Every year the pages of the calendar seem to flip more quickly.  At one moment it’s a hot summer’s day and then you blink and it’s Christmas.

As the saying goes, “The days are long but the years are short,” and there are no truer words when you are raising children. Now that those calendars are back to looking like they did pre-COVID – with parents back at work, kids in school or daycare, and everyone running to the arena, ball diamond, pool, music class and everything in between – time seems to be flying.

At this time of year, I try to reflect and take that quote to heart; to enjoy the time with our kids, embrace the busyness of the season, and enjoy the monotony of being in the trenches of parenting. Trying to embrace these moments while keeping one’s sanity and living your own life is a challenge, and Lesley Johnston gives some great tips in her article “You OK, Mom?” which looks at recognizing burnout and how to care for yourself.

We also have an informative article from the Grey Bruce Health Unit on healthy eating habits during the holiday season, and a history lesson from Grey Roots Museum on the area’s Black settlers.

Michele Bischof shares her expertise about encouraging resilience in children, while Paula Brunkard writes about the benefits of risky play.

Although 2022 was not without its challenges, specifically affecting Grey-Bruce Kids in the form of industry-wide paper shortages and limited printer capacity, we are committed to publishing this magazine every quarter, and I thank all our readers, writers and advertisers who supported us in 2022. We look forward to continuing to inform and entertain local parents in 2023.

I wish everyone a safe and healthy holiday season and prosperous New Year – be sure to take the time to soak it all in!



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