Kids

My Top 10 Secrets to Success

Erica Diamond | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Erica Diamond

As a Certified Women's Life, Business and Success Coach, I have worked with hundreds of women as a coach, consultant and mentor for almost 15 years. I have always been fascinated by success and what makes someone successful, and I don't just mean success from a financial standpoint.

What It's Like to Be a 14-Year-Old Activist

Rachel Parent | Posted 12.25.2013 | Canada Impact
Rachel Parent

Hi, my name is Rachel Parent. I'm 14 years old and just started high school in Toronto. People ask me all the time, "What's it like to be a child activist?" Well, it definitely keeps you busy. Insanely busy! But I love it! It's so much fun and you feel so good because you're doing good for the world.

Are You Over-scheduling Your Kids?

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

When I was a kid, like many of my friends I would race home after school so I could change and get outside to play. Our time was, for the most part, totally unstructured, unless you consider being told to "be home when the streetlights go on" as structure. There are many theories as to whether exposing our kids to this type of structure and (arguably) overscheduling is good for them.

Lice. Not Nice.

Melissa Carr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Melissa Carr

Nobody ever tells you about lice. Seriously, though, there should be a handbook that they give you when your child goes into any kind of childcare or school facility warning you of the perils you will face as a parent. Then, at least, you will be fully educated and may actually decide that the person homeschooling their child on your street may just actually have the right idea. Kids are gross.

The Power of Kids

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

I recently spent a Saturday at City Kidz in Hamilton. It's a role-modeling project operated by World Vision Canada made up of children from the lowest income neighborhoods of Hamilton. This is a program that has taken root.

The Top Five Parenting Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

There are parenting methods that are known to be detrimental if not downright damaging to a child. Try doing these and you'll more or less guarantee that your child will grow up to be a person who, let's say, won't be the most well-liked or respected in their social circle.

Let's All Listen to Louis C.K. - Kids and Phones Don't Mix

Lydia Lovric | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Living
Lydia Lovric

Louis C.K. is a successful comedian who can afford to buy his kids practically anything. So it is a refreshing surprise to learn that there is one thing for which he refuses to open his wallet: cell phones for his children. Comedians can be modern-day philosophers and Louis C.K. has brilliantly nailed it. This touted technology is riddled with problems, especially in the hands of still-developing children and teens.

SavvyMom Roundup: Parenting Athletes and Louis C.K. on Cellphones

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Parenting athletes, Louis C.K. on cell phones, mobile strategies, foodie travel and mass shootings all caught my attention this week.

We Day: An Inspiration For Change

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 11.23.2013 | Canada Impact
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Inspired and compelled by celebrity luminaries including The Barenaked Ladies and Serena Ryder, as well as some particular youth favourites such as Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers, the feeling at We Day 2013 in the Air Canada Centre was electric.

How to Raise Kids Who Handle Pressure Like Pros

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 11.09.2013 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

As young as Grade 3, kids are under pressure to wear the right clothes, like the right music, have the right friends and be cool. Often, that leads to stress and anxiety for youngsters. Well-intentioned parents often try too hard to prevent the bumps and scrapes of feelings as kids grow up, but one parenting expert says they're doing more harm than good.

This Mother's Letter Perpetuates Rape Culture

Darlena Cunha | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

If you're a parent, you've probably by now seen the cocky, controlling, pretty weird letter written by Kim Hall to all teenage girls her teenage boys may ever come into contact with online. Letters like the one Mrs. Hall wrote to teenage girls are a prime example of how rape culture perpetuates itself in today's society in an insidious and innocent-looking way.

Back-To-School Lunch Ideas for Keeping Kids Focused

Meghan Telpner | Posted 11.05.2013 | Canada Living
Meghan Telpner

It's back to school time, and you know what that means: brown baggin' it! Whether you love or dread the daily pack-a-thon, making your kiddos' lunches from scratch is the best way to make sure they're getting the nutrition they need to stay focused and energized all day long.

