5 questions to ask before hiring a real estate professional


So, you’re ready to buy or sell your home, and you want the guidance of a real estate professional to help you with the process. But how do you pick the one that is right for you?

“It’s always a good idea to meet with at least a few different real estate professionals before selecting the one you’d like to work with,” says Joseph Richer, registrar of the Real Estate Council of Ontario. “You should also consider asking friends or family to recommend someone they’ve recently worked with.”

When you’re ready to meet with a few representatives, consider asking these questions:

  1. What is your experience? Experience is about more than how many years someone has been in business. Take the time to learn about the types of properties they typically work with, which cities or areas they work in, and how many homes they helped buy or sell in the past year.
  2. What is your approach to the buying or selling process? If you’re buying, how will the representative search for suitable properties and what is their approach to negotiations? If you’re selling, how will your home be marketed to help attract prospective buyers? By understanding their approach, you’ll know what to expect and will be able to determine which representative’s philosophy and methods align with your preferences.
  3. What services will be included? Discuss your particular needs and expectations with prospective representatives to ensure they are able to provide the services you expect. For example, when selling, will the representative have professional photos taken of your home? Will they host open houses? What about advertising? Understanding exactly what services will be provided, and later documenting them in your written contract, will help avoid misunderstandings later on.
  4. What are the commissions or fees that I will need to pay? Commissions and fees can vary between brokerages and for the services provided, so be sure to understand what will be provided, and what it will cost. Keep in mind that, as with most things, the cheapest deal is not necessarily the best one.
  5. Do you have references? As with most job interviews, getting in touch with references is an important step before hiring someone. So, speaking with past clients is a great way to learn more. Were past clients pleased with their experience? Was the representative responsive and easy to get in touch with? Would they recommend them to others?

“Buying or selling a home is a major decision, so it’s important to take the time to find the right representative for you,” says Richer.

Use the ‘real estate professional search’ feature to ensure your representative is registered.

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There’s a lot of information out there about market trends and how to get the best price, but you also need to know about your rights and responsibilities as a home buyer or seller.  The Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO) can help you with that.

When it comes to real estate transactions, the more you know, the better you’re protected. Visit RECO’s website to learn more.

Check out some helpful advice about whether to buy first or sell first as well as the 4 must-do tips before you start the home buying process.  

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Last week we enjoyed 3 of HelloFresh’s fabulous chef meals!!

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Each recipes was cleared laid out and easy to make. One meal I even left the hubby to cook with while I went out for a run, yes folks, miracles do happen!

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Not only did we love the meals, the packaging when the food arrives is very well thought out. All the recipes are organized in their individual boxes with meat and/or additional ingredients placed at the bottom of the insulated box to stay cool.

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Another great feature was the portion sizes of the meals. Every meal had tons of left overs, we were able to make another meal out of it for later in the week or to freeze for emergencies or lazy days.

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Ok, here is the BIG BONUS!!! My kids actually ate it!!!! My kids are decent eaters but anything new or out of their norm they tend to turn their noses up to. At first the different meals created some nose turning up but once they tried the things that looked OK to them they were eating just fine. HelloFresh creates chef inspired food but with families in mind. With all the fresh ingredients being provided as well as herbs and spices you can create the meal to your choosing.

Overall Hello Fresh was a great experience and definitely worth investing in. Here’s how the whole process works

  1. Choose a weekly menu – various plans and meals based on your needs created by HelloFresh’s culinary team
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Would you like to win tickets to The Baby Show , Toronto’s premium pregnancy and early parenting event this Fall?

You can spend the day getting pampered, learning from experts, and shopping everything pregnancy, baby and toddler from top local and national brands! Be sure to stop by our Mommy Connections booth and say hello!

Mommy Connections fans can save $3 off the $15 ticket price with the online promo code MC2016, buy yours here. Enter for your chance to win a pair of tickets to The Baby Show, Oct 1st and 2nd at the Enercare Centre, Hall D.  Contest closes Sept 26, 2016.  Winner will be contacted via email.

