Parenting Tips

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 09.14.2015 | 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.

How to Stay on Brand and in Budget for Back-to-School Must-Haves

Andrea Stairs | Posted 09.05.2015 | Canada Parents
Andrea Stairs

Working for a major e-commerce player for 10 years, I've become an online shopping expert. It's easy to find a variety of back-to-school must-haves online with different price tags; here are three examples that will help you balance your kid's wish lists with your budget.

Tips for the Beginning of the School Year

Shanita Hubbard | Posted 08.31.2015 | Canada Parents
Shanita Hubbard

New Power episodes are no longer playing on Starz, you can't turn on the TV or radio without some type of "bogo" sale going on and at least one person is having their final all white party. If this was Twitter, that sentence would have ended with #SummerIsOver #Back2SchoolSeasonIsHere #TeachersStopCrying.

Get Your Kids Ready to Go Back to School

Her Magazine | Posted 08.26.2015 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

You've probably been thinking of back to school since July because that's when the ads first appeared. Of course they did -- we need to make way for Halloween already. So here are some recommendations to help you and your children get your heads back into the game.

This Is What It's Like To Be A Single Mom

Her Magazine | Posted 08.20.2015 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

Single mom accurately depicts how I feel a lot of the time because I am alone during the times I actually have to parent. For the times I need to discipline, do homework, have tough conversations, navigate hurt feelings, get to the bottom of behavior, I am the one and only parent in my son's presence.

Play Doesn't Have to Be Picture Perfect

Shawna Scafe | Posted 08.16.2015 | Canada Parents
Shawna Scafe

What is the original invitation to play? The word "yes." I just need to stop saying no. So when my kids grab at the bag of oatmeal, I remind myself to give them a measuring cup and bowl and let them mess up my floor.

12 Tips for Talking to Your Kids About sex

Alyson Jones | Posted 08.13.2015 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

This well-intentioned and much dreaded talk can quickly become complex, complicated and extremely awkward. Parents often avoid the topic, or approach it as if it is an item on the "to do list" that must be done as quickly as possible and then checked off.

This Should Be The Most Important Meeting Of Your Week

The Huffington Post Canada | Alyson Schafer | Posted 08.11.2015 | Canada Parents

Alyson Schafer gives us the low-down on how and why we should all have family meetings.

Why Parents Shouldn't Say 'I'm So Proud of You'

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 07.31.2015 | Canada Parents

Parents often praise their kids when they’ve done a good job. However, parenting expert Alyson Schafer warns this might actually be working against ...

How Children's Sense of Fairness Can Change the World

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 07.15.2015 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Kids' demands for fairness can be the ultimate challenge for any tired adult, especially when they can't see how all the pieces fit together. But their inherent sense of justice can also be a real gift, especially if we can show them how fairness can change the world.

How To Get Kids To Make Up Their Mind

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 07.15.2015 | Canada Parents

Parenting expert Alyson Schafer shares one trick to help kids make a choice and stick to it.

6 Tips to Get You Through a Long Custody Battle

ByBlacks.com | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Parents
ByBlacks.com

Every time I tried to communicate with the father of my child, he turned it into an argument, chastised me, tried to humiliate me, or walked away. I felt helpless trying to have a decent and cordial conversation regarding the needs of our child with him.