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How To Rewrite Love This Valentine's Day

Lesley Anderson | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

With Valentine's Day around the corner, people everywhere are scrambling to figure out a special way to show their loved one they care. If you're looking for a unique way of expressing affection to that special someone in your life, why not try something out of the ordinary.

No Longer The Centre Of Their Universe

Julie Nowell | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Parents
Julie Nowell

The kids are growing up, and as they do so, drifting away. Their independence is greater than their need. I think back to those days when I was smothered in children. When I knew every moment of their day. When our lives were so entwined it was difficult to see where one started and the other left off. When they were a part of me, and I was a part of them.

Two Sisters Are Reinventing Caregiving For Their Aging Parents

Natalie Strouth | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

When Carol and Theresa's mom was diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer's and their dad's vision started failing, the news was met with some denial -- and their parents' groaning aversion to leaving their home of over forty years. The sisters, one of whom is my mother-in-law, came to realize that they are now parenting their own parents. In coming to terms with this they also realized that they each need support too. The result is an inspiring and positive arrangement. They've become "co-caregivers."

It's Tough To Admit That My Siblings And I Don't Speak Anymore

Her Magazine | Posted 01.29.2016 | Canada Living
Her Magazine

A few weekends ago, while we were at my parents' home, my oldest child asked me if I had a sister. I wasn't quite sure how to answer her. Yes, I do have a sister, and I've had her for 33 years. But no, we don't see each other and we don't speak to each other.

Hot Oven, Heavy Scale

Leigh and Meg | Posted 01.19.2016 | Canada Living
Leigh and Meg

For some time now, Leigh and I have understood that some ovens are "hot". A hot oven is warmer than it says it is. Our mom will still say, "This is ...

Diets Are Stupid, And Other Things To Tell My Daughter

Deborah Fulsang | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Deborah Fulsang

On this second week of January when so many of us have thrown in the towel on our January 1 resolutions -- apparently only eight per cent of people actually manage to succeed with their New Year's goals -- I'm here to diss "The Diet" in favour of common sense, moderation and a few other nuggets of truth I want to pass on to my daughter.

It Might Be Too Late For Parents To Stand Up To Their Kids

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

It all starts from the day they're born. I am proposing that, to paraphrase any person from England, you start the way you mean to go on. Let them take over your night's sleep for longer than a year? Hmmmm. Jeopardize every social plan you try to commit to? Not good.

How To Drive Your Daughter Bat-Crap Crazy

Lenora Thompson | Posted 01.04.2016 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

If, by some miracle, she makes it to age eighteen still sound of mind, it's time to bask in her glory! Sure, throw the big graduation party, but make sure it's all about you, baby!

This Year, Leave Your Office Worries At The Front Door

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 12.31.2015 | Canada Living
Rhonda Scharf

Think back to the last time you arrived home and told your family you'd had a bad day. You probably expected them to cut you some slack, and perhaps forgive you for being in a bad mood. Why do we do that? Why do we behave the worst with the people we love the most?

2016 Is The Year I Kick My Addiction To Work

Lenora Thompson | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

Last night, my husband spoke the three most terrifying words in the English language. "Take a break." I was horrified. My blood ran cold. "But, but..." "No buts about it. Take the day off. Why don't you have some fun?" he suggested, smiling. Fun? Fun!? I drew a blank. And that's when I knew I had a problem.

The Meaning Of Christmas Extends Beyond Family

Silken Laumann | Posted 12.24.2015 | Canada Living
Silken Laumann

I can feel the shift happening in our family, the shift from it being all about us being together and caring about one another, to Christmas being about caring for others as well. I think this most accurately reflects the true spirit of Christmas, whether we are Christian or not.

Imagine Spending Christmas Without Family Because You're Gay

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 12.23.2015 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

As we speak, there are thousands of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender folks from across the world who are not able to spend Christmas with their families this year. They have been beaten, cursed at and made to feel like they do not belong, leading them to say goodbye to their family and friends.

