Parenting Advice

What To Expect When You're Expecting Multiple Babies

Meaghan Grant | Posted 05.18.2017 | Canada Parents
Meaghan Grant

The idea of bringing home multiples can be staggering. Do you really need two of everything? Will they come early? Are they identical, and how will you tell them apart if they are? Once you discover you are having multiples, your prenatal care will likely change. If you are registered with a midwife, your care may be transferred, or plans may be made to transfer you at 28 weeks. If you are scheduled to see an OB, you might be moved to a multiples or high risk prenatal clinic. You will definitely have more appointments, more ultrasounds, and possibly more tests.

Parents Of Successful Kids Have These 5 Things In Common

HuffPost Canada | Monika Markovinovic | Posted 05.10.2017 | Canada Parents

These factors can predict the level of achievement your child will reach.

Dear Grade 12 Grads, This Is A Big Step Towards Your Future

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 05.03.2017 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

I've never been asked to address a high school graduating class, much to my children's relief, but with my third child finishing grade 12 in a month, I thought about what I might say to these graduates, especially those heading off to college or university.

Baby Hacks To Make Your Life Easier

Meaghan Grant | Posted 05.03.2017 | Canada Parents
Meaghan Grant

It is a common joke amongst new parents and parents-to-be that babies do not come with an instruction manual. And while there are thousands of books on parenting style, breastfeeding, the 'science' of raising children, and more, none of them cover ways to make life easier. Most parents would happily give up (more) sleep if they just had some clues on ways to soothe, settle, schedule, and survive their child's infancy.

These 4 Rules For Living Will Also Make You A Better Parent

Linda Simpson | Posted 04.21.2017 | Canada Parents
Linda Simpson

These four agreements are very simple, very clear and precise life lessons. They are neither glamorous nor catchy, just lessons for leading a fulfilling life. Remind your children to be fearless, always do their best and always keep trying. The world needs people like that more than ever.

New Parents Need Advocates Too

Meaghan Grant | Posted 04.19.2017 | Canada Parents
Meaghan Grant

One of the most common words that comes up when expectant parents are planning for their birth is "advocate." There is an idea in our culture that birth is frightening, overwhelming, and even that medical providers do not always have the best interests of parents and babies at heart.

Is It Possible To Travel With A Newborn On A Plane?

Matthew Slutsky | Posted 04.17.2017 | Canada Parents
Matthew Slutsky

I hate carrying things. When we go shopping, I despise carrying bags. When we go anywhere, my biggest pet peeve is carrying something. I don't know why, or how this happened, but it happened. I know, this is not a good trait for having children.

What I've Learned As A First-Time Mother Of The Bride

Shantelle Bisson | Posted 04.10.2017 | Canada Living
Shantelle Bisson

I've learned a lot from my three daughters over the past 28 years of being a mom to them. My husband and I are in the thick of our first wedding, with our eldest getting married October 14th, 2017, and let me tell you, there is a huge difference between planning your own wedding, and assisting your child in planning theirs.

The Loneliness Of Infertility Taught Me Compassion And Awareness

Meaghan Grant | Posted 04.04.2017 | Canada Parents
Meaghan Grant

My journey through infertility was one of the hardest things I have ever done. It was hard on me emotionally, hard on me physically; it affected my marriage and my relationships with friends and family. It took a toll on my professional life. It made me doubt who I was as a person and the plan I had for my life.

7 Words Can Set Your Child Up For A Life Of Learned Helplessness

Blair King | Posted 03.31.2017 | Canada Parents
Blair King

Parents teach this behaviour. They teach their children that by feigning inability they can get things done for them. Sadly, after enough time the question arises as to whether these children are feigning inability or actually lack the tools to accomplish the tasks being asked of them.

How Parents Can Learn To Trust Their Instincts More

The Huffington Post Canada | Terri Coles | Posted 03.29.2017 | Canada Parents

Sometimes you just know.

Keeping The Divorce Talk Honest Can Help Your Kids Heal Faster

Alyson Jones | Posted 03.20.2017 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

We want to prepare and protect our child against something dangerous. Our protective role is clear. So the truly complicating factor that makes talking to your children about divorce so difficult is that the parents are the source of the pain.

How To Make Sure Your Baby Is Getting Enough To Eat

Meaghan Grant | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada Parents
Meaghan Grant

Whether you are breast- or bottle-feeding, knowing your baby's cues is an important step in ensuring your baby is getting enough to eat. Feeding on demand in the first weeks and months is an essential part of providing adequate nutrition for growth and development.

10 Ways To Foster Your Daughter's Self-Esteem

The Huffington Post Canada | Monika Markovinovic | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada Parents

Who run the world? Girls.

Organizing Tips To Help The Sandwich Generation Manage It All

Professional Organizers in Canada | Posted 03.02.2017 | Canada Living
Professional Organizers in Canada

Whether it's young children growing up and needing your time for activities and school or aging parents needing extra attention, the generation caught in the middle of this is being spread thin. The sandwich generation has become the norm for Canadians, bringing packed schedules and extreme stress.

You Never Want Children Listening To Everything You Say

The Huffington Post Canada | Alyson Schafer | Posted 03.01.2017 | Canada Parents

Parents should let go of the antiquated notion that their commands should be obeyed.

How To Cut The Financial Umbilical Cord With Your 20-Somethings

Shantelle Bisson | Posted 02.28.2017 | Canada Parents
Shantelle Bisson

If you're like me and you want to be able to cut the financial umbilical cord with your kids, start when they're young. Help them procure a part time job -- even if it's just one shift a week at first. Have them open their own bank account, and teach them how to balance their account.

You Deserve Your Own Definition Of 'Natural' Childbirth

Meaghan Grant | Posted 02.23.2017 | Canada Parents
Meaghan Grant

If you tell someone you are planning an unmedicated birth, you are met with a grin and nod in that "uh-huh, you are going to be begging for an epidural" kind of way. If you say you are planning an epidural, they wax poetic about the joys of unmedicated birth. Everyone has an opinion on your birth, and it is almost always going to be the opposite of yours.

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.