Parenting Advice

Bucket List For Kids: Are You F*#king Kidding Me?

Melissa Carr | Posted 04.28.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Melissa Carr

This time last year, I read an article about a bucket list for kids. Are we, as parents, really so buttoned up, paranoid and regimented that our kids are really no longer just "going outside to play?" Not the case for my kids. My mom has a saying, "a dirty child is a happy child." I love this rule of thumb and it is so true.

Why Women Judge Other Women More Than Men

Sandra Charron | Posted 04.28.2013 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

My stay-at-home friends and I are always ready to slay the reputation of our fellow women in the quintessential ploy to be the superior mothers. Why is it that in a male-dominated world, women are so quick to cut each other down, rather than speak up in defense of one another?

Were Parents Better Then or Now?

Sandra Charron | Posted 04.23.2013 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

I grew up in the era of Tough Love. There was no pretending in my home. My mother called it as she saw it, and what she saw wasn't always pretty. I've spent years meticulously choosing politically correct ways of disciplining my children. Now I know exactly where I went wrong.

Why Are We Afraid to Teach Kids to Say Vagina?

Sandra Charron | Posted 04.20.2013 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

Watching The View this morning the controversy whirred around reproductive parts, and what we, as parents, should be teaching our children to call them. The consensus: It just doesn't seem right to hear a little girl referring to her breasts. Boobies is much cuter. Because we're concerned about the cuteness of these body parts on a seven-year-old?

I Was Going to be a Perfect Parent...Until I Had Kids

Sandra Charron | Posted 04.14.2013 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

When I was pregnant with my first child, I had a list of all the "dos and don'ts" required for effectively achieving the status of perfect parent. As I swapped my hopes for a career in nursing, and instead chose countless hours of time bonding with my children, in those early days of motherhood when I was stumbling over the educational toys strewn about my home, nobody could have convinced me then that I would become what I am today.

A Mother's Story: How to Love Your Angsty Pre-Teen

Lori Gard | Posted 03.12.2013 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

More words were exchanged between us two just the day before. Trying to sort out the tangled web of emotions from the days prior. He, with a hoodie pulled over his face. Me, raw emotions and bundled nerves pleading for answers. Both of us feeling raw and exposed. On a road of good intentions, going nowhere fast.

Savvy Parenting Resolutions to Keep in 2013

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 03.12.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Lighten up, sister. Consuming yourself with keeping a super-clean house and the kids cutely dressed, you'll lose sight of what's really important. The kids won't remember the clean counters, but they will remember your belly laughs as they ran around the room naked.

Do I Have to Lose Myself to Be a Mother?

Emelia Symington Fedy | Posted 03.02.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Emelia Symington Fedy

I am trying to understand why my old, cool friends have gotten so high strung and opinionated after becoming parents. In fact they actually seem to be shells of their past selves. With no energy to do yoga, or write or think about creativity or their dreams because now they are intent on micro-managing their child's every interaction. Am I destined to do the same thing?

SavvyMom Roundup: Remembering Sandy Hook

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 02.18.2013 | Canada
Minnow Hamilton

I planned to write about Christmas today. Specifically, what I want for Christmas. But it doesn't seem right when that's not at all what caught my attention this week. What's in my head and my heart, on my Facebook feed and Twitter stream, in my inbox and in so many conversations I have had is the horrors and devastation from the Newtown, Connecticut shootings of last Friday.

Don't Let Your Teens Text Something They'll Regret

Erika Katz | Posted 02.04.2013 | Canada Living
Erika Katz

The cyber world is new territory and for now, parents must improvise when dealing with these modern obstacles to raising a teen. Between the new culture of sexting and social media sites like Facebook, teen self-worth is in danger. Here's how you can help your child navigate the cyber world.

Let Your Child Handle the "Mean Girl"

Tracie Wagman | Posted 01.29.2013 | Canada Living
Tracie Wagman

It's completely normal want to protect your kids when they come home crying because someone was blatantly mean to them. But isn't it true that dealing with these situations helps build character? And if they can't deal with these situations and only rely on us, aren't we setting them up for failure in the future?

Are Parents Scared Their Punishments Will Go Viral?

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 01.20.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

When it comes to discipline, many parents have taken a large step backwards, and technology is to blame. In this day and age of smart phone journalism, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook shares, parents have become wary and hesitant of punishing their children in case their actions at any moment are recorded and uploaded to a willing audience in a matter of seconds.

I'll Admit it: I Use Santa to Keep the Kids in Line

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 01.19.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

I've been using the power of Santa Claus for a few weeks now, and things are looking good. For maximum effectiveness, the use of Santa and his omnipresence is good for the window directly following Halloween until December 25. During this time, I enjoy the increased attentiveness, dearth of meltdowns and general calm that precedes Christmas day.

