Family Yoga

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One of the best gifts that you can give your children is the gift of yoga. Yoga teaches children to control their body, their breathing and their emotions. The benefits of yoga for children are both physical and non-physical. It helps build strength, and improves flexibility, coordination and balance. It reinforces the mind-body connection by practicing mindfulness – an awareness of your thoughts and actions. Focusing on breathing gives children the skills to calm their bodies in stressful or upsetting situations.

Whether you’re a complete newbie to yoga yourself or if you have your own daily practice or fall somewhere in between – now is the time to begin! Yoga is for everyone: young or old, fit or unfit, flexible or inflexible, laid back or high strung. Be your child’s best example by doing a yoga class together! The Yoga Shack on Ann has Family Yoga classes TODAY, June 14 and in two weeks on June 28 at 11:00am. It is only $5 per person. Bring your own mats or rent them at the studio.

Yoga Shack on Ann is at 203-140 Ann Street. You can find parking and the entrance on Piccadilly Street, off Talbot Street. The studio opens 30 minutes before class. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before class starts. Dress comfortably and bring a reusable water bottle. Namaste!

Booster Seat 411

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If you had kids prior to 2005, you may remember a time when booster seats were optional. With the change in car seat regulations and the addition of the booster seat for children ages 4-8 years old/40-80lbs, it is estimated that your child’s risk of injury in an accident is reduced by 59% versus just using a seat belt alone. Despite the increased safety, some research has shown that 30-50% of people misuse booster seats, with premature graduation from the booster seat being the number one type of misuse.

Don’t rush your child from their booster seat!

THE LAW

The Ontario Highway Traffic Act states that children must be in a booster seat until:

  • they are over the age of eight

OR

  • they weigh more than 80lbs/36kg

OR

  • they are more than 145cm/4ft9in tall

Failure to comply could result in a $240 fine and 2 demerit points.

HOWEVER

What is the law and what is the safest for your child are not the same thing. Though the law states that an eight year old child does not need to use a booster seat, it is very likely that your eight year old should still be using a booster seat. To reduce the chance of a head, neck, spinal or abdominal injury in an accident, it is recommended by both the Government of Ontario and the Middlesex-London Health Unit to keep kids in booster seats until:

  1. the shoulder belt lies across the child’s shoulder (not the face or neck) and middle of the chest.
  2. the lap belt lies across the upper thighs, not over the stomach.
  3. your child’s knees bend comfortably over the edge of the vehicle seat when they are sitting all the way against the back of the seat.
  4. your child is taller than 145cm/4ft9in

It is likely that your child will not meet these requirements until they are 10-12 years old. Newer booster seats have weight limits of up to 120lbs to allow for these recommendations to be met.

 

SUMMER SOCCER

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It’s time to register your children for summer soccer leagues! Soccer is a great way for children of all ages to get active, meet friends, and learn to play cooperatively on a team.  It’s a pretty easy sport to learn and can be a lot of fun. Remember to keep your registration receipts for your 2015 taxes! Coaches and volunteers are almost universally needed, so if you have a little time, help out!

Nor’West Optimist Soccer Club

Registration is open NOW for the Nor’West Optimist Soccer Club. They have rec teams for boys and girls from U4 (kids born in 2011) right up to co-ed leagues for U25 (born 1996-1990). Leagues begin in May and run until July or August.

East London Soccer Club

The East London Soccer Club is open for online registration NOW and will also have walk-in registration on Saturday, February 14 or Saturday, February 21. They have leagues for Under 4 (born 2011-2012), Under 6 (2009-2010), Under 8 (2007-2008), Under 10 2005-2006), and with the West London Soccer Club for U12-U18. Leagues begin in May.

Byron Optimist Soccer Club

Registration is now open for the Byron Optimist Soccer Club in west London. They have teams for children in U4 up to U18 as well as adult leagues for men and women. Register before February 28 to avoid late fees.

Del-Ko Brydge Soccer Association

Delaware, Kilworth and Mount Brydges area soccer players can register NOW for the Del-Ko Brydge Soccer Association. They have teams for U4 right up to U18.

Belmont Minor Soccer Association

Located just southeast of London, the BMSA registration has already happened, but you can still register for U4, U6, U8, U10 and U12-U18. They do not have online registration, but you can mail your registration forms.

Ilderton & District Soccer Club

Just north of London, the Ilderton & District Soccer Club has competitive and recreational leagues for children in U4 up to U18. You can register online now.

Lambeth Youth Soccer

In the southwest most part of London is Lambeth Youth Soccer. Registration is open NOW for members, and open February 8 for new registrants. They have a U3 Parent and Tot league, as well as U4, U6, U8, U10. U12, U14, and U16 leagues are through the West London Youth Soccer League.

Oakridge Optimist Soccer

Oakridge Optimist Soccer in west London has registration this Wednesday, February 4 from 6-9pm at Oakridge Secondary School and on Saturday, February 14 from 9-1pm. There are NO OTHER registration options for this league so do not miss the in-person registration. They have house leagues for 4 year olds up to U18.

Southend Recreational

Registration for Southend Recreational soccer is open now until early March for their house league teams. They have teams for mini’s (born 2011-2007) up to U18.

Strathroy-Caradoc Minor Soccer Association

This league has teams for U3 up to U18. In-person registration is over, but you can still register online.

Thames Centre Minor Soccer

Thames Centre has leagues for U4 up to U18. Registration happens February 12 and February 19. See here for locations and times.

London Southwest Optimist Soccer

Registration is happening online right now. Register before February 14 to avoid late fees. They have U6, U8&U10, U12 to U18 teams to choose from.

Kensal Park Soccer Club

Kensal Park’s youth league has teams for children born between 2012-2004. Online registration is now open.

St Thomas Soccer Club

You can register now online for the summer season or in person (see here for times and locations). They have both house league and competitive teams for children and youth.

London United Competitive Soccer

London United has online registration now open for their 2015 Kickeroo Kids Program for children ages 4-5-6, 7-8. The teams play Monday nights from May to the end of July.

 

 

 

Henderson Farm

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Have you ever considered horseback riding lessons for your children or yourself? Henderson Farm is a picturesque 100 acre English riding facility located just north of London in Denfield.

At Henderson Farm, their goal is to help their clients achieve their riding and competition goals in a constructive, safe and fun environment. Henderson Farm offers riding lessons, boarding, and showing to children, teens, and adults: beginners to experienced riders and competitors. They use safe school horses and ponies. All of their coaches are Equine Canada certified. Their clients regularly compete on the provincial and national circuits with great success!

Whether you are interested in recreational lessons or becoming a little more serious about it, Henderson Farm can offer you what you are looking for.

For more information contact them at henderson_farm@hotmail.com or 519-872-0264.

 

 

Talking to Children About Tragedy

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This week, Canada has had what our Prime Minister has labelled as two acts of terror committed on our own soil. It is hard enough for us, as adults, to process and understand the motives of such acts, never mind how to explain it to our children. The media coverage is pervasive and deciding what you should and should not allow your children to see/read/hear can depend on their age and personality. If you are struggling with what to say and how to say it, please read through these links:

Tips for Parents on Media Coverage

Helping Children Cope with Terrorism

Helping Kids Cope with Media Coverage of War and Traumatic Events

Talking to Kids About Terrorism or Acts of War

Today, we are grieving for the families and friends of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo. We are grateful for the brave men and women who intervened to help the victims and stop the attacks. We are standing proudly in unity for our beautiful country.