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Book Review & Giveaway: “The Dolphin Way: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy & Motivated Kids Without Turning Into a Tiger


Book Review & Giveaway

The Dolphin Way:

A Parent’s Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy and Motivated Kids Without Turning Into a Tiger

by Dr. Shimi Kang

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In her recently launched book, Dr. Shimi Kang tackles a common problem in society – the pushy, overbearing parent. All too often, well-meaning parents get so caught up in wanting their kids to be successful in life, get good grades in school and choose excellent careers, they fail to make sure that their kids are also successful in life by achieving true happiness. Dr. Kang offers a comprehensive, practical guide to the art of science of inspiring children to develop their own internal drive and a lifelong love of learning.

This book is for any parent who has ever pushed too hard, over-scheduled, worried too much, tried to keep up with the Joneses, shown unrealistic expectations, acted like a controlling helicopter parent or worried about their kids being perfect. Come on, if you are honest, I bet every parent has done at least one of these. It is a natural instinct, but maybe there is a better way?

Through years of observation and study, Dr. Kang presents a model that she believes works, and I believe it has real merit.  She believes that both pushy parents, known as “Tiger Parents” and permissive parents “Jellyfish Parents” hinder self-motivation in children and youth. Here suggestion is to try a new powerful new way to parent, “the dolphin way” which is more about being joyful, playful and highly social.


Most of the inspiration for this new model for parents comes from Dr. Kang’s real-life experiences working with youth in her role as director of Child and Youth mental health programs in Vancouver. In her work here, she witnessed case after case of youth suffering the effects of excessive parental pressure including stress, anxiety, addiction and suicide.

Her four-step strategy is based on scientific research and backed up by riveting real stories and presented in a way that is easy to understand and implement. The book walks parents through a logical process, starting by tackling a common parenting dilemma – back off and tame the tiger – and instead trying a new solution – a gentler approach – swimming with the dolphins. Next, we can help our kids achieve success and balance by getting back to basics, using Dr. Kang’s tool kit finally, and finally, see the transformation by helping them live a life of health, happiness and self motivation.

Dr. Kang’s way of thinking lets parents consider the possibility that parents can still achieve their ultimate dream of raising happy, productive and successful children by trying a kinder, gentler parenting method. Her method helps build lifelong success which guides and cultivates creativity, critical thinking, adaptability and community-mindedness and helps children thrive and adapt in an increasingly complex world.

The book challenges parents to ‘face the tiger in them’, take a step back and lighten up on their overbearing expectations, which as Dr. Kang’s vividly points out, can lead to serious, long-term problems later for our kids.  Don’t misunderstand –  is still OK to want the best for our kids, but we just need to go about helping them achieve success in a different, less pushy way that will help them bring the best out in themselves and achieve happiness.  I took away lots of valuable, practical nuggets from this book and it gave me a lot to think about.


About the Author

Kang is a Harvard-trained psychiatrist and expert in human motivation. the medical director for Child and Youth Mental Health for the City of Vancouver as well as an associate professor at the University of British Columbia. Throughout her career, she has helped hundreds of children, adolescents and their parents move towards positive behaviours and better mental health.

Win a Copy of this Book

If you would like to win a copy of this new book, follow the instructions below. You may enter daily until the contest closes on April 30th.

1. Comment below  — You can answer any of the following questions..

a) What is your biggest parenting challenge?

b) If you watch Modern Family, who best describes your parenting style?  Claire? Phil? Jay? Mitchell? Cameron?

c)  What is your parenting style? Tiger? Jellyfish Dolphin? Other?

d) Who would be your all-time favourite TV parents?

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3. Send me your Email address (or leave it in the comment below) so I can reach you if you win!


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Buy One Get One FREE for Thursday’s Beatle’s Abby Road Show… Centre in the Square!


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Great night out at the Centre in the Square if you love live music & The Beatles!

Thursday April 24, 2014 – 8pm

At Classic Albums Live, You can hear the entire iconic Abbey Road album start to finish this Thursday night and guess what?? It’s a Buy One Get One Free deal!!! So you can take your sweetie, your friend, your mother, your father, your kid or any Beatles lover to the show!

Use promo code SOMETHING to score this deal… click here.. 

Come Together

Here Comes the Sun

Octopus’s Garden

The End

Oh Darling. and more..

Salvation Army Thrift Stores 50% Off Sale Friday April 25th, 2014




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Talize 50% Off Entire Store Monday April 24, 2014 — Bargains Bargains Bargains!



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FREE Home Depot Kids Building Workshops: Build a Rio 2 Birdbath inspired by the new Movie! Saturday April 12th Across Canada



Home Depot Kids Building Workshop April Edition… Build a Rio 2 Birdbath!

The latest in this monthly free workshop series at your local Home Depot.  This week help your child build this cool Rio 2 birdbath inspired from the new Rio 2 movie! What a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time with your child while creating something special that they get to take home and be proud of. You must pre-register but the workshops are totally FREE! (see link below)


Saturday April 12th, 2014 Workshop

Rio 2 Birdbath from the new Rio 2 Movie

Workshop Duration: 2 Hour window to stop by the store but the actual project will take half an hour or less so come by anytime in the 2 hr time slot.


Kids will learn how to build a birdbath with easy to follow step-by-step instructions.

