Parenting Advice

10 Last Minute To-Dos for Back to School

Andrea Traynor | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada Living
Andrea Traynor

It's senior kindergarten. My son is five. We don't need calculators or binders. Heck, we don't even need pencils or paper. So why have I got this feeling in the pit of my stomach that I've forgotten something? And now I'm writing this post as my to-do list as we ease back into the routine in which most kids thrive and most parents rejoice. Maybe it'll help you, too.

When to Shove Your Baby Bird Out of the Nest

The Purple Fig | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

Parenting is tiring, and fighting your kids' natural tendencies can be exhausting. Growth and change hurt, and there's risk of lasting resentment or shut down if you push kids too hard. But learning and greatness only come with tolerance for pain, and fear, and as parents we need to use the experience our kids don't have to help them push their limits. It's our job.

There Is No 'Right' Way to Be a New Parent

Darlena Cunha | Posted 10.21.2013 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

In my years of internet research, I learned one core fact I think every parent should take into consideration: You can find an expert to back up any belief you have. You need to do what feels right for you and for your child. You cannot go by the book in parenting because there simply is no book.

Why Parents Shouldn't Sweat the Small Stuff

Erica Berman | Posted 10.21.2013 | Canada Living
Erica Berman

Hey, parents: Don't sweat the small stuff. Even if you work full-time, bottle feed, don't buy organic food, and never threw your kids gigantic birthday bashes with elephant rides, as long as you are physically and emotionally present for your children -- and provide a safe, stable environment for them -- they'll be just fine.

SavvyMom Roundup: Ashton Kutcher, Saving our Skin and the Hyperloop

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 10.14.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Saving our skin, celebrity life tips, teens and Facebook, Elvis Dogs and the Hyperloop -- that's what caught my attention this week.

SavvyMom Roundup: Kate's Post-Baby Bump, Gwyneth Paltrow and More

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 10.01.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

I may be on vacation this week, but camping gear, Kate's "baby belly," Gwyneth's school choice, teaching kids how to succeed and nature's beauty all s...

All Moms and Dads Must Know About 'The Casserole Card'

Lori Gard | Posted 09.30.2013 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

So...let's talk about one of the best kept secrets that the parenting advice books will never touch: the art of pulling "the casserole card." That's when I compile all the gross leftovers. If I was to serve this delectable delight on a night other than which we were about to have the TIME OF OUR LIVES, it certainly would not fly. However, all this changes when we are about to embark on an EXCITING adventure.

Oh Baby! Advice For The Royal Parents To Be

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 09.21.2013 | Canada
Jennifer Pellegrini

While many around the world wait with bated breath for the tweet announcing the birth of the newest little prince or princess, I thought I'd share with you the advice I handed off to a soon-to-be mama, who is the soon-to-be wife of a good friend of mine.

A Parent's Primer To Minecraft

Jeni Marinucci | Posted 09.19.2013 | Canada Living
Jeni Marinucci

Do you have a child between the ages of seven and "I-stopped-counting-after-the-third"? Did you also make the huge mistake of giving them access to electricity? Do they shout random terms like "Butter!" and "Creeper Lava Diamond Pig"? If you answered "yes," to any of these questions then it is likely you know my pain: Minecraft Mania.

The Nap Paradox, in Rhyme

Andrea Traynor | Posted 09.18.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Traynor

One nap, two naps, three naps, four; Why's my newborn such a bore? Come on, wake up! It's time to play! My dear, don't sleep the day away. I know you...

Are Expensive Kiddie Birthday Parties Really for Parents?

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Birthday parties and loot bags have increasingly become an obscene display of excess and expense for no good purpose. We are raising a society of highly-indulged, coddled and spoiled children and we only have ourselves to blame.

Why Do Moms Judge Each Other?

masalamommas | Posted 09.08.2013 | Canada Living
masalamommas

Having a child can be overwhelming, in every possible way. Especially if the child is your first born. You see, kids don't come with a manual. You have to mostly trust your gut, take some advice when needed and sometimes rely on the Internet for a huge chunk of information. I used the internet to Google "How to bathe a three-day-old" because I didn't have much help after my child was born.

Do My Kids Even Like Me?

Melissa Carr | Posted 08.27.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Melissa Carr

Sometimes I think I must be a really nasty, boring, bee-otch to be around. They're growing up fast, I just want my kids to want to spend time with me. I want them to be excited when they know we have an entire day together. I want them to think I'm the best thing since sliced bread, but I think those times are starting to disappear.

