Child Rearing

Why You Should Go on a Beach Vacation With Your Ex

Anna Giannone | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Parents
Anna Giannone

Before you dismiss your co-parenting communication style as hopeless, remember why you keep trying to make it work: your kids. If you want to send a message of undivided love then consider doing the unthinkable; beach vacation together.

Why I Avoid Most Tips for Travelling With Toddlers

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

To get to our destination, we had to drive for three hours from Vancouver to Seattle, take a flight with a layover, and then drive for another two hours to my in-laws' home. It was wonderful to be there, and my daughter was doted on by her grandparents and aunties and uncle, but the travel days were long. Here is my analysis of several "strategies" I considered using to make the travel easier ... or not.

The Best Part of Being a Dad Is Finding a Friend in My Five-Year-Old

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 06.20.2015 | Canada Parents
Joshua Ostroff

I'm still in charge, but our relationship has evolved. Friendships are largely based on common interests, and Emile and I share many. That may not seem surprising to non-parents but one of the most interesting things I've learned as a dad is how unique kids are.

That Time I Lost My Toddler in IKEA

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

Even though I knew it would be pretty stressful to go to IKEA with two toddlers, I just needed one item -- a picture frame -- and we were driving right by it. RIGHT BY. So I turned, even though I hadn't been planning to, and I parked in the underground parking lot, and we headed to IKEA.

Parents Can Have an Active Role in Their Child's 21st Century Education

Amy Leask | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Parents
Amy Leask

Saying that education is changing is kind of an obvious statement. Our kids study subject matter that wasn't even on the menu 20 years ago, they do it in ways that have been previously untried, and they have a brave new world of tech to help them do it. However, the changing role of parents in supporting these new methods of teaching learning tends to get overlooked.

Your Child Is How Old and You Are Still Breastfeeding?!

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr Dina Kulik

Have you heard this before? Are you a dedicated breast-feeder to a toddler or older child? If so, you are not alone. I see many women in my office each week who continue to breastfeed their toddlers, sometimes while also nursing younger babies. Women who breastfeed "older" children are often stigmatized and looked at as strange.

An Open Letter to My Tween Daughter

Erica Gomez | Posted 05.21.2015 | Canada Parents
Erica Gomez

Dear Daughter, I'm writing this not to let you know how much I love you, and I do. So much. Not to tell you how proud you've made me and how talented you are. You have. You are. I'm writing you to let you know that I understand. That I care.

Relax Parents, Masturbation Is a Normal Aspect of Childhood

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr Dina Kulik

May is masturbation month. Shocking as the word and act are to many, masturbation is a normal aspect of childhood sexuality that many parents find difficult to talk about. Part of this is the difficulty in acknowledging that kids are sexual beings.

Letting Go of the Chase for Balance in Motherhood

Shawna Scafe | Posted 05.15.2015 | Canada Parents
Shawna Scafe

There are always more chores, events, crying kids in a day than there are hours, hands and consolation waffles. Over time I'd come to see this doesn't mean I'm failing. It means that we aren't meant to do it all, rather we are meant to make choices about how we spend our time and energies.

I've Realized I'm Not the Mother I Always Thought I'd Be

Jessica Blumel | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Parents
Jessica Blumel

Before I had kids, I dreamed about being a stay-at-home mom. I loved the idea of having the whole household under control and making life easy for my husband by rocking the homemaker role. But as it turns out, I am happy in that role about one day per week and otherwise feel totally and utterly stifled.

Becoming a Mother Saved Me From Alcoholism

Stephanie McDougall | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Stephanie McDougall

Giving up drinking for nine months was easy. It was a no brainer. Plus I was so nauseous I don't think I could have had a drink even if I had wanted to. But here's the kicker. I've officially given up alcohol. For good. My son is almost one year old and I'm coming up to two years sober.

The Only Thing I Want for Mother's Day Doesn't Have a Price

Julie Nowell | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Parents
Julie Nowell

I am about to experience my 12th Mother's Day, and this year I want to share a secret to dads and kids everywhere about what us moms really want. I didn't realize it until my daughter gave me a gift this past birthday. It was simple, cost nothing, and has awakened me to what I really want in life.

It's Time to Appreciate the Father's Role in the World of Parenting

Casey Palmer | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Parents
Casey Palmer

I didn't know what to expect when I became a Dad. I didn't lack good fatherly figures -- I just had no clue of what the world expected of me. We hear plenty of stories blaming fathers in absentia for children's bad behaviour, society diagnosing a lack of the firm disciplinarian they so sorely needed to keep them in line -- but people rarely talk about what the value of a good father is.

Say What You Will But I'm Saving My Vagina

Heather Magee | Posted 02.13.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

I for one would schedule a C-section. Before all you mothers out there gasp and accuse me of being too posh to push, hear me out. My vagina has always been there for me, through thick and thin. Some of the best times of my life have involved my vagina. We have a very close bond. So don't I owe my vagina the decency of avoiding such brazen butchery?

Why Are People Procreating?

Heather Magee | Posted 01.30.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

Why is it always women who have to explain their choice not to have children? Are men prodded with the same line of questioning and expected to explain this choice like women are, or is it perfectly natural for men to feel unsure about fatherhood? As a newlywed (like, really newly wed) I find it odd that most people direct that question at me. As if to say it's solely up to me or my husband has no say in the matter? Going forward, I'm going to suggest that all inquiries involving the utility of my uterus go directly to my husband. I'm tired of crafting clever responses.

What Does "Having it All" Mean for Men?

Aviva Rubin | Posted 09.15.2012 | Canada
Aviva Rubin

Jim Power, school principal of the elite all-male Upper Canada College (UCC), recently wrote that boys need to know they can't have it all either. The fathers Power meets talk about the pressure they're under -- how they badly want to find time to watch their child "master a new acrobatic trick," that they often experience a "tug at their hearts that they keep to themselves." What about the other 99.99 per cent of parenting responsibilities?