Parenting Tips

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.

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?