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I would have to say it, so she did it for us but in a say it’s the hand-me-downs. I do have nicer way. three girls which helps. ➑ Most important resource ➌ What’s your best time (magazine, tv show, book, saving tip? website)? Trying to be organized. My most important resource has ➍ Who’s your most to be my friends. The reason why is supportive friend/family because if you have kids you prob- member/group? ably went through the same thing. My husband and my mom. ➒ What do you do just for ➎ What’s your favourite song? yourself? Amazed by Lonestar I love to scrapbook; that is my time for myself ➏ What’s your favourite thing to do with your children? ➓ What’s your most rewarding Anything that makes them happy. moment as a mother? Everything. Knowing that your kids ➐ Most embarrassing/funniest are healthy, happy and they love you moment as a mother? no matter what, that is a reward in its My kids always give me a laugh, to self. Be our next valleyparent! 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If you see the lessons of being an in- soda consumption, the rising any signs, go to the dentist dependent person—such as use of bottled, non-ﬂuori- Other Dental Tips right away. Early childhood personal grooming habits— dated water, and the fact that • Children should also ﬂoss tooth decay must be treated there are distinct challenges. children simply don’t spend regularly—as early as quickly. If not, your child But with a little patience enough time brushing teeth. when they have two front may have pain and infection. and a dash of fun, no task is Many people are under the A dentist’s visit should teeth erupted. insurmountable. assumption that oral hygiene occur by age one. Brushing • Everyone—adults and There is growing evidence is not something that really children—should replace should begin at age two and that children’s dental health needs to be worried about a toothbrush after three be supervised until a child is is an area on which most in young kids. 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Through the years a woman shapes who she is and her identity evolves. Even after she begins dating or gets married her identity remains virtually intact— she is still known as Susan, Beth, or Maria. However, once baby arrives, she is known as “Mom” and sometimes pieces of the woman she used to be get pushed aside in order to fulﬁll a role as mother. Even the strongest of women stress over living up to the ideals placed on a mom, balancing the mundane chores of life, and trying to eke out some “me” time in the mix. The Book of Mom, by Taylor G. Wilshire, addresses just these issues, posing the question, “Is there room for me in mommy?” With humour and raw honesty, Wilshire uses the experiences of her main character Tate, a stay-at-home-mom, to search for the answer to this question in a story that is both entertaining and enlightening. Women everywhere can use strategies explored in the book to turn around their lives and work through feelings in a productive way. Here are some examples: • Put yourself ﬁrst: As a mother, aren’t you supposed to step aside and make your child the top childrens’ clothing accessories baby carriers cloth diapers toys ~ newborn to size 8 ~ www.blueskybaby.com 33176 First Ave, Mission BC • 604.820.2585 8 valleyparent just for you | support Cover to Cover priority in life now? Not necessarily, espe- a therapist who helps ﬁnd strategies for her cially when doing just that can do more harm marriage, her children and herself, so she can The family manager’s than good. But by caring for yourself ﬁrst, ﬁnd balance, quiet and so much more. guide for working moms and ensuring you’re in a healthy frame of • Learn to say no: There comes a time when by Kathy Peel mind, you’ll be a much better parent to your you have to set limits. You simply cannot be child. If you are stressed out every minute of Superwoman, Supermom, or Superwife 24/7. Back on the career the day because you don’t have any time for Pick your battles and set priorities that will track: a guide for stay- yourself, how will this affect your child? Take provide the most beneﬁt to your family—and at-home Moms who a cue from Tate; set aside a special place just most importantly, yourself. want to return for you or schedule time where you can be alone and simply do the things you enjoy, • Listen to your intuition: There are plenty to work such as curling up with a good book—and of guides out there telling you how to raise by Carol Fishman Cohen don’t feel guilty about it, either. your child, what milestones the family should be meeting and other such “helpful” infor- The Mom book : 4,278 • Hire a support staff: Not in the literal mation that can actually have a reverse effect tips—for moms from sense, of course, unless hiring outside child on you, making you feel more overwhelmed moms care ﬁts with your lifestyle and budget. We’re than ever. Trust your gut in most situations, by Stacy M. DeBroff