Helicopter Parents

Helicopter Parenting? Try a Skydiving Plane Instead

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

While watching a news segment on Helicopter Parents, my daughter turned to me and said "You're not a Helicopter Parent", which was not news to me. She continued "You're more like a Skydive Plane Parent. You push us out and don't look back." She paused and then added "You sometimes give us a parachute."

Kids Don't Need to Be the Centre of Your Life, But Don't Be a Jerk

Darlena Cunha | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

When young mother Stephanie Metz (she's 29) says "My kids are not the centre of my world, and that's quite simply because they are not the centre of any world, anywhere," my old, wizened ass (I'm 31, and most decidedly not a young mother) would like to point out that this sentence actually doesn't make any sense.

When Every Child Wins, Everyone Loses

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

I'm against kids "winning" at all costs. This refers to the growing trend of letting all kids win and telling them that "everyone's a winner." Everyone is not a winner. That's why we have the designations of "winners" and "losers." Someone has to lose. It's not pretty, but that's life.

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.

How My Kids Learned to Feed Themselves By Themselves

The Purple Fig | Posted 12.01.2013 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

When my arms were elbow-deep in the toilet this morning, I realized something. The kids called: "Momma, can you please get me a snack?" "Mommy, find my soother!" I kept saying, "You can do it! I'll help you in a second!" After a few minutes of this, they stopped asking. It got very, very quiet. I peeked out of the bathroom.

Anxiety in Children: Are We To Blame?

The Purple Fig | Posted 04.28.2013 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

You cannot flip open a newspaper, a magazine or scan Facebook without noticing the rise in anxiety and depression amongst young teens and adults. Many articles call it an epidemic, documented by a severe spike in suicides, prescriptions and counselling appointments on university campuses. I'm seeing that the new literature is calling for a change in how we parent and coach our kids in the early years. We cannot start the inoculation in their teens; the time is now.

Were Parents Better Then or Now?

Sandra Charron | Posted 04.23.2013 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

I grew up in the era of Tough Love. There was no pretending in my home. My mother called it as she saw it, and what she saw wasn't always pretty. I've spent years meticulously choosing politically correct ways of disciplining my children. Now I know exactly where I went wrong.

Sheltering Your Kids Now Will Embarrass Them Later

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 04.15.2013 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

American Idol is a great example of what can happen if you aren't honest with your children, and you send them out onto the stage, to fail. My kids are terrible singers. I am a terrible singer. They won't be one of those show contestants who are so painfully awful but are convinced they are the next Kelly Clarkson because their mom said so.

Want to Succeed in Business? Make Sure to Fail First

Andrea Plotnick | Posted 02.12.2013 | Canada Business
Andrea Plotnick

The normal interview process focuses on potential candidates' successes. One of the most critical questions we don't ask is: "Tell me about a time when you experienced a failure, and what happened?" If you look at most successful CEOs, many of them have had significant failures in their past. But, what makes them successful is what happened after.

SavvyMom Roundup: Rapping Parents, Sh*tty Moms, Failing Kids and more

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 11.10.2012 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

This week, I tackle the notion of helicopter parenting, and letting your child fail. I also peek inside some interesting parenting books for the healthy and the quirky parent. And would you let your baby wear a Fifty Shade of Grey onesie? Didn't think so.