Karyn Climans Archive (8 posts)

Karyn Climans


Why do people love to stick labels on others? I am particularly sensitive to this issue as the mother of two sons with Tourettes. Just because they “tic” doesn’t mean they are misfits. In fact, they are probably two of the most sensitive and caring people because they have been unfairly judged throughout their lives. […]

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Please Don’t Judge Me

Julie Cole, co-founder of Mabel Labels, wrote a blog this week that really struck a chord within me; she was at the local mall with 3 of her 6 kids and her toddler was having a melt down. Not out of the ordinary for any toddler! Well, of course, some elderly person made a snarky […]

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Teenagers Think Safety Helmets Aren’t Cool

Five years ago when I established my business, Tail Wags Helmet Covers, I made it my goal to encourage more kids and adults to wear their safety helmets. I’m delighted to report helmet use amongst children has risen significantly in the past few years due to public education and mandatory helmet laws but helmet use […]

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Toboganning: Balancing Fun and Safety

One of my favourite winter sports as a child was tobogganing. Racing to the top of the snowy hill and then rocketing down at full speed was exhilarating! Our favourite tobogganing run was Centennial Hill – half of the hill was reserved for skiers and the other half for toboggans. It was steep and long […]

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How Much Is Too Much?

How much is too much? When it’s time for you to do your housework, do you have to clean up the toys scattered all over your basement, living room, family room and kids’ bedrooms before beginning to vacuum? I encourage you to look around your home and take stock of the mountains of toys your […]

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Kids and Bikes

Just like apple pie and ice cream, kids and bikes should go hand-in-hand. I say, “should” because it is a declining phenomenon! Here are the facts: In 1969, 48% of American kids walked or bicycled to school. By 2009, the percentage dropped to 13%. (Source: Momentum magazine Sept/Oct 2010) When I was growing up, my […]

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