#Children

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.

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
ByBlacks.com

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.

School May Stop for Summer But Learning Never Should

Malkin Dare | Posted 07.12.2015 | Canada Parents
Malkin Dare

So far, two weeks of summer have passed, and another seven weeks of summer stretch ahead -- an endless expanse of aching boredom for parents and kids OR a shining opportunity for fun and learning? Here are some tips for parents who choose the latter option.

Dear Daughter, Guard Your Heart

Lori Gard | Posted 07.09.2015 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

There will be lies, false claims and misrepresentations. There will be promises made that might not endure the test of time. Words spoken that will prove to be short-lived and disappointing. Arrangements agreed upon that will not necessarily be followed through. This is the reality of the passage of time and growing up.

This Program Helped My Son With Epilepsy Play Sports Again

Epilepsy Ontario | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Parents
Epilepsy Ontario

When my son Griffin was diagnosed with epilepsy at two years old, I mourned his loss of minor hockey and other organized sports -- activities I assumed he'd never play. Thankfully, when Griffin was five, his mother found the Game On program offered at London's Epilepsy Support Centre

As a Stay-At-Home Dad, I Just Want My Kid To Be Cool

Bryce Kushnier | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Parents
Bryce Kushnier

I feel there are endless topics of anecdotal parental advice I could weigh in on. Especially from the perspective of a new stay at home father. But if I told you I knew the secret to raising the perfect child, would you believe me? I remember specifically when I had this epiphany.

Will Canada Remain Committed to Helping Children in Emergency Situations?

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 06.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

his year has already become the worst year since 1945 for children who have been displaced and forced to flee as refugees, and for children who had their schools attacked and destroyed. Canadians should know about these crises, their impacts on children, and how youth can be better protected and educated in emergency situations.

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.

I Know First Hand Why Canada's Aboriginals Need Truth for Reconciliation

Patricia Erb | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Patricia Erb

On September 13, 1976, I became one of the "Disappeared" in Argentina's Dirty War and I became a witness and a voice for those who could no longer speak. The search for truth, justice and memory can be a painful one and it is never easy work but I have seen the rewards. This is why I passionately believe in the work of The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The reparations of relations between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples need allies. Allies that support and respect differing worldviews. This is about nation building.

Parents, Learn How to Foster Independence in Your Kids

Kids Help Phone | Posted 05.28.2015 | Canada Parents
Kids Help Phone

Developing independence is part of growing up, and it's something that young people should be encouraged to develop at every age. Safety should always be a priority for parents, but kids' maturity should also be taken into consideration as well. When you show young people that you trust them, it helps kids to trust themselves.

B.C. Needs to Value Parents' Opinions on Public Education

Sarah Miller | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Miller

B.C.'s Charter for Public Education is a public owned document, which stands as a testament to everything we as a community want and expect from our public school system. It is a document long forgotten somewhere between the never ending war against our public schools, funding cuts and dragged out court cases.

10 Documentaries That Will Teach Children Real Lessons

Laura Snow | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Laura Snow

If there was ever a time to educate our children, outside of the classroom, now is the time. Our earth is in crisis, the global population is expanding by approximately 80 million people a year, poverty is increasing dramatically, and we don't have enough fresh water for about 20 per cent of the population.

How Do We Tell Kids Who Vape It's Just as Dumb as Smoking?

Bill Bogart | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

Something is happening with the young ones: they are vaping in rapidly increasing numbers. Depending on how you look at kids and their taking to e-cigarettes, two very different views emerge.

When Our Daughter Became Sick, We Found Strength in Nature

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 06.28.2015 | Canada Living
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

In 2010, our five-year-old daughter, Lily, was diagnosed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Whenever Lily was released from the hospital, and the weather cooperated, we headed outside. We really started to depend on these adventures, these outdoor excursions, to get us through the bad days and help Lily along her road to recovery. According to the National Environmental Educational Foundation, exposure to nature can reduce stress levels by as much as 28 per cent in children. Health benefits of nature may include reduced anxiety and depression, increased energy and immunity, decreased stress and improved mental health.

Politicians Who Discuss Healthcare Without Poverty Are Missing the Point

Carolyn Shimmin | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Carolyn Shimmin

With a federal election on the horizon, certain high level policy topics are bound to make the headlines beyond the personalities of the political leaders: the economy, energy prices, jobs prospects even climate change. But what seems surprisingly absent from the political hustings so far has been a fulsome discussion of the health of everyday Canadians.

Returning to Work Has Given Me a New Appreciation for Working Moms

Tally Abecassis | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Living
Tally Abecassis

I don't want to read any more arguments about who has it harder, whose work is "real work," who is contributing more to society, or who is doing a better job ensuring her kids become stable, non-homicidal adults. I'm proposing a new form of Internet literature, where one group of moms singles out another group of moms for a job well done.

My Addiction Shaped the Woman I Am Today

Keeley Milne | Posted 05.29.2015 | Canada Living
Keeley Milne

What I do not regret is this: my struggle shaped me, and changed me, and helped me become the person I am now. That is, a woman that seeks progress, not perfection. A woman who knows that no matter how far down you go, you can come back, a mother that has earned her way back into this precious boy's life, and learns every day how to parent better.

Dear Daughter, Here's Why I Don't Work

Lydia Lovric | Posted 05.24.2015 | Canada Living
Lydia Lovric

The feminists may not like it, dear daughter, but even if I made it to the very top of my profession, even if I drove a fancy company car and went on a slew of business trips, I would feel like an utter failure if any of my kids felt the need to ask me if I loved work more than I loved them.

Dear 'Selfish' Moms, I Admire You

Jennifer Campbell | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Living
Jennifer Campbell

Selfish is the ultimate insult you could call a mother. It cuts to the very core of what being a mother is, which is about giving. We give our bodies, we give our hearts, we give up careers, we lose friendships, we retire goals. We do this because the moment a baby is placed in our arms nothing else matters but the health and happiness of that little soul. We would sacrifice our own lives for our children. But who is looking out for the mother's soul?

The Syrian Crisis' Catastrophic Impact on Children

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

The Syrian conflict is entering its fifth horrific year of escalating violence, with little sign of ending. More than 200,000 people have been killed, 10,000 of them children. Today over 12.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, including 5.6 million children. Almost 11 million Syrians have been displaced within and outside Syria, including 3.3 million refugees in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey. More than half of the refugee population are children, and 114,000 children have been born as refugees.

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.

Once I Stopped Drinking I Fell, Upwards, Into Life

Keeley Milne | Posted 04.29.2015 | Canada Living
Keeley Milne

I don't want to tell you the story of my drunkenness. You've heard it before, or seen it before, or a version of it. It is not unique. I don't have a tale to weave for you of bizarre miracles and angels and heavenly choirs. I want to tell you of simple amazement. I fell, upwards. I fell into a life, once I stopped shaking and twitching and seeing things and vomiting. This has not just been a sobriety lesson, but a life one. At school, with loved ones, even (perhaps especially and most simply) on my writing journey -- honesty, being open and willing to accept some guidance goes a long way.