These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things

Lisa Abram | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Abram

What I have come to know is that we feverishly cling to our childhood items for a host of personal, often inexplicable, reasons. Perhaps as the precarious nature of life and death teeters, totters and tiptoes around us, we instinctively pull them closer to us.

When Babies Are Left At Construction Sites

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Impact
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

It's not an uncommon image in urban India: a toddler -- dusty, tear-stained face, wearing ragged clothing, sitting alone at a construction site.

When Did My Parents Get So Cool?

TamilCulture | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Living

This past December, I was finally home for the holidays, after missing two years of the holiday season with my family and friends in Toronto. In fact, in the past two years, I have only been home for a total of three times and each of those three times, there's been an emerging trend: "When did my parents get so cool?"

World Food Day Around The World

UNICEF Canada | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Living

World food day is on October 16th, and it's as good a time as any to recognize, celebrate, and learn how various cultures around the world interact with food.

Here Is What It Looks Like To Survive Hurricane Matthew

UNICEF Canada | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Impact

Hurricane Matthew has put the lives of millions of children in Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic in danger. In Haiti, it is estimated that half a million children live in the most affected areas, particularly in Grand-Anse and the South. But words alone cannot demonstrate the destruction.

Poetry Was My Refuge As A Child Living Through The Gulf War

Lubna Javed | Posted 10.11.2016 | Canada Living
Lubna Javed

I was two months short of being 12. I went to bed quite late, only to be startled shortly afterwards by my mother. She was attempting to wake my father. She was yelling, "The war has started!" Years later I can still clearly recall the fright with which I got up. The haunting sound of the sirens still rings in my ears.

Raising A Compassionate Child

Zarah Tinholt | Posted 10.07.2016 | Canada Parents
Zarah Tinholt

Parents model behaviour to their children, and children watch very closely. My dad taught me not to give money on the street, but if someone asked, we should treat them with complete, sincere dignity and take the time to offer them whatever it is they need. It can be inconvenient -- taking a stranger out for lunch and hearing their story, spending an extra 5 minutes buying someone groceries, giving someone our own mittens in the dead of winter, or perhaps giving someone a ride that is out of our way.

We Need To End The Violence Against Children In Syria

UNICEF Canada | Posted 10.03.2016 | Canada Impact

Last week's events in Syria speak to a conflict transformed into a humanitarian crisis that has worsened with time. In eastern Aleppo alone, at least 96 children have been killed and 223 others injured. Such circumstances make it increasingly harder to deliver desperately needed humanitarian aid.

Canadian Women Are In New York To Partner To Save Children's Lives

UNICEF Canada | Posted 09.22.2016 | Canada Impact

This week, while all eyes are on New York City where world leaders are meeting for the General Assembly of the United Nations, another exciting event is taking place: UNICEF Canada and the women of The 25th Team are also gathered in New York to discuss global issues.

My Adopted Son Will Always Be Our First Born

Renae Regehr | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada Parents
Renae Regehr

You see, our son is adopted and we know that regardless of whether he is biological to us or not, love does not recognize a difference. So, my husband and I knew that regardless of whether our second child was biological or not, we would love them just as a fiercely and intensely.

No, Canadian Islamic Schools Don't Teach Extremist Literature

Melanie Adrian | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Living
Melanie Adrian

Alarming claims are made in the report: "It is not the presence of extremist literature in the mosque libraries that is worrisome. The problem is that there was nothing but extremist literature in the mosque libraries." The real problem, however, is the report itself.

3 Science-Based Strategies For A Successful School Year

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Dr. Shimi Kang

With the official end of summer and start of school, come changes to routines, new schedules, and certain adjustments. This sudden change of pace for families can sometimes leave parents feeling like they are performing a difficult juggling act!

How Children's Books Make Me A Better Parent

Tara Mandarano | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Tara Mandarano

Reading has been an ingrained part of our family life since even before she was born. My husband read Dr. Seuss to her while she was in utero, and we've continued to incorporate books into her life as she's grown. Reading in the "big bed" is an essential component of my toddler's bedtime routine.

