If you’re looking for some upbeat, holiday reading material over the next few days, pick up the winter issue of Parenting Times magazine – available free at community centres, libraries and coffee shops across Ottawa (or read the full issue online).
The issue features 20 free (or crazy cheap) fun things to do this winter – which might just be your saving grace for keeping the kids entertained till Monday!
As a regular contributor to Parenting Times, I had the chance to write a couple of interesting feature pieces. In “Shopping with a Conscience” I spoke to some adorable Brownies and Girl Guides about their introduction to fair trade at the Ten Thousand Villages Festival Sale in Ottawa – and the beautiful, handcrafted items they purchased as Christmas gifts.
I also had the honour of speaking with an inspirational dad – Myles Dear – and his challenge to raise funds for his severely disabled son, Kyram. I wrote about this Richmond father-son duo in “A desperate dad’s plea for help.” Dear is campaigning for changes to provincial support for families like his, who must struggle to finance the demands of supporting a disabled child. The family is still in need of financial help for the upcoming year – pledges can be made through their online crowdfunding campaign to help improve life for this vibrant little boy.
Enjoy the rest of the holidays – and happy reading!