Get Your Yoga On….At the Park!

Heading to the park with the kiddies and enjoying the warm summer?  Head on over to Tools for Schools and check out  my post on a fun yoga game that gets all the kids involved, moving and having fun!

http://www.toolsforschools.ca/blog/?p=987

Friday Feature- Mathieu Fleury

I would like to welcome Mathieu Fleury, our Friday Feature.  Mathieu is currently running for Ottawa Council and would love to share with you his platform and a little bit about himself. 

About Mathieu Fleury

 

Mathieu Fleury was born and raised in Ottawa.  He grew up in the Sandy Hill and Lowertown where he attended both elementary and post-secondary school. As the only child, Mathieu learned to become an active member in his community at a young age.  He was involved in many sports including hockey, baseball, and swimming. He attended camps at Le Patro d’Ottawa and learned to excel in swimming at the Lowertown Pool, where he later became a certified lifeguard for the City of Ottawa. Mathieu soon realized that it was not only important to know your community, but to serve it as well. He has volunteered for the Sandy Hill Minor Hockey Association and Plant Recreation Centre and has over 10 years of work experience with the City of Ottawa in department of parks and recreation specifically in aquatics, children and family programming.

Mathieu currently holds a B.Sc. in Human Kinetics and a M.HK. in Sports Management from the University of Ottawa. His work experience includes organizations such as Diving Canada, Volleyball Canada and as well as the Office of Minister of State for Sport where he was in involved in sports policy and the 2010 Winter Olympic Games project. Mathieu has also volunteered for Baseball Canada’s Women National Baseball Team during the 2008 World Cup in Japan and as well as Canadian Olympic Committee during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. Overall, his commitment in life is to lead by example and in helping others to embark on healthier, more active lives through both physical activity and improved nutrition.

Mathieu’s life work experience and qualifications includes lifesaving and aquatics, coach, mentor, instructor, community service, and city program operations and strategies.

Why Am I Running for Ottawa City Council (Rideau-Vanier Ward)?

Ottawa needs civic leaders who are active, dedicated, honest, and open to bringing new ideas to the community and city. I am such a person, one who is willing to help build on the very strong foundations of our communities and to engage in dialogue that will lead to making good and meaningful decisions for the future of Rideau-Vanier ward and the city at large.

 

My vision for Ottawa incorporates leadership and new ideas. I believe in being a part of the community, as well as serving it. I want to help foster growth, maintain safety, protect our environment and provide quality services and programs in order to help keep Rideau-Vanier community as the best place in Ottawa to live and to raise a family.

Most importantly, I believe we need to keep our communities healthy and diverse. We need to protect the services that are important to families, seniors and our children. We need safe streets, a strong local business environment and a municipal government that works in the best interests of its residents and addresses the needs of its citizens.

So on October 25th, I invite you to join me at the polls and to vote for change even if you don’t live in the Rideau-Vanier ward. Only through active participation in democracy can we ensure that government is reflecting the will of the people.

For more information on how you can get involved visit www.mathieufleury.ca, send an e-mail to mathieu@mathieufleury.ca or call 613-600-VOTE (8683). Mathieu is always open to hear your ideas, thoughts and comments.

Top Ten Reasons To Practice Yoga In Pregnancy

1. Ease symptons such as morning sickness, backaches, shortness of breathe and fatigued limbs in a safe manner.  Reduce leg swelling and insomnia.

2. Celebrate the life of your child in a calming way that centers your mind, body and spirit.

3. Prepare your body for the adjustments and adaptations the body will make throughout the pregnancy.

4. Take time out for yourself. We get so busy at work, other family events and preparing for the birth of the child that we sometimes forget about ourselves. Celebrate YOU!

5. Maintaining an active lifestyle during pregnancy can create a faster post partum recovery.

6.  Meet women who are pregnant and preparing for their birth, just like you! Who know’s you may just make a new best friend or have future playdates for your little one.

7. Centre your mind,body and spirit as you prepare for the birth of your child. Your mind-body connection will assist you throughout the labouring process.

8. Become more in tune with your body.  Individuals who understand their body have found the pushing process of labour to go faster.

9.  Prepare for the labour and birth of your child by opening your hips, using meditation and calming breathing techniques.

10. You deserve this class and so does your child!

Relax & Drive

Heading out on a family car ride and looking for a great playlist that will calm your nerves, enjoyed by you and the kids?  Check out the latest playlist I have created for my car and hope you enjoy it too!

http://www.toolsforschools.ca/blog/?p=927

Cuddly Wrap Review & Giveaway

Check out the awesome Review & Giveaway for Peapod Creations Cuddly Wrap, Baby Blanket & Burp Cloths at my Namaste Mommy blog!

You won’t want to miss this fantastic giveaway and read what my family had to say after using the cuddly wrap for several weeks every single day!

This wrap is fantastic for snuggling with your baby at home, working hands free, walking  and going out and about with your little bundle of joy.

Good luck with the giveaway!

Home Inspections in Ottawa

I would like to welcome Ottawa Realtor Christiane Lafleur, our Friday Entrepreneurial Feature.  Christiane is an ambitious, hard working real estate professional who approaches her business with the same energy that she does her life. Christiane offers her clients a unique experience; one that is centered on their needs. Her bilingualism, real estate experience, superb negotiating skills, dedication to her job and clients, flexibility, and honest enable her to provide the level of service that her clients deserve.  Christiane is equipped with an easy-going attitude and a sense of humour, she goes above and beyond the call of duty for her clients.  She provide buyers and sellers with a positive, stress-free, and successful real estate experience. 

