Parenting Tips

When to Shove Your Baby Bird Out of the Nest

The Purple Fig | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

Parenting is tiring, and fighting your kids' natural tendencies can be exhausting. Growth and change hurt, and there's risk of lasting resentment or shut down if you push kids too hard. But learning and greatness only come with tolerance for pain, and fear, and as parents we need to use the experience our kids don't have to help them push their limits. It's our job.

Why Parents Shouldn't Sweat the Small Stuff

Erica Berman | Posted 10.21.2013 | Canada Living
Erica Berman

Hey, parents: Don't sweat the small stuff. Even if you work full-time, bottle feed, don't buy organic food, and never threw your kids gigantic birthday bashes with elephant rides, as long as you are physically and emotionally present for your children -- and provide a safe, stable environment for them -- they'll be just fine.

Oh Baby! Advice For The Royal Parents To Be

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 09.21.2013 | Canada
Jennifer Pellegrini

While many around the world wait with bated breath for the tweet announcing the birth of the newest little prince or princess, I thought I'd share with you the advice I handed off to a soon-to-be mama, who is the soon-to-be wife of a good friend of mine.

Hand That Man a Mop, Sister: Boys and Girls Need Equal Chores

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 09.17.2013 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

"Men with sisters appear to do less housework, even in middle age." According to a paper published in the Journal of Politics, decades of data have led to this conclusion. Does your daughter mow the lawn? Does your son set the table? Do you have "boy jobs" and "girl jobs" in your house?

Why Only Certain Children Learn From Their Mistakes

Natacha V. Beim | Posted 09.14.2013 | Canada Living
Natacha V. Beim

A new study from Michigan State University shows people who think they can learn from their mistakes have a different brain reaction to errors than those who don't. Children who expect to make mistakes are much more willing to try new things and take on difficult tasks. As a result they're open to learning more both at school and in other environments.

Why Do Moms Judge Each Other?

masalamommas | Posted 09.08.2013 | Canada Living
masalamommas

Having a child can be overwhelming, in every possible way. Especially if the child is your first born. You see, kids don't come with a manual. You have to mostly trust your gut, take some advice when needed and sometimes rely on the Internet for a huge chunk of information. I used the internet to Google "How to bathe a three-day-old" because I didn't have much help after my child was born.

Do you Spend More Time Teaching Your Daughter Than Your Son?

r/ally | Posted 07.24.2013 | Canada Living
r/ally

Daughters get a lot more parental time investment than sons in reading, storytelling, and teaching of letters and numbers. This was the finding of a study done by Michael Baker of the University of Toronto and Kevin Milligan of the University of British Columbia.

When it Comes to Car Seats, Almost Isn't Good Enough

BabyPost | Posted 06.04.2013 | Canada Living
BabyPost

I am not paranoid. I am not hyper vigilant. I am not the safety police. And my suggestion that people make sure their car seats are installed and used properly isn't something that should be met with annoyance or an eye roll. Car seats save lives.

How I Became a Long-Distance Father

Brandon Hay | Posted 05.19.2013 | Canada Living
Brandon Hay

For me, fatherhood began with a text message, followed by me making a 30 minute, long-distance call. Someone whom I hadn't heard from in about two months now tells me she's two months pregnant with my child. Every visit to see Aaliyah is like introducing myself to her for the first time.

Sheltering Your Kids Now Will Embarrass Them Later

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 04.15.2013 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

American Idol is a great example of what can happen if you aren't honest with your children, and you send them out onto the stage, to fail. My kids are terrible singers. I am a terrible singer. They won't be one of those show contestants who are so painfully awful but are convinced they are the next Kelly Clarkson because their mom said so.

I Was Going to be a Perfect Parent...Until I Had Kids

Sandra Charron | Posted 04.14.2013 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

When I was pregnant with my first child, I had a list of all the "dos and don'ts" required for effectively achieving the status of perfect parent. As I swapped my hopes for a career in nursing, and instead chose countless hours of time bonding with my children, in those early days of motherhood when I was stumbling over the educational toys strewn about my home, nobody could have convinced me then that I would become what I am today.

How to Make Family New Year's Resolutions

Alyson Schafer | Posted 03.17.2013 | Canada Living
Alyson Schafer

We thrive happily and co-operatively in healthy social environments. As you think of how your family might be stronger in 2013, I suggest you invite all the stakeholders to participate in making your resolutions together, and here's how. Have a family meeting and ask the kids these questions.

