Highly anticipated conference by psychologist Suzanne Vallières
2018 Parents and Kids Fair spokesperson Benoît Gagnon: Family man!
Montréal, March 27, 2018 – The Parents and Kids Fair has a new “dad,” a team player, a model father, a family man: Benoît Gagnon. Benoît always dreamed of being a dad. He always knew fatherhood would provide him with his greatest adventure, where he would find genuine fulfillment and his true self. It’s a feeling he inherited from his own dad, who passed away too soon. The 26th Parents and Kids Fair in Montréal will take place April 5, 6, 7, 8 at Place Bonaventure, and the 5th Parents and Kids Fair in Québec City will be held April 20, 21, 22 at ExpoCité.
Benoît Gagnon’s Happy Hour: non-negotiable!
The Parents and Kids Fair’s new “dad,” Benoît Gagnon, is happiest when he’s with his gang. The period of the day from 5 to 7 p.m. is therefore set aside for family time to catch up on the day. “When I was young, ”says Benoît, “suppertime is when we would all reunite at the end of the day, and that meant a lot. I am recreating this at home. The sound of everyone laughing is pure joy!” Respect, politeness, loyalty are values Benoît deems non-negotiable, and that’s what he teaches his kids. “Parenting is something you never stop loving and learning,” concludes the proud father of Mathieu (age 17), Sophie (age 14) and Charles (age 2).
Discipline: essential to a child’s development
Kids need our love, our presence, and discipline! It’s a point of view psychologist Suzanne Vallières fully shares. Her highly anticipated conference at the Parents and Kids Fair, titled La discipline simplifiée, is slated for Saturday April 7, 1:30 p.m. at the Montréal fair, and Saturday April 21, 1:30 p.m., at the Québec City fair. “Although we rarely perceive discipline as something positive, it is essential to a child’s proper development. People often associate discipline with being strict and controlling. But the term “discipline” actually means transmitting knowledge and skills, i.e. educating, not submitting to authority. In fact, discipline combined with a clear set of expectations equips children with points of reference that give them comfort as they grow. It also promotes appropriate social behaviour and achieving the level of maturity expected for one’s age group. The ultimate purpose of discipline (and every parent’s goal) is to render a child autonomous and responsible, two traits that lead to fulfilling, successful lives,” maintains Vallières. A conference parents will not want to miss, followed by a question period!
Mind those screens!
The Canadian Paediatric Society’s guidelines are clear: screen time of any kind (tablet, TV, phone) is not recommended for children under the age of 2, and from ages 2 to 5, screen exposure should be capped at one hour per day. How to set an example for our kids? How to draft a family media plan that will foster your child’s development, properly document your child’s early years, limit their online exposure, etc.? It’s a trending topic among concerned parents. Conference by reporter Maxime Johnson, Saturday April 7, 2:30 p.m., at the Montréal fair.
Marie-Ève Janvier is back with some sound advice
The spokesperson for Adorable, a Québec brand of natural products for moms and babies, bubbly Marie-Ève Janvier reveals her secrets and tips for looking after the wellbeing of her little one. Saturday April 7 at 11:30 a.m. and at Adorable booth (#531) from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Bianca Gervais, gifted communicator and new mom!
Bianca Gervais, spokesperson for Universitas is waiting for you! Visitors of the Fair in Montréal will be able to find this gifted communicator and new mom at Universitas booth (#109) Sunday, April 8, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Famille Groulx is dropping in!
The family that’s touched the hearts of many TV viewers is coming to the Fair. Dad Pascal, Mom Tara and their 10 kids will be visiting Saturday April 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Quite the clan!
You can always count on the grandparents!
Free, active, financially comfortable, today’s grandparents are primed for spoiling the grandkids. But over and above material matters, they have time to take the time to listen to their grandchildren and pass on their values. Something we’re in need of more than ever. We’ve noticed more and more of today’s grandmothers tagging along with their daughters or daughters-in-law attending the Parents and Kids Fair. Their knowhow and experience can prove a valuable resource when making decisions!
A lifetime serving families
Her experience is palpable when Louise Benoit, the founding president of the Parents and Kids Fair, reminisces about the road that led to what has become Canada’s biggest consumer fair for families. The passion is alive and well even after a quarter century! “The Parents and Kids Fair, in Montréal and Québec City, is home to a huge selection of quality products and services, and the atmosphere is so fun and friendly. Now more than ever, in today’s fast-paced world, parents and expectant parents need guidance, tools and resources to make informed decisions. I remember thinking I could have used an event like this when I was pregnant with my daughter, Marie-Soleil! And it’s precisely the lack of help and resources at the time that prompted me to start, 26 years ago, a parenting Fair for families with young kids. We’ve come a long way since then, and we continue to make a difference in the lives of parents, future parents and kids in Montréal and Québec City,” says an emotional Benoit.
An informative, fun Fair! Free for children 12 and under!
Intended for women who are expecting and parents of children ages 0 to 6, this famfest brims with life, activities and information. Perfect for sensible shoppers looking for original products and services! Numerous exhibitors on hand to showcase their latest innovations, share tips and resources, and answer visitors’ questions. Information about health, childbirth, nutrition, education, safety, social and governmental services, consumer products and recreational services. Everything young families seek, including conferences about parenting, plus fashion, activities and live shows for kids. Don’t miss Le Resto des tout p’tits food court, feeding and changing areas, mascots, giant sandbox, the inflatable game, explore Ambulance La Petite Sirène and meet firefighter specialists. A must-attend for families!
When? April 5-6-7-8, 2018
Times? Thursday – Friday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where? Place Bonaventure, Montréal.
When? April 20-21-22, 2018
Times? Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where? ExpoCité, Québec City.
Parenting: Love and Learn!
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