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Show Details:

Dates:

Saturday, Oct 1, 2016 – 9am to 6pm

Sunday, Oct 2, 2016 – 10am to 5pm

Location:

Enercare Centre, Hall D

Exhibition Place

100 Princes’ Blvd., Toronto, ON, M6K 3C3

Ticket Price:

$15 online and at the door (cash only).  Kids 12 and under are free.  Save $3 with the discount code MC2016.

With over 130 national and local exhibitors, The Baby Show highlights include:

Massage Area

New and expectant moms can experience a free massage from Sutherland-Chan Massage School to help alleviate ailments related to pregnancy and caring for baby.

The Healthy Moms Toronto Zone

A dedicated area on the show floor for select exhibitors with a focus on health and wellness and natural/organic/eco-friendly products and services specifically for moms and babies.

Seminar Stage 

Plan your visit and hear local and national parenting experts speak on a variety of topics ranging from exercise during pregnancy to nutrition for parents and baby. All speakers are also available for a question and answer period after their talks. Visit our website for a show schedule.

FREE Sleep Consultation

The Good Night Sleep Site team will be on hand to help you with your sleep concerns and answer your questions.

Health & Wellness Mat

Take part in a prenatal yoga class and you could walk away with one of 20 yoga mats from Gaiam! Learn about infant massage, enjoy a fitness demo, learn about infant CPR and so much more!

Car Seat Checks and Installations

Nuna Canada will be providing car seat installations throughout the day Saturday, October 1st at the Enercare Centre.

Etsy Junior Area

A dedicated area on the show floor for select exhibitors showcasing handmade, local products from brands found on Etsy.

DK Rest Area and Reading Nook is a spacious area designed to encourage literacy and give you a perfect place to take a break. Sit down on a comfy chair and read up on pregnancy and parenting or read your little one a fun and colourful board book.

Speaker Series Highlights:

Dr. Paul Roumeliotis – Immunization

Taya Griffin – How to get off to the best breastfeeding start

Dara Bergeron – Pregnancy Exercise Through the Trimesters

Ann Douglas – The Truth About Parenthood

Margaret Wallis-Duffy – Infant Massage

See you there!

Though spring is always exciting, it is even better as a new mom. For most of the winter, we have hunkered down inside, feeling the piles of toys close in on us. When we ventured out, it was with the help of giant baby snowsuits, weather shields and blankets. Now, the sun is shining, the temperatures are in the double digits and the snow has finally melted, fallen then melted again. Quick! Time to get outside before it snows again.
But where to go? We have walked around our neighbourhood so many times that we could do it in our sleep. (And probably did some days!) Now we are looking to venture out into the city, but want to bring the stroller along. (To hold the caffeine, obviously!)
Well good news! I’ve got a list of great trails that are both scenic and stroller-friendly. So grab your baby, break out the sun hats and call your mom squad.

Here are my favourite places to take the stroller out for a walk:

Evergreen Brickworks

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Our family enjoying the boardwalk at Evergreen Brickworks.

Where is it?
550 Bayview Ave, Toronto

There is pay parking, which can get quite busy on a Saturday morning, or you can take the free shuttle which leaves every 30 to 45 minutes from the parkette just north of the Bayview subway station.
What’s awesome about it?

So much! First, there are several stroller-friendly trails. You can take in the turtles playing in the pond while walking around the boardwalk. If you are feeling ambitious, you can take a path up the hill to enjoy the scenic view while you try to pretend you are not dying from walking up the hill. If, like me, you are too pale to be exposed to too much sunshine you can take a ramp up to the forest trail. It also connects to several nearby parks and trails, if your little one falls asleep and you want to keep them that way.

