Island Parent Magazine Winter 2023

Vancouver Island’s Parenting Resource for 35 Years: Independent Schools & Education Guide • Choosing the Right School • Why Choose a Private School? • Raising Active Kids • Tweens & Teens

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WINTER <strong>2023</strong><br />

Vancouver <strong>Island</strong>’s <strong>Parent</strong>ing Resource for 35 Years<br />


Reason to<br />

Celebrate<br />


ACTIVE<br />

KIDS<br />

Inside:<br />

Check Out the<br />

Independent Schools<br />

& Education Guide


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WINTER <strong>2023</strong><br />

Vancouver <strong>Island</strong>’s <strong>Parent</strong>ing Resource for 35 Years<br />



10<br />

Why Choose a<br />

Private School<br />


14<br />

Private School<br />

Directory<br />

18<br />

Reason to<br />

Celebrate<br />


28<br />

Make the Most<br />

of a Trip to<br />

the Museum<br />


In Every<br />

Issue<br />

5<br />

Fast Forward<br />

SUE FAST<br />

6<br />

Need to Know<br />

9<br />

I ❤ <strong>Island</strong><br />

16<br />

Moms’ POV<br />


18<br />

Family Resource Directory<br />

22<br />

Nature Notes<br />


12<br />

Is Montessori School<br />

Right for Your Child?<br />


20<br />

50 Adventures<br />

in Pacific Rim<br />

National Park<br />

24<br />

Raising Active Kids<br />


33<br />

Special Feature<br />

&<br />


5 Ways to Get<br />

Involved with<br />


Vol V, Ed I<br />

Job Search<br />

How to Help Your Teen<br />

Develop Networking Skills<br />

30 34<br />

Things with Your to Do<br />

Teen<br />

30 Things<br />

to Do with<br />

Your Teen<br />

37<br />

5 Ways to Get Involved<br />

with Volunteering<br />


38<br />

Job Search<br />

WORKBC<br />

26<br />

What’s for Dinner<br />


30<br />

Play<br />

31<br />

Preschool & Child Care<br />

Directory<br />

32<br />

Businesses You<br />

Need to Know<br />

32<br />

Cut It Out!<br />


On the<br />

Cover<br />

Photo by<br />

Michael Morrell<br />

Reason to<br />

Celebrate<br />

Inside:<br />


ACTIVE<br />

KIDS<br />

Check Out the<br />

Independent Schools<br />

& Education Guide<br />

Jim Schneider Publisher publisher@islandparent.ca<br />

Sue Fast Editor editor@islandparent.ca<br />

Kristine Wickheim Account Manager kristine@islandparent.ca<br />

RaeLeigh Buchanan Account Manager raeleigh@islandparent.ca<br />

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7½ Spring Things to Do<br />

Tired of being cooped up? There’s<br />

no time like springtime to get<br />

outside and shake off the winter<br />

blahs. Not only are the days getting longer,<br />

with the extra light chasing away the<br />

shadows, but there’s lots more to do now<br />

that we can get outdoors and explore. So<br />

where to start?<br />

1. Reacquaint Yourself with the<br />

Aquarium. If you’re in Ucluelet, attend<br />

the Aquarium’s free opening day on<br />

March 1, 10am–5pm. Uclueletaquarium.<br />

org.<br />

2. Plant Flowers. What better time to<br />

plant flowers than on National Plant a<br />

Flower Day, March 12? For tips, register<br />

for Horticulture Centre of the Pacific’s<br />

program, Seed Starting for Kids on<br />

March 4 from 10–11:30am. hcp.ca.<br />

3. Be a Tourist. Okay so the official<br />

event isn’t running this year—why not<br />

make up one of your own? In Victoria,<br />

visit Miniature World or the Royal BC<br />

Museum, among many other tourist<br />

attractions. In Nanaimo, follow the<br />

Nanaimo Bar Trail or visit the Bastion.<br />

In Courtenay, take a Fossil Tour at the<br />

Courtenay Museum and Paleontology<br />

Centre.<br />

4. Stay Up Late & Play in the Dark...<br />

before the clock springs ahead on March<br />

12 and the days get longer. Play flashlight<br />

tag, glow-in-the-dark Frisbee or stargaze.<br />

The next morning, sleep in!<br />

5. Hop On the Harbour Ferry. Take<br />

a 45-minute Harbour Tour, a 75-minute<br />

historic Gorge Tour or a hip and a hop<br />

on a water taxi. Stops include the Empress<br />

Dock, Chinatown and Fisherman’s<br />

Wharf. victoriaharbourferry.com.<br />

6. Host a Community Garage Sale.<br />

Out with the old! Gather everyone together,<br />

hang up signs and make a day of<br />

clearing the clutter. Afterwards, spend<br />

your earnings and host a neighbourhood<br />

pizza party.<br />

7. Visit Fort Rodd Hill. If it’s rainy, step<br />

inside the Fisgard Lighthouse and play an<br />

old-fashioned game of checkers or one of<br />

the new video games.<br />

7½. Play Capture the Flag. With lots<br />

of room to roam at Fort Rodd Hill, a<br />

game of Capture the Flag is an all-out<br />

exhilarating experience. Bring enough<br />

friends for two teams and play on!<br />

– Sue Fast<br />

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<strong>Winter</strong> <strong>2023</strong> 5


Hit the Slopes<br />

If you have a child in Grade 4 or 5, the Council offers a Snow Pass to save on skiing or snowboarding<br />

across Canada. The Snow Pass is a national program for kids in grades 4 and 5 (nine and 10 years of age)<br />

to ski or snowboard at 150+ hills across Canada for only $29.99 plus tax. The goal is to get kids and their<br />

families excited about winter and engaged at an early age so they can look forward to fun activities<br />

in the winters to come.<br />

snowpass.ca<br />

Keep the<br />

Drive Alive<br />

Each year thousands of deserving kids benefit from the generosity of a committed group of caring people<br />

and organizations, like you, who donate items to the live and silent auctions at the Golf for Kids Charity<br />

Golf Classic. Items range from art, memorabilia, electronics, trips, industry products and much more. This year’s<br />

event will be held on Saturday September 9 at Bear Mountain Resort. For more information about donating an<br />

auction item email silentauction@golfforkids.net.<br />

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Celebrate our diversity while<br />

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Maritime<br />

Museum<br />

Bursary<br />

Program<br />

The Maritime Museum of BC is working<br />

with the Victoria Foundation to<br />

provide a limited number of free<br />

programs for schools and organizations<br />

that work with underserved or<br />

marginalized communities. At-risk<br />

populations often lack safe access to<br />

arts, culture, and learning opportunities.<br />

The Museum’s goal is to create<br />

a sense of belonging and well-being<br />

within a community through facilitating<br />

engaging experiences. Schools<br />

and organizations are invited to<br />

complete the bursary form at<br />

mmbc.bc.ca.<br />

A Refreshed<br />

Place to Play<br />

Tire Stewardship BC (“TSBC”),<br />

a not-for-profit group dedicated<br />

to the collection and recycling<br />

of scrap tires in British Columbia,<br />

announced the upgraded Wellness<br />

Park in Sidney, located at 10091<br />

Resthaven Dr., has a new rubberized<br />

surface made from 744 recycled<br />

B.C. scrap tires. The Town of Sidney<br />

received a grant from TSBC last<br />

spring, valued at $17,171, to go<br />

toward the new safe and durable<br />

rubberized park surfacing.<br />

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<strong>Winter</strong> <strong>2023</strong> 9

