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.
Not only are we enamored with the ability to send and receive information in a digital format, but our children are equally smitten. I hear more and more parents bemoaning the fact that they're not able to retrieve their iPad or laptop from their young child who is busy surfing the web, watching videos or playing games on the device. Here are the top seven ways that digital technology has affected our children -- the good and the bad.
My family and I are city slickers, that's a fact. We love the life that living in the downtown core affords us. People say that "back to nature" is the way to go if you want to get a real perspective on life. Hogwash, I thought... until now. My motor-mouth and city swagger was at once shot down by the scene before me. I had been humbled by the mountains.
You can't babysit your own kids. That's fairly obvious. At least in the case of women, or so it seems. Apparently those in possession of the double-X chromosome are the only ones that are the true "parents" of their children; men are merely "caregivers," if you believed a recent census.
Being a parent of multiples means putting up with many questions and even more misconceptions. It's not surprising that people are interested in what it's like to have twins, raise them, parent them and live with them. It's evident that as much as people would like to know about twins, triplets and other multiples, there are a lot of misconceptions about them. Accordingly, here are the top five myths debunked.
Having kids means having playdates -- events for which there are no guidelines, and a lot of potential problems. Here are some basic rules for making it through a playdate with your bases covered, the little ones happy and best of all: your sanity.
Paris has given way to Pull-Ups and Annapurna has been replaced by Anbesol. The reality of your life now revolves around coping with the challenges of vacationing with the little ones in tow. To this end, here is a guide for parents that offers clarification about what some of the most commonly used travel terms really mean.
The mere thought of boarding an airplane with a young child -- or two -- strikes fear and anxiety into the hearts of parents everywhere. The perceived stress of air travel with potentially apoplectic children at 30,000 feet does not invoke a happy and stress-free mental picture.
In an ideal world, your child would choose the nicest, most polite, smartest and best-behaved kid to be her new best friend. Wouldn't that be just dandy? Well, you've probably figured out that this utopian parenting fantasy is just that -- an unrealistic dream that has likely never occurred in the history of human kind.
The news this week that a member of the Canadian Armed Forces was allegedly passing along classified information to a foreign entity is unsettling at best. As troubling as our national security is the
realization that evil may indeed lurk amongst us. How well do you know your neighbour?
With growing frequency, our kids are starting to expect what's coming to them -- and more. We live in a world of "stuff," whether it's toys, electronic gadgets or items of clothing. Given that we live in an extremely consumerist society, are we really surprised?
Revelry and late-night partying do not go well with early-rising children and the never-ending responsibilities inherent in parenting. That being said, there is still a tinge of envy when watching the youthful, unencumbered revelers plan for the big night.
Kids can be difficult at times and definitely tiring. They can also be loud and unreasonable and in some instances, completely intolerable. Funnily, so can many adults. And yet they're allowed to dine at most establishments with impunity.
On the outset, Canadians maintain our collective independence from Britain, but on some level do we perhaps feel a tinge of envy that we've lost out on the revelry that comes with having an incumbent king -- or queen?
The fact of the matter is, perfection -- particularly in the area of parenting -- is impossible. There is no simple guidebook that will ease the way through the difficult baby years on up to the trials of adolescence. What is that expression about a road paved with good intentions?