Advice

The Basic Etiquette You Should Teach Your Kids

Deborah Fulsang | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Deborah Fulsang

Don't talk about people behind their backs. Well, maybe just with your mom or dad or your best friend, but not with the crowd. It's very uncool and it will come back to bite you. It was Eleanor Roosevelt who said, "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people."

Being a Good Parent Means Telling Kids It's OK to Give Up

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 03.27.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Being a good parent isn't always about supporting your child in their endeavours no matter what. Was it better that we showed our children our support even though we knew the probable outcome, or would it have been a more prudent decision to have been honest with them from the outset, saving them from wasting time and worse -- the inevitable disappointment of failure?

Four Things To Bring Along On Your Valentine's Date

Karen Cleveland | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Living
Karen Cleveland

Bring your phone so that you can smartly map out where you and your date are meeting, so you can get there nice and early. If you are going to a place that doesn't take reservations, arriving well before your date will ensure you're not awkwardly huddling in the freezing doorway, waiting for a table to open up.

Why Philanthropy is the Best Medicine

Kim Smiley | Posted 04.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Kim Smiley

I know several philanthropists who will only fund the projects that no one else will touch. Give me the most stigmatized cause, the most complex client group! What does this teach us about life? The nobility of standing in solidarity with the marginalized.

Space for Ambition: Chris Hadfield's Guide to Life

AskMen.com | Posted 03.08.2014 | Canada Living
AskMen.com

Colonel Chris Hadfield's book opens with a brief description of the wonders of seeing Earth from space. For a few short paragraphs, the reader is treated to depictions of the sunrises. In the space of a few pages, however, this all ends, leaving a paean to meticulousness in its place. This book, as it turns out, is less about space than it is about being a certain sort of person.

The Top Five Things Parents Need To Know About Kids and Social Media

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

If your kids see you jostling to get the best shot of the most mundane moments of life, just so that you can post a picture of it on your Instagram account, they'll follow suit. If you post inappropriate images or comments on social media, the will be seen by your children, guaranteed. Limit and moderate your own social media activity.

How To Avoid Losing Major Dollars On Your Next Event

Hana Abaza | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Hana Abaza

In 2013 the Canada Cup lost $20,000. Major financial hits aren't limited to large events and festivals. Even the little guys take on an unreasonable amount of risk when organizing an event. High promotional and ticketing fees, and lump sum deposits for venues make it nearly impossible to try a new idea without taking on a huge financial risk.

How to Maximize Back to School Shopping With Your Kids

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

I recently went shopping for back to school clothes with my three young kids in tow. As insane as it may seem to take your kids along with you while picking out clothes for the season, it actually makes things easier and more efficient as you're able to size things on the spot. As the first day of school looms, here are some proven tips for back to school shopping with kids.

Financial Advice from Germs

Jason Tetro | Posted 10.03.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgThere are a number of human financial gurus working to help you become wealthy, and their advice is based on years if not decades of knowledge and experience. However, there are a number of microbial economic geniuses who have centuries of expertise developing "economic" success. Germs seem to have knowledge to keep economies solid.

You Suck Pretty Hard. What Next?

Lacey Haynes | Posted 09.24.2013 | Canada Living
Lacey Haynes

You're feeling totally crap and having a hard time getting a grip. You take everything that's wrong with your life, piling each unfortunate piece one atop the other, until you have an entire sandwich made of crap. Before you start watching Ghost and looking at more successful people's Facebook pages, here are some options on how to proceed.

Top 5 Summer Safety Tips For Kids

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

School's out and the kids are antsy. Is it any wonder that parents worry about their children getting into trouble during the dog days of summer? Whet...

What I Learned This Week: Every Great Project Needs Two Leaders

Andy Nulman | Posted 09.13.2013 | Canada Business
Andy Nulman

There's an old showbiz adage that goes, and usually said with a sigh, "Everyone's a critic." But in this case, I'm not talking about the layman, the doctor, the lawyer, the banker or the dentist who suddenly becomes an "expert" by the grace of the sheer volume of their argument; I'm actually talking about the qualified pro. Two of them, actually.

Five Questions to Ask Before Sending Your Kid to a Sleepover

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 09.04.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

For those of us who have been there, the thought of your child spending the night at someone else's home can be quite anxiety-producing. After all, we won't be there to watch over them, make sure they're safe. Here are the five questions parents should ask before sending their child to a sleepover.

