#Children

How Do I Explain Manchester To My 8-Year-Old Ariana Grande Fan?

Victoria Lord | Posted 05.24.2017 | Canada Parents
Victoria Lord

The shocking reality that what happened in Manchester could have happened to us leaves me feeling helpless. How do I talk my child about hatred, violence and fear? How do I expose her to the incomprehensible acts of terror when I can't assure her that I will be able to keep her safe?

Getting To Know Your University Kid All Over Again

Shantelle Bisson | Posted 05.24.2017 | Canada Living
Shantelle Bisson

There's an incredibly interesting thing that happens to a parent when our children reaches the age to move away and go to college/university. All of a sudden you're thrust into this new phase of life, surprisingly unprepared, even though you knew that it was coming eventually.

A Child Is A Child: One Girl's Perilous Journey To Safety

UNICEF Canada | Posted 05.17.2017 | Canada Impact
UNICEF Canada

On Friday UNICEF is releasing a major report linking trafficking to smuggling and calling on the G7 countries meeting in Sicily to come up with plans to protect migrant children from the people predators. Mary's story reveals how the smugglers exploit children and their families.

We Need To Stand Up For Kids In Care

Valerie McMurtry | Posted 05.12.2017 | Canada Parents
Valerie McMurtry

Ontario has over 18,000 children living in care, the highest number of any province in Canada. These kids have experienced abuse, neglect and abandonment and are trying to overcome past trauma in order to heal, thrive and go on to lead happy and healthy lives.

To The Most Special Kind Of Mothers

Gail Hodge | Posted 05.10.2017 | Canada Parents
Gail Hodge

These are the moms who have outlived their children. They are mothers without official titles and have concocted clever ways to answer, "how many children do you have?" when asked by well meaning folk. These mothers cling to old memories, photo albums and painful frequent visits to cemeteries.

The 12-Step Cure For Helicopter Parenting

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.08.2017 | Canada Parents
Marcia Sirota

If parents and schools make it too easy for young people to shirk their work, it's unlikely that these youth will ever be willing or able to do what's necessary, in order to excel in their training or in their future jobs. If a young person has had helicopter parenting and/or has graduated from a college that coddled them, how can they overcome these disadvantages and achieve success in the workplace? It's simple, if not easy. They have to learn the attitudes and skills that will make it possible for them to succeed.

Physical Activity And The Overall Improvement Of Girls' Health

G(irls)20 | Posted 05.05.2017 | Canada Impact
G(irls)20

Many in Canada overlook the importance of having a well-developed physical education programs in our public schools. There is often the assumption that "gym class" isn't a priority and should be limited to provide more class time for linguistics and mathematics. Although these subjects are extremely important, physical education is just as critical and should not be overlooked.

I'll Always Be Her Mom, No Matter Where Her Feet Take Her

Alyce Kominetsky | Posted 05.04.2017 | Canada Parents
Alyce Kominetsky

Her feet will carry her wherever she needs to go. The road ahead is endless and full of dreams of possibilities. And, although I can't walk everywhere with her, she will always be by my side because she is a piece of me. And I am a piece of her. No matter the size of her shoes.

My Children Are The Only Black Kids At Their Preschool

Davina Hamilton | Posted 05.04.2017 | Canada Parents
Davina Hamilton

Largely speaking, race is not something that tends to bother very young children. So when I discovered that my four-year-old daughter and two-year-old son were the only black children in their new preschool, I wasn't sure how to feel.

Helicopter Parents Are Raising Unemployable Children

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.10.2017 | Canada Parents
Marcia Sirota

Helicopter parents think that they're doing what's best for their kids but actually, they're hurting their kids' chances at success. In particular, they're ruining their kids' chances of landing a job and keeping it.

How Do I Tell A Child That Climate Change Is Destroying Her Home?

UNICEF Canada | Posted 04.26.2017 | Canada Impact
UNICEF Canada

As you approach Lake Chad, the air is dusty, and the sparse vegetation is broken only by shrubs. We mentioned the shrinking Lake Chad issue to Aïta but she had never heard of it. I took bits of straw, sticks, and leaves to explain that the Lake Chad she knows is disappearing.

Avoiding Estate Litigation

Suzana Popovic-Montag | Posted 04.20.2017 | Canada Business
Suzana Popovic-Montag

Most families will experience some level of drama or conflict after the death of a family member. However, for some families, the death of a parent, sibling, or other close family member, can spark a dispute that results in expensive, protracted litigation and causes the breakdown of family relationships.

