Wellness Blog

Posts By: Jennifer Berry

Fall family

Free and Low Cost Ideas for Fall Family Outings

October is the month of Thanksgiving when we traditionally gather together and celebrate family. It is a great month to explore many of the vast opportunities our community offers families. Here are several free or low cost outings that families can explore this fall in our Region’s backyard! University of Waterloo Earth Sciences Museum Main Exhibit… Read more »

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Four Behaviours That Help Me Enjoy The Here and Now

I often find myself looking ahead to the next stage in life as if life will be so much greener once I’ve achieved the next goal. The goal might be work-related – “once we finish this task or project, things will run smoother.” Or the goal could be personal – “once the car loan is… Read more »

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Tips on Handling Public Temper Tantrums

You are in the supermarket, and your three-year old is wriggling on the supermarket floor in noisy protest of not being allowed to take home an over-priced stuffed animal. You are sure that your fellow shoppers have stopped in their tracks to focus all of their attention on you and your seemingly untamed tot. As… Read more »

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Promoting Your Child’s Self-Esteem

Self-esteem affects every aspect of our lives. It determines our confidence level, as well as whether or not we see ourselves as valuable. Carizon’s Early Identification Early Intervention Staff have guidelines to share to enable parents to enhance their child’s growing self-esteem. Each day, acknowledge at least one thing your child says or does that… Read more »

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Are You a Busy Mother Trying to Find Balance In Your Life?

As mothers, the fullness of our lives can inspire and energize as much as it can overwhelm us. We are parents, spouses, friends, caregivers of elderly relatives, workers and volunteers in our communities. Family and personal time interrupts work, and work interrupts family and personal time. We yearn for a sense of balance in our… Read more »

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7 Tips To Avoid Conflict When Young Adults Move Home

They’re back. Many College and University students are writing exams, wrapping up term assignments, packing up boxes and moving back home. Just when we were getting used to them being gone and adjusting to new routines, our young adults are coming home to roost. In addition, according to the 2011 census, 42.3 per cent of… Read more »

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6 Strategies to Learn to Dance in the Rain

The other day, I did one of the cryptic quotes. The result was: “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass; it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” I believe it’s a quote from author Vivian Greene. It got me thinking about how often I find myself looking ahead to the next stage… Read more »

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This Valentine’s Day, Improve Your Communication Skills

When you improve your communication skills as a couple, you can transfer these skills as you communicate with others, and enhance your relationships with family, friends and co-workers. To celebrate both Valentine’s Day and Family Day, as a couple, you can work on these skills together. Be pro-active instead of reactive and avoid the “I… Read more »

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Autumn

If You’re Anxious About Change, Try A New Path

Autumn is the season that inspires me to think about change. It is a season where we are sad to say “good-bye” to summer and are somewhat anxious about the coming winter weather. But, it is also a season of glorious colour, fresh crisp air, fall fairs and Thanksgiving. We face many changes throughout our… Read more »

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11 Ways To Help Kids Develop Good Homework Habits

Back to school is always an exciting time, but now that the school year is well underway, some families may find that they are challenged by strategies around kids’ schedules and dealing with homework. Here are some practical suggestions to help parents and their children to address homework issues: Ensure your child has a break… Read more »

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