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