2017 Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

WestCoast Families’ 2017 Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide.


For Someone Special trying to Get HealthyAlyssa

“8 Pillars of Health” An 8-video Series from WCF Contributor and local Holistic Nutritionist, Alyssa Bauman of Nourished.ca, who appears regularly on our pages, on CTV and Roundhouse Radio .  Each video is 5-7 minutes of empowering & easy to implement lifestyle tools. Take back your health and learn how to: incorporate more greens into your diet, nix processed foods and eat a whole food diet, understand what superfoods + seeds are and how to use them, make better Protein Choices and learn what fats we NEED.
We love how it will set you and the whole family up for a healthy and strong New Year!
$499
www.nourished.ca


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Matletik Activewear for Moms-to-be, created to empower women to continue living an active lifestyle during pregnancy. All styles are proudly made in Canada and are designed to fit great before, during and after pregnancy, at all stages of a mom’s life.
We love the soft fabric and how the cool styles of this Canadian product will make you want to keep working out during and after pregnancy.
From $45-$100.
www.matletikworld.com


For the DoodlersNotebook

The Rocketbook Wave Notebook provides a place to work out ideas through drawing and handwriting, while making it dead simple to create and save digital copies of your work. And when all pages have been filled, the entire notebook can be erased in seconds to use it over again. For use exclusively with FriXion® Pens – one comes with the book, and additional pens can be purchased.

We love the paper we’ll save and the kids artwork saved for years to come! Plus the cool-factor can’t be beat.
Notebook + one pen $34.50  Additional 2 pens in different colours $6.75
www.leevalley.com


For the Nut-LoversNutcracker

This nutcracker doesn’t just look different, it works better too! It’s got a  4″ long beech grip so you can exert controlled pressure to crack shells, leaving the meat of the nut – and your fingers – intact. Spring loaded and the special design works for all types of nuts.
We love how easy it is to use, even for littler hands. Perfect for next fall and the walnut trees!
$34.50
www.leevalley.com


For the Weary Road Travellersseatbelt_pillow_

No more kinks in the neck while they sleep! Let them drift off to dreamland as you travel the long roads to Whistler or Gramma’s house with this super soft micro fleece pillow that attaches easily and securely to the safety belt. The Micro fleece fabric is super soft and ultra comfortable
We love that it goes on and off really easily, and you can throw it in the washing machine for easy clean.
$13
www.tjskids.com


For the Dog LoverDogIamOut

A gorgeous holiday gift that keeps giving! This gorgeous 1′ x 1′ , glossy table book captures the fabulous faces of 60  of the Thank DOG I Am Out Dog Rescue dogs. Nothing but pages of  slick, gorgeous smiles, the dogs names and year rescued.
We love that 100% of the proceeds go to support the on going efforts by Thank DOG I Am Out Dog Rescue Society  to save as many dogs at risk of being euthanized, neglected, abused or surrendered.
$54 (includes shipping within BC) Order by Dec 10 for Christmas delivery.
www.thankdogiamout.com


For the Animal Loving FamilyURbanSaf

Family Pass for one year unlimited visits to Urban Safari – good for up to 2 adults and 4 kids.
Urban Safari Rescue Society is a registered non-profit society that rescues or cares for exotic animals surrendered on a regular basis.  Urban Safari Rescue Society visits schools, day cares, community centers, libraries, and festivals to educate children and the public about animals and the natural world.
We love that this gives the family a pass for unlimited visits to Urban Safari for one whole year at 1395 176th St. Surrey BC, PLUS discounts on camps and other bookings.
$99
www.urbansafari.ca

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Give The Gift of Equality This Holiday Season

“Give equality instead of excess” – a powerful slogan shared to promote One Girl Can‘s holiday card campaign this season, and an important reminder to those of us who want to give back, not just give this Christmas.

Instead of splurging on sillyEcard_Design_Hover_Design_Final holiday socks, tacky Christmas sweaters, or doggy dress-up costumes, your money could be put towards educating girls in Africa. With a small donation, or through the purchase of beautifully-crafted, digital or printed Christmas cards, you can support the efforts of One Girl Can to build new schools, educate girls who are living in poverty, and mentor them to become successful, working women in villages where this is rarely an option.

Educating girls is one of the fastest and most effective ways of promoting global economic development and is the key to ending poverty and injustice towards women.