Top 10 Travel Products For Adventuring Families

Amanda Blakley | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Parents
Amanda Blakley

As a seasoned traveller, my wanderlust runs deep (from backpacking to business travel, I have circled the globe numerous times). Now as a mother of two, I am passionate about cultivating and passing along that love of travel to my children by placing an importance on collecting experiences, not things.

New Year's Resolutions: Why We Do What We Do

Beverley Golden | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Living
Beverley Golden

Making New Year's resolutions originated with the Babylonians, who reportedly made promises to the Gods in hopes they'd earn good favour in the coming year. If health is number one on people's resolution list every year, I was curious what other resolutions people continue to commit to.

Why I Choose To Be Alone At Christmas

Lenora Thompson | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

Some are geographically distant from those they hold dear and raise a solitary glass to absent friends. Others have lost loved ones to the grave. But for many of us, "no contact" is a choice we consciously made. Loneliness is simply less painful than the agony of spending time with our toxic families.

How A Family Dealt With Their Newborn's Series Of Surgeries

Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Living

Every week, The Huffington Post Canada will be sharing the story of a patient at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and their family. By fo...

Let's Stop Enabling The Meddlers In Our Lives

Lenora Thompson | Posted 12.17.2015 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

This Christmas, their laser-beam eyes are focused on you. You're the dish of the day. You're gonna be stuffed with advice and ladled with criticism. Because they can't stand themselves. Deep in their souls, they feel like failures. What better antidote than subtly belittling you via the mechanism of meddling.

Feeding The Kids Versus Eating As A Family

Her Magazine | Posted 12.17.2015 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

Since when did feeding the kids and eating dinner become two separate activities? Kids with regular family meals have less depression, better marks and higher self-esteem.

What I Learned From My Parents' Marriage

Leigh and Meg | Posted 12.16.2015 | Canada Parents
Leigh and Meg

Put one another first. This sounds super cheesy, but it wasn't overt. It was a quiet knowing, which all of us were aware of, my parents loved one another and that came before anything else. They were an island, we had to swim to them.

Searching For Meaning Amid The Holiday Madness

Lori Gard | Posted 12.15.2015 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Can we truly celebrate Christmas the way it is meant to be celebrated: intentionally, heart-fully, deliberately? Doing so without partaking in everything the season has to offer (complete with all the mayhem and chaos)? Does every moment have to count?

Dementia Will Never Truly Take Away My Aunt Claire

Ngaio Hotte | Posted 12.15.2015 | Canada Living
Ngaio Hotte

As a little girl, Aunt Claire was always my favourite. The oldest of my mother's siblings she was, to me, the picture of elegance. With her manicured nails, flawless make-up and effortless-looking hair, she could have put the ladies behind Holt Renfrew's cosmetics counter to shame.

This Christmas, Celebrate Like A Centenarian

Lenora Thompson | Posted 12.15.2015 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

Only do the traditional holiday stuff you enjoy doing. If cooking a Christmas feast makes you miserable, your family will be thrilled with frozen pizza. Make the Christmas of 2015 about who we are instead of what we do, buy or cook.

How A Young Girl And Her Family Deal With Larsen Syndrome

Posted 12.15.2015 | Canada Living

Every week, The Huffington Post Canada will be sharing the story of a patient at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and their family. By fo...

Why I Insist On Weekly Visits With My 97-Year-Old Grandmother

Her Magazine | Posted 12.12.2015 | Canada Living
Her Magazine

"Bubbie keeps asking you the same question because her brain has stopped being able to hold information that is recent, such as what you did today or what she might be thinking at a particular moment. She loves you very much and just being with her makes her feel very happy."

The Secret To A Perfect Holiday Meal

Stephen Perrin | Posted 12.11.2015 | Canada Living
Stephen Perrin

This season is all about family traditions. I have a few of my own, both at home and at my restaurants:Terra and Sarpa in Richmond Hill, Francobollo in Toronto, and Rusty's in Collingwood. I'm usually working until Christmas Eve, so I make my turkey days in advance. My secret?