Independent Schools<br />

&<br />

Education Guide<br />

Why<br />

Choose<br />

a Private<br />

School<br />

With options ranging from boarding schools to alternative<br />

schools, there is almost certainly a school to suit each<br />

and every child. Read on for some of the reasons why parents<br />

are choosing independent schools.<br />

Enriched Academic Opportunities<br />

One of the benefits of private schools is that they provide<br />

challenging educational experiences through extracurricular<br />

activities, advanced placement courses, the International Baccalaureate<br />

program (and the IB diploma program) and gifted<br />

programs, just to name a few.<br />

Smaller Classes<br />

Studies on class size show that the smaller the class size, the<br />

better the average student performs on academic achievement<br />

tests. And the gains from smaller class sizes are stronger the<br />

longer a child is exposed to them. Private schools vary greatly<br />

in size, but depending on the teaching style, many focus on the<br />

importance of small class sizes to individually help students’<br />

weak areas and advance their strengths.<br />

<strong>Parent</strong>al Involvement<br />

Private schools encourage open communication between parents<br />

and administration, and they involve parents in the community.<br />

From parent-teacher meetings, social events and the<br />

participation of parent committees in fundraising initiatives,<br />

families become an integral part of the child’s education.<br />

Dedicated Teachers<br />

In a study completed by the Fraser Institute in 2007, 91 percent<br />

of parents surveyed said the dedication of the teachers was<br />

their main reason for choosing private school. Instructors are<br />

both qualified and passionate about their subjects, often holding<br />

advanced degrees in their field. Also, small class sizes make<br />

teachers and staff more readily available for extra help or to<br />

further challenge individual students.<br />

A Safe Environment<br />

Private schools have reputations for maintaining high standards<br />

for discipline and respect. Lower staff-to-student ratios<br />

allow for more observation and control of school grounds. In<br />

the Fraser Institute study, around 72 percent of parents surveyed<br />

with children in the private school system strongly agreed<br />

that their school was safe, which greatly improves the quality<br />

of the child’s educational experience and achievement.<br />

Community Environment<br />

According to a Fraser Institute survey, 62 percent of parents<br />

with children in the private school system believe their school’s<br />

environment is motivating, supportive and nurturing. Former<br />

students repeatedly report that the friendships they formed in<br />

private school have lasted post-graduation. A strong sense of<br />

pride is often instilled in private school alumni, creating networking<br />

opportunities upon entering the workforce.<br />

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Ample Resources<br />

Private schools offer resources to support student learning in<br />

the classroom, sports field, art studio and beyond. Resources<br />

and extracurriculars provide students with the opportunity to<br />

fully explore their interests and talents.<br />

Extracurricular Activities<br />

While academics remain the priority for most private<br />

schools, many also place a strong focus on a well-rounded<br />

education and encourage participation in extracurricular activities<br />

such as sports, music, arts or clubs. This involvement helps<br />

stimulate students in their studies, as noted in a study at Stanford<br />

University. Extracurricular activities can provide a muchneeded<br />

break from the stresses of academics, while developing<br />

skills and engaging in valuable social situations.<br />

Shared Educational Philosophy<br />

There are many approaches to education; finding a school or<br />

preschool that matches one’s own perspective can create a positive,<br />

productive academic experience for your child. Whether<br />

you prefer the student-directed learning method of Montessori<br />

or the arts-based curriculum of Waldorf or Reggio Emiliainspired<br />

school, choosing the right private school will not only<br />

allow students to thrive in a supportive environment and build<br />

independence, but also gain unique skills that fit their learning<br />

style.<br />

Development for Today’s and Tomorrow’s World<br />

Private schools go beyond offering the mandatory subjects<br />

required by provincial curriculum; they can offer students a<br />

wide range of specializations including arts programs, athletics,<br />

math, science. Private schools are responsible for producing<br />

many leaders in politics, business and society, with a history<br />

of adapting quickly to changes in technology and culture. And<br />

today, they are also sought by parents of kids with special<br />

needs such as behaviour, learning, developmental or physical<br />

disabilities.<br />

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Independent Schools<br />

&<br />

Education Guide<br />

Is Montessori School<br />

Right for Your Child?<br />

Have you ever considered sending your child to a Montessori<br />

school, but you’re just not sure what they have to offer?<br />

Here’s what you need to know.<br />

The “Montessori” method, founded in 1907, is an educational<br />

approach developed by Italian physician and educator<br />

Maria Montessori. Based on her extensive research with<br />

neurodiverse children, Montessori’s method is designed to teach<br />

children with an emphasis on independence, freedom within<br />

limits and a respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical<br />

and social development.<br />

Montessori caught the eye of Alexander Graham Bell, who<br />

opened Canada’s first Montessori school in Baddeck, N.S., in<br />

1912, long before it became popular in the 1960s.<br />

How does it work?<br />

At a Montessori school the teacher observes children, then<br />

uses certain resources in the classroom to present lessons to<br />

kids who are ready to learn. Lessons are given in sequence; children<br />

don’t move on to the next lesson until they have mastered<br />

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the previous one. Once individual students<br />

are given a lesson, they can move<br />

freely around the classroom, working<br />

with classroom materials or on follow-up<br />

projects.<br />

What can you expect from a<br />

Montessori school?<br />

Preschool and kindergarten: Classrooms<br />

in a Montessori school for children<br />

from 3 to 6 years old are often<br />

called Children’s Houses, after her first<br />

Montessori school, the Casa dei Bambini<br />

in Rome in 1906. This level is also called<br />

“Primary.” The teacher usually presents<br />

activities; then the children depending on<br />

their interests may choose which skills<br />

they want to focus on. In early childhood,<br />

Montessori students learn through<br />

sensory-motor activities, working with<br />

materials to develop learning through all<br />

five senses: seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling,<br />

touching and movement.<br />

Elementary: Classrooms for this age<br />

are usually referred to as “Elementary”<br />

and can range in size from very small up<br />

to 30 or more children, typically staffed<br />

by a trained teacher and one or more assistants.<br />

In the elementary years, a child<br />

continues to organize thinking through<br />

work with the Montessori method; essentially<br />

beginning the application of<br />

knowledge to real-world experiences.<br />

Classroom materials and lessons include<br />

work in language, mathematics, history,<br />

the sciences, the arts and much<br />

more. Montessori students learn to think<br />

critically, work collaboratively and act<br />

boldly—a skill ideal for life in the 21st<br />

century.<br />

No matter which grade level your<br />

child belongs to, it is collectively known<br />

that all kinds of learning styles will be<br />

cultivated at Montessori school including:<br />

musical, bodily-kinaesthetic, spatial,<br />

interpersonal, intrapersonal, intuitive<br />

and the traditional linguistic and logicalmathematical<br />

(reading, writing and<br />

math).<br />



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Independent Schools<br />

&<br />

Education Guide<br />

Private School Directory<br />


Artemis Place Secondary Victoria 10–12 250-598-5183 artemisplace.org<br />

ArtsCalibre Academy Victoria K–12 250-382-3533 artscalibre.ca<br />

Imagine a School...where music, dance, theatre and visual arts are infused into all aspects of an<br />

outstanding curriculum. We did...and we created it!<br />

Brookes Westshore Victoria 4–2 250-929-0506 westshore.brookes.org<br />

Christ Church Cathedral School Victoria K–8 250-383-5125 cathedralschool.ca<br />

Discovery School Victoria 4–12 250-595-7765 discoveryschool.ca<br />

Glenlyon Norfolk School Victoria K–12 250-370-6821 mygns.ca<br />

An inclusive family-driven community whose members care about each other and the world around them.<br />

Dedicated teachers and staff deliver the International Baccalaureate Program in a co-educational environment.<br />

Lakeview Christian School Victoria K–9 250-658-5082 lcsvictoria.ca<br />

Lighthouse Christian Academy Victoria K–12 250-474-5311 lcawestshore.com<br />

Maria Montessori Academy Victoria K–12 250-479-4746 mariamontessoriacademy.net<br />

Oak and Orca Bioregional School Victoria K–12 250-383-6619 oakandorca.ca<br />

Pacific Christian School Victoria K–12 250-479-4532 pacificchristian.ca<br />

Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry Victoria 9–12 778-433-3409 learningstorm.org<br />

Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry is an independent school that employs a unique inquiry-based method<br />

as a means of offering a personalized, interdisciplinary learning experience for those in grades 9 through 12.<br />

Regent Christian Online Academy Victoria K–12 250-592-1759 rcoa.ca<br />

Selkirk Montessori School Victoria K–8 250-384-3414 selkirkmontessori.ca<br />

42 years of inspiring engaged citizens and lifelong learners. Book a tour to see what makes our contemporary<br />

Montessori leads to stand out learners. Call 250-384-3414 or email penny@selkirkmontessori.ca.<br />

St Andrew’s Regional High Victoria 8–12 250-479-1414 cisdv.bc.ca<br />

St Christopher’s Montessori Victoria K 250-595-3213 stcmontessori.ca<br />

St Joseph’s Catholic Victoria K–7 250-479-1232 cisdv.bc.ca<br />

St Margaret’s Victoria K–12 250-479-7171 stmarg.ca<br />

St Michaels University School Victoria K–12 250-592-2411 smus.ca<br />

SMUS is an international day and boarding school known for its excellence in academics, arts, athletics and outdoor<br />

education, with a focus on character development and preparing students for life.<br />

St Patrick’s School Victoria K–7 250-592-6713 cisdv.bc.ca<br />

VI School of Innovation and Inquiry Victoria 6–8 250-883-1667 visii.ca<br />

Victoria School for Ideal Education Victoria K–8 250-383-6654 vsie.ca<br />

West-Mont School Victoria K–12 250-474-2626 westmontschool.ca<br />

Shawnigan Lake Shawnigan Lake 8–12 250-743-5516 shawnigan.ca<br />

St John’s Preparatory Academy Shawnigan Lake 4–12 250-220-4888 stjohnsacademy.ca<br />

Salt Spring Centre School Salt Spring <strong>Island</strong> K–7 250-537-9130 saltspringcentreschool.ca<br />

Arrowsmith Independent School Qualicum Beach K–7 250-752-2722 arrowsmithlearning.ca<br />

Haahuupayak School Port Alberni K–7 250-724-5542 haahuupayak.com<br />

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John Paul II Catholic School Port Alberni K–7 250-723-0637 cisdv.bc.ca<br />

