School bell rings on another year

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To most students, June marks the most wonderful time of the year. But to the 60+ students at Sun Peaks, the whole school year is pretty wonderful. Despite late season strike action that closed the doors of  Sun Peaks Elementary and Discovery Centre for Balanced Education prematurely, the students made the most of the year with school programs that were as eclectic as their mountaintop setting. This spring alone … [Read more...]

Is parenting good for the grey matter?


Not so long ago I emptied my daughter’s school ski jacket and pulled out: one loonie, several empty baggies, one sock, a thumbtack, her library card and an “Air Hole” panda sticker. Just before that, I vacuumed my son for the second time. Parenting’s etymology might as well be: from the Old English for “unexpected.” Which makes me wonder what a few decades of besting the unexpected is doing to my brain. Is … [Read more...]

Want to be my friend?


Kids are really much nicer than adults. Sure, toddlers are shockingly violent and vocal for their size (just imagine adults carrying on the way three-year-olds are wont to do), but that’s just a communicative plea, rather than an inherently mean streak. Adults can be inherently mean; or more often, simply disinterested and exhausted. Note, both of these characteristics wipe smiles from faces, and push people a … [Read more...]

I think it’s just called ‘marriage’

We used to call them “lady doctors”; today defining a doctor by gender is reserved for an aging generation, if not forgotten altogether. Fast forward 50 years, and we might feel similarly about defining partnerships as “same-sex” or not. It’s a good discussion to revisit with the recent debates in America on gay and lesbian couples’ right to marriage, and with Statistics Canada’s upcoming release of the results of … [Read more...]

Pack your bags — the cultural currency of sleepovers

Your child’s six years old and all they want to do is get away. “Can I have a sleepover?” is the weekly weekend mantra for many kids as they hit six, seven, eight years of age. Why is the sleepover such a cultural commodity? Well, a slumber party in a healthy and safe environment can be seen as a right of passage, or a dawn of a new independence, as kids gain confidence in the bonds they have with their friends, … [Read more...]