Can We Digitize School Handouts, Please?

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 11.05.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Are we not living in a digital age? For some strange reason, educational facilities, specifically elementary schools, seem to be stubbornly entrenched in a previous era. What is behind this desire to hold on to a communications method that is clearly flawed, to say the least?

The Critic's List of Classic Books For Kids

Posted 09.06.2013 | Canada Living

Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and City of Bones may have been made into blockbuster films, but they all started as books, and none of them were “ju...

10 Last Minute To-Dos for Back to School

Andrea Traynor | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Traynor

It's senior kindergarten. My son is five. We don't need calculators or binders. Heck, we don't even need pencils or paper. So why have I got this feeling in the pit of my stomach that I've forgotten something? And now I'm writing this post as my to-do list as we ease back into the routine in which most kids thrive and most parents rejoice. Maybe it'll help you, too.

Help Your Kids Start the School Year With a Healthy Body Image

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 10.27.2013 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

Heading back to school after summer vacation can be stressful for kids. A lot can happen to a young person's body over summer vacation. Some kids will experience a growth spurt, while others will need a little time to catch up. Here are a few things you can do to help your kids start the school year off with confidence.

"Repost This if You Are a Mom and You LOVE Your KIDS"

Darlena Cunha | Posted 10.14.2013 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

There is yet another chain message going around the Facebook ranks, this time involving moms. While I understand, and even support, what I feel the author's intended message is, I don't think that a poorly-written and typo-laden chain letter can sum up motherhood. So I'm forced to ask myself -- yet again -- why Facebook is so stupid.

How to Maximize Back to School Shopping With Your Kids

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

I recently went shopping for back to school clothes with my three young kids in tow. As insane as it may seem to take your kids along with you while picking out clothes for the season, it actually makes things easier and more efficient as you're able to size things on the spot. As the first day of school looms, here are some proven tips for back to school shopping with kids.

Sex or Parenting?

Darlena Cunha | Posted 10.08.2013 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

Yesterday, some words came out of my mouth. And those words got me thinking. It occurred to me that many of the phrases uttered by parents and children to each other in the heat of growing up a good family could also very easily be instead uttered in...the heat of the moment, if you know what I mean. Go over these phrases and try to figure out if they're Sex or Parenting?

Top 5 Summer Safety Tips For Kids

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

School's out and the kids are antsy. Is it any wonder that parents worry about their children getting into trouble during the dog days of summer? Whet...

What Not to Say to Your Overweight Child

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 09.18.2013 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

Dear parents of an overweight child, how many times have you said something a little unkind to your child about their weight because you felt it would benefit them in the future? Confused about what to say and not to say? Here are a few sentences that should be immediately and permanently deleted from your vocabulary.

Food For Thought: How I Feed My Baby Is None of Your Business

Darlena Cunha | Posted 09.17.2013 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

Something as simple and necessary as feeding your child is cause for judgement and snobbery from parents who do it differently. Taking a bottle out in public never failed to bring on the stares of other well-meaning parents who were certain our children weren't getting the best nutrition possible.

Ask Elizabeth: I'm Worried About My Child's Surgery

Natalie Strouth | Posted 09.15.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

My four-year-old daughter is having surgery soon, and I'm a nervous wreck. Her doctors have assured me that she will be fine, but I'm worried about her getting put out, and especially worried about helping her recover at home after leaving the hospital...help!

Are Expensive Kiddie Birthday Parties Really for Parents?

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

Birthday parties and loot bags have increasingly become an obscene display of excess and expense for no good purpose. We are raising a society of highly-indulged, coddled and spoiled children and we only have ourselves to blame.

Five Questions to Ask Before Sending Your Kid to a Sleepover

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 09.04.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

For those of us who have been there, the thought of your child spending the night at someone else's home can be quite anxiety-producing. After all, we won't be there to watch over them, make sure they're safe. Here are the five questions parents should ask before sending their child to a sleepover.