Parenting Advice

School Started! How to Not Lose Your Marbles...

Jonathan Hewitt | Posted 11.20.2012 | Canada Living
Jonathan Hewitt

As you and your children settle into the new school year with new schedules and new activities, it can all be quite overwhelming. Your role as family manager has just stepped into high gear -- planning, organizing, directing, monitoring, and motivating are in the forefront as you help your children adjust to everything this school year brings. So how can you get everything done and not lose your marbles?

Not So Savvy: What Not to Say to Another Mom

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 11.20.2012 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Some moms on the playground just don't know when to leave well enough alone. Rude, crude and socially unacceptable. Don't get caught saying the wrong thing in the schoolyard this year by adhering to these Things Not to Say to Another Mom.

Why This Mom Went on Strike

Yummy Mummy Club | Posted 11.17.2012 | Canada Living
Yummy Mummy Club

My boys were keeping score over everything and it drove me crazy. I was officially on strike. This meant I would be doing nothing. If they wanted food, they would have to prepare it, if they needed clean clothes, they would have to wash them. If they needed something at the store, they would have to walk to the store to get it. They would put themselves to bed. There would be no fun outings until the strike was over.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Eight: Doing It In The Real World

Ken Rabow | Posted 11.14.2012 | Canada
Ken Rabow

You can study, you can practice, you can philosophize all you want, it means diddly until you test it out there in the "real world." Now comes the next step for a young adult searching to find their success in life: putting three toes in the water. If you get three straight failures, remember Edison took 10,000 wrong tries to find the right filament, creating the incandescent bulb.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Seven: Being Your Best

Ken Rabow | Posted 11.12.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

What would you do? How would you be? How would you go about it? Who would you seek out? What if it wasn't what you thought it would be? How would you know when you'd arrived? Be careful for what you wish for. I am going to give you the keys to make whatever you want happen as long as it is for the benefit of all who are touched by your choices.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Six: How to Beat Your Time Stealer

Ken Rabow | Posted 11.06.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

Now meet your greatest challenger: the time-stealer. He (or she) is fun, charming, great to be with, someone you are happy to do things with, gets all your jokes, just all around great to kill time with. Yes, the time-stealer is a time-killer. You never get it back, and yet, you value the time spent with them.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Five: Hobbies and Volunteering

Ken Rabow | Posted 11.06.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

If you were to ask a young person in their teens or 20s where they really love being, most would shout out in unison: "I really love my room!" The following exercise is to help create portable "boxes of safety" in the real world.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Four: Generativity

Ken Rabow | Posted 10.31.2012 | Canada
Ken Rabow

We need to own what we do. The truth is that it is the things we do just for ourselves, things that we do on a daily basis, things we do when we are inspired but also when we are sick of doing them that builds character and creates something I call Generativity -- the things that one does that improve the quality of life in any way, moment by moment.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step Three: Breaking the Negative Thought Cycle

Ken Rabow | Posted 10.28.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

At some point in our childhood, we have had some negative incidents happen to us that have caused us to be self-limiting. These become tapes playing in our heads so often that we don't even notice what they say anymore but they effect every decision we make. Here is an example of changing the loops:

The Slacker's Guide to Success -- Step Two: Choosing a Mentor

Ken Rabow | Posted 10.24.2012 | Canada Impact
Ken Rabow

Historically, the act of apprenticeship began when a person reached somewhere between the ages of 10 and 15. However, that practice changed rapidly with the inclusion of child labor laws and free education for children -- both great movements but both came at the cost of the influence of experiencing a one-on-one mentor; someone to influence the success of a person in their adolescent years. The following is a guide to finding the proper mentor for an individual student.

The Slacker's Guide To Success -- Step One: Strengths & Challenges

Ken Rabow | Posted 10.22.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

Success starts with looking at the strengths and challenges in our daily life. Through these challenges, we can understand the patterns that we keep repeating and the self-limiting tapes running in our sub-conscious. Our strengths can inspire us to rise over these repeating patterns and tapes, leading us to a richer life. I invite you to try these exercises for a happier, fulfilling life.

Your Kid's First Day Of School: What New Parents Need To Know

Andrea Traynor | Posted 10.22.2012 | Canada Living
Andrea Traynor

It's August, so inevitably just about everything, at every turn, is back to school-related. But some of us aren't sending our kids back to school -- we're sending them off to school for the first time. My first-born -- my baby boy who's actually four-years-old and no longer resembles a baby in any way except in my mind -- starts junior kindergarten in less than a month. We are so not ready.

