Struggling to Contribute to Your Child’s RESP? How Small Savings Can Add Up Over Time

A lot of us would like to save more money, but that’s often easier said than done. We often say that if only we got a raise at work, we’d save more money. The funny thing is, even when we do get a raise at work, instead of saving more money, most of us find new ways to spend it. Why does this happen? Due to a little thing called “lifestyle inflation.” Lifestyle inflation is when you increase your spending when you get a raise at work. What are the side effects of lifestyle inflation? It makes it hard to pay off debt, save for retirement and contribute to your child’s RESP.

There is a misconception out there that we can’t afford to contribute to an RESP, but even if you’re able to save an extra $75 a month, it will add up over time when compounded with government grants. How do you do that without getting a raise? Let’s take a closer look at a little thing called the “latte factor.”

Introducing the Latte Factor

What’s the easiest way to find extra money to contribute to your child’s RESP? It’s not getting a raise at work. It’s making better use of the money you already have.

There’s a term out there you may have heard of called the Latte Factor or Latte Effect. At first glance, you might it has something to do with drinking a lot of lattes. While it could for some people, it’s more about how small daily purchases can really add up. However, when you eliminate them, you can end up with a nice chunk of change. It all comes down to finding an extra $3 per day in savings and investing it.

What does $3 per day mean to you? Saving an extra $3 per day means about $75 per month or $900 per year; not bad and that’s just by saving $3 a day. Imagine if you could save $10 a day or more. That’s when the savings can really add up!

How Do You Save More Money?

So, how do you save more money? That’s the million-dollar question, but saving money is easier than you thought.

Besides the mortgage/rent, for most families the second and third most costly household expenses are food and transportation. If you could shave five or 10 percent off those, the savings may add up to $50 or $100 extra per month.

For example, instead of driving to work and paying for parking every single day, why not bike to work once a week or take public transit. You don’t have to do it every single day, especially when you have to drop off the kids to school or have errands to run, but once in a while won’t kill you.

Likewise, instead of buying your lunch every single day, but cutting it back to two or three times a week, you could easily save yourself $50 or $100 extra a month. These are just a couple examples of how to save.

Your Child Deserves a Brighter Future

If you’re not contributing to your child’s RESP, you’re literally leaving free government money on the table. Small savings each day can add up to a lot over time and even more when invested in an RESP. By coming up with an extra $75 per month, you can take advantage of the RESP and provide your child with a bright future through the gift of higher education.

For more information on your child’s RESP’s contact Karen Wallace here at Knowledge First Financial. Karen is sponsoring our Halloween Party on Friday October 18th! She’s happy to answer any questions you might have at the party about your child’s RESP’s.

Or you can email her at:

Hot Mama Fitness: Workout With Your Kids!

Hot Mama Fit – Moms work out while their kids play! We offer group fitness classes for moms who want a quick, effective and fun work. We welcome all moms, whether you are newly postpartum and looking to get back into fitness or an experienced exerciser!

Hot Mama isn’t just about fitness; it’s about empowering women, building community and embracing family fitness. Mamas often take care of everyone else before themselves. Hot Mama provides a safe, supportive space where they can work out while not worrying about childcare. It’s a bonus that the kids witness firsthand what an amazing, strong role model their mama can be!

Each Hot Mama location offers a variety of classes, from low impact, strength-based workouts to high intensity Cardio Blasts. Don’t worry… Every class can be modified to your current fitness level. We also offer Body Smarts, our 12 week nutrition program designed by a Registered Dietitian and PhD in Exercise Physiology (next session starting the week of September 23rd), Bootylicious Run Group, our super popular 12 week program designed for the beginner to intermediate runner (next session starting Spring 2020) and Screw The Scale, our 8 week fitness education and self-love program (starting in October).

There are 3 locations in Calgary – Calgary SE, Calgary NE- Marlborough and Calgary West Sarcee. Your first week is always FREE to try! Moms who are 8-24 weeks postpartum get four weeks of classes for FREE (2/week) as part of our Postpartum Initiative.

Visit http://hotmamafit.com/to find the location nearest you and email us to get started.

Can My Kids Contribute to their RESPs?

