About Sarah Kertcher & her Blog
Sarah is a winner of Top 25 Canadian Moms - 2013
What's the best part of raising a family in Canada?
There are so many amazing things about raising a family in Canada that it's very difficult to pick just one. The amazing diverse cultures, the beautiful landscapes and scenery, and the seemingly endless opportunities, but for me, hands down the best part is our health care system. Our health care system takes a lot of flack, but as a mom to a child who was born with a life threatening illness, I can speak first hand to how great it has been for us.
At 5 weeks old, my daughter was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect, and 3 days before Christmas, and 3 days shy of 3 months old she underwent open heart surgery. The care that we received was top notch, timely, and for the most part free. I could never imagine having to deal with the stress of having a child with a critical illness as well as the stress of how you're going to pay for all of their care throughout.
For this reason, our health care system is top of my list as the best part of living in Canada.
What's the biggest misconception people have about raising a family in Canada?
That we get around via dogsled and live in igloo's?
That our native people dance around teepee's in traditional dress?
I'm not sure really. I mean, where I live is notorious for being very expensive, which is true, but it's all relative. I live in an amazing place and I think that you get what you pay for. There are also endless opportunities for free or low cost events and outings that you can do with your family if you're willing to do the research.
What do your kids love most about living in Canada?
I think my kids are too young to appreciate being Canadian and living in Canada, but I do know that they love being able to ride bikes and play at the park in December. I know that they love our fresh air, mountains, and ocean that are all in our back yard.
I do however hope that they grow to love and appreciate the opportunities that arise from living in such an amazing country and I will do everything in my power to ensure that this happens.
What are your favorite blog posts?
From Twister to "sardines in a can," we're always looking for indoor games that get our kids moving and burning off energy! Can you share a physical game your kids love that can be played inside?
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Hide and go seek is always a favorite in our house! The kids love running feverishly around in hopes of finding the best hiding place. To increase the activity level of this game, once found, both the hider and the seeker need to race back to the "start" before they change roles.
Always good for a giggle!