5 Reasons Why Your Teen Should Get a Summer Job By Ishank Katyal Getting a summer job is a rite of passage for a lot of teens. It's the stage of life that can bridge the gap between childhood and adulthood. Working is important for your teen, as it gives them real-world experiences that they won't find in the classroom. Beyond some financial independence, there are other benefits for teens when it comes to working. Here are 5 reasons why your teen should get a summer job. 1. Work Ethic Summer jobs help teenagers explore their work habits, goals, and motivation. Apart from that, they also allow them to learn about proper time management and deal with consequences as they move towards adulthood. 2. Responsibility Teens are mostly used to being directed by their parents and teachers, but working alongside their boss and colleagues is different. Summer jobs expose teens to new duties and challenges, which will make them learn the value of income and help them grow into responsible adults. 3. Getting to know themselves Most teens are indecisive about their future careers, but if your teen starts a job outside of their interest, this could serve as an opportunity for them to learn some brand new skills and become more committed to their goals. 4. Self-Esteem Building self-esteem is the most important part of growth. According to American scholar, Jeylan T. Mortimer’s 2005 research paper, high school students who work part-time or full-time jobs have more confidence than those who don’t. These jobs force teens to step out of their comfort zones and test their capabilities to help them to boost their self-esteem. 5. Financial Literacy Having a summer job and earning money can be a golden opportunity to learn personal finance basics. It helps teens learn the value of money and how to distinguish between needs and wants. You can find more advice on how to teach your teen financial literacy here. Tips to Help with the Job Search Job searching can be a frustrating and overwhelming experience for your teen. That is why it’s important for you to guide them to find a suitable summer job by understanding their goals (like saving up for their own car or buying the newest iPhone model). Having such goals will help them focus on their struggle or even know their areas of interest, strengths, and weaknesses. You can help your teen prepare for the interview by giving them some tips and helping them master
10 Spring Events to Enjoy with Your Teen in Toronto By Jessica Pinzón Spring is here, and Toronto is full of fun events for families and friends. Whether you live in the city or planning a visit, there's no shortage of fun to be had in Toronto with your teen! We hand-picked a list of 10 spring events you and your teen will not want to miss. 1. Robert Lepage’s The Library at Night Located at the Lighthouse ArtSpace at Yonge Street, Robert Lepage's The Library at Night is an immersive virtual reality sensory experience that will introduce you to the most iconic and mythical libraries throughout history. Open now until May 29 Age Restrictions: 14+ Buy your tickets here Basic ticket: $39.99 VIP ticket: $59.99 Location: Lighthouse ArtSpace Toronto(Toronto Star Building) 1 Yonge Street 2. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Based on a new original story by J.K. Rowling: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, this epic play comes to Toronto to bring a magical and fun adventure for everyone—teens and adults, alike. The story of this play takes place 19 years after the main events of the Harry Potter books/films. Age Restrictions: 8+ Premiere date: May 31, 2022 Buy your tickets here Tickets from $69 Location: CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre 244 Victoria St, Toronto 3. Canada’s Wonderland Canada's Wonderland kicks off its 2022 season with fun-filled programming, a large water park and lots of activities for the whole family, including 17 exciting roller coasters. Age Restrictions: All ages Opening day: April 30 Buy your tickets here Tickets from $39.99 Location: 1 Canada's Wonderland Drive, Vaughan 4. Activate Game Centre Activate is a new arcade-style gaming center in Burlington and Scarborough with 11 interactive rooms and an extensive active gaming installation. You can play in groups of three to five people, challenging you physically and mentally. Age Restrictions: 12+ Book a date here Location: 2030 Appleby Line, Burlington 1980 Eglinton Avenue East Toronto, Scarborough 5. Toronto Blue Jays Game The Toronto Blue Jays 2022 season kicks off with exciting games for the whole family. The new Major League Baseball season starts this coming April 8. Age Restrictions: All ages Buy your tickets here Location: Rogers Centre 6. Toronto Comic Arts Festival Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival from June 17-19 with an amazing schedule that includes in-person and virtual events. Age Restrictions: All ages Buy your tickets here Location: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street 7. Superfresh - New Asian Night Market A huge Asian market with food and beverages from different corners of Asia will open at the Annex Food Hall at Bloor Street West in
