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!
September marks the beginning of the new school year and that usually means mayhem after a long, slow summer. Here are some ways to regain a calm house and peace of mind during a time where you need all your wits about you.
Have some structures in place that help support order and routines and which ultimately teach children how to be self-reliant over time. Remember -- the goal of parenting is to work yourself out of a job, not raise a dependent who is a failure to launch, as the saying goes.
It's a simple truth that some teenagers will likely drink alcohol on prom night. This isn't a wise decision, and one I hope your teenager will never make. That's why I've created an entire video series to help parents navigate the challenges of preventing underage drinking
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
The old parenting rule of keeping the Internet on the family PC in the living room where it can be supervised has gone the way of the dodo bird. Like it or not, parents today have to embrace technology.
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.
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.