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How To Inadvertently Turn Your Kid Into A Sociopath

Marcia Sirota | Posted 03.24.2017 | Canada Parents
Marcia Sirota

Parents do their kids no favours when they're in denial of their child's capacity for behaving badly. Parents need to stop idealizing their children. They need to see that even their precious darlings are capable of behaving badly, and that it's their job to guide these children onto the right path in life. If parents remain this state of denial, their children are deprived of of this guidance.

Am I Destined To Become My Emotionally Unavailable Father?

James Di Fiore | Posted 03.21.2017 | Canada Parents
James Di Fiore

I've seen fathers go from being authentically overjoyed in the presence of their kids to becoming these sad, defeated men who can't even muster a hello, much less a toast at a family function. Worse, I've seen what it does to their kids. Hell, I am one of those kids.

Keeping The Divorce Talk Honest Can Help Your Kids Heal Faster

Alyson Jones | Posted 03.20.2017 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

We want to prepare and protect our child against something dangerous. Our protective role is clear. So the truly complicating factor that makes talking to your children about divorce so difficult is that the parents are the source of the pain.

Transferring The Family Cottage

Suzana Popovic-Montag | Posted 03.14.2017 | Canada Business
Suzana Popovic-Montag

The family cottage should invoke memories of warm weather, sunshine, and happiness. Unfortunately, for some, estate battles or family fights surrounding the cottage can tarnish these positive memories upon the death of the owner of the property.

March Break Foodie Fun For Kids

BiteMeMore.com | Posted 03.09.2017 | Canada Parents
BiteMeMore.com

The key to a fun March Break at home with the kids is having activities planned out to keep them busy. With just a little planning and preparation you can avoid the lineups and crowds and have some fun right at home. Here are 5 fun-filled (and delicious) activities for you and your kids that will lure them away from their screens and make the break fun and memorable for everyone!

Do You Struggle With Asking For Help Like I Do?

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 03.09.2017 | Canada Living
Rhonda Scharf

I can ask for help in the office, on the street and at home with no problem at all. But I struggle with asking for a hug when I need one, for understanding and patience, or for emotional support when I'm dealing with an issue I don't know how to deal with.

Make March Break More Meaningful For Your Teens

Marcia Sirota | Posted 03.06.2017 | Canada Parents
Marcia Sirota

Parents need to take advantage of every opportunity to redirect their teens' energies toward more constructive and fulfilling activities, or risk raising a generation of irresponsible, entitled youth with barely any coping skills to bring to their adult lives.

3 Key Habits That Will Help You Stay Organized

Allison Weigensberg | Posted 03.06.2017 | Canada Living
Allison Weigensberg

One of my bigger struggles as a professional organizer is how to translate my routines and processes into sharable tips and advice. So much of how I live my life in terms of my daily routines have become so automated that it can be hard for me to realize its efficiency until I step back and look at it.

Since My Miscarriages, I've Found A Way To Feel Like A Mom Again

Jen Arron | Posted 03.03.2017 | Canada Parents
Jen Arron

I'm a professional family photographer and I have one beautiful son. But I've been pregnant three times. Last year I endured two miscarriages in the span of 10 months. My weariness was palpable. It lay on me like a thick heavy blanket. So many questions arose. So much soul-searching. It felt like a crisis of my spirit.

Organizing Tips To Help The Sandwich Generation Manage It All

Professional Organizers in Canada | Posted 03.02.2017 | Canada Living
Professional Organizers in Canada

Whether it's young children growing up and needing your time for activities and school or aging parents needing extra attention, the generation caught in the middle of this is being spread thin. The sandwich generation has become the norm for Canadians, bringing packed schedules and extreme stress.

Spoiling Your Teen Is Ruining Their Life

Marcia Sirota | Posted 02.27.2017 | Canada Parents
Marcia Sirota

With Family Day fresh in my mind, I've been thinking about the way some teenagers are growing up these days. I see these kids all over. They're angry and frustrated, miserable and lost, and it's mainly the fault of their parents who've been letting them down.

This Is What Family Means To Us

BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson | Posted 02.21.2017 | Canada Parents
BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson

We are very fortunate that we live in Canada, more so Toronto, where we feel it is a progressive, open, accepting city. It is legal for gay people to live freely, marry whomever they love, and start a family. We are a family, just like any family out there. It is not OK to harass anyone based on their sexual orientation or for any other reason.

