#Parenting

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

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 08.02.2014 | 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 08.01.2014 | 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 07.23.2014 | 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.

WATCH: Study Reveals Positive Benefits In Same-Sex Parenting

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Living

New research out of Australia has found children raised by same-sex parents are healthier and happier than their peers who are not. The findings c...

I've Waited Most Of My Life To Stand In My Father's Ski Boots

Sarah Collins | Posted 09.06.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Sarah Collins

Today I am the exact age my dad was when he died in a freak ski accident. Back then, I was 16: self-centred, emotional, athletic, and focused. He was 43 and nine days: broody, generous, heavy-handed, and hot-tempered. Sometimes we collided. Often I hid.

Sting Is Right to Deny His Kids A Big Inheritance

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 09.01.2014 | Canada Music
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

You think that kids of celebrities have it easy? Think again. Sting's surprising announcement that he's not leaving any of his vast fortune to his children was a shock to many. How could this multimillionaire leave his kids to have to *gasp* work for a living? It just didn't seem right.

How Travel Opens the Eyes, Minds, and Hearts of Youngsters

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 09.01.2014 | Canada Travel
Dr. Shimi Kang

Family holidays can provide great learning opportunities for children, all without a book or classroom insight! Exposure to diverse cultures, picturesque scenery, fun activities and people can teach kid's valuable life lessons and broaden their horizons...sometimes without them even knowing it.

Stressed About the Family Holiday? You're Doing Something Right!

Alyson Jones | Posted 08.31.2014 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Once you let go of the expectations of having a perfect family holiday you can really begin to enjoy the opportunities for building deeper connections that are right in front of you. So the kids work through their backseat sibling issues and have fun exploring the new locations. And despite the sand flies the beach was great.

Dropping My Daughter Off at Camp Taught Me How to Let Go

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 08.29.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

My daughter's Girl Guide leader grabbed me by the shoulders, looked me squarely in the eye and said: "Goodbye Mama." "But, but, but," I sputtered, aghast. I was dropping my 10-year-old daughter off at her Girl Guide camp.

Why Mothers Need to Be Both Involved and Inspirational

Lori Gard | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada
Lori Gard

We all know that motherhood is a balancing act. A fine art of juggling many breakable plates whilst appearing like everything is under control. As was...

Why I'm Really Okay With Having Just Boys

Heather Lin | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Living
Heather Lin

Are you going to try for that girl? That is usually one of the top three questions I get whenever someone hears that I have two young sons. Don't get me wrong, if one of my two boys had been a girl, I would have been over the moon happy, but am I any less sad that I have two boys? Are you kidding?

5 Tips To Transition From School to Summer

Alyson Jones | Posted 08.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Alyson Jones

Routine is important for adults as well, and as a parent I must admit I have come to rely heavily upon the school schedule to guide the transition to summer. It is human nature to mark our changes with beginnings, middles and endings. A common complaint is that June is busy with closing ceremonies, awards nights, and all sorts of wind up parties -- nonetheless both the parents and children benefit from these rites of closure.

I Don't Need Anyone To Tell Me What Mothers Should Do All Day

Darlena Cunha | Posted 08.25.2014 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

I'm writing this because I often complain about and worry about my new line of work / not work. I feel like I'm missing out on real life by not punching a clock. That I've perhaps sacrificed my career and will never get it back. I want to remind myself that even if I don't get it back, I haven't been wasting my time here. If anything, I've become a better worker, not a worse one.

Five Things To Do For a Family Dealing With Autism

Jonathan Alderson | Posted 08.24.2014 | Canada Living
Jonathan Alderson

It is reinforcing to be acknowledged for accomplishing a goal, but for many parents of children with autism the steps toward goals are mini and slow. Take the time to let them know that you notice their parenting efforts and the positive development you see in their child. In other words, be a cheerleader of the process not just the end goal.

5 Easy Ways to Keep From Running Over Children With Your Car

Rebecca Cuneo Keenan | Posted 08.23.2014 | Canada Living
Rebecca Cuneo Keenan

I live in the city of Toronto with three young children. I am a driver and I am a pedestrian. But I am a pedestrian first. Unfortunately, many of the drivers in this city do not share my love of pedestrianism. They do not, in fact, seem to care about the safety and well-being of my children at all. So I put together a few simple rules to help them avoid running over kids with their cars.

How Will Kids Learn Patience When Everything Is Just One Click Away?

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 08.20.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Patience seems to have fallen by the wayside. In its place, anxiety and frustration have taken hold. In the digital era, patience is no longer a virtue; it is seen as an unnecessary vestige of a bygone era with little value. After all, why wait when instant gratification is just a few clicks away?

Camp Is Like School...For Life!

Sylvia Forrest | Posted 08.17.2014 | Canada Living
Sylvia Forrest

Summer is a time for play, and kids know it. The pressure is off, and it's time to relax! Homework and tests are replaced with bike-riding and swimming. If you're lucky, you even get to go to camp. What the kids don't realize is, there's as much to learn at camp as at school, and those lessons can't be taught with books. What they're learning is how to deal with life.

Give a Busy Mom a Break, And Be A Kid Again

Sylvia Forrest | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada Living
Sylvia Forrest

Summer is finally here: Sunday barbecues, family vacations, and half-day Fridays. Everyone loves summer, right? Except every once in a while, you'll run into moms who dread summer -- at least a little. Give a busy and tired mom a break like I did. You'll be surprised at how much fun it can be!

Lessons I Learned in My Dad's Taxi Cab

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Shimi Kang

Growing up, I was often embarrassed that my dad sometimes drove a taxi because I thought it was not "prestigious." Ironically, it was during my research on motivation at the prestigious Harvard Medical School Addiction Research Program that I realized that much of what motivates me (and all people) comes from lessons I learned from him in that taxi. Here are some of them.

To My Four-Year-Old Daughter: I'm Sorry

Dr. Carolyn Ee | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Carolyn Ee

My dearest little girl, sometimes I forget that you're only four years old. Actually, a month ago you were just three. Maybe I expect too much from you at times because you're a big sister now. Maybe it's because I just haven't taken the time and effort to see things from your bright little eyes. But my darling, I am slowly learning to do exactly this, and I'm sorry I sometimes forget.

Top 10 Ways to Be a Contagious Parent

masalamommas | Posted 08.11.2014 | Canada Living
masalamommas

Each child is different, gifted uniquely, and those moments of celebration, even if all you do is take them out for Dollar Menu sundaes, builds their confidence. Teaching them not to give up. And helps them to expect more of themselves. And in the end, they need to know that they are loved, accepted, and treasured, apart from their accomplishments. Simply because they are yours.

This Father's Day I'll Think of the Families of the Fallen RCMP Officers

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 08.11.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

The families left behind -- that's what is hitting me the hardest in the wake of last week's tragedy in Moncton that saw three RCMP officers -- three fathers -- gunned down. This weekend is Father's Day -- the first in a series of terrible 'firsts' that these will families have to face without husbands and fathers.