Parenting Advice

How To Give Your Budget A March Break

Jeffrey Schwartz | Posted 03.03.2016 | Canada Parents
Jeffrey Schwartz

March Break is just around the corner, and if you're like many Canadians, you're probably wondering how you're going to afford to pay for it. Luckily, there's an easy way to save money, keep your children happy, and teach them a few life lessons too. Use the break as an opportunity to put your kids in the classroom of life by involving them in the March Break budgeting process. Here's how:

You Don't Deserve To Be Abused, And Other Things To Tell My Daughter

Deborah Fulsang | Posted 02.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Deborah Fulsang

This news story is a sickening one: Talk of women being allegedly blindsided with punches to the head in the name of foreplay, of them allegedly bashed against cement walls, of courageous women agreeing to press sexual-assault charges only to be ridiculed on the witness stand. What, on earth, do I tell my intelligent and social-justice-minded daughter about this?

Dolphin Parenting: A Cure For Tiger Moms And Jellyfish Dads

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 11.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Dr. Shimi Kang

Parenting, like life, is about balance. Between independence and rules, work and play. With the authoritative dolphin style of parenting, greater self-confidence, critical thinking, good behaviour and academic performance are all achieved by encouraging collaborative communication that is both firm and flexible.

I Am Not Sorry, I Am Judging You

Jessica Glazer | Posted 02.09.2016 | Canada Living
Jessica Glazer

I am judging you if you are barking orders at your partner. That person is not your slave. Their role is to help you, support you and guide you. There was a time, before stress, when you were loving and kind, which is why you are together. Get back to that. Your life will be better.

Co-Parenting Challenges: 7 Ways To Make Your Feelings Work For You

Karen Kristjanson | Posted 02.05.2016 | Canada Parents
Karen Kristjanson

Feelings are great, when they're positive. We smile and high-five to share our exuberance. As co-parents after divorce, we're more in the negative territory at first -- anger, sadness, longing. Who wants to feel those? Easier to ignore them, or distract ourselves with a glass of wine or a movie until the feelings go away.

Experts Say You Shouldn't Praise Children (But I Think The Experts Are Wrong)

Julie M Green | Posted 02.02.2016 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

Experts say you shouldn't praise children. I'm no psychologist, but I think they're wrong. Kids absolutely need to be praised. They deserve to be celebrated -- for the right reasons. I don't beat on to my son about how smart or handsome he is (though of course I'm biased on both counts). But when I know he has done something especially challenging, I don't skimp on the praise.

Gen Xers Vs. Millennials: Who Has It Harder?

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 11.23.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

Telling your parents, be they Boomers or Gen Xers, that they 'had it easy' isn't fair. It negates the hard work we all did to get to where we are, and puts it all down to luck and advantage, and ignores what I believe are two main ingredients for success: motivation, and initiative.

It Might Be Too Late For Parents To Stand Up To Their Kids

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

It all starts from the day they're born. I am proposing that, to paraphrase any person from England, you start the way you mean to go on. Let them take over your night's sleep for longer than a year? Hmmmm. Jeopardize every social plan you try to commit to? Not good.

There Is No One-Size Fits All When It Comes To Sleep Training

The Huffington Post Canada | Trish Bentley | Posted 12.15.2015 | Canada Parents

"No study or expert knows better than the intrinsic voice within us."

5 Pieces Of Parenting Advice You Should Ignore

Megan Howarth | Posted 12.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Megan Howarth

The moment you announce your pregnancy the entire world suddenly feels the urge to share all their tried and tested tips and advice. It doesn't matter that you're an adult and have, presumably, gotten through life so far relying on your own common sense and life skills.

As The Parent Of Identical Twins, This One Question Stopped Me In My Tracks

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 11.30.2016 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

We all have a journey towards our sense of self; for identical twins, the road to self-awareness both literally and figuratively, is particularly challenging. In the case of my kids and so many other identical twins.

A Second Glance At First-Time Motherhood

Tara Mandarano | Posted 11.27.2016 | 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 11.16.2016 | 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 11.04.2016 | 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 11.03.2016 | 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 10.27.2016 | 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 10.10.2016 | Canada Parents
masalamommas

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 10.09.2016 | 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 09.30.2016 | 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 09.30.2016 | 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 09.29.2016 | 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 09.09.2016 | 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 08.28.2016 | 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 08.21.2016 | 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?