#Parenting

Top Parenting Myths Debunked for New Moms and Dads

Alyson Schafer | Posted 01.25.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Schafer

Being a new parent means that you are often bombarded with advice and suggestions about raising a child. Family, friends and even strangers will no doubt offer their two cents on all sorts of topics. Problem is, how do you know who to listen to? I debunk some top myths to help soon-to-be moms and dads navigate the world of parenthood.

The Most Heartbreaking Question My Daughter Ever Asked Me

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 01.22.2015 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

No question from my oldest daughter has torn more at my heart. A discussion about never taking rides with strangers unexpectedly morphed into a talk about sexual assault. "Mom," she whispered tentatively. "Do you mean that someone can just sneak up and do THAT to me?" My heart lurched into my throat. Until that moment, my bright-eyed daughter lived blissfully unaware of the fact that women can be raped. I was rendered momentarily speechless.

In Defense of Helicopter Parenting

Lori Gard | Posted 01.21.2015 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Everyone can build their case for and against "safety first" if they want to. The feelings this couple has are personal to them. However, the minute they let their children out on the street it is no longer just them involved in the scenario -- it is now about the children and the world at large.

How To Tell Your Children You're Getting a Divorce

Alyson Jones | Posted 01.15.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Allow your children time to grieve and remain open to ongoing conversations after the big announcement. If your children are asking you questions, this is positive. Encourage further conversations and be open to their questions, thoughts, and feelings. You may want to consider setting up a time for the children to talk with a therapist at some point.

Are Kids Today Feeling Hopeless or Powerless?

Kids Help Phone | Posted 01.14.2015 | Canada Living
Kids Help Phone

What happens to kids when the pressure starts to build? They can begin to feel powerless over their choices, their identities, and their futures. They can start to feel as though they have no voice, and no input over their own lives.

Why Canada Is Lagging Behind When it Comes to Child Health

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 01.13.2015 | Canada Living
Nicole Letourneau

Something is amiss in Canada. A 2014 UNICEF report compared the health and development of children in Canada with 28 other wealthy nations. In spite of being a G8 country, Canada's children rank number 17th, a status that has not budged in the last 10 years. The question is, why are these problems still so widespread?

How to Turn 'Status Quo' Into Status 'Go'

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 01.12.2015 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

If we expect our children to not listen to us -- whether it's going to bed, eating a meal or not hitting their brother -- then I'm going to guess that, surprise, they're not going to listen to us. By the same token, if in the work world we expect our employees to keep doing the same things over and over again, in an inefficient way, that's exactly what they're going to do.

Neighbour Noise Complaints About Your Kids Can Be Easily Handled

Raina Delisle | Posted 01.09.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Raina Delisle

Living below two little kids (who sounded like quintuplets) when I was a university student gave me a soft spot for people who want to live in relative peace and quiet. So when my landlord sent me an email last month kindly asking me if there was anything I could do about my baby's crying, I wasn't miffed. I was, in fact, apologetic and obliging.

Top Five Tips for Picky Eaters

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 01.09.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Of my two kids, one is a particularly picky (and not to mention slow) eater. It even took some convincing to have him try ice cream a few years ago. Can you imagine? Ice cream! But there you go, it's all new and kids have no idea until they try it. So how can you get them just to try it?

20 Things I Learned About Pregnancy and New Motherhood

Kathryn Marshall | Posted 01.05.2015 | Canada Living
Kathryn Marshall

I usually write about politics, but since I recently became a mom, I have been thinking a lot about all things motherhood, pregnancy and baby-related. Here is a little list of some things I learned about pregnancy and new motherhood.

Top 10 Survival Tips for Travelling with Kids

CanadianMomEh | Posted 01.04.2015 | Canada Travel
CanadianMomEh

Family trips are the stuff childhood memories are made of but it's not always easy travelling with young children. The following are the top 10 survival tips you'll need when travelling with kids.

A "Before Kids" Vs. "After Kids" New Year's Comparison

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 12.31.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

Before Kids New Year's: Get drunk, dance and share a passionate kiss with someone you love or a new crush at the stroke of midnight. After Kids New Year's: Occupy the kids with fun activities and other children so that you can drink wine and have uninterrupted conversations with other adults.

