of children are made of cartilage until the age of 3 years when it ultimately starts to turn into bones. (Scientifically verified!)

6.Those who are of the age of six and under are at the greatest risk of crushing or burning injuries of the hand.
Source: www.10-facts-about.com/Children/id/22

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Entrepreneuring 9-Year Old Inspires Family Financial Literacy Activities

Last spring when Coleton Benham was searching the web for financial literacy resources for kids, he came across Money Matters, a financial literacy program created by ABC Life Literacy Canada and sponsored by TD Bank Group. A few phone calls later and Coleton was chatting directly with Carissa Di Gangi, the program coordinator at ABC. After Coleton discovered that Money Matters was just for adults, he wondered if ABC could create a unit for kids. It was a great idea, but ABC’s mandate includes adult learners and families, so the idea of a unit just for kids just wasn’t possible.

Flash forward a few months to August when the ABC team began brainstorming for creative ways to celebrate Financial Literacy Month in November. Carissa mentioned her conversation with Coleton and thus was born Financial Literacy for the Family, a new Money Matters activity booklet developed for families to learn about financial literacy together, launching November 2014. Coleton was brought on board to evaluate the activities to make sure they appealed to kids like him.

Coleton thinks it is a great idea to have activities that allow parents and kids to work through financial problems and learn together at home. He really likes the activity that prompts you talk about where you would spend your money. Financial Literacy for the Family is a free activity booklet and is available for download from the MoneyMattersCanada.ca website. Coleton is going to make sure he shares it with teachers at his school and his friends. 

Like all kids, Coleton has his favourite things to spend his money on, like slushies and hockey equipment. But he also uses his savings for a campaign he has created: BRUSH, BOOK, BED. Coleton donates his own money to buy toothbrushes and pajamas to help less fortunate kids have some of the basic necessities for a good night (clean teeth, a good book to read, and cozy pajamas). He fundraises at school and gets corporate donations to help as well.

Where else does this 9-year old’s money go? To university and college savings – and his parents help with that too – he wants to have lots of opportunities to choose from in his future. With his love of math, entrepreneuring spirit and caring for others, there is no doubt that Coleton’s future will be bright and full of choices.

If Coleton has one piece of advise on money management for kids it would be, “don’t spend it all at once!”

Visit MoneyMattersCanada.ca to download Financial Literacy for the Family, along with additional financial literacy resources, including two other new activity booklets: A Place to Start: Spending Plans and RESPs and Other Ways to Save

Monday, November 3, 2014

Something Small for your Little One

Vancouver based company Sharing Small is a children’s sock subscription service that aims to turn an everyday item…simple socks into a source of fun and a lesson about the importance of sharing and empathy for others. 

Children ages 2-12 can sign up for their very own subscription every month and receive a new pair of socks in the mail. The colorful sock designs change every month, and feature two explorers on a new adventure. Some of their escapades captured on the socks include being chased by a tyrannosaurus rex, visiting outer space, and sledding with an emperor penguin!

The delivery package is designed to give children an engaging monthly experience that they can look forward to, with contents including the new socks, a letter with fun facts about the explorers' adventures, and some other surprises. 

For every sock shipped to children, Sharing Small donates a pair to a child in need through their charitable partners. These local Vancouver charities, including BabyGoRound and the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre ensuring donated socks go to families that need them most. It is through this one-for-one giving that Sharing Small teaches their subscribers that even small items, like socks, can make a huge difference in someone else's life.

Want to surprise your little one with their own Sharing Small subscription. Special for UBT readers sign-up for a free 2-month trial at www.sharingsmall.com. Use promo code: urbanbaby

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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Circle Craft Christmas Market

41st Annual Circle Craft Christmas Market
Over 300 artisans from coast to coast, November 11-16, 2014

Circle Craft Christmas Market is a special time of year for Vancouverites and visitors to the city. Since 1973, Circle Craft has presented its annual winter market where the best of BC and Canadian craft is exhibited and sold – by the artisans themselves. There has been change over the Market’s 41 years: different venues, and the show has certainly grown in size, but the mid-winter warmth and traditions of the Market delight its visitors year after year.

Parents who went as children now take their own kids; the Market is a multi-generational affair. And, every year, new visitors experience the magic that is Circle Craft’s winter market. Visitors will find food vendors with BC and Canadian-made treats, entertainment by local performers, craft technique demonstrations, daily contests, and the "Budding Artists" open area where emerging artists will introduce exciting and innovative new work.

The 2014 Market will take place at the Vancouver Convention Centre West, 1055 Canada Place, November 11-16, 2014. This year, the Market runs Tuesday to Sunday and includes Remembrance Day, which falls on a Tuesday.

CIRCLE CRAFT CHRISTMAS MARKET
Date: November 11-16, 2014 | Vancouver Convention Centre West
Hours: Tuesday through Friday: 10 am – 9 pm; Saturday: 10 am – 7 pm; Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
Admission:
$14 adults; $12 seniors and students; $10 each for groups of 10 or more
2-for-1 after 5:00 pm; Children under 12 are free
Save $2 on all admission prices when you buy tickets online at circlecraft.net.

Enter to win two complimentary tickets to the Circle Craft Christmas Market. Enter at urbanbaby.ca

Thursday, October 30, 2014

7 Tips and Tricks for Halloween Night with Baby or Toddler

Each year when Halloween comes around kids get so excited to go trick-or-treating in fun costumes and go door-to-door collecting candy. For younger kids and babies, the experience is still new and so it can be a little frightening or overwhelming if they aren’t prepared for what’s to come. 

For baby’s first Halloween, you’ll definitely want to make sure baby stays warm and comfy for a smoother experience if she’s coming along when you take the older kids out. Here’s seven tips and tricks for your Halloween night out with baby or toddler.




