Kids

The A-B-Cs Of Tooth-Friendly School Lunches

Anaida Deti | Posted 08.23.2016 | Canada Parents
Anaida Deti

Nutrient-rich foods not only fuel those busy bodies and brains, but they also help in the development of teeth and gums! And just as the rest of your body needs a variety of vitamins and minerals to grow healthy, your teeth and gums do, too, to avoid decay, gum disease, plaque, periodontal disease and cavities.

4 Stress-Free Ways To Travel With Kids On Planes

Heather Greenwood Davis | Posted 08.23.2016 | Canada Parents
Heather Greenwood Davis

Listen, I get that traveling with kids can be tough. I've done it with babies, toddlers, schoolboys and teens. I've been on a plane planning for a 5-hour trip to dreamland only to be startled awake by a baby's piercing wail. I've been the unhappy recipient of a child whose happiness is manifested through swinging feet that make constant contact with the back of my chair. I get it.

Use The 80/20 Rule When Feeding Your Kids

Jennifer Carlson | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Jennifer Carlson

The breakdown is simple: 80 per cent of the time you focus on eating healthy and clean foods, and 20 per cent of the time you can look the other way and enjoy life's indulgences. I love food and have always felt when you deny cravings, you can set yourself up for a lifelong struggle with food.

Send Your Kids Back To School With Healthy Lunches

Shahzadi Devje | Posted 08.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Shahzadi Devje

With 2 months of summer vacation, it can be difficult to adjust back to the school routine. But like all good things, this too must come to an end, and make way for new beginnings. As many of us prepare for the start of school, the 'to do' list may feel a little overwhelming. And if you are feeling worried about meal planning, we've got you covered. Registered Dietitians share their best meal planning tricks to ease your transition and ace back to school.

How To Keep Your Back To School Spending Under Control

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 08.16.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

There are plenty of hidden costs that come along with the back-to-school season, but at the same time we want to make sure our kids are prepared to hit the classroom. How can you manage your budget effectively?

Play It Safe By Having Your Kids Wear Mouth Guards This Summer

Anaida Deti | Posted 08.11.2016 | Canada Parents
Anaida Deti

Dental injuries are the most common type of facial injury in sports; and as you get your children ready for their summer sport(s) activities, a mouth guard should be at the top of that list of equipment you need to get. They don't just protect the teeth, but also the mouth and jaw; areas that are not protected my regular helmets.

It's Time To Bring Back Shop and Home Economics Classes

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 08.09.2016 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

As our lives became more hectic and lifestyles more busy, the traditional model of family also shifted. No longer were women staying at home, living out their lives as "domestic goddesses," and increasing numbers of men were shown to be not particularly handy when it came to making and fixing things, and that was okay. But now, our kids don't have those skills at all. What happened?

Summer Jobs Build Money Smarts

Cairine Wilson, CPA Canada | Posted 07.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Cairine Wilson, CPA Canada

That initial job can also serve as an ideal springboard to talk money management with your kids and help strengthen their financial knowledge.

4 Quick And Easy Vegan Dinners

Miriam Porter | Posted 06.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Miriam Porter

lust because I am vegan doesn't mean I like cooking. I want to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible. In fact, if I was super rich I would hire a vegan chef to cook all the meals I make for myself and my son Noah, age 10. Therefore my dinners require very little ingredients and not a lot of preparation or cook time.

Tempting Teen Taste Buds: 15 Family-Friendly Recipes

BiteMeMore.com | Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada Living
BiteMeMore.com

Our dedication to family mealtime remains strong and that's why we've come up with these delicious family-friendly recipes, foolproof recipes that not only answer the question, "What's for dinner?" but also help you serve it up in a quick and easy way.

Top 10 Travel Toys And Games For A Family Road Trip

Sari Friedman | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada Travel
Sari Friedman

If you're planning a weekend staycation or a holiday road trip this summer, how can you keep your kids busy in the car so you can stay focused on driving and avoid the dreaded "are we there yet?" Here are my ten top tips for toys and activities to keep the kids entertained, and the must-have travel necessities you don't want to leave home without.

As We Legalize Pot, Let's Protect Our Kids

Bill Bogart | Posted 05.30.2016 | Canada
Bill Bogart

Legalization and regulation of marijuana in this country is a virtual certainty. The Prime Minister has promised it and polls enthusiastically suppor...

Tips For Going To Movie Theatre With Your Kids

Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Parents

Going to the movies with little kids can be a stressful experience. There’s always the fear a tantrum will break out and that you’ll interrupt other viewers, but with these tips you can ensure a stress-free and controlled experience. From stocking up on snacks to strategies on keeping them as attentive as possible, these tips will save the day.

