It's Not Always Easy to Watch Your Kids Grow Up

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

I'm so happy to watch you grow, and so proud of the big kid you want to be, even though growing often comes with pain. I love who you are becoming and who you already are. Grade two is pretty new to us, but it suits you just fine. Keep getting bigger, baby ...and also, stay small.

Overparenting Is Doing More Harm Than Good

Her Magazine | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

Overparenting, over-managing, over-involved. This is how we would describe our generation of parents. It comes from a good place of course -- we love them and want to protect them. We want them to be the best in whatever they undertake. But what are we really protecting them from?

How to Teach Your Kids About Money

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

With the first day of school well behind us, and students settling into new routines, now is a great time to take up some learning outside the classroom. Many school curricula don't include financial literacy, so demonstrating the value of money in real world situations has extra importance.

Do You Know How Well Your Child Can See?

Dr. Jeff Goodhew | Posted 10.05.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr. Jeff Goodhew

As parents, we know our children well, but do you know how well your child can see? October is Children's Vision Month and it's a good reason to pause and think about how our children see the world. It's easy to assume that their vision is perfect, especially when they haven't mentioned otherwise, since children simply believe that everyone sees the way they do.

Should Eye Exams Be Mandatory for School-Age Kids?

Mélanie Meloche-Holubowski | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Parents
Mélanie Meloche-Holubowski

Currently only 14 per cent of Canadian children under the age of six receive professional eye care. Since the measles outbreak in North America a few months ago, more school districts and provinces are considering mandatory immunization in order to attend school. Should eye examination be added to the list of school entry requirements?

We Need to Get Our Kids Outside

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 09.22.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr. Shimi Kang

From climbing trees to slouching over desks -- the transition from summer sovereignty to school routines hasn't been all that easy in my household. So, the big question I have is -- how can we strike a balance between school routines and spending time outdoors?

As a Man, Why Do I Feel Guilty Being Alone With Kids I Don't Know?

Buzz Bishop | Posted 09.02.2015 | Canada Parents
Buzz Bishop

This isn't the first time I've been a man alone in a park surrounded by kids I don't know. The last time this happened, I touched them. I felt no guilt, the other parent at the playground was another dad and the children were boys. This latest round of "man alone" happened at a public pool surrounded by moms, when two little girls walked up to me. Why is it that I feel like a predator just watching my kids at a pool?

Getting Your Kids to Master Back to School Manners

Lisa Orr | Posted 08.28.2015 | Canada Parents
Lisa Orr

At my house in the summer we all get a little wild. We stay up too late, we don't always brush our hair, and sometimes we even go barefoot. But in a few short days the school bells will ring and it will be back to civilization, which means it is also time that we are all back to being on our best behaviour.

Get Your Kids Ready to Go Back to School

Her Magazine | Posted 08.26.2015 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

You've probably been thinking of back to school since July because that's when the ads first appeared. Of course they did -- we need to make way for Halloween already. So here are some recommendations to help you and your children get your heads back into the game.

School Districts Need to Adopt Comprehensive Diabetes Policies Now

Jan Hux | Posted 08.17.2015 | Canada Parents
Jan Hux

Most students can manage their diabetes independently or with minimal support, and they can fully participate in school activities, including gym, field trips and celebrations. However, some, especially very young children with type 1 diabetes, may need trained personnel to help administer insulin, monitor blood sugar levels or supervise food intake and activity. Students with diabetes may also need flexibility in school rules to prevent low or high blood sugar, and, in some cases, may also need help with recognizing "lows" and "highs."

St. Lucia Is a Paradise For Families

Miriam Porter | Posted 08.04.2015 | Canada Travel
Miriam Porter

If you are a parent that ever had a babysitter or nanny help with your children you understand how this person can become family. When my son Noah was...

All Parents Should Send Their Kids to Summer Camp

Samantha Pinter-Thompson | Posted 07.29.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Samantha Pinter-Thompson

Because camp isn't just a place, it's a state of mind.

Let's Prevent Hot-Car Deaths This Summer

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 07.27.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr Dina Kulik

A car is like a greenhouse and temperatures can rise very quickly, even with the windows open. There is no safe amount of time to leave a child (or pet) alone in the car. Children are especially vulnerable to heat-related injuries and aren't able to sweat as well as adults to cool down.

