Parenting Tips

Helicopter Parenting Leads To Serious Workplace Setbacks

Jessica Glazer | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Jessica Glazer

"Careful" is a helicopter parent's mantra. These kids have grown up in the shadows of fear, always too afraid to take risks, too cautious to make sound decisions alone and too callous to stand up for themselves as they have never had to. In their childhood their parents made all their decisions and as young adults they have no clue how to fend for themselves.

Lucid Dreaming Can Help Your Child Overcome Nightmares

Renee Frances, B.S., B.Ed., M.A. | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Renee Frances, B.S., B.Ed., M.A.

"Mommy! Daddy! I had a nightmare!" These words can make your heart sink. How does a parent get inside their child's head and "protect" them from the "boogyman?" The answer is, frankly, you can't. But there IS a way to help your child learn how to face their nightmares.

The Secret To Raising Kids Who Like Helping With Housework

The Huffington Post Canada | Alyson Schafer | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Parents

HINT: It starts with a shift in our attitudes about kids and housework.

I Was Laid Off After My Maternity Leave

Melanie Braga | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Melanie Braga

As I was preparing myself for my maternity leave, all I could focus on was bringing this new life into the world. I did not want to think about all the changes that were happening at my workplace and did not want to overthink the changes happening in my workplace. Why would I invest that extra energy elsewhere when I needed it for my baby? Besides I was going on maternity leave so I had to come back, right? Well, not quite.

Being A Hockey Mom Is Tough But Totally Worth It

Miriam Porter | Posted 03.31.2016 | Canada Parents
Miriam Porter

Unfortunately there are officially no Canadian NHL teams in the playoffs this season. But that doesn't mean children across Canada didn't have a great time playing our national sport. And hey, there's always next year. Here are six things I learned from being a hockey mom.

How Your Parenting Style Needs To Grow With Your Child

The Huffington Post Canada | Kristy Woudstra | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Parents

If your parenting needs to evolve, expert Alyson Schafer is here to help.

Want To Raise A Critical Thinker? Step Aside And Let Them Thrive

Alyson Jones | Posted 03.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

Our children need to develop and equip their own tool box -- we cannot do it for them. This is not our job, nor should we be trying to make our children's happiness and success our goals. This generation of parents is much too eager to do their children's work for them, and therein lies the problem.

Parents, Educators Can't Teach Life Lessons For You

Blair King | Posted 03.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Blair King

We have one dad in boy's baseball who, when asked to help out as volunteer umpire, was happily willing to bend the rules in favour of his child's team. What sort of example do you set for your child when he sees his dad make clearly incorrect calls to ensure his team wins?

Parents, It's Time To Stop Undermining Our Kids' Teachers

Blair King | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada Parents
Blair King

We are doing a huge disservice to our kids. We are raising a generation of children who are going to be incapable of succeeding in the modern era. They are being taught to be egocentric and to give up, often before even trying.

Tips For Dealing With Kids Who Can't Control Their Rage

The Huffington Post Canada | Alyson Schafer | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Parents

If you have a child who is destroying property, physically attacking others or repeatedly berating themselves, take matters seriously.

You Don't Deserve To Be Abused, And Other Things To Tell My Daughter

Deborah Fulsang | Posted 02.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Deborah Fulsang

This news story is a sickening one: Talk of women being allegedly blindsided with punches to the head in the name of foreplay, of them allegedly bashed against cement walls, of courageous women agreeing to press sexual-assault charges only to be ridiculed on the witness stand. What, on earth, do I tell my intelligent and social-justice-minded daughter about this?

I Am Not Sorry, I Am Judging You

Jessica Glazer | Posted 02.09.2016 | Canada Living
Jessica Glazer

I am judging you if you are barking orders at your partner. That person is not your slave. Their role is to help you, support you and guide you. There was a time, before stress, when you were loving and kind, which is why you are together. Get back to that. Your life will be better.

