Kids

How the Candy Witch Can Revolutionize Halloween

Rachel Parent | Posted 10.29.2014 | Canada Living
Rachel Parent

Candy can also have a darker side for parents who are trying to keep their kids as healthy as possible, or protect them from allergic reactions by restricting what candy their kids can have. Imagine how the kid feels when they have a food allergy and can't have candy -- seeing other kids reaping the benefits of their trick-or-treating, dumping out their huge bags of candy and sorting through what they got -- it's both sad and frustrating.

Trick-or-Treating is For Kids. Period.

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

It's fair to say that many teens love getting something for nothing. Free candy? It fits the bill. And every October 31, they fail to disappoint, showing up at the door, thrusting a bag in the direction of unwitting participants, sometimes without even uttering the agreed request -- sometimes, the words "Trick or Treat" aren't even mentioned.

Can You 'Getaway' With Only One Of Your Kids?

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada Travel
Kathy Buckworth

Spending time with one child allows you to really connect with what they're doing at school, the friends they're hanging out with, and what they think about what's going on in the world as well. We also became quite adept at picking out the accents and languages of fellow travellers -- many British, German, and Eastern European dialects.

What You Need to Know About Fighting the Flu

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 10.06.2014 | Canada Living
Dr Dina Kulik

This high viral season reminds us that we should consider getting flu vaccines. Influenza has maintained a low profile so far this Fall, though no doubt it will rear it's head in the coming month or two, as it does each year. Have you forgotten H1N1 from last year?

What You Need to Know About EV-D68, the Virus Affecting Kids

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 10.03.2014 | Canada Living
Dr Dina Kulik

Lately the news is filled with stories about a scary new virus that is making many kids across the United States and Canada unwell. It is called Enterovirus-68 or EV-68. EV68 is one of hundreds of enteroviruses, including such viruses as coxsackieviruses (that cause hand-foot-and-mouth disease) and polioviruses. They generally cause symptoms of a common cold, with runny nose, congestion, cough, fever and diarrhea.

The Angst of Parenting a Child with Severe Food Allergies

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 09.19.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

I just sat in the car and had a good cry. I was in the parking lot of my 11-year-old daughter's school on her first day of middle school, but I wasn't having the "oh my child is growing up" type of cry. Instead, I was unexpectedly engulfed in fear about her life threatening allergies to peanuts and shellfish.

Child Poverty Is a Canadian Problem

Elizabeth Lee Ford-Jones, MD | Posted 09.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Elizabeth Lee Ford-Jones, MD

This isn't just an American problem. Hundreds of thousands of Canadian children are growing up without enough. Low-income children, especially minorities and aboriginals, are growing up at an increased risk of preventable diseases -- diseases both classically medical and mental health related that arise as a result of their early living conditions and will affect us all. These numbers don't simply represent difficult childhoods; they mark a huge group of Canadians who are growing up without the supportive environments they need to develop into healthy adults.

Back to School: Preventing Concussions on the Playing Field

University of Toronto News | Posted 09.05.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

As kids head back to school, hoping to make this year's sports teams, University of Toronto public health professor and family doctor Ross Upshur is calling for stronger action to prevent sports-related concussion in children and youth.

How to Reduce Child Fatalities On the Road

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 10.29.2014 | Canada Living
Dr Dina Kulik

On a warm July night this year I was one of the many staff working at Sick Kids when I was witness to a parents' worst nightmare, the preventable death of a child struck by a van on a Toronto street. There is an absolute necessity to teach and re-teach our children and their caregivers about road safety.

Five Back-to-School Snacks That You'll Love Too

Jane Dummer | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

Smart snacking can be a valuable part of a healthy food plan. Choosing nutritious snacks keeps blood sugar levels stable and helps fuel the mind and body all day long at school and work. At this busy time of year, let's explore five smart snack ideas using food you already have in your kitchen.

Helping Kids Manage Back to School Stress

Kids Help Phone | Posted 10.26.2014 | Canada Living
Kids Help Phone

For young people of all ages, school's an opportunity to form new relationships with peers and teachers, develop new skills through extracurricular activities, and discover new interests. But school can also be a source of stress, anxiety, and pressure for many young people, and it's a topic that kids and teens bring to Kids Help Phone's professional counsellors throughout the year, even during summer holidays.

How To Deal With Adult Children Living at Home

Caitlin McKay | Posted 10.17.2014 | Canada Living
Caitlin McKay

After the initial shock of Junior Child moving back home we started to realize that this situation was not so bad. Our individual lives, which had expanded to include activities and friends that were not possible during the child rearing years, were not curtailed. We started to enjoy the company of our adult daughter and were able to offer help with cover letters and resume writing.

