Kids

Why Are Canadian Kids So Stressed Out?

Stuart Shanker | Posted 04.10.2014 | Canada Living
Stuart Shanker

When a child's stress levels are too high various systems for thinking and metabolic recovery are compromised. The signs of when this is happening show up in the child's behaviour, or mood, or attention, or for that matter, physical well-being. Canadian children are dealing with far too much stress today.

Why Family-Focused Policies Are Good for Everyone

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Nicole Letourneau

On every metric, children from disadvantaged homes face greater challenges to success than their more privileged peers. As a result, they do worse in school, get poorer paying jobs and suffer disproportionately from violence, addiction and mental health issues.

Disney Cage Match: Frozen vs. Brave vs. Tangled

Darlena Cunha | Posted 04.05.2014 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

I feel like it's time to put the modern Disney tale fight to an end. Let's take Frozen, Brave and Tangled, and gauge them component by component to ge...

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?

Will My Kids Remember Me at My Best or My Worst?

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

Which memories will our children remember forever and which are they going to forget? Are they going to remember the few times I got upset when they spilled their milk or all the times I told them not to worry about it? Are they going to remember all the times I attended their school events or the few times I couldn't be there?

Spring Cleaning's Not Just For Moms: How to Get the Kids Involved

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 03.20.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

Although spring cleaning is a great way to herald in the new season, traditionally the bulk of the chores fall on mom (or dad). My advice? Spread the chores around by getting the kids involved. Even kids as young as five or six can pitch in so that when the temperatures do finally warm up outside, you won't be tied down and tired from too many chores inside.

A Parent's Guide to the Oscars

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada
Dr. Shimi Kang

As a busy mom of three who just finished writing a book, I had little time to watch all the best picture nominated movies so I have been speed-watching what I can this last week. It is amazing what movies can teach us and make us come to terms with.

Using the Olympics to Help Your Kids Learn a "Gold Medal" Attitude

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 02.24.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Shimi Kang

My family had a serious case of Olympic fever. Along with many Canadians, the winter games have become a permanent fixture on our television screen, and a major topic of discussion around the dinner table. The Olympics present valuable learning opportunities for adults and children of all ages. Parents can use these great learning opportunities to foster "a gold medal attitude" for children.

Five Things Kids (And Parents) Can Learn From Microsoft's New CEO

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada
Dr. Shimi Kang

Microsoft, a company worth more than $19 billion that employs over 10,000 staff globally, has only had three CEOs in its 38-year history. After 14 yea...

Are You Turning Your Child Into a Social Media Monster?

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

While older folks may not have started society's social media obsession, we may, surprisingly, be the ones who are unwittingly facilitating our kids' dependence on it through our own actions and examples. To this end, we should take a long hard look at our social media behaviour.

12 Things To Do This Family Day

Rania Walker | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Living
Rania Walker

In addition to the special events and interactive exhibits at most major tourist attractions, here is a list of virtually free things to do around the GTA, most of which will give you an opportunity to try something new or different by virtue of the favourable price tag.

Teaching My Son Not to Say "Girly"

Vicki Murphy | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

What you're saying to your son when you say "that's girly" is: Stop acting like a girl, because being a girl is bad. You're also saying: You're a boy, and boys are supposed to act a certain way. (That's a whole other can of worms.)

Winter's Not So Bad In Finger Lakes, NY

Rania Walker | Posted 04.04.2014 | Canada Travel
Rania Walker

Turns out, Finger Lakes is a full-year destination, with indoor and outdoor activities to keep you busy for weeks at a time. The Finger Lakes Region extends from Rochester to the West, Syracuse to the East, Lake Ontario to the North, and all the way to the Pennsylvania Border to the south. Here's our list of the Top 10 things for families to do.

Make Working Parenthood Work With These Tips

Brynn Harrington | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Living
Brynn Harrington

We're have a dual working parent life. Making it work is about the big things, like prioritization, and the small things, like how to get dinner on the table. Here are a few of the small things that help our family make working parenthood work.

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.

12 Sanity Saving Tips for the Final Shopping Days Before Christmas

Rania Walker | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Living
Rania Walker

With the holiday shopping season in full force, my requisite ventures into the sweaty shops of my local malls need to be purposeful, successful and time-saving. I've found a dozen ways to make those long line ups and general holiday hustle and bustle productive, amusing and sanity saving.

What I Learned This Week: Honour Other People's Kids

Andy Nulman | Posted 01.24.2014 | Canada Living
Andy Nulman

The true secret of getting into someone's good books: Do right by their offspring. There are few things more appreciated or rewarding. You may forget who's done right by you, but you'll never forget who's done right by your kids.

Schools Need to Lay Off Our Kids' Lunch Bags

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

When a mom in Manitoba sent her two kids to school with homemade lunches that included roast beef, potatoes, carrots, oranges and milk, she was shocked to receive a note from the school telling her that their lunches were deemed "unbalanced" and were supplemented with Ritz crackers. The school follows the strict guidelines of what many believe to be a very outdated Canada's Food Guide and felt that the "grains" category had been neglected. To add insult to injury, this mom was fined $10 for her oversight. I'm confused, and if I was this mom, I would be livid.

5 Things My Kids Would Tell Your Kids If They Knew How to Blog

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Marni Soupcoff

Don't ever admit to liking school or daycare. Your parents are going to send you to these places whether you like them or not, so you might as well earn some guilt-treats by pretending to despise them. Try to maintain a high-pitched wail until at least until 45 seconds after drop-off.

Why is your kid the boss of you?

Melissa Carr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Melissa Carr

We've all heard about baby-led weaning. Even child-led potty training and child-led playing makes sense. But when did child-led-every-f*%king-thing in your life happen?

Trying to Teach My Little Boy About War and Remembrance

Vicki Murphy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

Around 10:45 a.m., I decided it was time to turn off Lego Stars Wars and turn our attention to real war, and all those who have fought, or continue to fight, for our freedom. First, I had to get Max Skywalker on board. He really had no idea what Remembrance Day was all about. My super-simplified explanation went something like this...

Here's a Tip: Don't Hand Out Fat-Shaming Notes to Kids

Darlena Cunha | Posted 12.31.2013 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

Perhaps by now you've seen the letter handed out by a woman in North Dakota to children she deems to be "moderately obese" who she thinks shouldn't be consuming candy this Halloween. There are so many things wrong with this I hardly know where to start.

SavvyMom Roundup: LumoBack, Daddle and More

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 12.30.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Funny Ellen videos, standing tall, too much screen time, online shopping deals and a Daddle -- that's what caught my attention this week.

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.

Do Organised Sports Interfere With Healthy Living?

Arya M. Sharma, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Arya M. Sharma, MD

It is perhaps time to consider public health discourse on whether or not any putative benefits from participation in organized sports are largely cancelled out by the ensuing time pressure that not only seriously cuts into time for healthy eating but also sleep and other activities that should be part of an overall healthy lifestyle.