talking about leaning on those people whom it tends to steer you in the right direction. you trust, such as friends and family. Don’t be Don’t let well-meaning family members or The don’t sweat guide afraid to ask for help and seek out advice, es- friends tell you how things “have” to be done. pecially from mothers who have been there, for moms : being more And don’t feel compelled to compare your relaxed and peaceful so done that. Or, you can turn to a professional situation or your child’s development to oth- therapist to help you work through some of your kids are too! ers. Things have a way of all evening out and the more troublesome issues. Asking for help workintg out in the end. by Kristine Carlson will not make you less of a woman or mother. 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Vancouver Island, BC, Canada valleyparent 9 health | pregnancy Preconceived notions + = m Most women know that as soon as they get pregnant they should eat a healthy balanced diet, quit smoking and drink- ing alcohol, and supplement with folic acid to ensure a healthy pregnancy. But few of us look at that short period The women participating in the study ranged in age from 22 to 45 years old, while men ranged in age from 25 to 59 years old. Prior to beginning the study, 41 per cent of the couples had no history of At the end of 18 months the results of the study were as follows: • of those with no history of infertility, 96 per cent gave birth • of those with a history of infertility, 81 per cent gave birth of time prior to conception as having infertility, miscarriage or birth mal- any consequence on the health of our formations, 37 per cent of the couples • of those with a history of pregnancy, labour, ability to breastfeed had suffered infertility, 38 per cent had miscarriage, 83 per cent gave birth or the health of our child. suffered previous miscarriages, 11 per • of those with a history of therapeutic In fact, many studies over the last few cent had therapeutic abortions (due abortion, 73 per cent gave birth years have emerged to tell us that the to detection of birth defects), three per • of those with a history of stillbirth, 80 preconception period (three to four cent had stillbirth, 15 per cent had given per cent gave birth months prior to even starting to try to birth to low birth weight babies, and conceive a child) is crucially important. two per cent had given birth to babies • of those with low birth weights or with a malformation. malformations, 100 per cent gave Foresight, the Association for the birth. Promotion of Preconception Care, has The couples were monitored over 18 been researching the value of precon- months and followed a very basic four Overall, 89 per cent of all the couples ception care in the United Kingdom month preconception care program in- gave birth by the end of the study. The since 1978. A 1995 study in conjunction cluding a healthy, balanced diet free of average age at birth was 38.5 weeks with Surrey University, published in The alcohol and smoking, regular exercise, gestation and no baby was born before Journal of Nutritional and Environmen- proper nutritional supplementation, 36 weeks gestation. tal Medicine, followed the progress of and a screen for sexually transmitted Furthermore, no miscarriages oc- 367 couples over a period of 18 months. infections). curred during the study, there were no 10 valleyparent pregnancy | health perinatal deaths, no malformations, and no conception and give up their evening beer. baby was admitted to intensive care. It takes approximately three months for Just to contrast, in a similar population sperm to mature, so reason dictates that sample of people who had not participated three months prior to conception the in any preconception care you would sperm that eventually fuses with an egg to expect about 70 women to experience a make your baby has been exposed to all the miscarriage and about 12 children to be nutrients (or lack of nutrients) and the tox- born with a malformation. ins that the male partner has been putting in his body. Men contribute 50 per cent of the ge- “Farmers and stock netic material to their children. It is just breeders have always as important that they are healthy in the preconception period as women. After all, Joanne Menard is a naturo- bred from healthy pathic doctor at the Sardis it appears that infertility cases are due to stock. Why should we male factor causes as much as 60 per cent Naturopathic Medical Clinic. She be any different?” of the time. has a special interest in women’s health and perinatal health. She The months leading up to actively trying offers pre-conception counseling to conceive can be time used to regulate The results speak for themselves. to couples planning to get preg- ovulation, balance hormone levels, improve nant as well as doula services What’s quite important in this study is that the health of the ovaries, discover and treat to her expecting patients. She is both potential parents—the women and hidden infections in the reproductive tract, licensed to perform acupuncture men followed the preconception plan. soften scar tissue and adhesions, improve and has done additional training Not surprisingly, most women are will- sperm count, quality and motility, and test in acupuncture in the areas of ing to do anything including standing on for and correct nutritional deﬁciencies. fertility, pregnancy and labour. their heads to get pregnant, let alone have Farmers and stock breeders have always Contact her at 604-858-7422 for a healthy baby, while many men are still bred from healthy stock. Why should we be your personalized preconception reluctant to acknowledge their role in any different? vp care program. 