Canada Parenting

You Deserve Your Own Definition Of 'Natural' Childbirth

Meaghan Grant | Posted 02.23.2017 | Canada Parents
Meaghan Grant

If you tell someone you are planning an unmedicated birth, you are met with a grin and nod in that "uh-huh, you are going to be begging for an epidural" kind of way. If you say you are planning an epidural, they wax poetic about the joys of unmedicated birth. Everyone has an opinion on your birth, and it is almost always going to be the opposite of yours.

Are We Our Pets' Owners Or Their Parents?

Get Leashed Magazine | Posted 02.23.2017 | Canada Living
Get Leashed Magazine

We've seen them make messes, spill and chew up our treasured belongings, and we've put up with their unappeasable attitudes. We've also seen them greet us with as much joy as we can imagine. We hug them, even if some scientific studies suggest not to. Even the largest of dogs -- think small horses -- make the tiniest possible spots on our sofas into their spaces for cuddling us on our sofas.

Baby Starting Solids? Answers To 7 Questions You May Have

Jennifer Carlson | Posted 02.22.2017 | Canada Parents
Jennifer Carlson

Introducing solids to your baby can be both exciting and challenging -- at times it's emotionally exhausting, others, extremely satisfying. If you are well equipped with the best direction and ways to overcome the challenges, I promise you this will be a rewarding time in your parenting journey.

This Is What Family Means To Us

BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson | Posted 02.21.2017 | Canada Parents
BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson

We are very fortunate that we live in Canada, more so Toronto, where we feel it is a progressive, open, accepting city. It is legal for gay people to live freely, marry whomever they love, and start a family. We are a family, just like any family out there. It is not OK to harass anyone based on their sexual orientation or for any other reason.

Stop Throwing Big Birthday Parties For Your Kids

Erin Silver | Posted 02.21.2017 | Canada Parents
Erin Silver

This year I wanted to do something different for my son's eighth birthday. I'd always thrown big birthday parties for them in the past, but this year, I didn't want to have a birthday party at all. It's always a big production. I end up entertaining 40 kids, working so hard to organize the venue, food, invitations, loot bags. It all costs a fortune, takes more creativity than it should and becomes overwhelming and stressful. Never again, I promised.

My Husband Is Not The Babysitter

Megan Howarth | Posted 02.16.2017 | Canada Parents
Megan Howarth

If I bump into someone they will ask me, "Where are the kids?!" as if I left them abandoned under a bridge. Somehow it doesn't occur to them that it could be possible that their father is caring for them during that time.

I Don't 'Survive' The Stress Of Autistic Sons – I Manage It

Stacey Haley | Posted 02.16.2017 | Canada Parents
Stacey Haley

Twelve years ago my twins were diagnosed with severe autism and I have lived in a constant state of alertness ever since. Therapists liken it to what a soldier experiences in combat. I have to admit that I can relate to the 24/7 heightened alert that never allows your mind or body to rest.

Parents Today Are, Well, Overparenting

The Huffington Post Canada | Monika Markovinovic | Posted 02.15.2017 | Canada Parents

"Throw the damn books out the window and tune into your children. You can fix it."

Low Expectations Are The Key To Happy Family Travel

Angie Campanelli | Posted 02.10.2017 | Canada Parents
Angie Campanelli

If you're thinking about taking a trip with your kids to get away from it all, think again. Know what you're getting into. Know that it might be even more difficult than life at home. Know that it could be messy, tiring and ugly at times. But it's honestly the best thing ever.

Flexible Birth And Postpartum Planning: Expect The Unexpected

Meaghan Grant | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada Parents
Meaghan Grant

Having a baby, or babies, is unpredictable. They are their own person and it is always harder to plan around someone else, especially when they cannot tell you their agenda. It is not always possible to just "go with the flow"; so having plans in place can help you to adjust when things are not working.

What I've Learned By Raising A Child With Autism

Julie M Green | Posted 02.08.2017 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

It's hard to believe it's been five years since autism entered my life. My son is eight now. Raising him remains a mystifying experience, yet I have learned some valuable lessons along the way:

Confessions Of A Thrift Store Dad

David Leonhardt | Posted 02.06.2017 | Canada Parents
David Leonhardt

Exactly. People don't generally announce in public that they shop at the Salvation Army, Value Village or Goodwill. But my teenage daughters love shopping at the thrift store. It's not that they like saving money. It's that they can get more clothes. I know those are two sides of the same coin, but it's a fundamentally different attitude.

Secure Attachment As The Ultimate Preventative Health Strategy

Dr. Brenna Velker | Posted 01.24.2017 | Canada
Dr. Brenna Velker

In family medicine we have a responsibility, a unique and critical role in helping shape the next generation. We are facing a crisis in primary care, and in medicine, especially in Ontario. Our system is not sustainable, wait times are increasing, patients are sicker but trust their doctors less, physicians are unhappy, burned out, and disenfranchised.