5 Tips to Improve Bedtime Routine for Teens By INBETWEEN Magazine When bedtime rolls around, our bodies and minds are often tired from the long day. However, this doesn’t always translate into a good night's rest. Especially for teenagers who are still developing, it’s important to implement a healthy routine at night to set them up for a positive, focused day. Here are 5 effective tips to improve bedtime routine that will get your teen to sleep better. 1. Take a Relaxing Bath or Shower While some teens prefer a morning shower to wake up, researchers have found that bathing in warm water at night helps them sleep better. By heating your body up an hour and a half before bedtime, you are allowing your mind to relax while your body adjusts to the ideal sleep temperature. Encourage your teen to take a shower in the early evening to see if this gives them a sounder sleep. 2. Reduce Screen Time It’s no secret that late-night screen time poses significant problems when trying to fall asleep. The blue light emitted from digital screens pushes our internal clock back and keeps us awake longer. For some, the solution would be to put their devices down 1-2 hours before bedtime. However, this may not be practical for everyone; especially teenagers, who spend an estimated 9 hours on their screens each day. A more feasible solution is looking into a pair of glasses with blue light protection, which serves to block the blue light rays and keep our internal clocks regulated. Not only can these be helpful at night, but wearing them throughout the day can reduce eye dryness and headaches. For a tech-savvy teen, these may be worth looking into. 3. Avoid Excess Liquid Too much liquid before bedtime can cause frequent interruptions that keep you from a deep sleep. Repeated urination in the middle of the night is known as nocturia, which in most cases is preventable. In the hours leading up to bedtime, try to limit your teens' food consumption, as it increases water intake. The more water they drink before falling asleep, the higher the chances they will get up in the middle of the night. Stopping eating at a reasonable time and consuming only the necessary amount of water, can aid in a sounder, uninterrupted sleep. 4. Create a Comfortable Sleep Environment Comfort can come from many factors including lighting, bedding, and temperature. The light turns our brain
Review: Why I chose the Endy Mattress for Our New Home By Rachel Naud My family and I just moved into a new home, and we finally have an extra room for visiting friends and family to stay in. Our first task was to find a comfortable bed to put in the room for anyone staying with us, but it didn’t just have to be comfy — it had to be well-made too. Here is an honest review of the Endy mattress. When it came to mattress-shopping, the first thing we considered was comfort. Secondly, will it last? Lastly, Does the brand have fast shipping and good customer service? The Endy mattress gave us a big yes for all the checklists! Why Endy The Endy Mattress provides you with the ultimate comfort and support and is designed for every kind of sleeper, including a side sleeper, a back sleeper or a combination sleeper. Its customized high-density Endy foam is unlike traditional memory foam and will keep its feel and firmness year-round, meaning it won’t sink in during the warmer summer months or feel as hard as a rock in the winter! First Visit With my sister on route for her first visit, I was also happy to receive our Endy mattress just three days after ordering it. It arrived in an easy-to-transport box and was super easy to set up. We opted to get the simple platform bed frame to go along with it, which we easily set up in as little as 10 minutes – no tools necessary! This platform bed frame would also be ideal for university students moving into an apartment or dorm of their own as it’s so simple to set up and very reasonably priced. I will definitely keep it in mind for when my son moves out down the road. The Verdict We have enjoyed our Endy mattress for about six months now. Everyone that has come to visit has commented on how comfortable the bed is and how they were able to get a great night’s sleep. Sleeping in a new space, in a new house, can be difficult, so having a bed that facilitates a good night’s rest is a major benefit. I can also attest to its comfort as I, too, had slept in the bed when my husband was sick. It was so great to have a bed to turn to instead of the couch! I wouldn’t hesitate to
Wall of Bakers' Chef Jenna Hutchinson Shares Famous Cupcake Recipe Jenna Hutchinson, founder of Jenna Rae Cakes in Winnipeg and Wall of Bakers' judge shares her famous vanilla cupcake recipe. "Finding a good recipe for vanilla cupcakes can be like finding a needle in a haystack. The cupcakes need to be moist and flavourful, and the buttercream needs to be sweet—but not so sweet that it overpowers the vanilla flavour of the cupcake. Welcome to your new favourite vanilla cupcake recipe. Make these once and every person who takes a bite will be asking you to share the recipe with them". VANILLA CUPCAKES Ingredients: MAKES 16 CUPCAKES 1¾ cups all-purpose flour 1 cup granulated sugar. 1 teaspoon baking powder. ¼ teaspoon baking soda. ¼ teaspoon salt. ¾ cup unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into cubes. ⅓ cup egg whites (about 2 eggs). ¼ cup sour cream. ½ cup whole (3.25%) milk 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract (see Baker’s Tip). Step by step Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 2 cupcake pans with 16 cupcake liners. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix on low speed for 30 seconds. Add the butter and continue to mix on low speed for 2 minutes, or until the mixture has the texture of wet sand. Do not overmix. Slowly pour in the egg whites and mix until just combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the sour cream and mix until just combined. In a measuring cup, whisk together the milk and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, slowly pour the milk mixture into the bowl and mix until just combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix again for 10 to 15 seconds. The batter will look a little lumpy. Divide the batter evenly among the cupcake liners, filling each three-quarters full. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a cupcake comes out clean. Let cool for 5 minutes in the pans before transferring the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely. BAKER’ S TIP For the richest possible vanilla flavour, we recommend adding the seeds of one vanilla bean to the pure vanilla extract called for in the recipe. To collect the seeds, use a small paring knife to cut a vanilla bean in half lengthwise. Using the dull side of the paring knife, scrape the seeds out of the vanilla bean.
