#Parenting

My Daughter's Links To The Drug Trade Started With A Joint At School

Patricia Enair | Posted 04.26.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Patricia Enair

Then comes the day that your kid doesn't have the money to buy the pot they feel they need. Someone will tell them that is OK, here is some pot to sell to your friends, and that is how it begins.

Six Steps to Becoming a Hero to Your Children

Alyson Jones | Posted 04.21.2015 | 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 Class of 2030 Should Start Using These 5 Tech Tools Now

Martha Turner | Posted 04.21.2015 | Canada Living
Martha Turner

Much like the landscape of careers Canadians' perceptions of the classroom is changing. What tools should our children start using to better prepare them for the classroom for the future? Based on what we've seen these are the top five tech trends preschool children will begin adopting to better prepare them for the future of learning.

A One-Armed Doll Taught My Daughter About Love

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 04.17.2015 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

It's been two years since my daughter cut off the arm of her doll, Brianne. That doll will forever remind me of my daughter's loving heart, her compassion, and her innate ability to know her own mind in the face those who would make a different choice. I hope she never loses those qualities.

After a Year of Being Sober, I've Learned to Slow Down

Keeley Milne | Posted 04.12.2015 | Canada Living
Keeley Milne

I celebrated a year of sobriety in February. That first year is selfish in many ways--and necessarily so. After all, without sobriety, I am no good to anyone--to my child, my family, even strangers. In fact, I'm the flat out opposite of good, without sobriety. But now, almost 14 months in, there is space in my life to help others.

Dear Working Father: Here's How You Can "Pay" Your Stay-At-Home Wife

Dr. Carolyn Ee | Posted 04.09.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Carolyn Ee

As a woman and a mother, who has been both a SAHM and working mum, here's a few suggestions as to how you can really repay your beautiful wife. I apologize in advance if you are already doing all of this. You sound like a great guy, so it's quite likely that you are. If you're not, here's what you could do.

18 Tiny Sounds Guaranteed to Keep Your Baby From Falling Asleep

Glynis Ratcliffe | Posted 04.03.2015 | Canada Living
Glynis Ratcliffe

If your child is anything like mine, he can sleep through the apocalypse, once he's deep in sleep. Seriously, 15 minutes into a nap, the fire brigade could pull up in front of our house with sirens wailing, and he wouldn't do anything more than sigh deeply and roll to one side. However, falling asleep requires a special kind of silent juju that I still haven't got straight, after two kids.

Surviving the Parenting Grind with Naughty Jokes

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 04.02.2015 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

Exhausted parents need a little naughty humour to survive never-ending, monotonous tasks like filling and unfilling the dishwasher, changing the kitchen garbage, picking old muffin wrappers off the floor, making lunches, picking up dog poop and shoveling the driveway.

7 Steps to Renew Your Life This Easter

Alyson Jones | Posted 04.02.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Utilizing Easter as a renewal time is relatively simple, and can assist you in creating the space you need to live your exceptional life. You can do this as an individual exercise that is personal and private, or you can take some this Easter weekend and gather the family to discuss each point. Here are the seven steps to renewing your life.

I Woke Up With a Surprise Hysterectomy at 31

Heather Laura Clarke | Posted 03.30.2015 | Canada Living
Heather Laura Clarke

While I was still under anaesthesia, my OB broke the news to my husband, and told him they had to make a decision on my behalf: I needed a hysterectomy, and it was either now or a few months down the road.

Why I Would Have Another Child With Albinism

Emily Urquhart | Posted 03.31.2015 | Canada
Emily Urquhart

When my daughter was two-and-a-half years old I approached Dr. Carl Laskin, a specialist in reproductive immunology and autoimmune diseases in pregnancy, with a hypothetical proposition: "If I asked, would you help me have a second child with a known genetic condition?"

My Addiction Shaped the Woman I Am Today

Keeley Milne | Posted 03.29.2015 | Canada Living
Keeley Milne

What I do not regret is this: my struggle shaped me, and changed me, and helped me become the person I am now. That is, a woman that seeks progress, not perfection. A woman who knows that no matter how far down you go, you can come back, a mother that has earned her way back into this precious boy's life, and learns every day how to parent better.

