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Solo Parenting: Taking the Kids Out to Eat

There's a funny paradox about parenting solo. When my husband goes out in public, minus me and accompanied by all four of our children, he is lauded, praised, and admired. "What a great dad you are!" "All on your own with four kids! Amazing!"...

Build Your Own Inuksuk: Official Symbol of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics

Has your family caught Olympic fever? Ours sure has. The Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics are taking place right here in Canada, and even though our family won't be travelling to see events live, Cabin Fever plans to mark the occasion in a special way....

10 Tips for Throwing a Birthday Theme Party

Birthdays. The kids keep having them. And from the age of five, we've allowed each to celebrate by inviting friends to a birthday party in our home. At these parties, we aim for homemade, low-key fun. But even low-key fun requires advance preparation...

Delivering Birthday Party Invitations: An Unexpected Workout

At Cabin Fever we aim to make room for everyone in the family to participate, however small or tall the activity. In our last post, our almost-seven-year-old made her own birthday invitations. Thus, our Saturday afternoon plan: to deliver...

Make Your Own Birthday Party Invitations

This weekend, my family is going into party preparation mode. My eldest daughter will turn seven in the blink of an eye, and she's downright desperate to get the birthday invitations made and delivered to her friends. Is there a way to spin this task...

Distraction Tactics: Comforting a Child Who Is Not Your Own

Occasionally, or even fairly frequently, I have in my care someone else's child. Occasionally, though thankfully not as frequently, someone else's child discovers she misses her own mother, or is in some other way suffering malaise, boredom, or...

Fun Family Activity: A Nature Walk Around the Block

When you're two-and-a-half feet tall and have only recently begun practicing the art of upright mobilization, the smallest of adventures qualify as epic journeys of discovery. Is it sunny, windy, rainy or snowy? Matters not. The world awaits, and...

Tips for Keeping Your Sick Child Entertained at Home

The child is grumpy. Way beyond grumpy. Grumpy is a distant planet in another solar system past which she's shot in her misery-fuelled rocket ship. She refuses to eat supper. She's lethargic, moping, upset over nothing. Uh oh. She's fallen asleep...

Five Simple Ways to Make Music With Your Kids

Ah, the Christmas holidays. Sugar-high children freed from school and exclaiming their profound boredom, restless preschoolers careening the kitchen, toddlers emptying the cupboards, babies howling. Cabin Fever has the cure for these blues. It's time...

How to Inspire a Love of Music in Children

Cabin Fever wants to know: how do you inspire musical genius in children? Okay, we'll settle for deep appreciation and enjoyment. And a pain-free way to manage piano practice. So, we talked to an expert. Nicole Dueck writes and performs music for...

Octuplets, Cabin Fever, and Cool New Gadgets - Links we Love

Got cabin fever? Kids driving you crazy? Try teaching them to juggle or bring spring inside with an indoor terrarium. -- AlphaMom The division of labor in family life can feel more like tug-of-war than partnership. Here's how one couple finally...

Ice, Ice Baby!

When Thomas Paine wrote, "These are the time times that try men's souls" he was talking about the beginning of the American Revolution. However, Mr. Paine could have just as easily been describing what the upcoming week has in store for parents...

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