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Family Travel & Events

UBT Spring Break Ideas for the Whole Family

Make the most of your Spring Break this year and create some fun family memories by enjoying a variety of the following activities in the beautiful Lower Mainland.

Elephant & Piggie’s ‘We Are In a Play’

Elephant and Piggie’s “We Are in a Play!” is a delightful new musical about two bestest friends and their many adventures; this charming story based on the best-selling book series by Mo Willems.

Beach Bound: Five Local Kid-Friendly Beaches to Explore

Spending an afternoon at the beach can be fun for children of all ages. Here are five kid-friendly beaches you’ll want to explore this summer.

Ages & Stages

Is Your Child Ready for School?

Both anxiety and excitement, beginning of the school year is an experience like no other. Here’s how to make the best of it.

Is Your 3 Year Old Potty Trained? Don’t Stress, Mine Is Not!

Not sure when to start pottying training your toddler? Don’t fret even if your 3-year old isn’t there yet.

Choosing the Right Pacifier for Your Baby

Pacifiers or soothers are used to calm baby when fuzzy and come in a variety of colors, designs, and nipple shapes. So how do you know which one to use?

Pregnancy & Birth

Safer Sushi Choices

Do you love sushi? Are you pregnant? If you said ‘yes’ to these two questions, then you should be aware that raw fish is on the list of ‘foods to avoid’ while you’re pregnant.

Preparing for Baby Step-by-Step

Expecting a baby is an exciting and nerve-racking experience. Each month serves as an opportunity to make preparations and review your progress.

What to Pack for the Hospital

I have always been a planner by nature, I prep things much in advance and I was no different when it came to packing my hospital bag for the big day.

Parenting & Relationships

Navigating the Challenges of Blended Families

In 2016, one in ten children in Canada aged zero to 14 were living in a stepfamily. So, what does this mean for families?

Helicopter Mom, Helicopter Kid – Curbing the Urge

Are you a helicopter parent? A parent who is overly involved in the life of their child.

Five Ways to Reduce Sibling Rivalry and Raise Friends for Life

Siblings often swing wildly from love to hate from a daily basis, with the most tempestuous relationships usually occurring during childhood.

Education & Learning

Easter Books for Young Readers

Bunnies and baskets and chocolate, oh my! Easter is coming, and what better way to celebrate than with beautiful picture books.

Seven Reasons Why Summer Camps are Good for Children

Many who experienced a summer camp program as a child know the profound positive effects that still resonate into adulthood.

Tips to Help Your Children Succeed at School

No matter where a child may be on this long and winding thirteen-year (minimum) road, here are some tips parents can use to help their child succeed. 

Green Living & Eco Parent

Caring for Mother Earth

It is pretty easy to make Earth Day a year round celebration by making it a way of life in your home.

Choose Fair-Trade Goods for Your Family

Many of us know how to find fair-trade chocolate, coffee, tea and bananas. Yet few know that they can also fair-trade lip balm, lotions, flowers, clothing and sporting equipment.

Family Health & Fitness

Keep the Flu Away During the Holidays

Flu season typically lasts until the early New Year and it can really spoil your holiday plans. It can also easily spread to grandparents, small children and pregnant family members who are most likely to suffer from serious flu complications.

Swimmer’s Itch: How to Treat It!

Swimmer’s itch is a rash caused by an allergic reaction to the larvae of certain parasites. The parasites can get under your skin when you swim in freshwater (such as lakes and ponds) and sometimes salt water.

GeoCaching with the Kids

Geocaching is an adventure game that combines technology and the excitement of a treasure hunt to motivate kids.

Nutrition & Cooking

Food Allergies 102: Can Happen at Any Age

While food allergy is often on the minds of parents when starting their babies on solid foods, food allergies and food sensitivities/intolerances can happen at any age.

Turn Those Picky-Eaters into Veggie-Lovers!

Simply put, children have different taste buds than adults do. They taste bitter flavours more than we do. Since most vegetables naturally have a bitter flavour, it is easy to understand why picky eaters try to avoid them.