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Back in January I visited an Ottawa-area lice removal service and wrote about it here. To summarize: I was really impressed with what I saw at Lice Services Canada. The owner, Anne Doswell, and her staff are (a) the top people in this field who are (b) sensitive to the needs of families and (c) […]

I’ve mentioned the book Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, by Gretchen Rubin here on the blog before. It was a very insightful read. She’s done a lot of thinking about habit formation: why are we so good at adopting some habits over others? What can we do to break bad […]

Are you the kind of person who likes to get the Christmas shopping done early? Or maybe, if you’re like me, you’re not exaaaactly the type who thinks about Christmas in October BUT you love it when a great sale happens at one of your favourite Ottawa stores. :) I recommend you jot this information […]

15 Jun, 2016

A chat with Gregory Dixon of OMS

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Ottawa for kids|Fishbowl patrons|Ottawa

As some of you know, OMS Montessori is a blog patron and as such they invited me to visit The Element, the Montessori high school at Lansdowne Park, to meet Gregory Dixon, the new OMS director. I really enjoyed my last visit to The Element, honestly, it was so inspiring to hear about their approach […]

This is the time of year that many Ottawa parents start to think ahead to school enrollment for their kids. September seems very far away, but in terms of school planning, it isn’t. Choosing a school is a big consideration and I know how stressful and overwhelming it can be. I asked Derek Rhodenizer, Assistant […]


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