Wall of Bakers: 3 Judges You Knead to Meet If you loved Wall of Chef, you will most definitely be interested in watching Wall of Bakers on Food Network Canada! This exciting new show proposes a sweet competition as they like to call it, where different Canadian Home bakers will have the opportunity to show off their skills. “The winner takes it all” The best baker wins a $10,000 cash prize. We had the opportunity to interview some of the judges who also shared their love of baking with us. Chef Christine Cushing Why do you love baking? I love baking because it is the perfect blend of science and creativity. It can test your stamina, challenge you, and bring you to your knees completely out of nowhere. Then one day, it can give you the greatest feeling of accomplishment that you actually created something magical with a few simple ingredients. It's emotional and involves all the senses. When did you start baking? I fell in love with baking when I first got my hands on an Easy-Bake Oven, around the age of 8. That 6-Watt light bulb was pure magic. I would make the little vanilla cakes with the strawberry flecked icing for my 4-year-old brother. I can still remember us sliding them in one side and then being so excited to pull them out once they were just baked at the other end. Then I would proceed with the icing smear. Later in my teens, I started my baking journey in earnest, making apple pies, chocolate cakes and supplying a local restaurant with black forest cakes, around the age of 16. This unforgettable adventure involved many all-nighters – on school nights – with the kitchen left in a total disaster to my mom who had to deal with the cleaning, while I hurried off to the school the next morning. Why is it important to get kids in the kitchen? Bringing kids into the kitchen early is absolutely imperative. Firstly, it gives them a sense of purpose, belonging and contributing to the family unit. They start learning to work with all their senses and experiment. They will be more likely to try new foods if they have helped to prepare them. It's also a great way to develop your confidence with small victories. I also felt that cooking got me through some difficult times; when my dad had a serious heart attack, cooking was what I would now identify as a
8 Boredom-Busting Ideas for March Break A lot of families may have opted to stay close to home for March Break but that doesn’t mean there’s still not loads of fun to be had! Editor-in-Chief, Rachel Naud has some ideas to make March Break the best break yet. IN TORONTO This is what I call “Fish and Dish.” Going to the Ripley’s Aquarium is always a special outing so I say make an afternoon of it! It’s also a wonderful spot if the weather is yucky and wet and cold. No teen can resist the Planet Jellies exhibit for an Insta-worthy or TikTok moment! It’s so stunning. Plus, it’s always fun to take the moving sidewalk through the Dangerous Lagoon and see all the sharks swimming above you. I don’t care how “chill” your teen is, that’s just a cool experience that will challenge any eye roll! So, here is my suggestion. Don’t just meander the aquarium and go home. Afterward, do what I call “Fish and Dish.” After you’ve seen all the beautiful fish and underwater creatures, go for lunch or dinner at a nearby restaurant and challenge your kids. Tell them they have to come up with one fun fact that they learned at the aquarium: the person with the best answer gets to order dessert that they don't have to share with anyone! Get ALPACAN (AND HIT THE ROAD)! Alpaca Farms make for a great day visit! Perfect for the animal-loving family, you and your family can get up close with these cozy creatures and walk and feed them. My family and I drove to Beaverton, Ontario to Forget Me Not Alpacas and it was so much fun! You get there and dozens of Alpacas come out to greet you. You can feed them and pet them – their wool is so amazing! And let’s face it – Alpacas with their crazy hair and teeth make for fun social media shoots! So, even if your teen doesn’t seem to be into it, I guarantee you’ll catch them taking a pic or video or two! In addition to Alpacas, there are beautiful Great Pyrenees dogs, some chickens and even a duck! I’ll tell you, on the way there, my son was a typical teen – sitting in the back seat, listening to his AirPods in his own little world. After an hour with the Alpacas, he was chatty and joking! And we were
Q&A with King Richard star, Daniele Lawson At just 18 years old, Daniele Lawson not only landed her first movie but an Oscar-nominated movie at that. The actress stars alongside Will Smith in King Richard, a film that follows the life of Richard Williams, the father and coach of famed tennis players Venus and Serena Williams. Lawson plays Isha Price, sister to the Williams sisters, and said the experience was life-changing. We sat down with Lawson for a Q&A about making it to the big screen and the even greater plans she has in store. By Rachel Naud King Richard is your first movie! What was that moment like for you when you first saw the movie? When I first saw the film, my heart dropped. I’ve done many projects, but none of them have been as prestigious as this one. It was amazing to see how well everything came together and how proud I was to be a part of this movie. I was so happy and overjoyed to see myself up