Canada Parenting

How Do You Help Your Kids Get Back Up When They Fall?

Erin Silver | Posted 10.20.2016 | Canada Parents
Erin Silver

I don't know if my methods are right. Am I being a helicopter mom? Am I being too involved? Shouldn't kids learn to deal with these issues on their own, or is it ok to provide some well intentioned guidance?

Understanding Healthy Boundaries Is Important For Adolescent Relationships

Linda Simpson | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada Parents
Linda Simpson

For parents, the healthy relationship boundaries talk is a topic that can be revisited many times during the teen years. They need to understand what it means to have boundaries. Take the time with your teen to explain emotional and physical personal space, dealing with privacy, and what to do when someone crosses a boundary.

To The Police Officer Who Helped My Autistic Son

Alexandra Samuel | Posted 10.24.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Alexandra Samuel

When my husband answered the phone you gently took over the job of restraining my son...something that no public servant has ever dared to do. We've had teachers and support workers tell us that they're not allowed to touch a child, even when it's a matter of keeping our son safe. But you held him firmly and respectfully, as gently as you could, without a trace of anger or fear on your face. "I have a lot of experience with autistic kids," you told me, and it showed.

Beautiful Moms Make Their Way Back Into Family Photos

The Huffington Post Alberta | Michelle Butterfield | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Alberta

Raw, unedited, and incredible.

You Might Be That Parent I've Seen Ruining Youth Sports

Ian Warner | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Ian Warner

Parenting has changed since I grew up, and certainly since my parents were growing up. Kids can get away with more and more, and the side-effects of this in the sports world are not good at all. Sports are a great way to teach kids about life at a young age; they are not about creating superstars with a sense of entitlement.

How To Teach Your Child To Cope With Failure

Erin Silver | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Erin Silver

I want them to know there's merit trying. The cross country season has passed us by, but there are still spelling tests, math tests, hockey games, baseball tryouts and track and field. They won't win every game. They won't make every team. But they will try again. I know they can.

What To Do With All That Halloween Candy

Jo-Anne Craine | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Jo-Anne Craine

Make it clear that one treat will be added to school lunchboxes daily, or just after school, and not anytime they want it. Whatever your rule is, make sure you kids know it in advance to prevent tears and cries of "It's not fair!"

I Wish Someone Had Told Me This Truth About Motherhood

Hafsa Pathan | Posted 11.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Hafsa Pathan

The truth is, no one prepared me for any of this. Yes, I read about postpartum depression and I read about the sleepless nights, but no one told me that these fears and worries are common and can happen to anyone. I thought I'd be in the clear, and thought I was a bad mother because I was scared. But so many mothers feel the way I did; they just don't talk about it.

Online Pornography And Sexual Imagery Hurts Young Minds

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Parents
Dr. Shimi Kang

Children who are naturally curious about sexual matters may be inclined to look online. The Internet provides a degree of anonymity, accessibility and affordability that make it particularly powerful as a medium for viewing sexual content. What they are likely to be confronted with is a barrage of information in which informed, educational messages are outnumbered by adult sexual entertainment and pornography.

Raising A Compassionate Child

Zarah Tinholt | Posted 10.07.2016 | Canada Parents
Zarah Tinholt

Parents model behaviour to their children, and children watch very closely. My dad taught me not to give money on the street, but if someone asked, we should treat them with complete, sincere dignity and take the time to offer them whatever it is they need. It can be inconvenient -- taking a stranger out for lunch and hearing their story, spending an extra 5 minutes buying someone groceries, giving someone our own mittens in the dead of winter, or perhaps giving someone a ride that is out of our way.

Kids With Dietary Needs Must Be Empowered, Not Protected

Miriam Pearl | Posted 10.07.2016 | Canada Parents
Miriam Pearl

I wasn't doing my kids any favours by handling everything, and I knew I had to let the kids take some of the responsibility. Even though they were only 6 and 7 then, I started to share everything I knew and everything I did in the name of safe eating for Celiacs and allergies, and as time passed, they started to take over for themselves.

Motherhood Has Given Me A Voice That Was Once Lost

Melanie Braga | Posted 10.06.2016 | Canada Parents
Melanie Braga

Many times I would put work above anything else as I became the "job." I didn't realize then that I allowed my job to define who I was as a person. For some odd reason I lost myself in the process of being dedicated and it took starting a family and getting laid off to realize it.

Sweet Dreams Are Made Of Vitamin B

Mike Gettis | Posted 10.06.2016 | Canada Living
Mike Gettis

Many experts recommend dream journaling as a way to tap into the power of our dreams. This could, for example, reveal recurring patterns which would then reveal something that we can then address in our waking hours, such as hidden fears or desires.