Discover Montessori School Nanaimo K–9 250-591-4450 public.dm-school.ca<br />

Nanaimo Christian School Nanaimo K–12 250-754-4512 ncsnanaimo.com<br />

The International High School @ VIU Nanaimo 11–12 250-740-6317 viu.ca<br />

Brentwood College Mill Bay 8–12 250-743-5521 brentwood.bc.ca<br />

Aspengrove School Lantzville K–12 250-390-2201 aspengroveschool.com<br />

Aspengrove School, an independent school for students aged Junior Kindergarten through Grade 12, is driven by a passion that<br />

allows children to play to their own individual strengths both socially and academically. Our students are inspired to be creative,<br />

curious and courageous, and are encouraged to become thoughtful global citizens.<br />

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MOM’SPOV<br />

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Last summer I was asked by a friend<br />

if my daughter would like a dogwalking<br />

job. At only 11 years old,<br />

the job opportunities are slim, so I felt<br />

excited about this opportunity for her<br />

to learn about responsibility and money<br />

management. I hoped that as a bonus my<br />

daughter would experience the feeling of<br />

empowerment.<br />

When I realized how invested I was in<br />

the idea of her taking the job, it occurred<br />

I started thinking about my sales pitch<br />

and tried to think about what it was that<br />

my daughter really wants but doesn’t<br />

have. You would think that the list would<br />

be long based on the complaints we hear<br />

on a regular basis around our house:<br />

“there’s nothing to do” and “it’s so boring.”<br />

But the list was short. There was only<br />

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to me that she may not see the same value<br />

in it. From her perspective, why would<br />

she even need a job? This is when I had<br />

to face the truth: because I have given my<br />

daughter everything, she has no reason<br />

to hustle.<br />

Scooters, rollerblades, bikes, trampoline<br />

… you name it, my kids have it all.<br />

Therein lies the problem: My kids want<br />

for nothing, which I suspected would<br />

also include a summer job.<br />

even nine-year-olds can have them: a cell<br />

phone.<br />

Trading a phone for a job seemed like<br />

a terrible idea on many levels. So I realized<br />

that I was going to have to pitch the<br />

job without any pre-arranged incentives.<br />

To my delight and surprise, when I<br />

asked her if she wanted the job, she enthusiastically<br />

agreed. I was blown away<br />

and curious to know what her motivation<br />

might be and when I asked her this,<br />

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her response was “it will be fun” and “I<br />

can buy stuff.” Easier than I thought but<br />

questionable as to the longevity of the<br />

rewards.<br />

On her first day at work, she was<br />

picked up and taken straight to Starbucks.<br />

Venti frap-a-something in hand,<br />

she was driven around while picking up<br />

dogs. In that first two-hour shift, she<br />

made $20 cash and was treated to a $7<br />

drink.<br />

I returned home from my own job to<br />

find her thrilled and excited and eager to<br />

“work” again the next day. I was grateful<br />

that our friend had made our girl’s<br />

first day on the job fun, but it certainly<br />

didn’t mirror my own experiences of new<br />

employment.<br />

The next day, another Venti Starbucks<br />

and twenty bucks. And the same the day<br />

after that, and the day after that.<br />

I finally called our friend and expressed<br />

how generous it was of her to be treating<br />

our daughter to a drink every shift, but<br />

that she didn’t need to do it each time. At<br />

this rate, it was almost costing her money<br />

to have an employee. She agreed to at<br />

least tone it down to a Tall.<br />

I knew things had gone sideways when<br />

I started returning home from work to<br />

find that $20 bill and empty Starbucks<br />

cup abandoned on the counter. If the<br />

money was valuable, why was it lying<br />

around? And where was the responsibility<br />

and work ethic I was hoping<br />

my daughter would adopt? It certainly<br />

wasn’t in the unrinsed and unrecycled<br />

cup on my counter.<br />

I started to worry about what my<br />

daughter was learning about the workforce.<br />

So far, from her viewpoint, here<br />

were the big takeaways:<br />

1. Your boss can pick you up so that<br />

you never have to worry about getting<br />

yourself to work on time.<br />

2. Your boss treats you to an expensive<br />

beverage of your choosing every shift.<br />

3. You can get paid to do something<br />

that you aren’t willing to do in your own<br />

life (i.e. walk your own dog)<br />

I was relieved at the end of the summer<br />

when school resumed and the “job” fizzled<br />

out naturally. My daughter did save<br />

about half of the money she “earned”<br />

but not for anything specific. I can’t really<br />

say what she gained from the experience<br />

of her first job other than some fun<br />

time spent with some adorable dogs and<br />

a very skewed view of the workforce.<br />

My own 30 years in the workforce<br />

have never been as relaxed and as rewarding<br />

as what my daughter was lucky<br />

enough to experience, but maybe it’s better<br />

to know what is possible. There certainly<br />

is more of an emphasis on work/<br />

life balance these days.<br />

I had hoped that her first job would<br />

prepare her for the real world. Instead,<br />

I suspect she will get a rude awakening<br />

when she arrives at her first job and<br />

hands the boss her Starbucks order.<br />

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Reason to Celebrate<br />

My daughter’s preschool has a sacred<br />

ritual: every day a different kid gets<br />

to be Helper of the Day.<br />

My daughter talks about the Helper<br />

of the Day a lot—who it is, how they<br />

get to ring the bell for circle time, how<br />

they have a special badge to denote their<br />

preschool-royalty status.<br />

One day I pick her up and ask, “Who<br />

was the Helper of the Day today?”<br />

“I was,” she responds.<br />

I stop. Gasp. Crouch down with my<br />

arms open for a hug.<br />

“You were?!”<br />

But instead of giving me a hug, my<br />

four-year-old channels her inner fourteenyear-old<br />

and leaves me kneeling with my Watching my daughter spell her name<br />

Kids’ accomplishments are magical.<br />

arms open, and rolls her eyes.<br />

for the first time. Seeing that sly smile of<br />

It wasn’t the first time.<br />

pride as she stands on her own on the ice<br />

I know. But it’s still exciting.<br />

rink. Being disoriented when she washes<br />

She didn’t want my enthusiasm. Maybe her hands without needing a stool. It’s a<br />

she thought my reaction was overkill. world of firsts, or at least seconds, a time<br />

Maybe she thought my excitement wasn’t of measurable growth, of marveling at<br />

genuine. Or maybe she thought I was underestimating<br />

her by reacting too wildly is vastly different from the last. A time<br />

how each week, then month, then year<br />

to something she had already mastered. of growth charts marked in the kitchen,<br />

Whatever the reason for the eye roll, it of certificates from each two-month long<br />

got me thinking about how much I wish skating program, of preschool graduations.<br />

someone would give me positive reinforcements<br />

for my accomplishments. You In childhood, haircuts are sparkly,<br />

got the kid dressed and out the door? summer camps come with completion<br />

Applause! You made it to work on time? ribbons and each grandparent visit has<br />

Cheers! You made a dinner that wasn’t a ice-cream. Adulthood, on the other hand,<br />

la Kraft? Standing ovation! You decluttered<br />

some old clothes on Varage Sale? Of oh crap, I didn’t realize I had another<br />

is filled with who is going where today?<br />

Woop! You remembered to wake up at meeting now, of playing spot the new<br />

six am for ballet/jazz registration? I am wrinkle, of s@#$ my girls’ night out that<br />

so proud of you!<br />

was planned months in advance just got<br />

My daughter’s gotten pretty good at cancelled, yet again, but I’m actually<br />

her “thank yous,” but I can’t say I ever kinda relieved cause I could really use<br />

feel truly validated for making it through some Netflix and home-made nachos<br />

the daily grind. Part of it is likely that right now.<br />

the day-to-day work of being a parent I vividly remember the first time we left<br />

doesn’t produce accomplishments other the house after my daughter was born.<br />

than keeping your kids alive for another She was five days old and we walked<br />

day. There isn’t the nice bow of closure down to the Italian Bakery where a lovely<br />

that comes with pressing publish on a older woman coo-ed at her in just the<br />

blog post, sighing relief after an important<br />

meeting or even just logging off from that made me feel truly accomplished for<br />

right way and congratulated me in a way<br />

email at the end of the day. <strong>Parent</strong>ing is having brought a beautiful human into<br />

rewarded by hugs, “I like it when we’re the world.<br />

together mommy,” and kissing a passedout<br />

child once they are finally asleep and infant daughter by myself, I couldn’t<br />

I remember the first time I drove my<br />

looking deceivingly angelic. <strong>Parent</strong>s aren’t believe I could do it—it felt like how I<br />

usually on the receiving end of high fives. imagine paragliding to me—that I was<br />