From an early age, Lotte Davis – Founder of One Girl Can, was exposed to the racial and gender discriminations that were rampant in South Africa where she was born and raised. She made it her mission to make a change and help girls thrive in an environment where they receive little encouragement, funding, or support to help them strive for success.

Through her hands-on support, schools have been built in small communities in both Kenya and Uganda, and over 193 students have been sponsored and mentored through educational Ecard_Design_Hover_Design_Final3programs that drive success for girls who aspire to take on important roles in the workforce – roles that have otherwise been reserved only for their male counterparts.

To learn more about how you can donate or purchase holiday cards to support this important and inspiring initiative, visit the One Girl Can website.

Stay tuned for an inspiring and thought-provoking feature story on One Girl Can Founder, Lotte Davis, in our upcoming January/February “education” issue.

5 Reasons To Check Out This Year’s Private School Expo

Whether children are nearing school age or they’ve already enrolled, parents cross fingers hoping their child’s educational experience will be a positive one. If you are in the midst of pondering your child’s schooling, take time to visit the Private School Expo on November 19th at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre.

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Here are 5 reasons why this year’s event will help you find the answers and information you need to make an informed decision about your child’s education:

1) Speak with education/admissions experts face-to-face.
2) Meet leading private and independent schools and their students (list of exhibiting schools here).
3) Learn how to find the right private school for your child (check out the list of information seminars).
4) Find out about the admissions process – when to apply and which school is the best fit for your child.
5) Determine your budget and receive information about scholarships and bursaries.

Finding the best school for your child and family is incredibly important; the school your child attends has a profound impact on his or her success. The Private School Expo brings together education experts and school consultants. Three information packed seminars help you answer the most important questions you have about school options, how to choose the best one, and how to ensure you get accepted. Plus, meet with local top-ranked schools and international boarding schools.

Whether you know 100% that private school is right for your family, or you are merely considering private school as one of many options, you don’t want to miss this informative event.

RSVP now to receive a 50% off your visit to the Private School Expo! Register here: www.ourkids.net/expo

Our Kids Private School Expo & Information Day
November 19, 2017
12pm – 4pm
Sheraton Vancouver Wall
1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver
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How Can Yoga Benefit Your Family?

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Learning the principles of yoga, meditation (mindfulness), and pranayama (breath-work) are incredibly beneficial at any age, and even more impactful to learn in your earlier years. Imagine if you had these tools as a child!

With the pressure of media, and the push to constantly do and achieve more, childhood anxiety has dramatically increased. We are stimulated from the time we wake until we go to sleep, not getting the rest outside of sleep to function properly. This results in nervous energy (and a growing need for tools like fidget toys), but what we really need is to be alright with taking a timeout to nourish ourselves…and as adults, we need to lead by example. What if we could teach children a way to minimize their anxiety before it becomes a challenge?

How can meditation help you and your kids?

Simple yoga, meditation, and pranayama techniques help children (and adults) with the following:

  • Focus
  • Communicating dreams & needs, including healthy boundaries
  • Managing stressors in healthy ways, which promotes confidence
  • Strengthening the mind & body connection for better self-awareness
  • Increasing understanding & sensitivity to others
  • De-stressing for healthy hormone balance

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Here’s a simple meditation you can do at home with your family:

Begin by laying down or sitting with eyes gently closed. Place one hand on the chest and the other one on the stomach. Taking a deep inhale through the nose, and exhale through the mouth. Repeat ten times. Feel your rib cage and stomach expanding as you inhale, and shoulders relaxing as you exhale. When ready, begin breathing in and out through the nose, with nice long (2-4 second) breaths. Continue as long as you wish.

Yoga for children should be child-appropriate and fun. Yoga, meditation, and pranayama are powerful tools to help nurture ourselves, in order to be more effective, healthier, and happier for ourselves, our families, and our communities.

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This was a guest post shared with us by Studio 202 – a community for inspired living, offering space for all ages to share in the arts, music, movement, dance, meditation & inspiration! Their goal is to support the community in wellbeing, and they host classes and events for every stage of life.


For more resources, tips, and stories on how you can achieve better family health, check out our latest issue – available on stands now, or online here.

The Ultimate Guide To Fall Family Fun In Vancouver

With Halloween just around the corner, there are a host of SPOOKTACULAR events and activities fit for families of all ages happening in and around the city! Check out our ultimate guide to family fun this Halloween, and never be haunted again by the wrath of whiny kids who are looking for something to do.