on the big screen, I could not help but be filled with excitement. King Richard will always have a special place in my heart as it’s the first of many incredible opportunities. What was it like working with Will Smith? Did he give you any advice on-set? Working with Mr. Will was such a life-changing experience. Every day on set, he was so incredibly kind and created such a positive work environment for everyone. He made sure it was a fun place to be at without even trying. Mr. Will is an amazing mentor, he taught us to be very selective with the projects we choose in the future. He advised us to be part of projects that are personal to us and that will impact the world. I believe King Richard is one of those incredibly inspiring films that is so relatable on so many levels. I am so grateful to have this as my first movie. Tell us about your character, Isha Price. How did you get ready to play her? My character, ‘Isha Price’, is the real-life sister to Venus and Serena Willaims. Isha is fun, sassy, and an intelligent woman. When preparing for this role, Ms.Isha and I had the pleasure of meeting on multiple occasions to really get to know each other. From those sit-downs, I learned how incredible she truly is. She was very helpful in helping me understand
GIVEAWAY ALERT! We partnered with Amazon Prime Video to give you an at-home prize pack to enjoy while watching Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, which releases exclusively on Prime Video on January 14th. The latest installment is the perfect ending to an incredible journey, making Transformania the family film event of the new year. As the destination for family-friendly content, Prime Video has a wide selection of film and television to keep parents just as entertained as their children on movie night. Synopsis Drac and the pack are back, like you’ve never seen them before in Hotel Transylvania: Transformania. Reunite with your favorite monsters for an all-new adventure that presents Drac (Brian Hull) with his most terrifying task yet. When Van Helsing’s (Jim Gaffigan) mysterious invention, the 'Monsterification Ray,’ goes haywire, Drac and his monster pals are all transformed into humans, and Johnny (Andy Samberg) becomes a monster! In their new mismatched bodies, Drac, stripped of his powers, and an exuberant Johnny, loving life as a monster, must team up and race across the globe to find a cure before it’s too late, and before they drive each other crazy. With help from Mavis (Selena Gomez) and the hilariously human Drac Pack, the heat is on to find a way to switch themselves back before their transformations become permanent. The film also features the voices of Kathryn Hahn (Ericka), Steve Buscemi (Wayne), Molly Shannon (Wanda), David Spade (Griffin the Invisible Man), Keegan-Michael Key (Murray), Fran Drescher (Eunice), Brad Abrell (Frank) and Asher Blinkoff (Dennis). Giveaway contents Hotel Transylvania blanket, popcorn bowl with popcorn seasonings, and game Giveaway value: $150 How to Enter: Follow @inbetweenzine and @primevideoca on Instagram Tag who you will be watching this movie with Don't forget to #HotelTransylvania Deadline to enter: Jan 20, 2022 Good luck! *Winners are chosen through a random draw.
On-screen, Dani Kind plays Anne Carlson, an unapologetic mom, friend and psychiatrist whose wit is as sharp as her tongue. In real life, the Workin’ Mom of two boys says there’s a bit of every woman in the cast of characters within her — and most of the women she knows — which is why the show is such a hit with not only Canadians but with audiences worldwide. We sat down with Kind to talk about being Anne, Season 6 and the authenticity of Workin’ Moms. By Rachel Naud We have to say, Workin’ Moms is truly a laugh-out-loud show. It makes me laugh out loud too. It’s funny because when I read it on the page, I’m like ‘is that funny? Is what we’re doing funny?' We’re in the bubble shooting it and every year, I’m just like ‘I don’t know.’ And then when I see it cut together, I think ‘this is so good.’ How has your character, Anne, evolved throughout the series? I think she comes off as angry or aggressive or whatever, and I feel like with anybody in life, whatever works for you, works for you until it doesn’t. I think this season she takes a look at that for her. I think she has gotten away with a lot of things in her life because she’s Anne and that’s how she is. Like, the things she has said in Mommy and Me and the way she has addressed other women. I think emotionally she’s going to have to take a look at herself this year in a way that she hasn’t in any of the previous years. What is Anne in for this season? She’s back in Toronto and has to start from ground zero again. She doesn’t have any clients anymore. She has done this before, but this is post-Cochrane. She is discombobulated. She was all messed up. So, this year of her starting over again is almost starting from the most vulnerable place. She’s by herself because her husband is in Cochrane, and she still has a teenage daughter and a toddler and she’s in it. How would you describe Anne’s Workin’ Mom parenting style with Dani’s Workin’ Mom parenting style? I mean, I would never jump out of a bush and tell my kid to punch me in the dick. Like I would never do that. But I’m so close to that. I definitely talk to my kids like they’re