Free and Affordable Family Day activities in London, Ontario

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  Free and Affordable Family Day activities in London, Ontario Family is the pillar of society. It is important, and to emphasize its importance, Family Day has been assigned a date for many of us to celebrate. As parents, we make this day as special as it can be for our children, just like any…

Breastfeeding or Formula feeding: What do you need to know?

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Let’s stop the argument of breastfeeding over formula-feeding. Shaming a mother for the choices she makes when it comes to feeding her baby is not helping. Pressuring her into taking a certain side she is unwilling to do is manipulation. When we do this, we are ignoring the fact that the mother as soon as…

11 Reasons Why I Choose Home Birth

I’ve had four home births and my daughter thinks I am a superwoman for having a natural birth. “Yes, mama! You are a superwoman!” my teenage daughter insists. She reasons that I gave birth to four children without any medication, and she thinks that is extraordinary. She saw me go through labour pains when I…

Women are prone to gallstones than men; don’t ignore abdominal pains

Women are prone to gallbladder attacks than men. This is the unanimous information I gathered from different resources in my desire to understand my recent condition. Last month, I had bouts of excruciating abdominal pains, which apparently were gallbladder attacks. A day later, I was scheduled for surgery to remove my gallbladder and two gallstones…

11 Reasons Why Storybook Gardens is Our Happy Place

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Nothing beats my satisfaction with our purchase of annual Storybook Gardens passes. One of the best spending decisions for my children that I’ve ever made. It’s worth it and we got more value out of it.  Every time my children and I are at Storybook Gardens, we are all winners.  Storybook Gardens allows kids to…

Fanshawe Pioneer Village celebrates 60th anniversary with new features

Big on history, big on fun!  True to its theme, Fanshawe Pioneer Village will take you back in time. The museum will allow you to immerse in the way of life of the residents of Middlesex County from the year 1820 to 1920. Last year, I visited the village as part of my homeschooling activity…

Christine, mother of 10: Raise your children with patience and love

(This article is part of a series, “A Mother’s Journey” – a collection of stories in honour of all mothers, and those who are a mother at heart and spirit. I hope this would inspire and help other parents in some ways.) “Motherhood is a test, to pass it you really need to have patience,”…

Khadija: ‘I hope the society to be more accepting and accessible’

(This article is part of a series, “A Mother’s Journey” – a collection of stories in honour of all mothers, and those who are a mother at heart and spirit. I hope this would inspire and help other parents in some ways.) Khadija Malik, 28, fights for her son’s rights every opportunity she gets. She…

Twiga, clothing company for a cause

There are times I don’t feel guilty spending, and one of those times is spending on something that supports a cause, like buying items from Twiga, a clothing company for a cause, that brings awareness about important issues and cares for homeless people. “Spread awareness, spark conversation,” this is the motivation behind the messages of…

Judge Coroza: Education is mandatory in our home

The Honourable Justice Steve Coroza is the first and only Filipino-Canadian judge appointed to the Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of Justice. His appointment as justice in Canada is a success and pride that not only he and his family are proud of, but jubilation that Filipinos around the world celebrates. Although he…

Ways to reduce your waste

It’s been a decade since my daughter and I joined the world in recognizing the importance of taking part in keeping our world a better place to be. Literally, by being litter-conscious, we consider every day as Earth Day. The amount of trash in the world is alarming. According to worldcounts.com, every year we dump…

CHILDREACH CENTRE: ‘Freedom’ for children; Solace for parents

“We believe that every parent wants the best for his or her child. If the best is not being provided, it is because of some barrier – such as inexperience, depression, illness, aloneness or poverty. It is our goal to help lift this barrier, and bring joy to both parent and child” — Childreach founder,  Dr.…

Cognitive surplus brings hope to the world

There are trillion hours of free time available in the world, according to Clay Shirky in his TED talk on How cognitive surplus will change the world, and then we hear people asking “Where the time goes?”, “How time flies?” after a realization of time passing without accomplishing anything. We’ve also heard a phrase like…

Public Sphere: Don’t absorb everything

We live in a borderless digital society, where we have access to information beyond our imagination. There is a space for us to express ourselves and communicate with people in a blink of an eye. We access information and have various communication channels at our finger tips. Digital technology brought us to a life where…

Dr. Arlyn Jawad-Jumao-as: The Mama Doc of Basilan

“We the people of Basilan will save Basilan,” she says confidently, when I first met her at the Clinica de Lamitan. A true blooded Basileña, Dr. Arlyn Jawad Jumao-as is on a mission of giving hope and help heal the children of war in Basilan, Philippines to be better individuals in the future through the…
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