Chef's Advice: How To Get Your Kids In The Kitchen

Alison Tedford | Posted 02.05.2016 | Canada Parents
Alison Tedford

"When I work with kids, I tell them, 'You are the chef, I am the sous-chef.' They feel good about themselves and they don't want to let you down. Involve them in the whole process. If you let them pick out the ingredients and bring them home from the store, they are going to be more excited to prepare it and eat it."

5 Pieces Of Parenting Advice You Should Ignore

Megan Howarth | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Parents
Megan Howarth

The moment you announce your pregnancy the entire world suddenly feels the urge to share all their tried and tested tips and advice. It doesn't matter that you're an adult and have, presumably, gotten through life so far relying on your own common sense and life skills.

My Toddler Almost Died In My Arms

Angie Campanelli | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada Parents
Angie Campanelli

Don't ever think it will never happen to you, because it can, it might and it could even happen when you're sitting right there with your kids. Get rid of those small choking hazards. Just because they haven't swallowed one yet doesn't mean they won't. You just never know when.

How To Pick The Right School For Your Special Needs Child

Joanne Giacomini | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Parents
Joanne Giacomini

Some children need smaller classes sizes, more one-on-one attention, or other services that more specialized or private schools can usually offer. For special needs children with all types of learning issues and challenges, the situation can become even more complicated.

Your Kid's An A**hole - But Don't Worry, Mine Is Too

Erica Gomez | Posted 11.04.2015 | Canada Parents
Erica Gomez

As much as we want to sit and communicate with our spawns of Satan, to talk it out, to discuss the situation calmly and rationally, they will stare blankly over your head, at the wall behind you, at the fly on the window and then insist they were listening. Ask them to repeat back what you just said and it's instant amnesia.

How To Stop Being A Worry Wart Parent

Julie M Green | Posted 11.03.2015 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

Telling a parent not to worry is a lot like telling somebody not to hold his breath underwater. You could be the most easygoing person in the world up until the precise moment you become a parent. Suddenly a giant sinkhole of awful possibilities appears out of nowhere.

5 Ways To Love Halloween While Caring For Child Labourers

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 10.30.2015 | Canada Parents
Debbie Wolfe

As a mother, I still check my kids' candy each year, just like my parents did. But nowadays, I'm thinking beyond the safety of the children sitting right in front of me. I'm considering the millions of children who helped produce ingredients for the chocolate bars and colourful candy. My heart feels desperately guilty as I remember how they may have been harmed.

It's Not Always Easy to Watch Your Kids Grow Up

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

I'm so happy to watch you grow, and so proud of the big kid you want to be, even though growing often comes with pain. I love who you are becoming and who you already are. Grade two is pretty new to us, but it suits you just fine. Keep getting bigger, baby ...and also, stay small.

What Parents Can Stop Feeling Guilty About Right Now

The Huffington Post Canada | Kristy Woudstra | Posted 09.23.2015 | Canada Parents

This is one thing you shouldn't be stressing over.

Alan Thicke's Tips For Raising Kids Who Won't Hate You

The Huffington Post Canada | Brian Vinh Tien Trinh | Posted 09.21.2015 | Canada Parents

"Tell them homework is for cowards. Don't bother with it."

7 Sick Day Strategies That You Learned From Mom

Posted 04.24.2016 | Canada Living

These mom-approved strategies were brought to you by the makers of TYLENOL®. Moms possess many superhero qualities, not least of which is a magica...

5 Ways to Make it to Thanksgiving in Your Empty Nest

Sue Nador | Posted 09.09.2015 | Canada Parents
Sue Nador

If you're feeling a little weepy as you peer into deserted bedrooms (and maybe a touch annoyed that the little darlings forgot to make their beds before they left), I get it. It can be a tough transition, and it may take some time to adjust to your new reality of an empty nest.

How to Bully-Proof Your Child for School

Alyson Jones | Posted 09.07.2015 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

For children the return to school is the beginning of a new year and is filled with mixed feelings. There is the excitement of seeing friends again and sharing summer stories, but the social world of children also has its perils. For many children the return to school means the return to bullying.