Want to be a Great Dad? Kenny Rogers Will Tell You How

Melissa Carr | Posted 08.18.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Melissa Carr

Having kids is a bit of a crap-shoot. Some people are born parents, others struggle significantly -- and a few (let's face it) can barely look after themselves, let alone another human being. What I think is one of the biggest gambles of becoming a new father, however, is not knowing how becoming a mother is going to affect your partner. It's funny because, the lyrics of Kenny Rogers' famous song, The Gambler, really apply here.

Overscheduled Kids and Parental Guilt

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 08.18.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

The trend towards kids having rigorous schedules is a relatively new phenomenon. Perhaps a result of the pervasive guilt that so many of us share because of our need to work longer hours, we've put our kids in as many lessons as possible, some for practical reasons (after-school lessons and sports practice keeps our kids busy until we can leave work and pick them up) and some...well...not so much.

Real Men Play with Barbie Dolls

Steve Geyer | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Steve Geyer

There we sat, changing their outfits, brushing their "hair," with me doing my best falsetto voice, as we all got ready for the prom. My daughter, Kirsten, was giggling at me not so much for the voices, but for the fact she had put a lovely purple bow in my hair that matched Malibu Barbie's hair ribbon. We were having a blast!

My Main Man, My Dad

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 08.16.2013 | Canada
Jennifer Pellegrini

I've been giving a lot of thought to Father's Day this year. A friend recently lost her dad. I'm sure Father's Day won't be an easy day for her and I ...

Today, I Reclaim My Boobs

Andrea Traynor | Posted 08.13.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Traynor

Two summers ago I developed the rash of all rashes. There was only one medication the doctors told me would make it go away: prednisone. A steroid that crosses into breast milk. Breastfeeding was too important to me, so, I declined. That is -- until today. After almost 30 consecutive months of breastfeeding, I reclaimed my boobs.

Offering Mothering Advice to Myself

Lori Gard | Posted 07.30.2013 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

When on a plane, they always tell you on the in-flight safety instructions to put your own gas mask on before you help the person next to you. And the same advice applies to parenting. Before you kill yourself being a parent, ask yourself this: "Have I brushed my own hair today?"

It Should Go Without Saying, But Don't Name Your Baby "Hitler"

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 07.27.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

I'm all for uniqueness when it comes to naming a child. After all, no one wants to give their child a name that will be shared by three or more kids in their grade school classroom. That being said, parents still need to consider certain parameters when making a decision that will affect their child for many years to come. Case in point: the poor child incredulously named "Adolph Hitler Campbell."

How To Give Your Teen Dating Advice When You've Never Dated

masalamommas | Posted 07.21.2013 | Canada
masalamommas

Like many Indian girls, I wasn't allowed to date when I was a teenager. But today, it's been a different childhood for my 18-year-old. In fact things are very different in my household. My husband and I do our best to cope with the reality that she wants to date, even though we never had the same opportunity as teens.

Would The Circus Buy My Four-Year-Old?

Melissa Carr | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Melissa Carr

There are days when I feel like there is an alien invading my little boy's body...who is this demon? His sister went through a bit of the same at this age. Willful. Stubborn. Naughty. My darling son is all this with the added bonus of also being completely irrational (no...you cannot wear your basketball shorts out in the freezing rain), disobedient (I already told you, you are not allowed to eat Easter eggs for breakfast) and violent (if I had a dollar for every time I've gotten a foot in the boob...).

A Letter to My Childless Self

Andrea Traynor | Posted 06.18.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Traynor

Dear Andrea, circa 2007: You decided to wait until your 30s to have children. Good for you! You don't understand it yet, but one day you will be "that mom." The one who lets her kids watch TV for hours so she can get the house ready for a party. The one who gives up on wiping a snotty nose while out in public.

That's Right: I Yell at my Kids

Heather Korol | Posted 06.04.2013 | Canada Living
Heather Korol

Some families have a chore board or a swear jar -- we have a yelling chart. Some days I have the most blocks on the yelling chart but some days I win the best mommy ribbon. I know my mothering isn't prefect but I'm not failing either. I'm trying.

Words of Wisdom to My Teenager From a Been There, Done That Mom

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 05.16.2013 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

It's so hard to believe that 15 years ago, your father and I were introduced to someone who would change our lives in the most amazing way possible. Anyhow, what I'm doing here is putting together some things to keep in mind as you go through the next year -- and decade.