Canada Parenting

Switched At Birth: How Hospital Procedures Have Evolved

Meaghan Grant | Posted 12.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Meaghan Grant

Although many parents today fear taking home the wrong baby, it is thankfully an unfounded fear. In reality, it is exceedingly rare for infants to be switched in the hospital and it becomes even more rare as time goes on. Extensive measures have been put in place in modern hospitals in order to prevent such mix-ups.

How Trying To Learn Ballroom Dance Made Me A Better Parent

Catherine Little | Posted 11.24.2016 | Canada Parents
Catherine Little

On our first day of dance classes, my husband and I found ourselves in a large high school gymnasium with about 50 other couples. The teacher demonstrated something and instructed us to repeat. It seemed simple enough so we followed the instructions and immediately started blaming each other for our failure to look like Fred and Ginger. We tried again and failed again.

Autism Plus Insomnia Equals A Cry For Compassion

Stacey Haley | Posted 11.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Stacey Haley

We should have known from their birth that this was going to be a lifelong battle. I remember after the twins were born, listening to other new moms brag how their kids were sleeping through the night at three months old and secretly hating them. I remember trying all the same things I had done with my first and wondering why it wasn't working with O and W. 1 to 3 hours of sleep for their first 18 months would destroy the strongest of men but somehow we survived it.

Your Kids' First Smartphone Should Come With An Important Talk

Brad Fisher | Posted 11.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Brad Fisher

While the joys of parenthood are many, it's natural to worry about the inevitable milestones that shape a child's independence, such as their first solo walk to school, first sleep-over or first teen party. In our technology-driven world, parents must now consider a new growing-up moment: their first smartphone.

A Simple 10-Point Parenting Primer For Uncertain Times

Linda Simpson | Posted 11.18.2016 | Canada Parents
Linda Simpson

How many times have we wondered exactly how to parent our kids when our kids throw us a curve or -- as we found out recently -- world events upend our sensibilities? Perhaps surprising is that how we parent has several underpinnings that never change, no matter what the circumstance

We Are Pioneering The Way For Our Children With Special Needs

Stacey Haley | Posted 11.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Stacey Haley

People with autism are not all violent, unthinking, unfeeling or uncaring, incapable of progress or love. When supported in a loving environment and by people who believe in them and their potential locked within, most of the kids can go on to be very successful and lead fulfilling lives with loving relationships.

Disorganized Mom Seeking Professional Help

Erin Silver | Posted 11.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Erin Silver

I'm not making excuses, but between two active kids and their play dates, field trips, and activities I often feel like I'm struggling to keep it all straight. On top of that, I've got my own schedule: I'm in school, writing a book and trying to freelance. My activities come with deadlines of their own. My head is spinning all the time. I'm lucky to know the day of the week.

Please Stop Asking What My Son's "Special Talent" Is

Tanis Shaw | Posted 11.15.2016 | Canada Parents
Tanis Shaw

He doesn't have a "special" talent. In fact, less than 10% of the autistic population have some kind of savant talent. When you ask about his "talent" and he knows that he doesn't have one, he feels less. He feels as though he is being judged for being "wrong" yet again. I hug him and tell him that you mean well, and that the drawing he did of Spider-Man really did rock! What I wish you would ask instead, is this.

Helping Our Youth (And Ourselves) Deal With The Trump Trauma

Alyson Jones | Posted 11.10.2016 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

As the results began to become undeniable and there was no avoiding the dreaded outcome, I witnessed my children and their friends reaching out to ask each other in shock and asking their parents "How could this happen?"

The Best Family Holiday Destinations (As Chosen By Kids)

Booking.com | Posted 11.08.2016 | Canada
Booking.com

Planning a family vacation can be just as stressful as it is exciting and deciding on a destination that pleases both parents and kids isn't as easy as you might think. To help you be the holiday hero with your family, we surveyed child travellers worldwide to uncover the best destinations for family travel. Here are the top destinations rated as fantastic for family travel, as chosen by the kiddos themselves!

Some Days, Parenting Just Really Sucks

Tara Mandarano | Posted 11.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Tara Mandarano

With a threenager in the house, there's nothing I enjoy more than having real conversations with other mums and dads about the shitty side of parenting. Because it does exist, despite what Facebook would have you believe. There's something incredibly comforting about hearing other parents' tales of woe and seeing how they've come out the other side.

