#Parenting

How to Talk to Your Kids About the Ottawa Shooting

Alyson Jones | Posted 10.23.2014 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

A young reserve solider was shot and killed in our capital city of Ottawa by a gunman. Most of us are still reeling from this news and trying to make sense of what has happened today. But we also need to respond to our young people and help them understand what has occurred. There is much we will need to understand and process around this horrific event, but here are some tips to help you talk with your children right here and right now.

The Kind of Love That Is Never Really 'Enough'

Lori Gard | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada
Lori Gard

I shouldn't feel this way. But I do. Inadequate. In spite of my best efforts and in spite of all I do. In spite of all I say and all I strive to b...

How Athletic Pressure Can Harm Youth

Alyson Jones | Posted 10.21.2014 | Canada
Alyson Jones

The human body is fascinating. It has been part of the human journey to understand and study how the human body works and achieves what it does. There...

What My Child With Autism Has Taught Me

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 10.17.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen O’Grady

It was an ordinary summer day. People were milling on the main thoroughfare, bikes zig-zagging through traffic, cafés and pubs spilling onto the sidewalk, patrons sipping their way through a lazy Friday afternoon. We were ordinary that day too. Just another family, managing the hectic jumble of kids' lessons, bills, our careers, endless streams of birthday parties, too little sleep and the occasional date night out. But it was all shattered with a single word: autism.

Exercise and Pregnancy Tips From an Olympian

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 10.17.2014 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

It's really important to talk to your doctor about what you're going to do. It's good to be in shape before you get pregnant. And doing some form of exercise in pregnancy and after. But enjoy your baby! I wasn't rushing back into training. It's a special moment when your baby arrives and that's your focus.

One Night Inside a Mom's Brain

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 10.16.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

Did I take the meat out for supper tomorrow night? Uh, wait, we have no meat for supper tomorrow night. Great. Just great. And skating goes until 6. That's a problem. OK, you can't fix that now, so just go to sleep. I am sooo tired.

Overscheduling Your Kids Isn't the Fast-Track to Success it Once Was

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 10.14.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Shimi Kang

Todays' well-meaning parents who are over-scheduling and over-instructing because of fear of competition are seriously under-preparing children. The days of awards and promotions for those who know the right answer are quickly disappearing.

How My Daughter Taught Me the F(eminist)-Word

Tamara Schroeder | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada Alberta
Tamara Schroeder

Let me make this clear: It is not just one little sleeper. It is countless versions of these little declarations appearing on t-shirts, cups, purses and other random propaganda, coming together to form one big, persistent message. This message will help shape my daughters view of being a woman as she gets older and it tells girls exactly what society expects of them before they can even walk, or you know, hold up their own heads.

Sometimes Kids Just Need to Be Heard

Kids Help Phone | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Kids Help Phone

Parents often think that they have to have an immediate answer or solution at their fingertips, but sometimes all a kid needs is to be heard. When we listen to young people without interrupting, it helps them feel understood and it validates their feelings by making them feel less alone in whatever they may be coping with.

Helping Kids Understand the Gift of Food This Thanksgiving

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

When it comes to Thanksgiving, there's no question that my kids are grateful for the festive food on the table -- an exciting change from our usual meals at home. But like many Canadian children, they have no sense of what it means to be hungry for more than an hour or so.

Family Dinners Don't Have to Be Perfect

Abby Langer | Posted 10.06.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

A recent study calling family dinners 'elitist' and 'unrealistic' has ruffled some feathers. I don't think family dinners or home cooking for one or more is elitist and unrealistic, but I do think that we have to temper our expectations of ourselves down to what is doable under the circumstances of our lives.

How To Get Your Kids To Eat Their Veggies

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 10.02.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

I don't have time to hide veggies in everything I cook, and I can make only so many muffins. I continue to offer her veggies often, but I'm battle weary, folks. Ready to admit defeat. Then I imagine her little body deficient in countless vitamins and minerals, and I strategize my battle plans for the week ahead.

This CEO Quit a 100 Million Dollar Job to Spend More Time With His Daughter

Amanda Reaume | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada Living
Amanda Reaume

While there are some dads speaking up, why aren't more of those 46 per cent of fathers who feel they aren't spending enough time with their kids lending their voices to the cause of work/life balance? Just look at what happens when public figures take time off to spend it with their families.

