Kids

12 Sanity Saving Tips for the Final Shopping Days Before Christmas

Rania Walker | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Living
Rania Walker

With the holiday shopping season in full force, my requisite ventures into the sweaty shops of my local malls need to be purposeful, successful and time-saving. I've found a dozen ways to make those long line ups and general holiday hustle and bustle productive, amusing and sanity saving.

What I Learned This Week: Honour Other People's Kids

Andy Nulman | Posted 01.24.2014 | Canada Living
Andy Nulman

The true secret of getting into someone's good books: Do right by their offspring. There are few things more appreciated or rewarding. You may forget who's done right by you, but you'll never forget who's done right by your kids.

Schools Need to Lay Off Our Kids' Lunch Bags

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

When a mom in Manitoba sent her two kids to school with homemade lunches that included roast beef, potatoes, carrots, oranges and milk, she was shocked to receive a note from the school telling her that their lunches were deemed "unbalanced" and were supplemented with Ritz crackers. The school follows the strict guidelines of what many believe to be a very outdated Canada's Food Guide and felt that the "grains" category had been neglected. To add insult to injury, this mom was fined $10 for her oversight. I'm confused, and if I was this mom, I would be livid.

5 Things My Kids Would Tell Your Kids If They Knew How to Blog

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Marni Soupcoff

Don't ever admit to liking school or daycare. Your parents are going to send you to these places whether you like them or not, so you might as well earn some guilt-treats by pretending to despise them. Try to maintain a high-pitched wail until at least until 45 seconds after drop-off.

Why is your kid the boss of you?

Melissa Carr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Melissa Carr

We've all heard about baby-led weaning. Even child-led potty training and child-led playing makes sense. But when did child-led-every-f*%king-thing in your life happen?

Trying to Teach My Little Boy About War and Remembrance

Vicki Murphy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

Around 10:45 a.m., I decided it was time to turn off Lego Stars Wars and turn our attention to real war, and all those who have fought, or continue to fight, for our freedom. First, I had to get Max Skywalker on board. He really had no idea what Remembrance Day was all about. My super-simplified explanation went something like this...

Here's a Tip: Don't Hand Out Fat-Shaming Notes to Kids

Darlena Cunha | Posted 12.31.2013 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

Perhaps by now you've seen the letter handed out by a woman in North Dakota to children she deems to be "moderately obese" who she thinks shouldn't be consuming candy this Halloween. There are so many things wrong with this I hardly know where to start.

SavvyMom Roundup: LumoBack, Daddle and More

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 12.30.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Funny Ellen videos, standing tall, too much screen time, online shopping deals and a Daddle -- that's what caught my attention this week.

A Politically Correct Nightmare: The School That Cancelled Halloween

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

Halloween celebrations are cancelled at one Ontario school. No candy, no costumes, no fun. The reasoning behind this puzzling decision is supposedly one of inclusiveness, according to school administrators. The decision of the school board to cave in to these demands is political correctness on steroids.

Do Organised Sports Interfere With Healthy Living?

Arya M. Sharma, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Arya M. Sharma, MD

It is perhaps time to consider public health discourse on whether or not any putative benefits from participation in organized sports are largely cancelled out by the ensuing time pressure that not only seriously cuts into time for healthy eating but also sleep and other activities that should be part of an overall healthy lifestyle.

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 08.19.2014 | 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.