Canada Parenting

The 14 Rules My Daughter Follows When Going To A Concert

Eric Alper | Posted 05.25.2017 | Canada Parents
Eric Alper

Like many families, the horror of what happened in Manchester, UK at the Ariana Grande show has dominated conversation in our house. We are music fans and concert goers and this senseless attack hit us hard. The images of mostly teenage girls running, injured and scared while their parents were frantic, are devastating. So we talk. We talk not only about the news as it comes in, but also about "now what?" And we came up with a plan.

Getting To Know Your University Kid All Over Again

Shantelle Bisson | Posted 05.24.2017 | Canada Living
Shantelle Bisson

There's an incredibly interesting thing that happens to a parent when our children reaches the age to move away and go to college/university. All of a sudden you're thrust into this new phase of life, surprisingly unprepared, even though you knew that it was coming eventually.

She Wasn't Sick, I Was: My Battle With Postpartum Anxiety

Jessyka Gagnon | Posted 05.23.2017 | Canada Parents
Jessyka Gagnon

I was certain something was going to take her away from me, that my time with her was limited. My fear made us prisoner to our home, our safe space. I wanted to run with her to keep her from everyone and anything that could harm her. Going to the grocery store was no longer a chore, it appeared life-threatening.

What To Expect When You're Expecting Multiple Babies

Meaghan Grant | Posted 05.18.2017 | Canada Parents
Meaghan Grant

The idea of bringing home multiples can be staggering. Do you really need two of everything? Will they come early? Are they identical, and how will you tell them apart if they are? Once you discover you are having multiples, your prenatal care will likely change. If you are registered with a midwife, your care may be transferred, or plans may be made to transfer you at 28 weeks. If you are scheduled to see an OB, you might be moved to a multiples or high risk prenatal clinic. You will definitely have more appointments, more ultrasounds, and possibly more tests.

Wanna Boost Your Kid's Self-Esteem? Praise Them 5 Times A Day

HuffPost Canada | Monika Markovinovic | Posted 05.17.2017 | Canada Parents

They might just flourish.

Online Therapy For Postpartum Depression Makes The Most Sense

Patricia Tomasi | Posted 05.17.2017 | Canada Parents
Patricia Tomasi

It's crazy to expect a new mother with postpartum depression (PPD) to attend regular therapy sessions. That's if she can get access to therapy at all what with the ongoing shortage of psychiatrists and psychotherapists across Canada and the U.S.

My Kids Are Amazing, Thanks To Everyone In Their Lives

Erin Silver | Posted 05.16.2017 | Canada Parents
Erin Silver

Did they finally realize what I've been telling them all along: that they are brothers and brothers have to get along? Did they just want to make me happy and realize getting along would be the only way to accomplish this all-important task? Do they see my siblings, friends, parents and our family doing kind things for one another? Have they seen their dad and I do kind things for each other despite our divorce? Despite being a single mom, they are seeing a lot of love from a lot of sources and it makes me so grateful and proud.

Watch Sophie Grégoire Trudeau's Message To Canadian Moms

HuffPost Canada | Posted 05.15.2017 | Canada Parents

"There's no book that can completely prepare us to live everything that is motherhood."

A Letter To A Grieving Mom On Mother's Day

Emma Hansen | Posted 05.12.2017 | Canada Parents
Emma Hansen

I want you to know that you are not alone. Through your grief and pain and loss you have joined the club that no one wants to be a part of. But the most astonishing thing is that this club is made up of some of the most powerful, compassionate, and inspiring women.

A Village Of Support Helped Me Get Through Postpartum Depression

Meaghan Grant | Posted 05.12.2017 | Canada Parents
Meaghan Grant

Birth and postpartum mental health issues don't get the attention they deserve, says Meaghan Grant. We don't talk about the pressure to meet expectations or the fact that other people's opinions impact the way we parent and the way we view ourselves as parents.

What I Wish I Knew On My First Mother's Day As A Stepmom

Sarah Paterson | Posted 05.11.2017 | Canada Parents
Sarah Paterson

"When do I call myself a stepmom?" "When do I show up for events?" "When do I get involved in logistics and planning?" When do I... when do I... when do I? Questions that all went unanswered, as I had nobody to ask. Without fail, one of the big ones came up each year up in time for Mother's Day.