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Capturing the beauty of a belly growing with a baby inside in She hasn’t done it yet, but she thinks it would be neat to do photos and video is one obvious way to remember the magic more than one over the course of a pregnancy. of being pregnant. But Chilliwack’s Kari Osl runs a business “You could even do one for each trimester and see yourself to help women create a more tactile and three-dimensional grow,” she said. memory. ◗ To get more information visit her website at bodybybaby- Belly casting is Osl’s way of capturing her clients’ pregnan- bellycasting.googlepages.com, or call her at 604-795-5465 or cies for them, and to create an art object out of it at the same 604-798-6778. time. Paul Henderson lives in the Fraser Valley where he is happily “I have a great spot above the ﬁreplace,” said Monique married. While he doesn’t have any children yet, he is hoping to Robertson during her belly casting. “I’ll deﬁnitely put it up be able to do a belly cast of his wife in the future. vp somewhere. It is an art piece. You should be proud of your body when you’re pregnant, it’s a great time.” Robertson knew that while her body may go back to normal “You could even do one for each trimester and see yourself grow.” after her baby was born, she would always have a physical reminder of what she looked like while pregnant. Osl hasn’t been doing belly casting long, but she thinks the idea will really catch on in the Fraser Valley. Some women who have found out about her new business and what belly casting can do for the memory of a pregnancy are disappoint- ed they didn’t do it themselves. “Some people are really, really upset they didn’t do it be- cause they maybe are only pregnant once, and every preg- nancy is different,” Osl said. To make her belly casts Osl uses the same material used to make a cast if you break your arm or leg. It is medical grade plaster infused into pre-cut gauze, so she simply dips it in water and spreads it on the belly after applying a thin layer of petroleum jelly. The process is a messy one as any clothing worn gets cov- valleyparent 13 b Sleep training tips health | snoozing Before electricity people would rise and fall with the world’s natural light source, which ﬁt in with our natural biological clock – back then many people got the who already have associations or have and woke up on the front lawn? sleep that they needed. Today in our a multi-layered issue, sleep training is a Where does your baby sleep? Choose fast paced 24-hour society our ability to learning process and is done in stages one place where your baby can sleep— maintain adequate quality sleep is suf- to make the transition go smoothly for preferably a crib—this is where they fering—ask yourself where is sleep on everyone. It takes time, persistence should take the majority of all naps and your list of priorities? and most importantly consistency. all nighttime sleep. Would you feel well This is true to for children and ba- Imagine trying to learn how to play a rested if your place of sleep varied? bies—with so many classes and activi- game if somebody kept changing the rules—you would never learn to play What time does your child go to bed? ties to participate in—many babies, Missing your child’s natural lull is es- toddlers and mums are over scheduled. the game—right? sential if you want an easy transition. Some of these classes clash with a Here is a list of questions and tips to An overtired child often acts wired child’s natural dip in alertness so regu- consider before making changes to your and once wound up is very difﬁcult to lar naps become increasingly difﬁcult to family’s sleep. settle. Do you feel drowsy after dinner establish. More sleep is required in in- and then get a second wind later in the fancy than any other age group and lack evening? of healthy sleep for babies and children is detrimental to physical and mental “Imagine someone Does your child nap on a daily basis? trying to learn how to Don’t underestimate the importance of health; it should not be underestimated. daytime sleep. If your child is constantly The biggest challenge for most parents play a game if missing naps then their ability to cope of course is how to obtain this qual- somebody kept in their surroundings