Parenting Advice

Four Under Six? How Do You Do It?

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

Having had four kids in five and a half years, I get this question a lot. I usually smile and say something like, "Well, it's busy!" but there are a lot of answers I could give that would be more honest and that would make me look a lot less "together" than I sometimes appear.

Old School Parenting Rules That Should Make A Comeback

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Prestwich | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Parents

Parenting can be really difficult. Which rule book do you follow? According to Ylonda Gault Caviness, the author of "Child, Please: How Mama’s Ol...

Advice From Moms That Stand The Test Of Time

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 05.07.2015 | Canada Living

No matter how independent you are, everyone needs a little motherly advice every now and then. In the video above, Glamour asks six elderly women t...

Sure, It Can Be Uncomfortable, But Enjoy Being Pregnant

Stephanie McDougall | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Parents
Stephanie McDougall

As much as you should try and enjoy the time before the baby comes, enjoy the time after the baby comes into your life. Embrace those sticky floors and those cold cups of coffee. It won't be long before you'll have your old life back and your kids will be grown up and doing their own thing. You'll only know what they are up to because you'll follow them on Twitter because you'll be a cool mom.

How To Conquer Mommy Guilt Once And For All

The Huffington Post Canada | Alyson Schafer | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada Parents

Last week in this column, I explained how mom guilt works. It allows us to feel good about ourselves even when we think we are acting improperly. For ...

Time To End The Mommy Guilt For Good!

The Huffington Post Canada | Alyson Schafer | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada Parents

At some point, many moms will wrap up their maternity leave and return to the work. Whether they have hired a nanny or are facing teary drop-offs at d...

What To Do When You And Your Partner Disagree On How To Raise The Kids

The Huffington Post Canada | Alyson Schafer | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada Parents

We all thought starting a family was the most romantic thing we could do as a couple. Making a baby is the ultimate act of love. During our pregnancy ...

Tips For Dealing With Picky Eaters

The Huffington Post Canada | Alyson Schafer | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Parents

I grew up in a big family and my parents had to stretch the family food budget. If I complained that I didn't like something that was served for dinne...

A Lazy Mom's Guide To Keeping Toddlers Busy

The Huffington Post Canada | Shawna Scafe | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Parents

I love rifling through Pinterest as much as the next crafty, stay-at-home mom. With two toddlers under three years of age, I've tried a range of activ...

When Kids Have A Favourite Parent (And You're Not It)

The Huffington Post Canada | Alyson Schafer | Posted 04.29.2015 | Canada Parents

As adults, we know better than to show favouritism to one of our children over another. Why can't kids show us parents the same courtesy? Ah, yes, the...

Ridiculous Things People ACTUALLY Say To New Parents

The Huffington Post Canada | Roma Kojima | Posted 04.29.2015 | Canada Parents

Everyone's been through it. The times when someone says something wildly inappropriate, insulting or downright stupid right to your face and you're to...

9 Ways Parents Can Ditch Gender Stereotypes

Terri Coles | Posted 04.28.2015 | Canada Parents

A lot has changed since we were children, but the rules about how girls and boys are expected to behave haven't budged in decades. Toy and clothing st...

Six Steps to Becoming a Hero to Your Children

Alyson Jones | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

The problem for many parents is that they want to become friends with their children, rather than heroes. Our children do not need more friends, and they certainly do not need their parents competing with their friends for their attention. But as a hero, you can find a way to transform challenge into growth.

A One-Armed Doll Taught My Daughter About Love

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 04.17.2015 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

It's been two years since my daughter cut off the arm of her doll, Brianne. That doll will forever remind me of my daughter's loving heart, her compassion, and her innate ability to know her own mind in the face those who would make a different choice. I hope she never loses those qualities.

Superb, Original Gift Ideas for New Moms

Angie Campanelli | Posted 04.16.2015 | Canada Living
Angie Campanelli

During my first year as a new mom, I came across, received and rewarded myself with some fabulous gifts that totally transformed my parenting experience. Although you're likely bombarded with gift-giving ideas, there's nothing like finding that one present that someone can't live without and didn't even know they needed.

7 Steps to Renew Your Life This Easter

Alyson Jones | Posted 04.02.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Utilizing Easter as a renewal time is relatively simple, and can assist you in creating the space you need to live your exceptional life. You can do this as an individual exercise that is personal and private, or you can take some this Easter weekend and gather the family to discuss each point. Here are the seven steps to renewing your life.

Don't Fear Failure, Learn From it!

Terri Fedonczak | Posted 05.17.2015 | Canada Living
Terri Fedonczak

It's okay to let your kids fall, so they can learn how it feels to get back up on their own. Failure in middle school or high school has a much less drastic effect on their long-term success than failure in their first job, when you're not there to help them. If you never let your kids fail, then they won't know how to innovate and grow.

What Podcasting Taught Me About Motherhood (and Life)

Tally Abecassis | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Living
Tally Abecassis

I'm doing it for my podcast about my re-entry into the workforce after a prolonged maternity leave to be with my young kids. As a result of said podcast, I am walking around my house recording my family. To spare you your own family's scorn, I will impart some of the lessons I've learned.

Why I Wish I Had Breastfed My Kids

Sandra Charron | Posted 04.30.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

I was one of those women who proudly proclaimed, "I bottle fed my kids and they're all fine." And they are fine. The thing is though, now that I work as a postpartum nurse, a great percentage of my time on the unit is spent teaching and assisting new moms. And I get breastfeeding now. I totally could have rocked this gig. But I didn't because I was too tired.

Facing the Four-Month Sleep Regression Phase

KidsInTheHouse.com | Posted 04.15.2015 | Canada Living
KidsInTheHouse.com

You're finally out the newborn stage, adjusting to your new normal (and maybe even fitting into your pre-pregnancy jeans). Then, seemingly out of nowhere, your sleepy, somewhat predictable little one turns into a fussy, four-month-old all-night party animal. Welcome to the infamous four month sleep regression.

Top Parenting Myths Debunked for New Moms and Dads

Alyson Schafer | Posted 03.27.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Schafer

Being a new parent means that you are often bombarded with advice and suggestions about raising a child. Family, friends and even strangers will no doubt offer their two cents on all sorts of topics. Problem is, how do you know who to listen to? I debunk some top myths to help soon-to-be moms and dads navigate the world of parenthood.

Top Five Tips for Picky Eaters

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 03.11.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Of my two kids, one is a particularly picky (and not to mention slow) eater. It even took some convincing to have him try ice cream a few years ago. Can you imagine? Ice cream! But there you go, it's all new and kids have no idea until they try it. So how can you get them just to try it?

Don't Make Santa Your Parenting "Fall Guy"

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 02.19.2015 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Sure, Santa may determine that a child's behaviour is not up to snuff and is therefore a reason to deny said child of gifts on Christmas Day. But why does Santa have to be the judge, jury and (figurative) executioner on December 25th? Whatever happened to parental responsibility and the ability to look one's child in the eye in an attempt to deliver the verdict?

Want to Truly Enjoy Your Holidays? Let Go of Your Expectations

Alyson Jones | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

That image of the family sitting at Christmas dinner, everyone smiling at each other and the ideal turkey perfectly placed on the platter, can quickly become a great disappointment if we make perfection our goal. If you want to get more out of the holidays you can follow a few simple guidelines that will assist you in staying grounded and present during the season.

Bringing Kids To Protests Sends Mixed Messages

Alyson Jones | Posted 01.25.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Alyson Jones

The recent involvement of children in the Kinder Morgan protests on B.C.'s Burnaby Mountain has brought forth mixed feelings from many, and caused a debate on the merits and costs of involving children in protests and political actions.