Little Lotus Yoga extends a warm welcome to Christiane Lafleur! Please see her blog post below…..

I would like to share with you a question that a client asked me last week regarding home inspections in Ottawa. Below you’ll find her email to me which is actually quite a commonly asked question – I thought I’d share since many of you may be asking yourself the same thing!?

Hi Christiane, I was talking to a friend about the process of buying a house and she mentioned that a house inspection is ALWAYS done after an offer is presented. Is this ALWAYS the case or can a buyer request an inspection before putting in an offer? Is this something you have seen before? And, is it NOT OK to go that route? Just thought I’d ask someone who may know the answer! Your help is much appreciated!

To be completely honest, in my opinion, it is best to do a home inspection in Ottawa BEFORE you put in an offer – many buyers get emotionally attached to their new potential home once the offer is negotiated and may pay less attention to issues if they arise during the inspection due to their emotional attachment.  Now having said that it is not very common for Buyers to proceed that way – the majority negotiate their terms, secure the home and THEN perform their home inspection. 

In today’s Sellers market many buyers are choosing to bring an inspector with them during their showing to avoid that condition alltogether when presenting their offer to the Seller. Since many offers are now in competition; bringing forward an offer with the least amount of conditions possible works in your best interest.  Overall it really depends on the Buyer, their motivation and the process they wish to take when Purchasing a home.

In my opinion if you are aware of issues with a certain home before putting in the offer it would be in your best interest to it BEFORE. You could save yourself a lot of time – yes it’s 400$ out of your pocket before you even know if you have the house; but at least you’d know what you were getting yourself into.

I’m always pleased to answer any questions in regards to home inspections in Ottawa or any other real estate related matters. For more detailed information about the Selling and Buying process feel free to visit my website anytime www.christianelafleur.com

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Discipline with Love

As a veteran nanny with over 10 years of experience I have seen my fair share of tantrums, melt downs and have had days where I never thought we would be able to leave the house.  I have learned many tricks of the trade along the way, and have been hired by some families to help specifically with behavioural issues and discipline techniques.  As a yoga teacher I continually teach the principle of ahimsa, non harming, in all of my classes.  With respect to disciplining this may relate as emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually non-harming.

Parents you can discipline keeping in mind the principles of ahimsa and have success!  The biggest reason being consistency in how you choose to discipline.  With consistency your child begins to understand what the outcome will be, not may or could be, of their negative behaviour.  I had a great conversation with a few people on twitter the other night about discipline and how we choose to discipline our children.  I am here to share with you the technique that I have always used and found success with.  I have seen all types of negative toddler and preschool behaviour from hitting ones own parent, to stealing several different items, talking back, not listening and much more! 

Full disclosure –  I cannot stress enough that consistency is a big factor in successful discipline.  My husband often tells people the story of how we were standing outside with a little boy that I took care of and his parents when he started to run down the sidewalk.  Both parents began to tell him to come back and he continued to run.  I said his name once and he stopped dead in his tracks and walked back.  Why? He knew that I was always consistent in my discipline.  I wasn’t a bully about it, never lost my temper, always spoke in a calm way and never showed emotions towards the negative behaviour causing more of a reaction from the child that I didn’t want. 

1. Let your child know what behaviour is acceptable and what is not. Display positive behaviour yourself and recognize positive behaviour when your child displays it.

2. When your child displays behaviour that is not acceptable, immediately issue a warning. Get down to their eye level and speak in a calm but strong voice so your child understands that you are not playing.  Issue this warning no matter if you are at home, at the grandparents, at a park, or in a grocery store.  Hopefully the warning is enough for your child to change their choice of behaviour.  Inform your child that if they do not stop behaviour X that they will need to have a time out.

*note on time outs- I like to issue time outs in areas where I can see the child. ie: a stair step, or chair, park bench, etc. This ensures that I know the child is completing the time out, thinking about the behaviour displayed, taking time to cool down, etc. I don’t like sending a child to their room as they have toys and books to play with there, therefore defeating the purpose of a time out.  Your child can also see you, knowing that they are not being left alone.

3. If the child continues the negative behaviour immediately place them for a time out in a calm way. Continue to breathe throughout the process, knowing that if you get stressed the situation will not improve. Your child will feed off your energy. I give a minute of time out for each year of the child’s age.  See what works for your family.

4. If the child comes off the designated time out spot I calmly place them back on the step/chair and do not talk or negotiate with them as I do so.  The clock then starts again once they are properly sitting and no longer flailing their body around (I have seen some pretty good acts with this!). At times, especially in the beginning, you may spend what feels like hours placing your child back on the designated time out spot. I have had to cancel outings because I was still trying to complete the follow through process on a time out.  I promise that this does get easier. You are being tested by your child. They know that they can push your buttons and that in the past you may of become stressed, yelled or just gave in to the behaviour and stopped the time out process.

5. Once the child has completed the time out have them tell you why they were put in timeout, to make sure they understand the why, and have them apologize for the behaviour. Then share a nice big hug with your child and continue on with your day, leaving what just happened behind. Its time to start over 🙂

You will find over time as your child understands the family boundaries and what behaviour is socially acceptable you will have less and less negative behaviour.  Remember to stay calm, centered and know that you are recognizing negative behaviour and trying to correct it out of love for your child.