decreases and ity sleep for their children if habits are they easily meltdown. How do you cope already ingrained, the thought of mak- changing the rules?” when you are tired after a long busy ing changes can seem daunting with so day, preparing dinner, with the phone many current schools of thought, com- Do you have a daily routine? Children ringing, the television on, organiz- bine this with your own sleep depriva- thrive on predictability. If you never ing tomorrow and trying to watch the tion and the whole concept becomes knew was going to happen or when you children? I am sure that you feel like extremely overwhelming. would next eat or sleep —how would screaming, just like a child does. First of all you need to decide what you feel? Making changes to your baby or child’s you and your family perceive a healthy How does you baby or child fall asleep? sleep should be done when there are no sleep regime to encompass —what are If you baby uses a crutch (rocking, mum other major life changes taking place so you comfortable with and not comfort- or dad’s chest, breast, bottle, etc.) once that you can concentrate and provide able with. Don’t feel pressured to make your baby is in a light sleep they will dedication. changes because of external sources. have brief awakenings and constantly Dawnn Whittaker is a Baby Contentment Do what’s right for your family. need the same conditions to get back & Sleep Consultant. Dawnn will be hold- It is possible to make changes with to sleep and this results in no sleep for ing several seminars in 2008 in various the appropriate knowledge and guid- all parties involved. How would you feel locations throughout B.C. Contact her at ance—but don’t expect fantastic results if you went to sleep in your bed, warm www.cheekychops.ca or by email: best- immediately—be realistic. For children and cozy with your duvet and pillow, email@example.com vp ing creative eth m nery into so dance drama music art and more e the A performing art studio offering an nel ever-expanding array of programs for kids, youth c ha n and adults…RAD ballet to belly dancing, ﬁtness and yoga to musical theatre…with caring, qualiﬁed and imaginative instructors and affordable rates. 45635 Lark Road, Chilliwack | www.acreativeoulet.com T 604-858-0808 | E firstname.lastname@example.org 14 valleyparent pregnancy | health Leader of 3D ultrasound Now Available: Free Live Web Broadcast Share your experience with anyone, anywhere in the world over the web! 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You won’t take the wrong turn and end up on a trail ﬁve miles from where you parked your car. Have a plan and stick to it. Make certain that someone knows where you are and when to expect you home. If you don’t make it home on time, they can call for emergency help for you. Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf? A bit of fear is a good thing when going into the wilderness. How- ever, shouting, “What’s that?” every time a twig snaps is going a bit too far. Wild animals are part of your outdoor experience. Most are fairly safe to view, and can be observed with the naked eye, but be sure to keep your distance. Every animal likes some breathing room, so bring binoculars to help you get a better look and a guidebook to help you identify them. Few back country ac- cidents involve run-ins with “wildlife gone bad.” By knowing the signs of natural predators, your family can avoid shaking hands with a grizzly and learn how to co-exist with nature. Don’t touch that, Snow White! It’s tempting to bend down and touch the unusual plants that populate our forests. However, some of those pretty red ﬂowers are telling you something. They’re shouting, “Don’t touch me! I’m poison- ous!” Bring well illustrated guide books on your trek so that you can identify and learn more about the native species of plants, animals and birds. Who knows, not only will you children learn what plants are poisonous and which are iffy, they might even dig up something good for dinner! Whistle while you walk—it’s a good way to let others know that you are there. This is mostly important for predatory animals, who don’t like noisy creatures like us. Carry and use a whistle 16 valleyparent take a hike | outdoors oods today . . . (such as a Fox 40) which does not and water; enough for everyone to Hiking Essentials Doug Fraser, a Team Leader of the Chilli- wack Search and Rescue, often refers to the BC SAR Association website (www. sound like any birds in the area. Not last at least 24 hours. Things like gorp bcsara.com) as a source to ﬁnd tips to only can it help you discourage bears and jerky go a long way to satisfy you make hiking safe. Here are some essen- and cougars from hanging around, it when you’re hungry, and they are light tials to make your trip uneventful as well could save your life if you get lost. to carry. Remember, also, to carry your as pleasurable. The Three Little Pigs bear testament emergency supplies. • Comfortable walking/hiking shoes to the