Parenting Advice

A Second Glance At First-Time Motherhood

Tara Mandarano | Posted 11.27.2015 | Canada Parents
Tara Mandarano

I remember the anticlimactic feeling once the baby was born and everyone went home. Looking at that tiny, unfamiliar face and not recognizing the reality of the child in my arms. The possibilities of the dream child gone, the actual baby a monumental mystery.

How To Talk To Your Children About Acts Of Terrorism

Alyson Jones | Posted 11.16.2015 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

Most of us are still reeling from this news and trying to make sense of what has happened. But we also need to respond to our young people and help them understand what has occurred. How do we help our children feel secure when our world has been shaken?

3 Tips For Creating Joyful Holidays As Co-Parents

Anna Giannone | Posted 11.04.2015 | Canada Parents
Anna Giannone

Divorce is hard to navigate. It's tough for both parents and kids. Many of you in this situation know that holidays can be tough. Sharing a child at any time of year is heartbreaking. Sharing a child during the holidays is heart wrenching, given that it's a time of fun and joy.

How To Stop Being A Worry Wart Parent

Julie M Green | Posted 11.03.2015 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

Telling a parent not to worry is a lot like telling somebody not to hold his breath underwater. You could be the most easygoing person in the world up until the precise moment you become a parent. Suddenly a giant sinkhole of awful possibilities appears out of nowhere.

Volunteering Is Just As Valuable As Paid Work

Lisa Abram | Posted 10.27.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Abram

As my professional life blossomed so did the work expectations and long hours that I needed to put into my demanding career. It was an inverse relationship in the making: the more I worked, the less time I had for personal things in my life like athletics, friends and relationships. Something had to give. And sadly it was volunteering.

Are We Talking Enough to Kids About Stress?

masalamommas | Posted 10.10.2015 | Canada Parents

Who hasn't gone through playground drama, right? What I didn't realize is how this situation was making daughter feel low about herself and her ability to handle her emotions on the playground. I think like most parents I wasn't sure how much to ask her about stress. Culturally, many of us grew up with more conversations about academics and marks than conversations about feelings and stress.

Just Because You Can Have Kids Doesn't Mean You Should

Sara Starkman | Posted 10.09.2015 | Canada Living
Sara Starkman

At the ripe old age of 28, I still, sincerely, don't know how I feel about having kids. Not about other people having kids -- that I know (no more than two and for God's sake don't helicopter parent, it creates MONSTERS and someday one of them will have to be PRIME MINISTER!).

My Marriage Survived Its Rough Patches

Julie Nowell | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Parents
Julie Nowell

We hit rock bottom, probably more than once, and each time clawed our way back up, until eventually we stopped trying to live like that and put everything at risk, our relationship, our investments, our everything, so we could find some peace.

Why You Should Just Let Your Kids Eat Their Halloween Candy

Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Parents
Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P

I believe that it is normal to eat candy in moderation any time of the year. It is also normal to eat a little more after collecting the spoils of Halloween. Sure, it contains no vitamins or minerals or added physical benefits to our lives but eating a treat isn't about maximizing antioxidant intake.

5 Things Parents Can Learn From a Professional Optimist

Emma Waverman | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Parents
Emma Waverman

Let's be clear, when the glass is half-full, it is still half empty. Even when the glass is 100 per cent full, it is on it's way to being half-empty. I live by this mantra. So you won't find me posting inspirational quotes with sunrises in the background (up at sunrise -- blech), or putting a cheery face on an difficult situation.

What Parents Can Stop Feeling Guilty About Right Now

The Huffington Post Canada | Kristy Woudstra | Posted 09.23.2015 | Canada Parents

This is one thing you shouldn't be stressing over.

5 Ways to Make it to Thanksgiving in Your Empty Nest

Sue Nador | Posted 09.09.2015 | Canada Parents
Sue Nador

If you're feeling a little weepy as you peer into deserted bedrooms (and maybe a touch annoyed that the little darlings forgot to make their beds before they left), I get it. It can be a tough transition, and it may take some time to adjust to your new reality of an empty nest.

