As The Parent Of Identical Twins, This One Question Stopped Me In My Tracks

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 11.30.2015 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

We all have a journey towards our sense of self; for identical twins, the road to self-awareness both literally and figuratively, is particularly challenging. In the case of my kids and so many other identical twins.

Your Child's Fake Illness May Be More Serious Than You Think

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Indeed, most instances of "faking it" are caused by the usual reasons, most of which are innocuous. It's the more insidious ones that we, as parents, need to be aware of so that we can address the causes at the basis of why our children are avoiding school.

The Federal Government Must Keep Its Promise To End Income Splitting

Avram Denburg | Posted 11.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Avram Denburg

income splitting primarily benefits middle- and upper-income families, provides relatively little tax relief for low-income families and skirts single parents altogether. Just as importantly, it acts to deter both parents from equal engagement in the workforce and devalues family policies that promote dual engagement.

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.

Canada's Current Child Welfare System Fails Families

Neeta das McMurtry | Posted 10.20.2015 | Canada Impact
Neeta das McMurtry

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs called for the dismantling of the current child welfare system and the development of a completely new system. While this idea may seem radical, child welfare as it exists now in Manitoba is failing our children and our families, particularly our Indigenous children and families. What if we separated prevention and care services so that they are not delivered by the same agencies? This would encourage families in need to seek support services without worrying that admitting their challenges will result in their children being taken away from them.

Youth Mental Health Is an Election Issue That Affects Us All

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

In this election we are raising issues that matter to young Canadians. Mental health is a big one. A report by Alberta's Institute of Health Economics states that just seven cents of every dollar spent on health care in Canada goes to mental health. That's despite the fact mental disorders account for 40 per cent of all illnesses Canadians face. Canadian governments must dramatically increase funding, investing in accessible community-based mental health care -- if Canada could reduce the annual rate of mental illnesses by 10 per cent, it would save our health care system four billion dollars a year.

How We Can Teach Our Kids that Voting Is Important

Her Magazine | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

After getting a driver's licence, I think most teens will tell you that the next milestone will be when they legally order a beer. Sadly they're missing what really is the most significant milestone. The federal government recognizes age 18 as the age at which one can vote in a federal election. Unfortunately, it seems that reaching vote eligibility is not nearly as meaningful as being allowed to order what's on tap.

Are We Talking Enough to Kids About Stress?

masalamommas | Posted 10.10.2015 | Canada Parents

Who hasn't gone through playground drama, right? What I didn't realize is how this situation was making daughter feel low about herself and her ability to handle her emotions on the playground. I think like most parents I wasn't sure how much to ask her about stress. Culturally, many of us grew up with more conversations about academics and marks than conversations about feelings and stress.

Canadian Children Need a National Champion

Laura Stymiest | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Parents
Laura Stymiest

A Commissioner for Children and Young Persons could report on the status of children. They would ensure all sectors consider children in decision-making. A Commissioner for Children and Young Persons could also provide a framework of accountability for a federal commitment to eliminate child poverty.

7 Things My Children Have Taught Me About Love

Lynn Morrison | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Parents
Lynn Morrison

People always say that they never knew what love was until they had children. Before having kids of my own, I assumed that this phrase referenced the amazing, unconditional love a mother has for her progeny, a bottomless supply required to overcome challenges such as poop-smeared walls and 24+ hours of labor.

5 Fun Fall Activities For Your Special Needs Child

Joanne Giacomini | Posted 10.03.2015 | Canada Parents
Joanne Giacomini

By keeping our kids back from activities, we don't only do them harm by not exposing them to different experiences, we also deprive ourselves and the rest of our family from good, old-fashioned family fun. I used to be one of those overprotective parents when it came to my special needs son. Not anymore. I have to say that our adventures as a family have gotten better for the most part.

Should Eye Exams Be Mandatory for School-Age Kids?

