Fathers

I've Waited Most Of My Life To Stand In My Father's Ski Boots

Sarah Collins | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Collins

Today I am the exact age my dad was when he died in a freak ski accident. Back then, I was 16: self-centred, emotional, athletic, and focused. He was 43 and nine days: broody, generous, heavy-handed, and hot-tempered. Sometimes we collided. Often I hid.

Why Mothers Need to Be Both Involved and Inspirational

Lori Gard | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada
Lori Gard

We all know that motherhood is a balancing act. A fine art of juggling many breakable plates whilst appearing like everything is under control. As was...

5 Things Dads Can Do To Bond With Their Kids

Lori Gard | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada
Lori Gard

In anticipation of Father's Day on Sunday, I stumbled across a book, which I then read today to my students on the topic of animal dads. It inspired me, and with Father's Day in mind, I am offering five unique ways in which human dads can care for their children, in no certain order.

This Father's Day, I'm Mourning My Dad

Toula Drimonis | Posted 08.15.2014 | Canada Living
Toula Drimonis

Seven months later and I'm still stunned by the palpable pain I feel in the pit of my chest when I think of him. I marvel at how grief just patiently sits there quietly, waiting for me to suddenly catch a glimpse of someone who looks like him, or for a whiff of someone's Aqua Velva aftershave, that cheap blue stuff he splashed on his face when I was a kid, and suddenly pain, like a searing knife, cuts through me. Seven months of firsts. The first Christmas without him, first New Years' celebrations, first Easter, and now... the first Father's Day.

Even When Baby's in the Womb, Dads Have an Influence

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Living
Nicole Letourneau

It's no secret that dads are important, and that their role as caregivers has, for many families, broadened in the last 50 years. But there's one period of our development where dads tend to take a back seat -- the first nine months, to be precise.

How I'm Going to Celebrate Father's Day

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Living
G(irls)20

I look back at the choices I have made and I see the influence of my parents -- their guidance, sense of justice, work ethic and generosity. I see their struggle and what it taught me and I see their sense of adventure and humour and how it has shaped me.

Are Expensive Kiddie Birthday Parties Really for Parents?

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Birthday parties and loot bags have increasingly become an obscene display of excess and expense for no good purpose. We are raising a society of highly-indulged, coddled and spoiled children and we only have ourselves to blame.

My 8-Year-Old Saw Pornography, Now What?

Jeff Hay | Posted 08.26.2013 | Canada Living
Jeff Hay

Last Thursday, my almost-eight-year-old son's innocence was forever tainted when he discovered, through a Google search, bare-naked ladies (not the talented Canadian singing ones), on his iPod touch. We had a 'situation' here and I needed to deal with it. I didn't want my son to think he was that bad or a deviant.

Real Men Play with Barbie Dolls

Steve Geyer | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Steve Geyer

There we sat, changing their outfits, brushing their "hair," with me doing my best falsetto voice, as we all got ready for the prom. My daughter, Kirsten, was giggling at me not so much for the voices, but for the fact she had put a lovely purple bow in my hair that matched Malibu Barbie's hair ribbon. We were having a blast!

Stop Calling Fathers Deadbeat Dads

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 08.16.2013 | Canada Living
Diane Weber Bederman

Father's day has passed. Now that the hoopla's over and the one day a year we spend honouring dad has passed, let's talk about the importance a father makes in the life of a child each and every day. Too many fathers are labeled deadbeat dads, often out of spite. And their children hear this.

What Dads Want on Father's Day

Sharon Vinderine | Posted 08.13.2013 | Canada Living
Sharon Vinderine

We conducted one survey asking dad what he hopes to receive for Fathers Day and one survey asking mom what she believed her husband wanted for fathers day and with over 600 responses, believe it or not...you actually agreed on something for a change!

What These 10 Classic Parenting Phrases Really Mean

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 01.14.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

We've all heard them. Those annoying phrases that our parents said to us growing up and now that we're parents ourselves, we've decided to inflict them our own kids. The reality is that the true meanings behind these messages that parents tell their kids are often not as straightforward as they appear to be. Following are the top 10 phrases that parents use on their kids, and what they really mean.

What Kind Of Dad Are You? Making Time For Fatherhood

The Huffington Post Canada | Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living

Marc Kielburger is a co-founder, along with his brother Craig, of Free The Children and Me to We, a social enterprise. They are authors of "The World ...

Mr. Right Now: Why Women Will Settle For A Partner Who's Not 'The One'

The Huffington Post Canada | Martha Edwards | Posted 11.06.2011 | Canada Living

Forget Mr. Right -- women these days are simply looking for Mr. Fertile. That's according to a team of British researchers, who claim an increasing nu...

A Suprising Secret to Straight As

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 11.01.2011 | Canada Living

Being active in their children's lives is one goal most parents work hard at every day, and a new study suggests good news for dads who spend hours on...

Should You Celebrate Father's Day?

Walletpop Canada | Julia Kollewe | Posted 08.18.2011 | Canada

It's Father's Day on Sunday but many won't be celebrating because they believe it has become too commercial. Nearly a quarter of us would rather be...