Parenting

5 Lessons for My Kids From the Sochi Olympics

Erin Chrusch | Posted 02.24.2014 | Canada Alberta
Erin Chrusch

Canada is a country where you are free to be who you are and where you can express love to those around you without fear. You can practice your faith and express your views openly. You are receiving an excellent public education and when you are hurt, you can receive the health care you need. Wherever you travel, continue to stand on guard for the ideals and values that our flag - the one that our athletes wore throughout the competition - represents throughout the world.

"Feminists" or Not, Let's Teach Our Kids True Equality

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.24.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

"Feminist" is an unavoidably loaded word. If we asked a group of parents if they believe in raising children that are respectful of both men and women, and who believe in equal opportunity, we suspect the answer would be overwhelmingly, "of course." Ask that same group if they believe in raising feminists, and the response may be slightly more hesitant.

Stop Comparing Girls to Boys and Just Love Your Kids

Darlena Cunha | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

What even is this steaming plate of garbage on my computer screen right now? By the time my girls are adults, society (with no help from you, apparently) will hopefully have come farther in allowing fluidity in gender roles, more lenient maternity and paternity leaves, women will make the same as men, and even now, even now, you're right, we can be intelligent and efficient and be mothers.

Do You Know Where Those Valentine's Chocolates Came From?

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada
Debbie Wolfe

What is it about chocolate that says 'love' on Valentine's Day? The first year I was married, I remember an almost overwhelming instinct to concoct h...

A Letter From a Working Mother to a Stay-At-Home Mother (and Vice Versa)

Dr. Carolyn Ee | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Carolyn Ee

I know that you seldom have a hot cup of coffee or tea. I know that your attention is always divided, often diverted from a moment to moment basis, and you cannot ever count on completing a task in the one go. I know that you probably don't get any down time when you're on your own at home, unless you have a single child who still naps in the daytime. I know the challenges you deal with daily, usually with no peer support or backup. The toddler tantrums, the toilet training accidents, the food battles, the food on the floor, the crayons on the wall, the sibling rivalry, the baby that never seems to stop crying.

The Most Romantic V-Day Gift? A Clean House

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 04.12.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

Parenthood has completely changed my idea of romance of course. A "Before Kids" Valentine's Day involved detailed planning, a nice restaurant, dress-up clothes, red roses and lengthy love notes handwritten on delicate pink stationary. An "After Kids" Valentine's Day involves, um, not much.

Parents, Remember You Are Your Child's Number One Teacher

Lori Gard | Posted 04.12.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Teach your children well -- teach them about life and love and joy and sorrow. Teach them to be honest and kind. Teach them to be thoughtful and generous. Teach your children to care for others. Let your own life be the living textbook that your children read. May it be among the most inspiring books they ever open!

Parents, Step Back So Your Child Can Solve Their Own Problem

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

This particular show had their youngest daughter, Cindy, about eight years old, dealing with a bully, Buddy Hinton, making fun of her lisp. When she complains to mom and dad, they tell her to "fix" her lisp by taking books out of the library with lots of "s's" in them, and reading them out loud. They wanted HER to fix HER own problem.

Teaching My Son Not to Say "Girly"

Vicki Murphy | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

What you're saying to your son when you say "that's girly" is: Stop acting like a girl, because being a girl is bad. You're also saying: You're a boy, and boys are supposed to act a certain way. (That's a whole other can of worms.)

Proud Parenting Moment: The F Word

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 04.05.2014 | Canada
Kathy Kaufield

Here's something you don't want to hear from another mother: "Hey, your daughter taught my son how to say the F-word." Yep. There it is. A proud parenting moment indeed.

Don't Feel Guilt About Putting Your Parents in Care

Anne Day | Posted 03.29.2014 | Canada Living
Anne Day

Placing my mother in a seniors' residence was the last thing I ever wanted to do. It seemed so final, so rejecting. It marked the end of an era. In reality, it was just a new phase in our relationship and it was one of those tough decisions that had to be made.

What I Learned From My 'Cute' Parenting Moment

Lori Gard | Posted 03.27.2014 | Canada
Lori Gard

I just had a moment. Until I turn 40, I will not refer to such as a senior's moment. No, this was merely a parenting moment. A realization. As in one ...