Rocky Mountain Halloween PartyRocky Mountain Halloween
Sunday, October 29, 2017 | 4:30pm – 7:30pm
Reservations:
604-730-0321 (Kits location)
604-566-9779 (Main St. location)
$12.50 per child (plus tax)
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Rocky Mountain Flatbread will be hosting creep crawly Halloween parties for families at both of their Vancouver locations on Sunday, October 29 from 4:30 – 7:30pm. You’ll find tons of spooky fun on the menu, along with artisan pizzas, salads and pastas. They’ll keep the kids busy with Halloween activities while parents kick back with a glass of local wine or craft beer. The party fun includes: a Halloween pizza making station, a creepy crawly candy bar, drinks and potion bar, and face painting. Costumes encouraged!


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October 12 – 31, 2017 | Weekdays 4pm-9pm 
Weekends + Oct 31 10am – 9pm
Buy Tickets Online
Adults: $27.00, Kids: $17.00 (locals receive 20% off!)
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Experience FlyOver Canada with a spooky twist! Broomelda the witch has once again worked her magic to transform FlyOver Canada this Halloween. Aspiring witches and wizards are welcomed into the Haunted Witches Academy before taking off on a spellbinding journey across Canada. This family-friendly tradition has a ‘spook factor’ suitable for those aged 4 years and up. Don’t miss this special seasonal offering at Vancouver’s must-see attraction FlyOver Canada. Bonus: locals save 20% when they book online!


Family Day + Mr. I’s Slightly Spooky Songs & Stories Concert Place des Arts Halloween
Place des Arts
Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017 | 1:30pm – 3:30pm
1120 Brunette Avenue Coquitlam, BC
Buy Tickets Online
Family Day: Free | Mr. I concert: $10
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Tour four exhibitions by local artists at Place des Arts before diving into art activities and creating your own masterpieces. Mr. I’s concert will get wee ones in the mood for haunting (costumes optional, but encouraged). Admission to Family Day is free, and you can reserve your seats for the live concert online.


Halloween Fun at Central CityHalloween Central City
2153 Central City, 10153 King George Boulevard Surrey, BC
October 31, 2017 | 4pm – 6pm
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Families are invited to visit Central City from 4pm to 6pm on October 31st for a spooktacular time at the centre’s free Halloween Fun Event! Kids ages 12 and under dressed in costume can take part in centre-wide trick-or-treating at participating stores (while limited treats last). Plus, families can enjoy Halloween craft activities, face painting, balloon artists, entertainment, story time, and more (located near Winners).


Halloween at Wesbrook VillageWesbrook Halloween
3378 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC
All month long!

Halloween in Wesbrook Village has never been sweeter – or more mysterious! Visit the Wesbrook Welcome Centre every Wednesday in October at 4:30pm to watch classic Halloween movies with the family! Back again this year is the frighteningly famous Wesbrook Village trick-or-treating event on October 31, 2017 from 4pm – 6pm. Bring your little ghosts and goblins to participating Wesbrook Village retailers for treats (while quantities last). Don’t forget to vote for the best decorated store/costume for a chance to win a $50 Wesbrook Village Shopping Spree!


For more Fall family fun, check out our complete guide, available in the latest issue of WestCoast Families Magazine. Pick up a copy at a location near you, or read the full guide online here.

5 Reasons To Check Out The 2017 Vancouver Writers Fest With Kids

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The Vancouver Writers Fest is hitting Granville Island next week, and it promises to unite readers and writers of all ages through the power of storytelling and books, with events featuring both local and international writers that are designed to engage visitors of all ages.

Here are just 5 reasons to make a visit to this year’s Writers Fest a family affair:

1) Discover a diversity of events.

Whether your children are reluctant readers, or read voraciously, the Vancouver Writers Fest has an event that will spark (and fuel) a love of the written word. With 115 authors from Canada and around the world, and 95 panels, discussions and performances on topics as diverse as graphic novels, the refugee crisis, picture books about food, and conversations about the future of the Arctic, they’ve got something to delight you and your family. Check out the full lineup of events here.

2) The events are both educational and entertaining for children.

