Parenting Tips

Want To Help Your Kids? Let Them Get Bored

Alyson Jones | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

If your child is bored they may want to pick up a book and read, or develop a new board game or even watch 17 episodes of Star Trek on Netflix. Some of these might be more creative than others, but all of them require self-reliance and will bring some new information to your child. Maybe they will daydream, and who knows what gifts those daydreams to our future.

Why I'm Really Okay With Having Just Boys

Heather Lin | Posted 06.27.2014 | Canada Living
Heather Lin

Are you going to try for that girl? That is usually one of the top three questions I get whenever someone hears that I have two young sons. Don't get me wrong, if one of my two boys had been a girl, I would have been over the moon happy, but am I any less sad that I have two boys? Are you kidding?

Cut the Drama on Parenting Forums

Naomi Elana Zener | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada Living
Naomi Elana Zener

There's nothing scarier than the overseers-in-chief of online parenting groups, who are at the ready to fire without aim, to censor, shame or outright ban a member of their group without first hitting pause, rewind and investigating an issue before acting.

Give a Busy Mom a Break, And Be A Kid Again

Sylvia Forrest | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada Living
Sylvia Forrest

Summer is finally here: Sunday barbecues, family vacations, and half-day Fridays. Everyone loves summer, right? Except every once in a while, you'll run into moms who dread summer -- at least a little. Give a busy and tired mom a break like I did. You'll be surprised at how much fun it can be!

5 Things Dads Can Do To Bond With Their Kids

Lori Gard | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada
Lori Gard

In anticipation of Father's Day on Sunday, I stumbled across a book, which I then read today to my students on the topic of animal dads. It inspired me, and with Father's Day in mind, I am offering five unique ways in which human dads can care for their children, in no certain order.

What I've Learned By Being a Feminist, South Asian Mom

masalamommas | Posted 08.06.2014 | Canada Living
masalamommas

As a Bangladeshi feminist working wife and mother, I have more than my share of explaining why I am raising my daughter to be an independent young woman instead of one who studies Bollywood movies for moral direction. Being a brown feminist mom is a daily battle, but more so with others than myself.

Avoid Tantrums and Discipline Your Toddler Like a Pro

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 08.03.2014 | Canada Living
Dr Dina Kulik

We have two toddlers in my house nowadays. It is fun and exciting watching them grow, but quite a pain at times as well. For those of you with toddlers, here are some tips for managing two-year-old tantrums, three-year-old tantrums, four-year-old tantrums... well, you get the point!

Why Parents of Olympians Aren't Better Than the Average Mom or Dad

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 07.26.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

When the daughter you've been driving to ballet class every Saturday for 12 years tells you she wants to focus on the history of dance as her $20,000 a year university major, you might pause and point out the successful engineers you know. Most parents push academic over athletic when push comes to shove.

One Thing I Don't Want to Regret as a Mom

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 07.25.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

"Mom, will you snuggle with me?" my 10-year-old will ask, her arms outstretched from her bed, as I turn to leave her dark room. "Not tonight, sweetie." That's the answer I've been giving her all too often these days, even though I feel a stab of guilt every time I say it.

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.

I Chose My Kids Over Meeting David Sedaris (and I Still Regret it)

Kathleen Hogan | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen Hogan

I could have been there. My son could have giggled for/at David. I don't know. I was yet another harried/perfect professional mum, holding it all together. Prioritizing naps over adult conversation, breastfeeding over tantrums, parenting over intellectual rigour. It would have been fine -- my kids would have been fine -- had I stayed that day.

6 Ways Fears Around Female Sexuality Are Screwing Up Our Girls

Anea Bogue | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Living
Anea Bogue

At a time when research suggests that the average girl's self-esteem peaks at the age of nine and then plummets, '9 Ways' uncovers the root causes of the self-esteem crisis, the ways we are unknowingly contributing to it, and what we can do to ensure that every girl (and future woman) is empowered to reach her full potential.

