Canada Family

My Mixed-Race Family Has No Set Culture, But We Have Each Other

Mike Sholars | Posted 08.24.2016 | Canada Living
Mike Sholars

No one knows what my family is, or how exactly we all relate to each other at first sight, but it's always been a question of where we come from, and implicitly, a question of what we're doing here at all. I have never met someone who shares my ethnic mix (outside of my brother) in my entire life. My grandma divorced her husband. My mom ran off and married a black dude. They've never said it to my face, but I've figured that a lot of the amazing and independent choices my parents made as women didn't totally click with a lot of what India was telling women to be back in the day.

Send Your Kids Back To School With Healthy Lunches

Shahzadi Devje | Posted 08.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Shahzadi Devje

With 2 months of summer vacation, it can be difficult to adjust back to the school routine. But like all good things, this too must come to an end, and make way for new beginnings. As many of us prepare for the start of school, the 'to do' list may feel a little overwhelming. And if you are feeling worried about meal planning, we've got you covered. Registered Dietitians share their best meal planning tricks to ease your transition and ace back to school.

7 Tips To Have A Stress-Free Family Vacation

Booking.com | Posted 08.10.2016 | Canada Travel
Booking.com

After your last family vacation, you may have realized that travelling with the whole gang can pose some unique challenges. From packing stress to long car rides, bringing the entire family can be hectic. Thankfully, we know a thing or two about how to have the family vacation of a lifetime.

Do Your Financial Homework On Back-To-School Extracurricular Activities

Brian Gervais | Posted 08.02.2016 | Canada Parents
Brian Gervais

It's peak Alberta summer right now; everything is green, the days are long and the sun is finally shining. Which feels like the worst time to utter those three dreaded words: back-to-school. But it really is true; the early bird gets the worm. This is an especially apt metaphor for all of the extracurricular activities that start up when September rolls around.

The Overworked And Overtired Mom's Guide To Taking A Vacation

Sharon Vinderine | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada Travel
Sharon Vinderine

I am one of those people who always feels guilty about leaving the office, leaving the team, leaving the kids. Guess what? I got over it. By the time you finish reading this, you'll be over it too.

Protecting Your Family Through Life's Twists And Turns

Kelly Swanson | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada Parents
Kelly Swanson

Critical illness is a term used to describe a variety of life altering and unexpected health conditions that can severely impact the way we live.... Many Canadians mistakenly believe they are already covered should these types of illnesses arise, or they don't appreciate some of the hidden financial impacts associated with a critical illness.

Simple Changes In Divorce Laws Could Save Canadians Thousands

Andrew Feldstein | Posted 07.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Andrew Feldstein

The way the law works needs to change. As a lawyer, I would much rather help a dozen clients for a few hours each, on an unbundled basis, than spend weeks representing one client in a drawn-out trial. I am confident many of my colleagues feel the same.

Your Children Should Not Be Your Life's Purpose

Alyson Jones | Posted 07.05.2016 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

I feel that parenting is my responsibility, but I do not feel that my role of mother or wife or daughter is my purpose. I do not feel my role of counsellor or teacher, author or business woman is my purpose. My purpose does not feel as though it can be defined by a role, any role, in my life.

Canada Must Protect Its Children And Respect International Law

Tara Collins | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Tara Collins

The Egyptian regime is barring the Al-Qazzaz family from returning to their home in Canada, and has seized a significant amount of their assets, including the family business. The case has drawn lots of international criticism, and it's not hard to see why, given that it involves the violation of several United Nations instruments.

Tempting Teen Taste Buds: 15 Family-Friendly Recipes

BiteMeMore.com | Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada Living
BiteMeMore.com

Our dedication to family mealtime remains strong and that's why we've come up with these delicious family-friendly recipes, foolproof recipes that not only answer the question, "What's for dinner?" but also help you serve it up in a quick and easy way.

What Filling Out The Census Actually Does

Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada Living

If you haven’t completed the 2016 Census, there’s still time to do so before enumerators make their way to your neighbourhood and come knocking on your door.

Mandatory Paternity Leave Is An Investment In Career And Family

Reva Seth | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Reva Seth

I appreciate that the word "mandatory" is off-putting, but the benefits that come with mandatory paternity leave are an incredible web of interwoven and reinforcing benefits -- in terms of improved gender equality, child's health, the valuing of care, as well as greater life happiness and deeper relationships.

