Parents’ Guide to Bubble Guppies


Bubble Guppies is a popular Kids’ TV Show. This article describes each character and also the lyrics to the theme song.

The Characters

Mr. Grouper

Mr. Grouper is the best preschool teacher in the world.  He is friendly, funny, and full of information.  He sees every day as an opportunity for discovery, ending each one with an awesome field trip!


Molly has star power!  She’s smart, she sings, and she’s a really good friend. She co-hosts the show with Gil, and every Guppy and land-dwelling preschooler wants to swim with her.


Gil is the silly, playful co-host of the show. If he sees a ball, he has to throw it; if he finds an electric guitar, he has to play it; if there’s a pig costume around, he’ll be oinking in no time. He wants EVERYONE to join in his adventures!


Goby loves putting on costumes, telling stories, and speaking in silly voices. He uses his imagination to invent exciting adventure stories for his friends to act out.


Deema is energetic and goofy with a personality as big as her hair. She loves being the center of attention and making others laugh, telling jokes in her operatic, singsong voice.


Nonny is super-smart and always willing to keep trying.  It’s hard to get an enthusiastic response out of “Mr. Cautious.”


Oona is there whenever a friend is sick or feeling down, or a pet needs care.  Sweet, sincere and gentle, Oona finds wonder everywhere.

Bubble Puppy

Bubble Puppy is a playful little puppy with a fish tail.  He loves to play with all the Guppies, especially when he gets to pop a bubble!

Theme Song Lyrics

All: Bub-bub-bubble, Gup-gup-guppies!

Boys: Bubble, bubble, bubble!

Girls: Guppy, guppy, guppies!

Gil: Bubble!

Molly: Bubble!

Goby: Guppy!

Deema: Guppy!

*Clap Clap*

All: Bubble Guppies!

Molly: I’m Molly!

Gil: I’m Gil!

Goby: I’m Goby!

Deema: I’m Deema!

Oona: I’m Oona!

Nonny: I’m Nonny!

Bubble Puppy: Arf, arf!

Molly and Gil: Bubble Puppy!

All: Bub-bub-bubble, Gup-gup-guppies!

Girls: Bubble, bubble, bubble!

Boys: Guppy, guppy, guppies!

Goby: Bubble!

Deema: Bubble!

Oona: Guppy!

Nonny: Guppy!

*Clap Clap*

All: Bubble Guppies!!

*Clap Clap*

All: Bubble Guppies!!

Published in: on December 7, 2016 at 3:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

Parents’ Guide to PAW Patrol


PAW Patrol is a popular Kids’ TV Show.  This article describes each character and also the lyrics to the theme song.

The Characters



RYDER is a 10-year-old boy who runs the Lookout and serves as PAW Patrol’s leader. Ryder adopted each of the puppies and trained them to be a part of PAW Patrol. When he receives a distress call, he summons the pups by sounding the PAW Patrol Alarm from his PupPad.

He functions as the team commander, picking the right pup for the job, organizing the pack, and – when the work is done – making sure they all get a healthy dog snack, a relaxing soak at his friend Katie’s Pet Parlor, or a run out at the Lookout’s Pup Park.



This German Shepherd police pup is a natural leader. Athletic, smart, and “by the book” organized, seven-year old CHASE can herd traffic down the right detour, block off dangerous roads, and solve any mystery.

He can sniff out anything, but he happens to be allergic to both cats and feathers.



MARSHALL is the team’s brave firedog – an excitable, all-action, six-year-old Dalmatian pup. He’s always ready to roll, but sometimes he gets too excited and can be a little clumsy.



RUBBLE is a construction Bulldog – a tough, gruff five-year-old pup with a heart of gold. Not only is he strong and eager to help, he’s funny and unexpectedly sweet!

He loves to skateboard, snowboard, and get covered in mud, but he also loves warm baths at Katie’s Pet Parlor.



