Parenting Tips

Parents Today Are, Well, Overparenting

The Huffington Post Canada | Monika Markovinovic | Posted 02.15.2017 | Canada Parents

"Throw the damn books out the window and tune into your children. You can fix it."

How To Help Your Children Through Their Valentine's Day Anxieties

The Huffington Post Canada | Monika Markovinovic | Posted 02.10.2017 | Canada Parents

Make sure they feel loved.

What I've Learned By Raising A Child With Autism

Julie M Green | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

It's hard to believe it's been five years since autism entered my life. My son is eight now. Raising him remains a mystifying experience, yet I have learned some valuable lessons along the way:

Why Dirty Kids Are Healthy Kids

Nikki Fotheringham | Posted 01.11.2017 | Canada Parents
Nikki Fotheringham

As a parent, your job is to protect your kids from harm and stories of superbugs and flesh-eating viruses may have you liberally basting your children with hand sanitizer, and cleaning your home with chemicals that promise to send bacteria packing. Well, put down the bleach and put your feet up. As it turns out, dirt is actually good for our kids!

8 Sleep Training Myths Busted

Meaghan Grant | Posted 12.16.2016 | Canada Parents
Meaghan Grant

Nothing can cause an argument faster in a group of parents than when someone brings up sleep training. Opinions range from "do it as early as possible" to "only terrible parents sleep train." With so many myths about sleep training out there, who do you believe? Let's examine the eight most common myths about sleep training and see what holds up.

Becoming A Better Parent

Alyson Jones | Posted 12.16.2016 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

I guess one could say that my professional background makes me well qualified for this parenting job, but I must admit that I have had my fair share of humbling moments when it comes to parenting. Sometimes I have moments when I feel I rock it as a parent, and then other moments when I hang my head and know I could have handled something much better. Yes, there is certainly room for improvement.

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 12.20.2016 | 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."