Growing Up

7 Things That Irk Me About The Breakfast Club Now That I'm a Parent

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 08.21.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

You know you're getting old when you cheer upon discovering John Hughes's classic 1985 teen movie The Breakfast Club is on television on a Saturday night. But now that I am a parent, I watched this movie through an entirely different lens, and many scenes just plain irk me now.

Sting Is Right to Deny His Kids A Big Inheritance

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 07.02.2014 | Canada Music
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

You think that kids of celebrities have it easy? Think again. Sting's surprising announcement that he's not leaving any of his vast fortune to his children was a shock to many. How could this multimillionaire leave his kids to have to *gasp* work for a living? It just didn't seem right.

Dropping My Daughter Off at Camp Taught Me How to Let Go

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

My daughter's Girl Guide leader grabbed me by the shoulders, looked me squarely in the eye and said: "Goodbye Mama." "But, but, but," I sputtered, aghast. I was dropping my 10-year-old daughter off at her Girl Guide camp.

How Will Kids Learn Patience When Everything Is Just One Click Away?

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 08.20.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Patience seems to have fallen by the wayside. In its place, anxiety and frustration have taken hold. In the digital era, patience is no longer a virtue; it is seen as an unnecessary vestige of a bygone era with little value. After all, why wait when instant gratification is just a few clicks away?

Six Tips To Open Up Your Kids To Friends From Diverse Ethnicities

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

If we convey negative or suspicious attitudes about other cultures and ethnicities, our kids will pick up on these and replicate our behaviour. "Monkey see, monkey do" is real so keep this in mind and remember to convey a positive and open attitude about other cultures, particularly around your children.

Women of a Tinder Age

Katie Boland | Posted 06.27.2014 | Canada Living
Katie Boland

The consensus is that there are expectations to hook up. I liked how the app worked but I wasn't sure if I wanted to meet anyone yet. I definitely didn't want to sleep with them. Tinder more than anything, felt random. How did I contextualize any of these people?

It's Finally Cool For Girls to Geek Out

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Back when I was a kid, it wasn't cool to be uncool. To be called a "nerd" was to elicit scorn and its accompanying exclusion. How the tables have turned and the tides have shifted. There is a new trend towards teaching kids -- girls in particular -- coding skills in a growing number of cities.

A Quarter-Life Crisis Sent Me to Therapy

Katie Boland | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada Living
Katie Boland

I sat in a therapist's office two weeks ago. "I think I'm having a nervous breakdown," I told her. Summer ended. My relationship fell apart. Then, it just disappeared. Then, I wondered if I'd made it all up. I felt like my friends didn't like me anymore. There's been a lot said about the quarter-life crisis. Is that why a lot of my friends and I needed help?

Please Don't Associate Me With 'Bud Light Living'

Hannah Jack | Posted 06.14.2014 | Canada Living
Hannah Jack

What I think is important to remember is that the twenty-somethings of the 60's weren't any different than us. They had the same advantages and disadvantages that we have -- I mean, minus iStuff. But they felt comfortable enough to get weird and be anti-establishment and fight for what they believed in. Why don't we?

Life Lessons Learned in My Grandma's Buick

Hannah Jack | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Living
Hannah Jack

When I was 19 years old my Grandma, Elma Jack, suffered a stroke and passed away. I ended up with her 2000 gold Buick Century which I lovingly nicknamed "The Golden Bucket." As it turns out she wasn't quite done with me yet. Here are some of the best things my Grandma taught me through her Buick.

Being a Good Parent Means Telling Kids It's OK to Give Up

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 05.27.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Being a good parent isn't always about supporting your child in their endeavours no matter what. Was it better that we showed our children our support even though we knew the probable outcome, or would it have been a more prudent decision to have been honest with them from the outset, saving them from wasting time and worse -- the inevitable disappointment of failure?

Why Ray is the Most 'Real' Character on Girls

Sarah MacDonald | Posted 05.27.2014 | Canada
Sarah MacDonald

It isn't very Ray to feel things but he really does. His feels are just hidden far better than anyone else's. When Shoshanna begged to be with him again for her own fulfillment and togetherness he said no, he said he was finally becoming something, but he never said he was totally whole. Ray's too smart for that.