Mélanie Meloche-Holubowski | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Parents
Mélanie Meloche-Holubowski

Currently only 14 per cent of Canadian children under the age of six receive professional eye care. Since the measles outbreak in North America a few months ago, more school districts and provinces are considering mandatory immunization in order to attend school. Should eye examination be added to the list of school entry requirements?

Why It's Important to Work Out When You Have Kids

Lindsay Gee | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Parents
Lindsay Gee

Moms are riddled with guilt. Guilt about lack of time. Guilt about the food we're putting on the table. What happens next? The workout you planned to do gets waylaid because you feel guilty about leaving your kids once again. Here's the thing, though. There are so many benefits to making fitness a priority in your life when you have children, and many of them benefit both you AND your children.

I'm Still Waiting for My Kindergartener to Accept That School is a Thing

Alison Myers | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Parents
Alison Myers

Kindergarten is the modern world's dunk tank into cold, hard reality. One day, you're sleeping 'til you're done, eating a lazy breakfast, and getting dressed when the mood strikes. The next day you're ripping yourself out of bed, being blinded by the rise of curtains and shovelling down food in an attempt to provide sustenance before the bell rings.

My Kid Is Not Allowed to Walk to School But Not for the Reason You Think

Buzz Bishop | Posted 08.31.2015 | Canada Parents
Buzz Bishop

The reason I bubble wrap my kids is because of other parents and my neighbours, not because of malicious predators. I'm more worried about accidents than premeditated violent crime.

7 Tips to Transition Your Kid From Summer to School

Alyson Jones | Posted 08.21.2015 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

The reality is that every season has its beginning and end and our summer is much closer to the end now than the beginning. So, how do we transition ourselves and our children from the summer into the school year without it diminishing our last couple of weeks of freedom?

5 Savvy Spending Tips for Back-to-School Season

Sandra Hanna | Posted 08.18.2015 | Canada Parents
Sandra Hanna

Canadians are feeling the penny pinch. According to a whopping 43 per cent of Canadian parents view back-to-school as a financial burden on their families. To help ease the pain class is in session and with a little savvy spending from my top five tips, your dollar will be stretching further this season!

12 Tips for Talking to Your Kids About sex

Alyson Jones | Posted 08.13.2015 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

This well-intentioned and much dreaded talk can quickly become complex, complicated and extremely awkward. Parents often avoid the topic, or approach it as if it is an item on the "to do list" that must be done as quickly as possible and then checked off.

I'm Learning to Let My Kids Spread Their Wings

Anita Reynolds MacArthur | Posted 08.05.2015 | Canada Parents
Anita Reynolds MacArthur

There are truckloads of information about how to prep your children on how to cope when they go to sleepaway camp (or when they are away from you for a stretch of time). Where are the helpful hints and tips for the parents who are left behind? How do parents cope when they are faced with a very sudden (albeit temporary) empty nest?

BLOG: 15 things I learned after 15 years of parenting

Lori Gard | Posted 07.30.2015 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

Parenting is, of course, the most consuming, challenging and exhausting task that I have ever involved myself in. Some days I ask: "What were we thinking???" And on the other days, I just don't ask. Speaking of "we," I readily admit that marriage is a very close second in this listing of difficult things known to humankind.

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.

Children Should See the Horrors of Drug Use

Julie Rusciolelli | Posted 08.07.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Rusciolelli

Why not show the seedy, disgusting underbelly and sickening adverse effects drugs have on us feeble humans? Images of a deviated septum, busted arm veins, chronic bleeding noses, rotten teeth, fetal effects, undernourished human bodies, etc. Horrifying images of what drug use has on the human body. Visceral images that make one think "that's repulsive, I'll never do that." We usher in a movement that illustrates and encourages dialogue about the revolting face of what drugs do: destroy the human spirit, decay our bodies, ruin families, and ultimately lead us to an early grave. There is NO glamour in drug use, no matter what Kanye is singing about.

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.

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

ByBlacks.com | 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.