New Kindergarten Mamas, It's Time To Plan Your Next Chapter

Lisa Durante | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada Parents
Lisa Durante

With the heavy lifting of baby-rearing behind you, now may be the time to head back to work. For those already working and no longer chained to daycare fees, perhaps it's a good time to go after a new career opportunity. Or, the empty house may have your biological clock ticking for just one more baby?

Never Overspend On Back-To-School Shopping Again

Jeffrey Schwartz | Posted 08.31.2016 | Canada Parents
Jeffrey Schwartz

Here's how you can get started on the right track with your back-to-school shopping this year so you can avoid turning to high-interest rate credit card debt. Before you head out for back-to-school shopping, take a look at what kinds of supplies you may already have at home.

The Things That Haunt Me Now That I Am Sober

Keeley Milne | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Parents
Keeley Milne

Guilt and regret are the ugly Hyde to the Jekyll of sobriety, even years in. With new awareness, we relive past experiences---or in many cases bemoan what might have been. Pain and sorrow previously numbed by a drug or drink of choice is glaringly present, and strikes unpredictably---in the midst of a family gathering; alone, late at night; smack in the middle of an important work presentation, or during a particularly deep yoga class.

How To Avoid Blowing Your Budget On Back To School

CP | Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.04.2016 | Canada Parents

Parents will spend 4.5 per cent more on back-to-school spending this year than in 2015.

No, Kindergarten Graduation Isn't Absolutely Ridiculous

The Huffington Post Canada | Kristy Woudstra | Posted 11.22.2016 | Canada Parents

The transition to grade one is a major milestone for many kids.

Does Full-Day Kindergarten Pass Or Fail?

Lori Gard | Posted 04.21.2017 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

Kindergarten is not what it used to be. It traditionally was a place with time for inquiry, discovery, creativity, invention, innovation, imagination and wonder. With the shifts in thinking, it has become in some jurisdictions an environment subjected to the perils of standardization, conformity and primarily cognitive-focused learning. If full-day kindergarten is ever to truly be a success story, it must return to its roots and core values.

I'm Still Waiting for My Kindergartener to Accept That School is a Thing

Alison Myers | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Parents
Alison Myers

Kindergarten is the modern world's dunk tank into cold, hard reality. One day, you're sleeping 'til you're done, eating a lazy breakfast, and getting dressed when the mood strikes. The next day you're ripping yourself out of bed, being blinded by the rise of curtains and shovelling down food in an attempt to provide sustenance before the bell rings.

Letting Go On The First Day Of School

Alison Myers | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Alison Myers

How the hell did that happen so fast? Why the hell did I want it to? Now it's all coming crashing down around me, all this time that I can't get back, and I finally empathize with the ugly cry set.

7 Back to School Tips From a Kid Like You

Hannah Alper | Posted 09.04.2016 | Canada Parents
Hannah Alper

A new school year is just a few days away and while I love summer (and I had a really great one) I'm really looking forward to going back to school. A new year at school is when you get a fresh start. You can put last year behind you and you get to try new things and do things differently.

How To Get Your Child Ready For Kindergarten... Sniff

The Huffington Post Canada | Kristy Woudstra | Posted 08.05.2015 | Canada Parents

Summer isn't over yet, but it's not too early to start thinking about back to school. If you have a child starting junior or senior kindergarten this ...

The Best Part of Being a Dad Is Finding a Friend in My Five-Year-Old

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 06.19.2016 | Canada Parents
Joshua Ostroff

I'm still in charge, but our relationship has evolved. Friendships are largely based on common interests, and Emile and I share many. That may not seem surprising to non-parents but one of the most interesting things I've learned as a dad is how unique kids are.

Size Matters When it Comes to Classroom Numbers, Hudak

Murtaza Haider | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

Research in pedagogy shows that children learn much better in smaller classrooms. Tim Hudak, if elected, has promised to increase classroom sizes and the student-teacher ratios. The Ontario elections could very well be a vote on the learning outcomes for millions of school-going children. Tim Hudak, the leader of the Ontario's Progressive Conservatives, is campaigning to increase the classroom size by two to three students and the student-teacher ratio, in addition to numerous other proposed cuts to the Ontario's education system. This may require parents to learn more about learning before they vote on June 12.

When Teachers Choose Love

Lori Gard | Posted 05.19.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

It's almost recess and I am urging the children to put away their snacks so as to ready for the recess bell. The students start slowly stowing their l...

10 Things Teacher's College Never Prepared Me For

Lori Gard | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Having been held hostage by the whims of the cutest sort of five-year-old juvenile delinquents and lived to tell the tale, I have given some thought to the unlimited number of things I was not taught in teacher training, so as to prepare me for these uncertain days in which I find myself now: as a real teacher.

Full-Day Kindergarten Is Better For Parents Than Kids

Lydia Lovric | Posted 11.25.2013 | Canada Living
Lydia Lovric

We are fooling ourselves if we think that full-day kindergarten is anything more than a glorified babysitting service. A four- or five-year-old child may benefit from a few hours of schooling each day, but six hours straight? Is this really for the benefit of the child, or the parents and well-paid teaching staff?

To Teach Is To Touch Lives

Lori Gard | Posted 11.02.2013 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

To teach is to forever be a part of something bigger. Is to forever be a piece of that sacred puzzle which creates something profound from that which is very small. That is the beauty of the life of a child. To teach is to touch lives. To listen. To lift. To motivate. To compel. To inspire. To encourage. To enrich. And above all, to teach is to use one's life to make a difference.

Teaching Your Child to Cook Healthy Meals at Any Age

Natacha V. Beim | Posted 05.27.2013 | Canada Alberta
Natacha V. Beim

Having your child prepare a healthy meal for the family seems like an unattainable dream for most parents. However, if you instil the habit of cooking in your child at an early age, you are providing them with the skills they need to live a healthy life, and having fun while doing it.

People Don't Want a Real Answer

Lori Gard | Posted 05.01.2013 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

In general, people don't really want to know the real answer to tough questions about life.

Dispatches From Down East: Why I Love Being a Kindergarten Teacher

Lori Gard | Posted 11.15.2012 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

If anyone had told me three years ago I would be teaching kindergarten, I would have politely laughed at them. If anyone had told me one of my students would be my charming daughter, I would have (politely) laughed at them and then high-tailed it for the next bus out of town. The truth is, I love it.

Your Kid's First Day Of School: What New Parents Need To Know

Andrea Traynor | Posted 10.22.2012 | Canada Living
Andrea Traynor

It's August, so inevitably just about everything, at every turn, is back to school-related. But some of us aren't sending our kids back to school -- we're sending them off to school for the first time. My first-born -- my baby boy who's actually four-years-old and no longer resembles a baby in any way except in my mind -- starts junior kindergarten in less than a month. We are so not ready.

What if Video Games Are Actually Good for our Kids?

Robert Whent | Posted 05.16.2012 | Canada
Robert Whent

I wasn't a particularly good student when I was a kid. In grade school, I had a lot of problems with math, and to a lesser extent reading and writing. It didn't matter how much I tried, I just couldn't get it. I couldn't seem to grasp concepts that most of my friends seemed to understand easily.