#Parenting

My Wish For My Daughter as She Begins Middle School

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 09.03.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

Memories are tumbling through my head as my oldest daughter starts middle school this week. I'm trying not to let my past demons get the best of me, but I'm worried. I don't want her to lose herself, to lose her confidence, to dim her own light like I did. Here are my wishes for you, my daughter, as you enter this new phase of your life.

10 Tips To Move Families Out of B.C. Teachers' Strike Limbo

Alyson Jones | Posted 09.02.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Alyson Jones

Blame generally does not help resolve issues, and it is a poor platform to negotiate from regardless of the issue. Blame is not going to help us get our children back in school, nor is it going to assist us in dealing with the reality that is about to hit.

How Schools Can Better Prepare For Students With Epilepsy

Epilepsy Ontario | Posted 09.01.2014 | Canada Impact
Epilepsy Ontario

My daughter Journey will not live on a shelf. We may not be able to protect her from every seizure risk and she may incur some injuries now and then, but she will live life fully and share diverse experiences as a result of the collaborative efforts of her family, friends, educational team, and community.

Why Your Husband Should Get a Vasectomy

Naomi Elana Zener | Posted 10.30.2014 | Canada Living
Naomi Elana Zener

Men, just remember that a vasectomy won't stop you from pitching a tent. It simply means that when the volcano erupts, the lava won't flow and the villagers won't have to run for their lives. Why not man up and undergo a routine procedure that you won't even feel or remember, one that's along the lines of your circumcision (if you had one, and if you didn't, then along the lines of your first routine infant vaccination)?

When Back-to-School Shopping for Your Kids, Consider the Kids Who Made Those Supplies

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 10.27.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Every August, I write a blog directed at readers doing back-to-school shopping for their kids. I remind them that while the sales are great at this time of year, there's a story behind every price tag. I urge moms and dads to consider the global economy that keeps Western prices low by paying child garment workers in poor countries next to nothing.

Helping Kids Manage Back to School Stress

Kids Help Phone | Posted 10.26.2014 | Canada Living
Kids Help Phone

For young people of all ages, school's an opportunity to form new relationships with peers and teachers, develop new skills through extracurricular activities, and discover new interests. But school can also be a source of stress, anxiety, and pressure for many young people, and it's a topic that kids and teens bring to Kids Help Phone's professional counsellors throughout the year, even during summer holidays.

B.C. Teachers' Strike Is Like Watching Parents Divorce

Alyson Jones | Posted 10.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Alyson Jones

As a therapist, I specialize in assisting families through separation and divorce, and this entire impasse has reminded me of the dynamics that exist between high conflict parents when they are separating. In the case of a high conflict divorce, the collateral damage is always the children.

7 Things That Irk Me About The Breakfast Club Now That I'm a Parent

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 10.21.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

You know you're getting old when you cheer upon discovering John Hughes's classic 1985 teen movie The Breakfast Club is on television on a Saturday night. But now that I am a parent, I watched this movie through an entirely different lens, and many scenes just plain irk me now.

Why I Am no Longer a Stay-At-Home Parent

Dr. Carolyn Ee | Posted 10.20.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Carolyn Ee

Children are an incredible paradox. They bring so much joy, so many tender moments, so many blissful times when you're just enjoying them, and they're enjoying you, and you're laughing at something funny your toddler said, or something adorable your baby did. And then there's the other 23 hours and 30 minutes of the day you have to get through.

Dolphin Teachers and Pod Classrooms: Why Two Fins are Better than One

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 10.20.2014 | Canada
Dr. Shimi Kang

Ninety Four percent of employers agree that collaboration is an imperative skill for 21st century job success for new graduates. Even though social bo...

Things I Can and Can't Blame My Children For

Dr. Carolyn Ee | Posted 10.19.2014 | Canada
Dr. Carolyn Ee

People, not parents, struggle to find the time and energy to do the things they know they should. Anyhow, it struck me that there are some things I can (and will!) blame my children for, cheerfully, and some things that I resolve I will not blame them for. I want them to know I can prioritise what's important for my own wellbeing, so that they can learn from me.

How To Deal With Adult Children Living at Home

Caitlin McKay | Posted 10.17.2014 | Canada Living
Caitlin McKay

After the initial shock of Junior Child moving back home we started to realize that this situation was not so bad. Our individual lives, which had expanded to include activities and friends that were not possible during the child rearing years, were not curtailed. We started to enjoy the company of our adult daughter and were able to offer help with cover letters and resume writing.