A little-known fact about the Festival is that one third of events are designed specifically for children, school groups and families. These events feature world-renowned authors who are specifically chosen for their ability to engage children and spark a love of reading. Each year, more than 6,000 students from around the Lower Mainland attend these events – making this one of the largest children’s literary events in BC – and events are also open to individual families and homeschool groups. These events are each designed to align with BC Curriculum goals, meaning they are both entertaining and educational! Check out a list of events geared towards younger audiences here.

Our mission is to bring readers and writers together to reimagine our lives and our world, through story and vibrant dialogue.

3) The festival is attended by world-renowned authors.

In its 30-year history, the Festival has presented luminaries such as: Margaret Atwood, John Irving, and J.K. Rowling, and as North America’s premier literary event, the Writers Fest continues to attract some of the world’s finest authors. Children’s authors for 2017 include multi-award-winning and best-selling author Gordan Korman, “Queen of Plasticine” author Barbara Reid, graphic novelist Cecil Castellucci, acclaimed children’s storyteller Cary Fagan, and Governor General’s Literary Award nominee Cherie Dimaline. See all of the participating authors here.

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4) Support the arts.

Words shape our world, and uniting renowned readers and writers with the literary legends of tomorrow will keep the art of writing alive for future generations. The Vancouver Writers Fest is a registered non-profit, charitable organization that operates with the support of public sector funding, ticket sales, advertising revenue, corporate sponsorships and donations.

5) Galavant around Granville Island.

With the festival staged in the cultural oasis of Granville Island, the Vancouver Writers Fest is set in the perfect location for a family outing. After your event is over, you can round out your day by visiting one of the many excellent restaurants and eateries, have a ball at the Kids Market, and go on a wildlife watching excursion along the seawall.

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Check out the full schedule of events for this year’s Vancouver Writers Festival, and book your tickets today.

Vancouver Writers Fest
October 16 – 22, 2017
Granville Island (various venues), Vancouver, BC
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Fact or Fiction: The Weird, and Totally Misunderstood World of Living with Braces

In a province of tall mountains, tall trees, and tall tales,Myths Braces it can be
difficult to discern fact from fiction. Separating myth from reality can be especially difficult when it comes to getting, and wearing, braces which is why we’ve asked an expert. We’ve collected some of the most common, and bizarre myths, and ran them past British Columbia Society of Orthodontist member, Dr. Lucien Bellamy, to either debunk or confirm them.

Myth: If I wear metal braces, I’m more likely to get struck by lightning.
Fact or Fiction: Bizarre fiction

If you know someone with braces, or have ever thought about getting them, you’ve
probably heard that a little extra metal in your mouth makes you a target. The National Weather Service reports that the risk of being struck by lightning in a given year for the average person is 1 in 1,000,000—and that risk isn’t impacted by braces.

Myth: I can see my dentist for my braces.
Fact or Fiction: Common fiction

All orthodontists are dentists, but only 6 percent of dentists are orthodontists. Orthodontics is a specialized branch within dentistry, and orthodontists have attended 2-3 years of additional training beyond dental school to be able to straighten and align your jaw. Only an orthodontist has the training, the experience, and the treatment options to give you your best smile.

Myth: I will always have something stuck in my teeth if I get braces.
Fact or Fiction: Well, that depends

You know how embarrassing it is to have food stuck between your teeth when you’re smiling at the cute girl/boy across the way, or just talking to someone you know. And when you have extra nooks and crannies in your mouth, there could be an increased risk. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Practicing good oral and braces hygiene that you learn from your orthodontic specialist will greatly reduce, and possibly even eliminate, your risk of showing off your lunch when you show off your smile.

Myth: If I kiss another person with braces, they’ll get stuck together.
Fact or Fiction: Bizarre, and funny, fiction—at least, today

You may have heard stories of your parents’  braces getting stuck together, and that’s how they fell in love. But braces, and stories, change over time. Today’s braces—and the brackets and wires used to create them—are too small to turn that story into a reality, unless you try really, really hard.

Myth: I’ll be able to tune the radio with my braces.

Fact or Fiction: Bizarre fiction

When it comes to this myth, you can blame it on the movies. Radio waves, TVsignals, and Wi-Fi require antennas to create signals and your braces are not equipped to act as an antenna.