Federal Funding For STEM Empowers A New Generation Of Canadians

Owen Charters | Posted 03.23.2017 | Canada Living
Owen Charters

The 2017 federal budget pledges an incredible $50 million over two years to teach young Canadians to code. This is a huge boost to support Canadians in developing the skills and creativity needed to compete and lead in the global innovation race.

How To Inadvertently Turn Your Kid Into A Sociopath

Marcia Sirota | Posted 03.24.2017 | Canada Parents
Marcia Sirota

Parents do their kids no favours when they're in denial of their child's capacity for behaving badly. Parents need to stop idealizing their children. They need to see that even their precious darlings are capable of behaving badly, and that it's their job to guide these children onto the right path in life. If parents remain this state of denial, their children are deprived of of this guidance.

Keeping The Divorce Talk Honest Can Help Your Kids Heal Faster

Alyson Jones | Posted 03.20.2017 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

We want to prepare and protect our child against something dangerous. Our protective role is clear. So the truly complicating factor that makes talking to your children about divorce so difficult is that the parents are the source of the pain.

How To Get Your Child To Sleep Through The Night

Michele Kambolis | Posted 03.16.2017 | Canada Parents
Michele Kambolis

The connection between children's sleep and their overall brain health is undeniable. Without the requisite 10 to 12 hours of sleep recommended by The Canadian Pediatric Society (most children are getting only nine), schoolchildren aren't just facing a cranky day -- if the problem continues long-term, their development is at risk. Their brains will lack the rest needed to grow optimally, their insulin levels and metabolism may become imbalanced, and their immune functions can become compromised.

Transferring The Family Cottage

Suzana Popovic-Montag | Posted 03.14.2017 | Canada Business
Suzana Popovic-Montag

The family cottage should invoke memories of warm weather, sunshine, and happiness. Unfortunately, for some, estate battles or family fights surrounding the cottage can tarnish these positive memories upon the death of the owner of the property.

Why Would A Teacher Cut Your Child's Hair?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 03.13.2017 | Canada Parents
Danielle S. McLaughlin

What is it about hair that ruffles so many feathers? Last week, despite having been told not to do so, an Ottawa teacher chopped the hair off a child, ostensibly because the child was chewing on it. The teacher appears to have believed that somehow, he was acting in the child's best interests. Had he decided the child's identity for him? Had he decided that a child with a disability cannot make his own choices as to his appearance?

Learning To Forgive Myself Made Me A Better Mama

Christine Johnson | Posted 03.02.2017 | Canada Parents
Christine Johnson

My thoughts were always about how I couldn't do it anymore, how I sucked at being a parent or how my children hated me. "Can't," "won't" and "don't" were all constants in my vocabulary. I woke up and realized I didn't like who I had become or the road I was going down. But most importantly, I forgave myself.

My Daughter Is Shy, And That's Perfectly OK With Me

Christine Johnson | Posted 03.01.2017 | Canada Parents
Christine Johnson

It all started when Eve was fairly young and I became more social with her by taking her to playgroups. While the other kids were running around, Eve was attached to my side. She wanted to play with me, not with the other kids.

It's Time Trudeau's Liberals Gave Canada's Children A Voice

Sara Austin | Posted 03.01.2017 | Canada Politics
Sara Austin

The Liberal Party campaigned on the promise that if elected, they would enact a federal children's commissioner. A year and half into the government's mandate, there has been no public announcement about the appointment process.

Spoiling Your Teen Is Ruining Their Life

Marcia Sirota | Posted 02.27.2017 | Canada Parents
Marcia Sirota

With Family Day fresh in my mind, I've been thinking about the way some teenagers are growing up these days. I see these kids all over. They're angry and frustrated, miserable and lost, and it's mainly the fault of their parents who've been letting them down.

Are We Our Pets' Owners Or Their Parents?

Get Leashed Magazine | Posted 02.23.2017 | Canada Living
Get Leashed Magazine

We've seen them make messes, spill and chew up our treasured belongings, and we've put up with their unappeasable attitudes. We've also seen them greet us with as much joy as we can imagine. We hug them, even if some scientific studies suggest not to. Even the largest of dogs -- think small horses -- make the tiniest possible spots on our sofas into their spaces for cuddling us on our sofas.

Canada Can Do More To Protect Our Children Online

Owen Charters | Posted 02.07.2017 | Canada Living
Owen Charters

There are endless public awareness campaigns dedicated to cyberbullying. Change is happening. But with the focus on those discussions, children's privacy rights in Canada have been placed on the back burner.

Affordable Child Care Is Only One Piece Of The Puzzle

Erin Schryer | Posted 01.23.2017 | Canada Impact
Erin Schryer

Given that inequalities emerge early in life - and seem to persist - it is imperative and urgent that Canada invest, develop and sustain a high-quality early child development framework.