Canada Family

Don't Let Anger Rule Your Life After A Divorce

Linda Simpson | Posted 05.19.2017 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

Separation and divorce bring a veritable banquet of reasons to be angry because the circumstances are often unfair. You probably didn't stop caring or stop trying to make it work. Anger grows out of that loss of control, for yourself and your future. This anger is hung on that line of uncertainty that trails back months, maybe years behind you.

Where Do Youth Go When Their Families Reject Them?

Alex Abramovich | Posted 05.17.2017 | Canada Living
Alex Abramovich

Today, May 17th marks the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT) -- a global celebration of gender and sexual diversity. This year, 2017, the theme is focused on families. We know that family support is critical to the health and well-being of LGBTQ2S young people. We also know that not all LGBTQ2S young people receive support from their families of origin, and that the consequences of family rejection can have a lasting negative impact on youth.

We Need To Stand Up For Kids In Care

Valerie McMurtry | Posted 05.12.2017 | Canada Parents
Valerie McMurtry

Ontario has over 18,000 children living in care, the highest number of any province in Canada. These kids have experienced abuse, neglect and abandonment and are trying to overcome past trauma in order to heal, thrive and go on to lead happy and healthy lives.

What I Wish I Knew On My First Mother's Day As A Stepmom

Sarah Paterson | Posted 05.11.2017 | Canada Parents
Sarah Paterson

"When do I call myself a stepmom?" "When do I show up for events?" "When do I get involved in logistics and planning?" When do I... when do I... when do I? Questions that all went unanswered, as I had nobody to ask. Without fail, one of the big ones came up each year up in time for Mother's Day.

Sewing Memories This Mother's Day

Megan Radford | Posted 05.10.2017 | Canada Living
Megan Radford

As Mother's Day approaches, I've been thinking about the role my mom has played in my life. So when I stumbled across a photo of a little boy in Northern Armenia with a toy sewing machine, it took me straight back to sitting at the kitchen table with my own model, as my mother carefully pieced together a fabric masterpiece. 

The 12-Step Cure For Helicopter Parenting

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.08.2017 | Canada Parents
Marcia Sirota

If parents and schools make it too easy for young people to shirk their work, it's unlikely that these youth will ever be willing or able to do what's necessary, in order to excel in their training or in their future jobs. If a young person has had helicopter parenting and/or has graduated from a college that coddled them, how can they overcome these disadvantages and achieve success in the workplace? It's simple, if not easy. They have to learn the attitudes and skills that will make it possible for them to succeed.

How To Conduct Yourself At A Funeral

Shannon Burberry | Posted 05.05.2017 | Canada Living
Shannon Burberry

Oftentimes, a funeral announcement leaves us with a handful of unanswered questions just based on etiquette alone. Do I attend? How long do I stay? What do I say? Does it really matter if I show up? It can be overwhelming, especially when we don't have a very close relationship with the deceased or the family.

Will Your MP Vote To Label GMOs And Uphold Your Right To Know?

Rachel Parent | Posted 05.02.2017 | Canada Politics
Rachel Parent

It is all too easy to call those who express concerns about GM food "anti-GM." This is wrong. The real issue is whether we believe in transparency and democracy. Bill C-291 is not part of an anti-GM campaign. It would not inhibit the production of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Canada.

Helicopter Parents Are Raising Unemployable Children

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.10.2017 | Canada Parents
Marcia Sirota

Helicopter parents think that they're doing what's best for their kids but actually, they're hurting their kids' chances at success. In particular, they're ruining their kids' chances of landing a job and keeping it.

Your Lazy Instincts Can Help Get You Organized

Allison Weigensberg | Posted 05.01.2017 | Canada Business
Allison Weigensberg

We all have inherently lazy tendencies. Well, at least everyone I've ever met does. It's not necessarily a bad thing or something to be ashamed of. It just is what it is We all want to do less work with better results. And I think that's a really good thing. It is actually what drives my whole business: the philosophy of working smarter and not harder.

New City, No Friends

Davina Hamilton | Posted 04.27.2017 | Canada Parents
Davina Hamilton

I wasn't going to Canada alone. Me, my husband and our two children, aged two and four, would be going together in what we'd described as an experiment and an adventure. The experiment would be experiencing life in Toronto to see if we could live out there permanently. No matter the outcome, it would certainly be an adventure, particularly for our children, who were excited about returning to Toronto, following our first trip to the city the previous year.

More Than A Rate: Other Things You Should Consider When Getting A Mortgage

Posted 04.27.2017 | Canada Living

Finding a great mortgage rate can help make the dream of real estate ownership a reality, but it's not the only important thing to consider when finan...

Avoiding Estate Litigation

Suzana Popovic-Montag | Posted 04.20.2017 | Canada Business
Suzana Popovic-Montag

Most families will experience some level of drama or conflict after the death of a family member. However, for some families, the death of a parent, sibling, or other close family member, can spark a dispute that results in expensive, protracted litigation and causes the breakdown of family relationships.

A Hospital Waiting Room Makes Family Of Us All

James Di Fiore | Posted 04.11.2017 | Canada Living
James Di Fiore

Nobody is spared the anxiety of a patient in a hospital bed, with the generic food trays, the tubes and the tendency to make awkward jokes inside a tense and often tentative environment. But these strangers are experiencing the same unfamiliar setting, and an immediate bond is formed. These are now your brethren, your people, your family.

The Divine Shoulder Tap: Gratitude For Life's Daily Chaos

Mary-Jo Dionne | Posted 04.10.2017 | Canada
Mary-Jo Dionne

I only met her once. She was the close friend of a close friend. While I don't remember much about what we did together that evening over a decade ago...

Is Your Style Of Relating Successful Or Problematic?

Marcia Sirota | Posted 04.06.2017 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

In working with people for over 25 years, I've identified five styles of human interaction. What do I mean by five styles of interaction? I'm describing the ways that people relate to one-another based on what's driving them internally and how much awareness they're bringing to their relationships.

I Make A Passover Seder Without Hurting Any Animals

Miriam Porter | Posted 04.06.2017 | Canada Living
Miriam Porter

Each year at Passover, I make a seder for my son Noah. We are both vegan and follow a plant-based diet because we love animals. How does it make sense to exploit and eat animals that have been oppressed and held captive for a holiday celebrating freedom?

Small Space Living Organization Tips For Families

Professional Organizers in Canada | Posted 04.04.2017 | Canada Living
Professional Organizers in Canada

Before you even move into your new home, it is important to know what you are getting into. Try to find or create a floor plan of the space, and take accurate measurements of the area. This will help you know what you can fit into your place and what you need to rid yourself of. If it doesn't fit or will take up too much room in your new place, there is no need to keep it. It will also give you an idea of how to organize your space before you've even moved in.

When To Consider The Option Of Alternate Dispute Resolution

Suzana Popovic-Montag | Posted 04.04.2017 | Canada Business
Suzana Popovic-Montag

Alternate dispute resolution ("ADR") has been on the rise as one of the primary ways to bring a dispute to resolution. Rather than spending significant time and money to litigate a case, the recent trend sees the increased use of ADR processes, such as mediation or arbitration, in the negotiation of a settlement outside of the courtroom.

Want To Connect More To Others? Learn To 'Just Be' With Them

Marcia Sirota | Posted 04.03.2017 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

It seems that people have become more and more alienated lately. More often than not, our mode of interaction is transactional, as opposed to empathetic. "Empathetic" and "transactional" are two of the ways that people behave with one-another, and they're quite the opposite.

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!