Talking Adventure Travel with Scott Wilson, Host of 'Departures'

Lisa Jackson | Posted 09.01.2013 | Canada Travel
Lisa Jackson

Is riding a reindeer across Siberia on your travel bucket list? How about visiting the last man living in the radioactive zone in Chernobyl? Canadian TV host and adventurer Scott Wilson (above) has done all these things and more on the television series, Departures.

What Advice Would You Give to New Graduates?

Anne Day | Posted 08.17.2013 | Canada
Anne Day

If you had to give some advice to young graduates, what would it be? I threw out this question on LinkedIn as I had been asked to be a commencement speaker at the Sheridan College convocation. The responses were fascinating, varied, and often said much about the person offering the advice. So now I pass on some of this collected wisdom to you.

The 10 Mom Types That You'll Find at the Park

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 06.08.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Moms at the park playing with their kids are a common sight in most neighborhoods. Not surprisingly then, is it any wonder that there are as many different types of moms at the park as there are days of the week? Read on and you'll find that you'll likely recognize at least a few of these parents at your local playground.

The Top 10 Lies Parents Tell Their Kids

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 05.26.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

The reality of being called "mom" or "dad" means that you're gonna have to bend the truth somewhat. The lies parents tell their kids range from the ridiculous to the sublime. These lies can range from a simple white lie to a real doozy. It's all just a matter of scale. Whatever it takes, right?

VIDEO: This Woman Helps Others Find Their Inner Beauty

Shannon Skinner | Posted 05.21.2013 | Canada Impact
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg I initially connected with Jennifer Ettinger through Facebook some time ago and was intrigued by her work that focuses on helping women find their inner beauty. Ettinger's drive stems from her struggle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and having been bedridden and overweight. Today, she is the founder of Fit Your Style.

Don't Share Your Dreams Until You're Ready

Shannon Skinner | Posted 01.26.2013 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg When we have a big vision for ourselves -- and are taking steps toward fulfilling that dream -- it can be time of major transition and growth. When we are in this stage of growth, we need to muster all that we have to make our creative dreams come to fruition. Including our self-confidence. But, often it is not wise to share our vision or dreams with others until we are truly ready to do so. Here's why.

What These 10 Classic Parenting Phrases Really Mean

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 01.14.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

We've all heard them. Those annoying phrases that our parents said to us growing up and now that we're parents ourselves, we've decided to inflict them our own kids. The reality is that the true meanings behind these messages that parents tell their kids are often not as straightforward as they appear to be. Following are the top 10 phrases that parents use on their kids, and what they really mean.

So Your Dream Fails, Now What?

Shannon Skinner | Posted 01.05.2013 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg It is wise to be driven by enthusiasm and to have a well thought-out plan to make it happen, and it is certainly nice to fantasize about, but reality has a habit of ensuring that not everything we start in life comes to fruition. Like it or not, accept it or not, it is simply the way it is.

The Six Best Pieces of Advice I've Ever Gotten

Natasha Koifman | Posted 12.12.2012 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

Let's be honest, sometimes we're given good advice but we ignore it. Other times, we put too much trust in the guidance of others at the risk of ignoring our own inner voice. With that said, I thought I'd share some of the best advice I've ever received and some advice I never received, or didn't listen to, that I really wish I had! Hopefully, some of you benefit from these!

Not So Savvy: What Not to Say to Another Mom

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 11.20.2012 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Some moms on the playground just don't know when to leave well enough alone. Rude, crude and socially unacceptable. Don't get caught saying the wrong thing in the schoolyard this year by adhering to these Things Not to Say to Another Mom.

Your Start-Up Business: The Art and Science of Cold Calling

Karen Geier | Posted 11.10.2012 | Canada Business
Karen Geier

When you're with a start-up and you run into a problem you can't solve, what do you do? The obvious answer is you turn to someone who has built a business before. What if you don't have someone like this in your sphere of influence? Well, that's where cold calling (or emailing) comes in. But people have an irrational fear of cold calling. Here's how to get the most out of a cold call.

SavvyMom Roundup: Back To School Tips, Glam Grocery Stores And Yummy Caffeine Bars

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 10.22.2012 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

I'm scrambling to make my deadline on this post because it's already been a busy week full of useful tidbits for parents preparing their kids for back to school routines; trips to Longo's newest store in Toronto; testing out the bar-formm love child of coffee and chocolate and a sneak peeks of a Canadian app designed for new mommies and their babies.