Kids

Lessons I Learned in My Dad's Taxi Cab

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Shimi Kang

Growing up, I was often embarrassed that my dad sometimes drove a taxi because I thought it was not "prestigious." Ironically, it was during my research on motivation at the prestigious Harvard Medical School Addiction Research Program that I realized that much of what motivates me (and all people) comes from lessons I learned from him in that taxi. Here are some of them.

Why a Field Trip Is So Much More Than a Music Festival

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada Music
Marcello Cabezas

As Toronto continues to grow as a global culture hub, Field Trip is emerging as an annual homegrown star that has its roots in celebrating our cities most important asset: us. If Toronto ever wanted a downtown urban internationally relevant festival that celebrates the community, this is it. Chill, approachable, and easy going. A perfect way to enjoy the beginning of summer.

How to Put the 'Family' Back in Family Vacation

Lesley Anderson | Posted 08.04.2014 | Canada Living
Lesley Anderson

Travelling to new places with your family can be a great chance to discover the world. Your family can explore world history, museums and monuments, meet new people and experience new cultures. To take your vacation experience to the next level, why not use your family vacation time to experience another kind of history -- your own!

Keep Gender Stereotypes Out of Raising Kids

Jenn Neilson | Posted 08.04.2014 | Canada Living
Jenn Neilson

With kids growing up surrounded by advertising, movies and TV, toys, books, and clothes that tell them that some things are for girls, and others are for boys, we're already fighting an uphill battle if our goal is to raise girls who know that they can solve tough, real world problems, and boys who are interested in collaboration, not just competition.

Six Tips To Open Up Your Kids To Friends From Diverse Ethnicities

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

If we convey negative or suspicious attitudes about other cultures and ethnicities, our kids will pick up on these and replicate our behaviour. "Monkey see, monkey do" is real so keep this in mind and remember to convey a positive and open attitude about other cultures, particularly around your children.

One Thing I Don't Want to Regret as a Mom

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 07.25.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

"Mom, will you snuggle with me?" my 10-year-old will ask, her arms outstretched from her bed, as I turn to leave her dark room. "Not tonight, sweetie." That's the answer I've been giving her all too often these days, even though I feel a stab of guilt every time I say it.

Canada's Drugs Need To Be Safer For Children

Martin Offringa | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Living
Martin Offringa

How do you strike a balance when treating children with drugs in the absence of such evidence? Most people might be surprised to learn that much of the medications given to children in Canada have never been adequately studied or even formally approved for the conditions they are commonly prescribed to treat.

Seven Mother's Days Without a Mom

Anna Ho | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada Living
Anna Ho

Most of what I remember was of appointments with social workers, making sure that my brother was okay, finding time to do my homework and learning how to cook, amidst other responsibilities. I did remember grandma teaching me how to fry rice with egg and how to boil noodles but I spent most of my last two years of high school living off frozen dinners every night.

Prenatal Stress Causes More Harm to Babies Than We Think

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 07.05.2014 | Canada Living
Nicole Letourneau

Last month, it was reported that an Edmonton woman was badly beaten by her spouse. Though the attack put her in the hospital, the police offered a silver lining by stating that her unborn baby, at least, wasn't harmed. Sadly, this claim underestimates the profound effect severe stress can have on children's development in their first years of life, including while they're still in the womb.

It's Finally Cool For Girls to Geek Out

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Back when I was a kid, it wasn't cool to be uncool. To be called a "nerd" was to elicit scorn and its accompanying exclusion. How the tables have turned and the tides have shifted. There is a new trend towards teaching kids -- girls in particular -- coding skills in a growing number of cities.

Why Are Canadian Kids So Stressed Out?

Stuart Shanker | Posted 06.10.2014 | Canada Living
Stuart Shanker

When a child's stress levels are too high various systems for thinking and metabolic recovery are compromised. The signs of when this is happening show up in the child's behaviour, or mood, or attention, or for that matter, physical well-being. Canadian children are dealing with far too much stress today.

Why Family-Focused Policies Are Good for Everyone

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 06.08.2014 | Canada Living
Nicole Letourneau

On every metric, children from disadvantaged homes face greater challenges to success than their more privileged peers. As a result, they do worse in school, get poorer paying jobs and suffer disproportionately from violence, addiction and mental health issues.