Besides putting a roof over your family’s head and food on the table, one of the best things a parent can do is help their children with the cost of post-secondary education.

Going to college or university isn’t cheap these days. Tuition is going up a lot faster than the rate of inflation. This means that students are graduating with more and more student debt. Having student debt can mean that your adult child could delay important milestones like buying their first home and getting married.

For parents there are a lot of competing financial priorities: paying the mortgage, saving for retirement, contributing to your tax-free savings account and let’s not forget saving for your child’s post-secondary education. That begs the question, let’s say your child has a part-time job, can he or she contribute to their own RESP?

Children Can Contribute to their own RESP

The short answer is, yes, kids can contribute to their own RESP. If your daughter or son has a part-time job, they can put some of their paycheque towards their RESP.

When your child contributes to their own RESP, it’s treated just like any other RESP contribution. It’s eligible for the 20 percent grant from the government. This is essentially free money. You’re leaving free money on the table if you’re not contributing the maximum $2,500 per year in your child’s RESP ($500 per year to be exact).

Teaching Your Kids Financial Literacy Skills

Besides helping reach the maximum $2,500 RESP contribution each year, when your child contributes to their own RESP, it teaches them valuable financial skills.

Many teenagers when they get their first part-time job spend their money on events, concerts and movies. While there’s nothing wrong with your child having some fun with their money, if they’re simply blowing all the money that they make on entertainment, they’re likely not learning anything.

One of the best things you can do for your teenager is teach them financial responsibility before adulthood. When you ask your teenager to contribute to their RESP, it feels more like a partnership. If you as the parent simply pay for all your child’s expenses and contribute to their RESP on your own, they aren’t as likely to value the money that you’ve saved towards their education.

As an example, if a parent saves the entire amount in their child’s RESP, when the child actually attends college or university, they might be more likely to drop courses and may not put in the same effort since it’s not their money. However, if your child worked hard at a part-time job and contributed, too, they’re more likely to put in more of an effort since they have skin in the game, too.

The facts don’t lie. With about half of Canadians living paycheque to paycheque and a lack of financial literacy courses in the school system, asking your child to contribute to their RESP is one of the best things you can do.

Matching Your Child’s Contributions

There are many ways you can do this. One way is to match your child’s contribution. So, if your child can contribute $1,250, you’ll contribute $1,250, too, so you’ll get $2,500 together and can maximize the government grant.

Sit down with your child and come up with an arrangement that works where you’re both on board. When you do this, your teen is more likely to understand and feel motivated to help put money towards their own RESP.

Your child will have more money in their RESP and learn a valuable life lesson. It’s a win-win situation.

For more information, Karen Wallace from Knowledge First Financial would be happy to help!

You can reach her at:

karen_wallace@heritageresp.com

Benefits of Dance: Soul to Sole Dance Company

Why Should Young Children Dance?

There are so many different activities nowadays that parents can put their children into. From organized sports to music lessons and everything else in between, it often makes it difficult for both parents and children to choose. Parents often look for activities that will keep their children active, engaged and something where they can have fun. Dance classes are great for young children and there are many dance studios out there that offer lessons for children as young as one year old. Participating in dance classes can be beneficial for children of all ages!

Some of Our Favorite Benefits of Dance:

  1. Improves Physical Health

Dancing is a great form of physical exercise, and developing a love for dance at an early age can help to motivate children to stay active as they grow into adulthood. Dance classes can increase your child’s flexibility, range of motion, physical strength and stamina and improve their overall cardiovascular health.

  1. Socialization Benefits

Dance is a highly social activity. Dance classes can help children improve their social skills, learn how to work as part of a team, develop a greater sense of trust and cooperation and make new friends which more often than not, develop into lifelong friendships.

  1. Encourages Creativity

Dance encourages children to be more creative and to express themselves in various ways. By encouraging creativity and using their imagination, children learn to build trust, develop effective relationships and learn how to think critically. Early childhood is the best time for the developing creativity and creative problem solving, which in turn will help serve your child for life.

