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Do Overtired Kids Perform As Well In School?

Do Overtired Kids Perform As Well In School?

As a sleep consultant, an important part of my job is to teach families about the ways in which a child’s lack of sleep can impact the health and well-being of the family as a whole. Children who are well rested have been shown to demonstrate fewer behavioural problems, better appetites, stronger immune systems, improved cognitive functioning and have less mood swings.

It is clear to me as both a parent and a sleep consultant that a lack of sleep affects children at home, but I was curious to know if teachers notice the impact of a good night’s rest in their classrooms. I’ve asked a few of my clients who are teachers as well as my own children’s teachers, and the answer is always the same – an emphatic yes!

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Does Your Child’s Backpack Make the Grade?

Does Your Child’s Backpack Make the Grade?

It gets stuffed with books, squished at the bottom of a locker, thrown in the corner of a room and buried under dirty laundry. Your backpack gets abused - but does it abuse you?

Happy New Year, mamas! It’s time for the holiday bliss to transform into the hustle and bustle of back to work and school. When preparing the kids for their return to classes, all parents will make sure that they have enough pens, notebooks and pencils - but how many of you carefully choose how they carry these supplies?

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5 Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

5 Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

Making New Years Resolutions is a tradition we either look forward to or loathe each year. Even if you don’t want to make a hard resolution, sometimes starting a new and healthy habit in January just seems like a good idea. Whether you call it a resolution or not, I have my top five realistic “resolutions,” or simple changes you can make this year to be a healthier you.

1: Move More

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The Fabric of Humanity

The Fabric of Humanity

A clothing shop that’s really a front for shared philanthropy, with a perk: New threads.

“You’re my writer friend.” Margaret once said to me. “I have a lawyer friend, a teacher friend, a doctor friend, a painter friend. All the classic professions are represented.” We laughed. Fifteen years later, I still think about it, because I was never just a writer. I’ve always tried to be a ‘master of all trades’ a knowledge geek, blurring communications, psychology, publishing and design into all of the projects I thumbprinted. Today, I look around me and see how all the professions have blurred lines to further the impact of their endeavours. Recently, an online clothing store and new Healthy Moms partner came to my attention. The Fabric of Humanity does sell clothing, it’s true, but what they really do is connect with buyers to create a platform for shared philanthropy.

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13 GTA Restaurants For Healthy Moms To Visit

13 GTA Restaurants For Healthy Moms To Visit

Are the holidays over yet? If you’re anything like me (and I hope you are), there’s been a bit of overindulging happening in the past week or two. You may also have had it up to here with cooking for large gatherings, so now is the perfect time to kill two birds with one stone: go out to eat something healthy! The Healthy Moms card has you covered in that department.

As promised, it’s time to share the places you can visit to get a delicious meal – whether you’re planning on eating out or taking out:

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