At seven years old, SKYE is a cute, smart Cockapoo puppy. She is a fearless daredevil who will try anything with grace and a smile. She’s smart, loyal, and quick with a quip, sometimes gently teasing the bigger dogs who can’t seem to keep up!

She loves to get paw-dicures and look good. When there’s no mission for the PAW Patrol, she can be found snowboarding or playing her favorite videogame, Pup Pup Boogie.



ZUMA is a playful, water-loving Labrador pup, and the team’s water rescue dog. At five years old, he’s the youngest PAW Patrol member – a happy, energetic beach puppy who loves to laugh and surf.

He’s always trying to get the more serious pups like Chase and Rubble to “lighten up.”



ROCKY is a six-year-old Mixed Breed recycling pup. He is a creative canine, has a thousand ideas, and someone else’s trash is often his treasure.

Rocky can usually find just the right thing to solve a problem. Rocky can get a little scruffy; he’s not a fan of baths and doesn’t like getting wet at all.



The most recent pup to join the PAW Patrol, Everest is a fearless and feisty eight-year-old Husky pup and the team’s amazing forest ranger. She’s completely at home in the wild and is big help to Jake up on his mountain.

Everest comes down to join the team for any rescue in the snow or the woods.

Theme Song Lyrics

PAW Patrol, PAW Patrol
We’ll be there on the double

Whenever there’s a problem
‘Round Adventure Bay

Ryder and his team of pups
Will come and save the day

Marshall, Rubble, Chase, Rocky, Zuma, Skye
Yeah! They’re on the way!

PAW Patrol, PAW Patrol
Whenever you’re in trouble

PAW Patrol, PAW Patrol
We’ll be there on the double

No job’s too big
No pup’s too small!
PAW Patrol, we’re on a roll!
So here we go
PAW Patrol
PAW Patrol
PAW Patrol!


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8 Entrepreneurial Skills for Kids


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Parenting Tips

Parenting TipsWhen it comes to figuring out the best parenting tactics, nothing works but the trial-and-error approach and gut instincts. No matter how hard you try, sometimes you may still go wrong. Here are a few expert insights.

See how these common behaviors can impact your child’s health.


“Kids need not only a consistent bedtime, but also a consistent bedtime routine,” says Jeffrey Fendrick, MD, a pediatrician at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Although the routine may differ depending on their age, they will benefit from stability. Encourage a period of winding down prior to bed — for little kids it could be a bath and a story, while for older ones, it means turning off the stimulating TV shows or video games. Setting the limits that help them establish good sleep habits now will set them up for success.


Proponents of attachment parenting advocate for the family bed, in which everyone sleeps together. But there are some concerns when it comes to having a child —especially an infant — in bed with you. “The mattress may be too soft, blankets could end up covering the baby or a parent could roll over and injure the infant,” warns Arsenault. If you want your baby as close as possible, use a co-sleeper that attaches to your bed, but allows baby to have her own space.


You might assume that kids don’t really understand much of your adult conversations, while older kids are probably ignoring them (since they still ignore you when you speak directly to them!). But kids of all ages take in more than you may think. And if what they’re hearing constantly is how bad your hair looks, how much weight you need to lose, that’s not a good thing. Try to keep the self-trash talking quiet — or don’t be surprised when your 10-year-old daughter tells you she’s going on a diet.


Some parents have very strong feelings about not vaccinating, spreading out the shots or waiting until kids are slightly older to get them. But the consensus in the medical community is that following the standard guidelines (set out by the CDC and the AAP) protects kids from some very serious illnesses — and is not associated with autism. “The danger of waiting or spacing out the vaccines is that there’s that much more time before your kids are fully protected,” says Fendrick. “During that time they could get something serious, even life-threatening, which is totally preventable.”


Anyone — parent or otherwise — who’s ever dropped something tasty on the floor, has probably cited the so-called “five-second rule” as an excuse for eating it anyway. But research at San Diego State University recommends caution. According to their findings, bacteria doesn’t need more than five seconds to attach itself to food, and it’s not just food on the floor you need to worry about. The study found that the most germ-laden surface was actually the kitchen counter, followed by tile floors and then carpets.