truth that there’s strength in The best part about hiking is that you • Clothing (in layers) numbers. Never hike alone, and when could hike the same trail a dozen times • Map and compass- you must know you go, stay with your group. Never in one year and it would never be the how to use them both! leave anyone behind. Walk only as fast same. Make games with your children • Comfortable back pack and as far as your weakest member. to help them notice the changes during • Food for 24 hours (dried food is best) Take turns leading the way. This will the seasons. Stop and watch the beaver • Water for 24 hours and water strengthen everyone’s hiking skills and building a dam. Observe the blue puriﬁcation tablets make it more enjoyable. heron as it tends its young. • Emergency rain gear Be prepared when it comes to your Remembering these basic rules, you • Mittens, hat and a change of socks outdoor experience. Weather is per- will be able to enjoy the outdoors with • Emergency ﬂares • First aid kit haps the most underestimated part of your family. Just down the road, you’ll a hiking trek. 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This often happens when the everything in nature. baby is not positioned correctly and - Aristotle does not have enough of the breast in i his/her mouth. Proper latching is usu- It truly is a wonderful gift, that you as a ally established in the hospital. I would mom are giving to your baby, when you like to encourage all moms to take every choose to breastfeed. effort to get help from experienced The more details that are discovered nurses on how to establish proper about speciﬁc nutrients in human milk, latching. You can help sore nipples by the clearer it becomes that human exposing them to air as much as pos- milk is precisely engineered for human sible and gently rubbing a little breast infants. Breast milk has been described milk at the end of each breastfeeding. as a “dynamic living tissue”. Not only There are also creams available to apply is mother’s milk nutritionally ideal but on the nipple after breastfeeding such it also contains antibodies to protect as Lansinoh. Itchy, burning nipples against infection and disease. may be caused by thrush which is a yeast infection that often affects baby’s There are multiple beneﬁts of breast- are beginners at nursing you may feel a mouth as well. If you suspect it, you feeding: balanced nutrition, less risk of bit awkward, sometimes overwhelmed need to make a visit to your doctor and infection and allergies, fewer late onset and discouraged. This all is normal but get treatment. of chronic disease and optimal brain with experience nursing will become development. If both you and your baby both easy and convenient. Engorgement is another common R E A D. L E A R N. P L A Y. Are you looking for great reads, DVD’s, CD’s and programs for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children? Check out your local Fraser Valley Regional Library www.fvrl.bc.ca for: Your free library card ❖ ❖ ❖ ❖ Exciting Summer Reading Club Programs for all ages-free of charge Drop-in and registered story times-free of charge Books for BC Babies Package for new parents-free of charge Langley Libraries: Aldergrove Library...................... 604-856-6415 Agassiz Library ....... 604-796-9510 Brookswood Library................... 604-534-7055 Chilliwack Library ... 604-792-1941 City of Langley Library .............. 604-514-2850 Fort Langley Library ................... 604-888-0722 Mission Library........ 604-826-6610 Muriel Arnason Library.............. 604-532-3590 Yarrow Library......... 604-823-4664 Murrayville Library ...................... 604-533-0339 18 valleyparent breastfeeding | newborns complaint. Engorged breasts become the baby should have around six wet very full and painful to touch. This hap- diapers in 24 hours and usually at least Where can you get pens most commonly when the milk two yellow bowel movements. Frequent breast feeding help ﬁrst comes in and during the ﬁrst few nursing is normal for young babies and in the Fraser Valley? days. Frequent nursing from birth helps it will help you establish an appropriate Public Health Unit to reduce early engorgement. Ice packs milk supply. Let the baby nurse for as Chilliwack 604-702-4900 may offer relief from swelling, while long and often as he/she wants. Public Health Unit warm wash clothes or a bath will help • Nurse early and often. Abbotsford 604-864-3400 the milk ﬂow. • Be aware of the value of early skin to Chilliwack General Plugged ducts and breast infections are skin contact with the baby (within the Hospital 604-795-4107 another common concern. A plugged ﬁrst few hours). Mission Memorial duct may feel like a tender lump in the • Practice proper latching. Nurse with Hospital 604-826-6261 breast. Using a heating pad or hot wash nipple and areola in baby’s mouth. MSA Hospital clothes on the affected area will help as • Look after yourself, get proper rest 604-853-2201 well as encouraging the baby to