The 12-Step Cure For Helicopter Parenting

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.08.2017 | Canada Parents
Marcia Sirota

If parents and schools make it too easy for young people to shirk their work, it's unlikely that these youth will ever be willing or able to do what's necessary, in order to excel in their training or in their future jobs. If a young person has had helicopter parenting and/or has graduated from a college that coddled them, how can they overcome these disadvantages and achieve success in the workplace? It's simple, if not easy. They have to learn the attitudes and skills that will make it possible for them to succeed.

Texas Law Would Let Adoption Agencies Ban Muslim, Jewish, LGBT Parents

CP | Meredith Hoffman, The Associated Press | Posted 05.07.2017 | Canada

Child welfare organizations could also send LGBT kids to conversion therapy.

Weed-Loving Moms Deserve To Be In On The Conversation

Unity Marguerite Whittaker | Posted 05.04.2017 | Canada Living
Unity Marguerite Whittaker

Bringing the public perception of marijuana to a place where women, especially moms, are comfortable being identified as cannabis users may not sound like a big deal, but this is about so much more than enabling more moms to get high - it's about data, health and wellness.

My Children Are The Only Black Kids At Their Preschool

Davina Hamilton | Posted 05.04.2017 | Canada Parents
Davina Hamilton

Largely speaking, race is not something that tends to bother very young children. So when I discovered that my four-year-old daughter and two-year-old son were the only black children in their new preschool, I wasn't sure how to feel.

Dear Grade 12 Grads, This Is A Big Step Towards Your Future

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 05.03.2017 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

I've never been asked to address a high school graduating class, much to my children's relief, but with my third child finishing grade 12 in a month, I thought about what I might say to these graduates, especially those heading off to college or university.

Baby Hacks To Make Your Life Easier

Meaghan Grant | Posted 05.03.2017 | Canada Parents
Meaghan Grant

It is a common joke amongst new parents and parents-to-be that babies do not come with an instruction manual. And while there are thousands of books on parenting style, breastfeeding, the 'science' of raising children, and more, none of them cover ways to make life easier. Most parents would happily give up (more) sleep if they just had some clues on ways to soothe, settle, schedule, and survive their child's infancy.

One Question That Needs To Be Asked About Mental Health

Lianne Castelino | Posted 05.03.2017 | Canada
Lianne Castelino

Just about everywhere you turn these days, the words appear -- seared into the psyche through a heart-wrenching story, recounted in raw detail by suff...

My Favourite Mother's Day Gifts For New Moms

Angie Campanelli | Posted 05.02.2017 | Canada Parents
Angie Campanelli

Looking for something special for a new mom in your life? These are some of my favourite gift ideas for moms in that first year of motherhood.

Helicopter Parents Are Raising Unemployable Children

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.10.2017 | Canada Parents
Marcia Sirota

Helicopter parents think that they're doing what's best for their kids but actually, they're hurting their kids' chances at success. In particular, they're ruining their kids' chances of landing a job and keeping it.

'Empire' Creator Says He's 'Proud' To Foster Parent His Brother's Children

HuffPost Canada | Andre Varty | Posted 04.28.2017 | Canada Parents

His children are now 21 years old.

When Your Kid Is In Love With Someone You Don't Like

Shantelle Bisson | Posted 04.25.2017 | Canada Parents
Shantelle Bisson

The day will inevitably come when your sweet pre-teen gets to be dating age. And oh, what a day that is, let me tell you. As a parent of three young women, I always thought I would know exactly what type of person they would bring home. Let's just say if I had been a gambling sort, I would have lost it all, time, and time again.

Parents Travelling With Young Kids Deserve Our Kindness Not Mistreatment

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 04.24.2017 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

It's a terrifying thing, the prospect of boarding a plane with two babies or toddlers, while you are the person who must endure the daggers being stared at you by other travellers who are anticipating mayhem. Two babies (or toddlers) and a non-stop flight to a not-so-local destination do not a perfect scenario make.

5 Hacks For Working Parents To Make Your Week More Productive

Lisa Durante | Posted 04.21.2017 | Canada Parents
Lisa Durante

We all only have 24 hours in a day. And, for us mamas (and involved papas, too), much of our time is consumed by our little people -- caring for them, feeding them, and everything else they may demand of us. It's a lot to do and if you're working eight or more hours a day outside of the home, there's substantially less time to do it all.

These 4 Rules For Living Will Also Make You A Better Parent

Linda Simpson | Posted 04.21.2017 | Canada Parents
Linda Simpson

These four agreements are very simple, very clear and precise life lessons. They are neither glamorous nor catchy, just lessons for leading a fulfilling life. Remind your children to be fearless, always do their best and always keep trying. The world needs people like that more than ever.