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flying high above the ordinary little<br />

people down below going about their<br />

average days. Some of these firsts keep<br />

coming but they are morphing all the<br />

while, the first daycare drop-off becomes<br />

preschool drop-off becomes kindergarten.<br />

The bedtime routine we finally got<br />

down stops working, and the white noise<br />

machine becomes a music box becomes<br />

reading Fancy Nancy twice in a row and<br />

making sure “tete” the teddy is at the<br />

foot of the bed.<br />

I look to parents of older kids as experts,<br />

as seniors when I’m a freshman.<br />

<strong>Parent</strong>ing is a weird mix of knowing<br />

some things really well but being at the<br />

precipice of the unknown. Being on a<br />

hike without a map, never knowing what<br />

will emerge around the corner. It’s exciting<br />

that things always change, but it’s<br />

also panic inducing. Suddenly my sevenstep<br />

bedtime routine just lost its power.<br />

Suddenly, she’s stopped saying “tete”<br />

and started saying “teddy.” Suddenly, her<br />

drawings of people include legs. After a<br />

toddlerhood of downing pepper slices,<br />

she’s asking me to pick them out of her<br />

lasagna. It’s a constant learning curve accompanied<br />

by the perpetual grief of losing<br />

a version of someone you love a little<br />

bit more with each passing day.<br />

When my daughter was a newborn,<br />

my midwife showed up as I hid in the<br />

bathroom and cried in my sleep deprived,<br />

sore-nippled state. When I came out, she<br />

simply looked at me and said, “this is<br />

hard as f***.”<br />

She was right.<br />

It is all hard and no one gives you a<br />

gold star for it. So tonight, after bedtime<br />

and before the next wake-up, pour<br />

yourself some wine as the dishes wait<br />

and cheers to making it through all of it.<br />

Each exhausting, heartwarming, frustrating,<br />

fleeting moment of it. Because you<br />

deserve a kneeled-down, arms wide open,<br />

Helper of the Day hug.<br />

You made it. You are making it. And<br />

that calls for one heck of a celebration.<br />

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<strong>Winter</strong> <strong>2023</strong> 19


50 Adventures in<br />

Pacific Rim National Park<br />

Visiting the West Coast Trail, Broken Group<br />

<strong>Island</strong>s or Long Beach? Here—from Pacific<br />

Rim National Park Reserve—is a bucket list of<br />

adventures to discover along the way. How<br />

many can you do?<br />

1. Watch a storm from the sunroom at the<br />

Kwisitis Visitor Centre.<br />

2. Listen to the sound of stones being rolled<br />

by waves at South Beach.<br />

3. Watch the sunrise at Grice Bay.<br />

4. Ride a cable car on the West Coast Trail.<br />

5. Listen for the cry of an osprey.<br />

6. Contemplate the landscape from the red<br />

chairs at Radar Hill.<br />

7. Count a flock of shorebirds.<br />

8. Measure a banana slug.<br />

9. Camp at one of the seven campsites in the<br />

Broken Group <strong>Island</strong>s.<br />

10. Go on a guided rainforest walk.<br />

11. Surf a wave at Wickaninnish Beach.<br />

12. Discover how Valencia Bluffs got their<br />

name.<br />

13. Visit the three sections of Pacific Rim National<br />

Park Reserve.<br />

14. Learn the Nuu-chah-nulth word for “black<br />

bear” at the Kwisitis Visitor Centre.<br />

15. Ride a bike down Long Beach.<br />

16. Run the Willowbrea Trail.<br />

17. Wade across Sandhill Creek at low tide.<br />

18. Count the great blue herons in the eelgrass<br />

at low tide at Grice Bay.<br />

19. Make an etching from an interpretive<br />

panel on the Nuu-chah-nulth Trail.<br />

20. Sit on the red chairs amongst the majestic<br />

trees on the Rainforest Trail.<br />

21. Volunteer for an invasive dune grass pull.<br />

22. Hitch a ride on a giant slug at the Kwisitis<br />

Visitor Centre.<br />

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23. Locate Keeha Beach on a map.<br />

24. Paddle board around a bed of bull kelp.<br />

25. Attend an evening presentation at Green<br />

Point Theatre.<br />

26. Be CoastSmart and know before you go<br />

near the water at CoastSmart.ca<br />

27. Go on the “Track the Wild” guided hike.<br />

28. Visit the Tseshaht “first man” house post<br />

on Benson <strong>Island</strong> and learn about Tseshaht<br />

cultural history at Ts’ishaa.<br />

29. Identify the difference between a crow<br />

and a raven.<br />

30. Count the number of stairs down to Halfmoon<br />

Bay.<br />

31. Explore a tidal pool on a guided shoreline<br />

walk.<br />

32. Climb a ladder on the West Coast Trail.<br />

33. Use the Dune Explora App.<br />

34. Spot a flock of Whimbrel (giant bills) on<br />

the Grice Bay mudflats.<br />

35. Find the brass geological survey marker at<br />

the top of Radar Hill.<br />

36. Jump rope with a bull kelp.<br />

37. Look through Kwisitis Visitor Centre binoculars.<br />

38. Count the number of trees that are 500<br />

years or older on Schooner Cove Trail.<br />

39. Write your name in the sand at Long Beach.<br />

40. Take off your shoes and wade in Lost Shoe<br />

Creek.<br />

41. Touch a sea star at the Kwisitis Visitor<br />

Centre.<br />

42. Play hockey on the beach.<br />

43. Take a break on the red chairs at Valencia<br />

Bluffs on the West Coast Trail.<br />

44. Toast a marshmallow at your campsite at<br />

Green Point Campground.<br />

45. Find pelagic goose neck barnacles on drift<br />

logs on the beach.<br />

46. Look for signs of a garter snake in the<br />

sand dunes.<br />

47. Take a photo in the longhouse at Kwisitis<br />

Visitor Centre.<br />

48. Spot swimming swans in winter at Sandhill<br />

Creek or Grice Bay.<br />

49. Identify a shorepine tree.<br />

50. Find the derelict donkey engine on the<br />

West Coast Trail.<br />

For 100 more ideas, visit parks.canada.ca/<br />

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<strong>Winter</strong> <strong>2023</strong> 21


Making Nature Accessible to All<br />

We all know the benefits of<br />

getting outdoors and experiencing<br />

nature. Many studies<br />

show that time in nature reduces stress<br />

and anxiety, promotes calm, promotes<br />

healthy movement, can improve concentration,<br />

lowers the risk of heart disease<br />

and high blood pressure, etc, etc. The list<br />

goes on and on. Of course, we all should<br />

be getting outdoors and experiencing nature<br />

on a regular basis.<br />

Being in nature can be especially important<br />

for children who are experiencing<br />

challenges. Playing outdoors allows<br />

children freedom, exploration, friendship<br />

and fun. All children can and should experience<br />

time spent enjoying nature.<br />

Unfortunately enjoying nature isn’t as<br />

easy for some as it is for others. For people<br />

living with health, mobility, transportation,<br />

socio-economic and/or a variety<br />

of other challenges, getting into nature<br />

isn’t as easy as walking out the door or<br />

getting into the family car and heading<br />

to the park. Challenges can deter families<br />

and people from using what should be<br />

easily accessible. That is why many local<br />

parks and recreation departments are<br />

working to make their parks more accessible<br />

to everyone.<br />

Making a park more accessible can<br />

mean many things: it can mean looking<br />

at local transportation connections;<br />

building more accessible play structures<br />

and trails; offering introductory tours of<br />

parks; offering hikes with transportation<br />

included or partnering with other organizations<br />

to use their expertise. Making<br />

a park more accessible can also be as<br />

simple as communicating better to let the<br />

public know what is available or to show<br />

that there are ways to access a park or<br />

trail that may not be the typical way.<br />

Most newer play structures are now<br />

built with differing abilities in mind.<br />

Some are accessible to every ability, and<br />

many have components that allow children<br />

to play freely regardless of mobil-<br />

ity challenges. The same can be said for<br />

trails. There are trails and hikes all over<br />

Vancouver <strong>Island</strong> that are accessible: offering<br />

a flat grade, smooth path and tapping<br />

rails for visually impaired, among<br />

other amenities. The Lighthouse Country<br />

Regional Trail in the Regional District of<br />

Nanaimo is one of these, offering a 5km<br />

out and back fully accessible trail that<br />

meanders through the forest over bridges<br />

and around trees. This trail is popular<br />

with all ages and abilities and offers<br />

families a natural trail that can be easily<br />

walked or rolled by anyone.<br />

Taking a tour or park orientation session<br />

can help to reduce any stress and<br />

answer any questions you have about the<br />

park or trail. Many parks and recreation<br />

departments offer these types of activities,<br />

sometimes with staff and other times<br />

in partnership with others. Look into<br />

your local activity guide or call your local<br />

parks and recreation department to see<br />

what they have to offer.<br />


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If transportation issues are what is<br />