nurse and reduce stress levels. This will Breastfeeding Clinic frequently on that side while massaging speed up your milk production and 604-702-4900 the lump. If there is an associated fever supply. vp or redness in the area you may have a Information phone lines breast infection. If you suspect this you Mother Risk should see your family physician for Didi Harries, MD, FRCPC, is a pediatrician in Chilli- 416-813-6780 possible antibiotic treatment. wack providing patient LaLeche League When do you know that your baby is care in the pediatric clinic, 604-520-4623 getting enough milk? The breastfeeding emergency room and guidelines suggest watching the baby’s newborn nursery at Chilli- Family Place diapers. At around three to four days wack General Hospital. 604-823-4323 L A F I E R T É F R A N C O P H O N E S ’ A P P R E N D A U S S I À L’ É C O L E W W W. C S F. B C . C A DID YOU KNOW THAT A FRANCOPHONE SAVIEZ-VOUS QU’IL EXISTE UNE PUBLIC SCHOOL IS LOCATED IN... ÉCOLE PUBLIQUE FRANCOPHONE À... CHILLIWACK MISSION LANGLEY ÉCOLE LA VÉRENDRYE ÉCOLE DES DEUX-RIVES ÉCOLE DES VOYAGEURS 6610 Lickman Road 7674 Stave Lake Street 8736,216th Street (604) 858-2666 (604) 820-5710 (604) 881-0222 M/K - 7 M/K - 7 M/K - 7 verendrye.csf.bc.ca deuxrives.csf.bc.ca voyageurs.csf.bc.ca To register your child in the Francophone school in your area,please communicate with: Pour inscrire votre enfant dans l’école francophone de votre communauté veuillez communiquer avec : LE CONSEIL SCOLAIRE FRANCOPHONE DE LA COLOMBIE-BRITANNIQUE (SD No 93) 180-10200 Shellbridge Way,Richmond,(C.-B.) V6X 2W7 | (604) 214-2600 or/ou 1-888-715-2200 | email@example.com valleyparent 19 happenings | community Drop Ins Community Road 33660 South Fraser Way, Community Support Clearbrook Public Library 604-823-4664. Abbotsford/ 604-853-1753. Groups 32320 George Ferguson Way. Family storytime. Ages 2-6. Terrific Twos Storytime. Enjoy Down Syndrome Support Group 604-859-7814. Stories, songs, finger plays and stories, songs, rhymes and Abbotsford. Parent evenings Family storytime. Ages 2-5. flannel tales. Parents are encour- fingerplays. Tuesdays 10:30am- and preschool play groups. Visit A half hour of stories, songs, aged to stay with their children 11:00am. www.fvdss.blogspot.com or call rhymes and fingerplays. Parents and join in the fun. Tuesdays, Thrilling Threes to Fives Sto- Katrina at 604-793-0019. and caregivers are encouraged Wednesdays and Thursdays rytime. Stories, songs, rhymes 10:30am-11:00am. and fingerplays.. Wednesdays Seizure/Epilepsy Support to have fun and participate! Chilliwack. Contact Donna at Thursdays 10:30am-11:00am. Pajama storytime. Ages 2-6. 10:30am-11:00am. Come in pajamas with your 604-792-4133 or Val at 604-858- Evening Pajama Storytimes. Outdoor Spray Park 3390. Fourth Wednesday of every favourite stuffed animal for a fun Landing Leisure Centre 9145 month. Children are welcome ‘before bed’ time. Tuesday 7:00- Corbould Street, Chilliwack. Twins Club to come in pajamas and bring a 7:30pm. Open until September 11:00am- Chilliwack. Support and social soft toy. 7:00pm-7:30pm. Storytime for baby. Ages new- 7:00pm weather permitting. The club for parents are twins and Baby and Toddler Time. An born to one year old and their spray park is free to use and pic- multiples. Contact Cheryl at interactive twenty minute sto- caregiver. Thursdays 10:30- nic tables are available onsite. 604-795-2545 chryl_mueller@ rytime presenting books, songs, 11:00am. Free, registration yahoo.ca required Parent & Tot Escape rhymes and more for babies and E.P.I.C. Parent Support Group Landing Leisure Centre 9145 toddlers up to 24 months and Family Centre Chilliwack. For parents or care- Corbould Street, Chilliwack. their parent or caregiver. Fridays Abbotsford. Provides summer givers of children with mental Mom and dad’s morning out. 10:30am-11:00am. camps and other group social and/or physical challenges. Par- Bring your child under 5 and let Chilliwack Public Library activities for children ages new- your youngster play with our ent directed, confidential and 45860 First Avenue born to six years old. Call 604- Games Leader in our tots pool informal. Meets second Tuesday 604-792-1941. 859-7681. while you enjoy a complimen- every month 7:00pm. Contact Vedder Public Library. 