Parenting.

Dolphin Parenting: A Cure For Tiger Moms And Jellyfish Dads

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 02.11.2016 | Canada Parents
Dr. Shimi Kang

Parenting, like life, is about balance. Between independence and rules, work and play. With the authoritative dolphin style of parenting, greater self-confidence, critical thinking, good behaviour and academic performance are all achieved by encouraging collaborative communication that is both firm and flexible.

Married After One Date

Lenora Thompson | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada
Lenora Thompson

That's right! My husband and I had just one date before our wedding. Wise men say Only fools rush in But I can't help falling in love with you I'd n...

I Am Not Sorry, I Am Judging You

Jessica Glazer | Posted 02.09.2016 | Canada Living
Jessica Glazer

I am judging you if you are barking orders at your partner. That person is not your slave. Their role is to help you, support you and guide you. There was a time, before stress, when you were loving and kind, which is why you are together. Get back to that. Your life will be better.

How To Talk To Your Teen About Sexting

Kids Help Phone | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Parents
Kids Help Phone

At Kids Help Phone, hundreds of kids contact us each year about sexting. Most teens make contact because they're feeling pressure to sext, or someone has shared a sext without their consent. A very large proportion of the calls are initiated after teens have already taken a sexting action and they're in crisis mode, or in desperate need of advice.

Today's Kids Could Use A Lesson In Healthy Competition

Silken Laumann | Posted 02.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Silken Laumann

I think competition is good for us, and is critical to helping us find performances that we didn't know we had. Sometimes I feel we have become so sensitive about not leaving anybody feeling left out that we have all but obliterated competition in our schools, and to a large degree in our workplaces. Nobody gets recognized, and actually nobody feels special.

Motherhood Is A Constant Challenge - And Not Just On Facebook

Tara Mandarano | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Parents
Tara Mandarano

At the end of the day, the Facebook motherhood challenge doesn't make us measure ourselves in an unfair way. We do enough of that on our own. Is there anything wrong with singling out your mum friends to tell them you think they're doing a great job? Hell no. Am I proud to be a mum? Hell yes.

No Longer The Centre Of Their Universe

Julie Nowell | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Parents
Julie Nowell

The kids are growing up, and as they do so, drifting away. Their independence is greater than their need. I think back to those days when I was smothered in children. When I knew every moment of their day. When our lives were so entwined it was difficult to see where one started and the other left off. When they were a part of me, and I was a part of them.

My Parents Killed My Self-Esteem - Now I'm Done Taking Criticism

Lenora Thompson | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

I was 14 and shocked by all the criticisms suddenly blind-siding me. They ranged from making me believe I was an (almost) slut to something as vague as, "Shake my hand and commit to 'trying harder.'" To this day I wonder how much harder I could try. I already had a 4.0 GPA.

Don't Rape Anyone And Be Home By Nine

Meredith Fowke | Posted 02.02.2016 | Canada Parents
Meredith Fowke

I look at my boy and see a sweet... empathetic kid and sometimes think to myself, "You're going overboard. He's only 11. Look at him, he would never participate, stand by or condone sexual aggression." And then I think of all the parents who probably thought the same... and I push on with the conversation.

Experts Say You Shouldn't Praise Children (But I Think The Experts Are Wrong)

Julie M Green | Posted 02.02.2016 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

Experts say you shouldn't praise children. I'm no psychologist, but I think they're wrong. Kids absolutely need to be praised. They deserve to be celebrated -- for the right reasons. I don't beat on to my son about how smart or handsome he is (though of course I'm biased on both counts). But when I know he has done something especially challenging, I don't skimp on the praise.

5 Lessons Play Dates Have Taught Me About Life

Tara Mandarano | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Tara Mandarano

As time went on and I grew more confident in my mothering, I began to open up more when I would randomly meet other families at the park or the store. I craved adult company and conversation, but something always stopped me from suggesting we meet up.

What Type Of Parent Are You?

Sharon Vinderine | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Sharon Vinderine

Do your kids need to be scheduled every minute of the day or do you prefer they play in the grass and get a little dirty?

It's Tough To Admit That My Siblings And I Don't Speak Anymore

Her Magazine | Posted 01.29.2016 | Canada Living
Her Magazine

A few weekends ago, while we were at my parents' home, my oldest child asked me if I had a sister. I wasn't quite sure how to answer her. Yes, I do have a sister, and I've had her for 33 years. But no, we don't see each other and we don't speak to each other.

