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Do You Have a Picky Eater in the House? Read On!


Getting to yum by Karen LeBillon

image from gettingtoyum.com

  • Do you have a five or six-year-old who refuses to eat certain foods?
  • Is the dinner table becoming a battle of wills instead of a family gathering?
  • Is the worry about your picky eater causing stress for your family?

No worries – now there is help!

Karen LeBillon is the author of award winning best seller “French Kids Eat Everything“. Her 2nd book “Getting to Yum: Curing and preventing picky eating”, endorsed by a Harvard Medical School pediatrician, helps with taste training for kids and is being adapted to the TV screen. A new TV series produced by LaDiDa Media aims to help you and the picky eater in your family.

Karen wants to meet your family, and share her simple steps for turning even the most picky eater, into a fan of healthy and diverse foods. If you live in the lower mainland of British Columbia and would like your family to be a part of this new TV series, read on:

  • Looking for families with one picky eater of around 6 years old, who are available to film in their home for one day on the weekend of June 7th and 8th, and for one day of the weekend of June 14th and 15th.
  • Hoping to film a follow up to check back with your family in July or August.
  • Send a little information about your family, plus a photo or two to the following address: gettingtoyum@ladidamedia.com. They are looking forward to helping you!

Otherwise – the book is now available in all major bookstores and features practical advice, an easy to follow approach and LOTS of recipes the whole family can enjoy. You can download here the FREE fruit and veggies poster to help teach kids about different foods. You can also print it in black and white and give it to your kids to color.

Alexandra T. Greenhill, MD, Mom of three and CEO cofounder myBestHelper



A great activity that brings families together


In our multitasking world it is heartening to find family recreational activities that can be fulfilling on multiple fronts as well and can be done all ages combined.

In our family, one such activity is making puzzles. It brings us together as we sit down for hours to find that elusive piece that fits. From the littlest one who gets to push the pieces in that the older find, to us the parents who enjoy the chance to talk with the kids while our eyes and hands are busy huddled over the table.

Our kids started early with a large piece puzzle of Canada. Through this they learned eye hand coordination, the colors of the rainbow, and inductive reasoning to bring the pieces together. At the same time it was a quite activity that would keep them focused for quite a while. As they got older they started to examine the map more closely and through their questions, we had interesting discussions about locations, historical events, and of course our national symbols!

My husband is a big fan of historical maps and on his last trip brought a puzzle of the city of Paris that builds up in several layers, each one depicting a successive era in the city’s history, topped off with some 3D pieces of famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomph. The additional difficulty level of the four dimensions brought delight to the our now master puzzlers who would have found it daunting not so long ago. Practice does make things easier!

But we would like to think that the most important thing our kids are learning through this activity, is that a family is very much like a puzzle – we as individual pieces are unique and awesome, yet when put together – work so much better.

Alexandra T. Greenhill, MOM, MD, CEO and Co-founder myBestHelper

Planning spring break? Easy peasy!

One of our most popular Pinterest re-pins is the one with a quote about motherhood: “You know you are a mom when going grocery shopping by yourself feels like a holiday and going on a family holiday feels like work”.

The upcoming school holiday can catch you unawares – it’s happened to me! You need to plan vacations, activities and/or childcare. So here are a few ideas:

  1. Art camps: You can choose between Arts Umbrella and 4Cats Art Studio or do a drop in at the Vancouver Art Gallery.  A) 4Cats Arts Studio – all over BC – the BEST most fun studio EVER – to increase your kids art-ability – they have found the art of making art fun B) Arts Umbrella Spring Break Camp – variety of art forms including drawing, painting, hip hop, dress-up drama, digital art, sculpture and more. There are two sessions: March 18-22 and March 25-28 running on Granville Island and in Surrey South.C) 

    Family Fuse Spring Break at the Vancouver Art Gallery, March 18-29 The Art Gallery is extending its weekly Family Art & Education Programs for the entire Spring Break. Drop by with the family daily from 12pm to 4pm for fun with Art Agents and hands-on workshops. Free for members or with gallery admission

  2. Pear Tree camps – focused on developing 21st century skills like critical thinking, hands-on exploration and applying technology
  3. Bricks for kids camps – Based in Coquitlam, designed and created by teachers, architects and engineering professionals, the hands-on curriculum introduces children age 3–13+ to concepts of engineering, architecture and mechanics using LEGO® bricks.
  4. Burnaby Village Museum is hosting a Spring Break Scavenger Hunt with the theme being Puppets and Pageantry.“Start the hunt! Marionette, paper bag, and shadow puppets of all sorts! Explore this unique form of theatre art with a scavenger hunt, crafts, and lively performances. Need to take a break – make a craft, enjoy a performance or take a whirl on the carousel. All are included with admission”.
  5. Heist Spring Break Forensics Program at Vancouver Police Museum, March 19-21; March 26-28 “Don your investigator cap and help the VPD solve a crime. This is the real deal. A painting has been stolen and the police need your help. The forensic fun includes clues, crime scene photography, footprint analysis and even ballistics.”

And you – what would you suggest?

Alexandra T. Greenhill, MOM, MD, CEO and Co-founder myBestHelper