When you get tired of walking, there are some other great spaces to enjoy as well. There is an outdoor kids space, a great shop and a weekend farmer’s market and Sunday antiques market. There is also a restaurant onsite, which has takeout beverages and baked goods. Oh, and if your pooch wants to come along, there is also an off-leash dog park. (They need to stay on leash on the trails though.)
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Sunnybrook
Where is it?
1132 Leslie Street, just north of Eglinton and Leslie. There are a few lots of free parking, or you can take the 54 Lawrence East or 51 Leslie bus to the Leslie St. at Eglinton North side stop and walk a minute to the entrance of the park.

What’s awesome about it?
My favourite thing about Sunnybrook is the sheer size! This is a giant park in the heart of the city. There is a huge system of linking trails, many of which are paved, so you can bring the stroller. If you bring the carrier, you could walk all day. There are also picnic spots, if you would like to stop and have a snack. (I usually do.)
There are washrooms, bottle filling stations and several sports fields to have a game of catch. (Or drop, if you are playing with me.) We like to bring our dog to the large off-leash dog park, and to stop and watch the horses at the stables nearby.
This is the kind of place to have a family day or to have a playdate with your mom friends.
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Taylor Creek
Where is it?
There are several entrances to this park, but my favourite for the stroller set is on Haldon Avenue, just off Cosburne. There is free parking. If travelling by transit, you can take the Cosburn 87 bus.
What’s awesome about it?

First, the trail is beautiful. It is a paved area that circles around a creek, which keeps it cool in the summer. It is shady and quiet, with a few places to stop and sit. It is a multi-use trail, so be aware of the bikers. This trail is so scenic that it will remind you of the days you used to go hiking without children attached to you, but is so easy with the stroller.
In fact, one of my favourite things about this trail, is that it is wide enough for several strollers to walk together and not take up the whole trail. So bring your mom squad to this trail! (Bring your dogs on leash as well, if you like!) It is busier on the weekend, so mat leave mammas may want to hit is up mid-week.
http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails/view/taylor-creek-trail

Beaches Boardwalk

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An installation on the Beach this winter. Photo Credit: Dan Cook
Where is it?
Go south until you hit the water! Just kidding. Enter through the park on Queen St. East between Waverley and Lee. There is street parking on the side streets, but this can be tricky, so leave time. Alternately you can take the Queen streetcar.

What’s awesome about it?
In the summer, this is a little slice of heaven. There is a 3 kilometer boardwalk, which is wide enough to walk 2 strollers wide while you take in those beautiful lake views. It can be a bit cooler than the rest of the city, so bring a sweater if it is not warm. The boardwalk can be a bit bumpy, but this can help with those naps.
There are lots of benches to stop and feed baby or just sit and take in the views. There is also an off-leash dog park near Kew beach and another at Cherry Beach, both with access to the water for dogs who love to swim. You can take your kids in the water too! Or they can play at the amazing playground at Queen and Kippendale Ave.
One of the great things about this trail is that it is so close to Queen Street. You can find coffee, snacks and shopping right next to the boardwalk!

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Don Valley

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Beautiful fall colours in the Don Valley. Photo Credit: Dan Cook

Where is it?
There are many trails around the Don Valley and lots of entrances. Our favourite is at the end of Beechwood, off O’Connor. This entrance has a few parking spots. You can also enter on Pottery Road, by the train tracks. For public transit, take the 70 O’Connor bus to Pottery Road and walk down the hill.

What’s awesome about it?
This is a multi-use trail, so you can bike or push the stroller with ease. There are many winding trails that stretch along the Don River and into the surrounding forest. This one can be a bit more of a workout than the other trails listed, so no sandals here!
One of our favourite things about these trails is that there is a variety of birds and wildlife to see on the walk and we enjoy the variety of terrain. This is a great spot for the nature lovers. Bring the camera!
http://www.biketrain.ca/toronto-hub/cycling-in-toronto/61-don-river-valley-trails

Newbie Mom Liz is the proud mom of a six month old son and a 3 1/2 year old chocolate lab. She lives in Toronto with her wonderful husband and the aforementioned dependants. Currently she is on maternity leave, and writing her thoughts in a blog for you lovely people.

