“She has a brain tumor.” I hated those words. My sweet, never-hurt-anyone’s-feelings-on-purpose (except maybe her brothers’) daughter had a tumor in her head. That was why she tripped more than usual and her hand rested in strange positions. And if we didn’t go in for neurosurgery, her movement, her sight, and her mind would all…

“Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me” is archaic and inaccurate. It has given freedom to bullies for decades. Bullying comes in three forms: verbal (taunting), social (exclusion), and physical (pushing, hitting). Twenty percent of children experience bullying first-hand. For special needs children the number rises to a staggering…

While the Bank of Canada has yet to raise their overnight rate—a rate that dictates what happens with variable mortgage interest rates—there are changes within the current Canadian mortgage climate. In late 2016, TD Canada raised it’s variable rate mortgage—not just for new mortgage business, but also for existing mortgage holders. The rate increase was…

It’s time for scary costumes, carving pumpkins, candy and trick or treating.  As Halloween approaches, there are somethings parents and children need to remember. Sharon Schweitzer, an international etiquette expert, author, and founder of Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide, offers these 10 Halloween tips and tricks: Select Appropriate Costumes: Costumes that represent a culture, race, ethnic…

Kids come into our lives as adorable, vulnerable little people who need us to care for their every need in order to survive. As their world expands to include babysitters, preschool and eventually school, life gets complicated because as a parent you lose the feeling of control to keep them safe. The potential for bullying…

Nearly half of the globe’s population observes Chinese or Lunar New Year. Chinese New Year, called Lunar New Year in Korea, has been celebrated for more than 4,000 years. Originating during the Shang Dynasty (about 17th–11th century B.C.), Chinese or Lunar New Year honors family and some deities, and, represents the advent of spring. In…

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