Stand Up To Bullying With These Children's Books

Joanne Sallay | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Parents
Joanne Sallay

Books often act as our friends, companions and teachers. They can entertain, educate and impart life lessons. Stories can also be introduced to students from a very young age and many of these stories carry meaning for years to come.

Make Money Your New Best Friend

David Lester | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Business
David Lester

Don't just have an "okay" relationship with your money, have an AH-MAZING relationship with it -- just like you have with your spouse or best friend. ...

How To Succeed in Friendship Without Really Trying

Hannah Jack | Posted 11.04.2015 | Canada Living
Hannah Jack

Recently I started a theatre company with my six best friends. Sounds like a really great way to ruin a bunch of relationships, doesn't it? But here's the kicker. It's actually really working. We are by no means perfect and are still in the thick of figuring out a process that works best for us. These are the things that I've learned so far on this weird little journey.

What You Should Never Say to a Friend Who Can't Get Pregnant

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 09.21.2015 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

You can safely assume by the fact that I had four children in five and a half years, that I did not have much difficulty conceiving. However, two of my very best friends struggled for years to get pregnant, so while I would not want to give advice to someone who can't conceive, I do feel qualified to give advice about what do to when your friend can't get pregnant while you can.

How to Be My Friend As a Mom of a Special Needs Kid

Julie M Green | Posted 09.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

A strange thing happened when my son was diagnosed with autism a few years ago. Some of my friends dove for the hills. They didn't all disappear, but some just gradually dropped off. This post isn't about finger-pointing. I get how hard it is. You don't know what to say without feeling awkward or guilty.

Is Ghosting an Appropriate Way to End a Relationship?

Marcia Sirota | Posted 08.24.2015 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

In this era of being super-connected through our technology, the most shocking thing we can do today is to totally disconnect from another person. It's impossible to know why Charlize chose ghosting as her way of dealing with Sean, or even if that's actually what she did, but it makes me think about the whole idea of making a clean break from someone in a world that's all about connectivity.

5 Reasons First Playdates Are as Terrifying as First Dates

Tamara Schroeder | Posted 08.23.2015 | Canada Parents
Tamara Schroeder

There may not have been the stress of wondering about first kisses at the end, but I found I had to carefully navigate other potentially sensitive obstacles, like joking about Calliou being sent up to Netflix from the seventh circle of hell. In other words, I learned first play dates didn't differ all that much from first dates.

4 Signs You Have Outgrown Your Circle of Friends

Cheryl Muir | Posted 07.29.2015 | Canada Living
Cheryl Muir

Here's the deal: when you change your life, some people aren't meant to stick around. When you think about it, it makes sense. If we are the sum of our five closest friends and you're striving to do more and be more, it stands to reason that your set of five close friends will change over time. And yep, you guessed it, I'm writing about this because it happened to me recently.

Eulogy For Harold

Lynda Fishman | Posted 07.27.2015 | Canada Living
Lynda Fishman

Going to a funeral is difficult. That deafening silence in the chapel brings back painful memories and stirs up emotions that I work so hard to contro...

11 Guaranteed Ways to Lose Friends on Facebook

BrazenWoman | Posted 06.25.2015 | Canada Living

To me, Facebook is like a cocktail party. Sometimes, you engage in mindless, idle chatter, and sometimes you find yourself deep in a great discussion. I got to thinking about all those statuses people compose in order to create a specific impression -- I am fabulous and you should want to be me -- that in fact have the opposite desired effect: I am annoying and should be blocked.

7 Qualities Every Woman Should Look for in Friends

TamilCulture | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Living

I've just entered the beginning of my 30s and there are quite a few things about life that I'm still confused by and haven't quite "figured out" yet. But there's one thing, without a doubt, that I feel I've managed to really figure out -- it's the type of girlfriends that I should work hard to keep in my life.

When Your Pregnant Best Friend Becomes Your Pregnant Frenemy

Shawna Scafe | Posted 06.05.2015 | Canada Parents
Shawna Scafe

Like a good friend are looking forward to guiding her through the hemorrhoid-laden, mood swing-driven, nauseating ball of heartburn, nine months of torture that pregnancy can be. But as months pass, you wait for a sign that she has any pregnancy symptom aside from her perfect beach ball belly and constant gold and pink glow.