holding you back from enjoying nature,<br />

there are solutions. Local parks and recreation<br />

centres are often on bus routes<br />

and can be accessed by the public. Busses<br />

often run close to or directly to parks and<br />

trails to make them more accessible and<br />

can be a fun mode of transport for young<br />

children with their caregivers. Look at<br />

your local transit area and see where busses<br />

run to see what you can access. For<br />

some of the harder to reach parks and<br />

trails, see if your recreation and parks<br />

department is offering transportation<br />

during their programs, or join a local<br />

group or school (many can be found via<br />

a quick google or social media search).<br />

Local groups sometimes offer rideshares<br />

or programs that include transportation.<br />

In addition to your local parks and<br />

recreation departments, there are many<br />

other resources within your communities<br />

that you can go to for help in accessing<br />

more natural areas. Child development<br />

centres and other local medical supply<br />

can have equipment that is available for<br />

rent and may have other resources.<br />

And always remember that even a<br />

little bit of nature works wonders: look<br />

out those windows, sit in the grass, feel<br />

the chill of the snow or splash in those<br />

puddles.<br />

Chrissie Finnie is a<br />

Recreation Coordinator,<br />

doing outdoor and parks<br />

programming in the Regional<br />

District of Nanaimo. In her<br />

spare time she loves getting<br />

out on the trails and into the<br />

mountains, skiing, running,<br />

hiking and exploring.<br />

rdn.bc.ca/parks and @RDNanaimo.<br />

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PLAY<br />

Raising<br />

Active Kids<br />

In today’s world, it can be challenging<br />

to raise kids who like and want to<br />

move. But don’t despair, there’s a recipe<br />

to help you raise kids who will like (if<br />

not love) to move. And as we know,<br />

when kids love doing something, they<br />

keep doing it.<br />

A Super Healthy “Smoothie”<br />

for Kids<br />

The recipe to get kids moving is to<br />

serve them a daily dose of three ingredients:<br />

skills, confidence, and the love<br />

of movement. When you “blend” these<br />

three ingredients, they become a “supersmoothie”<br />

that kids can’t resist. We call<br />

this powerful recipe “physical literacy.”<br />

Like all healthy food, the power of<br />

this blend comes from the goodness of<br />

its ingredients. Good ingredients make<br />

you healthy from the inside-out. Kale,<br />

for example, the superfood of the moment,<br />

is a “nutrition superstar” because<br />

it’s full of vitamins A, B6, K and C, and<br />

full of cancer-fighting ingredients.<br />

And that’s what the three ingredients<br />

of physical literacy do to kids’ bodies<br />

and brains: it gets them healthy from the<br />

inside-out. But there’s more. Each one of<br />

the three ingredients amplifies the goodness<br />

of the other ingredients.<br />

How Physical Literacy Works<br />

Inside Your Child’s Body and<br />

Brain<br />

Imagine you’re sitting on the living<br />

room floor with your two-year-old. Your<br />

child is watching you play with a foam<br />

ball. You smile and laugh as you throw<br />

the soft ball against the wall and catch it<br />

after it bounces back to you. Your child<br />

can’t take her eyes away from you.<br />

And then you turn to your child and<br />

give them the spongy ball. Your child<br />

smiles, looks up at you and then throws<br />

the ball too. The ball flies sideways. You<br />

laugh, and so does your child.<br />

With kind words and a smile, you<br />

praise your child’s effort (“Well done!”).<br />

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From preschool<br />

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You watch as your toddler fetches the ball and throws it and<br />

laughs again.<br />

As your child throws the ball, magic is taking place in<br />

their young brain. As they watch the ball fly, your toddler’s<br />

brain engages, adapts and makes new connections. As all of<br />

this brain activity is taking place, your child is developing<br />

the skill of throwing.<br />

Magic also takes place when you react with kind and constructive<br />

words. Every time you recognize how hard your<br />

child is trying, or how much they are learning, your child’s<br />

confidence in their ability to throw a ball grows.<br />

The best part of this simple game is the addictive joy that<br />

fills both your child and you. Joy leads your child to throw<br />

the ball, over and over. As they throw, they get better at it.<br />

Their confidence grows and they experience more pleasure,<br />

which leads them to throw the ball some more. In that moment,<br />

your child falls in love with throwing a ball.<br />

Active for Life is a Canadian not-for-profit social initiative founded<br />

by B2ten. We are a national initiative created to help parents give their<br />

children the right start in life through the development of physical literacy.<br />

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Wholesome<br />

Dinners in<br />

a Hurry!<br />

We’ve all had it happen to us. Those nights where we<br />

forgot to plan for dinner, ran out of time or didn’t<br />

have a chance to pick up groceries. While takeout is<br />

an option, it isn’t really that quick, easy or healthy. You have<br />

to figure out how long will it take to get your order. The choice<br />

between going to pick it up or wait for it to be delivered.<br />

Instant dinners and fast food are high in salt, sugar, carbs<br />

and trans fats. Low in everything we need for a wholesome<br />

diet, namely vegetables and whole grains.<br />

Here are three meals that truly take only 30 minutes to<br />

make. They are made with pantry staples so you can turn to<br />

them no matter what else is going on in your busy day. Best of<br />

all, they are SIMPLE. So you can take a deep breath at the end<br />

of a busy day and enjoy a healthy meal.<br />

Super Nachos<br />

Homemade nachos are a great way to sneak in extra vegetables and<br />

protein. The refried bean “sauce” is what makes these nachos super! It<br />

also is a great way of hiding all those extra vegetables.<br />

5 spring onions 1 green pepper<br />

1 red pepper 3 Roma tomatoes<br />

1 bag of corn chips 1 can of refried beans<br />

1 cup of water 2 to 3 cups of grated cheese<br />

Salsa, guacamole and sour cream<br />

Preheat the oven to 400˚F.<br />

Finely slice the spring onions. Dice the peppers. Slice the Roma tomatoes<br />

in half. Remove the seeds, then dice the tomato flesh.<br />

Spread the corn chips out on a rimmed baking sheet. Cover with the<br />

vegetables. Pop the baking sheet in the oven for 7 minutes, to lightly<br />

cook the vegetables, while you prepare the refried bean sauce.<br />

Scrape the refried beans out into a bowl. Add 1 cup of boiling water<br />

and stir to mix thoroughly. It should be a thick, white sauce-like consistency.<br />

You may need to add more water, depending on the consistency<br />

of the refried beans.<br />

Pull the corn chips out of the oven. Spread the refried bean sauce<br />

over the whole sheet. It doesn’t need to be in an even thin layer. The<br />

sauce softens the corn chips, so it’s actually nice to have some chips<br />

without the refried beans so they are crunchy.<br />

Cover the whole baking tray in cheese. Pop the baking sheet under a<br />

broiler, and cook until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.<br />

Serve immediately with salsa, guacamole and sour cream.<br />

Veggie-Packed Frittata<br />

Though eggs are thought of as breakfast, there’s no reason not to make<br />

them for dinner! Packed with protein and quick to make, they are the<br />

perfect go-to dinner. Try fried egg sandwiches or scrambled eggs on<br />

toast with a salad.<br />

This particular dish is a cross between a traditional frittata and a<br />

quiche. It skips the added milk so that it cooks up quicker. It’s a simplified<br />

version that makes it a perfect stress-free dinner.<br />

1 small onion 1 red pepper<br />

1 small zucchini 1 Tbsp butter<br />

8 eggs 3 ⁄4 tsp salt<br />

1⁄4 tsp ground black pepper 1⁄2 cup grated cheddar cheese<br />

Preheat the oven to 375˚F.<br />

Finely dice the onion and pepper. Grate or finely slice the zucchini.<br />

I find grated zucchini tends to disappear in dishes, making it more kidfriendly.<br />

