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Reconnecting Calgary's Children to Nature

Is your child at risk for “Nature Deficit Disorder”? Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature Deficit Disorder, coined this term which describes the growing social phenomenon of spending more time indoors with technology instead of outdoors in nature doing activities. Over the last couple of decades, it has become more challenging to stay connected to nature activities and enjoy healthy living in Calgary. Many in Calgary now choose to live in high-density housing like a condo townhouse or apartment. This may be an economical or a personal lifestyle choice. Whatever the reason, it makes it more difficult to find safe after school activities in Calgary with natural play spaces for children.

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What's New for Spring 2017?

Pearhead® Felt Belly Stickers: These First Year Felt Belly Stickers are the cutest stickers for recording your child’s growth during their first 12 months! These deluxe monthly stickers are designed with layered felt and animal motifs. So easy to use - just stick on your baby’s covered belly and snap a photo! Includes 12 adorable animal shaped stickers. For more information, visit pearhead.com. Purchase at oyaco.com.

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The Top 10 Things to Do on the Cheap in Calgary this Winter

You can have fun in Calgary without spending mega wads of cash. The current Alberta economic slump has impacted tens of thousands of people across our province, but that doesn't mean you can't still lead a fulfilling life! Treating yourself to some frugal fun will keep you motivated and productive in the long-run. Whatever limits you may be dealing with right now, please remember how important it is to take breaks to recharge.

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Winter Fun for Tweens and Teens

If the long-range forecast is correct, Calgarians are in for a longer, colder, and snowier winter than we had last year. While some of you may be cheering, others may be wondering how to keep the kids entertained through these long, cold months. First and foremost, it’s about attitude - if you complain about the cold weather, so will your kids. If you dress for the cold weather, there’s absolutely no reason not to get outside and enjoy our beautiful Calgary sunshine and view of the Rocky Mountains. Also, winter offers us a great opportunity
to slow down, get a little creative, and maybe even get around to some tasks we’ve been putting off all year. Here’s my list of top 5 boredom busters for tweens and teens.

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