Parenting Tips

11 Ideas For Taking A Child With Autism Camping

The Huffington Post Canada | Tara Wilson | Posted 04.29.2015 | Canada Parents

Regular outings are hard for my family. My eight-year-old daughter Maggie has autism, and she is a homebody. She likes routine and the familiar. When ...

5 Things All Parents Need To Stop Doing Right Now

The Huffington Post Canada | Alyson Schafer | Posted 04.27.2015 | Canada Parents

Sometimes our habits can hinder the learning and growth of our children, without us even realizing it. Below are five things all moms and dads need to...

Six Steps to Becoming a Hero to Your Children

Alyson Jones | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

The problem for many parents is that they want to become friends with their children, rather than heroes. Our children do not need more friends, and they certainly do not need their parents competing with their friends for their attention. But as a hero, you can find a way to transform challenge into growth.

The Hunt for Easter Chocolate That's Free From Child Labour

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 04.02.2015 | Canada Living
Debbie Wolfe

The truth about chocolate is tough to swallow. My heart aches for the two million children, mainly in West Africa, who work on cocoa plantations. Far too many of them toil under slave-like conditions, forced to handle dangerous chemicals, and swing machetes sharp enough to maim. Most are paid next to nothing. Some are abducted from their homes and forced to work for free without the opportunity to go to school, forfeiting dreams for the future.

Don't Fear Failure, Learn From it!

Terri Fedonczak | Posted 03.17.2015 | Canada Living
Terri Fedonczak

It's okay to let your kids fall, so they can learn how it feels to get back up on their own. Failure in middle school or high school has a much less drastic effect on their long-term success than failure in their first job, when you're not there to help them. If you never let your kids fail, then they won't know how to innovate and grow.

What Podcasting Taught Me About Motherhood (and Life)

Tally Abecassis | Posted 03.08.2015 | Canada Living
Tally Abecassis

I'm doing it for my podcast about my re-entry into the workforce after a prolonged maternity leave to be with my young kids. As a result of said podcast, I am walking around my house recording my family. To spare you your own family's scorn, I will impart some of the lessons I've learned.

Facing the Four-Month Sleep Regression Phase

KidsInTheHouse.com | Posted 04.15.2015 | Canada Living
KidsInTheHouse.com

You're finally out the newborn stage, adjusting to your new normal (and maybe even fitting into your pre-pregnancy jeans). Then, seemingly out of nowhere, your sleepy, somewhat predictable little one turns into a fussy, four-month-old all-night party animal. Welcome to the infamous four month sleep regression.

Top Parenting Myths Debunked for New Moms and Dads

Alyson Schafer | Posted 03.27.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Schafer

Being a new parent means that you are often bombarded with advice and suggestions about raising a child. Family, friends and even strangers will no doubt offer their two cents on all sorts of topics. Problem is, how do you know who to listen to? I debunk some top myths to help soon-to-be moms and dads navigate the world of parenthood.

How to Help Your Kids Relax this December

Kids Help Phone | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada Living
Kids Help Phone

While the holiday season is often depicted as a special time of year -- so much so that many people strive to make their holidays "perfect" -- the reality is that the happiness that is widely portrayed can often be a myth for people across Canada, including young people.

Why Do Moms Feel So Guilty When Dads Do More Around the House?

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 12.30.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

Out of the blue, my daughter said: "Daddy, when I get up in the morning, you are always there. When I am hungry, it's you who puts food on the table. When I need someone to play with, you always play with me. Thank you, Daddy." This story should have made me feel utterly happy, but instead I felt like I was simultaneously kicked in the stomach and stabbed in the heart.

Reality Check: Understanding and Supporting Your Child's Online Activities

Posted 10.21.2014 | Canada Living

Let's face it: when it comes to the Internet, your kids know way more than you do. And that’s okay; it’s how these things go. But if your child ru...

What I Learned This Week: Family Doesn't Always Come First

Andy Nulman | Posted 11.15.2014 | Canada Business
Andy Nulman

"Family always wins...but doesn't always come first." Whatever decision has to be made, it should be with the ultimate goal of doing right by your family. And sometimes that means taking a tougher decision with a long-term view instead of an easier short-term, unequivocal yes.

10 Tips To Move Families Out of B.C. Teachers' Strike Limbo

Alyson Jones | Posted 11.01.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Alyson Jones

Blame generally does not help resolve issues, and it is a poor platform to negotiate from regardless of the issue. Blame is not going to help us get our children back in school, nor is it going to assist us in dealing with the reality that is about to hit.

