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You might think that non-walking babies don’t really need much in a playground - and you’re not wrong. But having been at many playgrounds while my three kids were babies, I can tell you that some playgrounds are much better than others. The playgrounds on this list are great for babies, but they are also playgrounds that older siblings and friends will love.
As a runner, it’s exciting to cross the finish line of a race with my children cheering me on. But it’s even more of a thrill to stand at the tape and root for my kids as they compete in running events. Fun runs provide a unique way to introduce children to the lifelong habit of keeping active. In recent years, there’s been a boom in racing events for children, some starting as soon as a baby can crawl. Diaper dashes, toddler trots, and children’s fun runs are popping up all over the country, offering children of every age and running ability the chance to race.
Aworld-class zoo, a real aircraft carrier you can tour, dozens of museums, beautiful beaches, an island paradise resort - and a non-stop flight that will get you there in just three hours. San Diego is calling you! We were invited to enjoy a four-day stay in the area by the San Diego Tourism Authority to experience all that the city has to offer for visiting families.
There are a lot of clichés about fathers. Commercials often portray us as the ‘bumbling parent’ who gets lost trying to change a diaper and instantly panics as soon as mom isn’t around. We’re routinely characterized as the rock in the family that never cries, the parent who tells our son to always be tough and never show their emotions, and threatens our daughter’s dates at the front door with a shotgun or pitch fork. We’re supposed to go to work and be the breadwinner, drink beer, and enjoy spending our time on the couch watching sports more than spending time with our kids.
Marriage comes with all sorts of milestones: Anniversaries, vacations, kids. Similarly, separating from your spouse brings its own set of milestones: Finding your own place, filing for divorce, and for some, figuring out all the ‘firsts’ that now come with co-parenting. One of the most important co-parenting firsts is successfully navigating your child’s birthday party with an ex. How do you keep it all together for the sake of keeping it all about the kids?
Ski resorts are quickly becoming year-round destinations for adventure and fun. This summer, families can visit 10 different resorts spread across southern Alberta and the BC Rockies, trying everything from a thrilling rollercoaster ride down the hill to lift-accessed hiking through alpine meadows.