Friendship

How To Deal With Disappointment

Anne Day | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada Business
Anne Day

All of us face disappointment at some time in our lives but like everything else that is often beyond our control, it's what we do with it that can change the outcome. While it may not feel it right now, this could be the best thing that has happened to you and the universe is telling you something, so pay attention to the doors that may be opening for you.

Healthy Friendships Are Built Upon Healthy Expectations

Victoria Lorient-Faibish | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Living
Victoria Lorient-Faibish

Many conflicts come from inappropriate expectations in relationships. Ask yourself if you are expecting your friends to act and be just like you. I encourage people to not expect others to be just like them because this is the road to sure and constant disappointment.

11 Positive Gift Ideas To Cheer Up Sad People

Reggie Ramone | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Living
Reggie Ramone

With last week's unwelcoming snowfall coming to an end, we're headed for warmer days and patio-ready weather. For the glass is half full type, it's time to prepare for the fun of spring and summer -- hooray! For the glass is half empty type... well, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) doesn't stop at the sight of spring.

Makin' Friends In Business

Steven Shehori | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada
Steven Shehori

As difficult as the experience was, I'm glad I walked back into the building that fateful night. Closure is a powerful drug, and with all the wonderful friends I'd made at the company, I relish the fact they got their much-needed confirmation re: me picking up my notepad. I truly, truly loved that notepad.

There's A Difference Between Being 'Nice' And Being Kind

Marcia Sirota | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

The truth is that if you're a people-pleaser, you've been using the people in your life to compensate for something that's been missing within you; you've been focused on getting others to meet a need, rather than on creating real connections. This might explain why you're not as happy as you could be, today.

Life Skills Lesson: Friendships And Making Choices

Linda Simpson | Posted 03.24.2016 | Canada Parents
Linda Simpson

There are places in a child's life where choice is minimal. However, that is true at any time in life. Choices, power and control are all elements of possible confusion and frustration in a child's world.

Coach Taught Me The World Was Mine For The Taking

Andy Juniper | Posted 03.18.2016 | Canada Living
Andy Juniper

Coach passed away last Friday, having fought the good fight against cancer, the scourge of our times. You may not know Coach, but I hope you know someone like him -- a person who pours water on you when you are about to flame out, who picks you up by the scruff of your neck and puts you back on track, who shows you that there is indeed a big, wide world out there.

When Your Child Doesn't Have Friends, Here's What To Do

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

So what's a parent to do when they realize that their child, for whatever reason, is having difficulty making or maintaining friendships? No parent wants to feel that their child is missing out or... being shunned for one reason or another... Yet, this is the reality for too many children who face rejection on a daily basis.

Signs You're The Optimist Of Your Friend Group

Posted 02.29.2016 | Canada Living

Does every cloud in your life have a silver lining? Then you might be the positive, optimistic one in your group of friends.

The Biggest Lie We Can Believe Is That We Are Alone

Shawna Scafe | Posted 02.18.2016 | Canada Living
Shawna Scafe

This lie shuts us down, blocks out others, isolates us, shames us and perpetuates those heavy feelings and weight of our already hefty burdens. So don't make another excuse not to call. Pick up the phone, my dear friend. I will listen to your story one more time, and one more time again.

Embarrassment Almost Cost Me My Life

Monique Caissie | Posted 12.24.2015 | Canada Living
Monique Caissie

I hug an acquaintance, start catching up and then I start coughing. I take a sip of my wine but the mucus in my throat seems to get thicker. Cough. Cough. Wheeze. Cough. Some people are looking at me. Oh, how embarrassing. Deciding to catch my breath privately, I leave and head down the hall looking for a ladies' room while digging for my asthma puffer. Hmm, there's a distinct wheeze. It's OK. One good inhalation of this puffer is all I ever need. Uh oh. There's a problem. I can't inhale now.

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
BrazenWoman

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
TamilCulture

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.