Parenting Styles

Choose The Parenting Style That Suits You Best

Sharon Vinderine | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Parents
Sharon Vinderine

Over 50 years of research has revealed there are four main parenting styles, ranging from authoritative to hands-off. So, why the big range? The way we parent relates to the values we want our kids to have -- the things we want to instill in them most.

Our Differences Strengthen The Sisterhood Of Motherhood

Megan Howarth | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada Parents
Megan Howarth

Forget the mommy wars. Companies pit us against each other and sell more products. Once we realize that mommy wars don't exist and that we are all actually just trying to do whatever works best for us we can focus on talking about our differences and opening ourselves up to what others are doing and have to say.

The Pitfalls Of Your Parenting Personality

The Huffington Post | Alyson Schafer | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Parents

In a recent article, I described four personality priorities that dictate how we behave: comfort, control, mastery/excellence and approval. While...

Which Of These 4 Parenting Types Describes You?

The Huffington Post Canada | Alyson Schafer | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Parents

Parenting expert Alyson Schafer describes how your style helps your kids!

What To Do When You And Your Partner Disagree On How To Raise The Kids

The Huffington Post Canada | Alyson Schafer | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada Parents

We all thought starting a family was the most romantic thing we could do as a couple. Making a baby is the ultimate act of love. During our pregnancy ...

The Balance Between Relaxed '70s Parenting and Modern Meddling

The Purple Fig | Posted 10.05.2014 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

Here we are now in 2014 with the pendulum having swung so far to one side that our kids are actually suffering from our over-involved parenting style. By looking back through history, we can see what works and what doesn't, but usually it's a trip down our own memory lane that can guide us best.

Sting Is Right to Deny His Kids A Big Inheritance

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 09.01.2014 | Canada Music
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

You think that kids of celebrities have it easy? Think again. Sting's surprising announcement that he's not leaving any of his vast fortune to his children was a shock to many. How could this multimillionaire leave his kids to have to *gasp* work for a living? It just didn't seem right.

Are You Parenting 'The Dolphin Way'?

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Shimi Kang

Dolphin parents are not authoritarian pushing parents or hovering Tiger parents (who stifle internal motivation) nor are we permissive spineless Jellyfish (who fail to cultivate impulse control), we recognize we are authority figures and use guidance, role modelling, and a balanced lifestyle to ensure the development of internal motivation, impulse control, and independence.

Thank You to My Dolphin (Not Tiger) Mom

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Shimi Kang

My mom was not an over-controlling, overbearing tiger mom. Nor was she a permissive, directionless jellyfish mom. My mom was the balance of these extremes and was firm yet flexible. She had rules and expectations -- including clearly expecting us to do well in academics with respectful behaviour. Yet, she also valued our freedom to be kids, individual passions, and independent choices.

Being a Good Parent Means Telling Kids It's OK to Give Up

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 05.27.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Being a good parent isn't always about supporting your child in their endeavours no matter what. Was it better that we showed our children our support even though we knew the probable outcome, or would it have been a more prudent decision to have been honest with them from the outset, saving them from wasting time and worse -- the inevitable disappointment of failure?

Five Questions to Ask Before Sending Your Kid to a Sleepover

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 09.04.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

For those of us who have been there, the thought of your child spending the night at someone else's home can be quite anxiety-producing. After all, we won't be there to watch over them, make sure they're safe. Here are the five questions parents should ask before sending their child to a sleepover.

Why I'm NOT Friends With My Child

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 08.25.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Children need to look up to their parents and have some degree of reverence and respect for them in order to truly take home the lessons that their mothers and fathers try so hard to teach them. For this and many other reasons, I won't be revealing my deepest, darkest feelings to my elementary-school aged child any time soon.

The Parent Trap: Why You'll Never Be the Perfect Mom or Dad

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 01.18.2012 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

The fact of the matter is, perfection -- particularly in the area of parenting -- is impossible. There is no simple guidebook that will ease the way through the difficult baby years on up to the trials of adolescence. What is that expression about a road paved with good intentions?

End the School Year on the Right Foot: How to Help Your Kids Finish Strong

Annabelle Fell | Posted 08.17.2011 | Canada
Annabelle Fell

Kids and parents alike are white-knuckling it until that last day of school. But wait, not so fast! This is the perfect time to check-in with your kids so they can start to see the bigger picture.

I Asked My Daughter To Blog About Me. It Already Stings

Meg Tilly | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada
Meg Tilly

I tried to give my daughter the childhood and the mother I longed for, having grown up in turbulent circumstances. But there were challenges. Otherwise I would not have gone through four major relationships, with three different father figures marching in and then out the door.