Children Should See the Horrors of Drug Use

Julie Rusciolelli | Posted 08.07.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Rusciolelli

Why not show the seedy, disgusting underbelly and sickening adverse effects drugs have on us feeble humans? Images of a deviated septum, busted arm veins, chronic bleeding noses, rotten teeth, fetal effects, undernourished human bodies, etc. Horrifying images of what drug use has on the human body. Visceral images that make one think "that's repulsive, I'll never do that." We usher in a movement that illustrates and encourages dialogue about the revolting face of what drugs do: destroy the human spirit, decay our bodies, ruin families, and ultimately lead us to an early grave. There is NO glamour in drug use, no matter what Kanye is singing about.

8 Ways to Heal Your Kid's Sunburn Quickly

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr Dina Kulik

With summer in full force, and many of us playing outside each day, we need to make sure we protect our skin to prevent sun damage. Unfortunately, even one burn can double your child's lifetime risk of serious skin cancer. One burn!

5 Money Lessons to Teach Your Kids

David Lester | Posted 07.22.2015 | Canada Parents
David Lester

These five lessons made me a personal finance expert and provided the foundation for an awesome life. Money is a fuel for all the things that you want to be do in life and being smart with it makes things easier. Get your kids to understand and love money as soon as you can. Hard work and mastering money will take them the distance.

School May Stop for Summer But Learning Never Should

Malkin Dare | Posted 07.12.2015 | Canada Parents
Malkin Dare

So far, two weeks of summer have passed, and another seven weeks of summer stretch ahead -- an endless expanse of aching boredom for parents and kids OR a shining opportunity for fun and learning? Here are some tips for parents who choose the latter option.

As a Stay-At-Home Dad, I Just Want My Kid To Be Cool

Bryce Kushnier | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Parents
Bryce Kushnier

I feel there are endless topics of anecdotal parental advice I could weigh in on. Especially from the perspective of a new stay at home father. But if I told you I knew the secret to raising the perfect child, would you believe me? I remember specifically when I had this epiphany.

That Time I Lost My Toddler in IKEA

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

Even though I knew it would be pretty stressful to go to IKEA with two toddlers, I just needed one item -- a picture frame -- and we were driving right by it. RIGHT BY. So I turned, even though I hadn't been planning to, and I parked in the underground parking lot, and we headed to IKEA.

8 Ways to Keep Your Kids (and Everyone Else) Sane on a Plane

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

As every air traveller knows, there is nothing worse than getting to your seat and discovering that the row behind you is full of children. Even if they're your own. As a frequent traveller and mother of four, I've been on both ends of the annoyance spectrum. So what can you do to make sure you don't have the most annoying children on a plane?

How I Became a Stroller Addict

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 06.15.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr Dina Kulik

I have a confession to make to all of you -- I am a collector of strollers. It started pretty innocently. When Dyl was born we bought a travel system, our car seat snaps into the stroller and the base lives in the car. But over time we realized the stroller was big and it took up valuable real estate in our trunk. Thus, began the collection.

Should Parents Be Forced to Vaccinate Their Kids?

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 06.11.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr Dina Kulik

In February 2015, a poll by the Angus Reid Institute revealed that two-thirds of Canadians believe that children should not be allowed to attend school or daycare if their immunizations are not fully up to date. Interestingly, the country is divided.

Canada Needs to Rethink Its Approach to Early Childhood Development

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Nicole Letourneau

UNICEF recently released a report card ranking child well-being in the 29 richest countries on earth. Canada came 17th, placing us in the bottom half of the pack on factors such as child poverty, emotional well-being and life satisfaction. It's time to have a frank conversation about how our country approaches early childhood.

Get Off Your Butt and Take Your Kids Outside

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr Dina Kulik

ParticipACTION unveiled their 2015 Report Card On Physical Activity for Children and Youth. The results are pathetic, with a D- for overall physical activity, in part because just nine per cent of five to 17-year-olds meet daily recommendations of at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity.

10 Tips For Nervous Kids Going To Summer Camp

Hannah Alper | Posted 06.04.2015 | Canada Parents
Hannah Alper

Those feelings of being homesick and missing my family (and my dog) happened again the second year that I went to camp, but I was ready for them and knew how to handle them and that it was going to be okay. Here is some advice for people who are going to overnight camp for the first (second or third) time.