Parenting Tips

A Survival Guide To Bringing A Toddler To A Wedding

Melanie Braga | Posted 12.07.2016 | Canada Parents
Melanie Braga

A beautiful envelope has arrived at your home addressed to the family and as you open it, you realize it's a wedding invitation. Now as parents of a toddler, you may have mixed feelings about the invite. You may not be sure whether you would like to bring your toddler with you or not -- and that's perfectly natural! But if you decide to bring your little one along, keep these tips in mind.

Teaching The Spirit Of Giving

Melanie Braga | Posted 11.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Melanie Braga

Growing up I saw how much my parents worked to ensure that my sister and I had everything we needed. I remember seeing the struggling times and then some better times; above all, I always saw them give to others. They had their own way of giving, and it would be subtle. "You give from your heart and no one needs to know," they would say.

Disorganized Mom Seeking Professional Help

Erin Silver | Posted 11.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Erin Silver

I'm not making excuses, but between two active kids and their play dates, field trips, and activities I often feel like I'm struggling to keep it all straight. On top of that, I've got my own schedule: I'm in school, writing a book and trying to freelance. My activities come with deadlines of their own. My head is spinning all the time. I'm lucky to know the day of the week.

These Family-Friendly Halloween Decor Ideas Are A Treat

Angie Campanelli | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Parents
Angie Campanelli

If you're like us, most occasions 'creep' up out of nowhere. It's as though one minute you're commenting, "ohhh that would be such an awesome Halloween costume this year," and the next moment you're scrambling to figure out what you can create with the store leftovers.

6 Genius Tips From Pediatricians Who Are Also Moms And Dads

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada Parents

Including when to take your kids to emerg.

What To Do With All That Halloween Candy

Jo-Anne Craine | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Jo-Anne Craine

Make it clear that one treat will be added to school lunchboxes daily, or just after school, and not anytime they want it. Whatever your rule is, make sure you kids know it in advance to prevent tears and cries of "It's not fair!"

How Parents Can Actually Help With Kids' Homework

The Huffington Post Canada | Kristy Woudstra | Posted 10.07.2016 | Canada Parents

Time to stop the nagging.

Kids With Dietary Needs Must Be Empowered, Not Protected

Miriam Pearl | Posted 10.07.2016 | Canada Parents
Miriam Pearl

I wasn't doing my kids any favours by handling everything, and I knew I had to let the kids take some of the responsibility. Even though they were only 6 and 7 then, I started to share everything I knew and everything I did in the name of safe eating for Celiacs and allergies, and as time passed, they started to take over for themselves.

Life Hacks For Sleep Training Parents

Linnie von Sky | Posted 09.19.2016 | Canada
Linnie von Sky

We adored every sleeping and waking minute of sharing our bed with our mini miracle until all of a sudden -- somewhere between molar two and three and...

Toddlers Are Nature's Perfect Jerks (But We Love Them Anyway)

BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson | Posted 11.22.2016 | Canada Parents
BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson

Milo was probably one of the easiest babies you would ever meet. He ate, he didn't fuss, he slept through the night, pretty much fell asleep instantly when putting him down. He still sleeps amazingly well but he is getting pickier at eating, and well, he's now a toddler. And parents know what that means.

Playdate Tips To Help Kids Make (And Keep) Friends

Julie M Green | Posted 09.09.2016 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

I want my seven-year-old to have friends -- at least one, maybe two. But at heart, I'm a realist. He has high-functioning autism. Socially speaking, the odds are stacked against him. Making friends is a concept as foreign and uncomfortable as the wooly sweater knitted by a well-meaning great aunt.

Family Activities Are Exhausting... Even Before Leaving The House

The Huffington Post Canada | Emily Anoneuvo | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada Parents

Don't feel bad if you'd rather stay inside for board games.

The Universal Truth About Parenting: No One Has All The Answers

The Huffington Post Canada | Angelyn Francis | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada Parents

And: your kids grow up in the blink of an eye.

Alone Time Is Like An Elusive Unicorn To Parents

The Huffington Post Canada | Emily Anonuevo | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada Parents

Magical, desirable, but forget about it, it ain't real.

The Sanity-Saving Secret To Nagging Your Kids To Do Their Chores

The Huffington Post Canada | Angelyn Francis | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada Parents

It's also hilarious.

Misadventures Of Trying To Limit Screen Time

The Huffington Post Canada | Al Donato | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada Parents

It all comes down to balance. And sometimes a car wash.

Civilized Family Dinners With Kids Are A Bold-Faced Lie

The Huffington Post Canada | Al Donato | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada Parents

The dinner table is a battle zone.

Morning Routine Is Actually A Sh*tstorm For Most Parents

The Huffington Post Canada | Emily Anoneuvo | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada Parents

Watch our new video series 'Apparently' for some real talk about life with kids.

Welcome To The Chaos Of The So-Called Bedtime Routine

The Huffington Post Canada | Emily Anonuevo | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada Parents

"Apparently the harder I try to run my evenings routinely... the opposite happens."

10 Back To School Sanity Savers

Alyson Schafer | Posted 09.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Alyson Schafer

September marks the beginning of the new school year and that usually means mayhem after a long, slow summer. Here are some ways to regain a calm house and peace of mind during a time where you need all your wits about you.

How To Get Your Toddler To Listen (No Nagging Required)

The Huffington Post Canada | Abigail Esteireiro | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Parents

You're welcome.

How To Handle Your 'Threenager' (Back Talk And All)

The Huffington Post Canada | Abigail Esteireiro | Posted 08.24.2016 | Canada Parents

It's a totally different world after the terrible twos.

5 Reasons To Take Your Family To Centreville This Summer

Melanie Braga | Posted 08.16.2016 | Canada Parents
Melanie Braga

Growing up in Toronto, there were many things to do as a family but one of my ultimate favourite places to go to was Centre Island, or more specifically Centreville. I remember loving the ferry ride to get to the island and then spending the day on all the fun rides. Those are the moments that I remember and cherish to this day.

How To Recover After Losing Your Sh*t With Your Kids

The Huffington Post Canada | Alyson Schafer | Posted 08.15.2016 | Canada Parents

Because we've all been there.

You Cannot Have The Big Love Without The Big Risk

Alyson Jones | Posted 08.02.2016 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

When you truly connect and are present with another human being you create a powerful emotional vulnerability in yourself and others. Disconnection is a self-protective mechanism that is activated when we feel highly vulnerable. This self-protection then leads us to pull back and withdraw.