My Family Carried Me Through My Cancer Diagnosis

Tammy Taylor | Posted 02.17.2017 | Canada Alberta
Tammy Taylor

The notion that cancer touches everyone is true. The burden on the family is as great as the burden on the individual. But, the notion that out of hardship comes unexpected blessings is also true. Any cancer patient I have ever talked to expresses, in one way or another, the gifts that come from the diagnosis. It changes both the person and the family.

Low Expectations Are The Key To Happy Family Travel

Angie Campanelli | Posted 02.10.2017 | Canada Parents
Angie Campanelli

If you're thinking about taking a trip with your kids to get away from it all, think again. Know what you're getting into. Know that it might be even more difficult than life at home. Know that it could be messy, tiring and ugly at times. But it's honestly the best thing ever.

Finding Normalcy In The Face Of Cancer

Valerie DeBaie | Posted 02.10.2017 | Canada Living
Valerie DeBaie

Looking back on my life, I never would have guessed how important my everyday joys and routines were to me. Now that my husband and I have experienced life without them, I understand the significance of cherishing life and what you have; living in the moment. This was especially clear to me when I was diagnosed with cancer.

Why I Was Scared To Have A Son

BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada Parents
BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson

Even as a young child, I knew I wanted to be a father. But I also knew I was gay. So while fatherhood has always been a dream of mine, I lived with the fear that gay men just didn't have children, so I'd never be a dad.

Game-Changing Snacks For Your Super Bowl Party

BiteMeMore.com | Posted 02.02.2017 | Canada Living
BiteMeMore.com

If you are excited to watch the big game this weekend, but still can't decide what to serve your hungry crowd, we'll help you get in the zone with this menu of championship Super Bowl snacks.

Taking Control Of Family Health In 2017

Rachel Patel | Posted 01.11.2017 | Canada Living
Rachel Patel

In light of National Pharmacist Day on Jan. 12, it's important to address the issue of medical adherence as it impacts the lives of millions of Canadians on a daily basis. It's a very real concern that pharmacists work to tackle every day.

5 New Year's Resolutions For New Parents

Meaghan Grant | Posted 01.11.2017 | Canada Parents
Meaghan Grant

New Year's often brings about resolutions to lose weight, eat healthy, or spend more time with family. But for new parents, those resolutions may not hit the mark. New parents are tired, overwhelmed, and may feel isolated. These resolutions are perfect for families, whether your bundle of joy arrived before the ball dropped, or is coming your way sometime in 2017.

Mental Health Issues Shouldn't Overshadow Victims Of Men's Violence

Isabelle Côté | Posted 01.06.2017 | Canada Living
Isabelle Côté

Caring for our veterans, particularly those suffering from PTSD, is undoubtedly an important issue. However, a conversation around mental health shouldn't overshadow men's violence against women and children. More concerning, shifting the narrative towards mental health and further away from men's violence make it even more difficult to hold perpetrators of similar acts of violence accountable.

What I Would Say To My Deceitful Ex-Husband, 20 Years Later

Linda Simpson | Posted 01.06.2017 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

It was a novel suggestion. What would I say to my former spouse if given the opportunity? We haven't spoken in nearly two decades. Twenty five years of marriage is so far behind me now that most of my life has been without him. I grew up after he left, a painful but invigorating process.

Stop Being A User And Open Your Heart To Others

Marcia Sirota | Posted 01.03.2017 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Using people or things isn't a valid solution to our feelings of loneliness, emptiness and alienation. Consuming things -- or other people -- has never made anyone happy. That's why someone who uses other people or things in order to fill the void is compelled to keep on being a user. It never feels like enough.

Getting Into The 'Holiday Spirit' 365 Days A Year

Marcia Sirota | Posted 12.28.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

This time of year, we're told to be more loving. We're encouraged to get into the "holiday spirit." We're supposed to be more giving, more understanding. But what if we don't feel particularly connected to other people? It's hard to be loving when you don't feel much love.

Let's Rethink The Pressure Of Cooking Family Meals During The Holidays

Merin Oleschuk | Posted 12.20.2016 | Canada Parents
Merin Oleschuk

While enjoying a wholesome meal together is surely a worthy goal, family meal campaigners don't always acknowledge the work that goes into this achievement: the time demands, parenting challenges and financial burdens required to put good food on the table. These pressures exist daily, but for many of us-particularly women-- they come to a head during holidays.

What Comes After "What If?"

Kelly Swanson | Posted 01.04.2017 | Canada Living
Kelly Swanson

Discussing a roadmap to protect your loved ones in the event of something terrible like a serious illness isn't easy, but it's important. A great way to take some of the pressure off is to consider some of the key factors at play, so you feel armed with the right information before you sit down with your spouse and then an adviser to discuss next steps.