It’s TICK season!

It’s TICK season!

Ticks. Yuck. Summer in Manitoba is gorgeous. The sunshine! The breezes! That unmistakable perfume of grass! We want our little ones to be outside as much as they can be during the summer… but we need to keep an eye out for ticks. Ticks spread illnesses including...
UPDATED developmental milestones: CDC

UPDATED developmental milestones: CDC

For the first time in many years, last month the United States Centers for Disease Control updated its child developmental milestones.These changes aren’t due to a change in the way children are developing: rather, the CDC has changed the way it presents...
Screens vs. sleep

Screens vs. sleep

This is NOT a post about how you shouldn’t let your kids use screens. For many families, screens are part of the way we learn, the way we relax, and increasingly, the way we socialize and keep in touch with loved ones. This IS a post about minimizing the...
Calming “needle nerves”

Calming “needle nerves”

With COVID-19 vaccinations now being made available to children as young as 5 in Manitoba, there’s a lot of talk about needles. And while most parents see this vaccination as a long-awaited safeguard against a deadly illness… to the kids now preparing to...
Home experiment: the WHY of handwashing

Home experiment: the WHY of handwashing

Every parent knows children become more inquisitive and independent as they grow. And as this development happens, they sometimes need to understand WHY they should do the things we want them to do… like washing their hands. At Brightling Academy and in all our...
Do the waggle dance!

Do the waggle dance!

We’ve made all our posts this month about bees – because honestly, there are so many cool things to learn about bees that we can’t see a reason not to! One of the most amazing, we think, is the way bees use a special dance to communicate with one...