#Parenting

5 Common Breastfeeding Myths Dispelled

Stephanie McDougall | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Parents
Stephanie McDougall

The major problem with negative attitudes toward breastfeeding is simply the lack of exposure to it and not understanding how difficult it truly is. There are quite a few common misunderstandings about breastfeeding and majority of them you can't truly understand unless you've attempted to breastfeed or watched someone close to you attempt to breastfeed

6 Things I Will Miss/Not Miss About the Baby Stage

Glynis Ratcliffe | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Parents
Glynis Ratcliffe

Baby C is getting closer and closer to hitting his first birthday. I can't believe it, and because I know this is my last child, I'm feeling a little bittersweet. There are plenty of things I know I will not miss about the baby stage, but when I stop to think about them, I have to admit that I'll miss them, in their own way.

Our Four-Day Adventure in Nassau, Bahamas

Miriam Porter | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Travel
Miriam Porter

Nassau Bahamas is one of those destinations you want to return to again and again. It's my third time visiting the island and the second time going with my son Noah, age nine. I carefully plan our itinerary to maximize our four-night stay -- one adventure per day! It's the perfect destination for an extended long weekend.

My Child With Autism's Imaginary World Is as Vivid as the Real One

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 05.21.2015 | Canada Parents
Kathleen O’Grady

Kids with autism are also often singular in their attention to the things they love and the things that give them pleasure; this sometimes makes them wholly present and pure receptacles of joy. In my son Casey's case, he dreamt of city buses.

An Open Letter to My Tween Daughter

Erica Gomez | Posted 05.21.2015 | Canada Parents
Erica Gomez

Dear Daughter, I'm writing this not to let you know how much I love you, and I do. So much. Not to tell you how proud you've made me and how talented you are. You have. You are. I'm writing you to let you know that I understand. That I care.

Use This Hand Gesture to Applaud Other Parents in Public

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

We need a gesture. Something like a tip-of-the-hat, a wink, the A-OK, or the Vulcan Salute. Something that communicates, instantly and silently, "You're doing a great job, parent. Keep up the good work. I'm with you." So I came up with something.

My Kids Stopped Me From Committing Suicide

BLUNTmoms | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Parents
BLUNTmoms

The plan was to drive off the neighbourhood bridge. It had one of those flimsy corrugated steel side rails at the bottom of a steep hill and curve. I always felt those railings were only a token effort to protect against plans such as this. I had spent the morning running errands and my two-year-old was fast asleep in her car seat in the back. I had installed that seat with the help of a police officer and I knew it was secure and designed to protect on impact. I could see her in my rearview mirror and had a moment of doubt thinking of what I would miss out on.

Relax Parents, Masturbation Is a Normal Aspect of Childhood

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr Dina Kulik

May is masturbation month. Shocking as the word and act are to many, masturbation is a normal aspect of childhood sexuality that many parents find difficult to talk about. Part of this is the difficulty in acknowledging that kids are sexual beings.

How I Learned to Love Clutter

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Kathy Kaufield

When my daughters were younger and we lived in a smaller house, I dreamed of having a playroom in the basement so I could shut the door, ignore the mess and minimize the noise. When we moved to a new house, I was ecstatic when we dumped the toys in the playroom. Problem was, our girls did not want to play downstairs.

Kids Need You to Trust Them

Susan Valentine | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Susan Valentine

As parents and caregivers, how can we best help our children shape their sense of self? Trust. Through trusting them, demonstrating trustworthiness, and instilling a sense of trust. The more we trust our children, and are open to listening to their feelings and experiences, the more they learn to trust their own internal state.

Nurses Were Wrong About my Breastfeeding Problem

Stephanie McDougall | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Stephanie McDougall

There's no question breastfeeding has its challenges. From the shape of mom's nipples to the neck rotation of the baby, it all has an impact. But I never knew what would kill our breastfeeding relationship would go undetected for so long, although it was right under my nose. Or rather my baby's nose.

What Happened When I Got Rid Of Half My Kids' Toys

Shawna Scafe | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Parents
Shawna Scafe

So come this past January, our family of five started a mission to live with less (minimalism for rookies). I know it's not for everyone, but it is for us. Our first long drawn-out step is to "remove the excess" of belongings. Since January we have done two toy purges and reduced the kids toys by over half.

