Parenting Tips

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.

What These 10 Classic Parenting Phrases Really Mean

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 01.14.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

We've all heard them. Those annoying phrases that our parents said to us growing up and now that we're parents ourselves, we've decided to inflict them our own kids. The reality is that the true meanings behind these messages that parents tell their kids are often not as straightforward as they appear to be. Following are the top 10 phrases that parents use on their kids, and what they really mean.

10 Things Nobody Told Me About Having Boys!

Jenna Em | Posted 01.13.2013 | Canada Living
Jenna Em

I sometimes wonder if I was properly prepared for having five kids, four of whom are little boys. After all, no one handed me the instructions manual that explained what makes boys tick! So, I've decided to write the Cole's Notes version, just for you! Share it if you know someone who also never received the manual!

Getting Your Children to Do Their Homework -- Minus the Headache!

Jenna Em | Posted 12.25.2012 | Canada Living
Jenna Em

Our daily routine was very predictable: my son would arrive home from school, he and his siblings would be given a nutritious snack, and then it would be homework time. That's when the tantrums, rage and complaints would begin. Common complaints were that I was SO mean and unfair, or "torturing" him to do his homework! Here are some tips I have used to get my son to do his homework.

Flying With a Baby: A First-Time Survival Guide

Tanya Enberg | Posted 12.16.2012 | Canada Travel
Tanya Enberg

Recently, my partner and I feared becoming "that family" on a flight from Toronto to Glasgow, Scotland. Our particular infant, born three-and-a-half months ago, has a killer set of pipes on him. I am certain that up against him most anthem rockers would scurry away like scared little country mice. We survived the worst of it and with these helpful tips you can, too.

Dispatches From Down East: Why I Don't Mind Being The Screamer

Lori Gard | Posted 12.06.2012 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

With the kids, my husband is the sensitive one. While I am the screamer, he is the voice of reason. I almost felt inadequate when he told me his approach. But then I remembered: who I am is enough too. I don't have to change who I am, I just have to channel the qualities that make me who I am in the right direction.

The Germy Side of Toilet Training

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.23.2012 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg The process of convincing a 18- to 36-month-old child to give up the freedom of a diaper and learn to use the strangely shaped porcelain bathroom furniture is not for the faint of heart. While the problems may seem humourous to many, including parents who have already gone through the nightmare, there are potentially germy consequences that need to be considered.

School Started! How to Not Lose Your Marbles...

Jonathan Hewitt | Posted 11.20.2012 | Canada Living
Jonathan Hewitt

As you and your children settle into the new school year with new schedules and new activities, it can all be quite overwhelming. Your role as family manager has just stepped into high gear -- planning, organizing, directing, monitoring, and motivating are in the forefront as you help your children adjust to everything this school year brings. So how can you get everything done and not lose your marbles?

Not So Savvy: What Not to Say to Another Mom

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 11.20.2012 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Some moms on the playground just don't know when to leave well enough alone. Rude, crude and socially unacceptable. Don't get caught saying the wrong thing in the schoolyard this year by adhering to these Things Not to Say to Another Mom.

Why This Mom Went on Strike

Yummy Mummy Club | Posted 11.17.2012 | Canada Living
Yummy Mummy Club

My boys were keeping score over everything and it drove me crazy. I was officially on strike. This meant I would be doing nothing. If they wanted food, they would have to prepare it, if they needed clean clothes, they would have to wash them. If they needed something at the store, they would have to walk to the store to get it. They would put themselves to bed. There would be no fun outings until the strike was over.

SavvyMom's Ultimate Back to School Checklist

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 10.29.2012 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Moms everywhere -- it's back to school time! Here's a little checklist for everyone to review. It's not supposed to make you feel like you have more to do -- it will hopefully reassure you that you've got most things nailed. There are just a few things you need for day one, some ideas to ease your child into a new environment and some handy mom items.

Seven Ways to Enjoy Your Children More

Jessica Holmes | Posted 09.25.2012 | Canada Living
Jessica Holmes

My kids are extremely outgoing and love initiating new activities. I, on the other hand, have a shorter attention span since becoming a mom. Below is a list of seven things the hubby and I initiated that have turned our "please, for the love of Jebediah, chill out!!!" attitude into genuine laughter and a [slightly] more relaxed atmosphere.