Not only can it be annoying (your Facebook friends don’t really care what adorable thing your son said at breakfast), it can potentially be unsafe. Sharing specific details about your children — including their full names, photos or any identifying information about where you live or where they attend school — could give potential Internet predators too much information. Also, remember that things posted online tend to live forever. Think of how will your kid feel in five years when he/she discovers that nude photo from the bathtub that you posted for all to see?


There are two problems with this practice. One, you’re creating an association between the bottle and sleep, making it harder for your child to sleep without it. Secondly, it may damage your child’s teeth. “The sugar in the milk creates bacteria that will stay on the teeth overnight and cause decay,” explains Fendrick. If your child still downs a bottle or sippy cup of milk prior to bed, help prevent cavities by brushing or wiping off his teeth before putting him into the crib.


The evidence against the Bisphenol A (BPA) chemical — found in many plastics as well as the linings of food cans — continues to pile up, and much of it relates to the hazards of babies and children being exposed to it. Possible health risks may include disruption of hormones, behavioral problems, heart disease and even cancer. And while the chemical was removed from many baby products, try to limit the number of plastic toys and other things that your kids usually chew on.


For newborns, sucking is one of few ways they are able to soothe themselves. So giving a fussy infant a pacifier can be a great tool — one that buys mom and dad a few precious moments of peace. But be careful about creating a habit that will be hard to break and may also inhibit the speech development. “A pacifier shouldn’t be a child’s only way of soothing themselves,” warns Fendrick.


There are times when nearly every parent resorts to the screen (TV, smartphone, PC or tablet) to placate and entertain a child. But as long as you don’t park your kid there for hours on end, it’s not so bad. The AAP discourages parents from allowing any screen time at all for children under 2 (in favor of more interactive play); for older children, they are OK with no more than one to two hours a day of screen time — as long as the content is educational in nature.


A bath can be a relaxing part of the bedtime routine for your baby or young child. But if you don’t it do every night, that’s OK. In fact, for newborns, it’s actually better. “Infants have very sensitive skin, so you don’t want to immerse them in the tub more than three times a week,” says Carole Arsenault, RN, founder of Boston Baby Nurse and author of The Baby Nurse Bible. Toddlers and older children with dry, sensitive skin will also do better with a less-than-nightly routine, especially during the winter months. For no-bath days, just make sure that there’s still frequent hand washing, and be sure to keep the diaper area clean.


We’re not talking about neglect; go ahead and take a few precious minutes for yourself every day. “Babies and toddlers don’t need attention all the time,” says Aresenault. “So don’t feel guilty if you’re not interacting constantly.” Let your baby sit in his swing or let an older child play by himself while you steal 20 minutes to read a magazine or call a friend. Even better, have dad, grandma, a friend or babysitter watch the kids for an afternoon while you go out and enjoy some quality “me time.” It’s not a purely selfish endeavor, because as Arsenault says, “A happy mom means a happy family.”


Most kids need a snack or two to get them through to the next meal. But with obesity rates on the rise, even among toddlers, you need to be careful what you give your kids to snack on. Think low-calorie, low-fat and in small portions. Instead of letting your teen sit down with a whole bag of potato chips, serve out a portion of healthier baked chips in a bowl. Remember that younger kids have tiny tummies—a snack less than an hour before a meal may mean they don’t eat the meal. “And snacks don’t always have to be ‘snack foods,’” encourages Fendrick. “Don’t be afraid to offer a fruit or vegetable and say, ‘This is today’s snack, take it or leave it.’”


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said in 2012 that although opting for organic items has some benefits — including fewer pesticides in organic produce and lower risk of exposure to drug-resistant bacteria from organic meat and dairy — the ultimate goal is to feed your children a healthy variety of fruits and vegetables. If you can’t afford to buy everything organic, consider the Environmental Working Group’s “dirty dozen.” It lists the produce with the most pesticide residue — and thus the ones most worth getting organic whenever possible.