5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Motivated at the End of the School Year

Jason Au | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Parents
Jason Au

With the end of the school year just around the corner, you might be finding it challenging to keep your children on task for those upcoming final projects and exams. For parents, it can be very difficult to encourage their kids to concentrate on their studies, especially if they're struggling with a certain subject.

Why Same-Sex Parents Shouldn't Take Canadian Policy for Granted

Allison Lee | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Parents
Allison Lee

This week my Facebook news feed has blown up with profile pictures featuring the red equals sign and posts about the SCOTUS hearing. The one that has the potential to grant (or continue to deny) same-sex couples rights that most heterosexual couples take completely for granted. Rights about what happens if their spouse dies. Rights about recognizing non-gestational parents as parents. It is absolutely horrifying to me to think that if The Bean were born in the U.S. rather than Canada that I would not be recognized as his parent. I am also holding my breath. For my friends. For my family. For rights that I usually take for granted, but know many are still struggling to achieve.

Wanted: Drum Circle For Vancouver Home Birth

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada British Columbia

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10 Baby Naming Traditions From Around The World

The Huffington Post Canada | Julianna McDermott | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Parents

We've rounded up baby naming traditions from around the globe!

I've Realized I'm Not the Mother I Always Thought I'd Be

Jessica Blumel | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Parents
Jessica Blumel

Before I had kids, I dreamed about being a stay-at-home mom. I loved the idea of having the whole household under control and making life easy for my husband by rocking the homemaker role. But as it turns out, I am happy in that role about one day per week and otherwise feel totally and utterly stifled.

Old School Parenting Rules That Should Make A Comeback

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Prestwich | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Parents

Parenting can be really difficult. Which rule book do you follow? According to Ylonda Gault Caviness, the author of "Child, Please: How Mama’s Ol...

Whoops! These Mom Fails Remind Us To Laugh It Off!

The Huffington Post Canada | Shelley White | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Parents

We've all been there. After all, moms are busy people. We're engaged in a daily balancing act, trying to keep our kids fed, clothed and happy, while j...

I Learned How To Ride A Bike At 37

Andree Lau | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Andree Lau

By the age of 37, I had birthed two children, reported live on national television, and travelled around the world. But I had never ridden a bike.

Almost No One From My Son's Class Came to His Birthday Party and it Broke My Heart

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Kathleen O’Grady

"It is with sadness that we will have to decline the birthday party invitation for your son," one mother wrote me, "as such short notice was given." I felt like I had been punched in the gut. Again. You see, my son Casey has autism, and I had been busily planning all the arrangements for his seventh birthday party for weeks. I wanted to tell her, in earnest, that I had tried, I really tried, to get it right this time.

How Raising Chickens Made Me a Better Parent

Julie Nowell | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Julie Nowell

We walked into getting chickens eager for fresh eggs and getting "back to the roots" of our food. But in the end, it has been about much more than that and had a profound affect on our lives, and our parenting. Here are a few things I never expected to learn from our flock of chickens, some of them may surprise you a little.

Is the Paleo Diet Safe for Kids?

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr Dina Kulik

Food trends are constantly changing be it: Paleo, vegan, low fat, low carb, raw and alkaline, there are many options to choose from. Adults may be jumping on the band-wagon, but are these food fads safe for children?

Becoming a Mother Saved Me From Alcoholism

Stephanie McDougall | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Stephanie McDougall

Giving up drinking for nine months was easy. It was a no brainer. Plus I was so nauseous I don't think I could have had a drink even if I had wanted to. But here's the kicker. I've officially given up alcohol. For good. My son is almost one year old and I'm coming up to two years sober.

A Letter to the Woman I Was One Year Ago

Glynis Ratcliffe | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Glynis Ratcliffe

Oh sweet, sad Mama. You are in the thick of it right now, and I know you can't see a way out. It's hard enough being the mom of a spirited two-year-old, but add on an unplanned pregnancy and having to put your own big plans on hiatus? It's no wonder you're feeling low, confused and scared.