10 Tips for Your Most Organized Back to School Yet

Professional Organizers in Canada | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Living
Professional Organizers in Canada

The first day of school is quickly approaching and parents everywhere are feeling overwhelmed. It's a similar routine every year and yet families tend to be unprepared, especially with all the influx of fall activities ahead. Here are 10 tips from Professional Organizers in Canada to help get you on track for the fall season ahead.

Want To Help Your Kids? Let Them Get Bored

Alyson Jones | Posted 10.17.2014 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

If your child is bored they may want to pick up a book and read, or develop a new board game or even watch 17 episodes of Star Trek on Netflix. Some of these might be more creative than others, but all of them require self-reliance and will bring some new information to your child. Maybe they will daydream, and who knows what gifts those daydreams to our future.

Why I'm Really Okay With Having Just Boys

Heather Lin | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Living
Heather Lin

Are you going to try for that girl? That is usually one of the top three questions I get whenever someone hears that I have two young sons. Don't get me wrong, if one of my two boys had been a girl, I would have been over the moon happy, but am I any less sad that I have two boys? Are you kidding?

Cut the Drama on Parenting Forums

Naomi Elana Zener | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada Living
Naomi Elana Zener

There's nothing scarier than the overseers-in-chief of online parenting groups, who are at the ready to fire without aim, to censor, shame or outright ban a member of their group without first hitting pause, rewind and investigating an issue before acting.

Give a Busy Mom a Break, And Be A Kid Again

Sylvia Forrest | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada Living
Sylvia Forrest

Summer is finally here: Sunday barbecues, family vacations, and half-day Fridays. Everyone loves summer, right? Except every once in a while, you'll run into moms who dread summer -- at least a little. Give a busy and tired mom a break like I did. You'll be surprised at how much fun it can be!

5 Things Dads Can Do To Bond With Their Kids

Lori Gard | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada
Lori Gard

In anticipation of Father's Day on Sunday, I stumbled across a book, which I then read today to my students on the topic of animal dads. It inspired me, and with Father's Day in mind, I am offering five unique ways in which human dads can care for their children, in no certain order.

What I've Learned By Being a Feminist, South Asian Mom

masalamommas | Posted 08.06.2014 | Canada Living
masalamommas

As a Bangladeshi feminist working wife and mother, I have more than my share of explaining why I am raising my daughter to be an independent young woman instead of one who studies Bollywood movies for moral direction. Being a brown feminist mom is a daily battle, but more so with others than myself.

Avoid Tantrums and Discipline Your Toddler Like a Pro

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 08.03.2014 | Canada Living
Dr Dina Kulik

We have two toddlers in my house nowadays. It is fun and exciting watching them grow, but quite a pain at times as well. For those of you with toddlers, here are some tips for managing two-year-old tantrums, three-year-old tantrums, four-year-old tantrums... well, you get the point!

Why Parents of Olympians Aren't Better Than the Average Mom or Dad

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 07.26.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

When the daughter you've been driving to ballet class every Saturday for 12 years tells you she wants to focus on the history of dance as her $20,000 a year university major, you might pause and point out the successful engineers you know. Most parents push academic over athletic when push comes to shove.

One Thing I Don't Want to Regret as a Mom

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 07.25.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

"Mom, will you snuggle with me?" my 10-year-old will ask, her arms outstretched from her bed, as I turn to leave her dark room. "Not tonight, sweetie." That's the answer I've been giving her all too often these days, even though I feel a stab of guilt every time I say it.

Are You Parenting 'The Dolphin Way'?

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Shimi Kang

Dolphin parents are not authoritarian pushing parents or hovering Tiger parents (who stifle internal motivation) nor are we permissive spineless Jellyfish (who fail to cultivate impulse control), we recognize we are authority figures and use guidance, role modelling, and a balanced lifestyle to ensure the development of internal motivation, impulse control, and independence.

I Chose My Kids Over Meeting David Sedaris (and I Still Regret it)

Kathleen Hogan | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen Hogan

I could have been there. My son could have giggled for/at David. I don't know. I was yet another harried/perfect professional mum, holding it all together. Prioritizing naps over adult conversation, breastfeeding over tantrums, parenting over intellectual rigour. It would have been fine -- my kids would have been fine -- had I stayed that day.