Parenting Tips

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.

Tips for Teens with Bad Study Habits

Ken Rabow | Posted 07.11.2012 | Canada
Ken Rabow

You've received your mid-term marks, and some of them just squeaked by. You have two choices: continue to see your school future flushing down the proverbial toilet, or make a new plan. Let's try Plan B, shall we? Here is how to build a last-ditch effort to save your exams and create better possibilities for the future.

Tips for Surviving the Dreaded Playdate

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 07.08.2012 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Having kids means having playdates -- events for which there are no guidelines, and a lot of potential problems. Here are some basic rules for making it through a playdate with your bases covered, the little ones happy and best of all: your sanity.

Hey, Kids! Don't Like Your Life? Change It!

Ken Rabow | Posted 07.06.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

Well, there is the unpleasant memory of the last time you went out into the "real world" and it didn't "work". If "work" was the bag you had used to pick up crud, your experience would be the stuff that's stays on the ground where the crud was. (Not a good place unless you are a crud-worm).

Higher Ground

Natalie Karneef | Posted 07.02.2012 | Canada Living
Natalie Karneef

We bear our children at the feet of mountains. Not literally. I mean, some people might. Personally, I'm still on the fence about giving birth any f...

Top 10 Travel Terms for Parents

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 06.25.2012 | Canada Travel
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Paris has given way to Pull-Ups and Annapurna has been replaced by Anbesol. The reality of your life now revolves around coping with the challenges of vacationing with the little ones in tow. To this end, here is a guide for parents that offers clarification about what some of the most commonly used travel terms really mean.

My Most Sportsmanlike Toddler. NOT.

Vicki Murphy | Posted 06.23.2012 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

I could chalk it up to the terrible twos or almost threes. Toddlerhood is an emotional time. But here were a handful of kids, all around Max's age, and he was the only one freaking his freak. Today's lesson in Toddlerville: Have more hissy fits, get more stuff. Damn it.

The Teenage Mantra: What's the Point of Doing This?

Ken Rabow | Posted 06.17.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

So, you've asked your teen for the 400th time to do whatever. (It's not like he/she's actually heard what you said -- your voice blends in with the...

Top 10 Best Homework Excuses

Ken Rabow | Posted 06.17.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

With exam time coming up once again , you may be raring to go. But seriously, you may feel like someone just kicked you out of a plane without a pa...

Parenting Books Do More Shaming Than Helping, Study Finds

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.21.2012 | Canada Living

What can first-time mothers expect when they're expecting? Upsetting parenting books that set impossible standards, author Angela Davis has discovered...

Are We Killing Our Kids With Kindness?

Ken Rabow | Posted 05.14.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

If children learn healthy limitations, they appreciate what they do get that much more. Sometimes creating something instead of getting something is the best gift of all. They learn to be self-limiting, yet open to infinite creative possibilities.

Preventing Teens From Asking "Am I Ugly?"

Erika Katz | Posted 04.23.2012 | Canada Living
Erika Katz

We have seen kids harming themselves due to cyberbullying when they do not put themselves out there. Now, they are asking for the ridicule. As parents, how do we help them to make better choices and control some of this?

How to Con Your Parents into Listening to You

Ken Rabow | Posted 04.17.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

The thing is, most of the time teens are fine with not being listened to by their parents. But here's the problem: What happens when you really need them to? You see, all your training in getting them to ignore you isn't going to come in handy. You're, like, the kid who yelled woof! Or barked, or something.

The Teachable Moment

Erika Katz | Posted 04.09.2012 | Canada Living
Erika Katz

As a parent, my first instinct was to get mad at the parent who brought my son's bad behaviour to my attention. But then I realized killing the messenger was not the right course of action. Teaching my son a valuable lesson in appropriate conduct was.

I Hate My Kid's New Friend

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 03.25.2012 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

In an ideal world, your child would choose the nicest, most polite, smartest and best-behaved kid to be her new best friend. Wouldn't that be just dandy? Well, you've probably figured out that this utopian parenting fantasy is just that -- an unrealistic dream that has likely never occurred in the history of human kind.

Why I'm Sleeping Through New Year's Eve

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 02.29.2012 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Revelry and late-night partying do not go well with early-rising children and the never-ending responsibilities inherent in parenting. That being said, there is still a tinge of envy when watching the youthful, unencumbered revelers plan for the big night.

New Year's Resolutions for Parents and Troubled Teens

Ken Rabow | Posted 02.28.2012 | Canada Living
Ken Rabow

I love new year's resolutions. There is something powerful about scratching out one old period of time and making room for what's ahead. Pick one. Say it to yourself in the mirror when you wake up and just before going to bed and try to act on your resolution at least one time during the day.