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Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Parenting Writer/Blogger, public speaker, PR pro, media spokesperson and opinionated mom of many

Samantha Kemp-Jackson is a Parenting writer, blogger, senior public relations advisor and mother of four including identical twin boys. As a cathartic outlet after she had her twins, she began putting her prose to digital paper and her blog - Multiple Mayhem Mamma - was born.

Known for her popular "top tips" and advice, her blog also includes reflections on various aspects of parenting, insight and opinion. In 2013, she released an eBook that included the best of her Top 5 and Top 10 tips from her blog. "Meltdown in Aisle 5: Top Parenting Tips From Multiple Mayhem Mamma
" can be found on the Amazon store. You can also follow Samantha on Google Plus, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr as well.
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It's Time To Bring Back Shop and Home Economics Classes

As our lives became more hectic and lifestyles more busy, the traditional model of family also shifted. No longer were women staying at home, living out their lives as "domestic goddesses," and increasing numbers of men were shown to be not particularly handy when it came to making and fixing things, and that was okay. But now, our kids don't have those skills at all. What happened?
08/09/2016 12:32 EDT
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Stop Forcing Summer Activities On Your Children

"Children need to be occupied, they need structure, they need predictability," the experts tell us. Heaven help you if you don't make sure to keep those sticky little hands busy between late June and Labour Day every year. After all, children need structure right? No they don't.
06/27/2016 11:25 EDT

Let Kids Open Presents At Birthday Parties, Please!

There has been something that's been bothering me in recent years, while taking my kids to birthday parties. It's the "present-opening" time of the event -- or lack thereof. Yes, there's a trend towards not opening presents and I'm trying to figure out why.
03/21/2016 04:10 EDT

When Your Child Doesn't Have Friends, Here's What To Do

So what's a parent to do when they realize that their child, for whatever reason, is having difficulty making or maintaining friendships? No parent wants to feel that their child is missing out or... being shunned for one reason or another... Yet, this is the reality for too many children who face rejection on a daily basis.
03/09/2016 12:04 EST
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Be Kind and Give Your Seat to a Pregnant Woman

Sadly, in my experience, purposely ignoring pregnant women while riding public transit has become the norm, not the exception. What has happened to humanity? The lack of focus on others, supported by the technological tools to "zone out" or feign ignorance wherever and whenever possible makes this willful blindness not only possible but probable as well.
06/14/2015 10:55 EDT
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Let's End the Myth of the 'Evil Twin'

There are no polarities when it comes to twins. No "good" one vs. "bad one;" no angelic child versus evil spawn, no duelling forces, vying for the top spot in their respective categories. There are just kids, warts, scabbed knees and all. Though the mythology and expectation of opposite-minded twin siblings is appealing to some, it is, fortunately, untrue.
02/04/2015 12:53 EST
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Don't Make Santa Your Parenting "Fall Guy"

Sure, Santa may determine that a child's behaviour is not up to snuff and is therefore a reason to deny said child of gifts on Christmas Day. But why does Santa have to be the judge, jury and (figurative) executioner on December 25th? Whatever happened to parental responsibility and the ability to look one's child in the eye in an attempt to deliver the verdict?
12/20/2014 02:56 EST

Trick-or-Treating is For Kids. Period.

It's fair to say that many teens love getting something for nothing. Free candy? It fits the bill. And every October 31, they fail to disappoint, showing up at the door, thrusting a bag in the direction of unwitting participants, sometimes without even uttering the agreed request -- sometimes, the words "Trick or Treat" aren't even mentioned.
10/28/2014 01:07 EDT

5 Steps You Can Take If the News Scares Your Kid

With recent world events escalating in tandem with the ubiquitous 24/7 news cycle, it's almost impossible for a parent to completely limit the access to information that their children may have. Following are five tips for parents about how to calm their child's fears during these difficult times.
10/27/2014 01:02 EDT