"Parenthood"

Sting Is Right to Deny His Kids A Big Inheritance

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 09.01.2014 | Canada Music
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

You think that kids of celebrities have it easy? Think again. Sting's surprising announcement that he's not leaving any of his vast fortune to his children was a shock to many. How could this multimillionaire leave his kids to have to *gasp* work for a living? It just didn't seem right.

Dear Dad, Your Kindness Killed Me

Sandra Charron | Posted 05.17.2014 | Canada
Sandra Charron

Dear Dad, From the time I was a little girl, you were my saviour. You loved me fiercely. This is how I have remembered you. As my daddy. As the man...

Vancouver Parents Alert: Tips for Enrolling in those Prized Swimming Lessons

Melissa Carr | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Melissa Carr

We've all been there. Sitting in front of the computer screen, waiting anxiously for the clock to strike the hour. It's like the wild, wild west...only the quickest draws will survive. Who knew that registering for poxy swimming lessons could be so effing stressful? Mark your calendars, Vancouver: online registration begins Nov. 26th at 9 a.m.

Three Tips for Moms to Balance Work and Family

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Divi Chandna

Many women work full-time, juggle PTA meetings and still aim to put a nutritious meal on the dinner table. As a result, it is no surprise that many women are feeling the effects of being pulled in different directions. Here are some simple tips to help us deal with the incessant daily juggle.

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?

Separating Insecurity from Reality

The Purple Fig | Posted 12.23.2013 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

When my son was 18 months old my babysitter breezed into my home office reveling at the fact that she had walked him all the way to a play centre, the...

Why Do Moms Judge Each Other?

masalamommas | Posted 09.08.2013 | Canada Living
masalamommas

Having a child can be overwhelming, in every possible way. Especially if the child is your first born. You see, kids don't come with a manual. You have to mostly trust your gut, take some advice when needed and sometimes rely on the Internet for a huge chunk of information. I used the internet to Google "How to bathe a three-day-old" because I didn't have much help after my child was born.

Why Writing a Book Is Harder Than Giving Birth

Vicki Murphy | Posted 09.07.2013 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

Just in case you missed the first trillion times I mentioned it: giving birth was really hard. Now I am about to give birth again. This time, to a book. In some ways, giving birth to a book is harder than giving birth to a baby. Everyone loves your human baby because it's an innocent party in all of this. But many will hate your paper baby, because you made it, and you suck.

Do My Kids Even Like Me?

Melissa Carr | Posted 08.27.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Melissa Carr

Sometimes I think I must be a really nasty, boring, bee-otch to be around. They're growing up fast, I just want my kids to want to spend time with me. I want them to be excited when they know we have an entire day together. I want them to think I'm the best thing since sliced bread, but I think those times are starting to disappear.

On McDonald's, Electronics and Moderation...

Melissa Carr | Posted 08.04.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Melissa Carr

There we were, enjoying our salty fries and other deep fried goodness, when I noticed a family sitting close by. Mom on her iPhone, kid one on an iTouch (with headphones on) and kid two on an iTouch (also with headphones on). There they were, eating their food, playing their games and uttering not a single word to one another. I'd never seen anything like it. And I could feel a little judgement of my own rising within.

It's Time Our Kids Walked To School

Melissa Carr | Posted 07.27.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Melissa Carr

While 58 per cent of us walked to school when we were kids, only 28 per cent of our kids are doing the same today across Canada. But I believe walking to school gives kids a sense of community. They get to know their route. Their neighbourhood, literally, becomes their stomping ground. It also teaches them to not be lazy and just jump in the car whenever they need to go somewhere.

We're Done Having Kids: Knowing When To Stop Making Babies

Melissa Carr | Posted 06.27.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Melissa Carr

My daughter keeps asking for a little sister. At first it was cute...then it started to evolve into a daily request, which became harder and harder to address. I can relate. I also wanted a sister growing up. But now, I can't deny the fact that after 4.5 years postpartum, I finally feeling like I have my body "back." I am quite certain that I don't want to go down the pregnancy path again.

A Letter to My Childless Self

Andrea Traynor | Posted 06.18.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Traynor

Dear Andrea, circa 2007: You decided to wait until your 30s to have children. Good for you! You don't understand it yet, but one day you will be "that mom." The one who lets her kids watch TV for hours so she can get the house ready for a party. The one who gives up on wiping a snotty nose while out in public.

Defying Your Inner Voice

Amber Rehman | Posted 04.04.2013 | Canada Living
Amber Rehman

Unless we self-reflect and make a change we risk becoming the voice we grew up defying. We might live long enough to see ourselves become the villain. The circle of defiance continues except now our children are the rebels and we are the evil empire.