Myth: Braces will make me look dorky and people will make fun of me.
Fact or Fiction: Mostly fiction

While your orthodontic specialist can’t promise people won’t be mean to you—some people are just that way—they can help you make choices about invisible braces, clear braces, and colored braces that will give you your best smile. A great smile helps you feel better and more confident, and it can literally change how people see you—at work and in your personal life.

life-with-bracesMyth: I won’t be able to play sports or instruments if I have braces
Fact or Fiction: Common fiction

If you think you can’t play sports or a musical instrument when you have braces, you’ve been reading, or listening, to a lot of fiction. Sports players need to wear a mouth guard during contact sports, and your orthodontic specialist can help you get the right one. And if you could play a musical instrument before you got braces, you’ll still be able to do so once they’re on your teeth. It’ll just take a slight adjustment period.

This was a guest post shared by Dr. Bellamy of Bellamy Orthodontics, member of the British Columbia Society of Orthodontists.

How To Enjoy A Fuss-Free Vacation As A Family of Five(+)

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When my husband and I first announced that we were having a third child, many of our friends responded with, “Say goodbye to family vacations!”

Most hotel rooms are designed to accommodate a maximum of four occupants, and family deals usually cater to families of four or less, so finding a destination for a relaxing tropical getaway with all three kids in tow seemed like a daunting task. In fact, until our most recent family trip, we avoided travelling as a family of five altogether, opting instead for short local getaways to rental homes or cabins, or trips that involved leaving our youngest at home.

I was thrilled when I discovered that there is a whole world of options for larger families who want to travel abroad – I just hadn’t known where to look! Here are some tips on how to plan a fuss-free family vacation as a family of five.

Check the travel deal sites for all-inclusive family packages.

Nowadays there are many travel deal sites that provide kid-friendly travel options for larger families. Surprisingly, many even offer all-inclusive resort options for both adults and kids. Our family wanted to go to a sunny beach in Mexico, and set our sights on the Riviera Maya region – a beautiful area on the Carribbean coastline of the Yucatan Peninsula. Through Sunwing Vacations, we discovered a fantastic beachfront all-inclusive spot that offered swim-up suites for larger families, a huge range of offerings for kids of all ages, and numerous pools, restaurants and activities to keep our family engaged for our weeklong stay. The package included flights, all-inclusive rates, and added fees so everything was booked and paid in one spot. (Bonus tip: if you can, travel in the off-season months. The weather is usually still warm and dry, but the rates are much lower).

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Plan ahead for long flights with little kids.

One of my biggest fears about travelling with our whole family was surviving the long flight with my younger kids. I dreaded being ‘that family’ with the fussy toddler kicking and screaming while in the air, and no escape to calm her down. Fortunately, I arrived totally prepared.

Before we left, I hit the dollar store and purchased a bag full of fun activities for each child – a fresh pack of crayons, stickers, colouring books and miniature toys for the littlest, a fresh pack of Pokemon cards, a new book, and some silly putty for my middle child, and some neon pens, a journal, and some pre-teen magazines for the oldest. I loaded our phones and laptops with pre-downloaded Netflix shows and movies, and we headed out – with full bags and fingers crossed for stress-free travel.

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that upon seating, Sunwing Airlines provided my children with activity packs to enjoy during the flight – even better! Our flight went off without a hitch (I even received compliments from fellow passengers on how quiet and well behaved my children were!).

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Choose a resort that offers kid-friendly amenities.

We stayed in the Family Club at the Grand Riviera Princess All Suites & Spa Resort, a 1,500 room luxury resort tucked along the beach in Playa Del Carmen. Not only did the resort offer a whole separate sprawl designed specifically for families with kids, but it offered large suite-style rooms with a King-sized bed for us parents, and bunk beds with a third slide-out bed in an area for the kids, separated by a curtain. Our room was on the ground floor, and offered a swim-out pool which could be accessed directly from our back door. This was a huge bonus as the kids could enjoy swimming as they wished while we sat back on our patio chairs and sipped on pina coladas.

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Not only were the rooms perfect for large families, but the amenities were on point for kids of all ages. Adjacent to our room was a massive water park and an outdoor playground. While there were 7 themed restaurants and large buffets available to all resort guests, the Family Club offered its own kid-focused pirate-themed buffet, and an exclusive ice cream parlour where kids could order their favourite cones or shakes anytime of the day. The resort also offered a great Kids Club, jam-packed with fun activities for kids from 4-16, a parking lot full of ride-on cars and strollers for infant and toddler guests, and everything you could need for the youngest guests, like baby monitors, cribs, changing tables and more. They also offered great family-friendly entertainment in the evenings, including live performances of both Frozen and Moana – my toddler was in heaven!