4670 MSA Centennial Library tary cup of coffee. Heather-Joy at 604-393-0673. Sardis Naturopathic Medical Clinic Providing Individualized ABBOTSFORD VIRTUAL SCHOOL Health Care Solutions supports students with BC Ministry courses and programs that meet individual educational needs. Women’s Health Care Elementary and Middle School Programs Complete programs designed and supervised by experienced teachers. Pre & Post Natal Care Teachers work with families learning at home. Family Medicine Weekly school activities. Chronic Pain Treatment Secondary Programs (Grade 10 to 12) Virtual (online) Semestered Courses. Dr. Joanne Menard Any pace, any place, any time courses. Naturopathic Physician Open to all BC high school students. Unique programs in computers, video game design and languages. Chelation Therapy Adult Students Upgrade for post secondary or complete Food Sensitivity Testing school with Adult Dogwood. Far Infrared Sauna Start with one course or create a program. Ligament repair treatments for Daily tutoring and evening support available. No course cost! chronic pain. Visit our website at www.avs34.com Dr. Philip Balcaen or phone (604) 859-9803 Naturopathic Physician to make an appointment. Call for Initial Consultation Phone: 604-858-7422 106-45389 Luckakuck Way, Chilliwack 20 valleyparent happenings | community Epilepsy Support Society at 604-702-4900. Chilliwack. A research-based, Provides programs and services Chilliwack. Resources and sup- Fit 4 You 10 week parenting course that to military and community fami- port. Contact Laura at 604-852- Free exercise for pre & post teaches parents how to use lies. Visit www.mainlandbcmfrc. 2686 ext. 245. natal period. Call the Chilliwack some of the same skills that play com or call 604-858-1195 Hard of Hearing Association Health Unit at 604-702-4900 therapists use to help children Nurturing Fathers Program Chilliwack. Serving children and who are experiencing social, Nurturing fathers who would Labour Support Service emotional, and behavioural their families. Contact Janet at Chilliwack. Call Carmen at like more information, call Sandy 604-794-3772. problems. For parents with chil- at 604-793-7228. 604-701-2511. dren pre-school and kindergar- Life Challenge Program Mom and Baby Yoga ten age. Call Erin at Parenting Anxious Kids Abbotsford. A variety of activi- Abbotsford. Parents and 604-702-2311. Educational group for parents ties geared to develop social children together spiritually who have anxious children of all and recreational living for the Effective Parenting ages. Call Eryn at 604-795-8481. and physically connect. Call STEP (Systematic Training for physically challenged.. 604-850-0500. Nobody’s Perfect Program Effective Parenting). Call Mary Raising Relative’s Children Prenatal Classes or Janine (Public Health) at 604- Abbotsford. Program for par- Chilliwack. Support and educa- Adult and youth. Call the 702-4900 or Carol (Family Place) ents and children from new- tion. Meets third Tuesday every Chilliwack Health Unit at 604-792-1631. born to 5 years old that helps month at Chilliwack Public 604-702-4900. parents with confidence with Library, 45860 First Avenue. Family Centre themselves and their children. Email firstname.lastname@example.org Post-Partum Depression Abbotsford. Provides group Call 604-870-3767. for more information. Abbotsford. Community educa- support and social programs to tion, peer training and group parents and children. Call Parenting Preschool Children support to deal with post-par- 604-859-6334 ext. 302. Through Collaboration Prenatal/Postnatal tum depression. Call 604-864- Chilliwack. Problem solving Programs 3400. Families in Motion group for parents of chil- Baby Time Drop In Chilliwack. Family literacy pro- dren who display possible Abbotsford. For parents of chil- gram for families with three to opposition defiance or ADHD Family Programs and four year olds. Adult educational dren under age one. Siblings Parent Education behaviours. To call Eryn at 604- welcome. Weigh-in baby, talk to and career prep, beginner com- 795-8481. Ann Davis Society puter studies and upgrading. a public health nurse and meet Chilliwack. Provides support and Call Janet at 604-792-1631. Sardis Doorway for Single other parents. Meets every Mon- services to those affected by Mothers and Children day except holidays 10:00am- Immigration Services abuse or violence, emergency Chilliwack. Physical, emotional, 11:30am. Chilliwack. Parenting informa- shelter for women and children, intellectual and spiritual sup- tion, referrals and support. Best for Babies individual, group and family port for single mothers with 45938 Wellington Avenue. Call Abbotsford. Assists high-risk counselling for men, women preschool children. Lunch, Donna at 604-792-7376. pregnant women who don’t and children. Visit www.annda- workshops, free licensed child typically access traditional vis.org or call 604-792-2760. Infant Development Program minding. Wednesdays 9:30am- prenatal services. Email Provides home-based ser- 12:30pm. Call Heater at 604- Bridging The Gap email@example.com or call vices to children newborn to 819-6556. Abbotsford. Provides an edu- 604-859-7681 ext. 288. 