#Parenting

Your Micro Mat Leave Is Nothing to Boast About

Lydia Lovric | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada Living
Lydia Lovric

When the president of the Economic Club of Canada boasted about going back to work just two short weeks after giving birth, my ovaries hurt. Sadly, in our quest to prove ourselves to be equal to men, women are increasingly denying their maternal instinct.

The Torture of Leftover Halloween Candy

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 11.13.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

I had this thought as I secretly stuffed a third mini-Mars bar into my mouth: my daughters are going to smell chocolate on my breath. I better rinse m...

Four Words That Changed the Way I See My Children

Dr. Carolyn Ee | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Carolyn Ee

I've repeated this phrase since then, on many occasions. During the good, the bad, and even the mundane and pedestrian parts of my parenting journey. Parenthood can often feel like a desperate race through the "phases," always hurtling forward, always wishing this current phase was over, that the children would be more independent, less clingy, less messy, less fidgety, less screamy, less whiney.

What Happened to the Sisterhood of Mothers?

Naomi Elana Zener | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Living
Naomi Elana Zener

Wandering aimlessly through the hallways of a mall, down a street, or even through a museum, while pushing my baby stroller, I've come to notice the u...

How I Deal With the Comments People Make About My Adopted, Special-Needs Child

The Purple Fig | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

Sometimes people feel the need to come up to me and tell me how smart she is, as though that was ever in question. My daughter can recognize words on a 12th grade level so yes, she is smart -- but she can't tell when her shirt or pants are on backwards and that the tag almost always goes in the back.

Teach Your Kids That Perfection Is Out and Authenticity Is In

Brynn Harrington | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Living
Brynn Harrington

If we can reinforce it in schools and at home, our kids may be lucky enough to grow up wanting to be no one other than their beautiful selves. We can help them by encouraging them to fail, and hugging and kissing them after they do. We can teach them curiosity about the world and show them that difference is the one thing that makes us all the same.

7 Steps to Helping Your Children Manage Anxiety

Alyson Jones | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Anxiety is the number one mental health concern for children. Our children are growing up in a highly anxious world, surrounded by a massive amount of stimulation and information. Here are some practical and important tips to assist you with grounding your children in this anxious world, and helping them develop their self regulation capabilities.

Why Do Moms Feel So Guilty When Dads Do More Around the House?

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 10.30.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

Out of the blue, my daughter said: "Daddy, when I get up in the morning, you are always there. When I am hungry, it's you who puts food on the table. When I need someone to play with, you always play with me. Thank you, Daddy." This story should have made me feel utterly happy, but instead I felt like I was simultaneously kicked in the stomach and stabbed in the heart.

The Kind of Fertility We're Not Talking About

Erica Berman | Posted 10.29.2014 | Canada
Erica Berman

Next time you meet someone who is dealing with any kind of infertility, please remember this and be kind. Also, think twice before making any assumptions about a person based on how many children they have, whether its none or 10. Not everyone has the luxury of choosing what they end up with.

Trick-or-Treating is For Kids. Period.

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

It's fair to say that many teens love getting something for nothing. Free candy? It fits the bill. And every October 31, they fail to disappoint, showing up at the door, thrusting a bag in the direction of unwitting participants, sometimes without even uttering the agreed request -- sometimes, the words "Trick or Treat" aren't even mentioned.

5 Steps You Can Take If the News Scares Your Kid

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

With recent world events escalating in tandem with the ubiquitous 24/7 news cycle, it's almost impossible for a parent to completely limit the access to information that their children may have. Following are five tips for parents about how to calm their child's fears during these difficult times.

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 11.17.2014 | 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 11.17.2014 | 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.