Heat the butter in a large, oven-safe frying pan. Add the vegetables<br />

and sauté for 5 minutes, until softened. Remove from the heat.<br />

Beat the eggs, salt and pepper together in a small bowl.<br />

Pour the eggs over top of the cooked vegetables, in the hot frying<br />

pan. Stir once to make sure everything is evenly mixed. Top with the<br />

grated cheese.<br />

Place the frying pan in the oven and bake for 20 to 30 minutes, until<br />

the cheese is melted and the eggs are set. Serve immediately with<br />

slices of toast.<br />

Emillie Parrish loves having adventures with her<br />

two busy children. You can find more of her recipes<br />

in her recently released cookbook Fermenting Made<br />

Simple. fermentingforfoodies.com<br />

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Carrot Almond Soup<br />

When you’re juggling work and children,<br />

cooking dinner becomes a chore that takes<br />

away from spending time with your kids. This<br />

soup is the perfect solution for that. Why? Because<br />

there’s very little chopping. Seriously!<br />

Everything is pureed at the end, so there’s<br />

no need to slice or dice. Just quarter those<br />

onions and you’re done!<br />

2 onions<br />

6 carrots<br />

2 cloves of garlic<br />

5 cups of water<br />

1 Tbsp bullion powder (or one cube)<br />

1 bunch each parsley and cilantro<br />

1 cup ground almonds (almond meal)<br />

1⁄2 tsp salt, to taste<br />

Peel and quarter the onions. Roughly chop<br />

the carrots. Peel the garlic.<br />

Place the vegetables in a soup pot with the<br />

water and bullion cube.<br />

Wash the parsley and cilantro. Tear off<br />

about 1 ⁄4 cup of leaves for a garnish. Then put<br />

the whole bunch, stems and all, into the soup<br />

pot.<br />

Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer<br />

until the carrots are soft, about 20 minutes.<br />

Puree the soup (including the parsley and<br />

cilantro stems). I find this easiest with a stick<br />

blender, but you can do it by moving it to a<br />

regular blender in batches. Stir in the ground<br />

almonds and salt. Taste, and add more salt if<br />

needed.<br />

Serve with a slice of buttered bread and a<br />

garnish of fresh parsley and cilantro.<br />

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PLAY<br />

Make the Most of a<br />

Trip to the Museum<br />

The sun isn’t up yet when my threeyear-old<br />

runs into my room. He<br />

hands me Little Bear and Marshall to<br />

give me the false hope that this morning<br />

he might actually fall asleep then climbs<br />

up into the bed and takes over my pillow<br />

before bouncing up and down.<br />

“What we doing today Mommy?”<br />

I look up at him and admit defeat. “I<br />

was thinking we could go to the museum.”<br />

“Yay!” He hops back off the bed and<br />

b-lines for the door. “Ready!” he calls as<br />

he bounds down the stairs.<br />

When I first had a child, I was pretty<br />

nervous about taking him to art galleries<br />

or museums or anything that involved<br />

walking around the halls and staring at<br />

exhibits. But I loved museum and gallery<br />

visits and didn’t want to give that up.<br />

Now that I’m three kids and countless<br />

museum and art gallery trips in, I thought<br />

I’d share what I’ve learned to make the<br />

experience enjoyable for everyone.<br />

Be prepared. My son is usually pretty<br />

happy to run out the door in his pajamas,<br />

but I like to take some time to get ready<br />

so we can set ourselves up for a good day.<br />

For starters, I pack a lot of snacks. My<br />

kids are hungry after running or crawling<br />

through the exhibits. Food isn’t allowed<br />

in most exhibits, so we find somewhere<br />

outside the exhibit area where they can<br />

eat their snacks. We like to eat food<br />

twice: once right when we arrive, and<br />

then again after we’ve had a chance to<br />

explore.<br />

We also take some time to go over the<br />

ground rules. Like no yelling, being careful<br />

with the exhibits they’re allowed to<br />

touch, and sticking together as a group.<br />

Finally, I take a few moments to plan<br />

our route when we get there. Like I said,<br />

when we get to the museum, we usually<br />

have a snack, then we tour the museum<br />

before sitting down for our second snack,<br />

and then we finish off any of the other<br />

exhibits we’ve missed.<br />

Go when it’s quieter. It’s not always<br />

possible, but if you can, try to go when<br />

it’s a bit quieter. It’s easier to keep track<br />

of roaming children when there are less<br />

people milling about. You also won’t<br />

have to worry about feeling like your<br />

children are being disruptive and ruining<br />

someone else’s enjoyment of the museum,<br />

Junior Paleontology<br />

We believe that hands-on, curiosity<br />

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Our Junior Paleontology programs<br />

give your child the opportunity to<br />

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new way, with learning, exploration<br />

and play mixed together.<br />

Upcoming programs include multi-day<br />

camps for 8–10 and 11–14 year olds<br />

running March 21, 22 and 23 from 5–7pm.<br />

For our younger scientists in training,<br />

Prehistoric Preschool welcomes 3–5<br />

year olds and their parent or guardian<br />

for 45 minutes adventuring in a<br />

prehistoric wonderland. Prehistoric<br />

Preschool runs the third Sunday o<br />

each month from 9–9:45am.<br />

Details and registration available on our website:<br />

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and anything that prevents extra mom<br />

guilt is a plus.<br />

Tour at a toddler’s pace. You will be<br />

exploring the museum at a toddler’s pace,<br />

so plan to be there a while (hence all the<br />

snacks you’re bringing). But that doesn’t<br />

mean they’ll toddle slowly from one<br />

place to the next letting you read every<br />

sign you pass. Sometimes they will stop<br />

when there are things to play with, but<br />

other times they’ll simply rush from one<br />

thing to the next.<br />

Side note, if you actually do want to<br />

read something or look closely at one<br />

exhibit that your kids have decided isn’t<br />

worth their time, remind your children<br />

that they agreed to stay close to you. Just<br />

remember to stay close to them if they<br />

want to spend more time than you would<br />

like to at a different exhibit.<br />

Don’t overstay your welcome. Sometimes,<br />

it’s just not a good day to be at<br />

a museum. The last time we went my<br />

youngest did not nap on my back like<br />

I hoped he would, and he desperately<br />

needed a nap. We were also with a small<br />

group of other toddlers and preschoolers<br />

and we knew we were quickly approaching<br />

their naptime too, which meant no<br />

amount of snacks would stop the crying<br />

once it started. So we hurried through the<br />

last exhibit to get them out and on the<br />

way home before the tears began to fall.<br />

It might not always be the perfect<br />

experience you’re hoping for, but it probably<br />

won’t be the horror story you’re<br />

imagining either. Just remember, with a<br />

bit of preparation, you really can enjoy<br />

a trip to the museum with your young<br />

children. So the next time they wake you<br />

up far too early to ask what you’re doing<br />

that day, why not say “I was thinking we<br />

could go to the museum?”<br />

Christina Van<br />

Starkenburg lives in<br />

Victoria with her husband,<br />

children and cat. She is the<br />

author of One Tiny Turtle:<br />

A Story You Can Colour<br />

and many articles. To read more of her work<br />

and learn about her upcoming books visit<br />

christinavanstarkenburg.com. Facebook:<br />

facebook.com/christinavanstarkenburg<br />

and Twitter: @Christina_VanS.<br />

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PLAY<br />


Spring Prelude at Butchart Gardens<br />

From February 6 to mid-March, The Blue Poppy Restaurant will<br />

be transformed into an amazing indoor spring display with paths<br />

lined by flowering shrubs, trees and thousands of bulbs. Outside,<br />

enjoy the solitude winter brings and take in the subtle beauty of<br />

the shrubs, trees and flowers, from delicate snowdrops to lush<br />

hellebore.<br />

Free Family Day Events in Courtenay<br />


This Family Day (February 20) bring the entire family to totally<br />

free activities happening at two locations! The LINC Youth Centre<br />

offers ping pong, pool tables, outdoor skateboarding, karaoke,<br />

and more between 11am and 2pm. While the Lewis Centre offers<br />

more free family games and activities between 10am to 4pm.<br />

courtenay.ca/EN/meta/events/events-list/<br />

recreation/70037.html<br />


Pacific Rim Whale Festival<br />

The Pacific Rim Whale Festival from March 17–25 is an annual<br />

event celebrating the return of Pacific Grey Whales to the west<br />

coast of Vancouver <strong>Island</strong> on their Northern migration route.<br />

The week-long festival hosts a number of fun events throughout<br />

Tofino, Ucluelet and the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. For a<br />

