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Since March 12, 2019, our small family business has been dictated abusive rules by our various governments, including mandatory "temporary" closures that have lasted for more than a year. The last is the vaccination passport, a tool that we believe, whether clients have been vaccinated or not, is an abuse of privacy. Already as we struggle to keep our customers and survive keeping our doors open, the government persists in putting obstacles in the way of small businesses knowing full well that they do not have the resources to oppose it. It is therefore up to us, small owners, often families, to carry out the dirty work concocted by politicians completely disconnected from the realities "on the ground", the latter even who nevertheless keep 100% of their salary while cutting off the income sources of small businesses.
We are totally against any coercive measures which divide the population and which amount to segregation. We have more than enough of these dictator governments issuing rules that are often without a valid basis. To demonstrate the absurdity, why don't spas or hairdressers have to apply for the vaccination passport, places where there is close physical contact between adults, but it is required to access the botanical garden? The government is abusing its people and we all need to be concerned.
Since we do not want to subject our already diminished clientele to further abuse, we have decided to voluntarily close our restaurant space as well as to suspend the Lego workshops for older children, in order to be able to keep only our space for 0 to 3 years old, thus allowing us to be classified as a childcare service with parents, not requiring the vaccination passport. In addition, all adults keep their masks at all times and respect the required distance in our space. If despite this you are in a panic, we recommend that you stay at home.
Monopoly was our quintessential family game when "little". In fact, the popular board game is relatively complex for young children. So it was a little older that we were playing.
But did you know that there is a "Junior" version for ages 5 and up? This is a significantly reduced version of the standard version. Thus, 2 to 4 players (children with or without adults) share the game board of 24 squares. The currency (Monopoly dollars) is simply denominations of $1. Have you come across the Pizzaria? The purchase price is $1. Are you buying Promenade? Get out your big $5!
Also, the concept of houses/hotels has been simplified. So, when buying land, we just need to deposit a token representing our pawn. When a player stops on our land, the amount of the invoice is the same as the purchase price. Ouch! This ensures that the games end quickly and last about twenty minutes.
Only “Chance” cards exist to enhance the game and sometimes help the less fortunate. But beware: it is still possible to fall on the “Prison” box!
We tried Monopoly Junior with a 4 year old and he quickly understood the rules. So don't hesitate to introduce your child to the interesting concepts that this game offers. It makes a great family activity and the game costs around $20.
This game exists in different themes: regular, Frozen, Disney Princess, etc. A good gift idea at a low price. This game is one of our favorites!
Radon is an odorless, colorless and radioactive gas. It is carcinogenic and kills 3000 people each year in Canada. According to studies, radon is the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Note that all homes may contain radon, especially newer homes.
With COVID-19, we spend a lot of time in our homes. The government therefore recommends testing our homes to detect the level of radon emitted. You may have received a notice in the mail to this effect or visited the Takeactionradon.ca site.
Fortunately, testing for radon at home is easy. Here are the required steps:
Buy a screening kit. Health Canada recommends a long-term test for radon in the air. The AccuStar Canada Alpha Track AT100 test is one of those approved. It costs $39.95 CAD (you can buy 2 tests for $59.95). Your test will arrive with instructions for use and an envelope ready for return.
You will receive the alpha trace dosimeter test in a sealed bag. You must identify a room to leave the test. For example, the family room, living room or bedrooms are good choices because we spend more time there. Do not test the kitchen, bathrooms or wardrobes.
Open the sealed bag and set up the test in the room of your choice, following the directions in the instructions. We chose to put the test on a nursery dresser. Leave the dosimeter on for 91 to 365 days.
In a few months, you will need to mail the test using the return envelope in order to get the lab results.
According to Health Canada, upon achieving a radon level of 200 Bq/m3 (Becquerel of radon per cubic meter of air) or higher, you should install a radon level abatement system. Hopefully, it won't and your test will stay below that value.
Having said that, it is a test we should all do at least once in our home to ensure the health of our families. We will sleep better afterwards!
It is normal for a toddler to wet the bed. However, by the age of 5, if this problem persists, we should start paying attention. It should still be put in context that 9% of children between 5 and 10 years old have nocturnal enuresis.
Tip 1: Don't lose patience!
As parents, we must not lose patience with this problem and not blame our child. Rather, we need to help him get through this period when self-esteem can be affected.
Tip 2: anxiety or fear
Is the bedroom or hallway to the toilet too dark for your child to get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom? Does your child have anxiety or nightmares? You have to be attentive to the needs and state of mind which may have a connection with the problem.
Tip 3: Reduce fluids at night
Obviously, drinking more fluids during the day and less in the evening is essential.
Tip 4: Empower your child
A pee in the night? No problem. Ask your child to help you help wash the pajamas and bed sheets the next day.
Tip 5: Wake him up at night
Wake your child up at a specific time when you know they should urinate normally. But if your child is sleeping soundly, don't push it.
Tip 6: Use a "wet stop" (wet alarm)
Sometimes your child does not feel the urge to urinate. There are small devices that detect the first drops and emit sounds to wake up the child. This has been shown to have positive effects in allowing a better understanding of the needs of the body. You still have to be patient, but after a few weeks of use you can already see improved results.
For example, we tested the Wet-Stop3 alarm. This small device works with 2 AAA batteries. It is possible to put in vibration, sound or vibration-sound modes. The sound is loud and the child wakes up every time. A cable with a liquid detector is attached to your child's panties. It should be placed on the front of the panties in order to detect urine early on. A button on the side silences the alarm.
The Wet-Stop3 comes in three colors: blue, green or pink. It retails for $66.99 CAD. It was designed by a pediatric urologist and is suitable for both boys and girls.
Tip 7: Motivation
It is good to find a system to motivate our child during successes, for example a calendar with stickers and maybe a small reward after a few days without pee.
For example, why not give your child some new panties according to their current taste?
Offer for gift an original and fun outing for parents and their little ones! Bouge Petit is a café and physical activity center for parents with babies and young children (3 to 36 months) located in Montreal.
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The entire Bouge Petit team wishes you a very happy holiday season! Make the most of your time with your toddlers and plan a great activity with them.
Take note of our opening days for the holidays:
December 23 and 24, 2018: open
December 25: closed
December 26 to 31: open
January 1, 2019: closed
January 2 to 4: open
Reserve your places now on our website. See you soon!
Bouge Petit is a café and physical activity center for parents with babies and young children located at 6546 avenue Papineau, Montreal.