As we welcome the start of a new year that seems already strangely familiar, we want to take some time to reflect on the adage that it is a small world, after all. We are always crossing paths with friends and friends-to-be. That person you made eye contact with when you crossed the street and made sure to keep a safe distance from might be the shop owner from down the street worrying about what the next few months will bring. It could be a parent struggling to help their child with math or French homework while trying to decide what to make for dinner. Or it might be a neighbour you haven’t met yet.
The world is a small town. We have to keep looking out for each other, being kind to each other. So keep making eye contact. Give a little nod or share that smile (people really can see them under the masks!). Try saying hello to a stranger once a day. Get some takeout from down the street. Let someone get into your lane when you are driving to the local shops. Buy local!
We are all looking forward to the time when our world settles back into something that we used to be familiar with. But until then, let’s work together and get through this pandemic safely, and try to share some kindness everywhere we go.
Sandra Bosnar-Dale & Isabelle Kunicki Co-Founders & Directors of The Clover School
Nothing says Canada like playing cards! If you are fancying a game of euchre, bridge, 500, hearts, or pinochle, then Trickster Cards is the place to be.
Play together — even when you’re apart. Select “Join” and Trickster Cards helps you invite friends and family to a game. Turn on notifications to hear about friends’ games anytime. Now game night lives on wherever you are.
Trickster Cards even has customizable rules to play the way you want to play. And trust us, you will be having so much fun while we are all hunkered down at home!
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Do you and your children need a screen break? Are your eyes Zoomed out? Why not let your ears do all the work and tune in to The Story Pirates podcast!
This podcast is the winner of the 2020 iHeartRadio award for Best Kids and Family Podcast, and is one of the top three kids and family podcasts in the world. It features songs and sketches based on stories written by kids, with fun episodes like Cats Sit On You and Chicken On A Motorcycle, as well as special guests including top talent like Julie Andrews, Kristen Bell, Billy Eichner, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dax Shepard, Bowen Yang, Paul Scheer, Claire Danes, John Oliver, David Schwimmer, and Lake Bell. The Story Pirates podcast is rated argh, matey (argh for really really fun!)
Black Owned Toronto is an online platform dedicated to highlighting black owned businesses. Oftentimes, it is very difficult to find black owned businesses in Toronto. This is a one stop shop for all your shopping and service needs. This is also a great way to buy locally and support the city’s economy!
Glow Kiddo Glow‘s mission is to help provide opportunities to support, encourage, teach, and inspire kiddos to glow from within on their journey of self-discovery; to celebrate differences and infuse each day with love and understanding; to share their beautiful lights into the world to create a better future.
These colourful and whimsical affirmation cards are for the young and young at heart. Each affirmation is clear, simple, and speaks to children of all ages, making it easy to discuss feelings and promote confidence and security in kids. These durable cards are great for little hands, and they come housed in a hard case box. The deck includes 29 unique and beautiful affirmation cards and 1 welcome card with guidance on how to use affirmations.