Child Rearing

Our Differences Strengthen The Sisterhood Of Motherhood

Megan Howarth | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada Parents
Megan Howarth

Forget the mommy wars. Companies pit us against each other and sell more products. Once we realize that mommy wars don't exist and that we are all actually just trying to do whatever works best for us we can focus on talking about our differences and opening ourselves up to what others are doing and have to say.

Why Should My Success Mean I Have to Pay More for Daycare

Marie-France Laurin | Posted 10.11.2015 | Canada Parents
Marie-France Laurin

Not only will I have to pay more than double the fee I am currently paying, other kids in the same daycare with families that have a lower income base will still pay $7.30 for the exact same service that my kids are getting. I already pay more in taxes, why do I have to pay more for the exact same service?

My Marriage Survived Its Rough Patches

Julie Nowell | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Parents
Julie Nowell

We hit rock bottom, probably more than once, and each time clawed our way back up, until eventually we stopped trying to live like that and put everything at risk, our relationship, our investments, our everything, so we could find some peace.

We Need to Get Our Kids Outside

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 09.22.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr. Shimi Kang

From climbing trees to slouching over desks -- the transition from summer sovereignty to school routines hasn't been all that easy in my household. So, the big question I have is -- how can we strike a balance between school routines and spending time outdoors?

5 Ways for Special Needs Families to Handle Anxiety

Joanne Giacomini | Posted 09.19.2015 | Canada Parents
Joanne Giacomini

These five tips can be taught to children and adults. At this time of year, as children and their parents are frazzled with back to school, multiple extra-curricular activity schedules and homework, I think this can be especially helpful. It can be a family's lifesaver in our ever increasingly fast-paced and stressful world.

How I've Coped With the Sleep Challenges of My Special Needs Son

Joanne Giacomini | Posted 09.11.2015 | Canada Parents
Joanne Giacomini

Sleep is a word that was hard to come by for me in the first few years of my son's life. The thing is, I want to find a permanent solution to this problem, where he can feel relaxed going to bed by himself, and I can have my personal space back. I also want him to feel secure enough in himself.

8 Tips for Parents to Conquer Back to School

Sandi Richard | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Sandi Richard

While this time of year can be overwhelming, Sandi Richard, has expert tips on how she managed back to school with her seven (yup, that's correct) kids! Her advice to parents is simple. You are in the driver's seat and if you commandeer a few little tricks -- you've got this!

As a Mom of a Child With a Severe Disability, Facebook Is My Salvation

Her Magazine | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

It is my connection to a world of people who have an understanding of a current challenge I am facing, parents who have experienced something I am struggling with and families who have tried various solutions to obscure problems only those with medically fragile children can relate.

5 First Day of School Survival Tips for Special Needs Parents

Joanne Giacomini | Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada Parents
Joanne Giacomini

I think all parents are frazzled at this time of year, particularly special needs parents whose children take anxiety for school to a new level. What can we do as parents to make the first day of school easier? Well, I have found out that the following five things have helped me survive that first day.

5 Reasons First Playdates Are as Terrifying as First Dates

Tamara Schroeder | Posted 08.23.2015 | Canada Parents
Tamara Schroeder

There may not have been the stress of wondering about first kisses at the end, but I found I had to carefully navigate other potentially sensitive obstacles, like joking about Calliou being sent up to Netflix from the seventh circle of hell. In other words, I learned first play dates didn't differ all that much from first dates.

How to Tackle the New School Year As a New Divorcee

Nathalie Boutet | Posted 08.13.2015 | Canada Parents
Nathalie Boutet

With the new school year around the corner, parents who are facing separation or divorce often find this a very contentious time for themselves and their children. In addition to the painful process of undergoing a separation or divorce, starting a new school year adds extra pressure.

6 Apps to Help Parents Manage a Busy Household

Karin Campbell | Posted 08.06.2015 | Canada Parents
Karin Campbell

There are so many amazing benefits to being a parent, but not a single one of them involves free time. Whether you're juggling summer camps and activities or thinking about how you're going to manage life when the school year starts again, the time of a parent is always spent on the go.

8 Ways to Take Your Marriage "Off Hold"

Debra Macleod | Posted 08.04.2015 | Canada Living
Debra Macleod

It's a mistake to think that you can put your relationship "on hold" until the kids are gone. Instead, practice these eight ways to take your marriage "off hold" right now, and keep it alive and well throughout the various stages of your life together.

Let's Prevent Hot-Car Deaths This Summer

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 07.27.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr Dina Kulik

A car is like a greenhouse and temperatures can rise very quickly, even with the windows open. There is no safe amount of time to leave a child (or pet) alone in the car. Children are especially vulnerable to heat-related injuries and aren't able to sweat as well as adults to cool down.

How Not To Get Thrown Out Of Restaurants When Dining With Kids

Lisa Orr | Posted 07.25.2015 | Canada Parents
Lisa Orr

Using this approach I have been fortunate to have wonderful experiences in restaurants with my family, even when things took a "turn for the worse" with my kids. Even though it is well rehearsed -- their dining etiquette is still a work in progress.

9 Underrated Milestones of Early Childhood

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 07.21.2015 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

Typical milestones are not the ones I celebrate with excited texts to my husband and best friends, or give my kids gleeful celebratory hugs over. In my own experience -- and I think that four kids under the age of seven counts as experience -- these are the baby and childhood milestones that are really worth celebrating.

I'm a Mom and a Marathoner - It Isn't Easy, But it's Possible

Lindsay Collins | Posted 07.20.2015 | Canada Parents
Lindsay Collins

Training for a marathon is no joke. It's an all or nothing commitment. Running in my "spare-time" has never been an option because I don't consider any of my time as spare; it's all valuable to me. But with a full plate, finding the time to train is tough.

My Son With Autism Got a Party Invite We Could Finally Accept

Trish Klein | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Trish Klein

Autism and birthday parties -- kinda like nuts and gum. We parents of the "specials" know only too well the hurts our kids feel when they are left out of the social gatherings relative to childhood. Organized sports, play dates, sleep overs and yes, the dreaded birthday parties.

How to Craft a Courteous Camp Care Package

Lisa Orr | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Lisa Orr

Care packages are little packages of goodies and gifts that parents, friends or family put together and mail off to their little campers as reminders of home and to let them know we're thinking of them. However as many camps will tell you, parents often do not understand what is appropriate to send.

6 Tips to Get You Through a Long Custody Battle | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Parents

Every time I tried to communicate with the father of my child, he turned it into an argument, chastised me, tried to humiliate me, or walked away. I felt helpless trying to have a decent and cordial conversation regarding the needs of our child with him.

My Husband Doesn't Care if the Grass Is Greener on the Other Side

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 07.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

You see, my husband possesses a rare characteristic that is just so admirable, even if it does mean my first drive in our new car was a little more predictable than I'd anticipated. He knows what he likes and he simply doesn't care at all what he may be missing

42 Things I've Learned at 42

Ward Anderson | Posted 07.07.2015 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

With a toddler running around my house these days, I find myself looking back over the years and thinking of all I've learned in my four-plus decades on this planet. Since I turned 40, I've started making lists I can maybe pass her way one day. Here's 42 things I've learned at 42.

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.