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Ava’s Help: Toronto Camp Guide 2017

Summer 2017
It’s that time of year when parents start thinking about SUMMER! Yes, before you know it, that school bell will be ringing and your kids will be running into your arms for 8 whole weeks :) Some of us cringe at the thought of this, others can't wait. Either way, some of you are thinking about what to do with those lovely little people. So, I have put together a North Toronto camp guide. Email me at amy@avashelp.com if you feel like I am missing or have gotten some details wrong; I’m still learning how to be a camp mom! Also, don't be afraid to do NOTHING during the summer -- sometimes it can be even more fun. Click on the link below for full listing of...

Back to School, Back to Routines

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Many parents get thrown off when summer comes and school is out. For those with a child who does not sleep well to begin with, all the extra summer fun, bright sunshine and being on the go can make things worse and leave mom and dad feeling more exhausted than ever. In other cases, parents may have an amazing little sleeper, but due to more events, summertime fun and late night ice-cream shop visits, sleep can go sideways and, come fall, their dreamy sleeper has become, well, not so dreamy anymore. Getting off track with naps and bedtimes Of course, there will be times when your child falls asleep in the car or stroller during your busy summer travels. However, these should be a rarity,...

Backpacks Backpacks – Back to School Shopping Already?

Backpacks, Back to School
Is it almost time for back to school shopping?? Say it isn’t so! Tanya Schustyk, a Grade 1 to 3 teacher, has been kind enough to give us some amazing backpack tips. Read on before you hit the back to school sales. Buy a size appropriate for your child. Your child should NOT be able to fit inside! Don’t buy one for them to grow into because they will likely want a new one or destroy/lose it before then. The backpack should be able to fit an 8 ½” x 11” binder, a lunchbox and winter essentials, including snow pants, inside. More compartments means more places to lose school forms, food, and other things. Yes, it is common to find rotten fruit in backpacks, as...