I am a mum to one and a former staff writer at Romper, the leading digital destination for millennial moms. I've also written extensively for Parents, as well as a selection of other parenting sites.

The Importance of Bees: Teaching Kids about Pollinators

The humble bee is a symbol of busy productivity. It is
also one of the most important pollinators. What makes bees so special? They transfer pollen from male to female flower parts in order to fertilize plants, a
process that is essential for the reproduction of many flowering plants, including fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Bees and other pollinators are responsible for
35 percent of global crop production.

Athens, Greece with kids: Beaches, trains, and mind-blowing ruins

People visit Athens, Europe's oldest capital city for the awe-inspiring ancient sites such as the Acropolis and Parthenon. And while kids of all ages can find these sites interesting, Athens also offers lots of other family-friendly activities and attractions including museums, parks, promenades, and more. Whether you’re squeezing Athens in while traveling around Europe, combining a stay in the capital with island hopping, or lingering a little longer, these are the best things to do with kids in Athens.

Is Social Media Rewiring Our Children's Brains?

Some of Canada's largest school boards think so and are suing tech giants Meta, Snapchat and TikTok.

Educators and health experts around the world have been raising the alarm about the negative effects of social media on children’s behaviour and development for years. Last week, U.S. Surgeon General, Dr Vivek Murthy, declared social media unsafe for kids’ mental health. Now some of Canada’s largest school boards are taking their complaints to court.

Teach Magazine Book Club

The literary and educational communities are grappling with the challenge of recent book bans across the United States. In 2022 alone there were 137 gag order bills introduced in 36 state legislatures that sought to limit what materials could be taught or made available in public schools and libraries. Like so many American trends, this one is unfortunately migrating up to Canada too with recent stories such as a ban on books containing LGBTQ themes by the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.
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Top Things To Do in the Maldives With Kids

Known as the ultimate honeymoon destination, the Maldives might not automatically register as a family friendly vacation spot.

However, thanks to the warmth and kindness of Maldivians who genuinely seem to find kids delightful, the extraordinarily rich marine biodiversity and a range of fun excursions and activities, these 26 atolls floating in the Indian Ocean are a natural playground for kids of all ages.

Gross Motor Skills in Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Your little one will master a myriad of milestones in their first few years, and many of them involve gross motor skills. These "whole body" movements require coordination of the large muscle groups, like those in the legs, arms, and torso.

Gross motor skills are necessary for everyday activities like walking, jumping, balancing, kicking, running, and climbing. Mastering these skills lets your child perform everyday tasks like sitting at the table, playing in the park, and throwing a ball.

7 Tips for Transitioning Back to School After Winter Break

Winter break and the associated holidays—like Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa—inject some fun into an otherwise dull, cold time of year. But when the festivities end in the new year, kids often struggle with the transition back to routine, rules, and homework. Returning to the classroom doesn't invoke the same excitement as back-to-school season in August, and summer break feels overwhelmingly far away.

Everything You Need to Know About Lead Poisoning in Kids

Lead is a toxic metal that's sometimes found in older paint, antique toys, certain water pipes, and contaminated soil. It usually enters the body through inhalation or ingestion of a contaminated product. Excessive lead culminates in the body and can cause a host of medical problems affecting the brain, nervous system, and more.

Lead exposure is dangerous to everyone, but young children—especially those under 6 years of age—are especially at risk because their bodies absorb lead easier.

How to Switch Baby Formula Brands

During the current shortage, many parents are struggling to find their baby's go-to formula. Follow these expert-approved tips for switching formula brands safely and effectively.

If you're struggling to find baby formula on the store shelves recently, you're not alone. Supply chain issues have led to unprecedented shortages across the country, and it's been vastly compounded by the closure of Abbott Nutrition's Sturgis, Michigan, facility following a massive recall of its powdered formula ...

Fun, smart outdoor-themed products to reignite kids’ wanderlust

Canadian kids, just like their parents, just passed the one-year milestone of Covid-19 restrictions. Our youngest citizens have had to sacrifice so much. They’ve endured months of homeschooling and haven’t been able to socialize with their friends, see extended family members or attend extracurricular activities — and even when in-person learning resumed, their experience of school was far from normal.
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