Childcare

Are You Part of the 'Sandwich Generation'?

Stuart Rudner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Stuart Rudner

Having both parents at work is the norm, which means that childcare obligations must be balanced, often precariously, with workplace duties. At the same time, our population is aging and people often end up having to look after their elderly parents. Effectively, those in the workforce are stuck in the middle, caring for the generations before and after them -- the "Sandwich Generation".

Making the Tough Choice on Childcare

masalamommas | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
masalamommas

Our almost three-year old has started the process of giving up her naps...and it is not pretty. The ongoing lifting and carrying of Syona is also starting to take a toll on my in-laws so we've recently decided that we need some help.

What Mothers Want

Andrea Mrozek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Andrea Mrozek

One educated mother, an Ottawa-based engineer on maternity leave, explained: "If there was some magical guarantee that I could quit my job now, and in five years still get back into my profession, I would leave the workforce until all our children are in school, no question."

The Kids Are Not Alright

Charlene Sayo | Posted 07.13.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Charlene Sayo

Proclamations and election mania aside, families may have to hold their breath long after the party hats are put away, the platforms are dusted off, and campaign offensives are silenced into temporary stalemate before any genuine childcare programs are implemented.

Mommy Bloggers Are Working Women, Too

Kerry Sauriol | Posted 06.30.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Kerry Sauriol

As part of her attempts to win the womens' vote for this election, Christy Clark and her various women and mom-focused ministers have been inviting moms and working women to small round table discussions to raise awareness about what the Liberal government can do to help mothers and working mothers in particular. The biggest issue that was brought up over and over was childcare. Due to love of career or by pure financial necessity, more women are working AND raising families and AFFORDABLE childcare has to be part of this juggling act. However what was emphasized also was FLEXIBLE childcare. Why? Because working mothers are not settling back into traditional 9-to-5 positions or even the few remaining shift work employment available out there. What are working mothers doing now? We are creating our OWN work.

Teaching Your Child to Cook Healthy Meals at Any Age

Natacha V. Beim | Posted 05.27.2013 | Canada Alberta
Natacha V. Beim

Having your child prepare a healthy meal for the family seems like an unattainable dream for most parents. However, if you instil the habit of cooking in your child at an early age, you are providing them with the skills they need to live a healthy life, and having fun while doing it.

B.C. Daycare Costs Are Crippling Families

Melissa Carr | Posted 04.16.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Melissa Carr

B.C. Premier Christy Clark's sentiment is that the burden of daycare is a "temporary" one for families. I disagree. Many families cannot afford to purchase a home because of it. Many women (and men) take themselves out of the workforce because of it. Many families go into debt because of it. Many couples decide not to have children (or more than one child) because of it.

Do Working Parents Deserve First Dibs On Shifts?

Rebecca Cuneo Keenan | Posted 04.13.2013 | Canada Business
Rebecca Cuneo Keenan

A Canadian federal court upheld a human rights tribunal's finding that employers have an obligation to try to accommodate employee needs as they pertain to childcare. That means if your boss can reasonably let you work the day shift so you can drop your kid at daycare, then she has to. This isn't about every parent trumping every non-parent. It is designed to protect those who would otherwise be forced to leave their job. Having children may be a choice, but taking care of them is not. Juggling work and childcare is hard enough for working parents on a typical schedule.

What To Do (And What Not To Do) About Bad Grades

Natacha V. Beim | Posted 04.06.2013 | Canada Alberta
Natacha V. Beim

Your child hands you a report card you have a hard time feeling proud about. Desperate, you at once want to reprimand your child, take as much TV time out of the schedule, ban video games and enroll in the longest possible summer school program to undo the damage. Don't panic.

Working Parents Need Real Choices -- Regardless of Test Scores

Reva Seth | Posted 10.04.2011 | Canada
Reva Seth

Undoubtedly, like most public or private initiatives, daycares in Quebec could probably do more to support school readiness. But they are still providing the kind of accessible support that most Canadians families need and can't find.