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Elder Mediation Could Soon Become a Staple in Age-Related Care

AlzLIVE | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

Mom has Alzheimer's disease, your siblings refuse to talk to one another, and your kids are too busy to lend a helping hand. Somehow, all the caregiving duties have been left to you. What to do? Call an elder mediator. The practice is much like other forms of mediation.

Why Same-Sex Parents Shouldn't Take Canadian Policy for Granted

Allison Lee | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Parents
Allison Lee

This week my Facebook news feed has blown up with profile pictures featuring the red equals sign and posts about the SCOTUS hearing. The one that has the potential to grant (or continue to deny) same-sex couples rights that most heterosexual couples take completely for granted. Rights about what happens if their spouse dies. Rights about recognizing non-gestational parents as parents. It is absolutely horrifying to me to think that if The Bean were born in the U.S. rather than Canada that I would not be recognized as his parent. I am also holding my breath. For my friends. For my family. For rights that I usually take for granted, but know many are still struggling to achieve.

Becoming a Mother Saved Me From Alcoholism

Stephanie McDougall | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Stephanie McDougall

Giving up drinking for nine months was easy. It was a no brainer. Plus I was so nauseous I don't think I could have had a drink even if I had wanted to. But here's the kicker. I've officially given up alcohol. For good. My son is almost one year old and I'm coming up to two years sober.

A Letter to the Woman I Was One Year Ago

Glynis Ratcliffe | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Glynis Ratcliffe

Oh sweet, sad Mama. You are in the thick of it right now, and I know you can't see a way out. It's hard enough being the mom of a spirited two-year-old, but add on an unplanned pregnancy and having to put your own big plans on hiatus? It's no wonder you're feeling low, confused and scared.

Remembering My Mother, a Woman Who Deserved So Much More

Jason Najum | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Jason Najum

My mother missed her children's weddings. Missed the birth of her grandchild. In that grand balance up in the sky, measuring who gave and who took, my mother's ledger is a study of injustice. I doubt there has ever been an adult soul who took less, whose footprint was lighter. She never harmed or blasphemed or burdened; she was not perfect, but her faults were small and were her own, never imposing them on others. She deserved more. A lot more.

Plan Ahead: When a Power of Attorney Is Challenged

Suzana Popovic-Montag | Posted 05.09.2015 | Canada Business
Suzana Popovic-Montag

It is often wise to do everything you can to avoid bringing these matters to court. Litigation is expensive and emotionally draining. Avoiding it through the use of alternate methods is recommended. Many of these disputes can be defused before they begin through communication.

For Some People, Mother's Day Is a Little More Complicated

Jacki Andre | Posted 05.09.2015 | Canada Parents
Jacki Andre

Since my mom died almost 10 years ago, I've struggled with Mother's Day. It doesn't help that I am also childless and single. Mother's Day is typically a mix of happy memories and sad introspection for me. I'm not the only one who finds Mother's Day complicated. When I recently polled my friends, I found a wellspring of Mother's Day heartache, and stories and tangents I had not considered.

The Only Thing I Want for Mother's Day Doesn't Have a Price

Julie Nowell | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Parents
Julie Nowell

I am about to experience my 12th Mother's Day, and this year I want to share a secret to dads and kids everywhere about what us moms really want. I didn't realize it until my daughter gave me a gift this past birthday. It was simple, cost nothing, and has awakened me to what I really want in life.

My Mother's Parting Gift to Me Was a Second Chance

Sue Nador | Posted 05.07.2015 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

My mom died a few days after Mother's Day last year. A week earlier, she gave me an unexpected gift. There are so many tragedies that happen every single day in hospitals, but my story has a happy ending. She gave me a second chance to find peace in my relationship with her.

When Our Daughter Became Sick, We Found Strength in Nature

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 04.28.2015 | Canada Living
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

In 2010, our five-year-old daughter, Lily, was diagnosed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Whenever Lily was released from the hospital, and the weather cooperated, we headed outside. We really started to depend on these adventures, these outdoor excursions, to get us through the bad days and help Lily along her road to recovery. According to the National Environmental Educational Foundation, exposure to nature can reduce stress levels by as much as 28 per cent in children. Health benefits of nature may include reduced anxiety and depression, increased energy and immunity, decreased stress and improved mental health.

Memory Clinics Make Treating Alzheimer's a Family Affair

AlzLIVE | Posted 04.28.2015 | Canada Living
AlzLIVE

For six years, Mike and Pat went to the memory clinic four times a year; they were long visits, each lasting a few hours. What sets this approach apart from other family practices that don't offer a dedicated memory clinic is that services were not only for the patient.

