Tag Archives: Children

Apples or iPads? Inequality and Fundraising in Schools

  Backpack Surprises When I open up my child’s backpack, there are many things I don’t like to find. Used Kleenex, punctured containers of yogurt, and an open water bottle next to a library book, are some good examples. Those … Continue reading

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Being Brave

My youngest son just started junior kindergarten. This morning we had a little talk: “My darling, I have a very important job for you.” “What is it?” “Well, there are going to be some kids in your class who are … Continue reading

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The Kid at the Back    

I’ve decided to take a minute and dedicate this post to a special group of people. Here goes: A big high five, a handshake, a hug and a sincere THANK YOU, to all the teachers, camp counsellors, children’s performers (and … Continue reading

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Fear is the Path to the Dark Side

There’s a short moment before I open the newspaper when I brace myself for the worst. What’s going to be on the front page today? Another school shooting? A suicide bombing? Political unrest? Donald Trump rising in the polls? Along … Continue reading

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Playgrounds: And the winner is…….

Every once in a blue moon, someone does something so incredibly well, that you just have to sit down at your computer and write a blog post about it. Here I am. When I originally saw the plans for a … Continue reading

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Cars vs. Pedestrians: School Edition

Two weeks ago, a headline in our local paper caught my attention: “Parking rules too tough on parents, guardians?” The article went on to explain that city councillors in a neighbouring community are having staff review school zone parking rules … Continue reading

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Malleable Landscapes

Many animals are engineers. Beavers build dams, spiders build webs, termites build mounds, and humans build houses, bridges, log cabins, towers, and monuments. Small humans build snow forts, tree houses, lego castles, and blanket and clothespin hideouts. I’ve always been … Continue reading

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