3 years old that have or are at cational means to support chil- dren and parents growing up as risk for delayed development. Single Parents in Need (SPIN) Better Beginnings Playgroup Thursdays 9:30am- Chilliwack. Lunch, childcare, minorities. Email btggeneral@ Chilliwack. Prenatal nutrition 11:00am. Call 604-824-8760. workshops and activities. Meets telus.net or call 604-855-5386 and support for women of all Kids In Action second Sunday every month ages with additional challenges Building Healthy Relationships 11:30am-2:00pm. Call Elisabeth Chilliwack. Provides trained for healthy pregnancy and birth Couples communication week- at 604-702-0401 or Jane at 604- volunteers to assist children with 6 months post-partum end workshops at UCFV. Call 792-7611. with special needs to participate follow-up. Call Lana at 604-792- Carol at 604-702-2311. in sport, recreation and leisure 1631 or 604-792-8717. Child Care Resource and Speech and Language Clinic activities in their community. Referral For parents of children new- Birth Companion Service Call Leona at 604-824-8760 ext. Service for parents needing born to 5 years old with Chilliwack. Support to pregnant 315. child care referrals and informa- concerns about their childs’ women. Call Lana at 604-792- communication and have not 1631. tion for childcare providers. Visit Kids in Care Support www.childcarechoices.ca or call Abbotsford. Support and advo- been referred to clinic. Speak to Buddy Up for Breastfeeding 604-792-4267 (Chilliwack) or cacy of foster parents and chil- a speech-language pathologist. Chilliwack. Telephone support 604-859-7681 (Abbotsford). dren. Call 604-859-7681 ext. 287. Meets last Wednesday every program linking breastfeeding month 9:00am-12:00pm at the mothers to other mothers in the Child-Parent Relationship Military Family Resource Chilliwack Health Unit. Call 604- community. Call the Health Unit Training Group Centre 702-4944. valleyparent 21 mum’s the word Children are good for your heart i It was 10 years ago that I ran a half mar- athon in Seattle. It was only my second half marathon and despite the fact that it was one of fastest ones I have ever run, I was disappointed with my time. Back then I ran a lot. I took my run- ning seriously and berated myself if I has joined me in many runs; my little bundle of joy wrapped up in the jogging stroller. I spent almost a year pushing a double stroller after Jenna was born and when the kids got too heavy for that, I let them play at the Sardis track while I ran round and round counting laps. would stop on a long run and let her play for a bit before continuing on. I had no idea she remembered that slide. I had almost forgotten it myself. We sped to an area where the purple slide once stood. There are houses there now. couldn’t get out ﬁve or six times a week. Of course, I’m lucky now if I get out “It’s funny how things change, huh While training for this particular half, to run more than twice a week. And I’d mom,” Katrina said, rather profoundly. however, I started to feel ill. There were love to be able to record that Seattle half a few times when I felt nauseous and marathon time in my next event — I’m But I was suddenly caught up in a had to stop. Minor problems, though, so much slower now. melancholy mood. That little miracle I I kept logging those miles and fretting carried unknowingly 10 years ago was about my times. now speeding away from me with not a care in a the world. I ignored the signals my body was sending and continued to train. All “Yeh,” I said, silently hoping I would the miles I put in did nothing for my still be running in 10 years, and that ﬁnal time, and I was slower than I had Katrina would still be by my side. “It’s hoped. I blamed it on the rain and the funny how things change.” fact that I couldn’t eat bananas or bagels I sped up to catch her and she zoomed because they now made me gag. on faster, laughing at my pathetic pace. I took home my medal and nursed These runs with my little bandit run- my blisters. A week later I downed a ner really won’t help me become a faster banana, went out for a jog and imme- runner or any ﬁtter. diately felt ill. I walked home worried, But they sure help keep my heart because none of my over-training healthy — in many, many ways. vp symptoms had disappeared. In despair, I booked an appointment to see the But Katrina is at an age where she can doctor. come with me on my runs; she cycles Luckily, he could ﬁnd nothing wrong beside me. and just before he dismissed me he And while we’re out together, we talk. asked if I had taken a pregnancy test. I’ve told her the story of how she was a That was actually the last thing on my “bandit” runner in Seattle, how I used mind; many folks had said I would to sing, trying to keep her entertained never get pregnant if I kept running for many miles while I ran, or how I and Dean and I had come to the stark huffed and puffed while pushing that realization that kids just might not be in jogging stroller up the Prest Hill to get our future. my hill work in. It was quickly determined that I was Lately, we’ve been going through the Patty Hutton is a Communi- actually more than seven weeks preg- area now known as Garrison Crossing. cations Director at UFV. She nant. Since that day I’ve blamed my During our last run together, Katrina has two young daughters, a daughter Katrina for my slow time in surprised me by asking where the bunch of cats and a loving Seattle. Over the years, of course, she purple slide had gone. 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