Ten Tips For Fostering Creativity In Your Children

Ken Rabow | Posted 09.24.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

If you are a parent today in the western world, you have joined a very special club. A club of parents cast adrift, drowning in self-doubt while dodging waves of pyscho-babble lurching at them from every direction. It's easy to throw blame around but what is the main question we all want the answer to? "How do I help my child unfold to be their very best in today's world?"

Five Tips for a Sanity-Saving Road Trip With Kids

Erika Katz | Posted 09.16.2012 | Canada Travel
Erika Katz

It's summer time and you have dreamed of the perfect family vacation full of sight seeing, adventure, and great photo-ops. However your kids think everything you want to do is "lame and boring." So how do you make it a trip you will all enjoy? Here are some simple tips that can help your trip go more smoothly. HINT: It's all about keeping the kids happy and distracted!

What to Do When Your Young One's "Playing Doctor"

Pega Ren | Posted 09.14.2012 | Canada Living
Pega Ren

So you walked in on your young kid and a friend "playing doctor." What do you do? First of all, these kids are not perverse -- they're curious. Their motivation in what we consider their sex play is not sexual in adult terms. They want to see and possibly touch, but their aim is to learn the similarities and differences in their anatomies. So. how should you handle the situation?

Dispatches From Down East: Living "In the Moment" Tuckered Me Out

Lori Gard | Posted 09.13.2012 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

A dear stay-at-home mama friend of mine recently reflected on the idea of being "present," which got me thinking: am I present and in the moment with our children? And if so, is that really necessary? To be present in every moment? In order to find out, I challenged myself to be present all day, as a sort of experiment. I was present when I ruined my favourite shirt, when the kids were crying, when water spilled all over the kitchen. P.R.E.S.E.N.T.

Happy Father's Day, Mr. Mom

Jeff Rose-Martland | Posted 08.16.2012 | Canada Living
Jeff Rose-Martland

Don't let popular myths sway you. Your child doesn't care if you are male or female, so long as you are there to provide food and comfort and protection. Everything else is just learning and, believe me guys, women don't have some secret users-manual for children. Just like us, women start off in the dark and learn as they go, on their own and from family and friends.

I Had Not One, But Two Dads

Ken Rabow | Posted 08.15.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

How many people are lucky enough to have had not just one great dad, but two? I was! One for my first 16 years, Harry, my birth Father. Another, Stanley, my wife's dad then became mine for the last six years of his life. Your child wants nothing more than to feel appreciated and trusted to rise above the mistakes and be successful. This is what I see everyday in the dads around me.

Am I Dad Enough?

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 08.15.2012 | Canada Living
Joshua Ostroff

The Mommy Wars flared up again last month in time for Mother's Day, thanks to that insta-infamous Time magazine cover of the pretty blonde provocatively breastfeeding her almost-four-year-old beside the inflammatory headline: "Are You Mom Enough?" It talked about attachment parenting, but mostly in the context of mothers.

What's A Penis? And Other Questions Your Young One Might Ask...

Maria Lianos-Carbone | Posted 08.14.2012 | Canada Living
Maria Lianos-Carbone

Oh birds and the bees... When the kids start asking questions about sexuality, how do you respond? How much or how little does a parent actually explain to their younger kids when they're asked the more challenging questions? Here are some good answers to tell your child about sexuality...

When Your Kid Gets Sick On a (Not-So-Relaxing) Vacation

Alice Kuipers | Posted 08.12.2012 | Canada Living
Alice Kuipers

I wish I wasn't writing this from experience, but my toddler came down with croup in Cuba last week and I learned some things that I wanted to share to spare any of you the same distress. From knowing the location of the nearest clinic, to who to call from the hospital, here are some tips.

Sharing Your Old-Fashioned Passions With Your New-Aged Kids

Ken Rabow | Posted 08.09.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

How do we inspire our children in such an ever changing, unknown world? Simply put, by sharing our passions with them. I have seen first hand that the chances we take, the times we challenge ourselves and the things we incorporate into our lives, that make our lives richer as much as having kids, are our greatest weapons against an unknown future.

7 Steps to Turning Around a Bad School Year

Ken Rabow | Posted 07.24.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

It arrives. The phone call you've been dreading. It's your child's (pick a subject) teacher, or the vice-principal and they're calling to tell you t...

Is Your Child a Clark Kent or a Superman?

Ken Rabow | Posted 07.16.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

The truth is we are all superheroes waiting to discover the special gift we were given to make our mark in the world. For some reason, what we start off with is often the exact opposite of our superpower. These opposites are our own form of Kryptonite. We have to rise above our Kryptonite.