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Balancing Act Archives
August, 2006: Family Snack Smarts
July, 2006: Cooperative Co-parenting
June, 2006: Street Proofing Teens 101
May, 2006: Harmony is in season: Harmony is in season: Warm Weather Activities To Bring The Family Together
April, 2006: Caregiving: Sensible Steps To Success
March, 2006: Healthy Eating In A Fast Food World
February, 2006: Stress Busters to Stay Lighthearted
January, 2006: Brain Gain in Life's Later Years
December, 2005: Holiday Budget Planning
November, 2005: Combating Childhood Obesity
October, 2005: Eating Away at Colds and Flu
September, 2005: Avoiding the Aches of Osteoarthritis
August, 2005: Growing Older, Eating Wiser
July, 2005: Nutrition Tips for the Healthiest Summer Ever
June, 2005: Long-Term Care Facilities/Nursing Homes - How Do I Choose the Right One?
May, 2005: Nutrition and Your Baby: Introducing solid food to the menu
April, 2005: When Baby Comes Home For The First Time
March, 2005: Stepping into the Role of Stepparent
February, 2005: Pumping Fitness into Your Day
* January, 2005: Remedies for Financial Holiday Hangovers
* December, 2004: Time Out: Making the most of the holidays
* November, 2004: An Ounce of Prevention: Type 2 Diabetes
* October, 2004: Dealing with Peer Pressure
* September, 2004: Long Distance Caregiving
* August, 2004: The ‘Be-tween’ Transition, 2004
* July, 2004: Easing into summer vacation
* June, 2004: A family-friendly balance for working fathers
* May, 2004: Communication Tips to Help Young Minds Grow
* April, 2004: Tips for Making the Tax Season Less Taxing
* March, 2004: The Dieting Merry-Go-Round
* February, 2004: Keeping Your Financial Future in Check
* January, 2004: Here Comes the Flu
* December, 2003: Communicating with your Teen
* November, 2003: Eating for Energy
* October, 2003: Work-life Balance: Making it Work for You
* September, 2003: The Homework Zone
* August, 2003: Health Hints to Ease Your Family in to the Fall Season
* July, 2003: Stay Alert and Stay Safe - Streetproofing your kids
* June, 2003: Summer Activities for Stay-at-Home Kids
* May, 2003: Helping Older Relatives Stay Active
* April, 2003: Spring-cleaning: For the home, the family, and you
* March, 2003: Choosing a Summer Camp
* February, 2003: Baby couch potatoes: Tearing your kids away from the TV
* January, 2003: Resolution Solutions
* December, 2002: Holiday Stress Blasters
* November, 2002: Beating the Winter Blues
* October, 2002: Making the most of family mealtimes
* September, 2002: Generation Relations
* August 2002: Vacation Relaxation
* July 2002: Swimming Safety
* May 2002: Stuck in the Middle. The Sandwich Generation
* April, 2002: Supporting Your Child's Social Success
* March, 2002: After the Spring Break ... Take a Break For Yourself
* February, 2002: Keep those loving connections alive
* January, 2002: Ringing in a Balanced New Year
* December, 2001: Holiday Safety Tips
* November, 2001: It's Flu Season
* October, 2001: Halloween Safety Tips
* September, 2001: Back to school

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Easing into summer vacation

After months of waiting, summer is here—a time to relax, kick back and enjoy a retreat from the working world. But sometimes organizing time away can leave you feeling like you need a vacation from your vacation. Many people find the tasks associated with making summer plans such as calendar juggling, tying up loose ends at work or making plans for the kids, more stressful than relaxing. So for those in the midst of planning time away, here are a few tips that may help reduce stress and ease you into the summer season.


Don't over schedule yourself. You may want to see and do everything, but you'll wind up returning from vacation exhausted.

Decide on, and then stick to a budget. Remind yourself that impulse buys and unnecessary splurges reverse the relaxing effects of your vacation if you're forced to face credit card bills at the end of the month.

Plan ahead at work. Finish work-related projects and follow-up on any pending phone calls that may happen while you’re away. Leaving with a clean slate will help you stay focused on your vacation assignment: to rest and recharge.

Leave your work, at work. Leave computers, palm pilots and any other reminders of work at work. Leave a number where you can be reached for emergencies only.

Be realistic. Accept that parts of your time off will work out better than expected, while others are bound to fizzle. Take a deep breath, and take it all in stride.

Remember to relax! It's important to schedule inactivity. Set aside a few hours a day to stop and smell the roses, read the paper or put your feet up.


Let kids choose. Allow kids to create a short list of activities and the chance to realize at least one. Whether it’s a restaurant choice for a special occasion or a location for a family outing, children savour the chance to have their say and feel a part of the decision-making.

Post a summer schedule. Mark upcoming activities on an oversized calendar and post it in an open area. Refer to it often and have kids check off each activity as it happens. This will help set expectations and prepare children for the transition from one activity to the next.

Put a little structure into summer. A daily routine gives most kids a sense of security. Keep family meals, bedtime and daily outings at a consistent time. The ‘familiar feel’ to each day will help kids adjust to summer schedules and reduce anxieties.

Nourish interests. Investigate children’s summer courses and programs. Most libraries, community centres, local parks, etc. offer summer activities that fight boredom and encourage kids to explore new interests.

Need more information on parenting? Your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help with a child to elder care resource and referral service that is geared toward enhancing the quality of family life. Call your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to see if you are eligible for the child to elder care resource and referral service at 1 866.468.9461 or 1.800.387.4765.

This newsletter is meant for informational purposes only and may not necessarily represent the views of individual organizations.

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