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Sue Riedl

Trained chef and food journalist

With a lifelong passion for food, Sue trained at the Cordon Bleu cooking school in London, England. She writes a bimonthly column on artisanal cheeses, The Spread, for The Globe and Mail and is the writer and producer of Chef Basics, a food video series for The Globe and Mail website.

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Whether you have a large space or a corner in an apartment, setting up a playroom gives your kids a place to call their own—and a way to keep toys from taking over the house. Larger room offer more opportunity for different play centres (a kitchen area, a craft area), but even in a small space you can think along the same creative lines. Start with decorating—think about what colours and themes your kids like. Whether one wall or four, you could paint with bright tones, chalkboard paint or magnetic paint. You could decorate with wall stickers to create a dinosaur or underwater scene. You could also keep the wall...
Family in park
We all face resolutions with both hope and trepidation: the hope that we can make positive changes in our lives and the fear that by bleak mid-January our good intentions will all have fallen by the wayside. Luckily, by making resolutions as a family, you can work as a team to motivate each other to succeed. Family resolutions can help you enjoy a healthier, more balanced lifestyle and allow for more time and more fun together as a family. The first step is to be realistic about the changes that need to be made. If children are overcommitted with activities and mom and dad frazzled with balancing life in general,...
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You may not be able to take the “hectic” out of the holidays but you can follow a few tips to make them more relaxing and to allow yourself to enjoy quality family time. Talk About the Holiday Decisions in Advance Each family member has different expectations on how your holidays will go. Even small misunderstandings about what time you’re leaving for Grandma’s Christmas Eve can spark tension at a busy time. Both parents and kids should be clear on what is possible and what is not. Yes, the kids can have a movie marathon one night; no, they can’t refuse to go to grandma’s reception; and yes, both parents...
kid playing train
Playing is not just fun and leisure for children. It’s a form of learning and an opportunity for kids to practice active leadership and decision making, in addition to helping them build confidence. Play allows children to act out real world situations. If something is bothering them, they can work it out in a safe, imaginary situation. Parents can also make up a fun game about why a child needs to have a needle, or children can use their toys and stuffed animals as “protection” if something is frightening them. No matter their age, playing a game teaches kids to problem solve and introduces them to the idea that in...
Young Father And Son On Winter Vacation
It’s a funny thing about winter. If you just hide under a blanket and pretend it doesn’t exist you’ll have a long, boring hibernation. But embrace the snow and you can create some of your best family memories. Bundle up, eat well and you’ll be ready to keep moving through everything the Canadian winter has to offer families. Winter Carnivals: Head out as a group to check out the fun. Some options include Quebec’s Winter Carnival, Ottawa’s Winterlude, the Vernon Winter Carnival in BC, Silver Skate in Alberta or the Children’s Winterfest in PEI. Dogsledding: This family trip will get you moving and keep you laughing. You can choose to...
Young family is playing board-game
Family traditions don’t have to be complicated or time consuming, but it is good to have them. They give kids special moments to remember, rituals that provide a sense of belonging and identity. They also strengthen bonds in the family and impart family values. What’s most important in the choice of your traditions is to make sure that everyone is having a good time—and everyone takes part. Traditions around meals If Sunday dinners are too much work, you can make Sunday “pancake day.” Or visit a local diner for brunch each weekend, somewhere that starts to feel like home. During a busy week, pick Friday night to get take-out and...

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