You can read more posts from her at: Newbiemomsite.com

 

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During the breastfeeding period, a situation often arises which makes some women go along to their doctor for advice.

Some mothers may be on medication for their own complaints. Others may develop illnesses that need medication during the early postnatal weeks. Should medication be taken while breastfeeding? Can drugs that women take harm the baby via the breast milk?

Unfortunately, it is not an easy question to answer, and even doctors do not know all the answers. The fewer drugs a nursing mother takes, the better. On no account should she self-medicate, because many commonly used drugs are potentially harmful to the infant.

Most drugs have a toxic action if taken in amounts in excess of which they are prescribed. In many cases, there is a wide margin between the “therapeutic” dose (the one that the doctor prescribes) and the “toxic” (dangerous) dose. These drugs are said to have a high therapeutic ratio.

Several of these may produce adverse effects in the suckling infant. Examples are diazepam (a popular tranquilizer), nalidixic acid (widely used for urinary infections), ergot derivatives (used in migraine and other complaints), sulphonamides (for infections,commonly chest and urinary tract), Phenytoin (used in epilepsy), amantadine (used in Parkinson’s and sometimes also in influenza), lithium (used in psychiatry), and high doses of salicylate (used in analgesics and arthritis medication), or alcohol.

Although many women have a good knowledge of drug therapy these days, and can discuss their medication with their doctor during breastfeeding time.
What is the best advice to the nursing mother?

Here are a few simple tips that may help.

1. Do not self-prescribe drugs of any kind when breastfeeding. Take only medication that has been specifically prescribed by the doctor.
2. lt is essential that the doctor knows that you are breastfeeding if you seek medical help for other complaints which may involve drug therapy. These days a patient may be confined by a doctor and attend another who may be quite unaware she is breastfeeding. Ask the doctor if there would be any risks in taking the medication while breastfeeding.
3. Most doctors prescribe the very minimum amount of medication for the minimum length of time for any woman who is breastfeeding. If the doctor has any doubts about the safety of the drug, he can obtain reliable information from the various drug information centres which are in all capital cities.
4. If you notice any adverse effects either in yourself, or more importantly in the suckling infant report them to the doctor at once.
5. Never be tempted to take “left-overs” from previous illnesses. Do not take medication or drugs prescribed for other members of the family simply because your symptoms seem the same.

Linda is a freelance writer who enjoys writing about baby care tips for first time parents.
She regularly shares health and fitness tips on www.lifetips.top.

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Have you heard the popular coach anthem, “There is no I in team”?

Whether you slapped a puck around on the ice or took up baseball, coaches around the world would repeatedly chant this saying to players over and over. Fast forward a few years, and this saying still rings true today. However, we have traded in our team colors and jerseys for pay checks and raising children. We have joined the game of parenthood and need to rely on our teammates to help us win at rearing children who are champions at life no matter what curveballs they encounter.

Raising children with special needs can be very rewarding, but we all have those days where we feel that we are striking out at the same time. It’s no secret that keeping up with the demands of our families while juggling work and daily life can be overwhelming at times. Some days it is a miracle that we put a balanced dinner on the table (even if it means going through the local carry out lane) and managed to conquer the piles of homework, appointments, and activities that we squeezed in before supper.

Thankfully, today’s technology and easy access to information can connect us to a wealth of resources to help us combat parental burnout and meet the needs of our children with a mere tap of our fingers. To maximize the strengths of our “team” and help us succeed along our journey, we have compiled a list of resources, places to visit, and ideas to utilize.  

