Canada Family

Spanking Your Kids Doesn't Make You a Child Abuser

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 04.24.2014 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

Apparently, I'm a victim of child abuse. And a child abuser. How did that escape me? At least I might be, if you believe a new study that redefines what it means to be abused -- and an abuser. I can tell you for certain is each of the times I used corporal punishment, it was in those moments that I failed most as a parent. But does that make me an abuser?

The Stigma Of Mental Health Cost This 23-Year-Old His Life

Abigail Cukier | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada Living
Abigail Cukier

Bruce and Lynn drove to their youngest daughter Emily's school to tell her that her brother had died by suicide. They next drove to London to pick up their other daughter, Aimee from university. Their cries filled the car along the highway. Lynn climbed in the backseat to hold Emily in her arms. At first, Aimee did not believe the news but slowly came to understand.

3 Ways You Can Help Families Affected by Autism

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen O’Grady

April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day, and April is World Autism Awareness month. Unfortunately, it's no longer uncommon for most of us to know families struggling just to keep up with the day-to-day tasks required of them because they have a child with autism. Here's how you -- as a family member, friend, neighbour or even just as a friendly acquaintance or concerned citizen -- can help families affected by autism.

What Your Last Name Can Tell You About Your Ancestors

Lesley Anderson | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

Have you ever thought about your last name and where it might have come from? It's hard for us today to believe that there was a time, not that long ago, when many people didn't have a last name. So, where did last names come from, and were they assigned or randomly selected? In fact, there are a number of ways your ancestors might have first acquired the surname you currently use.

13 Signs Our Family's Spent Too Much Time Snowed in Together in PEI

Lori Gard | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

I have a healthy appreciation for the winter storm, but three days housebound is a little much. So in gratitude to the fair weather we had Saturday our family made a trek to our local Chinese restaurant, at which time Husband proposed a toast to "surviving the storm." In light of this toast, I made a list of the top 13 ways which illustrate most clearly that The Family has spent a little bit too much time together lately...

A Letter To Big Silly

Mike Gallay | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada
Mike Gallay

Having spent 20 minutes verifying if yawns are contagious between people and pets, my Bernese Mountain Dog, Big Silly, is frustrated with me. I sense ...

We Don't Want to Make the Same Mistakes Our Mothers Did

Katie Boland | Posted 03.07.2014 | Canada Living
Katie Boland

I think people my age, more than generations previously, have friendships with their parents. You talk about things you maybe shouldn't. For women our age, there is less of a physical and intellectual generation gap between mothers and daughters.

Illness Can Strike at Any Time -- Insure Your Savings

Jane Blaufus | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Living
Jane Blaufus

If you suffered a critical illness and if money were no object, I am sure all of us would spend every last dime we had to recover and get on with our lives. Sadly, most of us are not in such a position. Therefore, where would one get the money if there were no bottomless money pouch available? Here are some ways you can use critical illness insurance to fill a financial void.

If You Can't Warm Your Toes This February, Warm Your Heart

Lesley Anderson | Posted 04.24.2014 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

If you're looking for a way to beat the winter blues, take a look at the circumstances that surrounded the marriages of your ancestors and discover what kind of lives they lived with their spouses. You could find a love story that warms your heart, if not your toes, this winter. Here are some helpful tips to get you started.

12 Things To Do This Family Day

Rania Walker | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Living
Rania Walker

In addition to the special events and interactive exhibits at most major tourist attractions, here is a list of virtually free things to do around the GTA, most of which will give you an opportunity to try something new or different by virtue of the favourable price tag.

Winter's Not So Bad In Finger Lakes, NY

Rania Walker | Posted 04.04.2014 | Canada Travel
Rania Walker

Turns out, Finger Lakes is a full-year destination, with indoor and outdoor activities to keep you busy for weeks at a time. The Finger Lakes Region extends from Rochester to the West, Syracuse to the East, Lake Ontario to the North, and all the way to the Pennsylvania Border to the south. Here's our list of the Top 10 things for families to do.

Root for Your Ancestors During the 2014 Olympic Games

Lesley Anderson | Posted 03.27.2014 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

The Winter Olympics in Sochi is just around the corner, and like most Canadians I am looking forward to cheering on Canada's team members. While we have a lot of medal hopefuls, the reality is that I love all the Olympic sports, even those with no Canadians competing. So I have dilemma, who should I cheer for in those circumstances?

