Do's And Don'ts To Get That Adult Kid To Move Out

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

Comment on all of their Facebook posts. Make sure some of them include telling them to come home at a reasonable hour (if it's a picture from a party), or that you really like their "outfit", or "Don't forget to pick up your rash medication on the way home."

How To Insult Every Mother With A Single Phrase

Lynn Morrison | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Parents
Lynn Morrison

The phrase "I don't know how you do it!" really grates on my nerves. I know that the speaker means well, but I equally realize that they aren't thinking through the ramifications of what they are saying. "I don't know how you do it" is truly one of the most insulting phrases attached to motherhood.

I Went On Antidepressants For Postpartum Depression And Got Fired

Patricia Tomasi | Posted 11.17.2015 | Canada Parents
Patricia Tomasi

I just wanted to stay home in my pjs and watch Netflix, which I did on many occasions. So inevitably, I was fired last Monday. And I don't care. In fact, I don't seem to give a shit about anything these days. And that's concerning.

How To Talk To Your Children About Acts Of Terrorism

Alyson Jones | Posted 11.16.2015 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

Most of us are still reeling from this news and trying to make sense of what has happened. But we also need to respond to our young people and help them understand what has occurred. How do we help our children feel secure when our world has been shaken?

Big Data Helps Us Understand Preterm Birth And Miscarriage

Will Sacks | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Parents
Will Sacks

The digital health industry is collecting data on a scale of which we have never before seen. Let's use this data to uncover and understand reproductive health challenges, so couples that want to start families are more likely to be able to do so.

Your Child's Fake Illness May Be More Serious Than You Think

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Indeed, most instances of "faking it" are caused by the usual reasons, most of which are innocuous. It's the more insidious ones that we, as parents, need to be aware of so that we can address the causes at the basis of why our children are avoiding school.

It's High Time Parents Acted More Entitled

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

Go forward and entitle yourself to a pedicure, a new book, a coffee with a friend, travel, a class, a promotion, or a workout at the gym. And the next time your kids ask you where you're going, flip 'em an eye roll and walk out the door.

Losing My Daughter Made Me Fight For A Healthier World

Dr. Jane Philpott | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr. Jane Philpott

Emily was two and a half years old. She was a beautiful blonde toddler with a shy and quiet nature. For most of her life we lived in Niger. I always thought (and I still do) that it was a wonderful place for our children to grow up. I look back on the nine years we spent in Niger as among the happiest years of my life. I vividly remember the afternoon we spent relaxing at the pool of the old French club. Emily was full of life -- jumping and splashing in the pool with all the others. We went to church on the Sunday evening in a nearby village the night before she died.

How To Pick The Right School For Your Special Needs Child

Joanne Giacomini | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Parents
Joanne Giacomini

Some children need smaller classes sizes, more one-on-one attention, or other services that more specialized or private schools can usually offer. For special needs children with all types of learning issues and challenges, the situation can become even more complicated.

Dealing With A Sassy Tween

Her Magazine | Posted 11.06.2015 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

Remember that it is completely natural for tweens to argue with us. They are assessing their sense of independence. They are learning the skills to become independent, well-adjusted adults. Even if right now we feel like throttling them.

Your Kid's An A**hole - But Don't Worry, Mine Is Too

Erica Gomez | Posted 11.04.2015 | Canada Parents
Erica Gomez

As much as we want to sit and communicate with our spawns of Satan, to talk it out, to discuss the situation calmly and rationally, they will stare blankly over your head, at the wall behind you, at the fly on the window and then insist they were listening. Ask them to repeat back what you just said and it's instant amnesia.

How To Stop Being A Worry Wart Parent

Julie M Green | Posted 11.03.2015 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

Telling a parent not to worry is a lot like telling somebody not to hold his breath underwater. You could be the most easygoing person in the world up until the precise moment you become a parent. Suddenly a giant sinkhole of awful possibilities appears out of nowhere.

Yes, I Am The Mother Of 'That' Child

Raisa Tan | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada Parents
Raisa Tan

That child who's hit yours one too many times. That child who's made fun of and teased yours. That child who's done a myriad of other disappointing things. Yes, I'm the mother of that child. The one who constantly causes trouble. The one who other parents have deemed a nuisance to be around.

Our Differences Strengthen The Sisterhood Of Motherhood

Megan Howarth | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada Parents
Megan Howarth

Forget the mommy wars. Companies pit us against each other and sell more products. Once we realize that mommy wars don't exist and that we are all actually just trying to do whatever works best for us we can focus on talking about our differences and opening ourselves up to what others are doing and have to say.