The One Trait Divorcing Parents Need To Have

Karen Kristjanson | Posted 10.05.2016 | Canada Parents
Karen Kristjanson

Accepting that the marriage is really over is hard for many divorcing parents. In my case, although I initiated the split, I could only look sideways at myself as a soon-to-be-divorced woman. The pain surrounding that was too overpowering to take in all at once -- I felt it would have squashed me if I tried. So I got to know it gradually, with support, until I could stare it right in the eye.

Does Becoming A Parent Make You Stupid?

Fiona Tapp | Posted 10.04.2016 | Canada Parents
Fiona Tapp

Is it any wonder I misplace things hourly, write incomprehensible e-mails and notes to myself that even I can't decipher, and overall have become a very boring friend, especially amongst my childless crew, who look at me like I have had my brain removed? I cling to the distant hope that this is a fleeting loss of intellect. But I am starting to fear that along with the grey hairs, wobbly tummy, and crow's feet, my pudding brain might be here to stay.

Kevin Pillar Returned A Piece Of My Sons' Childhood

Heather Connor | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada Parents
Heather Connor

Both of my boys have a rare neurological movement disorder called Dystonia. It causes painful twisting and contractions of the muscles. The episodic nature of it means that one minute they are running and playing like any other child and the next minute their hands and legs stop working. This means lots of falls and has made my six year old apprehensive about participating in team sports.And then he saw you play.

Learning To Communicate With Your Teen

Marcia Sirota | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Marcia Sirota

Teens need to feel connected to their parents if they're going to open up to them, but it's harder these days for teens to connect. Social media makes it easier to be isolated and disconnected from parents and peers, as teens can opt to plug in to their technology and stay plugged in, rather than build real-life relationships.

My Boys Fight Nonstop And I Can't Help Feeling A Little Proud

Erin Silver | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Parents
Erin Silver

Rough play helps stimulate the brain and enables siblings to develop both cognitive and emotional intelligence. After all, when one pins the other to the ground, they are learning to read facial expressions and interpret body language. They are also learning about fairness and developing fledgling conflict resolution skills.

Love Is What Makes A Family, Not A Mom Or A Dad

BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson | Posted 09.23.2016 | Canada Parents
BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson

Allegedly, we are denying our son the right to a mother. Does Milo have a mom? No he doesn't. Does he have two loving parents that will do anything in their power to make sure he is loved, safe, happy, healthy, accepting, tolerant, kind (OK, this list can go on, but I'll stop there)? Will he grow up being less of a person because he doesn't have a mother? No he won't.

I'm Walking 135km With My Toddler To Prove Yoda Wrong

Elizabeth Bromstein | Posted 09.23.2016 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Bromstein

About ten days from time of writing, I think my three-year-old daughter is going to be a little annoyed with me. This is because at that time we'll be well into our second day of a 135km walk from our house in Toronto to Niagara Falls. I have no idea how much of this my daughter will remember or what, at this age, she will take away from the experience. But when she's older and looks back at this time, I hope these are four lessons she has learned.

Blending Families Is A Challenging Business

Erin Silver | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Erin Silver

Blended families are everywhere, representing nearly 13 per cent of all Canadian households. In the U.S. approximately 40 per cent of adults have a close step-relationship, such as with stepchild or stepparent. The process of bringing two families together, or adding a stepparent, can be extremely complex.

My Adopted Son Will Always Be Our First Born

Renae Regehr | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada Parents
Renae Regehr

You see, our son is adopted and we know that regardless of whether he is biological to us or not, love does not recognize a difference. So, my husband and I knew that regardless of whether our second child was biological or not, we would love them just as a fiercely and intensely.

Here's How To Pack School Lunches Your Kids Will Love

Michelle Vodrazka | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada Parents
Michelle Vodrazka

Let's face it, packing school lunches every day can feel monotonous and uninspired, especially when they keep coming back at the end of the day half-eaten. So what's a parent to do? How can you take school lunches from drab to fab and get your kids to eat, and possibly even enjoy their food?

Life Hacks For Sleep Training Parents

Linnie von Sky | Posted 09.19.2016 | Canada
Linnie von Sky

We adored every sleeping and waking minute of sharing our bed with our mini miracle until all of a sudden -- somewhere between molar two and three and...

Toddlers Are Nature's Perfect Jerks (But We Love Them Anyway)

BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson | Posted 11.22.2016 | Canada Parents
BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson

Milo was probably one of the easiest babies you would ever meet. He ate, he didn't fuss, he slept through the night, pretty much fell asleep instantly when putting him down. He still sleeps amazingly well but he is getting pickier at eating, and well, he's now a toddler. And parents know what that means.