According to pediatricians, the standard rule is don’t send your kids to school if they’ve had a fever of 101 or above in the past 24 hours. “You want to be cautious, but not neurotic,” advises Fendrick. Every little cough or sniffle is no reason to stay home. Of course, you do want to make sure your child learns the importance of covering his mouth when he coughs or sneezes, and washes his hands frequently. Other illness, like stomach flu, require staying home until the vomiting or diarrhea cease. In the case of pink eye, don’t send your kids outside until they’ve been on antibiotic eye drops for at least 24 hours, says Fendrick.


When it comes to communicating with your teen and tween, texting is often the weapon of choice. It’s what they do, which means it’s also what they’re most likely to respond to. And while texting is certainly no replacement for face-to-face connection, it is a great way to stay in touch with kids throughout the day, and an easy way for them to keep you up to date on their whereabouts (without their friends even knowing they’re checking in with mom!).


The answer depends on what games your kids spend their time playing. Too many hours of sedentary screen time can contribute to obesity, while active video games encourage kids to wage a war against obesity. So make sure the majority of the video games will get them off the couch.

Published in: on July 17, 2015 at 6:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

Baby Poo – Good vs. Bad

baby_poopWhat will my newborn’s poos be like?

For the first couple of days after the birth, your baby will pass meconium. Meconium is greeny-black in color, and has a sticky, tar-like texture. It is made up of mucus, amniotic fluid, and everything your baby has ingested while she was in your womb (uterus).

Meconium may be difficult to wipe off your baby’s tiny bottom, but its appearance is a good sign that her bowels are working normally.

What will my baby’s poos be like if I’m breastfeeding?

Your colostrum, or first milk, acts as a laxative, helping to push meconium out of your baby’s system. Once your milk comes in, after about three days, your baby’s poos will gradually change. They will be:

  • At least the size of a $2 coin.
  • Lighter in color, changing from a greenish-brown to bright or mustard yellow. This yellow poo may smell slightly sweet.
  • Loose in texture. The poos may seem grainy at times, curdled at others.

In the early weeks, your baby may poo during or after every feed. On average, she will do four poos a day in the first week. This will slowly settle down and her bowels will work out their own routine. You may then find that she poos at a similar time each day.

After the first few weeks, some breastfed babies will only poo once every few days or once a week. This is not a problem as long as your baby’s poos are soft and are passed easily.

Your baby’s routine may change:

  • when you introduce solids
  • if she is feeling unwell
  • when she starts to take fewer feeds

Will formula-feeding affect my baby’s poos?

If you are formula-feeding your baby, her poos may be different from a breastfed baby’s. You may notice they are:

  • Bulkier in texture than a breastfed baby’s (a bit like the texture of toothpaste). This is because formula milk can’t be digested as fully as breastmilk.
  • Pale yellow or yellowish-brown in color.
  • Strong-smelling, more like an adult’s.

Formula-fed babies are more prone to constipation than breastfed babies. Talk to your health visitor if you feel your baby has a problem.

Will my baby’s poos change if I switch from breastmilk to formula milk?

Yes, they will. You may notice that your baby’s poos become darker and more paste-like. They will also be smellier!

While you’re making the change from breastmilk to formula, try to do it slowly, ideally over a period of several weeks.

This will give your baby’s digestive system time to adapt and help to prevent her becoming constipated. It will also reduce the risk of painful, swollen breasts and mastitis for you.

Once your baby has adapted to the bottle, she may settle down into a completely different pooing routine!

What will my baby’s poos be like when she starts solids?

Starting your baby on solids will have a dramatic effect on her poos. You’ll find that her poos are affected by the foods she eats. If you feed her pureed carrot, the contents of her next nappy will be bright orange.

You may find fibre-rich foods, such as raisins or baked beans, pass straight through your baby and end up in her nappy. This will change when she gets older and is able to digest fibre more efficiently.