Top 7 Travel Tips to Get the Most For Your Vacation Dollars in 2014

Rania Walker | Posted 03.01.2014 | Canada Travel
Rania Walker

This year as we get down to setting our resolutions for 2014, why not set aside a resolution to travel more. Most of us like to travel and explore, or get a change of scenery -- with the family, as a couple or even alone. Here are the top seven travel tips to help you make 2014 your best travel year yet!

Make 2014 the Year You Commit to Getting Financially Fit and Healthy

Jane Blaufus | Posted 02.28.2014 | Canada Living
Jane Blaufus

This New Year as you make your resolutions, commit to making one that will get you healthy and fit -- financially. While setting personal resolutions have become second nature, the New Year should also be the time each of us sits down with family. Talk about what your financial goals are in 2014 and what you need to have in place to ensure that your family is protected and aware.

Explore Your Family History This Holiday Season

Lesley Anderson | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

Almost 60 per cent of Canadians will spend this holiday season with at least two generations of their family. With all this time spent together, it's nice to have fun projects to collaborate on. A fun one could be building your family tree and looking in to your past.

Share Your Holiday Stories

Deri Latimer | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

Ali and Max 2000 Christmas morning, 2000. Max was 3 and Ali was 6. Our tradition had been (and still is) that Randy headed downstairs to turn on the...

How to Survive the Holidays With Kids: Top 5 Tips For Parents

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

The festive season, not surprisingly, can be one that causes anxiety for many of us who are trying to balance parenting along with all of the other responsibilities. The good news is that there are ways for parents to alleviate the stresses that are a very real part of the holidays. By following the tips below, you can survive the festive season with the kids -- and even enjoy them as well.

How Do You Celebrate Holidays After Losing a Loved One?

Elizabeth Berrien | Posted 01.27.2014 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Berrien

The idea of a jolly holiday is like rubbing salt in the wound when our loved one isn't there. Honour your grief. You may find a completely new way of handling celebratory occasions by starting new traditions, or you may feel more comfortable sticking to old ones. Either way, you will know what feels right.

Reclaiming Supper Hour -- Who's With Me?

Lori Gard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

It is time we took back what is rightfully ours, families of the world. It is time we re-claimed our rights to that all-important evening hour -- a time once known as supper, which held the power in its reach to gather together people from diverse activities and places and in so doing, press the pause button.

Getting a Grip Before the Holiday Chaos

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Because I work for the aid and develpment agency World Vision, we've always had the World Vision Gift Catalogue around the house. You might have seen it? You choose a specific gift for a family in a poor community overseas, and give it in honour of someone you love or admire.

This Year, I'm Giving Thanks for My Union

Jerry Dias | Posted 10.13.2013 | Canada Politics
Jerry Dias

This year I'm thankful for things like a good home and a family to share it with, and the ability to provide for that family and to help our children pursue the opportunities in their lives. I'm also thankful for having been a member of a union which made all that possible. But for this year, too many families are struggling in low-paying and precarious jobs that make it difficult -- if not impossible -- to provide a decent standard of living for their loved ones.

Everything I'm Thankful For This Year

Jane Blaufus | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Jane Blaufus

As I plan the menu for Sunday's meal and gaze out the window at the leaves turning their brilliant red, orange and yellow colours I cannot help but think how lucky I am for the life I live and it turned my thoughts to what I am thankful for.

Letting My Daughter Walk Home Alone for the First Time - Ack!

Tracie Wagman | Posted 12.10.2013 | Canada Living
Tracie Wagman

My oldest is in sixth grade and one day a couple of weeks ago I showed up at school to pick her up and she said: "I'm going to walk home alone with Cathy." My first reaction was: OK, great, less driving for me and more time for errands! Then it hit me: she was walking home alone! But there are cars and strangers and scary things out there. Was she going to be OK?

What I Learned This Week: How To Leave A (Real) Legacy

Andy Nulman | Posted 11.30.2013 | Canada Business
Andy Nulman

I had dinner with an old friend in Toronto last week, and as old friends do, we discussed heady matters like concerts, sports, food...and legacy. My take on the subject was a little rough, and somewhat cynical, going as far as to say that "Legacy ain't what it used to be."

Change Divorce Law in Canada. Now.

Andrew Feldstein | Posted 11.25.2013 | Canada Politics
Andrew Feldstein

Today, I launched an advocacy initiative called It's Time For Justice. For 20 years now, we have been talking about improving access to justice in Canada and we have made barely any progress. We need to reduce both the time and costs to get divorced.