Enjoy Some Digital Family Time Together

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 10.15.2014 | Canada Living
Nicole Letourneau

Despite our fretting, technology isn't going away, and simply cloistering our children from it is neither beneficial nor practical. To succeed in the modern world, children will need to embrace technology without being consumed by it. And the difference between these two fates lies in the hands of parents.

Dear New Mama With the Baby Blues

Maria Lianos-Carbone | Posted 10.13.2014 | Canada Living
Maria Lianos-Carbone

Oh the joys of becoming a new mom! Oh the bliss! You're the vision of beauty, a natural mom! The happy, helpful husband by your side! The overbearing grandparents and relatives who spoil your baby boy or girl with gifts and hugs and kisses! The perfect baby who sleeps all night and never cries! Who are we kidding?

Youth Mental Health Is a Responsibility We All Share

Kids Help Phone | Posted 10.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Kids Help Phone

Wellbeing isn't something anyone can achieve in isolation -- it's something we're all in together, and supporting youth mental health is a responsibility we all share.

6 Tips To Start Your Kids Off Eating Right

Abby Langer | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

If the only veggies that you serve to your kids are hidden, then you're teaching them that one only needs to eat mac and cheese and chocolate cake.

8 Tips to Teach Young Kids About Money

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 10.04.2014 | Canada Living
Dr Dina Kulik

Are your kids dying to go on a special trip? Want a new computer or basketball net? Try 'saving' as a family. Have your kids help you save, and let them help you make smart choices so that you can save towards the common goal.

Spend the Summer in Your Family Tree

Lesley Anderson | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

For me, family history was always a great summer activity for the whole family, especially on rainy days or quiet evenings after a day of basking in the sun. Researching your family history and building your family tree is a way for kids to learn about where they come from. It also allows you to do something meaningful with your time and create memories that last a lifetime.

Kids Don't Need Sugary Snacks After Sports

Abby Langer | Posted 09.19.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

Would it be such a hardship to end the practice of snack sign-up in favor of everyone bringing their own snack? That way, parents who love Kool-Aid and cookies are free to stuff their kids with garbage. Telling my kids to decline snack at the end of practice is always an option, but I don't feel like my kids should have to be put in that position.

The Many Grey Shades of Being Fifty

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

I'm so old, I got over being called "Ma'am" about 20 years ago when I turned 30. Holy crap. I was 30, 20 years ago? Man, math sucks on so many levels.

Eugenie Bouchard Is Not Canada's Tennis Sweetheart

Mike Reynolds | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada Living
Mike Reynolds

Eugenie Bouchard is a young woman, so she's automatically deemed a "sweetheart." Instead, she talks and acts like someone I'd much rather call "Canada's Excellent Female Athlete I'd Like My Daughters to Watch," or even like someone I'd rather call "Eugenie Bouchard." I want my daughters to see these women as idols or role models, not as sweethearts.

When and Why It's Crucial That You Form a Band

Rob Mitchell | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Music
Rob Mitchell

If you messed up that guitar solo you've been working on or you busted your ass on some decrepit stage only to receive a payment of a burger and two drink tickets, remember; you have had the opportunity to 'hang out' with good friends and hopefully, dare I say it, have a fun. Days move fast, changes happen quick and in no time you will be at a job, shirt tucked in your freshly pressed khakis.

Sting Is Right to Deny His Kids A Big Inheritance

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 09.01.2014 | Canada Music
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

You think that kids of celebrities have it easy? Think again. Sting's surprising announcement that he's not leaving any of his vast fortune to his children was a shock to many. How could this multimillionaire leave his kids to have to *gasp* work for a living? It just didn't seem right.

10 Ways To Curb Camp Anxiety

Professional Organizers in Canada | Posted 08.30.2014 | Canada Living
Professional Organizers in Canada

School is out and parents everywhere are preparing to send their kids to camp. Leaving home for camp can be an anxious time for both the parents and the kids -- here are 10 tips from Professional Organizers in Canada on how to get organized and curb camp anxiety.

I Don't Need Anyone To Tell Me What Mothers Should Do All Day

Darlena Cunha | Posted 08.25.2014 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

I'm writing this because I often complain about and worry about my new line of work / not work. I feel like I'm missing out on real life by not punching a clock. That I've perhaps sacrificed my career and will never get it back. I want to remind myself that even if I don't get it back, I haven't been wasting my time here. If anything, I've become a better worker, not a worse one.