Parenting Advice

Low Expectations Are The Key To Happy Family Travel

Angie Campanelli | Posted 02.10.2017 | Canada Parents
Angie Campanelli

If you're thinking about taking a trip with your kids to get away from it all, think again. Know what you're getting into. Know that it might be even more difficult than life at home. Know that it could be messy, tiring and ugly at times. But it's honestly the best thing ever.

Flexible Birth And Postpartum Planning: Expect The Unexpected

Meaghan Grant | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada Parents
Meaghan Grant

Having a baby, or babies, is unpredictable. They are their own person and it is always harder to plan around someone else, especially when they cannot tell you their agenda. It is not always possible to just "go with the flow"; so having plans in place can help you to adjust when things are not working.

The 3 Absolute Worst Pieces Of Parenting Advice

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 02.06.2017 | Canada Parents

Sleep when the baby sleeps? No.

I Found The Light At The End Of My Postpartum Mood Disorder

Meaghan Grant | Posted 01.20.2017 | Canada Parents
Meaghan Grant

Postpartum mood disorders are so much more than just depression. Anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, the blues, manic states and, more rarely, psychosis all make up the spectrum. My own experience parallels the experience of so many, and yet has its own unique complications.

'Raising A Wild Child' Changed How I View Parenting

Tracy Gillett | Posted 12.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Tracy Gillett

It's no secret that the average American child spends seven hours in front of a screen every day and only five minutes playing freely in the great outdoors. Mothers have been arrested for allowing their children to play outside or ride their bike without adult supervision. Parents are putting leashes on children to walk them around shopping centres as if they're wild animals who can't be trusted. Preschoolers are asked to sit for extended periods of time when every fibre of their being is screaming at them to run, jump and play. It's refreshing to see a group of down-to-earth, respectful and conscious parents walking their walk and freeing their children of the expectations of modern day society.

8 Sleep Training Myths Busted

Meaghan Grant | Posted 12.16.2016 | Canada Parents
Meaghan Grant

Nothing can cause an argument faster in a group of parents than when someone brings up sleep training. Opinions range from "do it as early as possible" to "only terrible parents sleep train." With so many myths about sleep training out there, who do you believe? Let's examine the eight most common myths about sleep training and see what holds up.

Becoming A Better Parent

Alyson Jones | Posted 12.16.2016 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

I guess one could say that my professional background makes me well qualified for this parenting job, but I must admit that I have had my fair share of humbling moments when it comes to parenting. Sometimes I have moments when I feel I rock it as a parent, and then other moments when I hang my head and know I could have handled something much better. Yes, there is certainly room for improvement.

When Different Parenting Styles Are Ruining Your Friendships

The Huffington Post Canada | Trish Bentley | Posted 12.15.2016 | Canada Parents

And what you can do about it.

Switched At Birth: How Hospital Procedures Have Evolved

Meaghan Grant | Posted 12.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Meaghan Grant

Although many parents today fear taking home the wrong baby, it is thankfully an unfounded fear. In reality, it is exceedingly rare for infants to be switched in the hospital and it becomes even more rare as time goes on. Extensive measures have been put in place in modern hospitals in order to prevent such mix-ups.

A Simple 10-Point Parenting Primer For Uncertain Times

Linda Simpson | Posted 11.18.2016 | Canada Parents
Linda Simpson

How many times have we wondered exactly how to parent our kids when our kids throw us a curve or -- as we found out recently -- world events upend our sensibilities? Perhaps surprising is that how we parent has several underpinnings that never change, no matter what the circumstance

How To Raise Gracious Winners In A Hyper-Competitive Age

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.11.2016 | Canada Parents
Craig and Marc Kielburger

With positions of influence (and a massive media presence), these leaders are role models for youth. We got to thinking about what kids have learned about competition, both from this election and from an increasingly cutthroat social culture.

Parenting Millennials With Mental Health Issues

Ken Rabow | Posted 11.03.2016 | Canada Parents
Ken Rabow

I always say, "if you want to get something... give it." Want to be loved? Love unconditionally. Want to be appreciated? Give earnest praise. Want to be heard? Learn to listen. Really listen. What is real listening? It requires biting your tongue. Not jumping in when your child shares how they perceive life, their problems, their solutions.

