Growing Up

A Quarter-Life Crisis Sent Me to Therapy

Katie Boland | Posted 04.16.2014 | 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 04.14.2014 | 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 04.03.2014 | 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 03.27.2014 | 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 03.27.2014 | 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 03.07.2014 | 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.

Defying Your Inner Voice

Amber Rehman | Posted 04.04.2013 | Canada Living
Amber Rehman

Unless we self-reflect and make a change we risk becoming the voice we grew up defying. We might live long enough to see ourselves become the villain. The circle of defiance continues except now our children are the rebels and we are the evil empire.

I Still Want to Be Like Mike

Amber Rehman | Posted 01.07.2013 | Canada Living
Amber Rehman

I was in Grade five when I fell in love with basketball. Michael Jordan fuelled my over-the-top obsession with the sport. Being a kid with a disability didn't stop me from dreaming of dunking or playing one on one with Michael Jordan. Defying people's expectations has been one of my missions in life.

The Real Things You Should Have and Know Before 30

Kaitlyn Kochany | Posted 07.14.2012 | Canada Living
Kaitlyn Kochany

Glamour once ran an article called "30 Things Every Woman Should Have and Know by the Time She's 30." Neither section really captures the unbelievable amount of work women in their twenties do as they transform themselves from teenagers to adults. It's a lot. It takes more than a trip to Home Depot or Victoria's Secret.

Girls Under Pressure: A Story of Sex't Up Kids and "Sesame Street-Walkers"

Lilian Nattel | Posted 05.04.2012 | Canada Living
Lilian Nattel

Teen girls were mortified when photos of themselves in bra and panties or topless were sent all around the classroom. They just were doing what they'd been taught to do by TV, YouTube, magazines, their friends: "be cute," which has become code for "be sexy," which means show your stuff. And then they'd been shamed for it.

Becoming A Grown Up: Helping Your Child Find Rites Of Passage

The Huffington Post Canada | Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.15.2012 | Canada Living

Marc and Craig Kielburger are the co-founders of Free The Children and Me to We, a social enterprise. They are authors of "The World Needs Your Kid: R...

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Motherhood

Jowita Bydlowska | Posted 01.02.2012 | Canada Living
Jowita Bydlowska

I kind of thought that giving birth would automatically turn me into a bouncing, bib-juggling, broccoli-mushing machine who felt self-fulfilled because of motherhood. But it didn't. Having a baby was equivallent to a mini nuclear bomb going off in my mentality.

Fact or Fiction: Can Kids Be Anything They Want to Be?

Annabelle Fell | Posted 09.21.2011 | Canada
Annabelle Fell

Kids often hear the phrases, "You can do anything you want to do or be anything you want to be." But it's just not true. In fact, this is exactly the kind of thinking that further entrenches them in unrealistic dreams that take them away from one of the important tasks of growing up.