Disney Cage Match: Frozen vs. Brave vs. Tangled

Darlena Cunha | Posted 06.05.2014 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

I feel like it's time to put the modern Disney tale fight to an end. Let's take Frozen, Brave and Tangled, and gauge them component by component to ge...

Being a Good Parent Means Telling Kids It's OK to Give Up

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 05.27.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Being a good parent isn't always about supporting your child in their endeavours no matter what. Was it better that we showed our children our support even though we knew the probable outcome, or would it have been a more prudent decision to have been honest with them from the outset, saving them from wasting time and worse -- the inevitable disappointment of failure?

Will My Kids Remember Me at My Best or My Worst?

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 05.25.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

Which memories will our children remember forever and which are they going to forget? Are they going to remember the few times I got upset when they spilled their milk or all the times I told them not to worry about it? Are they going to remember all the times I attended their school events or the few times I couldn't be there?

Spring Cleaning's Not Just For Moms: How to Get the Kids Involved

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 05.20.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

Although spring cleaning is a great way to herald in the new season, traditionally the bulk of the chores fall on mom (or dad). My advice? Spread the chores around by getting the kids involved. Even kids as young as five or six can pitch in so that when the temperatures do finally warm up outside, you won't be tied down and tired from too many chores inside.

A Parent's Guide to the Oscars

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 05.02.2014 | Canada
Dr. Shimi Kang

As a busy mom of three who just finished writing a book, I had little time to watch all the best picture nominated movies so I have been speed-watching what I can this last week. It is amazing what movies can teach us and make us come to terms with.

Using the Olympics to Help Your Kids Learn a "Gold Medal" Attitude

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 04.26.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Shimi Kang

My family had a serious case of Olympic fever. Along with many Canadians, the winter games have become a permanent fixture on our television screen, and a major topic of discussion around the dinner table. The Olympics present valuable learning opportunities for adults and children of all ages. Parents can use these great learning opportunities to foster "a gold medal attitude" for children.

Five Things Kids (And Parents) Can Learn From Microsoft's New CEO

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 04.24.2014 | Canada
Dr. Shimi Kang

Microsoft, a company worth more than $19 billion that employs over 10,000 staff globally, has only had three CEOs in its 38-year history. After 14 yea...

Are You Turning Your Child Into a Social Media Monster?

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

While older folks may not have started society's social media obsession, we may, surprisingly, be the ones who are unwittingly facilitating our kids' dependence on it through our own actions and examples. To this end, we should take a long hard look at our social media behaviour.

12 Things To Do This Family Day

Rania Walker | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Living
Rania Walker

In addition to the special events and interactive exhibits at most major tourist attractions, here is a list of virtually free things to do around the GTA, most of which will give you an opportunity to try something new or different by virtue of the favourable price tag.

Teaching My Son Not to Say "Girly"

Vicki Murphy | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

What you're saying to your son when you say "that's girly" is: Stop acting like a girl, because being a girl is bad. You're also saying: You're a boy, and boys are supposed to act a certain way. (That's a whole other can of worms.)

Winter's Not So Bad In Finger Lakes, NY

Rania Walker | Posted 04.04.2014 | Canada Travel
Rania Walker

Turns out, Finger Lakes is a full-year destination, with indoor and outdoor activities to keep you busy for weeks at a time. The Finger Lakes Region extends from Rochester to the West, Syracuse to the East, Lake Ontario to the North, and all the way to the Pennsylvania Border to the south. Here's our list of the Top 10 things for families to do.

Make Working Parenthood Work With These Tips

Brynn Harrington | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Living
Brynn Harrington

We're have a dual working parent life. Making it work is about the big things, like prioritization, and the small things, like how to get dinner on the table. Here are a few of the small things that help our family make working parenthood work.

The Top Five Things Parents Need To Know About Kids and Social Media

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

If your kids see you jostling to get the best shot of the most mundane moments of life, just so that you can post a picture of it on your Instagram account, they'll follow suit. If you post inappropriate images or comments on social media, the will be seen by your children, guaranteed. Limit and moderate your own social media activity.