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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

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.

Budgets And Bank Statements Are The New Birds And The Bees

Wade Stayzer | Posted 03.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Wade Stayzer

The birds and the bees may not be the only difficult conversation you'll be having with your kids, discussing money and finances with your children can be just as challenging. Given the lack of mandated financial literacy courses in Canada, parents can fill the void by teaching financial concepts to their children early on.

I Bought My 12-Year-Old A Smartphone And We've Never Been Closer

Lianne Castelino | Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Lianne Castelino

She carefully peeled back that final strip of birthday wrapping paper to reveal an iPhone. She was absolutely overcome. One thing I didn't give much thought to with this purchase and what has become a happy cellphone circumstance is getting to know my daughter even more -- thanks to texting.

When Your Child Doesn't Have Friends, Here's What To Do

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

So what's a parent to do when they realize that their child, for whatever reason, is having difficulty making or maintaining friendships? No parent wants to feel that their child is missing out or... being shunned for one reason or another... Yet, this is the reality for too many children who face rejection on a daily basis.

Toddler Calls 911 For A Fashion Emergency

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Parents


How To Give Your Budget A March Break

Jeffrey Schwartz | Posted 03.03.2016 | Canada Parents
Jeffrey Schwartz

March Break is just around the corner, and if you're like many Canadians, you're probably wondering how you're going to afford to pay for it. Luckily, there's an easy way to save money, keep your children happy, and teach them a few life lessons too. Use the break as an opportunity to put your kids in the classroom of life by involving them in the March Break budgeting process. Here's how:

Badmouthing Your Co-Parent Can Have Lasting Consequences

Anna Giannone | Posted 02.26.2016 | Canada Business
Anna Giannone

Becoming a co-parent is a life-changing experience. It's like jumping off a cliff and hoping for the best. At the beginning, it was challenging to refrain from criticizing the other parent in front of our child. I knew it was wrong because, as a child, I remembered my parents doing the same.

How To Win The Heart Of A Mother This Valentine's Day

Jo-Anne Craine | Posted 02.12.2016 | Canada Parents
Jo-Anne Craine

As a busy mom, I don't value the standard gifts of Valentine's Day the way I did as a young bride and I think many women out there think the same way. We don't need the extra calories of heart-shaped chocolate or expensive, cut flowers that wilt and die in a few days or a store-bought card that lacks originality.

Today's Kids Could Use A Lesson In Healthy Competition

Silken Laumann | Posted 02.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Silken Laumann

I think competition is good for us, and is critical to helping us find performances that we didn't know we had. Sometimes I feel we have become so sensitive about not leaving anybody feeling left out that we have all but obliterated competition in our schools, and to a large degree in our workplaces. Nobody gets recognized, and actually nobody feels special.

The Media Isn't To Blame For The Ruthlessness Of Eating Disorders

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

Eating disorders don't care if you're male or female, under 10 years old or over 50 years old. They'll destroy anyone who's ripe for the picking. When I speak at school or to parents about body image, the issue of media manipulation always comes up and for good reason. We are definitely influenced by what we see and hear in our magazines and TV screens, but does the media CAUSE eating disorders? I say no.

How To Prepare For Your First Ski Trip With The Kids

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 01.25.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

Getting the kids out on the slopes early is a terrific way to set your family up for awesome family adventures and vacations for years to come. And while many parents look most forward to the après part of their ski trip most, with some pre-planning, getting the kids out there on the hill for the first time can be a fun and rewarding experience for everyone.

15 Reasons Why Uncles Rock

Amy Gibson | Posted 01.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Amy Gibson

In our eyes, and in our kids' eyes, uncles truly rock. Thank you uncles everywhere, for being such important members of our family, for loving our kids, for helping to take care of them and for teaching our children so many things. Our kids look up to you and love having you around. We love you and we appreciate you more than you will ever know. You make our lives more fun, messy, silly and adventurous. And our kids are better for it. Thank you.

Kids Try Coffee For The First (And Maybe Last) Time

The Huffington Post Canada | Evan Pang | Posted 01.07.2016 | Canada Parents

"It smells like broccoli."

Setting The Conditions For Children's Long-Term Health

Chris Harper | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada Parents
Chris Harper

As a medical student, I learn plenty about complex management of disease once it's started -- but rarely do we learn about what keeps people well in the first place. Aaron Antonovsky was a medical sociologist with a similar curiosity. Based on three components, his research provides a valuable framework for how we should approach public policy making in the area of health and wellness in Canada.

Help Teens Accept Themselves And Their Bodies In 2016

Kids Help Phone | Posted 12.30.2015 | Canada Parents
Kids Help Phone

By helping their children recognize their inner qualities and focusing on their accomplishments, parents help to teach kids that what is really important about them has nothing to do with their size, shape, or weight. This creates an environment that promotes self-acceptance and positive self-esteem.

As The Parent Of Identical Twins, This One Question Stopped Me In My Tracks

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 11.30.2015 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

We all have a journey towards our sense of self; for identical twins, the road to self-awareness both literally and figuratively, is particularly challenging. In the case of my kids and so many other identical twins.

Keeping Your Kids Safe In The Digital Age

Sharon Vinderine | Posted 11.30.2015 | Canada Parents
Sharon Vinderine

It's a scary world out there. By out there I mean the cyber world we enter every time we tweet, post, like, google or pin. I would venture to say that as a parent, it is even scarier. With the number of hours our children spend on devices these days, every click potentially opens them up to dangers that as parents we need to ensure we are protecting them from.

Your Child's Fake Illness May Be More Serious Than You Think

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Indeed, most instances of "faking it" are caused by the usual reasons, most of which are innocuous. It's the more insidious ones that we, as parents, need to be aware of so that we can address the causes at the basis of why our children are avoiding school.