Let's Not Forget the Mothers of Child Labourers This Weekend

Cheryl Hotchkiss | Posted 07.09.2014 | Canada Living
Cheryl Hotchkiss

Many moms are wakened on Mother's Day by an ominous clattering in the kitchen: your loving-hearted children preparing to surprise you with coffee or hot chocolate in bed. There's also that cinnamon toast or oatmeal positively doused with sugar. What many moms don't realize is that such meals usually come courtesy of a whole crew of children.

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.

How Much Did My Depression Affect My Parenting?

Sandra Charron | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

What I have always believed to be my "parenting style" is now an onslaught of question marks as I wrestle with the heartbreaking realizations that perhaps my depression and I have caused irreparable damage to one or all of my four children.

Simplify Your Life in Six Steps

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 06.10.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

We Google everything, research endless possibilities, find everything we need with a few taps of the keyboard, and we're dealing with new information coming at us 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Sometimes too much choice can cost us valuable time, and money. It doesn't have to be that hard.

Make Working Parenthood Work With These Tips

Brynn Harrington | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Living
Brynn Harrington

We're have a dual working parent life. Making it work is about the big things, like prioritization, and the small things, like how to get dinner on the table. Here are a few of the small things that help our family make working parenthood work.

Explaining to Your Child Why Santa Gave the Neighbours More Gifts

Angela Hartlin | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada Living
Angela Hartlin

While the fantasy surrounding Santa can be a magical experience for a child, how to deal with the consequences of explaining "how a man with infinite resources has left you with less than your peers" can become complicated and send out the wrong message about the child's worth if Santa's yearly rewards don't add up to those of their elementary counterparts.

Getting a Grip Before the Holiday Chaos

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Because I work for the aid and develpment agency World Vision, we've always had the World Vision Gift Catalogue around the house. You might have seen it? You choose a specific gift for a family in a poor community overseas, and give it in honour of someone you love or admire.

How I Conquered Feeling Powerless After My Son Was Diagnosed With Diabetes

M. Maitland DeLand | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
M. Maitland DeLand

Many moms and dads dive into research and read everything they come across. There is no right way to handle news of this nature. The moment illness strikes, life becomes split into two sections: before and after. And it's normal to yearn to get back to before. Before was a time of blissful unawareness.

How I Dealt With My Adult Son's Visit Home (Right After He Quit Smoking)

Deborah Kimmett | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Deborah Kimmett

As the nicotine leached out of his system, the emotional outbursts started. Think of the terrible twos except with a terrible two-year-old that could bench press you. He was like someone suffering from Tourettes Syndrome. He would just started swearing and freaking out for no reason. No, I don't want to do the dishes. No, I don't want to go to bed. No. No. No.

Moms, Take a Second to Hug Your Kids - They Need It

Lori Gard | Posted 12.16.2013 | Canada
Lori Gard

I am all for moms who don't take themselves too seriously -- who don't try too hard to be perfect and who accept themselves for who they are, warts and all. I am all for mothers who are 'people' first. Who love who they are and are proud to chase their dreams. Because sometimes we mamas just get lost in this parenting gig, and we wake up 25 years later and wonder who we are.

How My Kids Learned to Feed Themselves By Themselves

The Purple Fig | Posted 12.01.2013 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

When my arms were elbow-deep in the toilet this morning, I realized something. The kids called: "Momma, can you please get me a snack?" "Mommy, find my soother!" I kept saying, "You can do it! I'll help you in a second!" After a few minutes of this, they stopped asking. It got very, very quiet. I peeked out of the bathroom.

Parents Can Make "Sick Days" into Special Days

Sylvia Forrest | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Living
Sylvia Forrest

It's already begun! School has started, so kids are getting sick. We might as well face the inevitable: at some point or other, a virus will strike at the least convenient moment. The question is, how will we handle it? Here are some suggestions for opportunities to bond with your little ones on the days you are 'stuck' at home.

Back to School: Keep Your Kids Safe From Germs

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.09.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgAccording to some advertisements, back to school is the most wonderful time of the year. But for many parents, the dawn of the school year can also mark a much less joyous time, filled with sniffles, coughs, and diarrhea.