Should I Donate to a Child in Need, or Pay for My Loving Dog's Surgery?

Sue Nador | Posted 04.24.2015 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

My dog was carefully assessed, x-rayed, and operated on by the best veterinary surgeon, and then received excellent private follow-up care. All of this cost several thousands of dollars. I did not think twice about spending the money. But after reading a piece in the New York Times recently, John and I began to grapple with the ethics of directing so much money to an animal.

Six Steps to Becoming a Hero to Your Children

Alyson Jones | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

The problem for many parents is that they want to become friends with their children, rather than heroes. Our children do not need more friends, and they certainly do not need their parents competing with their friends for their attention. But as a hero, you can find a way to transform challenge into growth.

Returning to Work Has Given Me a New Appreciation for Working Moms

Tally Abecassis | Posted 04.17.2015 | Canada Living
Tally Abecassis

I don't want to read any more arguments about who has it harder, whose work is "real work," who is contributing more to society, or who is doing a better job ensuring her kids become stable, non-homicidal adults. I'm proposing a new form of Internet literature, where one group of moms singles out another group of moms for a job well done.

6 Things You Shouldn't Say to Someone Coping With Depression

Kiesha Frue | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Living
Kiesha Frue

As someone who has had depression for years, I have been in several situations where I've tried to exchange words with someone who clearly didn't understand how to talk with me when I was in one of my "down" days; it was both unproductive for them and harmful to me.

24 Reasons To Be Glad You Have A Sibling

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 04.10.2015 | Canada Living

As much as they may have annoyed you when you were younger, there are so many benefits to having a sibling. Whether you're making fun of your parents,...

Tips on Flying with Infants

Angie Campanelli | Posted 04.05.2015 | Canada Travel
Angie Campanelli

As a mom to a one-year-old and step-mom to a 10-year-old I am far from a parenting expert. But what I am an expert in is flying with kids. Here's how we survived so many excursions with a baby.

7 Steps to Renew Your Life This Easter

Alyson Jones | Posted 04.02.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Utilizing Easter as a renewal time is relatively simple, and can assist you in creating the space you need to live your exceptional life. You can do this as an individual exercise that is personal and private, or you can take some this Easter weekend and gather the family to discuss each point. Here are the seven steps to renewing your life.

6 Things My 90-Year-Old Grandfather Has Taught Me About Life

Buzz Bishop | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Living
Buzz Bishop

I don't take my grandfather for granted. I soak up every single second I'm lucky enough to spend with him. I often wonder if, when I see him, if that will be the last time. After all, he's the only grand I have left. So what have I learned watching my grandfather? What lessons can I take from a man who has made it to 90 and shows no sign of slowing down? Here are six things.

MRSA Is More Widespread Than You Think

Jason Tetro | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Based on the analysis, the length of time MRSA lingered in a home was between two and eight years. In the process, the bacteria simply transferred within the confines of the home. The presence of MRSA in the community, such as the home or public places, continues to be a concern for public health officials.

10 Tips to Spring Cleaning Inside and Out

Alyson Jones | Posted 05.17.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

As the warm weather returns the windows are being thrown open to let the fresh air in again, and with this breath of fragrant air comes the chance to put our homes and our lives in order. Here are some tips for how to utilize spring as an opportunity to de-clutter both the physical and emotional worlds.

Coffee with Old Friends

Rob Mitchell | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Living
Rob Mitchell

A recent interview on the Podcast 'Bullseye' focused in aging, the passage of time and our perceptions on the world during various points in our lives...

How to Entertain Your Kids During Spring Break

Rania Walker | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada
Rania Walker

If you too have possibly exhausted every family farm and play place, and may be looking for some simpler things to do, here are some tips and ideas for how to plan and survive the March Break without too much expense, or guilt, and create some adventures and memories along the way. Remember these don't have to be all day events, just "breaks" throughout the week.

Yet Another Reason to Stay in the Shade on Vacation

Angie Campanelli | Posted 04.11.2015 | Canada Travel
Angie Campanelli

For the second time in 10 months, I vacationed to a hot, sunny, gorgeous place only to return to the dead of winter, pasty pale. My, how times have changed. When it comes down to it, you can buy 'tan in a can' or get a spray tan any time, but you can't buy time with your family.

How to Hit the Spiritual "Reset Button" in Your Life

Debra Macleod | Posted 03.09.2015 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

As a couples mediator, January is always an extra-busy month for my practice. There is always a wave of clients seeking to improve their relationships and family lives so that the new year is a happier one than the old year was. They want to hit the reset button in their lives.