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Now that I know that it’s possible to enjoy a laidback tropical vacation with my whole family, this might just become a regular thing. The kids spent their days swimming, splashing and playing together outdoors, and my husband and I were able to sit back, relax, and enjoy some cool tropical cocktails while soaking it all in. Whoever said families of five can’t enjoy luxury travel obviously wasn’t aware of all the great travel options that are out there for large families. Big or small, there are great travel options available for travellers with kids – you just have to know where to look.

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5 Ways Busy Families Can Benefit From Hosting An Au Pair

When it comes to finding someone suitable to care for your children, it can be challenging to figure out which childcare option will work best for your family. Daycares often have long waiting lists and high fees, and it can be tough to find a long-term nanny who is willing to work around your schedule and offer the flexibility that you may need during the holidays and summer months. One option that is often overlooked is becoming a host family to an out-of-town au pair.

What is an au pair?

‘Au Pair’ is a French term which translates as “equal to”, meaning that the relationship between a family and their au pair is a reciprocal and caring one. Au pairs become a part of the family during their stay, and are usually between the ages of 18 and 30. They tend to be short-term, live-in placements, ranging from 6 months t0 a year.

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Here are 5 ways busy families can benefit from hosting an au pair in their home:

1) Au Pairs provide an affordable childcare option for your family.

Unlike daycare or nanny services which can cost upwards of $2,000 per month, an au pair’s wage tends to be lower, and room and board can be deducted from their fee.

2) They can help with your household chores.

While an au pair’s main responsibility is childcare, she will also assist with child-related household duties. Many will also hold driver’s licences and be able to drive as part of their duties. Au pairs will have undertaken previous childcare work outside of their own family such as babysitting and tutoring.

3) Your children can learn about new cultures.

Not only will be providing an au pair with the opportunity to learn germannannymore about your culture, but hosting an au pair can provide your children with a great opportunity to learn about their culture, their food and even introduce a second language into the home.

4) You can enjoy flexibility to suit your needs.

An Au Pair usually works 25 – 40 hours per week, based on your needs. She does not need to work full-time like a live-in nanny. They live with their Canadian host family and are flexible when it comes to their working hours, able to take care of children on both a full or part-time basis. Typically, an au pair placement will be for a 6-12 month period.

5) You can welcome someone into your family.

Au pairs have a responsibility to care for your children, but they are also in your home to discover Canada and it is their choice to live with a Canadian family to experience Canadian culture first hand. Welcoming an au pair into your home is a great way to share your culture, and connect with someone from another country who may want to share their home with you the next time you visit their country as well.  Host families often make lasting connections with their au pairs, feeling as though they’ve added to their family as a result.

internannie_new_LOGO_08 (2)Interested in learning more about becoming a host family for an au pair? International Nannies and Home Care Ltd. can help! Visit their site for more information and to sign up.

5 Ways To Enjoy The Wesbrook Village Festival On September 9th!

Wesbrook Village Festival
Date: Saturday, September 9, 2017
Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Cost: Free
Location: Wesbrook Village (3378 Wesbrook Mall, UBC)

The Wesbrook Village Festival is back, and this year promises to be bigger, better, and more booming than ever! There are so many reasons to head to this free family event and make a day of it.

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Here are just 5 of the family-fun favourites that you can expect from this year’s festival:

1) Free BBQ 

There’s only one thing that’s more rewarding than enjoying a day of fun with your family, and that’s FREE food! Leave the snack packs at home and nosh on some BBQ favourites while you wander through Wesbrook Village!

2) Live Music

Dance and sing along to live music – a fun way to get active outdoors!

3) Kid’s Zone

Kids can enjoy a range of activities, arts and crafts and more in the festival’s action-packed Kids Zone. From balloon-animal twisting, to sports games, to face painting, there’s lots to see and do when you visit with little ones in tow!

4) Entertainers 

Watch in awe as live, wandering entertainers dance, juggle and sing their way through the festival. Kids can giggle as fun characters provide entertainment, and families will love the lineup of singers and dancers that will be hitting the stage and performing around the grounds of the festival.

5) Goodies for sale by local artisans

Browse the goodies that will be available on site, and support local businesses! Peruse the tables set up by various local companies, purchase a range of products to take home with you, and enjoy the farmer’s market style setup!

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For more of what you can expect from this year’s event, check out this video: