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The Family That Skis Together

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    by Pam Dillon By a fireplace in the Holland family’s west Ottawa home, there’s an artwork that is as compelling as it is fitting. In oil on canvas, freestyle skier Alexandre Bilodeau’s gold-medal performance at the 2010 Vancouver … Continue reading

Talk to Your Kids About Internet Safety


When it comes to stealing someone’s identity for personal gain, children aren’t exempt from the deceptive tactics employed by fraudsters. If your child is diving head first into the cyber world, it’s time to educate them on the risk factors of … Continue reading

Family Vacay in Lake Placid


  by Stephen Johnson   Every four years, I imagine myself skiing down a hill or scoring the winning goal for Canada at the Winter Olympics. Only problem? My athletic ambition far outstrips my ability. That’s why my family decided … Continue reading

Dreaming of Ball Season and a Place to Play

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  by Stephen Johnson Bryce Desrochers can’t wait for spring. He’s a typical Ottawa kid who loves to play baseball and hang out with friends.  There’s just one small difference from his peers.  When ball season finally rolls around, this … Continue reading

When Anger Explodes and Hurts, Get Help


Winter’s challenges can, now and then, irritate even the most unflappable. People get testy, cross, aggravated—you name it. And you’ll see it. A parent may talk sharply to the youngster demanding a treat in the checkout line or a driver … Continue reading

Life Lessons from Grandparents

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by Alyssa Delle Palme My relationship with Grandma June started when I was a baby. My mother always made the effort to bring me over to my grandmother’s house for a visit every week. When I was a teenager, most … Continue reading

A Picture Book with a Two-Mom Ottawa Family


  by Stephanie Kain We live next door. No need to be scared—we’re good parents, just like you. We two-mom families spend Saturdays in our pyjamas, and divide our weekday mornings between reading board books to our squirming babies, and … Continue reading

Raising Transgender and Gender Creative Kids in Ottawa

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The Road Less Travelled by Amanda Jetté Knox  On a cold February night last winter, our 11-year-old sent us a heartfelt email:  “I am a girl trapped inside a boy’s body,” it said. “More than anything, I want to be … Continue reading

Discover Books by #Ottawa Authors


Jungle Jim and Jungle Jen in the African Rainforest is the second in a series of children’s illustrated chapter books by Ottawa’s Jennifer J. Bergin. In this tale you’ll join Jim, Jen, and their new friends on a comical adventure … Continue reading