Transforming Children Who Self-Sabotage Towards Success

Ken Rabow | Posted 09.30.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

There is a group of roughly 20 per cent of our youth who are doing great in school, in relationships and in their lifestyles but for the majority of the young people today, self-sabotage is the daily practice. What are the stumbling blocks that have some many young people today choosing to derail everything that they are given instead of testing their mettle and what are the remedies?

Ten Tips For Fostering Creativity In Your Children

Ken Rabow | Posted 09.24.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

If you are a parent today in the western world, you have joined a very special club. A club of parents cast adrift, drowning in self-doubt while dodging waves of pyscho-babble lurching at them from every direction. It's easy to throw blame around but what is the main question we all want the answer to? "How do I help my child unfold to be their very best in today's world?"

Inpiring Your Children to A Successful LIfe

Ken Rabow | Posted 09.06.2012 | Canada
Ken Rabow

Just imagine... A happy, successful, life where playtime is as fulfilling as work-time. Relationships become opportunities for joy, sharing and lots of close, meaningful contact that is mutually satisfying. But seriously, we're talking about a full life for teens and young adults. Let's face it, the teenage years are not easy and they're not drama-free. Basically a lot about them suck.

Seven Ways Technology Is Affecting Our Children

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 09.04.2012 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Not only are we enamored with the ability to send and receive information in a digital format, but our children are equally smitten. I hear more and more parents bemoaning the fact that they're not able to retrieve their iPad or laptop from their young child who is busy surfing the web, watching videos or playing games on the device. Here are the top seven ways that digital technology has affected our children -- the good and the bad.

Happy Father's Day, Mr. Mom

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 08.16.2012 | Canada Living
Jeff Rose-Martland

Don't let popular myths sway you. Your child doesn't care if you are male or female, so long as you are there to provide food and comfort and protection. Everything else is just learning and, believe me guys, women don't have some secret users-manual for children. Just like us, women start off in the dark and learn as they go, on their own and from family and friends.

Dispatches From Down East: Why Men Aren't Interested in Daddy Bloggers

Lori Gard | Posted 08.15.2012 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Why do men generally avoid reading parenting blogs? Men may not find a parenting blog written by a woman to be of continuing interest (due to content and topics), but there are blogs written on parenting by men. Which further begs the question, in light of the fact that there are male-authored parenting blogs, why are there not more men reading parenting blogs written by men?

Am I Dad Enough?

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 08.15.2012 | Canada Living
Joshua Ostroff

The Mommy Wars flared up again last month in time for Mother's Day, thanks to that insta-infamous Time magazine cover of the pretty blonde provocatively breastfeeding her almost-four-year-old beside the inflammatory headline: "Are You Mom Enough?" It talked about attachment parenting, but mostly in the context of mothers.

What's A Penis? And Other Questions Your Young One Might Ask...

Maria Lianos-Carbone | Posted 08.14.2012 | Canada Living
Maria Lianos-Carbone

Oh birds and the bees... When the kids start asking questions about sexuality, how do you respond? How much or how little does a parent actually explain to their younger kids when they're asked the more challenging questions? Here are some good answers to tell your child about sexuality...

When Your Kid Gets Sick On a (Not-So-Relaxing) Vacation

Alice Kuipers | Posted 08.12.2012 | Canada Living
Alice Kuipers

I wish I wasn't writing this from experience, but my toddler came down with croup in Cuba last week and I learned some things that I wanted to share to spare any of you the same distress. From knowing the location of the nearest clinic, to who to call from the hospital, here are some tips.

Making Your Addictions Work for You

Ken Rabow | Posted 08.01.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

Almost everyone you know is addicted to something. Whether their addiction is coffee, jogging, or something less socially acceptable, addictions are a way of life for many people. So, how do you take these passions and make them become something generative; something that improves your quality of life?

Are Women More Ready Than Men to be Parents?

Bud Sambasivam | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Bud Sambasivam

My wife Sarah's ovaries joined our Saturday morning lattés when she hit 30. Lacking in vocabulary, but clear in message, they cried one word, "BABY!" I took notice and wondered if women were naturally more ready to be parents than their male partners, or did they just feel more pressure because of the incessant tick-tock of their biological clock?

Is Your Child a Clark Kent or a Superman?

Ken Rabow | Posted 07.16.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

The truth is we are all superheroes waiting to discover the special gift we were given to make our mark in the world. For some reason, what we start off with is often the exact opposite of our superpower. These opposites are our own form of Kryptonite. We have to rise above our Kryptonite.

Tips for Teens with Bad Study Habits

Ken Rabow | Posted 07.11.2012 | Canada
Ken Rabow

You've received your mid-term marks, and some of them just squeaked by. You have two choices: continue to see your school future flushing down the proverbial toilet, or make a new plan. Let's try Plan B, shall we? Here is how to build a last-ditch effort to save your exams and create better possibilities for the future.