#013: BONUS - Free STEM activities for Kids

#013: BONUS - Free STEM activities for Kids

April 29, 2021

Two former North Star students started an organization to bring free STEM activities to kids.


4 High school girls got together and created S.P.A.R.K.S. 



Awareness and

Reach of

Knowledge in


They have their own website and recently, they have been zooming in to classes at North Star Elementary School to conduct virtual STEM lessons live during the school day.

Kids can access interactive lessons right on their website


Listen to this episode to learn why they started this project and learn how to log in so your child can have fun learning using these exciting and interactive STEM lessons. This is a great tool to use this summer for your kids during long car rides to the beach to keep their minds learning and growing. 


Sign up for their free STEM Fair in August.

Kids can work on their project all summer long and enjoy a virtual STEM Fair online via zoom in August with prizes for the winners!


Visit Karin here at


"Happy Kids" Free Webinar Registration Link -

#012: Dr. Shahana Alibhai - Raising Kids to Be More Self-Aware, Empathetic and Connected

#012: Dr. Shahana Alibhai - Raising Kids to Be More Self-Aware, Empathetic and Connected

April 22, 2021

Family Doctor, and TedX Talk presenter on, "Emotional Literacy for Better Mental Health," Dr. Alibhai is known as a "Community Healer."

Dr. Alibhai's parents escaped Uganda as refugees and started their new life in Canada. 

She took classes at night at the young age of 16 and became a certified fitness instructor.

But, like each of us...she has a story.

After completing her residency in Family Medicine and birthing her first son, the stressors of life caught up with her as much as she knew a lot about maintaining a healthy lifestyle. She found herself at rock bottom suffering with postpartum anxiety and feeling alone.

In her Ted Talk she mentions that we know all to well how to run ourselves down by saying we should be doing something we are not. And we listen to that internal dialogue running in our mind. The all too familiar negative self talk and just feel frustrated and guilty. 

"The first step is to learn to be self-aware." - Dr. Alibhai

Even though Dr. Alibhai studied nutrition, exercise and medicine for ten years, she finally found the missing link - HEALTHY THINKING.

Dr. Alibhai currently works in the largest health youth clinic in British Columbia. She works with young adults ages 12-24. 1 in 5 Canadians suffer from a mental health illness. 

Dr. Alibhai leaves us with the phrase she heard from the Toms shoe owner, Blake Mycoskie, "I AM ENOUGH."

This week stop and reflect on these three simple words. When I started to say to myself, "I am enough." My thoughts about myself began to change. Wow! What a powerful statement! How many times do we think,

"I need to work out more."

"I need to eat more healthy."

"I need to stop..."

"I need to do more of..."

"I need more..."

Catch yourself this week, and say to yourself, "You know what? I am enough."


As mentioned in the podcast, we are holding a free upcoming webinar. Register for the "Happy Kids" Free Webinar -

#011: Kids Do Well If They Can - Dr. Stuart Ablon

#011: Kids Do Well If They Can - Dr. Stuart Ablon

April 1, 2021

Managing Challenging Behavior in Kids - They Lack the Skill, Not the Will.

Kids with challenging behavior are tragically misunderstood. It’s time for a more compassionate and effective approach. 

Dr. Ablon is director of Think:Kids, a program in the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. (MGH)

MGH is the #1 ranked Department of Psychiatry in the US, and is a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.

Tired of meltdowns, nagging, yelling, and constant power struggles between you and your child? Is challenging behavior tearing your family apart? If behavior charts, rewards and punishments aren’t working, Dr. Ablon knows why!

Research shows challenging kids lack the skill, not the will, to behave.

Kids really do well if they can and if they aren't, it's up to us to find out why. Learn how on this podcast.


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