Parenting Tips

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 09.19.2016 | 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 09.06.2016 | 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 09.06.2016 | Canada Parents

It's also hilarious.

Misadventures Of Trying To Limit Screen Time

The Huffington Post Canada | Al Donato | Posted 09.23.2016 | 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 09.06.2016 | 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.

How Do You Keep Your Marriage Strong After Having Kids?

Tracy Gillett | Posted 08.02.2016 | Canada Parents
Tracy Gillett

The euphoria of falling in love with our new babies is intoxicating. For me it was such a dominant force, that for a while it overshadowed everything else in my life, including my marriage. I took our marriage for granted, assuming it was strong enough to withstand any challenge. And it is incredibly resilient, but when a baby comes along we're tested like never before. Small cracks in a relationship may grow into colossal chasms and threaten the foundation of our precious family units.

5 Thoughtful Ways To Raise Respectful Children

Tracy Gillett | Posted 07.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Tracy Gillett

One of a child's basic emotional needs is to be treated with respect. It sits at the heart of a strong parent-child connection, which is fundamental to healthy emotional development. We're capable of giving this to our children, but first, we need to recognize disrespectful behaviour and stamp it out before it jeopardizes our most precious relationships.

Your Children Should Not Be Your Life's Purpose

Alyson Jones | Posted 07.05.2016 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

I feel that parenting is my responsibility, but I do not feel that my role of mother or wife or daughter is my purpose. I do not feel my role of counsellor or teacher, author or business woman is my purpose. My purpose does not feel as though it can be defined by a role, any role, in my life.

Keeping Your Kids Safe On Vacation Near Wildlife

Heather Greenwood Davis | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Heather Greenwood Davis

As parents, recent stories of children wandering off and tragically encountering a gorilla or an alligator strike fear into our hearts. We've all lost sight of a child for a moment while tending to another or had two toddlers shoot off in separate directions at a theme park. So how can we show our kids the world while keeping them safe?

Dad, Your Cruel Criticisms Still Haunt Me

Lenora Thompson | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Lenora Thompson

I was just a little girl, but you had a barbed tongue. Oh, you always couched your cruelty in humour. As if comedy was a disinfectant that redeems meanness. Time and again, I asked Mommy, "Please, tell Daddy to stop teasing me. It hurts my feelings." But you wouldn't or couldn't stop.

The Truth Behind Baby Advice

Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada Parents

The truth behind four common pieces of baby advice.

Beauty Is Your Name: A Letter To My Daughter

Linnie von Sky | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Linnie von Sky

Because my baby girl, you come from a proud line of loving, nurturing, loud laughing, often giggling, deeply feeling and wonderful women with curves who have been wounded by other people's aesthetic expectations and cheated by their own understanding of perfection. I want you to see me love myself for all the gorgeous, nurturing mamas that came before me.

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.