Eleven Resources For Parents

 

  1. Turn to other parents and social media communities for moral support. Simply type in a condition or disability and you will see a host of forums or groups pop up in the search. To help you on your way, check out this compiled list of 50 great websites for parents of children with special needs.
  1. Take advantage of Canadian online educational resources and information that are available to the public. One benefit of a technology driven society is the wealth of data and resources at our fingertips. Follow the above links to maximize or extend a child’s education at home.
  1. Look for financial tips and vital tax information for Canadian families that have children with special needs. Raising children who require special services, medicine, equipment, and nursing care can tax any budget. Make sure you are aware of programs and tax credits you qualify for. To help you, Autism Ontario has a great resource list on their site.
  1. Utilize the plentiful mp3 files and audiobooks on the market to listen to assignments. Many libraries and online retailers allow you to simply download files to your tablets, phones, computers, and more. Some popular apps are also able to convert any PDF to a voice. Listening can help children comprehend assignments and reduce the stress that often accompanies reading.
  2. Use math software and apps that allow children to overcome physical limitations by solving problems on tablets. Calculator apps are numerous and advanced, check out Tom’s Guide for a review of some of the best math apps on the market. Consider ones that are able to read aloud problems or transform written work over into the calculator app.

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  1. Seek out graphic organizers or concept maps to structure thoughts and ideas. Ditch the notecards and sticky notes, and consider using apps to take notes in class or outline writing assignments.
  2. Look for Optical Character Recognition technology to bypass physical limitations with pencil, paper, and the physical act of writing.
  3. Reinforce what a child has been learning in school by downloading educational games on a child’s electronic device. To help narrow down your choices, consider Imagination Soup’s suggestions for their favorite educational apps for kids.
  4. Take advantage of speech-recognition software. These programs enable children to speak their ideas into a device and have it turned into written words. This helps kids who have stronger oral skills over traditional pen and paper ones.
  5. Monitor a child’s online activity to ensure they are being safe and not encountering any dangerous situations. Unfortunately, children who have special needs are often targeted by cyberbullies. Take advantage of apps that allow you to access a child’s phone, text messages, and Internet activity for peace of mind.
  6. Learn sign language to help children communicate their needs and wants better. Take advantage of cheap apps, like ASL Dictionary, to extend a child’s vocabulary.

 

What other resources would you recommend to parents who are raising children with special needs?

 

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Cassie Brewer is a journalist living in Southern California. She is passionate about helping others look and feel their best and finds that one of the best ways to accomplish this is through the foods that we eat. Check out some more of her blogs

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I have a theory about adult friendships. Unlike when you are a child, I think there are only certain windows of time when it is socially acceptable to actively look for new friends without appearing desperate. I’m going to call these “friendship windows”.

Some friendship windows include attending college or university, starting a new job, and of course having a baby.

Living in a larger city means it is socially unacceptable to strike up conversations with strangers pretty much anywhere, let alone ask them to hang out with you. As a well-adjusted adult, you are supposed to have your own friends, and therefore be too busy to need any new friends.

Even when you do.

When you have a baby, not only does it become socially acceptable for you to make new friends, it is encouraged! And thank goodness! It is hard to make friends as an adult. To be honest, after so many years of agonizing over whether I will look like a weird loser if I ask someone I just met to hang out, it is liberating to be allowed to make friends again.

And if your existing friends don’t have kids, you will need someone who understands your new life. Many of my closest friends have children, but they live far away. Not really an option to call them up for a quick coffee. So I go out to a lot of mom and baby activities and I talk to everyone.

I never would have done this before. I would have been polite and chatty, but not too eager. It was a façade that I have been working on for years. Now I talk to people. I smile at people on the street and say hello to strangers. I grew up in a small town where this was normal, but since I moved to Toronto, I do not do this anymore.

But guess what? It’s awesome! Okay, so occasionally you get stuck in an awkward conversation, but this is when you blame the baby’s nap time and leave. I have made a ton of great new friends. We meet up regularly to talk about all kinds of things and get a dose of adult interaction while our babies play.

Our hospital set up post-natal groups where they match you with moms with similar aged babies. Public health also holds new mom groups, and I’ve been to several workshops and classes geared towards new moms. (Including Mommy Connections!) Then of course, there are Facebook groups, Meetups and other social media. In short, 

If I had one piece of advice for new moms, it would be this: take advantage of this friendship window. It is wide open and just waiting for you to look through. Inside, it is demanding, tiring and desperately lonely at times. Outside, there are great people waiting to meet you. Being at home with a baby is the best and worst thing you will do, all wrapped up into one drooly, beautiful, sleep-deprived package. You will need someone to talk to, and people to make you feel like you are not alone. These people may already be in your life, but they may also be sitting next to you on the subway.

