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Mar 1, 2017

Shelley (mom of 2), Tracy (mom of 1) and Jayne (mom of 2) talk physical literacy and how parents, schools and others can help kids become confident movers. The episode covers:

  • whether running, jumping, throwing and other skills come naturally to kids
  • why these skills are important building blocks for a happy, healthy life
  • what childcare providers, schools and communities can do to help
  • the fact that developing physical literacy isn't as complicated as it sounds

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

  • this CBC interview with exercise physiologist Dean Kreillaars, who says that our focus on winning in sport contributes to declining physical literacy
  • Dwayne Sheehan’s blog post about the importance of providing a wide variety of experiences for our kids

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Dec 19, 2016

In this episode, Kara F. (mom of 2) and Louise H. (mom of 2) join our host Tenille Lafontaine to talk about the challenges of keeping girls active. Their conversation touches on:

  • tips for getting and keeping girls active
  • the importance of parents as active role models
  • why good phys ed programs are important
  • Whether we're unwittingly undermining our girls' confidence

Tenille lets us in on what our Facebook friends had to say on the matter. Kara and Louise also share their thoughts:

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Nov 24, 2016

Saskatchewan mom bloggers Kathryn Gignac, Shayna Murray and Laura Monchuk join us to talk about their picks from the Mom2Mom Book List.

Hear Kathryn, Shayna and Laura talk about:

  • the biggest take-aways from their books
  • how the books have inspired them to do or think about things differently
  • why you should check them out too

Laura shares her thoughts on Mike Lanza's Playborhood.

Shayna tells us about The Stick Book: Loads of Things You Can Make or Do With a Stick by Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield.

Kathryn shares what she learned from Gever Tully's 50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do).

Check out the Mom2Mom list of Books to Raise Active Kids By to see what other books made the list.

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:

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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 (

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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:

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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


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!

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