  1. Improved Self Esteem

As children learn and adjust to the various movements and postures that are required in dance, they develop a better sense of their own bodies. As they become more comfortable in their own skin, their confidence and self-esteem also significantly improve. Dance classes can encourage children to foster a more positive attitude and allow them to explore their own self-expression.

Dancing is such an amazing activity for children. It allows them to stay active in such a fun and exciting way! If you are looking to increase your child’s self-esteem, improve their social skills and help them develop great habits for life, enroll them in a dance class at Soul To Sole Dance Company Ltd. today!

Our goal at Soul To Sole Dance Company Ltd. is to provide students with a challenging, exciting and educational experience, while helping them reach their full potential.

Our atmosphere is extremely positive, in which our staff is always willing to go out of their way to provide exceptional instruction, information and service. Students may explore a variety of dance styles and disciplines and learn not only the basic steps within these disciplines, but also explore the history and roots of the art of dance.

We offer many different classes and provide students with superior training in a safe and nurturing environment.

We look forward to welcoming you into our DANCE family and can’t wait to create some amazing memories together!

Soul To Sole Dance Company Ltd. is a place where people of all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities learn to dance and perform. This is a studio where creativity, individuality and self-expression are highly encouraged. We are a community of teachers, students and families who are passionate about the performing arts. Our goal is to create a positive and enjoyable experience for all of our students. We strive to nurture and develop talent, celebrate the achievements of all students and inspire a love and appreciation of all styles of dance and the arts. We are committed to providing a safe and positive environment in which all students can feel empowered, comfortable and free to express themselves.

Toilet Training Made Easy with Brilliant Beginnings

Toilet Training Made Easy

Toilet training.  Or shall we say freedom from diapers!  The time when parents can officially say good bye to countless shopping trips to the store and tons of garbage and embrace the effortless transition of using the toilet!

Sounds easy doesn’t it?

If you currently in the midst of this you are well aware this is far from true.  The book told you it can be done in a day and its been 4 months and it just seems to be getting worse!  Your frustration is increasing and your patience is at its capacity.  You don’t understand how your toddler can be so talkative and “smart”, yet choose to go to the bathroom in his diaper.

Sounds like your toddler?

If toilet training is taking a long time with your toddler, it is completely normal!  The truth of the matter is that few moms and dads are well prepared for how long toilet training actually takes.  Sure, some children master it within a few days, but others can take several months. In fact, it’s generally true that the earlier you start, the longer it takes.

No matter how old your little one is there are some basic strategies to make this transition easier. If you are having difficulty with toilet training stop immediately and take some time to read the following suggestions to determine if your toddler is in fact ready for this next stage.

Is My Child Ready to be Toilet Trained?

Some children are ready to start toilet training by 18 months or so, but others aren’t interested in the process until they’re closer to 3 years old. Many parents begin toilet training when their children are around 2 and a half however only around 22 percent are out of diapers at this age.  Typically 60% of 3 year olds are completely potty trained.

Before you begin watch for signals that your little one is ready to start, but try not to put on the pressure. Rushing her when she’s not ready will only delay the process. Look into any environmental influences that may disrupt her schedule.  If she’s experiencing any turmoil or major change in her life, like a new caregiver or sibling hold off until this settles down.

There’s also no sense in starting toilet training when you— or your child’s primary caregivers — won’t be able to devote time, patience, and a bit of humour to the process. If you’re in the middle of renovating your home, or just had another baby, it is probably best to wait until you have the time to dedicate your energy into this process. 

 Buy the right equipment

Before you start toilet training invest in a child-sized potty chair or a special adapter seat for your regular toilet. Figure out what equipment is best for your toddler and plan a special trip to purchase it with them.  You can explain that it is for them to go to the bathroom like big boys or girls.  The most important feature of the equipment is that they have a relaxing sitting position. If you choose an adapter for an adult toilet ensure they have good foot supports and they don’t have to hold themselves up on the toilet seat.

Start a Basic Routine

Set your toddler on the potty seat, fully clothed, once a day — after breakfast, before her bath, or whenever else she’s likely to have a bowel movement. This will help her get used to the potty and accept it as part of her daily routine.
Once she’s fine with this routine, have her sit on the potty without a diaper. Again, let her get used to how this feels. At this point, let her know that this is what Mommy and Daddy (and any older siblings) do every day.