I'm A Gluten-Free Mom, And My Kids Eat Cake

Miriam Pearl | Posted 01.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Miriam Pearl

It's important to go beyond teaching your kids what's safe for them by also teaching them to distinguish between what is good food, what is not so good food and what is pure crap. I don't believe it's important to never ever let them eat treats.

What I Would Ask My Mom If She Were Still Alive

Hannah Spray | Posted 01.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Hannah Spray

The first time I carried a child, I suddenly had this intense urge to be closer to my mom. It was hard going through a pregnancy and a stressful birth experience without my mother's guidance and support (cancer can quit now, OK?), and I keep coming up against questions I really wish I could ask my mama, but that must be left unanswered.

5 Signs Your Special Needs Child Has Mental Health Issues

Joanne Giacomini | Posted 01.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Joanne Giacomini

There is still so much misinformation on mental illness in society, especially in the workforce and in schools, where young people and older adults are stigmatized as being unproductive, lazy or exaggerating their behavior, when really they are dealing with very real mental health issues, ADD, ADHD, Autism, Bipolar or other depressive disorders. These individuals need our help, not our judgment.

Maybe Your Entitled Kids Just Need A Better Public Relations Strategy

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 01.25.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

As much as running your own family requires keeping things straight from an internal perspective, let's face it: sooner or later these little buggers are going to have to face the outside world and subject themselves to the judgement, which can only come from other parents, teachers, and so-called authority figures.

My Search For Meaning And Connection

Her Magazine | Posted 01.22.2016 | Canada Living
Her Magazine

While I have a blessed life (with its fair share of twists, turns, and challenges) with a loving husband, three healthy children, a career, and a comfortable lifestyle, the hustle and bustle of everyday life was leaving me feeling lonely, and craving deeper connections and meaning.

15 Reasons Why Uncles Rock

Amy Gibson | Posted 01.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Amy Gibson

In our eyes, and in our kids' eyes, uncles truly rock. Thank you uncles everywhere, for being such important members of our family, for loving our kids, for helping to take care of them and for teaching our children so many things. Our kids look up to you and love having you around. We love you and we appreciate you more than you will ever know. You make our lives more fun, messy, silly and adventurous. And our kids are better for it. Thank you.

I Bawled When I Breastfed My Child For The Last Time

Lauren Bialystok | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Parents
Lauren Bialystok

The last time I breastfed my first child, I bawled. Unbeknownst to my 13-month-old, I was about to disappear for several days, a last-resort measure to terminate a relationship that was marked by inadequate milk supply, sleepless nights, blocked ducts and metabolic chaos. She was frustrated, I was frustrated, I was losing more weight than was healthy and I had a job interview in a week. It was taking a huge toll on everyone. Heaving with sadness and guilt, I finally agreed to go cold-turkey.

Modern Parenting Books That Update The Classics

Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Parents

Let's face it, if you're having a baby there are plenty of tried and true parenting books out there that have withstood the test of time. Nothing is g...

Dear Tired Mama: You Will Survive

Lori Gard | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

You wonder if it will ever get better. Wonder, too, if there really is a light at the end of the tunnel. Wonder incessantly if you will ever have energy again. All while you also wonder if you ever will see a semblance of your former self again. I hear you, friend, and I truly feel for you. I remember those days.

Revealing I Was Sexually Abused Lost Me The Mother I Never Had

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

After what feels like a lifetime of battling drug and alcohol addiction, and my own tenuous mental health issues, three years ago -- at the age of 47 -- I finally found the strength to tell my wife and adult son that I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Like too many other survivors of childhood sexual violence who decide to go public with their disclosure, I have lost contact with my mother and my siblings as a result. If you really want to know how to destroy an already fragile soul, take away the one thing that a survivor of sexual violence needs most -- connection, which equates as validation and worthiness.

Gen Xers Vs. Millennials: Who Has It Harder?

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

Telling your parents, be they Boomers or Gen Xers, that they 'had it easy' isn't fair. It negates the hard work we all did to get to where we are, and puts it all down to luck and advantage, and ignores what I believe are two main ingredients for success: motivation, and initiative.

A Healthy And Happy New Year

Her Magazine | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

The typical New Year's greeting holds a different meaning for me. Happy and healthy have swapped places: I wish you a healthy and happy new year. I place much more emphasis on healthy because, as glib as it might sound, if you don't have health, nothing else matters.