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The Importance Of Taking Time For You

Dina Pestonji | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada Living
Dina Pestonji

A few months ago, a lovely little birdie (aka my smart, insightful sister) told me something that I took to heart. She said "You don't want to be the reason you fail." If I work so hard and burnout, I will not be able to build a successful company.

How To Introduce Your Pet To Your Baby

Melanie Braga | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Melanie Braga

When my husband and I moved into a place of our own, we knew that we wanted to share our lives with a furry family member. We decided that adopting a cat would be the best option for us. We adopted our cat, Lily (6 years old), from a humane society in 2009 and she instantly brought great joy to us. As soon as we got the news of a baby entering our lives, we knew we had to start early in teaching Lily that a new family member will be joining us. Here's how we did it.

The Importance Of The Grandparent Relationship

Her Magazine | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

How does the real connection happen when those involved are at opposite ends of the age spectrum? How do people at such different points in their lives and from different generations find common ground?

My Unborn Daughter Is Already Challenging Me

James Di Fiore | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada Parents
James Di Fiore

I'm 39 years old. I'm not all that proud of my behaviour as a teenager and young adult. It's been years since the last time I viewed a woman as a sexual conquest, but the impending arrival of a daughter has me swimming back into my past, and I feel the riptide of guilt pulling me under. Like the conman who becomes an FBI agent, maybe I can use my ingrained flaws and experiences as a method to shape my daughter into a young woman who could see a guy like me coming a mile away.

The Story Of How I Found My Family's Historic Home

Lesley Anderson | Posted 04.18.2016 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

A story that always struck me growing up was that of my great-grandmother Florence Crofts whose mother died when she was just five. She was sent to live with her grandparents at Windwhistle Farm in Grassmoor, a little village close to Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England.

A Love Letter To My PMS

Lenora Thompson | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

One time I heard that menopause is the last chance a woman has to straighten out whatever isn't right in her life. It's her last time of insight into the reality that "all is not well in the kingdom." I wonder, dear PMS, if you aren't a microcosm of that concept. My anger may actually be an insight into truth.

11 Positive Gift Ideas To Cheer Up Sad People

Reggie Ramone | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Living
Reggie Ramone

With last week's unwelcoming snowfall coming to an end, we're headed for warmer days and patio-ready weather. For the glass is half full type, it's time to prepare for the fun of spring and summer -- hooray! For the glass is half empty type... well, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) doesn't stop at the sight of spring.

A Letter To My Sister

Alyce Kominetsky | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Living
Alyce Kominetsky

With every new life experience the gap between us continues to fade... Even though the distance separates us physically, our bond is stronger than ever. I treasure our long chats about everything and nothing at all. I treasure the time we do have together. Each moment is a gift. But, most of all, I treasure you. My big sis. You are my constant, my rock, my sounding board, my very best friend.

This Beautiful Wedding Took Place At A Hospital

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 04.07.2016 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Last fall, Adrian's father Anthony started complaining of abdominal discomfort. Within a matter of weeks, Anthony was admitted to the Sunnybrook palliative care unit. Adrian and Rika knew his illness was becoming more severe, so with Anthony's blessing, decided to get married at the hospital.

#TalkToMe: Words Of Wisdom From Working Parents To Their Kids

Zeeshan Hayat | Posted 04.07.2016 | Canada Parents
Zeeshan Hayat

Our kids are very talkative, full of energy, but put them in front of a camera and they instantly shied away with a loss for words. This loss of words only lasted a few short seconds, however, until they took the reins of the interview.

5 Reasons It's Okay To Always Be On Your Phone

Jamie Logie | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada Living
Jamie Logie

As much as people say our human interaction has become limited due to our use of phones the truth is when you're in an environment you can embrace, the human connection will take over. Our phones have helped bridge the gap in getting us where we want to be with the people we want to be with, whether it's concerts, restaurants, movies or sporting events. The human connection and experience is still the goal, it's just that phones help us accomplish this a little faster.

Let's Be There For Our Caregivers

Natalie Strouth | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

It's a lot to take on, and it's a difficult workload to maintain. Ultimately the caregiver has to make sacrifices in some area of their life, and it's usually their own emotional, physical or mental well-being that suffers the consequences. Sound familiar? Probably.

Caretaking Tips For Seniors With Diabetes

Optimum Care | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada Living
Optimum Care

Caring for seniors with diabetes comes with unique challenges. While many seniors may have been managing their diabetes on their own for quite some time, they often require more help as they age. And while managing diabetes can be tough, it's definitely not impossible. If you do your homework, take the time to understand the disease, and remain diligent, you can help your loved ones stay happy and healthy with or without diabetes. Here are some tips to get you started.

My Mother Taught Me Living To 100 Is All About Attitude

Beverley Golden | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada Living
Beverley Golden

When people ask what her "secret" is, she laughs, as she honestly cannot believe she is 100. That's a big part of what aging well looks like, too. Of all the lessons my mother leaves those who know her, is her love of living and desire to be here. To be active, to contribute and to live life to the max, regardless of your circumstances.

I'm Not Ready To Let Go Of My Memory-Filled Saskatoon Home

Jacki Andre | Posted 03.15.2016 | Canada Living
Jacki Andre

Last fall, a guy came knocking on my door. He had purchased the derelict house next door and wondered if I would sell my not-so-derelict house as well. I would be lying if I said I wasn't tempted. The housing market in Saskatoon isn't strong. A friend has had her house on the market for four months and hasn't had a single offer.

Balancing The Good, Bad, And Ugly Of Family And Business

Dale Turken | Posted 03.15.2016 | Canada Parents
Dale Turken

Startup life is a series of hard compromises. It's having to decide between taking my kids out on a Saturday or putting in the extra hours to get my startup business off the ground. It's the occasional argument with my wife about who's supposed to pick the kids up after school even though I know it's my turn but I got caught up sending my hundredth email of the day and lost track of time.

Support Our Young Female Athletes On And Off The Ice

Caroline Ouellette | Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Living
Caroline Ouellette

Women's hockey is evolving and the divide between female and male athletes is blurring. Canadians are viewing female athletes as just that, athletes. We're not satisfied with the notion of "they play well for a girls team." Female competitors play well, period.

Why Are Some Siblings So Hateful Towards Each Other?

Marcia Sirota | Posted 03.01.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Siblings can be our best friends or our worst enemies. I've heard of one sibling giving up a kidney for another; being a surrogate for another one's pregnancy, or giving another sibling the down-payment for a house. So what makes one sibling loving and the other hurtful? Mostly, it comes down to what happened during childhood.

There's No Glossing Over The Loss Of Miscarriage

Noemi LoPinto | Posted 02.15.2016 | Canada Parents
Noemi LoPinto

I think we do all women a disservice when we don't challenge the "Disneyfication" of our reproductive experience. Pregnancy is glorified as transcendent despite its many dark elements. Birth is similarly idealized. But miscarriages resist beatification; at best, they are an extremely efficient expulsion of expired reproductive material by one's own body.

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 a ...

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.