Canada Kids

Are We Our Pets' Owners Or Their Parents?

Get Leashed Magazine | Posted 02.23.2017 | Canada Living
Get Leashed Magazine

We've seen them make messes, spill and chew up our treasured belongings, and we've put up with their unappeasable attitudes. We've also seen them greet us with as much joy as we can imagine. We hug them, even if some scientific studies suggest not to. Even the largest of dogs -- think small horses -- make the tiniest possible spots on our sofas into their spaces for cuddling us on our sofas.

12 Long-Term Positive Effects Of Co-Parenting Children

Anna Giannone | Posted 02.17.2017 | Canada Parents
Anna Giannone

Your children need to know they are front and centre in both your lives. Sending this message of undivided love begins with considering doing the unth...

Canada Can Do More To Protect Our Children Online

Owen Charters | Posted 02.07.2017 | Canada Living
Owen Charters

There are endless public awareness campaigns dedicated to cyberbullying. Change is happening. But with the focus on those discussions, children's privacy rights in Canada have been placed on the back burner.

Should Writing About Divorce Be Off Limits?

Erin Silver | Posted 01.25.2017 | Canada
Erin Silver

I had such an overwhelming response to my last blog post, in which I described my recent trip to Arizona and how having some "family time" with my kid...

10 Recipes Inspired By Classic Children's Books

BiteMeMore.com | Posted 01.19.2017 | Canada Parents
BiteMeMore.com

Whether they're your kids or your grandkids, who can resist cuddling up with a great story and delicious snacks with your favourite little person? It's the perfect opportunity to step away from electronics and dig in to some old-fashioned story time and some homemade goodness.

Should Kids Learn Their Heritage Language?

Steve Kaufmann | Posted 01.18.2017 | Canada Living
Steve Kaufmann

I always spoke English with my parents and I never had any sense that my communication with them was in any way inhibited. There was no pressure to learn German or Czech. If anything, my parents wanted me to learn French, which we studied at school without any great success.

Coping With Holiday Nostalgia

Erin Silver | Posted 12.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Erin Silver

This place, this home, is especially special. It's where my oldest son first crawled. It's where my youngest first hiked a mountain. It's where they learned to swim and catch fly balls. We cry every time we have to leave. Then the countdown to next year's trip begins, first with months, then weeks, days, and now hours.

How Teachers Can Build A Positive Environment In The Classroom

Gloria Kopp | Posted 12.05.2016 | Canada Parents
Gloria Kopp

Having a positive classroom environment and solid relationships with both students and parents can make any teaching professional's life so much easier. But a happy classroom, comfortable students, and supportive parents don't simply happen by themselves. Instead, they're the result of hard work and preparation.

Certain Strategies Can Help Kids Cope With Change

Erin Silver | Posted 12.02.2016 | Canada Parents
Erin Silver

I suppose it takes some kids a while to acknowledge they are afraid of change. They will lash out, be more challenging, while living in the unknown. And then they will learn in time that change can be new and scary but it doesn't mean it's always bad.

Please Stop Asking What My Son's "Special Talent" Is

Tanis Shaw | Posted 11.15.2016 | Canada Parents
Tanis Shaw

He doesn't have a "special" talent. In fact, less than 10% of the autistic population have some kind of savant talent. When you ask about his "talent" and he knows that he doesn't have one, he feels less. He feels as though he is being judged for being "wrong" yet again. I hug him and tell him that you mean well, and that the drawing he did of Spider-Man really did rock! What I wish you would ask instead, is this.

The Best Family Holiday Destinations (As Chosen By Kids)

Booking.com | Posted 11.08.2016 | Canada
Booking.com

Planning a family vacation can be just as stressful as it is exciting and deciding on a destination that pleases both parents and kids isn't as easy as you might think. To help you be the holiday hero with your family, we surveyed child travellers worldwide to uncover the best destinations for family travel. Here are the top destinations rated as fantastic for family travel, as chosen by the kiddos themselves!

Let's Give Our Youth Permission To Fail

The Maddie Project | Posted 11.03.2016 | Canada Parents
The Maddie Project

There is so much pressure on these kids to not only thrive and compete but to be perfect. And our sense of balance is gone. Competition and excelling is good but what about having fun? Commitments are skewed. Genuine, quality family time is compromised because parents are stressed, pressured and rushing to get their kids to and from programs and to do too many things at the same time.

Secret Fishing Destinations In Canada

Posted 10.31.2016 | Canada Living

Start packing that truck!

Helping Kids Cope With Sensory Issues

Linda Maslechko | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Linda Maslechko

It is difficult to fully comprehend the experience of someone with special needs. However, drawing from my personal experiences, including those of being a mom and the creator of a fashion brand focused on comfort, I can attest to the difference soft and comfortable materials can make on one's mood. Clothing plays an important part in all of our lives, especially those with sensory sensitivities, and the tactile experience can be as meaningful as the style when it comes to feeling good.

How To Manage Your Kids' Halloween Candy

Anaida Deti | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Parents
Anaida Deti

It may just be a sweet coincidence that October is both Dental Hygiene Month and Halloween but with Halloween just around the corner, your little ghosts and goblins are eager to hit the candy jackpot. But what else can be spookier than creepy crawlies and witches? Rotting teeth from too much sugar and dental plaque.

4 Ways To Stay Healthy Through Winter

Nema McGlynn | Posted 10.12.2016 | Canada
Nema McGlynn

It's officially fall. Children are back in school and we're returning to our post-summer routine. Just as we get into the swing of things, you or one ...

Raising A Compassionate Child

Zarah Tinholt | Posted 10.07.2016 | Canada Parents
Zarah Tinholt

Parents model behaviour to their children, and children watch very closely. My dad taught me not to give money on the street, but if someone asked, we should treat them with complete, sincere dignity and take the time to offer them whatever it is they need. It can be inconvenient -- taking a stranger out for lunch and hearing their story, spending an extra 5 minutes buying someone groceries, giving someone our own mittens in the dead of winter, or perhaps giving someone a ride that is out of our way.

Hey, Millennial Parents: How's That Saving Thing Going?

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 10.03.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

A recent survey done for Presidents Choice Financial revealed that while only 44 per cent of millennial parents would have considered regular savings on groceries a high priority before kids, 76 per cent of this group agree grocery savings are highly appealing today. But groceries aren't the only thing they're looking to save money on.

Alberta's Nearly Failing At Giving Kids Access To Healthy Food

The Huffington Post Alberta | Sarah Rieger | Posted 09.27.2016 | Canada Alberta

It's not looking good.

Here's How To Pack School Lunches Your Kids Will Love

Michelle Vodrazka | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada Parents
Michelle Vodrazka

Let's face it, packing school lunches every day can feel monotonous and uninspired, especially when they keep coming back at the end of the day half-eaten. So what's a parent to do? How can you take school lunches from drab to fab and get your kids to eat, and possibly even enjoy their food?

The Real Cost Of Raising A Kid And How To Plan For It

Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Parents

Kids can be really expensive.

Is Your Child Facing A Learning Challenge, Or A Learning Disability?

Dr. Steve Truch | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Dr. Steve Truch

Why do some children learn to read so easily? And why do so many very bright children have such difficulty with what appears to be a simple task? How is a parent to know if a child is just a bit delayed in reading or perhaps actually learning disabled? Here's what the latest research tells us.

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 10.26.2016 | 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.