Playing The Waiting Game With My Cancer

Rebecca Drotos | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada Living
Rebecca Drotos

My doctor led into it, not being awkward and beating around the bush. He used the medical platitudes often trotted out for chronic lymphomas in general, as in: "This is the good cancer," and "You will likely die with this cancer, but not from this cancer." I just stared at him.

My Father Proved One Man's Goodness Can Span Generations

Linda Simpson | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

There have been thousands of pages devoted to the skills necessary to raise a child. I am quite sure my father never read one book about parenting. Common sense was his guiding force. He was a humble, compassionate man who knew right from wrong, and good from bad.

Do You Want To Be Right Or Do You Want To Be Kind?

Silken Laumann | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Living
Silken Laumann

Kindness matters, I know this, I coach this, I speak about the power of kindness, and yet -- in my primary relationship (you know, that relationship with my husband), being kind seems to be in a wrestling match with being right. Being right just feels so good. It is a lustful emotion, an instinctual one, a need that can be sort of addiction.

Passing Cottage Property Onto Your Kids Is No Walk Along The Lake

Jeet Dhillon | Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada Living
Jeet Dhillon

For many families a cottage is a place of special moments, milestones and memories. However, having a recreational property is not always fun and games -- there are also many costs and responsibilities that come along with ownership, especially when transferring the property to your children.

How Your Family Drives Business Decisions

Dale Turken | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada Business
Dale Turken

For many of us, working a regular day job is a means to support our families and loved ones. We trade our time from nine to five for a paycheck; we invest the money from that paycheck into our private lives and family. We trade our time for money, and use that money to improve our quality of life. But many working parents are beginning to realize there are alternate arrangements that might work better for their families -- and for themselves professionally.

When Grandparents Become Strangers In Their Own Homes

Amrita Sandhu | Posted 06.01.2016 | Canada Living
Amrita Sandhu

I see a whole lot of people treating their grandparents like second hand family members. They grumble and moan when they ask them for anything or to be taken anywhere. Their request is usually for a five minute trip to one of three places - the temple, doctors office, or the bank. How hard is that? It doesn't have to be such a nuisance.

Moms And Money Management On Global Parents Day

Brian Gervais | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada Alberta
Brian Gervais

June 1 is the Global Day of Parents. Beyond traditional life lessons (think tying your shoes and learning to ride a bike), parents are also responsible for imparting good money management skills to their children. Traditionally it was men who were largely responsible for long term investing and financial planning for their families. But that's so 1960s. Good financial habits are something everyone can develop, and for many people, that starts with learning from their parents -- from Mom or Dad.

No Rhyme Or Reason Behind Canadian Family's Ordeal In Egypt

Nadia Abu-Zahra | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadia Abu-Zahra

Swept up in the dream of democracy, it seemed, her hubby took a consulting role. But the civil service in which he served was as short-lived as a drumroll. No sooner had he turned 34 (on his birthday, no less) that he was slammed in jail by a general who ruled the state under duress.

Eat This, Not That At Mexico's Hyatt Ziva Cancun

Tiffany Leigh | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Travel
Tiffany Leigh

There are nine restaurants and seven bars that offer a spectrum of international cuisines and drinks. As your willing guinea pig, I sampled my way through as many eateries as possible. Here are my top recommendations for what you should and should not devour.

4 Scientifically-Proven Ways To Be Happy

Nikki Fotheringham | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Living
Nikki Fotheringham

You may not think that science has ventured into just how we acquire the old "syrup of yahoo," but it has. You may also think that what makes people happy differs greatly from one person to the next, but we are surprisingly homogeneous in our tastes. If you're not making the most out of every day, here's some proven ways to motivate more mirth.

True Or False? The 2016 Census Edition

Posted 05.23.2016 | Canada Living

In collaboration with Statistics Canada, we dispel a few common misconceptions about the census with a game of true and false. Ready to play?

It's Time We All Take Skin Cancer More Seriously

Her Magazine | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Living
Her Magazine

My daughter saved my life. In the doctor's office for her sore throat, she urged me to have our physician look at my mole. The mole I had had on my hip all my life, the mole that had changed colour and shape over the course of six months, the mole that I would quickly learn had mutated into stage 3b melanoma.

LGBT Muslim Youth Deserve The Love Of Both Their Families

Junaid Jahangir | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Living
Junaid Jahangir

LGBT Muslim youth deserve the unconditional love of their families and their larger, faith-based families. They should not have to deal with homelessness or estrangement from their families irrespective of any theological differences on same-sex marriages.