I Found The Light At The End Of My Postpartum Mood Disorder

Meaghan Grant | Posted 01.20.2017 | Canada Parents
Meaghan Grant

Postpartum mood disorders are so much more than just depression. Anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, the blues, manic states and, more rarely, psychosis all make up the spectrum. My own experience parallels the experience of so many, and yet has its own unique complications.

Our Children Are Listening To Leaders Who Bully

Linda Simpson | Posted 01.17.2017 | Canada Parents
Linda Simpson

In 2016, as our children watched, bullying became legitimate. What we accept without dissent, what we allow to be framed as normal, alters according to our level of desensitization. We have become increasingly desensitized to bullying behaviour.

5 New Year's Resolutions For New Parents

Meaghan Grant | Posted 01.11.2017 | Canada Parents
Meaghan Grant

New Year's often brings about resolutions to lose weight, eat healthy, or spend more time with family. But for new parents, those resolutions may not hit the mark. New parents are tired, overwhelmed, and may feel isolated. These resolutions are perfect for families, whether your bundle of joy arrived before the ball dropped, or is coming your way sometime in 2017.

Are Parents Having The Sex Talk With Their Kids?

Allison Carter | Posted 01.11.2017 | Canada Parents
Allison Carter

Sparking such dialogue on a range of topics including more intricate and positive aspects of sexuality -- gender, sexual diversity, knowing your body, consent, respect, open communication, pleasure, mutuality, and the feeling of being loved, to name a few -- may not only be important in lowering sexual risk but also maximizing sexual rewards.

Give Your Child The Gift Of Music This Holiday

Linda Simpson | Posted 12.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Linda Simpson

Musical training such as participating in a choir develops language. Being in a choir means reading the lyrics of songs with the tempo of the music. Playing an instrument requires another type of reading and language. It is the ability to read music and transpose that to the instrument. Both activities require an immediacy that is brain training at its best.

This Hockey Dad Got To Play For The First Time At 40

Adam Michael Segal | Posted 12.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Adam Michael Segal

I grew up watching hockey religiously. I traded hockey cards. I went public skating. I played on the street. But the option to play the real game, on ice, wasn't there. My parents didn't have deep pockets. My mom saw it as a boorish, stick wielding fest of violence.

'Raising A Wild Child' Changed How I View Parenting

Tracy Gillett | Posted 12.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Tracy Gillett

It's no secret that the average American child spends seven hours in front of a screen every day and only five minutes playing freely in the great outdoors. Mothers have been arrested for allowing their children to play outside or ride their bike without adult supervision. Parents are putting leashes on children to walk them around shopping centres as if they're wild animals who can't be trusted. Preschoolers are asked to sit for extended periods of time when every fibre of their being is screaming at them to run, jump and play. It's refreshing to see a group of down-to-earth, respectful and conscious parents walking their walk and freeing their children of the expectations of modern day society.

8 Sleep Training Myths Busted

Meaghan Grant | Posted 12.16.2016 | Canada Parents
Meaghan Grant

Nothing can cause an argument faster in a group of parents than when someone brings up sleep training. Opinions range from "do it as early as possible" to "only terrible parents sleep train." With so many myths about sleep training out there, who do you believe? Let's examine the eight most common myths about sleep training and see what holds up.

Becoming A Better Parent

Alyson Jones | Posted 12.16.2016 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

I guess one could say that my professional background makes me well qualified for this parenting job, but I must admit that I have had my fair share of humbling moments when it comes to parenting. Sometimes I have moments when I feel I rock it as a parent, and then other moments when I hang my head and know I could have handled something much better. Yes, there is certainly room for improvement.

The Dark Side Of Social Media For Kids And Teens

Dax Hamman | Posted 12.09.2016 | Canada Parents
Dax Hamman

The vast majority of teens say social media helps them be more connected to the feelings of their friends and their lives. It's also a way they get support when facing difficult times. On the other hand, "stirring up drama" is the way 70 per cent of teens report their peers behave on social media.

These Boomers' Stories Prove A Parent's Love Lasts A Lifetime

Linda Simpson | Posted 12.08.2016 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

In many ways it is a values question. What do we owe our parents? It was a question I posed to several friends and the answers come from their own words. Parenting is the one job that has no prerequisite and requires no experience. Yet, parents have an enduring effect on our entire lives.

Growing Orchids Taught Me Some Parenting Truths

Catherine Little | Posted 12.07.2016 | Canada Parents
Catherine Little

I suffered the fate of many orchid beginners, enjoying the flowers when I brought a new plant home but never able to get one to re-bloom. I cared for a handful at a time but my collection never grew because plants died as often as new ones were introduced.