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Sep 19, 2016

Sara (mom of 4) and Corinna (mom of 2) talk about keeping kids active at school. They touch on:

  • how recess has changed since we were kids
  • whether it’s different for girls and boys
  • the trend toward banning certain activities on the playground
  • their thoughts on taking away recess or phys ed class as a punishment
  • Sara’s experience with alternative school hours (no set recess times)

Sara and Corinna also share their thoughts on recent headlines and online posts, including:

For more ideas and inspiration, visit www.saskatchewaninmotion.ca/mom2mom 

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May 4, 2016

We took our Mom2Mom panel live to the stage at the 2016 Amazing Family Expo in Regina. Listen in as Holly (mom of 5), Catherine (mom of 3) and Diane (mom of 2) talk screen time.

Apr 26, 2016

Michelle (mom of 3) and Jenn (mom of 2) chat about their approaches to keeping kids active in summer (hint: they’re not big planners) and discuss:

  • encouraging kids to be creative and independent
  • planning active vacations
  • making summer more memorable with family activity

Michelle and Jenn also shared their tips for planning active vacations, including:

  • giving the kids a say
  • packing active gear and toys
  • making sure everyone has good hiking or walking shoes
  • adding a creative twist to your activity

They also share ideas for staycations, debate whether today’s moms have it tougher than our own moms did and discuss an interesting post entitled How This Reformed Helicopter Mom Saved Summer Vacation (2machines.com).

For more ideas and inspiration visit www.saskatchewaninmotion.ca.

Apr 11, 2016

Barb McGrath (mom of 2) joins Tenille for a chat about screen time, one of the biggest barriers to getting kids moving. In addition to the surprising stat that the average Canadian kid spends 6-7 hours a day in front of a screen, they talk:

  • finding a method of managing screen time that works for your family
  • tools to help parents monitor and control screen time, including ChoreMonster and Qustodio
  • whether it’s realistic to expect kids to regulate their own screen time
  • setting a good example in an age where many adults spend most of their time on screens for work, entertainment, socializing and everyday tasks

Barb and Tenille also discuss recent headlines, including:

For more ideas and inspiration visit www.saskatchewaninmotion.ca. To recommend a mom who'd make a great guest on Mom2Mom, email us at podcast@saskinmotion.ca.

Mar 14, 2016

Shauna Bear (mom of 2) and Lana Lingelbach (mom of 3) talk kids and sport. Hear their take on:

  • picking activities for your kids
  • what kids get out of sport (besides physical activity)
  • what to do when kids want to quit
  • sport sampling vs. specialization

Both moms have kids involved in competitive sport (hockey and gymnastics). Hear how they make it work for their families, what they think about sport specialization and their thoughts on long-term athlete development.

Our mom panel also weighs in on recent online posts, including:

For more information about keeping kids active, visit www.saskatchewaninmotion.ca.

 

Mar 11, 2016

Led by host Tenille Lafontaine, our panel of moms took to the stage at Regina's Amazing Family Expo. Holly Gustafson (mom of 5), Diane Ell (mom of 2) and Catherine Gryba (mom of 3, including NHLer Eric Gryba) chat about:

  • managing screen time with black out periods, parental control software and more
  • walking to school
  • kids and sport, including the question of quitting
  • bubble wrapping our kids to keep them safe
  • the importance of unstructured play

For more ideas and inspiration, visit saskatchewaninmotion.ca.

Jan 29, 2016

Corinna Dahl Ritco (mom of 2) and Holly Gustafson (mom of 5) have a cozy chat about a chilly topic: outdoor winter play.

Our moms share:

  • why it’s important to make a conscious effort to get outside in winter
  • how they think their families benefit from outdoor winter play
  • tips for getting started if you’re a family of hibernators
  • how making it a family affair increases your chance of success

Corinna shares her perspective as a teacher and former outdoor educator and Holly talks about the Polar Bear Club at her kids’ elementary school. The club gives families the option of letting kids outside at recess even when the temperature dips below -27 C.

Our mom panel also discusses news and recent social media posts on the topic, including:

Looking for more? Visit http://www.saskatchewaninmotion.ca/ for tips, tools and inspiration to get your kids moving more.

Dec 30, 2015

Tracy Bosche (mom of 3) and Jayne Leibel (mom of 2) join Tenille for a chat about active toys, including active video games.

Hear why they think:

  • having the right toys and gear can help keep kids moving
  • nothing beats having someone to play with (often mom and dad)
  • it’s important to give kids interesting spaces to play

Tracy and Jayne also share their thoughts on:

  • whether active video games are a good substitute for real life play
  • Catherine Cameron’s post on the Tennis Canada web site about physical literacy (a new term for both) and whether the right toys and gear help kids learn essential skills like running, jumping, throwing and catching

 

Nov 27, 2015

Michelle Strawford (mom of 3) and Cindy McMorris (mom of extreme snowboarders Mark & Craig) talk with Tenille about risky play.

Michelle and Cindy share their thoughts about:

  • learning to let go
  • how the freedom to play and take risks has influenced their boys
  • the trend toward bubble wrapping our kids
  • the 2015 Report Card on Children and Youth, which tells us that the biggest risk to kids’ development is keeping them indoors

Our guests comment on the latest news about risky or unsupervised play, including:

Cindy and Michelle also talk about how they overcome their own fear to let their kids engage in risky play and what their kids – and families – gained from it.

Looking for more? Visit www.saskatchewaninmotion.ca for tips, tools and inspiration to get your kids moving more.

Oct 28, 2015

Sara Toth (mom of 4) and Sheila Hryniuk (mom of 2) join Tenille to chat about walking to school.

Sara and Sheila share their thoughts about:

  • how they make walking to school work for their families
  • why walking is more convenient than most parents think
  • why walking to school is good for kids (and parents too)
  • some of the reasons most families choose not to walk
  • the best age for kids to start walking on their own

Walking to school has been in the news a lot lately. Sara and Sheila chime in on some of the headlines, including:

  • Buzz Bishop's post about why he's terrified at the thought of his third grader walking to school alone (It's not the reason you think.)
  • Selena Hoy's story about why Japanese parents feel freer to let their kids walk to school alone

Sara and Sheila  also talk about ways to make walking to school safer and easier. Number one on their list is making sure sidewalks are cleared of snow so kids don't need to walk in the street - a real prairie problem!

Visit Saskatchewaninmotion.ca for tips and tools to help make walking to school work for your family.

 

 

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