If sitting on the potty with or without clothes is upsetting to your toddler, don’t push it. Never restrain her or physically force her to sit there, especially if she seems scared. This will only delay the process and create a negative association with using the toilet. It’s better to put the potty aside for a few weeks before trying again.

Demonstrate!

Children learn best by imitation, and watching you use the bathroom is a natural way to understand what using the toilet is all about. When you demonstrate for your toddler, it’s helpful to explain what’s going on as you’re using the bathroom and let her see afterward what you “made.” If your comfortable show her how you wipe with toilet paper, pull up your underwear, flush the toilet, and wash your hands. If they have an older sibling this can also be demonstrated on what their big sister/brother does on the toilet too.

Explain the process

Show your toddler the connection between pooping and the toilet. The next time she poops in her diaper, sit her down on her potty and empty the diaper into the bowl. Afterward, explain to her that the poop goes in the potty and let her flush it down if she wants to.

There are also a variety of great books and videos that can talk about toilet training in a fun and non-stressful format. Everyone Poops, by Taro Gomi and Once Upon a Potty are two classic books that explain the process in a fun and kid friendly manner. Keeping a book like this in the bathroom, or a poster or flipbook that illustrates the steps in using the potty, can help your toddler become familiar with the process. You can also use pretend play to illustrate toilet training with a doll.  Simply purchase a doll that pees and a small pretend potty.  Show them what happens when the doll drinks and how and where the pee comes from.  This can be a great incentive as they are getting a chance to pretend and show the “baby” how to do it!

Start Training!

Encourage your toddler to sit on the potty whenever she feels the urge to go.  This may mean taking her to the bathroom during specific times of the day she is more likely to be successful. If she needs help getting there and taking off her diaper, make sure she knows it’s okay to ask you for help any time. If you can, let her run around bare-bottomed sometimes with the potty nearby. The more time she spends out of diapers, the faster she’s likely to learn, although you’ll have to clean up a few more accidents. Wearing underwear versus diapers also helps speed up the process because they can  feelthe results!  Pull-ups and diapers mask the feeling of a dirty diaper and can take away the incentive to go in the toilet.

Sometimes toddlers won’t sit on the potty long enough to relax for the urine or feces to come out. Calmly encourage your toddler to sit there for at least a minute or so. You’ll have the best luck getting her to stay put if you keep her company and talk to her or read her a book.

When your toddler uses the potty successfully, praise her but don’t get into complicated systems with charts and delayed reinforcement. Chances are that she’ll continue to have accidents, but she’ll start to grasp that getting something in the potty isan accomplishment. Still, try not to make a big deal out of everytrip to the potty, or your toddler may start to feel nervous and self-conscious under to much attention. Don’t ever punish your child for having an accident.  This can damage their self-esteem and also create tension around the process.

Introduce Night Training

When you’re ready start night training, your toddler should continue to wear a diaperor pull-up to bed, but encourage her to use the potty if she has to pee or poop during the night. Tell her that if she wakes up in the middle of the night, she can call you for help. You can also try putting her potty near her bed so she can use it right there.
If she manages to stay dry for five nights in a row, it’s a good time to start night time training. Put a plastic sheet under the cloth one to protect the mattress, and put your toddler to bed in underwear and see if she remains dry.  Over time this will get better however there is not much you can do to push it along besides limiting liquids before bedtime.  If your toddler doesn’t seem to get the hang of it, put her back in night-time diapers and try again in a few months as she gets better bladder control.

Overall, toilet training should not be an overwhelming experience if you follow these simple guidelines.  Ensure you assess your toddlers’ readiness and don’t push them if they aren’t ready. Try to get into the habit of making toilet training fun by illustrating with their doll or reading a special book. Don’t ever pressure them or get frustrated when they are unable to do it.  The more you are at ease over this process the faster your toddler will be out of diapers!

For more information about Brilliant Beginnings head here. 

 

 

Pedalheads Bike Camp Review

Our first week of our summer vacation started this year with a Pedalheads bike camp. It was the third year my 6 year old daughter was involved and the first year trying Pedalheads with my 3 year old son. The camp has always been a positive experience for my daughter who has become a more confident, aware and safe biker because of Pedalheads, so it was only natural I decided to put my son in this year as well.