Keep Your Hands Off My Kid's Lunchbox

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 11.07.2016 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

There's a new trend happening around town and it's one that may be catching on. Consider this my civic duty to spread the word and stop the idiocy of being legislated. That's right -- schools are now trying to tell me what I can and can't put in my kid's lunchbox.

Autism Gifted Me By Turning Me Into A Real Grown Up

Stacey Haley | Posted 11.07.2016 | Canada Parents
Stacey Haley

Autism officially entered our lives on June 7th and then again June 14th, 2005. Not only was this new territory -- it was no man's land. Scary quicksand territory. Never before had our parenting skills been put to the test as it was in the latter half of 2005. Not just our skills, but our belief in ourselves as parents.

I Won't Let 'Autism Fatigue' Make Me Give Up On Halloween

Stacey Haley | Posted 11.04.2016 | Canada Parents
Stacey Haley

Recently, I have become aware that something seems to be happening in our little autism family bubble. I'll name it Autism Fatigue. After 13 years of nothing coming easy, 13 years of aforementioned preparation and coaching, and teaching and coping and surviving and striving and advocating and fighting and praying.. I got tired. Christmas had fallen to the wayside, and Halloween was next.

Why I Sent My Son To A Tech Startup For Take Our Kids To Work Day

Catherine Little | Posted 11.03.2016 | Canada Parents
Catherine Little

I think I'd feel much more comfortable if my child secured a traditional job with predictable hours, good benefits and long-term stability. Perhaps that can still happen. However, if that is not in the cards, I want to make sure he has started to consider alternate possibilities. Whatever the future holds, I saw Take Our Kids to Work Day as a chance to look beyond traditional workplaces and a chance to expose him to different career paths in a concrete way.

Media Literacy Is The Key To Closing The Gender Gap

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 11.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Dr. Shimi Kang

An important first step is identifying the ways culture and media influence our understanding of sexuality and ideas about gender. As parents and educators of youth, improving our own media-literacy skills can enable the conversations needed to convert troubling topics popular in the media into opportunities for promoting gender equality.

Can You Teach Brothers To Love And Support Each Other?

Erin Silver | Posted 11.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Erin Silver

It's not always easy having boys 15 months apart. Now ages six and seven, they have always wanted the same thing at the same time -- same toys, same food, same clothes. They often feel they are somehow competing for the same resources, too, whether it be our time or attention.

Secret Fishing Destinations In Canada

Posted 10.31.2016 | Canada Living

Start packing that truck!

Look Out For 'Friends' Who Exploit Your Teen's Insecurities

Linda Simpson | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Linda Simpson

Throughout the teen years, vulnerabilities crop up. That, in turn, makes them susceptible to controlling friends. To identify negative relationships your teen needs to clearly understand the attributes of possessiveness, isolation and jealousy. These are strategies used by others to control a person.

Set Yourself Free

Leigh Sanchez Ellazar | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada
Leigh Sanchez Ellazar

Not too long ago I was in a mall. I'm hardly ever in malls. I was running around, trying to complete my 503 errands and I found myself walking really ...

Helping Kids Cope With Sensory Issues

Linda Maslechko | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Linda Maslechko

It is difficult to fully comprehend the experience of someone with special needs. However, drawing from my personal experiences, including those of being a mom and the creator of a fashion brand focused on comfort, I can attest to the difference soft and comfortable materials can make on one's mood. Clothing plays an important part in all of our lives, especially those with sensory sensitivities, and the tactile experience can be as meaningful as the style when it comes to feeling good.

What Doctors Should Be Checking For During A Fertility Exam

The Huffington Post Canada | Kayla Greaves | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada Parents

The best decision is to be proactive.

Shocking Facts That Prove Why Pregnancy Planning Is So Important

The Huffington Post Canada | Kayla Greaves | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada Parents

Women typically have a specific timeframe in which they can produce healthy eggs.

How An Article Written On A Whim Changed My Life

Taslim Jaffer | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada Living
Taslim Jaffer

Two years ago today, an article I wrote on a whim was published on Huff Post Living Canada. It was an open letter to my fellow Canadians, a plea, asking for tolerance for my Muslim children in the wake of the Ottawa shooting. It kind of went nuts.

These Family-Friendly Halloween Decor Ideas Are A Treat

Angie Campanelli | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Parents
Angie Campanelli

If you're like us, most occasions 'creep' up out of nowhere. It's as though one minute you're commenting, "ohhh that would be such an awesome Halloween costume this year," and the next moment you're scrambling to figure out what you can create with the store leftovers.