Childhood

I No Longer Comfort Myself By Believing Alcohol Is Good For Me

Carli Stephens-Rothman | Posted 04.26.2016 | Canada Living
Carli Stephens-Rothman

As a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, feelings of remorse exist frequently in the wake of nostalgia. I'm told that, with time, nostalgia and remorse will undergo a kind of mitosis, and begin to occupy different spaces in my consciousness. Until then, they are forced to coexist, making Memory Lane feel more like an unlit back alley.

The Values Entrepreneurship Teaches Children

Dale Turken | Posted 03.10.2016 | Canada Parents
Dale Turken

These are lessons that every child needs to learn, and entrepreneurs are more than qualified to teach them. These teachings are powerful and make a genuine impact, and they're lessons that I strive to pass on to my two sons as they continue to explore the world they live in.

The Connection Between Childhood Experiences And Adult Problems

Marcia Sirota | Posted 02.18.2016 | Canada Parents
Marcia Sirota

Every person who's walked through my office door suffering from depression, anxiety, relationship or work problems, low self-esteem or addiction has a history of some type of adversity in their childhood. It's become clear to me by listening to their stories that were it not for these painful events, the person wouldn't be struggling as much as they are, today.

Dear Tired Mama: You Will Survive

Lori Gard | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

You wonder if it will ever get better. Wonder, too, if there really is a light at the end of the tunnel. Wonder incessantly if you will ever have energy again. All while you also wonder if you ever will see a semblance of your former self again. I hear you, friend, and I truly feel for you. I remember those days.

Revealing I Was Sexually Abused Lost Me The Mother I Never Had

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

After what feels like a lifetime of battling drug and alcohol addiction, and my own tenuous mental health issues, three years ago -- at the age of 47 -- I finally found the strength to tell my wife and adult son that I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Like too many other survivors of childhood sexual violence who decide to go public with their disclosure, I have lost contact with my mother and my siblings as a result. If you really want to know how to destroy an already fragile soul, take away the one thing that a survivor of sexual violence needs most -- connection, which equates as validation and worthiness.

John Candy Sponsored Our Hockey Team When I Was 12

Slapshot Diaries | Posted 12.24.2015 | Canada Living
Slapshot Diaries

He was our sponsor, with "Candy Productions" on the bottom under my last name on the back of our Georgetown Rep jerseys. We didn't really focus on it too much, at least until John came to a game. This was the first time it hit us: John Candy was in the Orangeville arena to cheer on his team.

Healing The Emotional Scars Of Hurtful Parents

Marcia Sirota | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Instead of trying to get your parents to love and validate you today, you'd be better off facing the truth about them, giving up your futile attempts at winning their love, and focusing your attention instead on developing the self-love and self-confidence that your childhood deprived you of.

I Am a Survivor of Sexual Abuse in the Tamil Community

TamilCulture | Posted 10.21.2015 | Canada Living
TamilCulture

My experiences of childhood sexual abuse -- of incest -- had stolen many aspects of my life but most importantly, my identity as a Tamil woman. After I moved out, I was shunned not only from my immediate family members, but my uncles, aunts, cousins, distant relatives, family friends -- my Tamil community. It didn't matter to my 19-year-old self why you weren't there for me. The fact of the matter was that you weren't. I felt hurt and abandoned.

To My Dearest Baba, On Your 71st Birthday

Sana Ahmed | Posted 10.13.2015 | Canada Living
Sana Ahmed

One of the earliest memories from my childhood is when you'd come home, I'd help you take your shoes and socks off. Memory is a funny thing though; it's not always accurate, but more importantly, and particularly in your case, it's oftentimes fleeting, and unreliable. You may not remember this, or at times fail to even understand, you have an illness called dementia.

How to Bully-Proof Your Child for School

Alyson Jones | Posted 09.07.2015 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

For children the return to school is the beginning of a new year and is filled with mixed feelings. There is the excitement of seeing friends again and sharing summer stories, but the social world of children also has its perils. For many children the return to school means the return to bullying.

All Parents Should Send Their Kids to Summer Camp

Samantha Pinter-Thompson | Posted 07.29.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Samantha Pinter-Thompson

Because camp isn't just a place, it's a state of mind.

