Family 1st: Celebrating Grandparents


Science says babysitting is good for grandparents. A study of German senior citizens found those who helped out with little ones had a 37% lower mortality risk. Researchers believe that the physical and mental activity, as well as the sense of purpose, helps reduce stress.

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Family 1st: Young entrepreneurs create businesses to fund their dreams


Three young entrepreneurs share their stories – what prompted their desire to earn their own money, how they determined their business strengths, and their plans for growth.

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Family 1st: Creating connections in a new city


“I was four months pregnant and I didn’t know anyone. Most of the friends I made were through my spouse’s job, and everybody was nice, but I just didn’t have all the connections I was used to after living in Halifax for my whole life. I was craving that sense of community. What I found from putting myself out there is that most people aren’t from here. Fredericton has a lot of people who didn’t grow up here. We have posting season and new families moving here. Once I found that, I realized I’m not alone.”
Courtney Larkin, founder of Happy Hour Club and Luna Baby Pillow

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Family 1st – The Ties That Bind: Parents & Children Enjoy Learning Together


A version of this article appeared in Volume 1, Number 1 of Family 1st, Greater Moncton’s Family Guide, of which Pickle Planet Moncton’s Jenna Morton is the Contributing Editor and Senior Writer. Family 1st is…

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Hiking Day is a Cape Breton tradition that promotes unstructured play


I’ve lived in several provinces, each tending to call the holiday Monday in May something slightly different. May 2-4; more a nod to how many beer you buy than the original date we’re celebrating. Maylong;…

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Family 1st – The Kids Come First: Co-parenting After Separation


A version of this article appeared in Volume 1, Number 1 of Family 1st, Greater Moncton’s Family Guide, of which Pickle Planet Moncton’s Jenna Morton is the Contributing Editor and Senior Writer. Family 1st is…

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Youth mental health deserves more than flippant responses from government


There’s an obvious disconnect happening in our society, and while there’s no single answer to solve the issues we’ve created, there are a few obvious steps we could be taking to improve the situation –…

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Where is New Brunswick’s Mayor Pete?


I don’t know Mayor Pete, but I’m starting to really like him. Seems a lot of other folks are, too, and not just those in his hometown of South Bend, Indiana, where he’s wrapping up…

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Visitor Information Centres about more than just directions


New Brunswickers are resilient. We are creative. We can do incredible things when pushed to think outside traditional parameters. And shaking up the status quo of our provincial approach to tourism is not a bad…

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Riverview waterfront development could appeal to a new type of resident


Perhaps it was a moment of foreshadowing. An acquaintance who is moving to the Greater Moncton Area with his wife and young child recently asked my opinion about places to live. They’re coming from a…

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