Want To Help Your Kids? Let Them Get Bored

Alyson Jones | Posted 10.17.2014 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

If your child is bored they may want to pick up a book and read, or develop a new board game or even watch 17 episodes of Star Trek on Netflix. Some of these might be more creative than others, but all of them require self-reliance and will bring some new information to your child. Maybe they will daydream, and who knows what gifts those daydreams to our future.

Youth Mental Health Is a Responsibility We All Share

Kids Help Phone | Posted 10.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Kids Help Phone

Wellbeing isn't something anyone can achieve in isolation -- it's something we're all in together, and supporting youth mental health is a responsibility we all share.

Why I'm Grateful For the Daily Chaos In My Life

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 10.11.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

While I'm wishing away my son's soccer match for this evening, these children in Armenia are rejoicing that World Vision has built a soccer pitch in their community. They no longer have to play on a small piece of rocky land.

Don't Choose Toys For Your Kids Based on Stereotypical Gender Roles

masalamommas | Posted 10.11.2014 | Canada Living
masalamommas

I understand baby M's preference for her brothers' toys and enjoy watching her play with them. I was a tomboy as a child and I secretly like that she seems to be one as well. However, I think my expectations of seeing her playing quietly with what Toys "R" Us would deem "girl toys" is definitely changing

WATCH: This Is How Obesity Begins

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.11.2014 | Canada Living

Obesity doesn't happen overnight. It's a lifetime of choices and bad habits -- many of which begin early on. In the video above, posted on YouTube...

Dear Daughter, You Can Be Whatever Kind of Mother You Want

Dr. Carolyn Ee | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Carolyn Ee

You are entitled to feel fulfilled outside of the domestic sphere; you must never, ever feel guilty about this. You must love what you do or you will not be happy, at home or while you are working. You have so many wonderful choices ahead of you. Don't ever feel as though there is only one choice.

The Balance Between Relaxed '70s Parenting and Modern Meddling

The Purple Fig | Posted 10.05.2014 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

Here we are now in 2014 with the pendulum having swung so far to one side that our kids are actually suffering from our over-involved parenting style. By looking back through history, we can see what works and what doesn't, but usually it's a trip down our own memory lane that can guide us best.

Why I Drove My 16-Year-Old Daughter Halfway Across Canada

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 10.02.2014 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

She would get a quality education in any of these places, to be sure. And she would learn about navigating life independent of her parents, whether she is in residence in Hamilton or Kingston or Fredericton. But would she experience a new culture in Kitchener-Waterloo? Would life be so much different in Eastern Ontario than it is here in Niagara?

How I Taught My Little Girls It's Okay to Look Different

Sarah Deveau | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada Living
Sarah Deveau

I don't know how to teach my daughters that they have to follow arbitrary rules about their bodies, rules that will change based on current fashion, the people they socialize with, the media they consume. I don't know how to teach my daughters to sift through the shit that society decrees about their bodies.

New Moms Should Know: Breastfeeding Is Hard!

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

Tears in my eyes, I looked up from my nursing chair at The Hubster, who had our hungry newborn daughter in his arms. I felt like I was trapped in a cruel science experiment to determine how much nipple pain an exhausted new mother could take in two hour intervals before she cracked. Expectant first-time moms: Breastfeeding is hard.

Dad Of 'My Son Wears Dresses' Responds To Critics

The Huffington Post Canada | Joanna Adams | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Living

Seth Menachem's two-year-old son wears dresses because he chooses to, and if he turns out to be gay, his father's reaction will likely be: "not t...

Want a Successful Family? Learn From Same-Sex Parents

Marina Adshade | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada Living
Marina Adshade

Different-sex parents, apparently, have a few things to learn about how to run a household from same-sex parents. New evidence concludes that because same-sex couples allocate household chores based on each individual parent's suitability for the job, rather than on gender stereotypes, children from those homes are growing up in happier and more harmonious family environments.

Want Successful Kids? Teach Them Gratitude

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 09.07.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Shimi Kang

As an adolescent psychiatrist, I've treated countless patients who have achieved their cherished external goals, such as acceptance into a dance academy, sports team, or college of "their choice"-- but whose lives are utterly devoid of internal joy. Your role as a parent has a major impact on your child's understanding of the word gratitude.