Don't Let 26 Deaths Be in Vain -- Demand Change

Joan Sutton | Posted 02.17.2013 | Canada Living
Joan Sutton

We cannot anticipate such senseless slaughter. But we can make the next one more difficult. America does not have any more mentally handicapped, disturbed, or mad people than any other country. What it does have is more guns. We cannot make sense of what happened in Newtown. We can only try to give this senseless massacre some purpose other than a cathartic outpouring of grief.

Say What You Will But I'm Saving My Vagina

Heather Magee | Posted 02.13.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

I for one would schedule a C-section. Before all you mothers out there gasp and accuse me of being too posh to push, hear me out. My vagina has always been there for me, through thick and thin. Some of the best times of my life have involved my vagina. We have a very close bond. So don't I owe my vagina the decency of avoiding such brazen butchery?

Why Are People Procreating?

Heather Magee | Posted 01.30.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Heather Magee

Why is it always women who have to explain their choice not to have children? Are men prodded with the same line of questioning and expected to explain this choice like women are, or is it perfectly natural for men to feel unsure about fatherhood? As a newlywed (like, really newly wed) I find it odd that most people direct that question at me. As if to say it's solely up to me or my husband has no say in the matter? Going forward, I'm going to suggest that all inquiries involving the utility of my uterus go directly to my husband. I'm tired of crafting clever responses.

I'll Admit it: I Use Santa to Keep the Kids in Line

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 01.19.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

I've been using the power of Santa Claus for a few weeks now, and things are looking good. For maximum effectiveness, the use of Santa and his omnipresence is good for the window directly following Halloween until December 25. During this time, I enjoy the increased attentiveness, dearth of meltdowns and general calm that precedes Christmas day.

Bad Daddy vs. Father Of The Year

Tetsuro Shigematsu | Posted 12.30.2012 | Canada British Columbia
Tetsuro Shigematsu

Buy your kids only the toys that you were deprived of as a child. For me, that was Star Wars. My childhood lightsaber was a cardboard wrapping paper tube. Two whacks and it went flaccid. My kids on the other hand have every lightsaber imaginable, from the telescopic cheapies, to official lightsaber replicas with authentic LucasFilm® sound effects. Sure they cry when I wallop them too hard, but painful is the path of the Jedi.

What Does "Having it All" Mean for Men?

Aviva Rubin | Posted 09.15.2012 | Canada
Aviva Rubin

Jim Power, school principal of the elite all-male Upper Canada College (UCC), recently wrote that boys need to know they can't have it all either. The fathers Power meets talk about the pressure they're under -- how they badly want to find time to watch their child "master a new acrobatic trick," that they often experience a "tug at their hearts that they keep to themselves." What about the other 99.99 per cent of parenting responsibilities?

Seven Ways Technology Is Affecting Our Children

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 09.04.2012 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Not only are we enamored with the ability to send and receive information in a digital format, but our children are equally smitten. I hear more and more parents bemoaning the fact that they're not able to retrieve their iPad or laptop from their young child who is busy surfing the web, watching videos or playing games on the device. Here are the top seven ways that digital technology has affected our children -- the good and the bad.

Nutella is More Bitter than Sweet

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 07.04.2012 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Every week Minnow picks five things that have caught her attention. This week, moms are really into the Nutella lawsuit, videos that are pulling on parental heart strings, design-your-own-shoes sites, and more.

Pick: Have a Wedding, or Keep Your Job

Cassandra Scrimgeour | Posted 05.16.2012 | Canada Living
Cassandra Scrimgeour

I'm employed on contract. I'm thankful for this. But when this contract ends, what will be next? What if my luck runs out and I can't find anything? The thought of unemployment fills me with anxiety, and a fear I feel in my bones. It's unknown territory that I'm not anxious to discover.

How to Con Your Parents into Listening to You

Ken Rabow | Posted 04.17.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

The thing is, most of the time teens are fine with not being listened to by their parents. But here's the problem: What happens when you really need them to? You see, all your training in getting them to ignore you isn't going to come in handy. You're, like, the kid who yelled woof! Or barked, or something.

Finding Inner Peace at the Food Court

Elaine Dembe | Posted 04.17.2012 | Canada Living
Elaine Dembe

I'm sometimes known as the Queen of Quinoa for my healthy eating habits. So you can imagine the shock on a patient's face when I bumped into them at Costco's snack bar where I was face deep in the most delicious beef hot dog, bun oozing with Heinz ketchup, French's mustard and Bick's green relish. Oh, and I was also inhaling a side of fries.