What These 10 Classic Parenting Phrases Really Mean

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 01.14.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

We've all heard them. Those annoying phrases that our parents said to us growing up and now that we're parents ourselves, we've decided to inflict them our own kids. The reality is that the true meanings behind these messages that parents tell their kids are often not as straightforward as they appear to be. Following are the top 10 phrases that parents use on their kids, and what they really mean.

10 Things Nobody Told Me About Having Boys!

Jenna Em | Posted 01.13.2013 | Canada Living
Jenna Em

I sometimes wonder if I was properly prepared for having five kids, four of whom are little boys. After all, no one handed me the instructions manual that explained what makes boys tick! So, I've decided to write the Cole's Notes version, just for you! Share it if you know someone who also never received the manual!

Getting Your Children to Do Their Homework -- Minus the Headache!

Jenna Em | Posted 12.25.2012 | Canada Living
Jenna Em

Our daily routine was very predictable: my son would arrive home from school, he and his siblings would be given a nutritious snack, and then it would be homework time. That's when the tantrums, rage and complaints would begin. Common complaints were that I was SO mean and unfair, or "torturing" him to do his homework! Here are some tips I have used to get my son to do his homework.

How Amanda Todd Affected Mothers

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 12.18.2012 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

I don't really want to mention the horrifying tragedy of Amanda Todd's story, but I will because teen suicide and cyberbullying has to stop. These difficult issues have taken the mom media by storm lately, prompting discussion on how we can all help -- are legislative changes required or will more basic community changes make a difference

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- In Conclusion

Ken Rabow | Posted 12.09.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

So you went from being a slacker with unrealized potential to a mover and shaker in the world in 13 steps. Or more likely, you just read all the blog versions of the whole book (without skipping over too much, I hope) and you are wondering a bunch of questions. I will answer the questions first and then get to the ones who have gone through the 13 steps.

Dispatches From Down East: Why I Don't Mind Being The Screamer

Lori Gard | Posted 12.06.2012 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

With the kids, my husband is the sensitive one. While I am the screamer, he is the voice of reason. I almost felt inadequate when he told me his approach. But then I remembered: who I am is enough too. I don't have to change who I am, I just have to channel the qualities that make me who I am in the right direction.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step 13: Helping Others Helps You

Ken Rabow | Posted 12.06.2012 | Canada
Ken Rabow

Most people feel something missing in their lives. So, how do we bring meaning into our lives? How do we begin to feel truly alive? Do something crazy! Help someone else. Choose to make one small positive change in the world. When we start thinking about helping others, we raise not only their hopes but our own heart vibrations. Our hearts rise up beyond the petty slights and missteps of daily life and begin to focus on a bigger picture.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Twelve: Living a Full Life

Ken Rabow | Posted 12.01.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

When you are mindful of your daily life, your life is one of being present. Of really living and not just killing time to go virtual. Learning to care and to matter may be one of the greatest commodities in the age of ideas because then your work, play, study and relationship times become chances to experience, feel, think and grow. Live each day like it was the only one you have. Care about people and learn from everything.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Eleven: The Good Thing About Addictions

Ken Rabow | Posted 11.30.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

The young clients I work with tend to be addicted to: video gaming, magic cards, junk food and/or cannabis. Many would say that their addictions seem to provide a level of comfort -- a buffer from an unsafe world. Having an addictive nature means that you have a passionate nature. So, how do you take these passions and make them become something generative?

Savvy Internet Safety Tips for Kids

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 01.04.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

There may be a screen between your family and the online world, but that doesn't mean everyone is protected. When it comes to the web, there are online screen names, cell phone use and GPS to consider. Make sure the kids are safe and secure online with these Internet Safety Tips.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Ten: From Crud to Cred

Ken Rabow | Posted 11.25.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

So here you are, taking another stab at "making it" in life. Your parents are cautiously optimistic.You are non-committal. Your dog still thinks you're amazing (but he likes Yanni). It should go well. You're older. You've had a few "challenges" under you belt and you've survived. You're not on the street or in a cult or both. Then why so nervous?

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Nine: Feeling Safe "Out There"

Ken Rabow | Posted 05.13.2013 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

In a positive stage of your life, you're meeting with people who will accept you for following your purpose and sharing the qualities of passion and striving that you have in common. Each positive action builds upon itself. Each setback becomes merely a minor bump on the road you are travelling on and everything leads you towards your bliss. You may just find yourself unboxed and free for the very first time!