As she moves on to a wide variety of foods, your baby’s poos will become thicker, darker, and a lot more smelly.

What sort of poo is not normal?


Your baby may have diarrhea if:

  • her poo is very runny
  • she is pooing more often, or passing larger amounts than normal
  • the poo is explosive or spurts out of her bottom

If you are breastfeeding your baby, she is less likely to suffer from diarrhea. This is because your milk helps to prevent the growth of the bacteria that cause it.

Formula-fed babies are more prone to infection, which is why it’s so important to sterilize equipment and always wash your hands thoroughly.

If your baby has diarrhea, the cause could be:

  • an infection, such as gastroenteritis
  • too much fruit or juice
  • a reaction to medication
  • a sensitivity or allergy to a food

If you’re formula-feeding, your baby could be reacting badly to the brand of formula you’re using. But talk to your health visitor or GP before you switch brands, in case there is another cause.

If your baby is teething, her poo may be looser than normal but it should not cause diarrhea. If your baby has diarrhea, don’t assume that her teething is the cause. It’s more likely to be an infection.

In an older baby, diarrhea can also be a sign of severe constipation. Fresh poo may be leaking out past a blockage of hard poo.

Diarrhoea should clear up without treatment within 24 hours. If it doesn’t, get it checked out as your baby is at risk of dehydration.

If your baby has had six episodes of diarrhoea in the past 24 hours, see your GP urgently.


Many babies turn bright red and push hard when they do a poo. This is normal.
Constipation, on the other hand, is when:

  • Your baby seems to have real difficulty doing a poo.
  • Her poos are small and dry, like rabbit droppings. Alternatively, they may be large and hard.
  • Your baby seems irritable, and she strains and cries when she does a poo.
  • Her tummy feels hard to the touch.
  • Her poos have streaks of blood in them. This can be caused by tiny cracks in the skin, called anal fissures, caused by passing hard poos.

Breastfed babies don’t tend to suffer as much constipation as formula-fed babies. Breastmilk contains all the right nutrients to keep their poos soft.

Mixing up formula milk with too much powder can lead to constipation. Always follow the instructions when making up a bottle. Make sure you put water up to the recommended level first before adding the powder.

Constipation can also be caused by:

  • fever
  • dehydration
  • changes in how much your baby drinks
  • a change in diet
  • certain medications

Sometimes, older babies become constipated because they are trying to avoid pain. For example, they may have a tear in the skin around the opening of their bottom (anal fissure). This can become a vicious cycle. Your baby holds on and gets more constipated, and then the pain is even worse when she does eventually go.

Always take your baby to your health visitor or GP as soon as possible if she’s constipated, particularly if you notice blood in her poos. They will be able to check out all possible causes.

You’ll probably be advised to increase your baby’s fluid intake, as well as the amount of fibre in her diet, if she is on solids. Giving her pureed prunes or apricots can be a good way to do this.

Green poo

If you’re breastfeeding, green poo can be a sign that your baby is taking in too much lactose (the natural sugar found in milk). This can happen if she feeds often, but doesn’t get the rich milk at the end of the feed to fill her up. Make sure your baby finishes feeding from one breast before you offer her your other one.

If you are feeding your baby formula milk, the brand you are using could be turning your baby’s poo dark green. It may be worth switching to a different formula to see if that has any effect.

If the symptoms last longer than 24 hours, visit your health visitor or GP. The cause may be:

  • a food sensitivity
  • side-effects of medication
  • your baby’s feeding routine
  • a stomach bug

Very pale poo

Very pale poo can be a sign of jaundice, which is common in newborns. Jaundice causes your newborn’s skin and the whites of her eyes to look yellow, and usually clears up within a couple of weeks of birth. Tell your midwife or doctor if your baby has jaundice, even if it looks like it’s going away.

Also tell your midwife or doctor if your baby is passing very pale, chalky white, poos. This can be a sign of liver problems, especially where jaundice lasts beyond two weeks. Go see a doctor before it is too late!

