Parenting Tips

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.

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.