Why I'm Glad To Be a Helicopter Parent

Lori Gard | Posted 09.25.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

As a mother, I have struggled with being labelled at times. Even so recently as last week, I denounced myself in conversation with my husband as being a helicopter parent, feeling defensive about my level of involvement in our children's lives. As a mom, I find myself consistently teaching, mentoring, coaching and loving our four.

The Angst of Parenting a Child with Severe Food Allergies

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 09.19.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

I just sat in the car and had a good cry. I was in the parking lot of my 11-year-old daughter's school on her first day of middle school, but I wasn't having the "oh my child is growing up" type of cry. Instead, I was unexpectedly engulfed in fear about her life threatening allergies to peanuts and shellfish.

What I Really Want To Tell You About Pregnancy

Vicki Murphy | Posted 09.16.2014 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

I'm torn because my family always comes first, but I also have these ideas and opportunities and the iron is hot and I'm not getting any younger and this is my time, bitch. I'm riddled with guilt just typing that, because society and my upbringing and all that bullshit has programmed me to believe I'm a mother now, so I'm supposed to sacrifice my own dreams for everyone else's. But I'm determined to try my best to fuck that noise and do it all, even if I don't do any of it perfectly. I'd rather live with failure than regret.

Back to School: How to Calm Students' Stress and Anxiety

University of Toronto News | Posted 09.10.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

The heavy academic pressures so common today raise back-to-school stress like never before -- and it's not just high school seniors or university students who are feeling it right now. Parents can do a lot to help ease their children's anxieties around school. The key is to really listen, and let your child open up about their fears.

The Real Reason a Lot of Mothers Don't Breastfeed

Valerie Latona | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada Living
Valerie Latona

Get yourself a hands-free pumping bra so you can sit and do other things while you're pumping. This was my favourite time to get things done. And, if I had to drive somewhere during the time I was supposed to be pumping, I actually pumped while I drove.

Let Your Kids Know They Can Talk to You About Suicide

Kids Help Phone | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada Impact
Kids Help Phone

Suicide is a complex subject, and it can be difficult to talk about with a young person. But it's important to let kids know they can come to you, no matter what. Suicide can affect anyone, and in Canada, it is among the leading causes of death in young people ages 15-24.

Would You Consider a Relationship Contract Over a Marriage?

Marina Adshade | Posted 09.05.2014 | Canada Living
Marina Adshade

Divorce rates are soaring, or so the story goes at least. One proposition is to take the long-term commitment out of marriage and, instead, have marriages that automatically expire after a fixed term of three or four years.

My Dad on His Best Job Interview Advice

Caitlin McKay | Posted 09.04.2014 | Canada Business
Caitlin McKay

Recently, my daughter began to come to me for advice. The Junior Child, so named because she is the youngest, called me, her father, to get input on job interview techniques. Job interviews can be intimidating for those who are just entering this hyper competitive job market.

My Wish For My Daughter as She Begins Middle School

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 09.03.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

Memories are tumbling through my head as my oldest daughter starts middle school this week. I'm trying not to let my past demons get the best of me, but I'm worried. I don't want her to lose herself, to lose her confidence, to dim her own light like I did. Here are my wishes for you, my daughter, as you enter this new phase of your life.

10 Tips To Move Families Out of B.C. Teachers' Strike Limbo

Alyson Jones | Posted 09.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Alyson Jones

Blame generally does not help resolve issues, and it is a poor platform to negotiate from regardless of the issue. Blame is not going to help us get our children back in school, nor is it going to assist us in dealing with the reality that is about to hit.

How Schools Can Better Prepare For Students With Epilepsy

Epilepsy Ontario | Posted 09.01.2014 | Canada Impact
Epilepsy Ontario

My daughter Journey will not live on a shelf. We may not be able to protect her from every seizure risk and she may incur some injuries now and then, but she will live life fully and share diverse experiences as a result of the collaborative efforts of her family, friends, educational team, and community.

Why Your Husband Should Get a Vasectomy

Naomi Elana Zener | Posted 08.30.2014 | Canada Living
Naomi Elana Zener

Men, just remember that a vasectomy won't stop you from pitching a tent. It simply means that when the volcano erupts, the lava won't flow and the villagers won't have to run for their lives. Why not man up and undergo a routine procedure that you won't even feel or remember, one that's along the lines of your circumcision (if you had one, and if you didn't, then along the lines of your first routine infant vaccination)?