Ben Sheppard

Life-Changing Surgery for Kids with Cerebral Palsy — Only In the U.S.


Ben Sheppard is eight years old. He loves baseball and he hates sitting still. Ben has left hemiplegic spastic cerebral palsy. At home, he plays catch at the bottom of the stairs, tossing the ball halfway up and catching it as it rolls back down. He pretends to run bases around the house. If he’s feeling shy… Read More »

nerd moms love TCAF: Aleta and her son Blake coordinated their outfit to the mural

Nerd Mom Alert — Toronto Comic Arts Festival!


As nerd culture seeps into the mainstream like an oozing dead tauntaun, the notion of a family outing to a comic convention has almost become unremarkable. So you probably already know that both Saturday and Sunday this weekend in Toronto artists, creators and fans from around the world converge on the Toronto Reference Library for the FREE Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF). You should totally… Read More »

babies in diapers

Got Diapers? — Support The Diaper Bank


Dale McIntosh says she was ‘just’ a mom who’d had her first baby, still in the fog of early parenthood. It was in the wee hours that she heard an interview with a Peel Children’s Aid Society worker about diaper need — when a parent is forced to cut down on basic necessities, such as food,… Read More »

Way Better Than An Arcade: Adventures at the digiPlaySpace


 Usually I’m trying to get my kids off their electronic devices. But during March Break I encouraged their consumption of all things technological when we road tested the digiPlaySpace at TIFF Bell Lightbox. The electronic indoor playground is designed for kids aged three to 13, which meant there’s a good chance both my 9-year-old and… Read More »

Girls at March Break Camp at the Design Exchange

March Break Survival Guide


Believe it or not, the endless winter vortex we’ve been looping in this season has spun into March. And lo and behold, it’s March Break and you’re scrambling a little. Relax, we’ve got you covered. Last-minute March Break Day Camps You’re not totally screwed! There are still day camps with space next week. Here are some… Read More »

Child-Friendly Cities, Womb Transplants — and more


Feeling blind-sided by Monday? Maybe you’re groggy from Oscar-watching, or need a break from news in the Ukraine. Five feel good news hits for parents Vancouver dad Chris Bruntlett shows us the child-friendly city through a child’s eyes over at Spacing.  Set A Calendar Alert! Live in North York? It’s Parks & Rec Registration Day tomorrow at 7… Read More »

Kids in Finland Are Living the Dream

Kids in Finland Got it Good


From free free baby boxes to a kickass education system, doesn’t it seem better to be a Finnish kid? Certainly your kids would think it’s more fun: Finnish students don’t do any homework until their teens and enjoy an average of 75 minutes of recess every day. We also wonder if Finnish students are allowed outside when there’s… Read More »

The New Mom Project

Donate Baby Stuff to The New Mom Project


There are shockingly few services in Toronto that provide free or low cost baby supplies to parents in need. Toronto mother of three Gwen Broda is trying to change that. Just after her third child was born, she launched The New Mom Project, which aims to provide moms in need with crucial baby supplies they might not otherwise be able to afford. Broda started the project… Read More »

College Montrose Children's Place Artscape Youngplace

Grand Opening! The Drop-in at Artscape Youngplace


  Grand Opening! Trinity Spadina Ontario Early Years Centre TUESDAY, Feb. 18 from 4-8 p.m.  location: 180 Shaw St. at Artscape Youngplace (enter at Shaw St.) Fantastic news for parents and caregivers in the downtown west end. The Trinity Spadina Ontario Early Years Centre (OEYC) run by College Montrose Children’s Place quietly opened its doors January– in their brand-new and delightfully renovated… Read More »

Child looking through keyhole which is a Middle Childhood Matters pamphlet

Why Middle Childhood Matters – Jan. 21 at City Hall


  Middle Childhood Matters  An Educational Evening Toronto City Hall – Rotunda and Committee Rooms Tuesday Jan 21 from 4-7 p.m. (RSVP Here) Got a gripe about the lack of good out-of-school-time care? You are not alone. Coalition group Middle Childhood Matters will host an educational evening next Tuesday, Jan. 21 at City Hall to draw broader attention to something every… Read More »

Femmes du Feu performance

Saturday Dec. 28 — Long Winter Kids!


LONG WINTER KIDS SATURDAY, DEC. 28 FROM 12-5 PM location: The Great Hall at 1087 Queen St. West in Toronto Being a parent is no excuse to stop hitting the cool events this holiday season. Enter Long Winter Kids – an event that’s something in between a multifloor mini-carnival and an indoor block party! It’s the mini-version of Long… Read More »

Kids Autism Wait Years: These kinds of physical therapies such as IBI make a real difference to young children with autism

Kids With Autism in Ontario Wait Years for Diagnosis/Therapy


In news that will come as no surprise to parents of children with autism, the auditor general’s report shows that families in Ontario wait an unacceptably long time — as in, years — for diagnosis and therapy that could substantially improve outcomes. There are many problems with the provision of autism services to families in Ontario,… Read More »


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