Media Literacy Is The Key To Closing The Gender Gap

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 11.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Dr. Shimi Kang

An important first step is identifying the ways culture and media influence our understanding of sexuality and ideas about gender. As parents and educators of youth, improving our own media-literacy skills can enable the conversations needed to convert troubling topics popular in the media into opportunities for promoting gender equality.

6 Genius Tips From Pediatricians Who Are Also Moms And Dads

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada Parents

Including when to take your kids to emerg.

Online Pornography And Sexual Imagery Hurts Young Minds

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Parents
Dr. Shimi Kang

Children who are naturally curious about sexual matters may be inclined to look online. The Internet provides a degree of anonymity, accessibility and affordability that make it particularly powerful as a medium for viewing sexual content. What they are likely to be confronted with is a barrage of information in which informed, educational messages are outnumbered by adult sexual entertainment and pornography.

Raising A Compassionate Child

Zarah Tinholt | Posted 10.07.2016 | Canada Parents
Zarah Tinholt

Parents model behaviour to their children, and children watch very closely. My dad taught me not to give money on the street, but if someone asked, we should treat them with complete, sincere dignity and take the time to offer them whatever it is they need. It can be inconvenient -- taking a stranger out for lunch and hearing their story, spending an extra 5 minutes buying someone groceries, giving someone our own mittens in the dead of winter, or perhaps giving someone a ride that is out of our way.

Here's How To Pack School Lunches Your Kids Will Love

Michelle Vodrazka | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada Parents
Michelle Vodrazka

Let's face it, packing school lunches every day can feel monotonous and uninspired, especially when they keep coming back at the end of the day half-eaten. So what's a parent to do? How can you take school lunches from drab to fab and get your kids to eat, and possibly even enjoy their food?

Life Hacks For Sleep Training Parents

Linnie von Sky | Posted 09.19.2016 | Canada
Linnie von Sky

We adored every sleeping and waking minute of sharing our bed with our mini miracle until all of a sudden -- somewhere between molar two and three and...

What It Takes To Raise A Teenager

Marcia Sirota | Posted 09.13.2016 | Canada Parents
Marcia Sirota

Parents need to walk that fine line between allowing their teens to fail and make mistakes, so that they can learn from these experiences, and keeping them from being self-destructive or self-defeating. It's important that teens see that their actions have consequences and learn from their own experiences what works for them and what doesn't work. The parents' role is to make sure that the consequences to their teen aren't so severe that there's no coming back.

Playdate Tips To Help Kids Make (And Keep) Friends

Julie M Green | Posted 12.20.2016 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

I want my seven-year-old to have friends -- at least one, maybe two. But at heart, I'm a realist. He has high-functioning autism. Socially speaking, the odds are stacked against him. Making friends is a concept as foreign and uncomfortable as the wooly sweater knitted by a well-meaning great aunt.

3 Science-Based Strategies For A Successful School Year

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Dr. Shimi Kang

With the official end of summer and start of school, come changes to routines, new schedules, and certain adjustments. This sudden change of pace for families can sometimes leave parents feeling like they are performing a difficult juggling act!

How To Camp With A Baby Or Toddler (Relatively) Stress-Free

The Nature Conservancy of Canada | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Parents
The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Camping with infants doesn't have to be stressful. In fact, babies are incredibly adaptable. It might take a couple of days for babies to completely adapt to the different sleep environment, but once you have established a routine, they usually sleep extremely well in the tent, especially after a fun day of activities.

Family Activities Are Exhausting... Even Before Leaving The House

The Huffington Post Canada | Emily Anoneuvo | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada Parents

Don't feel bad if you'd rather stay inside for board games.

The Universal Truth About Parenting: No One Has All The Answers

The Huffington Post Canada | Angelyn Francis | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada Parents

And: your kids grow up in the blink of an eye.

Alone Time Is Like An Elusive Unicorn To Parents

The Huffington Post Canada | Emily Anonuevo | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada Parents

Magical, desirable, but forget about it, it ain't real.