Published in: on June 29, 2015 at 11:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

Mattress Dimension Chart

Single/Twin 39″x 75″

Twin size (also known as single) is generally made to accommodate one child or one adult sleeper. On occasion when you need to lay with your child it should accommodate, but will be a bit crowded. Twin is great for smaller guest spaces, bunk beds, and daybeds. If you are a taller adult you may want to consider a Twin XL which will give you added length.

Single/Twin XL 39″x 80″

Twin XL size (Extra-Long) is 5 inches in length longer than the standard Twin. This size is great for taller youth or adults. Twin-XL is the same length as a queen or King, In fact two of them side by side equals a King.

Double/Full 54″x 75″

Full size (also known as a double/standard) was commonly used for two adults 30 – 40 years ago when the homes and bedrooms were built much smaller. Now it is usually purchased for single person use and sometimes smaller guest rooms. It is a tight fit for two adults and the same length as a Twin. Two adults sleeping on a Full size is equivalent to each person sleeping on a crib mattress (27 inches of sleep space). Most people with a sleeping partner opt for the queen size. Full can sometimes be special ordered in extra long.

Queen 60″x 80″

Queen size is the most popular size sold. Ideal for two adults who don’t want a King size in order to save living space.  Also great for those who just like to spread out.

King 76″x 80″

King size (also known as an eastern King) is the same length as a queen but much wider (16 inches). If you have the space it offers the most room for couples. King size beds are also great if you have kids or pets who like to share your bed. For very tall people you can also special order a California-King which is a 72″ x 84″.

Mattress Dimension Chart

Mattress Type inches (cm)
Crib / toddler 27 1⁄4″ × 51 5⁄8″ (69 cm × 131 cm)
Modern cot 30″ × 74″ (76 cm × 188 cm)
Single/Twin 39″ × 75″ (99 cm × 191 cm)
Single/Twin XL 39″ × 80″ (97 cm × 203 cm)
Double/Full 54″ × 75″ (137 cm × 191 cm)
Double/Full XL 54″ × 80″ (137 cm × 203 cm)
Queen 60″ × 80″ (152 cm × 203 cm)
King (eastern King) 76″ × 80″ (193 cm × 203 cm)
California King waterbed 70″ × 82″ (178 cm × 208 cm)
California King 72″ × 84″ (183 cm × 213 cm)
Published in: on January 31, 2015 at 8:17 am  Leave a Comment  

Top 25 Baby Names in Canada 2010


  1. Jacob
  2. Nathan
  3. Ethan
  4. Alexander, Alexandre
  5. Liam
  6. Lucas, Lukas
  7. Benjamin
  8. William
  9. Matthew, Mathieu
  10. Logan
  11. Gabriel
  12. Aidan, Aiden
  13. Joshua
  14. Samuel
  15. Oliver, Olivier
  16. Thomas
  17. Adam
  18. Daniel
  19. Noah
  20. Justin
  21. Anthony
  22. Zachary
  23. Jack
  24. Dylan
  25. Evan


  1. Emma
  2. Olivia
  3. Maya, Mia, Mya
  4. Emile, Emily
  5. Sara, Sarah
  6. Isabella, Isabelle, Isobel, Isobella
  7. Ava
  8. Chloe
  9. Alexis
  10. Abbigail, Abigail, Abbygail
  11. Lea, Leah
  12. Sofia, Sophia
  13. Ella
  14. Madison
  15. Charlotte
  16. Hanna, Hannah
  17. Lily
  18. Grace
  19. Elizabeth
  20. Haley, Hailey
  21. Avery
  22. Julia
  23. Brooklyn
  24. Megan, Megane, Meghan
  25. Alissa, Alyssa

Source: Today’s Parents

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11 Rules Your Kids Not Learn In School

Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it!

Rule 2: The world doesn’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8: Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time.

Rule 10: Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

Published in: on September 10, 2010 at 12:13 pm  Comments (7)