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.

You Should Take Fun Seriously

Beverley Golden | Posted 07.17.2015 | Canada Living
Beverley Golden

Although we have more leisure time in our lives, we are having less fun. We could reap the benefits throughout our lives if we would give ourselves permission to indulge in some childlike fun. Realizing that I might not have been taking fun seriously, I'm committed to now share freely my own particular brand of fun without hesitation with anyone who asks.

One Girl's True Wish to Go Camping

Chris Pon | Posted 07.02.2015 | Canada Impact
Chris Pon

For the most part, Hailey is just like any other seven-year-old. However, this past December, she was diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition called Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Hailey's wish is to have a pop-up camper so that she can go camping with her family and friends and play in the woods, stare up at the stars, stay up past her bedtime.

Canada Needs to Rethink Its Approach to Early Childhood Development

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Nicole Letourneau

UNICEF recently released a report card ranking child well-being in the 29 richest countries on earth. Canada came 17th, placing us in the bottom half of the pack on factors such as child poverty, emotional well-being and life satisfaction. It's time to have a frank conversation about how our country approaches early childhood.

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.

My 11-Year-Old Teaches Me Compassion Every Day

Keeley Milne | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Impact
Keeley Milne

"Stop the car!" My son's shout panicked both my friend, driving, and I, fearful we were about to collide with something or someone. Liam pointed out the window at a women who had just walked past us, struggling to carry a laughably insurmountable load of grocery bags and boxes. "I need to help her," said Liam. And he did.

Camp Is Like School...For Life!

Sylvia Forrest | Posted 08.17.2014 | Canada Living
Sylvia Forrest

Summer is a time for play, and kids know it. The pressure is off, and it's time to relax! Homework and tests are replaced with bike-riding and swimming. If you're lucky, you even get to go to camp. What the kids don't realize is, there's as much to learn at camp as at school, and those lessons can't be taught with books. What they're learning is how to deal with life.

It's Finally Cool For Girls to Geek Out

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Back when I was a kid, it wasn't cool to be uncool. To be called a "nerd" was to elicit scorn and its accompanying exclusion. How the tables have turned and the tides have shifted. There is a new trend towards teaching kids -- girls in particular -- coding skills in a growing number of cities.

Being a Good Parent Means Telling Kids It's OK to Give Up

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 05.27.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Being a good parent isn't always about supporting your child in their endeavours no matter what. Was it better that we showed our children our support even though we knew the probable outcome, or would it have been a more prudent decision to have been honest with them from the outset, saving them from wasting time and worse -- the inevitable disappointment of failure?

The Top Five Parenting Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

There are parenting methods that are known to be detrimental if not downright damaging to a child. Try doing these and you'll more or less guarantee that your child will grow up to be a person who, let's say, won't be the most well-liked or respected in their social circle.

Overscheduled Kids and Parental Guilt

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 08.18.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

The trend towards kids having rigorous schedules is a relatively new phenomenon. Perhaps a result of the pervasive guilt that so many of us share because of our need to work longer hours, we've put our kids in as many lessons as possible, some for practical reasons (after-school lessons and sports practice keeps our kids busy until we can leave work and pick them up) and some...well...not so much.

Why We Shouldn't Force Our Kids Into Sports

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 04.06.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

The message that we're sending to our children is loud and clear: we want you to excel at sports, so you'd better do it. We want to see you become an athletic star, regardless of your interest (and often skill level). Until we let go of our collective dreams of athletic super-stardom, of touchdowns and home runs, we will continue to negatively affect our children's psyches.

13 Savvy Ways to Play Without Needing an Electrical Outlet

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 09.17.2012 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Turn back the clock this summer to an easier, laid back, simpler time in life, where kids got away from the screens and played with bugs, folded paper into boats and let their imaginations run wild. Here are some ways to get those kids away from their iPads!

Little League Baseball Has Grown-Up Consequences

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 08.30.2012 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

I don't want my kids to think that violence, entitlement and disrespect are a regular part of sports. But maybe I'm wrong. Maybe they are a part of the experience and will help prepare them for what's ahead. But is that really what little league baseball is all about?