A Letter to My Children

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 03.22.2014 | Canada Living
Marni Soupcoff

You do not always get along. Sam told me approximately 44 times this morning that P.J. popped her green balloon. P.J. sometimes resorts to creating Mega-bloks jail cells to contain Sam. Alex pulls Sam's hair. Sam pulls back. But you get more pure joy from each other than you get from water balloons, McDonald's fries and the iPad combined. Which is saying a lot.

Does This Trendy Parenting Style Actually Get Results?

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

Treating babies like adults makes them, in a sense, your equal, which is where I think the theory loses the last of its credibility. In order to raise them, guide them, and (gasp) discipline them, there has to be a clear line of who is really in charge. And if they're not clear on that as infants, good luck when they get older.

Is 13 Too Young To Be On LinkedIn?

Sulemaan Ahmed | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada
Sulemaan Ahmed

Should 13 year olds think about which university to attend? They have their entire lives to worry about academics, pedigree and careers. As a father, I'm torn as I already feel guilty about too much structure, classes, and tutoring in my child's life. And before you know it they are no longer children.

This Mommy Blogger Is Aiming Low for 2014

Kerry Sauriol | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Kerry Sauriol

The background chatter is filled with bloggers concerned about taking professional shots of their food or composters or safe non-plastic toys and the right camera to do so. Gone are stories of parenting imperfection like why their 11-year-old still can't tie his shoes, but yet can have a girlfriend (I haven't blogged that one yet).

My Son's Autism Doesn't Affect His Empathy

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada Living
Linda Mastroianni

The thought of teaching my son Emilio to say "I'm sorry" in an effort to build and develop more empathy never crossed my mind. That's the reality of raising children with non-verbal autism; their parents are concentrating on having eye contact with their child; they are working on communication skills so they can verbalize their basic needs like "I want water".

Old Spice's Viral Mom Song Ad: Creepy or Cute?

Emma Waverman | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Living
Emma Waverman

Over 3 million views later, Old Spice has gone viral again with their newest "Mom Song" ad. Some people are laughing all the way to the share button after seeing the ad. Others are kind of creeped out by the stalking mothers following their handsome, horny teen boys around. But is it accurate?

Why I'm a Fan of Tough Love Parenting

Sue Nador | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

I was never the "good job" kind of mom. My two sons didn't get standing ovations for doing ordinary party tricks like learning to use the potty, eating broccoli or making their beds. Nope, I never subscribed to the theory that "good job" parenting would minimize their risk of becoming future psychopaths.

Message to New Moms: You Will Sleep Again

Abigail Cukier | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Living
Abigail Cukier

I remember when another friend's newborn would only nap if he were in her arms. She agonized over this for weeks -- would he ever be able to sleep on his own? How will I get anything done? After a while, he slept easily in his crib and she missed his cuddles.

How To Keep A Little Thinker Busy Over The Holidays

Amy Leask | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada Living
Amy Leask

Festive occasions are the perfect opportunity to hear what your budding philosopher has to say, and to encourage them to play with ideas. As you sip cider and watch the snow fall, why not start up a great conversation? Here are some cool questions to get the mental merriment started.

The Top Five Things Parents Need To Know About Kids and Social Media

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

If your kids see you jostling to get the best shot of the most mundane moments of life, just so that you can post a picture of it on your Instagram account, they'll follow suit. If you post inappropriate images or comments on social media, the will be seen by your children, guaranteed. Limit and moderate your own social media activity.

Explaining to Your Child Why Santa Gave the Neighbours More Gifts

Angela Hartlin | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada Living
Angela Hartlin

While the fantasy surrounding Santa can be a magical experience for a child, how to deal with the consequences of explaining "how a man with infinite resources has left you with less than your peers" can become complicated and send out the wrong message about the child's worth if Santa's yearly rewards don't add up to those of their elementary counterparts.

Man, I Really Hate Wrapping Presents

Darlena Cunha | Posted 02.07.2014 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

Well, here it is, Christmas again, and that means...wrapping. Horrid, never-turns-out-right-no-matter-how-careful-calm-and-HAPPY-you-are-about-it wrapping. I am the worst wrapper in the history of present wrapping.

Why Do Kids Get Better Right When the Doctor Comes in?

Lori Gard | Posted 02.06.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Why is it that when one takes their forlorn and sickly child to the hospital with all the signs that spell out contagious and lethargic and ailing, they miraculously get better -- even before ever having seen the doctor?