Is Your Child Facing A Learning Challenge, Or A Learning Disability?

Dr. Steve Truch | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Dr. Steve Truch

Why do some children learn to read so easily? And why do so many very bright children have such difficulty with what appears to be a simple task? How is a parent to know if a child is just a bit delayed in reading or perhaps actually learning disabled? Here's what the latest research tells us.

Ways To Pay For Your Kid's Expensive Tuition

Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada Living

School is expensive. Here are ways you can pay for it from the AOL Partner Studio.

Smart Ways To Protect Your Child's Eyes From Smart Screens

Yasmeen Syed | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada Parents
Yasmeen Syed

We all know that consistently staring at a screen for long periods of time can have short-term and long-term impacts on our eyes. When our kids are young we can control their screen time, but as our children age, we have less power over the time they spend on screen-based devices. The question is: How can we protect our kids' eyes?

What Peace Means To Children Living In South Sudan

World Vision | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada Impact
World Vision

It has been one year since South Sudan signed a peace deal to end 20-months of conflict in the world's newest country. But with renewed violent clashes in July and mass internal displacement, long-term peace and stability remains uncertain. These South Sudanese children share what peace means to them.

Kids Will Tune In To Nature When We Turn Off Technology

Lori Gard | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

Have we ourselves ever fallen victim to the allure that devices and screens provide? I lie if I fail to answer in the affirmative. Of course, our family battles the daily urge to reach for our screens, the lifeline connecting the isolated to the seemingly infinite. But every once in a while, there is something greater that entices.

Manitoba Needs To Put Its Children First And Invest In Change

Nathan Nickel | Posted 08.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Nathan Nickel

In public health, infant mortality is often viewed as a marker for a society's development, and Manitoba consistently falls to the bottom. Poverty, limited education, historical trauma and colonization, to name just a few factors -- can be linked to both Manitoba's high rates of infant mortality and kids in care -- and puts children at risk for other negative health and social outcomes.

It's Time To Bring Back Shop and Home Economics Classes

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 08.09.2016 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

As our lives became more hectic and lifestyles more busy, the traditional model of family also shifted. No longer were women staying at home, living out their lives as "domestic goddesses," and increasing numbers of men were shown to be not particularly handy when it came to making and fixing things, and that was okay. But now, our kids don't have those skills at all. What happened?

To The Mother I Met At The Beach, Thank You

Lori Gard | Posted 07.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

As I watched you with your sweet babies, realizing how difficult this stage of life is for mamas like you, I felt a twinge of sadness come over me. Your children are still at that stage of life where they want YOU and you alone. You have the monopoly on their attention and love.

El Niño Has Created A Frightening Crisis For Ethiopia's Children

Mark Lukowski | Posted 07.14.2016 | Canada Impact
Mark Lukowski

The need for support is urgent and helping children survive is our main concern. Canada has played a leadership role in international development and Canadians have always been known to provide relief in humanitarian crises.

Your Children Should Not Be Your Life's Purpose

Alyson Jones | Posted 07.05.2016 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

I feel that parenting is my responsibility, but I do not feel that my role of mother or wife or daughter is my purpose. I do not feel my role of counsellor or teacher, author or business woman is my purpose. My purpose does not feel as though it can be defined by a role, any role, in my life.

Without Urgent Action, Millions Of Iraqi Children In Line Of Fire

David Morley | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada Impact
David Morley

If you're a child in Iraq today, the odds of growing up in a safe and secure environment are not in your favour. According to a new UNICEF report, 3.6 million children in Iraq -- or one in five -- are at serious risk of death, injury, sexual violence, abduction or recruitment into armed groups.

5 Ways To Help Your Special Needs Child Enjoy Summertime

Joanne Giacomini | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada Parents
Joanne Giacomini

Our son used to have a really hard time with summer. It was so bad many years ago that I was scared that I would begin to hate summer, my most favorite time of the year. The solution for our family was gradually introducing my son to all the wonderful things summer could hold, but on his terms. This way he had control, and slowly our family started enjoying this time of year.