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.

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.