Brace yourselves. It’s that time of year again. September means the end of summer (sigh) but it also means a new year and a fresh start. Here’s our guide to this back-to-reality month.
Create a roster of babysitters by getting to know your local teenagers
Why? They aren’t just useful for date night. Younger babysitters can pinch hit when you need to take older siblings to a practice or a playdate, they can help with homework, or watch the baby while you’re getting dinner on the table. A few hours a week can easily lighten the load.
To Treefest on Saturday, September 13 in Coquitlam
Why? Because this free family event is a great opportunity to teach the kids more about British Columbia’s natural environment. Visit the tents in the Industrial Services parking lot for crafts and activities, and be sure to catch the children’s guided tree walk at 12:30 pm.
Sleep schedules back on track before school starts
Why? Because it will make for an easier transition, and fewer tears (yours or theirs) when the alarm goes off Tuesday morning.
Good old-fashioned hopscotch
Why? Because you only need chalk and a small rock for this activity which helps develop dynamic balance, coordination and rhythm in younger kids. If you need a refresher on the rules of this classic game, here’s a good rundown.
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn with your all-grown-up-and-off-to-school baby
Why? Because this sweet book about the first day of school was written to help nervous kids cope with separation from home and family for the first time.
These tips on walking to school with your kids
Why? Because walking with your kids to school is not only great for everyone’s physical and mental health, it’s a great chance to disconnect from technology and connect with each other. We’re fans.
Why? Because it’s simply amazing for meal planning. It can read any recipe from any website and then create a shopping list for you. Now if only it cooked for you, too.
Get your lawn ready for fall
Why? Because with summer coming to an end, it’s important to give your lawn the care it needs to help it survive the harsh winter. A little TLC now means that your lawn will come back beautifully in the spring—without the use of pesticides.
Something for breakfast that they’ll eat, and that you’ll feel good about giving them
Why? Because breakfast is the most important meal of the day and we have some awesome recipes for your fam to devour.
Clean up the Fraser River at RiverFest on September 21
Why? The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup is the kick-off to RiverFest. After you and the kids do your part to keep the shoreline clean, reward yourselves by checking out the free family-friendly art exhibits, interactive activities, crafts, live music and performances, river tours, the famous Lucille Johnstone Work Boat Parade and the annual Salmon Chowder Cook-Off.