Motherhood Tips

What These 10 Classic Parenting Phrases Really Mean

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 01.14.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

We've all heard them. Those annoying phrases that our parents said to us growing up and now that we're parents ourselves, we've decided to inflict them our own kids. The reality is that the true meanings behind these messages that parents tell their kids are often not as straightforward as they appear to be. Following are the top 10 phrases that parents use on their kids, and what they really mean.

Maternity Leave or Work: Postpartum Women's Happiness May Hang in the Balance

Maria Lianos-Carbone | Posted 04.28.2012 | Canada Living
Maria Lianos-Carbone

Researchers found that 71 per cent of mothers in their sample were not doing what they really wanted to do postpartum, whether it was staying home or going back to work. This is saddening to me because most postpartum women are not happy with their circumstances when it is supposed to be a time of joy.

Kids Are Not Bananas

Jessica Holmes | Posted 08.07.2011 | Canada
Jessica Holmes

For years, I thought my kids were like bananas -- one emotional bruise and the whole thing's ruined. Until finally, a snow boot was thrown at my head one time too many, and everything but the F-bomb came shooting out of my mouth "I can't stand it! You're driving me crazy!!!"