calendar of events, visit pacificrimwhalefestival.com.<br />

Live Nation Presents: RAFFI<br />

Bring the whole family to this all ages show at the Cowichan<br />

Performing Arts Theatre on February 18 to hear the best of Raffi.<br />

Sing along to old songs and learn some new songs. All ticket<br />

proceeds go to Raffi’s own children’s foundation—The Centre<br />

for Child Honouring.<br />

cowichanpac.ca/event/raffi-<strong>2023</strong>-02-18<br />


Need help with the Affordable Child Care Benefit?<br />

Looking for child care? Taking care of children?<br />

Need child care training?<br />

Call your local CCRR for free referrals and resources.<br />

Victoria & Gulf <strong>Island</strong>s: 250-382-7000<br />

Sooke: 250-642-5152 ext 239 West Shore: 250-940-4882<br />

Cowichan Valley: 250-746-4135 local 231<br />

PacificCare (Ladysmith North): 250-756-2022 or 1-888-480-2273<br />

gov.bc.ca/ChildCareResourceReferralCentres<br />

Your community’s best source of<br />

child care information and resources.<br />

Funding for the CCRR is provided by the province of B.C.<br />

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How-It-Works<br />

Setting<br />

Boundaries<br />

Interpersonal boundaries may be defined as invisible lines,<br />

or “bubbles,” which separate people or groups of people.<br />

A healthy family is one in which each member can be<br />

loved and be himself or herself at the same time. Establishing<br />

boundaries begins with establishing family values. The Golden<br />

Rule is the basic value of all cultures: Treat others the way<br />

you would like them to treat you. Boundaries are essential for<br />

healthy families. Within the safety of boundaries established<br />

by the parents, a child can develop his own sense of self. Because<br />

that self has been protected by boundaries, the child can<br />

feel he is loved for himself, and can love others while respecting<br />

their right to be who they are and make their own choices.<br />

As children are naturally egocentric, they have to be taught<br />

where others’ boundaries are. A two-year-old may not know<br />

he is actually causing pain to the person he hits; he only knows<br />

that he gets a reaction. Children often don’t understand the<br />

impact their behaviour has on a friend at school when they<br />

tease them. Similarly, a teenager may have no idea of how<br />

stressful it is when she adds to an adult’s work load; she has to<br />

be taught.<br />

Limits are statements of people’s boundaries. It is not “selfish”<br />

of a parent to set limits for a child around respecting<br />

the parent’s own needs: for example, the need for sleep, or<br />

the need to not have to clean up all the time, or the need for<br />

some time to herself. These limits teach the child about others’<br />

boundaries and about the Golden Rule.<br />

As children older, you can establish family values which<br />

flow out of the Golden Rule, such as respect for persons,<br />

respect for others’ property, respect for body privacy, kindness<br />

to animals. Sometimes limits need to be enforced with<br />

consequences. However, empathy training (helping kids think<br />

through what it must be like for the person who has been<br />

harmed) is much more effective than scolding or punishing a<br />

child when he or she harms someone. It also helps to let the<br />

child make amends if she feels truly sorry.<br />

Children learn most from our example, and they learn<br />

about boundaries when their boundaries are respected by us,<br />

and when we insist that other people respect their and our<br />

boundaries.<br />

Dr. Allison Rees is a parent educator, counsellor<br />

and coach at LIFE Seminars (Living in Families<br />

Effectively), lifeseminars.com.<br />

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Vol V, Ed I<br />

Job Search<br />

How to Help Your Teen<br />

Develop Networking Skills<br />

5 Ways to Get<br />

Involved with<br />


30<br />

Things to Do<br />

with Your Teen

30 Things<br />

to Do with<br />

Your Teen<br />

…that won’t bore them to tears or scare you to death<br />

Peruse Music Stores for Old Records<br />

and Reminisce. Okay, you might not<br />

want to reminisce too much, but chances<br />

are both you and your teen(s) will have<br />

a blast searching through the long-forgotten-but-then-revived<br />

LPs. Seeing the<br />

price of these collectibles now will make<br />

you—and your kids—wish you’d hung<br />

on to your old N’Sync and Spice Girls<br />

records. Or not.<br />

Embark on a Stand-Up Paddle Tour<br />

of the Inner Harbour. Learn the basics<br />

of stand-up paddle-boarding in the Inner<br />

Harbour during a 3-hour introductory<br />

course at Ocean River Adventures<br />

(oceanriveradventures.com) that will<br />

teach you the Hawaiian cultural history<br />

of stand-up paddle-boarding, the differences<br />

between board and equipment<br />

styles, and how to manoeuvre your paddle-board<br />

using different strokes.<br />

Join a Running Clinic Together and<br />

Enter a Race. Your local community<br />

centre, along with various Frontrunners<br />

(frontrunners.ca) and Running Room<br />

(runningroom.com) stores offer Learn to<br />

Run programs that will have you running<br />

a 5km or 10km in no time. Well, in 10 to<br />

12 weeks. At the weekly sessions, you’ll<br />

learn all you need to know about running<br />

in all kinds of weather, biomechanics,<br />

nutrition, goal setting, injury prevention,<br />

motivation, pacing and more. Classes<br />

usually start with a 20 to 30-minute<br />

group seminar followed by a group run.<br />

Practice Your Swing at a Driving<br />

Range. Not enough time for a full game?<br />

No problem. Improve your long ball<br />

drive, iron play, or wedge shots—oh,<br />

okay…just swing really hard—and<br />

keep your game up to par at one of<br />

the <strong>Island</strong> driving ranges. As Arnold<br />

Palmer says: “The more I practice, the<br />

luckier I get.” For a list of ranges, visit<br />

golfvancouverisland.ca.<br />

Try Climbing. Take the $25 “Taste<br />

Test” at Crag X and sample climbing in<br />

an indoor gym. There is no safety system<br />

instruction during the Taste Test, just<br />

climbing. Staff manage all your safety<br />

systems for the one-hour visit. After<br />

starting on some easier routes, you’ll get<br />

a chance to push your limits on the more<br />

advanced terrain. No experience is required.<br />

cragx.ca.<br />

Hang 10 in Tofino. As beautiful in<br />

summer as winter—with water temperatures<br />

that vary only between 1-2˚—Tofino<br />

is the perfect place to learn to surf.<br />

For a list of lessons, visit tourismtofino.<br />

com.<br />

Go Ziplining. If ziplining by daylight<br />

isn’t scary enough, try the full-moon zip<br />

at Adrenaline in Sooke (adrenalinezip.<br />

com). Or in Nanaimo at WildPlay (wildplay.com),<br />

try two flights of 91 and 182<br />

metres, spanning the entire length of the<br />

park.<br />

Build Something Together. A go-kart,<br />

a skimboard, a skateboard ramp, a chicken<br />

coop. Find plans for almost anything<br />

on YouTube.<br />

Get Matching Tattoos. Haha. Okay<br />

not likely, but worth the laugh, watching<br />

your teen squirm at the thought. So, too,<br />

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would be choosing a mutually-agreeable<br />

design. For ideas, google “Matching Tattoos.”<br />

Go, Go, Go Go-karting. See if you can<br />

keep up with your teen before tripping<br />

the remote shut-off switch. In Comox<br />

Valley, saratogaracing.ca.<br />

Write a Blueprint for the Perfect<br />

Day and then turn it into a reality. Or Go<br />

50/50 and have your teen plan one half<br />

of the day while you plan the other half.<br />

Then surprise each other with your plans.<br />

Explore a New Area Together—even<br />

if it’s just a new neighbourhood. If you’re<br />

mobile, drive to another community<br />

on the <strong>Island</strong> and poke around. For an<br />

added activity, research your destination<br />

beforehand to determine some must-sees.<br />

Recreate Family Photos. For inspiration,<br />

visit then-and-now-photos.tumblr.<br />

com. Or, if you have absentee family<br />

members, make a family collage or photo<br />

album instead. Too often, in this day of<br />

digital photographs, shots stay stuck on<br />

cellphones or in cameras and never make<br />

it into a photo album. Kids, whatever<br />

their ages, love looking at old family<br />

photos. Make them accessible and enlist<br />

their help in the process.<br />

Go Out for Dinner Together to a place<br />

that serves a type of food that neither of<br />

you have tried before. Try Tibetan, maybe,<br />

or Caribbean, Moroccan or Creole.<br />

Create Your Own Sandwich at Red<br />

Barn Market. Better yet, hike to the top<br />

of Mt. Work first to work up an appetite<br />

then head to the West Saanich Road Red<br />

Barn (other locations include Vanalman,<br />

Mattick’s Farm, Latoria Walk and Oak<br />

Bay). Teen-appetite tested and approved.<br />

Visit the Royal BC Museum and then<br />

See an IMAX Movie. From documentaries<br />

to blockbusters, IMAX fits all ages.<br />

Pretend to be Tourists. Sure the official<br />

version of Tourist in Your Own<br />

Home Town won’t be back until 2024,<br />

but don’t fret. Re-create a version of your<br />

own.<br />

Rent Scooters. Two or one seaters,<br />

scooters at Cycle BC Rentals in Victoria<br />

are 49cc and require the driver have a<br />

regular licence to ride. $16-$19/hour.<br />

victoria.cyclebc.ca.<br />

See a Psychic or Do a Tea Leaf Reading.<br />

Tea leaf readings at Silk Road Tea<br />

SPEND<br />

WITH<br />

Register for SKAM<br />

School of Performing<br />

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Information sessions for September <strong>2023</strong> enrollment information are<br />

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Check us out online at learningstorm.org.<br />

You can also email us anytime at visitors@learningstorm.org<br />

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in Victoria on Saturdays from noon-<br />