6 Things My 90-Year-Old Grandfather Has Taught Me About Life

Buzz Bishop | Posted 03.26.2015 | Canada Living
Buzz Bishop

I don't take my grandfather for granted. I soak up every single second I'm lucky enough to spend with him. I often wonder if, when I see him, if that will be the last time. After all, he's the only grand I have left. So what have I learned watching my grandfather? What lessons can I take from a man who has made it to 90 and shows no sign of slowing down? Here are six things.

As a Work-at-Home Mom, I Feel Caught in the Middle of the Mommy Wars

Heather Laura Clarke | Posted 03.25.2015 | Canada Living
Heather Laura Clarke

I don't judge my friends who work full-time (I'm completely proud and impressed by their success) and I don't judge my friends who don't work at all (I'm amazed by their patience and ability to put their careers on hold). The trouble is that moms feel the need to defend their position (myself included) whenever they feel it's being questioned, and sometimes it gets downright vicious. We've already established that there's no "perfect" solution that works for everyone, so it seems wrong that anyone has to compare themselves to anyone else (and feel guilty or insecure), but we're never going to get past it, it seems.

Dear stay-at-home moms: stop calling working moms "selfish"

Anne Theriault | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

As a culture, we have a weird obsession with women being "selfish." Mothers especially are prone to accusations of selfishness any time they make a choice that doesn't directly and obviously benefit their children. Even when mothers are encouraged to practice self-care, it's often approached with the idea that feeling happy and rested will make them better partners and parents.

When the Kids of Religious and Atheist Parents Meet on the Playground

Buzz Bishop | Posted 03.25.2015 | Canada Living
Buzz Bishop

I don't talk about religion in our home. Or, at least, I try not to. This is how it works for everything. From bedtimes to toys to language to diet, you can set up the rules how you like them in your house, but once your kids get out in the real world, the rule book is out the window. But when your kids and my kids go to school, those different rules mix.

Mother Of 9-Month-Old With Renal Failure Makes Case For Organ Donation

CBC | Posted 03.24.2015 | Canada Living

The mother of a nine-month-old baby with stage four renal failure is hoping to raise awareness about organ donation. Ashley Barnaby's son Zaccari B...

The Best Tool This Mom Has in Her Arsenal? Post-it Notes

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 03.20.2015 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

My life as a working mother is dependent on Post-it notes. Put chicken in Crock-Pot. Pick up after band 4:30. Fill in hot lunch order. These bright sticky notes are literally strewn all over my desk. I shudder to think what would happen to our life without them.

Bringing My Baby on Public Transit Is Not an Invitation to Touch Him

Glynis Ratcliffe | Posted 03.19.2015 | Canada Living
Glynis Ratcliffe

People on public transit are...umm...weird. They're even weirder when you have a baby with you. I think some people believe babies are like some kind of carte blanche to interact with someone you've never met.

Don't Fear Failure, Learn From it!

Terri Fedonczak | Posted 03.17.2015 | 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.

My 11-Year-Old Teaches Me Compassion Every Day

Keeley Milne | Posted 03.12.2015 | Canada Impact
Keeley Milne

"Stop the car!" My son's shout panicked both my friend, driving, and I, fearful we were about to collide with something or someone. Liam pointed out the window at a women who had just walked past us, struggling to carry a laughably insurmountable load of grocery bags and boxes. "I need to help her," said Liam. And he did.

What Podcasting Taught Me About Motherhood (and Life)

Tally Abecassis | Posted 03.08.2015 | 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.

The Depressing Realization that I've Lost My Cool

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 03.06.2015 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

Being "cool" won't make me a better parent, but at the same time, I don't want to completely lose touch with pop culture, fashion trends or most importantly, social media and technology. If I want to stay connected to my daughters as they grow up, I must ensure I stay connected to the music, movies, television shows and books they are interested in too.

Let's Have a Little Talk About Fair

Merry Kuchle | Posted 03.04.2015 | Canada Alberta
Merry Kuchle

As the mom of a son with some level of special needs, I am often a part of the "fair" conversation. Or at least the whispered conversations that go on around me. "Did you know that he gets to play Lego while the other kids do gym? That doesn't seem to be very fair!"

Why I Wish I Had Breastfed My Kids

Sandra Charron | Posted 02.28.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

I was one of those women who proudly proclaimed, "I bottle fed my kids and they're all fine." And they are fine. The thing is though, now that I work as a postpartum nurse, a great percentage of my time on the unit is spent teaching and assisting new moms. And I get breastfeeding now. I totally could have rocked this gig. But I didn't because I was too tired.