We Don't Want to Make the Same Mistakes Our Mothers Did

Katie Boland | Posted 05.07.2014 | Canada Living
Katie Boland

I think people my age, more than generations previously, have friendships with their parents. You talk about things you maybe shouldn't. For women our age, there is less of a physical and intellectual generation gap between mothers and daughters.

I'm Not Good at Drugs

Katie Boland | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Living
Katie Boland

I was going to save my thoughts on drugs for a few weeks. But in light of Philip Seymour Hoffman's death, now feels like the right time. I worked with him on Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master. His death truly rattled me. Like I'm bad at math, I'm bad at drugs.

What's Actually Happening With People My Age

Katie Boland | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada Living
Katie Boland

"I want to write about what's actually happening with people my age." "And what's that?" "Coke. Tinder. Bad relationships. Good relationships. Molly. Not being able to get a job. 25 being one thing for one person and something completely different for another." I turned 25 almost a year ago.

The Top Five Things Parents Need To Know About Kids and Social Media

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

If your kids see you jostling to get the best shot of the most mundane moments of life, just so that you can post a picture of it on your Instagram account, they'll follow suit. If you post inappropriate images or comments on social media, the will be seen by your children, guaranteed. Limit and moderate your own social media activity.

A Politically Correct Nightmare: The School That Cancelled Halloween

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Halloween celebrations are cancelled at one Ontario school. No candy, no costumes, no fun. The reasoning behind this puzzling decision is supposedly one of inclusiveness, according to school administrators. The decision of the school board to cave in to these demands is political correctness on steroids.

The Top Five Parenting Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

There are parenting methods that are known to be detrimental if not downright damaging to a child. Try doing these and you'll more or less guarantee that your child will grow up to be a person who, let's say, won't be the most well-liked or respected in their social circle.

The Most Important Woman in My Life

Deborah Kimmett | Posted 11.25.2013 | Canada Living
Deborah Kimmett

Marie Hopps was the first person I ever met who thought I was lovely, just because I existed. Every few days, I would stumble into Marie's apartment from one of my escapades, looking like a tomcat with a missing eye or a torn ear. She would patiently make a pot of tea and offer me chocolate digestive cookies, seemingly unfazed by the sight of my bloodshot eyes. I miss her.

40 Things I've Learned at 40

Ward Anderson | Posted 11.13.2013 | Canada
Ward Anderson

Number 32: My father busted his butt for decades, raised a family, paid mortgages, did yard work, fixed things, taught us math, owned businesses, and spent every day being a husband/father/role model. I babble on the radio to strangers. Somehow, we're both impressed with one another.

Can We Digitize School Handouts, Please?

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 11.05.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Are we not living in a digital age? For some strange reason, educational facilities, specifically elementary schools, seem to be stubbornly entrenched in a previous era. What is behind this desire to hold on to a communications method that is clearly flawed, to say the least?

I'm 34 and Refuse to Let Go of My Partying Ways

Heather Magee | Posted 11.01.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

When I was in high school, I spent an entire summer dissecting the dialogue of Richard Linklater's coming-of-age classic "Dazed and Confused." A few decades later, I caught myself muttering a popular line from the film to colleagues over lunch -- the one that quite arguably kickstarted Matthew McConaughey's career, "I get older, they stay the same age." Unlike McConaughey's character, I wasn't referring to high school girls. I was referring to my network of friends.

Why I'm NOT Friends With My Child

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 08.25.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Children need to look up to their parents and have some degree of reverence and respect for them in order to truly take home the lessons that their mothers and fathers try so hard to teach them. For this and many other reasons, I won't be revealing my deepest, darkest feelings to my elementary-school aged child any time soon.

Overscheduled Kids and Parental Guilt

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 08.18.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

The trend towards kids having rigorous schedules is a relatively new phenomenon. Perhaps a result of the pervasive guilt that so many of us share because of our need to work longer hours, we've put our kids in as many lessons as possible, some for practical reasons (after-school lessons and sports practice keeps our kids busy until we can leave work and pick them up) and some...well...not so much.

Why You Should Care About International Women's Day

Amber Rehman | Posted 05.08.2013 | Canada
Amber Rehman

With so many international atrocities committed against women on a daily basis, I as a woman in the west sometimes feel that there is very little that we can do. But living in the lap of luxury doesn't remove the sadness one feels when they see the news reports. I feel overwhelmed by the state of women and believe we should act more. This International Women's Day let us educate ourselves and the society at large.