5pm silkroadteastore.com<br />

Climb a Mountain. Mt. Work, Mt.<br />

Arrowsmith or Mt. Tolmie, match your<br />

teen’s interest level and endurance level<br />

with a suitable hill. Snacks and energy<br />

drinks work wonders and might get you<br />

and your teen a kilometre or two further.<br />

Get Certified. CPR, Standard First<br />

Aid, Bartending, Food Safe or your White<br />

Sail certificate are only a few examples of<br />

certificates you could earn together.<br />

viu.ca, camosun.ca/ce, royalroads.ca.<br />

Face a Fear. From scuba diving, bungy<br />

jumping—okay, maybe not—and rock<br />

climbing to learning to knit or reading<br />

a collaborative haiku aloud at a poetry<br />

reading, doing something scary together<br />

will give you both the “Yes, we did it!”<br />

feeling and bring you closer together.<br />

Shop for and Cook Dinner Together.<br />

Teach your teen a secret family recipe<br />

or signature dish.<br />

Ride the Galloping Goose to<br />

Sooke Pot Holes and Take a Dip. For<br />

trail maps and information, visit<br />

gallopinggoosetrail.com.<br />

Volunteer. For a list of opportunities,<br />

visit volunteervictoria.bc.ca, volunteernanaimo.ca<br />

or google “volunteer opportunities<br />

on Vancouver <strong>Island</strong>” for specific<br />

events.<br />

Pull an All-Nighter. The fun kind, not<br />

the kind you’d pull if you were cramming<br />

for exams.<br />

Go Float at the Float House in Victoria.<br />

One way for a digital detox is in a<br />

sensory deprivation and floatation tank<br />

where $150 will get you three introductory<br />

sessions. floathousevictoria.com.<br />

Hang Out. Literally. At Free Spirit<br />

Spheres, unique tree house accommodations<br />

for adults (16 years old and up),<br />

set among the tall trees of the west coast<br />

rainforest. freespiritspheres.com.<br />

While you’re in the vicinity…<br />

Go Underground…Caving at Horne<br />

Lake. Caves for both self-exploring and<br />

guided tour opportunities. hornelake.com.<br />

Draft a 30 Things to Do List of Your<br />

Own—a family bucket list.<br />

10 More Things to Do:<br />

Go technology-free for 24 hours.<br />

Play video games. If you can’t beat ’em,<br />

join ’em. Go to an arcade. Or try laser<br />

tag. Or to kick it up a notch, paintball.<br />

Go to a thrift store and shop.<br />

Take a scenic boat ride on the Frances<br />

Barkley to points along Alberni Inlet and<br />

Barkley Sound.<br />

Learn something new: to cook at London<br />

Chef or sculpt at Opus Art Supplies.<br />

Visit Strathcona Provincial Park and<br />

hike the Forbidden Plateau in the summer<br />

or ski Mount Washington in the winter.<br />

Kayak the Broken Group of <strong>Island</strong>s in<br />

the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.<br />

Reservations are now required but campsites<br />

are guaranteed.<br />

Hike to Mystic Beach and cool off under<br />

the waterfalls.<br />

Wash the car—and let your teen take<br />

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5 Ways to Get Involved<br />

in Volunteering<br />

Are you a teenager ready to start volunteering? Or a parent<br />

looking for opportunities for their child? If so then<br />

volunteer centres can help! Volunteering can be a great way to<br />

develop skills, gain confidence, and make lifelong connections.<br />

Whether you need volunteer hours, sector experience, or are<br />

wanting to help your community, you’ll be able to find your<br />

perfect position by following these simple steps.<br />

1. Start with your Local Volunteer Centre<br />

Volunteer Centres are the number one asset for you when<br />

looking for volunteer positions. Centres are focused on promoting<br />

volunteering in the community and offer lots of resources<br />

and up-to-date local volunteer opportunities. Each Volunteer<br />

Centre is unique to its community. They host volunteer fairs,<br />

volunteer training and listings of volunteer roles that you can<br />

look through to find something you are interested in.<br />

To find your local Volunteer Centre check Volunteer BC’s<br />

Volunteer Centre Network (volunteerbc.bc.ca/volunteer-centrenetwork).<br />

2. Volunteer BC’s Volunteer Now<br />

Volunteer Now (volunteerbc.bc.ca/volunteer-now) is your<br />

one-stop shop for volunteering. With the help of this platform,<br />

you can search and apply for multiple positions all in one place.<br />

Volunteer Now is maintained by Volunteer BC and is completely<br />

free for volunteers. Simply make an account and you<br />

will be able to browse local positions to find the best one for<br />

your needs.<br />

3. Other Volunteer Matching Platforms<br />

If you do not have a local Volunteer Centre you can check<br />

out other online volunteer posting boards: Volunteer Connector<br />

(volunteerconnector.org), Charity Village (charityvillage.com),<br />

or Craigslist (geo.craigslist.org/iso/ca). Schools, colleges and<br />

universities often have volunteer posting boards that post positions<br />

perfect for ’tweens, teens and everyone else.<br />

The Pan-Canadian Volunteer Matching Platform (volunteer.<br />

ca) works in collaboration with Volunteer Centres nationwide<br />

in order to provide over 75,000 volunteer opportunities. We<br />

encourage you to reach out to organizations you like directly<br />

to see if they have any open positions that might not have been<br />

posted.<br />

4. Check out Volunteer BC’s Online Training<br />

and Resources<br />

Volunteer BC also offers access to a training and workshop<br />

calendar. The website is updated daily with new opportunities<br />

which are also posted on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn,<br />

making it easy for you to check for new positions from members.<br />

Volunteer BC’s training calendar shows month-by-month<br />

opportunities updated as soon as new sessions become available<br />

and links to Volunteer Now so you can easily apply. This<br />

training will allow you to learn more about volunteering and<br />

the non-profit sector and help prepare to for future volunteer<br />

opportunities.<br />

Want even more detailed info on volunteering? Download<br />

the detailed I Want to Volunteer handbook. This interactive pdf<br />

is a step-by-step guide on how to go about finding that perfect<br />

volunteer position.<br />

5. Volunteer BC Memberships<br />

A Volunteer BC Individual Membership is another great way<br />

to help you get involved with volunteering. As a member, you<br />

will receive the member’s only newsletter with monthly updates<br />

on volunteer centres, as well as new and upcoming positions.<br />

A membership is a great way to show support to Volunteer BC<br />

and receive amazing benefits that will help you on your journey<br />

to being your best volunteering self.<br />

By starting to volunteer, you will be able to make a difference<br />

in your community, learn new skills, and feel good by doing<br />

something good. By following these simple steps you’ll be able<br />

to find the best volunteer position for anything you need. Good<br />

luck to you and your future volunteer endeavours! Together we<br />

can make a difference.<br />

For more information, contact your local Volunteer Centre<br />

or visit volunteerbc.bc.ca.<br />

Rayne Inkster is an administrator at Volunteer BC.<br />

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Job Search Help your teen develop networking skills<br />

Statistics show that 80 percent of job vacancies<br />

are not advertised. In some regions, that percentage<br />

is higher. Networking is a vital way to identify<br />

work opportunities and connect with potential<br />

employers in the “hidden” job market.<br />

Your teen’s current social circle, both online<br />

and offline, is a good place to start to expand<br />

their network of acquaintances, but there are also<br />

other excellent networking opportunities listed<br />

below. Whatever networking strategies your teen<br />

employs, expanding their network will expand their<br />

prospects.<br />

Networking for Career Development<br />

Volunteer. This is a fine method for broadening<br />

their network and allowing prospective employers<br />

to discover their abilities. Youth can gain experience,<br />

make connections, demonstrate their skills<br />

and get noticed. Volunteering provides an opportunity<br />

for word to spread about your child’s talents<br />

and availability. And sometimes paid employment<br />

grows directly out of volunteer activities.<br />

Join a job club. For those who are eligible, job<br />

clubs have many advantages: youth quickly find<br />

out they are not alone, discover which job-search<br />

methods that are working for people, and gain<br />

a built-in network of people who know people.<br />

Someone in the job club may have a friend or relative<br />

looking for a landscaper, which may be your<br />

teen’s job target. You never know when an opportunity<br />

could present itself.<br />

Encourage your teen to find groups in their<br />

area(s) of interest. Suggest they join a new<br />

group to build their network. If they like computers<br />

and are passionate about programming, find a<br />

programming user group. Such groups allow you<br />

to build lasting, mutually helpful professional relationships.<br />

As they become connected, they’ll likely<br />

discover career opportunities.<br />

If they don’t know how to find a group, they can<br />

use a search engine like Google or Meetup to find<br />

groups in their field and community. For example,<br />

search “Programming user group Nanaimo.”<br />

Tell community groups they are a part of. Organizations<br />

they are already part of may have many<br />

members, some of whom already know your teen<br />

well. Talk to them about your career or job-search<br />

goals. If people don’t know that they’re looking for<br />

work, then they can’t share any opportunities with<br />

prospective employees.<br />

Social media networking. These days, social<br />

media is an excellent method for connecting with<br />

employers and job opportunities. Find out more<br />

about using social media in their job search below.<br />

Attend job fairs. Job fairs are another great<br />

opportunity to connect with people: employers who<br />

are seeking workers, employment service providers<br />

and other job seekers. Even if a company isn’t<br />

looking for someone with your teen’s background,<br />

they may know of someone else who is. They may<br />

be happy to pass on their resume or keep it for<br />

their own future needs. Encourage teens to be proactive<br />

and do some homework on the companies<br />

they plan to approach at the job fair (participating<br />

companies are usually listed in advance event<br />

notices). Their obvious interest and preparation will<br />

increase their chances of winning an interview.<br />

When networking, always remind your teen to<br />

thank the people who have given them advice or<br />

contacts by emailing or mailing them a thank-you<br />

note. Networking is all about building relationships.<br />

Showing that they appreciate the time of a person<br />

who helps them is their investment in a relationship<br />

that may ultimately benefit both parties.<br />

WorkBC offers direct access to the world of work<br />

in B.C. For more tips and job search strategies, visit<br />

workbc.ca.<br />



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<strong>Island</strong> Catholic Schools<br />

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