5 Tricks for Saving on Halloween Treats

Sandra Hanna | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Hanna

With Canadians planning to spend an average of $43 on decorations this year, those costs can sure add up. But no need to be frightened! Just like a classic Superman costume, these savvy saving tips are here to the rescue!

Volunteering Is Just As Valuable As Paid Work

Lisa Abram | Posted 10.27.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Abram

As my professional life blossomed so did the work expectations and long hours that I needed to put into my demanding career. It was an inverse relationship in the making: the more I worked, the less time I had for personal things in my life like athletics, friends and relationships. Something had to give. And sadly it was volunteering.

The One Thing All Parents Should Stop Doing

Bianca Bujan | Posted 10.26.2015 | Canada Parents
Bianca Bujan

I was strolling through the grocery store one day when I passed a dad who was pushing his young daughter down the aisle in a shopping cart. When our eyes met, he glanced down at his daughter and did something that I realized many of us parents do - he spoke through his child.

When Was The Last Time You Visited The Doctor?

Lynn Morrison | Posted 10.24.2015 | Canada Parents
Lynn Morrison

Time heals a lot of wounds, but only if we give them the time to do so. Time to rest. Time to see a physician. Time to make them take our complaints seriously. Time to follow through on the real treatment plan (and not the abbreviated one I made up for myself). Time for our families to step up and do a bit more.

Justin Trudeau Is Our Next PM But He's Also Maggie's Son

Mara Shapiro | Posted 10.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Mara Shapiro

This photo reminds me that Justin Trudeau is someone's child. That's his mother. Look at the joy in her face as she watches him in his moment of triumph. I see in her face how I feel about my kids and the great things I dream for them. It makes me tear up.

The Benefits Of Saying 'No'

Bianca Bujan | Posted 10.21.2015 | Canada Parents
Bianca Bujan

Saying no to your children can be a teaching moment - an opportunity to learn about responsibility and how to deal with disappointment. It can free up some time for the things that you really want to do, and can alleviate a lot of the stress that comes with being a parent.

Youth Mental Health Is an Election Issue That Affects Us All

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

In this election we are raising issues that matter to young Canadians. Mental health is a big one. A report by Alberta's Institute of Health Economics states that just seven cents of every dollar spent on health care in Canada goes to mental health. That's despite the fact mental disorders account for 40 per cent of all illnesses Canadians face. Canadian governments must dramatically increase funding, investing in accessible community-based mental health care -- if Canada could reduce the annual rate of mental illnesses by 10 per cent, it would save our health care system four billion dollars a year.

How We Can Teach Our Kids that Voting Is Important

Her Magazine | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

After getting a driver's licence, I think most teens will tell you that the next milestone will be when they legally order a beer. Sadly they're missing what really is the most significant milestone. The federal government recognizes age 18 as the age at which one can vote in a federal election. Unfortunately, it seems that reaching vote eligibility is not nearly as meaningful as being allowed to order what's on tap.

6 Baby Shower Gifts That Mom Will Actually Use

Désirée Fawn | Posted 10.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Désirée Fawn

Forget about the uber-cute size 0-3 month onesies with ruffles and madness all over them, folks. Go for the bulk pack of onesies with the snaps at the bottom, or zippered jammies because they take .09 seconds to take off when baby blesses mom and dad with their first blow-out. And if onesies ain't your thang -- check out my other fave ideas!

Get a Cardio Workout While You Clean

Lindsay Gee | Posted 10.15.2015 | Canada Living
Lindsay Gee

Cleaning. It's a necessary evil. It's also one of the top excuses given when people are asked why they didn't fit a workout in. Too many chores. Vacuuming to be done. Dishes to wash. Loads of laundry to fold. The list goes on. Certainly those chores do indeed need to be done, but the incredible thing about fitness is that you can fit it in while you complete your household chores.

To My Dearest Baba, On Your 71st Birthday

Sana Ahmed | Posted 10.13.2015 | Canada Living
Sana Ahmed

One of the earliest memories from my childhood is when you'd come home, I'd help you take your shoes and socks off. Memory is a funny thing though; it's not always accurate, but more importantly, and particularly in your case, it's oftentimes fleeting, and unreliable. You may not remember this, or at times fail to even understand, you have an illness called dementia.