Parenting Tips

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.

Parents Want the RESP Grant to Remain in Alberta

Peter Lewis | Posted 07.03.2015 | Canada Alberta
Peter Lewis

Although it's not too surprising, it certainly is disappointing to see the new NDP government not taking a moment to provide a second sober thought to the planned closure of the Alberta Centennial Education Savings (ACES) grant. The grant gives parents who contribute to a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) up to $800 to help fund their education.

How Kids Can Make a Difference

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.29.2015 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Study after study indicates that parents, schools and community members all have a role to play in developing caring, ethical children. But how do we do that in a way that's less about layering on the duty and obligation? How do we nurture a child's own instincts about what's needed in the world, and help them find their own unique way to give?

Harvard Psychologists Reveal 5 Secrets To Raising 'Good Kids'

The Huffington Post Canada | Brittany Goldfield Rodrigues | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Parents

Psychologists at Harvard have been hard at work studying the best things a parent can do to raise children to be ethical, kind and genuinely good peop...

Risks Of Making Everything Fair For Your Kids

The Huffington Post Canada | Alyson Schafer | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Parents

Sometimes it seems like our children spend their entire waking lives tallying all the injustices between them and their siblings. “NOT FAIR -- hi...

5 Steps to Keeping Your High School Graduate Safe

Alyson Jones | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

June can be the month when students are immersed in the world of carefree parties, peers and possibilities. The festivities surrounding grade 12 graduation events tend to be an exercise in pushing boundaries, creating memories and grasping the moment. This is all very exciting for the youth involved, and somewhat terrifying for the parents of these youth.

How To Teach Your Kids Good Homework Habits

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 06.03.2015 | Canada Parents

Getting children to do their homework can be a struggle. After all, who wants to do extra learning at home? But if you teach your kids good homework h...

5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Motivated at the End of the School Year

Jason Au | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Parents
Jason Au

With the end of the school year just around the corner, you might be finding it challenging to keep your children on task for those upcoming final projects and exams. For parents, it can be very difficult to encourage their kids to concentrate on their studies, especially if they're struggling with a certain subject.

Old School Parenting Rules That Should Make A Comeback

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Prestwich | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Parents

Parenting can be really difficult. Which rule book do you follow? According to Ylonda Gault Caviness, the author of "Child, Please: How Mama’s Ol...

Tips For Dealing With Picky Eaters

The Huffington Post Canada | Alyson Schafer | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Parents

I grew up in a big family and my parents had to stretch the family food budget. If I complained that I didn't like something that was served for dinne...

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 06.21.2015 | 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 06.02.2015 | 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 05.17.2015 | 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 05.08.2015 | 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.