This is why I am taking full advantage of the friendship window my son as brought me. I have learned that there are not many of these windows in life and that they swing shut rapidly, leaving you wishing that you had said yes to more invites. So, I will continue to ask people to hang out, to go to mom and baby activities and to have conversations with strangers, because I forgot how nice it is to make new friends.

Plus, if you have a baby, people chalk most of the stupid stuff you say up to sleep-deprivation. And I don’t know about you, but I need that! (I say a LOT of dumb stuff.)

I can’t believe I let myself miss it out of fear of looking desperate or being judged. My son has allowed me to be vulnerable and honest in a way I never have before. Someday I will thank him for this beautiful and unexpected gift. Until then, I am opening that friendship window as wide as it will go and leaning out to have a conversation, because I may not always have the chance.

Newbie Mom Liz is the proud mom of a six month old son and a 3 1/2 year old chocolate lab. She lives in Toronto with her wonderful husband and the aforementioned dependants. Currently she is on maternity leave, and writing her thoughts in a blog for you lovely people.

You can read more posts from her at: Newbiemomsite.com

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Toronto Athletic Camps

We provide the perfect opportunity for kids to improve skills, self confidence and self image through high quality sports education.

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Toronto Athletic Camps (TAC Sports) offers elite sport camps, weekend programs and year-round lesson programs for ages 4 to 16 in Toronto and the GTA.

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TAC also offers weekly development lessons like basketball, soccer, tennis, and yoga

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Would you like to win tickets to The Baby Show, Toronto’s premium pregnancy and early parenting event?

You can spend the day getting pampered, learning from experts, and shopping everything pregnancy, baby and toddler from top local and national brands! Be sure to stop by our Mommy Connections booth and say hello!

Mommy Connections fans can save $3 off the $15 ticket price with the online promo code MC2016, buy yours here.

Enter for your chance to win a pair of tickets to The Baby Show, April 2nd and 3rd at the Enercare Centre, Hall D.  Contest closes March 28, 2016.  Winner will be contacted via email.

Enter our contest here:  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Show Details:

Dates:

Saturday, April 2, 2016 – 9am to 6pm

Sunday, April 3, 2016 – 10am to 5pm

Location:

Enercare Centre, Hall D

Exhibition Place

100 Princes’ Blvd., Toronto, ON, M6K 3C3

Ticket Price:

$15 online and at the door (cash only).  Kids 12 and under are free.

With over 100 national and local exhibitors, The Baby Show highlights include:

Massage Area

New and expectant moms can experience a free massage from Sutherland-Chan Massage School to help alleviate ailments related to pregnancy and caring for baby.

The Healthy Moms Toronto Zone

A dedicated area on the show floor for select exhibitors with a focus on health and wellness and natural/organic/eco-friendly products and services specifically for moms and babies.

Seminar Stage

Plan your visit and hear local and national parenting experts speak on a variety of topics ranging from exercise during pregnancy to nutrition for parents and baby. All speakers are also available for a question and answer period after their talks. Visit our website for a show schedule.

FREE 15 Minute Sleep Consultation

The KinderSleep team will be on hand to help you with your sleep concerns and answer your questions.

Tiny Hearts 3D Ultrasound

Pregnant? Visit the Tiny Hearts booth for a 3D scan and printed photo of your little one for only $20!

Emergency Rescue Academy (ERA) Health & Wellness Mat

Take part in a prenatal yoga class and you could walk away with one of 20 yoga mats from Gaiam! Learn about infant massage, enjoy a fitness demo, learn about infant CPR and so much more! 

Car Seat Checks and Installations

Visit the Emergency Rescue Academy booth to get a car seat check or installation done on site!

