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Halloween Candy: How 3 Dietitian Moms Deal With It

Original story published by Kristen Thompson in Today’s Parent on Oct. 24, 2017

That’s me dressed as a box of Smarties. Such has been my lifelong love of Halloween treats.

Halloween is fast approaching, and I’m already cringing at the thought of the candy that’s going to rain down from my kids’ trick-or-treat bags and onto my living room floor.

It’s hard to find that balance between letting our kids indulge on special occasions, while coaching them to practice a modicum of self-control. Do we let them go nuts, or put a limit on their consumption?

We reached out to three dietitians—who are also moms—to find out how they handle the sugary loot after a night of trick-or-treating. Read story

Sunscreen, Sun Safety, and Kids (Today’s Parent)

Figuring out how best to protect our children from the sun can seem daunting. The market is so saturated with sun-safety products, and there’s conflicting information about how best to keep UV rays at bay. We reached out to two pediatric skin care to find out the truths and myths about sunscreen use, and how to keep our kids sun safe. Read story

dreamstimel50397858.jpg.size.xxlarge.promoKids and food allergies (Toronto Star)

Any new parent will likely agree to at least these two universal truths: you want to do what’s best for your kid, and what’s best is often subjective. Most people will tell you just to go with your gut, but what happens when your gut is the problem?  Read more

vaccineThe case for mandatory vaccinations (Toronto Star)

Ready for your daily dose of controversy? I believe strongly in childhood vaccinations. Wait, I’m not done. I believe they should be mandatory. I can feel thousands of readers bristling right now. This is a sensitive topic because we love our children, and want the best for them. Read more

 Why You Need an Emergency Preparedness Kit (Metro)

Every region in B.C. is at risk to a variety of disasters. All of them can leave residents cut off, or forced to flee. How many of us would be ready to pick up and go at a moment’s notice? Read story

Screen Shot 2017-02-16 at 12.41.47 PMKids and 911 (Today’s Parent)

The last thing Tracey Smith recalls before blacking out on her bathroom floor is the sound of her three-year-old’s voice. “I can remember my son asking me something, but I didn’t have the ability to respond,” says the Alberta mom. “And then I went out.” Smith often suffers from migraines. Usually they lay her up on the couch. This time was different. Read more

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