Only two days into the bike camp, my three year old looked at me with glee and pronounced that this was his best day ever! It was such a sweet moment and one that made me laugh as he had just been told he was going to ‘clean’ his bike. Pedalheads has specialized activities everyday during camp and it was ‘Wash Wednesday’. He loved cleaning his bike, something I couldn’t *help* but think and hope that he continues (at least this love of cleaning)!

We initially started Pedalheads because I had heard great things about their programming and I was keen to get my daughter biking. I could tell her hundreds of times what to do, but she seemed to respond better when someone else was talking to her (go figure)! Ever since then, we’ve had great experiences. They were instrumental in helping her get off her training wheels, and now they’ve helped her become more confident using gears and riding for longer trips (even on the road)!

For my three year old son, he’s a bit of the stubborn type, so I wasn’t sure how camp would go this week. He’s had a bike with training wheels for a year but never seemed to grasp the concept of biking very well, until this week. He was in a ‘trikes and trainers’ camp with only one other little boy and it was fantastic. Their instructor was patient, set up game after game, had them moving and biking and playing and just having a great time! He looked forward to camp everyday and I had no problems convincing him to go.

If you have the opportunity or are thinking of trying a camp out this summer, I would recommend giving Pedalheads a chance. All the kids in the programs seemed to love biking and together in a group they really thrive. Plus sometimes it takes someone else to give your child those tips on riding a bike, to really get them confident on their bike!

In Calgary, Edmonton, and St. Albert, you can find Pedalheads in 16 locations. For more information on their programs, you can read below OR you can head to their site here.

Happy Summer!

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Further information from Pedalheads:

Why Pedalheads?

Pedalheads provides innovative and effective programs that are safe, fun, and challenging, inviting children to discover a world of opportunities. People choose Pedalheads because:

• since 1995, we’ve taught hundreds of thousands of kids to ride their bikes;
• we have a proven track record of getting most kids off their training wheels within one week;
• we aim to develop healthy, confident, and independent kids by way of our own teaching methods, small classes, and incredible instructors;
• we have promoted kids’ health and development over the last 30+ years, earning us a reputation of excellence in the communities that we serve; and
• parents have rated us 4.8 out of 5 stars, based on nearly 700 Facebook reviews. Check out what parents had to say here.

About our learn-to-ride bike program.

Our learn-to-ride bike program is best known for helping kids ages three through 12 get off training wheels and safely ride on the road. Our program includes:

• a progression of six instructional levels for you to choose from,
• three-hour half-day camps,
• seven-hour all-day camps,
• private lessons, and
• before and after care options.

Mastermind Mompreneur Business Group: Final Thoughts

As the director for Mommy Connections Calgary over the past five plus years, I’ve organized, facilitated and hosted many, many events, workshops and programs. Every one of them, I do my best to stick to the goal that Mommy Connections sets out, which is to create connection by building community. It was because of  Mommy Connections that I was inspired to support another specific demographic of this community, which is women who have children and run their own businesses. So one year ago, I started The Mothering Vine which connects, supports and empowers women who are Mothers and small business owners.

This group in the photo above has gotten together once a month for the past 10 months and it’s wrapping up this week. Every month the 15 of us have connected, we’ve learned, we’ve grown, laughed, cried and above all supported each other. We set goals weekly, created accountability within the group and support each other through it ALL

Thank you to these inspiring ladies who in the first year of running The Mothering Vine, jumped on board for the first Mastermind Mompreneur Business Group! I have learned so much from all of you and am so grateful to have had all of your support. Thank you!

If you are a woman, mother and small business owner who is either starting a business or within the first 5 years of owning your own business, check out The Mothering Vine! We will have two groups this fall, one that meets monthly at the Trico Centre in the S.E. and one that meets monthly in Lakeview in the S.W. The biggest struggle I’ve always had as an entrepreneur is how lonely it can be. But it’s been through this group and connecting with other women who are Mompreneurs, that I’ve been able to stay focused, to grow and to stay connected. It’s made a world of difference for my business and my life.