Why Child-Free Aunties Are Amazing

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

My children, like many lucky kids, have an amazing auntie. She's the kind of aunt who comes along on road trips, takes my kids for the weekend, buys thoughtful gifts, and organizes living-room dance parties whenever she's over. My children love their Auntie Katy, and my husband (her brother) and I need her.

Are You Too Nice in Your Relationships?

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Many of us are convinced that being "nice" is the way to win a friend or a partner and keep them; that if we please this person and give them what they need, they'll love us and stay with us, forever. Well, it doesn't really work that way. When we're "nice," the other person can't know who we really are.

Why Does Violence Against Women Stay Hidden in This Day and Age?

Kids Help Phone | Posted 04.29.2015 | Canada Living
Kids Help Phone

Why, in a time when we have more information available to us than ever, when WHO member states have adopted "a historic" resolution to address violence against women and girls, and when consent is being introduced into school curricula in some Canadian provinces, does violence against women still remain largely hidden?

How to Get Your Mojo Back After a Failure

Tanya Raheel | Posted 04.11.2015 | Canada Impact
Tanya Raheel

The reality is that rebounding and finding your mojo once more after a significant setback, failure or loss involves a lot more than simply "shaking it off" no matter what Taylor Swift says. It takes some essential and necessary stages and actions that if missed will keep you stuck, and stop you from learning and growing from the experience, which no matter how unpleasant is a rich opportunity for personal growth.

Are Your Friends Cheerleaders or Fearleaders?

Shelagh Meagher | Posted 03.28.2015 | Canada Living
Shelagh Meagher

The enthusiasm requirement is a biggie, because excitement is infectious. Cheerleaders can get worn out just like the adventurer they're supporting. When you've been whining for two weeks straight or copping out on doing what you've got to do to make it happen, they need to be so keen on your success that they'll keep pushing you right on through it.

What Does Being a "Friend" Really Mean?

Natasha Koifman | Posted 02.12.2015 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

Around the holidays we hear all about spending time with loved ones, being grateful and showing them how much we care. A lot of our thoughts will be about our family and friends. But lately social media has changed our perception of friendship, how we view it, how we behave towards our friends, even how we use the word "friend."

Remembering the 'Non-Brag' Christmas Card

Neil Seeman | Posted 02.06.2015 | Canada
Neil Seeman

1957 -- a grand year to behold! Thank you Margaret for being such a wise friend, calming me in my sadness and my pain over the past year. My husband P...

How Do I Even Begin to Talk About My Friend Who Passed Away?

Katie Boland | Posted 01.04.2015 | Canada Living
Katie Boland

My friend died six weeks ago. His name was Kent Nolan. He was 25. He was talented, handsome and successful. He was an actor, a writer, and a filmmaker; the kind people call, "incredibly promising." He was a son, a brother and a friend. He was unbelievably kind.

Why Competition Holds Entrepreneurs Back

Kim Smiley | Posted 12.03.2014 | Canada Business
Kim Smiley

We tend to be so hung up on rising to the top that we fail to realize that being overly competitive can actually push us down. True greatness comes to those who elevate others; who lift them up without regard to where it will place them in the hierarchy of the marketplace of life.

Why Schmoozing Works, However Bad It Feels

University of Toronto News | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Significantly, people who had more power in the office were less likely to report feeling dirty when it came to networking, and engaged in it more often. That effect can make it harder to penetrate existing power structures, because it means those already in power are more comfortable with networking and continue to reinforce and advance their positions.

When Helping a Friend With Mental Illness, Know Your Limits

Arthur Gallant | Posted 10.18.2014 | Canada Living
Arthur Gallant

I expect my friends and family to be there for me when I'm in a time of need and I know they expect the same of me, as they should. But is it OK to have a breaking point where you can just throw in the towel and say, "I've had enough"?

All I Can Do Is Show Up

Shannon Fisher | Posted 10.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Shannon Fisher

Friendship exists for us to live out our need for belonging and connectedness by sharing our stories. Our wonderful, brutal, happy, gut-punching stories.

17 Rules For Friends With Benefits

Carlen Costa | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada Living
Carlen Costa

Have the talk before you hook-up (or once you've peed right after) and set the lay of land. You both know what this is. Games are meant to be played with rope and whipped cream, not with each other's emotions. If you're feeling compromised about a situation have the courtesy to put it out there and mutual respect to problem-solve together.