  • A great free activity for children ages 4-12
  • Kids will learn how to build a birdbath using a hammer and glue
  • Offered at your local Home Depot stores between 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment.
  • All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, (when available) and a commemorative pin.
  • One workshop kit, apron and pin per child, while supplies last.
  • Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.
  • Kids Workshop activities are scheduled on a first come/first served basis.
  • Thank you for registering on-line to help us better plan our craft kit quantities needed.

Workshop Duration: 2 Hours

Click here to register online.only takes about 2 minutes!

Another fabulous & FREE kids project brought to you by The Bargain Hunting Momma!

FREE EVENT– Come Try the Sport of Ringette – Sunday April 13th Noon to 1pm



Waterloo Ringette is hosting its “Come Try Ringette” event! 

WHEN:  Sunday April 13

New time: 12noon to 1pm (please note the change in time due to the continuation of the Waterloo Siskins playoffs)

WHERE:  Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex.


Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex, 101 Father David Bauer Drive, Waterloo – click here for map

Free for kids ages four to ten who are interested in trying out the sport of ringette.

WHAT TO BRING: Skates & helmets are required to participate (a limited number of helmets will be available to borrow)

Ringette sticks will be provided.  

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: Children who are 4 to 10 years of age and can skate independently.

REGISTER:  Register online or at the event. Pre-registration is not required.






It’s a Wonderful World FREE Family Earth Day Event Sat. April 5th in Kitchener


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    Saturday, April 5th,
    12:00pm – 4:00pm
     Facebook Event link..
  • Wilson Education Resource Centre

    178 Victoria St. S., Kitchener, Ontario
Join the awesome folks at the Wilson Education Centre as they celebrate the Earth. Activities to help us care for our World! Lots of fun free activities happening throughout the afternoon. They have some wonderful guests, fun and educational activities and a chance to win a prize basket!
Be sure to arrive before 12:30 to meet author Frank Glew and singer/songwriter Tom Miceli!
* Author readings by local kids author Frank Glew  will share two of his books for children. That Chickadee Feeling and When I Grow Up I Want to Be Just Like My Dog are the two popular best seller books he will be reading.
* Kids performer Tom Miceli – Later in the afternoon – Tom Miceli, local singer/songwriter will entertain with kids songs including “It’s a Wonderful World!” Tom through Kool Kids Music has some wonderful CDs of lullabies and learning songs!
Bird Watching Scavenger Hunt
- Bee Keeping Display

Sat April 5th is Legoland Toy Building Zone’s 5th Birthday Party! FREE Make & Take To Celebrate





Saturday, April 5th 2014

 11am – 2pm

5th Birthday Celebration

Toy Building Zone, St. Jacob’s Outlet Mall,

25 Benjamin Road, Waterloo, Ont


Dear LEGO fans,
How you you like to attend a Lego BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION??
The staff at the Legoland Discovery Centre in St. Jacob’s Outlet Mall is excited to invite everyone to our 5th Birthday Party TODAy  Saturday April 5th.  
From 11am to 2 pm you are invited to build a cake & eat it too!!!
Each child over 3 years old will receive a free surprise.*  
Offer while quantities last.  First come, first served.  
*Child must be present for Make & Take. Sorry, NO exceptions!

Saving Money With Vacation Rentals — Book Launch & Giveaway!



How to Find the Perfect Vacation Rental

Discover the Secrets to Staying in Apartments and Houses Around the World!

Last Fall while attending a national blogging conference called Blissdom, I had the pleasure of meeting Gillian Duffy and was immediately fascinated and inspired by her great story and positive energy. She and her partner Jason were doing what many of us dream of doing.. they had given up their jobs, sold everything the owned and were living their dream of travelling and living around the world.  It started in 2009 when they took their first big trip – 14 countries round-the-world.

Gillian says it best in her own words on her travel blog called One Giant Step:

” In January 2013 our ‘home and native land’ for untold adventures in far away lands. Our plan is loose at best; our only goals are freedom and happiness. Follow along as we make, and tell, our stories.”

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So when I heard that Gillian had just launched her first book called How to Find the Perfect Vacation Rental, I jumped at the chance to help her promote it. You can read her guest post all about it below. This book is all about saving time, money and hassles when vacationing with your family.  Gillian’s 60 page book  How to Find the Perfect Vacation Rental shares the exact process she uses to book her own vacation rentals on her around-the-world adventures, so you can be sure that it will work for you too.

This digital book explains what a vacation rental is, who they are best suited for and  honestly states the benefits and drawbacks, including a cost comparison case study to show the financial value of vacation rentals. It is available for purchase on and is easily downloaded to your Kindle. (If you don’t have a Kindle, you can also download a Kindle App and it can be read on any digital device.) If you want to BUY IT click here, or enter my contest below.

I am so glad that I met Gillian and I wish her well with this book and as a traveller at heart, I also look forward to following her adventures around the world and learning from her experience.



I have TWO digital copies of  How to Find the Perfect Vacation Rental  by Gillian Duffy to giveaway to my lucky readers!  (If you don’t have a Kindle, don’t worry.. I also have it available in a PDF format). Good Luck!

To enter, simply comment on this blog post in the comment section
below answering  one of these questions:

 Where do you usually stay when you vacation with your family?

If you could travel anywhere in the world with your family, where would you go?

Where is the coolest place you’ve stayed with your famliy?  

Contest Closes April 15th.  

You may enter up to 3 times each, once per day. 





If you would like to learn more about this book, read reviews or buy it,  here is a link to