Next Wednesday June 12th, I am hosting a FREE networking event (details here). If you are interested in taking the Mastermind Mompreneur Business group, come out and meet some of the ladies already signed up. Ask questions, connect with other Mompreneurs and see if it’s a good fit for you. Again it is FREE, and there is NO obligation to join the group if you just want to network with other Mama’s! I always love meeting other inspiring Mompreneurs, so please do join us!

If you want more information about The Mothering Vine and our fall offering, please check it out here. There is an early bird special if you register by the end of June! Send me an email if you have any questions about the Mastermind Group, I would love to hear from you!

Spreading Awareness: Lindsay’s Story

By Lindsay Craig

Pregnant with my second I thought I had it in the bag. I had been through this before, endured 26 hr labour that ended up in a c-section, got through those postpartum blues, exclusively breastfed through thrush and nursing strikes- my learning curve this time was going to be much smaller. Our second daughter arrived in early May, and those first two weeks I had with her were ignorant bliss. I truly understood what people mean when they say my heart is full. I had help and was recovering much faster this time. I felt, dare I say, like a bit of a supermom.

That bubble unexpectedly burst in a moment a month later. Our daughter failed the quick short test they do in the hospital and we were referred to the audiologists for further testing. As I held our perfect sleeping newborn in a dark quiet room soaking in uninterrupted cuddles the audiologists clicks and calculations seemed to take forever. I thought to myself, she only has fluid in her ears because she was breach- what is taking so long!? After 3 hours the audiologist turned to me and said your daughter has a sensorineural hearing loss in her right ear.

In the weeks and month following I slowly put together the pieces and implications of what it meant to have a permanent hearing loss. This means she would need a hearing aid for life, it means her speech and development could be affected, it means I am a mother of a child with (uncomplicated) special needs. Enter a new learning curve, the world of hearing loss; audiograms, speech bananas, types of hearing loss, communication methods, hardware choices and how to keep that damn thing on her head!?

The newborn hearing screen has only recently been brought back in Alberta, and my older daughter wasn’t tested. Once she passed her test and because my daughters loss was only in one ear, genetic causes were probably off the list. It ate at me. What did I do to cause this? Was it that non-alcoholic beer I drank? Or maybe the cat walked on the counter and passed on toxoplasmosis? How could I be so irresponsible?

Researching causes I came across Cytomegalovirus (cCMV). It is a common virus that 50-80% of the population has and it is typically harmless. cCMV is the leading cause of congenital disabilities, it’s effects vary from nothing at all, to hearing loss, to cerebral palsy, to death. The virus is so common that infants must be tested within the first 3 weeks of life to confirm that they were born with it. I thought our window had passed and we would never know.

CMV is related to the viruses that cause chickenpox, herpes and mononucleosis, it is spread through bodily fluids, it is commonly spread amongst toddlers. We had potty trained our first child while I was pregnant and I routinely ate off of our daughters plate. Something inside me knew it must be cCMV. We were being followed by a pediatrician who had just finished her infectious disease specialization that told me cCMV was a likely cause.

I started contacting different CMV organizations and researchers around the world for their advice and expertise. Research on CMV is still emerging and is one of the factors why there isn’t enough awareness. A volunteer from the National CMV foundation in the states told me to get her metabolic screening card tested. I had no idea this was an option! I called our midwife and bless her, she got the card sent off to Ontario- where they have just introduced a CMV screening program.

We got a positive result a few weeks later, and once we did I went into fight or flight mode trying to get her seen as quickly as possible by infectious disease at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. There is an antiviral that has demonstrated improved outcomes for children who have received it. The standard of care is to treat infants with this anti-viral within the first 4 weeks of life- that’s why our pediatrician had never mentioned testing as she thought there was nothing that could be done about it now. The prognosis of not treating children with cCMV with just hearing loss is that they will likely go on to completely loose their hearing. It’s worth a shot right?! The antiviral suppresses their bone marrow function, which increases the chances my daughter could be seriously harmed by a bacterial infection. Weekly, then monthly blood tests mean she can safely take the antiviral and luckily for us she has been doing well on it.