 DK Rest Area and Reading Nook is a spacious area designed to encourage literacy and give you a perfect place to take a break. Sit down on a comfy chair and read up on pregnancy and parenting or read your little one a fun and colourful board book.

Speaker Series Highlights:

Dr. Paul Roumeliotis – Common Questions About New Baby

Taya Griffin – How to get off to the best breastfeeding start

Dara Bergeron – Pregnancy Exercise Through the Trimesters

Andrea Strang – Seven Baby Sleep Secrets

Lianne Phillipson – Starting Solids

Shannon Chow – First Aid Basics for the First Year of Life

Margaret Wallis-Duffy – Infant Massage

Environmental Defence – Toxic Chemicals in Consumer Products

We know raising children is not for the faint of heart. As our children grow we have encountered struggles with sleepless nights, temper tantrums, food struggles, best friend squabbles, and more. For parents raising children who have special needs these trials are often magnified, seeming insurmountable at times.

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Burn Out For Parents Of Children With Special Needs

For the most part raising children who have special needs is a rewarding and beautiful experience, but there are inevitably days that we find ourselves encountering struggles that make us want to just give up and cry away the hurt. Stress comes with the territory as we juggle the demands of our family, work, extra services, and we can’t forget about our actual jobs. We are on call every minute, every day, and every week for the foreseeable future with no vacation time or sick leave.

Parents who have children with special needs or a disability ultimately want their children to thrive and be happy. Even though recent awareness for children with special needs has grown, it’s easy to overlook the needs of the parents who are caring for them. Meeting a child’s basic needs can be difficult as parents often assume unrelenting levels of responsibility which can become overwhelming in the long run.

Robin Goodman, a psychologist, in an interview said it best, It’s often trying so hard to be a good parent that can set a parent up for burnout. Setting a high standard for the kind of parent you want to be and being able to meet that standard adds pressure.

Few people like to talk about or consider that parental burnout is a real and common occurrence. If we fail to care for ourselves, we are ultimately putting the wellbeing of our children and spouses on the line. That is why it is essential to take advantage of the many resources available for today’s parents of children who have special needs.

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5 Resources For Today’s Special Needs Parents:

Develop friendships and relationships with other parents. Parents of children with special needs can easily feel isolated, but the Canadian Institute of Child Health found that around 565,000 of our youth have disabilities and three million Canadians have learning disabilities. Reach out to others in similar situations for morale boosts, resource sharing, and friendship. And don’t forget you can turn to social media and the Internet to access forums or newsletters.

Find a support network. Consider finding friends or neighbors who are able to lend a hand when needed or hire someone to help provide care a few times a week in your home. Remember it’s okay to ask for help. This will allow you to enjoy your child and not become overwhelmed.

Create a financial plan to offer you peace of mind. Families everywhere struggle with finances, but money worries can be especially taxing if we face frequent medical emergencies that require us to miss work. Thankfully, there are a variety of resources available online to help us budget, plan, and save for all the what-ifs in life. Turn to Dave Ramsey, Gail Vaz-Oxlade, or call your financial planner to help.

Take advantage of technology and educational resources. Within the last decade, we have seen remarkable progress in assistive technologies for children with special needs. Whether your child has a learning disability or they struggle with communication skills, there is an app for everything today! Look for ways to enhance a child’s quality of life by using technology and online resources.

Remember to set aside time for you. Grant yourself permission to enjoy time to unwind. Go ahead and read a new book, relax in the bathtub, hang out with your pals, or enjoy a movie. Some down time will help you be a better parent and prevent you from suffering burn out.

 

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cassiebrewerCassie Brewer is a journalist living in Southern California. She is passionate about helping others look and feel their best and finds that one of the best ways to accomplish this is through the foods that we eat. Check out some more of her blogs

How to Make Your Makeup Last if You Have Oily Skin

http://www.lovetoknow.com/blogs/author/cassie_brewer

http://thedailybasics.com/2015/07/13/top-beauty-trends-for-covering-skin-imperfections/

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