10 New Year's Parenting Resolutions

Erika Katz | Posted 12.30.2014 | Canada Living
Erika Katz

Parenting is the most difficult job you will ever do. Each day is full of new challenges and issues. So, I decided to make a parenting resolution list because there are some things that I would like to do a little bit better this year.

Don't Make Santa Your Parenting "Fall Guy"

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 12.20.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Sure, Santa may determine that a child's behaviour is not up to snuff and is therefore a reason to deny said child of gifts on Christmas Day. But why does Santa have to be the judge, jury and (figurative) executioner on December 25th? Whatever happened to parental responsibility and the ability to look one's child in the eye in an attempt to deliver the verdict?

Let's Stop Saying: "We Don't Care, as Long as our Baby's Healthy"

Sarah Sahagian | Posted 12.18.2014 | Canada Living
Sarah Sahagian

Ultimately, the refrain, "as long as they're healthy," makes it seem like individuals who are less healthy are less valuable and less loveable. In short, it's just a mean and untrue thing to say, so please, let's stop saying it.

True Stories of Tired Parent Style Fails

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

I made this dreadful realization after a meeting with a new client: half my face was covered with sparkles from my daughter's fairy princess costume and I had forgotten to brush my teeth. Yep, welcome to the world of personal hygiene and style for parents. So, for all you parents who are trying to look halfway decent during this crazy harried pre-Christmas month, this list is for you.

15 Tips for Managing a Divorce Over Christmas

Alyson Jones | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Children may worry they are being disloyal if they start to have too much fun with one parent. They also worry about the parent that they are not with, wondering if that parent is okay. Sometimes they just deeply miss the parent they are not with. The familiar traditions may be gone and this can leave the children feeling as though something or someone is missing.

How to Help Your Kids Relax this December

Kids Help Phone | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Living
Kids Help Phone

While the holiday season is often depicted as a special time of year -- so much so that many people strive to make their holidays "perfect" -- the reality is that the happiness that is widely portrayed can often be a myth for people across Canada, including young people.

What I Hear When You Call My Unborn Daughter a "Drama Queen"

Vicki Murphy | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

"Good luck with the little drama queen," they say when they find out I'm expecting a girl. It seems we gals have a rep right out of the womb -- as dramatic, irrational whack-jobs. So, when one of us is assaulted and comes forward, many people instantly think: oh she's exaggerating, seeking attention or revenge or a payday. It's a pattern, after all.

Why It's Important I Bring My Kids To Vancouver For Christmas

Chris Taylor | Posted 12.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Chris Taylor

The West Coast is a part of who their father is. And that's an important thing for them to know.

Anthem of the Jellyfish Father: A Laid-Back Guide to Parenting

David Martin | Posted 12.07.2014 | Canada Living
David Martin

Looking back on my 18 years of parenting experience, I have concluded that it likely didn't matter what approach my wife and I took to raising our daughter. She's her own person. So stop worrying. Follow my seven simple rules for jellyfish parenting and save yourself a lot of grief and possibly a stress-induced stroke.

Want to Truly Enjoy Your Holidays? Let Go of Your Expectations

Alyson Jones | Posted 12.05.2014 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

That image of the family sitting at Christmas dinner, everyone smiling at each other and the ideal turkey perfectly placed on the platter, can quickly become a great disappointment if we make perfection our goal. If you want to get more out of the holidays you can follow a few simple guidelines that will assist you in staying grounded and present during the season.

When My Husband Was Diagnosed With Brain Cancer I Became a Caregiver

Heidi Wilk | Posted 12.05.2014 | Canada Living
Heidi Wilk

Six years ago, my husband Matthew was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiform, the most common and deadliest of brain cancers. As Matthew's primary caregiver, I've come to recognize that coping in the face of a terminal illness is a learned skill, and sometimes it takes a lot of trial and error to figure out what works.

The Gross Things Only a Parent Can Appreciate

Naomi Elana Zener | Posted 12.02.2014 | Canada
Naomi Elana Zener

In life, we get to experience so many firsts, which we look forward to with unbridled anticipation, wondering when they will happen. Our first crush. ...

Getting A Time Out in Paradise

Rania Walker | Posted 12.01.2014 | Canada Travel
Rania Walker

The Cove is an adult-only resort catering to couples and singles who want to vacation in class. Their private beach club CAIN boasts infinity pools with lounging beds, private two-room cabanas offering separate showers and butler services and do you hear that...No? Peaceful, kid-free relaxation.