Parenting Advice

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 09.09.2016 | 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 09.06.2016 | 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.

The Sanity-Saving Secret To Nagging Your Kids To Do Their Chores

The Huffington Post Canada | Angelyn Francis | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada Parents

It's also hilarious.

Misadventures Of Trying To Limit Screen Time

The Huffington Post Canada | Al Donato | Posted 09.23.2016 | Canada Parents

It all comes down to balance. And sometimes a car wash.

Civilized Family Dinners With Kids Are A Bold-Faced Lie

The Huffington Post Canada | Al Donato | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada Parents

The dinner table is a battle zone.

Morning Routine Is Actually A Sh*tstorm For Most Parents

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

Watch our new video series 'Apparently' for some real talk about life with kids.

Welcome To The Chaos Of The So-Called Bedtime Routine

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

"Apparently the harder I try to run my evenings routinely... the opposite happens."

How To Get Your Toddler To Listen (No Nagging Required)

The Huffington Post Canada | Abigail Esteireiro | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Parents

You're welcome.

The Surprising Reason Baby Talk Is Good For Babies

The Huffington Post Canada | Abigail Esteireiro | Posted 08.26.2016 | Canada Parents

Looks like all those "nom noms" were worth it.

How To Recover After Losing Your Sh*t With Your Kids

The Huffington Post Canada | Alyson Schafer | Posted 08.15.2016 | Canada Parents

Because we've all been there.

You Cannot Have The Big Love Without The Big Risk

Alyson Jones | Posted 08.02.2016 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

When you truly connect and are present with another human being you create a powerful emotional vulnerability in yourself and others. Disconnection is a self-protective mechanism that is activated when we feel highly vulnerable. This self-protection then leads us to pull back and withdraw.

How Not To Be THAT Sports Parent

The Huffington Post Canada | Trish Bentley | Posted 07.06.2016 | Canada Parents

"Put away your cowbells. They don't belong in the arena."

Your Children Should Not Be Your Life's Purpose

Alyson Jones | Posted 07.05.2016 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

I feel that parenting is my responsibility, but I do not feel that my role of mother or wife or daughter is my purpose. I do not feel my role of counsellor or teacher, author or business woman is my purpose. My purpose does not feel as though it can be defined by a role, any role, in my life.

Stop Forcing Summer Activities On Your Children

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 06.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

"Children need to be occupied, they need structure, they need predictability," the experts tell us. Heaven help you if you don't make sure to keep those sticky little hands busy between late June and Labour Day every year. After all, children need structure right? No they don't.

Dad, Your Cruel Criticisms Still Haunt Me

Lenora Thompson | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Lenora Thompson

I was just a little girl, but you had a barbed tongue. Oh, you always couched your cruelty in humour. As if comedy was a disinfectant that redeems meanness. Time and again, I asked Mommy, "Please, tell Daddy to stop teasing me. It hurts my feelings." But you wouldn't or couldn't stop.

Mandatory Paternity Leave Is An Investment In Career And Family

Reva Seth | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Reva Seth

I appreciate that the word "mandatory" is off-putting, but the benefits that come with mandatory paternity leave are an incredible web of interwoven and reinforcing benefits -- in terms of improved gender equality, child's health, the valuing of care, as well as greater life happiness and deeper relationships.

A Baby Changes Your Life - And Your Sleep

Mike Gettis | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada Parents
Mike Gettis

When a woman is pregnant, she's constantly reminded to cherish her sleeping hours while she can. My wife Noelle was told of what seemed like endurance experiments involving no sleep combined with non-stop feeding, diaper changes, constant laundry and hosting visits from well-meaning friends and relatives.

My Father Proved One Man's Goodness Can Span Generations

Linda Simpson | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

There have been thousands of pages devoted to the skills necessary to raise a child. I am quite sure my father never read one book about parenting. Common sense was his guiding force. He was a humble, compassionate man who knew right from wrong, and good from bad.