How many of you or people you know have adverted travel plans because of the Zika virus? What baffles me is that everyone knows about Zika, but there is another virus right here that only 9% of woman know about.

It is the leading cause of congenital disabilities. Let that sink in.

While there are no fool proof ways to prevent transmission, there are ways you can reduce your risk while pregnant. Don’t kiss your child on the mouth, don’t put their soother in your mouth, don’t eat off their plate and wash your hands thoroughly after helping them with the toilet.

In todays world we have a lot to worry about. I am not trying to add to that plate, rather I hope for an awareness. 1 in 4 woman who are pregnant and have a smaller child in the home will get CMV while pregnant. Of that, 80% of those kids who get CMV while in utero will be absolutely fine. It is a very small percentage of the population that are affected, but the consequences are life changing. It is worth knowing about and taking precautions against. If you have been previously exposed, it is possible to be re-infected- this is an area that is still being researched.

As mothers we want to know that at the end of the day we have done everything we can to give our kids the best possible success in life. While I will never know, and I can’t blame myself for something I did not know about, it is possible that my actions are what caused my daughters hearing loss. So the next time someone brings up Zika, please also bring up CMV. Mothers have a right to know.

cCMV is a complicated world, and research is still ongoing. For more information please go to www.cmvcanada.comor https://www.nationalcmv.org/. There is a facebook group for parents called Alberta CMV support group if you or anyone you know has been affected by this virus.

 

Easter Egg Hunt: Hatley Boutique Calgary

Celebrate Easter with a fun in-store event at our local Hatley store! Shop their incredible new Spring line-up, and scratch and save 15-40% off your entire purchase*

There will be complimentary face painting as well as an in-store Easter egg hunt! Your little bunnies can search the store for the special hidden eggs, and then exchange their basket with the cashier for special treat.

Date: Saturday, April 20th

Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm

Location: Hatley Boutique Calgary
201 8th Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2P 1B7

*Offer valid from April 18 to 21, 2019 exclusively in participating Hatley boutiques. Scratch and save coupons can only be redeemed on the day they were received. To be valid, the coupon must only be scratched at time of purchase. The percentages offered are: 15% off, 25% off, 30% off or 40% off. The discount can be applied to anything available in store, excluding gift cards. Limit of one (1) scratch card per person, per transaction. This offer is not valid on Hatley.com. It cannot be combined with any other promotion, nor can it be applied to past or future purchases. We hope to see you there!

Summer Camp: Flying Squirrel

Summer Camp Registration Now Open!

Flying Squirrel is excited to announce the debut of our Summer Camp program! Register your children to come fly with us, while making new friends, exploring different types of physical movement and developing teamwork, leadership and communication skills. Our instructors will lead groups through age-appropriate games, activities and challenges, while encouraging an active lifestyle and co-operation with other children.

Our program is designed to get kids moving, with plenty of high-energy activities that promote physical coordination, strength and creativity; while also offering quieter activities to relax and recharge. Campers will be divided into 4 teams of 5 (within each age group), which will encourage teamwork and problem solving throughout the week to earn points toward winning the “Golden Acorn Cup”.

Monday to Friday (Tuesday to Friday on holiday weeks)

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

5-day week: $150+tax

4-day week: $125+tax

Additional siblings save $25 each

Early drop-off: $30/week (from 7:30-8:30 am, includes all siblings)

Late pick-up: $30/week (from 4:00-5:00 pm, includes all siblings)

Daily early/late fee: $10/am OR pm (if not pre-registered for the weekly option at registration or 7 days prior to your start date)

All 9 Weeks of Summer!

Week 1: Jul 2-5 (4-day week)

Week 2: Jul 8-12

Week 3: Jul 15-19

Week 4: Jul 22-26

Week 5: Jul 29-Aug 2

Week 6: Aug 6-9 (4-day week)

Week 7: Aug 12-16

Week 8: Aug 19-23

Week 9: Aug 26-30

Three age groups: 4-5, 6-8, 9-14,

20 jumpers per age group

Campers receive Trampoline grip socks and a Flying Squirrel bracelet, and are permitted to bring their lunch from home or purchase lunch from our Café.