A Mother's Story: How to Love Your Angsty Pre-Teen

Lori Gard | Posted 03.12.2013 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

More words were exchanged between us two just the day before. Trying to sort out the tangled web of emotions from the days prior. He, with a hoodie pulled over his face. Me, raw emotions and bundled nerves pleading for answers. Both of us feeling raw and exposed. On a road of good intentions, going nowhere fast.

Savvy Parenting Resolutions to Keep in 2013

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 03.12.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Lighten up, sister. Consuming yourself with keeping a super-clean house and the kids cutely dressed, you'll lose sight of what's really important. The kids won't remember the clean counters, but they will remember your belly laughs as they ran around the room naked.

New Year, Same Hot-Mess Mommy

Vicki Murphy | Posted 03.05.2013 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

In a nutshell: life is chaos, it's all my fault, but I just can't help it so bite me. I'm a busy woman who is chewing what she has bitten off as fast as she can. I'm a hot mess, always in a rush to get where I'm going, dragging my poor son behind me. But damn it, I'm doing it. I'm getting there. There is room for improvement for sure. But at this dawn of a new calendar year, I'm not going to make a grand pledge to change.

Do I Have to Lose Myself to Be a Mother?

Emelia Symington Fedy | Posted 03.02.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Emelia Symington Fedy

I am trying to understand why my old, cool friends have gotten so high strung and opinionated after becoming parents. In fact they actually seem to be shells of their past selves. With no energy to do yoga, or write or think about creativity or their dreams because now they are intent on micro-managing their child's every interaction. Am I destined to do the same thing?

My Parenting Resolutions for the New Year

Andrea Traynor | Posted 03.02.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Traynor

I haven't made a New Year's resolution in years, maybe decades. But our family life is only getting busier. Between one kid in JK and one starting preschool next month, swimming lessons, gymnastics, potty training, Angry Birds and dress-up, I need some parenting resolutions to kick-start 2013.

Why Can I Recharge My Gadgets But Not Myself?

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 02.26.2013 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

Who can live without a BlackBerry? Not this Mom. And my dentist tells me I HAVE to use an electric toothbrush. And my own common sense tells me the children NEED to have hand held gaming units. But those are some of the things that are easy to recharge. Things like my own mental and physical energy are somewhat harder to energize.

Some Parenting Lessons From James Bond

Yummy Mummy Club | Posted 02.02.2013 | Canada Living
Yummy Mummy Club

With 22 films and the much lauded Skyfall now in theatres, Bond remains an emblem of style, erudition, and blunt force physicality. It may seem a bit of a stretch to compare Bond to parents but it's high time to consider what parents might learn from a quick dive through the James Bond canon.

Don't Forget About Your Spouse When You Have Kids

Heather Korol | Posted 01.29.2013 | Canada Living
Heather Korol

My husband and I had two children 18 months apart. If you have your kids close together like we did, the "lost zone" can stretch up to five years -- in a row. That's a long time to be living together but doing different things. Remembering to be married means remembering to be together on a basic level, kissing, touching, nice words, helping each other.

Parenting a Child Who is Different

Yummy Mummy Club | Posted 01.27.2013 | Canada Living
Yummy Mummy Club

When my son was six, he began to wear ties to school. He wears either a dress shirt and tie or full suit and tie every single day. I don't even see it any more. But others do. For the most part, all of the attention he has received has been positive. But once, in Grade 2, he received a different kind of attention.

Is it Better to Use Cloth or Disposable Diapers?

Andrea Traynor | Posted 01.26.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Traynor

Ultimately, you have to decide why one diapering method works better for your family, your child and your wallet. There are pros and cons to each, and whatever your reason for using cloth or disposables -- you shouldn't feel guilty about a choice that works for you.

Dispatches From Down East: When Your Son Calls You a Redneck...

Lori Gard | Posted 01.25.2013 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Who would have ever thought that our own precious baby boy would stoop to stereotyping his doting parents, pigeon-holing us into the category of 'duds'? And so soon, at the ripe old age of 11. He now has added another label to our name. Hill-billy.

Are Parents Scared Their Punishments Will Go Viral?

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 01.20.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

When it comes to discipline, many parents have taken a large step backwards, and technology is to blame. In this day and age of smart phone journalism, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook shares, parents have become wary and hesitant of punishing their children in case their actions at any moment are recorded and uploaded to a willing audience in a matter of seconds.

I'll Admit it: I Use Santa to Keep the Kids in Line

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 01.19.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

I've been using the power of Santa Claus for a few weeks now, and things are looking good. For maximum effectiveness, the use of Santa and his omnipresence is good for the window directly following Halloween until December 25. During this time, I enjoy the increased attentiveness, dearth of meltdowns and general calm that precedes Christmas day.