Alyson Schafer
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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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Managing Your Child's Sugar Intake Without Depriving Them

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2017 | 12:24 PM

Did your child get a huge chocolate bunny for Easter? Is there a basket of cream-filled eggs still waiting to be devoured? Kids love sugary treats and parents like making their tots happy by offering them up. However, we are also responsible for our child’s health.

We worry about...

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6 Free Activities For Kids That Don't Feel Like Exercise

(1) Comments | Posted April 13, 2017 | 10:45 AM

The weather is getting warmer and we can't wait to finally enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. But as much as we all yearn for those hot days, let’s face it, not all kids love the outdoors. Perhaps they are not naturally sporty or they prefer their beloved Xbox games,...

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How To Deal When A Fellow Parent Judges You

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2017 | 4:17 PM

Has your parenting ever been scrutinized by another parent? It’s an awful feeling when you get a wag of the finger from someone you barely know over how you discipline your child or any other parenting choices you make for your family.

“You let them eat that?” “We don’t...

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How To Recognize And Respond To An Aggressive Child

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2017 | 9:43 AM

We’ve all experienced our kids losing their cool. After all, what three-year-old doesn’t get upset when they drop their ice-cream cone on the sidewalk? But what if those tears of disappointment turn into rage? Does your child yell and kick you? What is normal anger and when is it an...

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Why You Should Stop Using Sticker Charts And Deal With Child Agression

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2017 | 11:10 AM

If you think about it, toddlers can actually be really violent. I once read they commit an act of aggression about every 20 minutes if you include hitting, biting, pushing, and throwing toys. It makes sense when you consider they lack the language skills needed to communicate their desires. In...

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6 Ways To Make Your Daughter Feel Smarter

(4) Comments | Posted March 14, 2017 | 12:44 PM

Recent research shows that girls still believe boys are naturally smarter than girls. How is this outdated idea still alive?

The U.K. researchers tested the beliefs of children at various ages and discovered that five-year-olds believed their own sex could be brilliant. Sadly, when children turned six...

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How To Help Young Boys Leave The 'Bro Code' Behind And Accept Their Emotions

(4) Comments | Posted March 7, 2017 | 9:20 AM

Recently, our society has finally been addressing gender equality and the challenges facing our daughters.

But what about our boys?

Issues facing boys can often fly under the radar since they are known to talk and express themselves less than girls. But believe me, under their macho bravado,...

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You Never Want Children Listening To Everything You Say

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2017 | 12:41 PM

Many parents lament that if their kids would just listen, everything would be better. Instead, children ignore us and we end up yelling and starting a fight.

“Brush your teeth or you’ll get cavities," "Hurry up or you’ll miss the school bus." Our requests are so reasonable — it’s not...

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8 Tips Parents Can Use To Help Reduce Childhood Stress

(11) Comments | Posted February 13, 2017 | 9:27 AM

Last week I shared signs your child may be stressed out. Regardless of whether your child exhibits any of these signs right now, I think we all agree that modern childhood is more stressful than ever before. These stress-busting activities will benefit all children.

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Childhood Stress: 8 Signs To Watch Out For

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2017 | 12:15 PM

The lives of children seem so blissful. Adults think life is all unicorns and rainbows for kids, but in fact, childhood has its own unique stressors and often adults miss the outwards signs that their child is under mounting stress.

For example, a seemingly fun trip to the mall to...

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Alyson Schafer Advice: How To Make Your Kids Street Smart

(4) Comments | Posted January 20, 2017 | 3:21 PM

This week, an amber alert was issued for a missing girl who was seen being forced into a van by two men. Every parent across the country had the same thought, “What if that was my kid?”

Thankfully the child was found safe, but now...

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Alyson Schafer Advice: How To Get Your Kids To Open Up

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2017 | 1:34 PM

Parents hate seeing their children upset. We quickly sniff out that something is not right, but when we ask, they say, “Nothing.”

Maybe they are being bullied? Maybe they are anxious about their new teacher or upset about the recent death of their Grandpa? How...

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Mommy Guilt: How To Get Rid Of It After Accidents Happen

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2017 | 11:39 AM

Last week, Susan Sarandon’s daughter, Eva Amurri Martino, shared on her website Happily Eva After that her 10-week-old son suffered a head fracture. He hit his head on the hardwood floor after falling from the arms of his night nurse who had accidentally fallen asleep. Can...

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New Year's Resolution Mistakes Parents Make (And How To Fix Them)

(1) Comments | Posted December 30, 2016 | 11:08 AM

New Year’s Eve is approaching and that means it’s time to make resolutions for a better year ahead. But before you just rehash the old standard tradition, let’s take a moment to be mindful of some hidden pitfalls, and offer up some better resolution alternatives.

Resolution #1: Losing weight

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Work Life Balance: Hey Moms, Dads Are Just As Stressed Out

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2016 | 9:24 AM

Women have long been shouting at the top of their lungs about the terrific burden they face trying to juggle the demands of raising children while excelling in the work force. Finding work-life balance is a huge problem for women. But since we have been at this game since after...

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Alyson Schafer Advice: Baby Steps To Help Moms And Dads Stop Trying To Do It All

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2016 | 11:49 AM

Do you suffer the plight of being an over-ambitious keener who doesn’t like to say "no" to people and opportunities? Do you want to do it all? Do it well? And all by yourself?

It’s exhausting.

Why do we find it so hard to ask for help or to...

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Alyson Schafer Advice: Why You Should Never Take Away Your Kid's Phone

(12) Comments | Posted December 2, 2016 | 3:59 PM

Youth love technology. Smartphones mean kids can do all their favourite hobbies in one place: listen to music, take selfies to post on Instagram or Snapchat, watch Youtube and, yes, texting.

Adolescents largely socialize through social media and tech, and while this may annoy parents, connecting with peers (in...

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Is It OK To Be Naked In Front Of Your Kids?

(18) Comments | Posted November 21, 2016 | 3:25 PM

If you are asking the question “is it okay to be naked in front of your kids?” then I’m assuming you want to be naked and you're looking for validation from an expert that it’s okay.

Expressing your inner Lady Godiva is not necessarily a bad thing. However, there...

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Alyson Schafer Wants Parents To Stop Saying 'Just Do Your Best'

(6) Comments | Posted November 7, 2016 | 11:03 AM

As loving parents, we try to offer our children calm comfort by letting them know it doesn’t matter what mark they got or if they scored a goal in hockey, with the caveated: “so long as you tried your best.”

We feel pleased with ourselves for being encouraging. We pat...

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Alyson Schafer Advice: 3 Important Tips For Disciplining Your Stepkids

(2) Comments | Posted November 1, 2016 | 3:47 PM

With Canadian divorce rates tipping over 50 per cent, many of us are raising children in a blended family. Creating a new family structure together with your new partner presents unique challenges. It’s important for every member of the family to understand that it takes time to settle...

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