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Alyson Schafer

Parenting Expert

Alyson Schafer is a recognized media personality. She is one of Canada's leading authorities on parenting and is the resident expert for CTV News, CBC's The World This Weekend, The Marilyn Denis Show as well as sitting on the health advisory board for Chatelaine Magazine, and being an ask the expert columnist for Today's Parent Magazine. She has been recognized as one of the top 25 Canadians to follow on Twitter.

Alyson is a best selling author of three parenting books: Breaking The Good Mom Myth, Honey, I Wrecked The Kids, and Ain't Misbehavin'. An international speaker, Alyson presented at the inaugural TedxKids talks in Belgium last year and is now looking forward to her upcoming speaking tour in Japan.

Probably her best credentials and testimonial: Alyson is the mother of two teenage daughters who think she is doing a great job!
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Top Parenting Myths Debunked for New Moms and Dads

Being a new parent means that you are often bombarded with advice and suggestions about raising a child. Family, friends and even strangers will no doubt offer their two cents on all sorts of topics. Problem is, how do you know who to listen to? I debunk some top myths to help soon-to-be moms and dads navigate the world of parenthood.
01/25/2015 10:59 EST
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What I Would Change About Parenting in Canada

This was a no-brainer for me because my whole life's work is dedicated to making ONE change to Canada. It's my mission statement: "To make parent education as acceptable and accessible as pre-natal classes." Taking a parenting class is responsible parenting. Isn't it a shame there is a stigma for improving one's self?
06/24/2013 05:28 EDT
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What to Tell Your Kids About the Boston Marathon Bombing

The bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon has rocked the nation. Many children overheard their parents talking about it, or caught a glance of the news coverage. How does a parent effectively discuss the event of today? I have a few suggestions, based on some psychological tenants to help guide you.
04/16/2013 08:06 EDT

How to Make Family New Year's Resolutions

We thrive happily and co-operatively in healthy social environments. As you think of how your family might be stronger in 2013, I suggest you invite all the stakeholders to participate in making your resolutions together, and here's how. Have a family meeting and ask the kids these questions.
01/15/2013 05:06 EST
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Some Mental Health Myths to Forget About in 2013

These bull-crap beliefs become entrenched at an early age and are handed down from generation to generation. But we need to question. Here are a few of the most pervasive myth understandings to leave behind as you head into a new year. Leave these mental albatrosses buried in 2012 where they belong.
12/24/2012 12:17 EST
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Talking to Your Kids About a Tragedy

Parents need to decide how much their children should know about this event. But what are parents to tell them? That is the questions on everyone's mind. Parents know best what their own child can handle. There is a range of sensitivities in children and only a parent knows their child well enough to know what they can handle. The rules you need to apply are as follows...
12/18/2012 05:42 EST
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Talking to Kids About Trauma

This weekend's shooting in the food court of the Toronto Eaton Centre has many children frightened for their safety. It also has parents wondering what best to do to ease their child's fears. Here are my five points for building your approach...
06/06/2012 11:26 EDT

Show Your Kids How Valentine's Day is Done

This Valentine's Day think of the kids and show them the relationship you would want for them. Show them respect, appreciation, co-operation and loving kindness. Gush on Valentine's day and decide its important enough to keep up all year long.
02/14/2012 05:35 EST

What to Do When Your Kid Is Afraid of the Water

Some children fear the water, but children are not born with fears. In my opinion, fears are developed when a child's healthy and natural reluctance is responded to by an over-reacting, well-intentioned parent.
08/02/2011 02:23 EDT