Inspiration + Curriculum = Canada's Answer To Innovation

Sam Sebastian | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Impact
Sam Sebastian

As Canada strives to build an economy defined by innovation, our greatest resource to meet this challenge is walking through the classroom doors of our nation every morning wearing oversized Pokémon and Hello Kitty backpacks. It's never been more critical that we give our children the tools they need to become Canada's innovators of tomorrow.

Universal Autism Screening Is Instrumental To Early Diagnosis

Laurie Mawlam | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Laurie Mawlam

Over the years, Autism Canada has talked to thousands of parents and there has been a similar refrain. Early diagnosis didn't happen for their children because too many well-intentioned health practitioners and educators dismissed early red flags and parental concerns in favour of a "wait and see" approach.

Even The Youngest Kids Struggle With Divorce

Erin Silver | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada Parents
Erin Silver

This was not the way I'd envisioned raising my kids: as part of a broken family, with so many overwhelming feelings and an inherent sadness that I can't easily fix. And I certainly had not expected my kids to struggle with our divorce for as long as they have. I hadn't known they would suffer so deeply.

Put Children First In The Fight Against Climate Change

David Morley | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Impact
David Morley

any of the countries that are the most susceptible to the effects of climate change are also the ones that have the highest number of children as a share of their overall population. Curbing greenhouse gas emissions therefore isn't just about improving the air we breathe. It's about so much more.

24 Questions You Should Ask Your Parents, While You Can

Amy Gibson | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Parents
Amy Gibson

As weeks, months and years fly by, we are all missing opportunities to talk about real things -- important things -- with our parents. There are things that only they can answer or explain. Sadly, the reality is that when they pass, many of those answers, explanations and stories will go with them. So why are we wasting time? Why don't we ask them the questions that would explain events that shaped them, decisions they made and important lessons they learned? Questions that would yield new insights, understanding and compassion... for people we think we know so well?

#TalkToMe: Words Of Wisdom From Working Parents To Their Kids

Zeeshan Hayat | Posted 04.07.2016 | Canada Parents
Zeeshan Hayat

Our kids are very talkative, full of energy, but put them in front of a camera and they instantly shied away with a loss for words. This loss of words only lasted a few short seconds, however, until they took the reins of the interview.

5 Reasons Five-Year-Olds Are Extraordinary

Alyce Kominetsky | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Alyce Kominetsky

These wondrous creatures love life. Fully and whole-heartedly. Every morning my daughter wakes up with a smile on her face, ready to conquer the world... At five-years-old, her journey is a blank slate. Each day my daughter's little feet make their mark in this world, and she finds simple joy with every step. Cheers, five-year-old, for living life to the fullest!

Being A Hockey Mom Is Tough But Totally Worth It

Miriam Porter | Posted 03.31.2016 | Canada Parents
Miriam Porter

Unfortunately there are officially no Canadian NHL teams in the playoffs this season. But that doesn't mean children across Canada didn't have a great time playing our national sport. And hey, there's always next year. Here are six things I learned from being a hockey mom.

A Letter To Everyone Who's Freaked Out By Climate Change

Hannah Alper | Posted 03.31.2016 | Canada Living
Hannah Alper

You know what? I'm freaked out about it, too. This is such a big issue in the world and it's easy to freak out about it. Deeply caring about this and wanting to do something to help is the first step in making a difference. So, let me start off by saying you're already making a difference because you care.

8 Life Lessons My Toddler Is Teaching Me

Vedavati M. | Posted 03.31.2016 | Canada Parents
Vedavati M.

My two-year-old is a far better teacher than I could ever be for her. She's reminding me of things that I unlearned at some point in my complex adult life... lessons that are making me a better mom, a better wife, a better friend.

I Love You But I Can't Stand Your Kid

BLUNTmoms | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Parents
BLUNTmoms

I hope that we can still be friends, but I understand if it's just too awkward for the next 15 years or so. Perhaps I'm high maintenance, but I feel that a three year old should eat his or her lunch sitting in a chair rather than standing on the kitchen table throwing crackers at another child. I do not believe my son should be hiding in the bathroom for an hour during a play date just to avoid his "friend."

Let Kids Open Presents At Birthday Parties, Please!

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 03.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

There has been something that's been bothering me in recent years, while taking my kids to birthday parties. It's the "present-opening" time of the event -- or lack thereof. Yes, there's a trend towards not opening presents and I'm trying to figure out why.