If You Have a Child With Special Needs, You Can't Go it Alone

Joanne Giacomini | Posted 08.28.2015 | Canada Parents
Joanne Giacomini

No kid comes with a guidebook. Kids with developmental disabilities of all kinds, both physical and neurological, are as diverse in thought, behaviour, strengths and weaknesses as their neuro-typical peers. With the added anxiety of raising very different children from what is expected, stress levels are higher, parenting is harder and divorce runs rampant among special needs parents. That is why it is so important for them to remain on the same side.

7 Tips to Transition Your Kid From Summer to School

Alyson Jones | Posted 08.21.2015 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

The reality is that every season has its beginning and end and our summer is much closer to the end now than the beginning. So, how do we transition ourselves and our children from the summer into the school year without it diminishing our last couple of weeks of freedom?

How to Organize a Stress-Free Back to School Routine

Professional Organizers in Canada | Posted 08.15.2015 | Canada Parents
Professional Organizers in Canada

Back to school is right around the corner, causing moms and dads across Canada to gear up for the big race -- the race against the clock! Any parent who has a child in school, knows that back to school mornings feel more like participating in a marathon than enjoying a relaxing start to the day. To help parents organize a stress-free back to school routine, Professional Organizers in Canada are offering five easy steps that will have your mornings running smoothly.

How to Tackle the New School Year As a New Divorcee

Nathalie Boutet | Posted 08.13.2015 | Canada Parents
Nathalie Boutet

With the new school year around the corner, parents who are facing separation or divorce often find this a very contentious time for themselves and their children. In addition to the painful process of undergoing a separation or divorce, starting a new school year adds extra pressure.

12 Tips for Talking to Your Kids About sex

Alyson Jones | Posted 08.13.2015 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

This well-intentioned and much dreaded talk can quickly become complex, complicated and extremely awkward. Parents often avoid the topic, or approach it as if it is an item on the "to do list" that must be done as quickly as possible and then checked off.

This Should Be The Most Important Meeting Of Your Week

The Huffington Post Canada | Alyson Schafer | Posted 08.11.2015 | Canada Parents

Alyson Schafer gives us the low-down on how and why we should all have family meetings.

A Letter to Mom and Dad About How to Feed Me

Caitlin Boudreau | Posted 07.31.2015 | Canada Parents
Caitlin Boudreau

1. Stop trying to hide veggies and "healthy" stuff in other foods -- I can handle them straight up. Sure I may not devour those green leafies you put on my tray from day one, but unbeknownst to you, I'm slowly learning to like them.

5-Step Plan To STOP Snapping At Your Kids

The Huffington Post Canada | Alyson Schafer | Posted 07.29.2015 | Canada Parents

If you tend to be impatient, here are some exercises you can do to improve your tolerance levels -- and just make life better for everyone.

You Should Ignore Bad Advice, Even From People With Good Intentions

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 07.15.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

Every human being on earth crafts a unique set of biases based on his or her own experience -- you, me, and everybody else. We use this experience to dish out advice. But what works for one person (say, someone who loves you and wants only the best for you) might not work for you.

What Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner Teach Us About Parenting

Anna Giannone | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Anna Giannone

Even from the very beginning of their split Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck show that sensitivity and devotion to the kids is the top priority. They're quoted by People Magazine saying, "We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children."

Parents Want the RESP Grant to Remain in Alberta

Peter Lewis | Posted 07.03.2015 | Canada Alberta
Peter Lewis

Although it's not too surprising, it certainly is disappointing to see the new NDP government not taking a moment to provide a second sober thought to the planned closure of the Alberta Centennial Education Savings (ACES) grant. The grant gives parents who contribute to a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) up to $800 to help fund their education.

How to Unplug This Summer

Alyson Jones | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

We experience our greatest joy when we are in the moment, and we are truly present in our lives. From a place of presence we can connect with ourselves and others. It is time to unplug from my technology and plug back into my actual life. So this summer I have a plan to dig in deeper, go outside, and stay present and reconnect with what is truly important.

How Kids Can Make a Difference

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.29.2015 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Study after study indicates that parents, schools and community members all have a role to play in developing caring, ethical children. But how do we do that in a way that's less about layering on the duty and obligation? How do we nurture a child's own instincts about what's needed in the world, and help them find their own unique way to give?