1. Dress baby comfortably
The end of October typically gets pretty chilly in most areas and temperatures always get cooler at night so dress baby in his favorite pajamas or bring a blanket to cover him up. It also might help him fall asleep in the stroller so he won’t fuss or mind being along for the ride!

2. Use a baby support pillow
Since baby will be sitting in the stroller throughout the night, he can be more comfortable and have his head and neck supported with an infant headrest. It will help keep baby’s head and neck aligned when in the seated position so baby has a much easier time sitting in the stroller.

3. Bring water and snacks 
Baby might get fussy seeing his older brothers and sisters getting all the candy and not being able to have any for himself. Calm him down by packing his favorite snacks so he gets to have some treats too!

4. Bring a flashlight or glow sticks
It gets dark out quickly and many children are afraid of the dark, so bring flashlights to light up your way. You can also have kids carry glow sticks or put reflective tape on their costumes for safety.

5. Don’t go to houses with scary decorations
Many people go all out with their Halloween decorations and turn their houses and yards into haunted houses. Be careful around these houses or avoid them altogether or you might end up having something pop out at you and scare little ones so they’ll be in tears the entire night.

6. Pack baby wipes
Everyone knows that Halloween candy and treats are sticky and you don’t want to deal with messy, sticky kids the whole night so bring some wet baby wipes so you can wipe their faces or clean up the stroller so you don’t have sticky hands touching everything when you get home.

7. Bring friends and family
Trick-or-treating is a lot more fun when you have a bigger group of people with you. Plus, it helps to have some extra sets of eyes looking after the kids with you. You can also invite a neighbor with similarly aged kids to join you so you can help each other and have another adult’s company so you can also enjoy the night. 

Creamy Pumpkin Soup


This soup has the delicious flavors of fall and will warm you up on a cold night.

Ingredients:

1    tbsp olive oil
1    clove garlic
1⁄4  medium onion, roughly chopped
3 c  vegetable broth
3⁄4c pumpkin puree
2 c  yams, baked and peeled
1⁄2  tsp chili powder
1    tsp kosher or sea salt
1⁄4  tsp ground black pepper
1⁄4  tsp curry powder
1    tbsp mascarpone cheese

INSTRUCTIONS:

Cook garlic and onion in olive oil until tender. Transfer to WildSide jar, and add remaining ingredients in order listed. Secure lid and select "Soup."

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

•Servings 6.0
•Sodium 860 mg
•Serving Size 1 c
•Carbohydrates 17g
•Calories 100
•Fiber 3g
•Fat 3.5g
•Sugar 2.5g
•Saturated Fat 1g
•Protein 1g
•Cholesterol 5 mg




Tuesday, October 28, 2014

BC Children’s takes the spooky out of Halloween with trick-or-treat safety tips

Halloween is just around the corner and the experts at BC Children’s Hospital are offering some tips to keep the parties and trick-or-treating safe. With a little planning, parents and caregivers can help prevent Halloween-related injuries: 

Be Seen: 
Costume shopping: Help kids pick out costumes that fit properly, keep them warm and are bright. You want your children to be comfortable and visible to other trick-or-treaters and drivers on Halloween night.


Be Safe: 
Supervised trick-or-treating: Make sure your children have a responsible adult to accompany them on their trick-or-treating adventure. Skip houses that don’t have lights on and don’t approach unfamiliar animals.

Be Creative: 
Pumpkin art: Encourage young children to decorate or draw on their Halloween pumpkins. Young children shouldn’t use knives or sharp tools. Use a flashlight or other battery light instead of candles. 

Be Cautious: 
Candy checks: Children get excited about their candy hauls; keep them happy hauls by checking their treats before they eat them. If your child brings home fruit, make sure to wash and cut before eating. Avoid choking hazards for children under five by removing treats like hard candy, popcorn, and nuts. 

Be Vigilant: 
Halloween driving: watch for children at crosswalks and for trick-or-treaters darting into the road. 

Quotes: 

 “If you’re driving a vehicle – slow down – particularly when it gets dark, because it can be more difficult to see kids stepping from crosswalks or darting across a street.”
Dr. Ash Singhal, pediatric neurosurgeon and Director of Pediatric Trauma Program at BC Children’s Hospital, with a special message for drivers:

“Your child may feel they’re too old to have an adult hang around while they trick-or-treat. Be there anyway, because Halloween is a special night and although it can be a lot of fun, it’s dark and can be chaotic. Having a responsible adult around helps keep children safe.”
Lisa Widas, RN, BSN, Manager Trauma Program



BC Children’s Hospital is part of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), a specialist in prevention. PHSA is committed to sharing expertise and knowledge to promote health and prevent illness and injury, manage chronic conditions, and lessen the burden of disease in high risk populations.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Book Review: A Halloween Scare in Canada

The perfect gift for every young Canadian or kid-at-heart who also loves celebrating the most eerie and thrilling night of the year, A Halloween Scare in Canada offers a jaunty tale with a humorous bent—sure to ward off any creature who goes bump in the night in cities and states across the country!
Halloween Scare in Canada features art and text created especially for Canada. Fun Halloween creatures and critters haunt your favorite landmarks, including famous sites and places like Parliament Hill, Montreal, Calgary, Windsor, Toronto, and Quebec.
With its bouncing rhyme, colourful illustrations, and funny story, A Halloween Scare in Canada is a delightful Halloween adventure for everyone who loves a silly, spooky tale.  It’s perfect for younger readers who can explore their state or city and little learn more about the places and landmarks that make their homes unique.

Enter to win a copy of A Halloween Scare in Canada by Eric James. Enter at www.urbanbaby.ca if you dare!