7 Tips to Transition Your Kid From Summer to School

Alyson Jones | Posted 08.21.2015 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

The reality is that every season has its beginning and end and our summer is much closer to the end now than the beginning. So, how do we transition ourselves and our children from the summer into the school year without it diminishing our last couple of weeks of freedom?

This Is What It's Like To Be A Single Mom

Her Magazine | Posted 08.20.2015 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

Single mom accurately depicts how I feel a lot of the time because I am alone during the times I actually have to parent. For the times I need to discipline, do homework, have tough conversations, navigate hurt feelings, get to the bottom of behavior, I am the one and only parent in my son's presence.

5 Savvy Spending Tips for Back-to-School Season

Sandra Hanna | Posted 08.18.2015 | Canada Parents
Sandra Hanna

Canadians are feeling the penny pinch. According to a whopping 43 per cent of Canadian parents view back-to-school as a financial burden on their families. To help ease the pain class is in session and with a little savvy spending from my top five tips, your dollar will be stretching further this season!

How to Tackle the New School Year As a New Divorcee

Nathalie Boutet | Posted 08.13.2015 | Canada Parents
Nathalie Boutet

With the new school year around the corner, parents who are facing separation or divorce often find this a very contentious time for themselves and their children. In addition to the painful process of undergoing a separation or divorce, starting a new school year adds extra pressure.

12 Tips for Talking to Your Kids About sex

Alyson Jones | Posted 08.13.2015 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

This well-intentioned and much dreaded talk can quickly become complex, complicated and extremely awkward. Parents often avoid the topic, or approach it as if it is an item on the "to do list" that must be done as quickly as possible and then checked off.

What My Kids Learned When Their Pets Died

Karly Hribnak | Posted 08.12.2015 | Canada Parents
Karly Hribnak

I am hoping that these two losses prepare the boys enough that they know there is no shame in crying, in openly grieving. Nor is there shame in laughing at the goofy, silly and funny memories. That grief comes in waves. That part of loving is sometimes letting go but that you get up, dust yourself off and continue on with your life.

Should Young Children Learn to Hunt?

Joyce Wild | Posted 08.07.2015 | Canada Parents
Joyce Wild

My kids have been seeing animal carcasses for years and asking questions about them, does it give them nightmares? No, simply because we do not make it out to be a scary situation. Showing kids where food comes from shouldn't be scary.

What it Really Looks Like When My Kids Dress Themselves

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 08.06.2015 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

Every now and then, I hear someone say, "Oh, I just love it when kids dress themselves. It's so adorable!" When they say this, I know exactly what they are picturing -- a little girl wearing a fun combination of fashionable clothing, full of delightfully mismatched colours and unconventional pattern combinations.

6 Apps to Help Parents Manage a Busy Household

Karin Campbell | Posted 08.06.2015 | Canada Parents
Karin Campbell

There are so many amazing benefits to being a parent, but not a single one of them involves free time. Whether you're juggling summer camps and activities or thinking about how you're going to manage life when the school year starts again, the time of a parent is always spent on the go.

I'm Learning to Let My Kids Spread Their Wings

Anita Reynolds MacArthur | Posted 08.05.2015 | Canada Parents
Anita Reynolds MacArthur

There are truckloads of information about how to prep your children on how to cope when they go to sleepaway camp (or when they are away from you for a stretch of time). Where are the helpful hints and tips for the parents who are left behind? How do parents cope when they are faced with a very sudden (albeit temporary) empty nest?

A Letter to Mom and Dad About How to Feed Me

Caitlin Boudreau | Posted 07.31.2015 | Canada Parents
Caitlin Boudreau

1. Stop trying to hide veggies and "healthy" stuff in other foods -- I can handle them straight up. Sure I may not devour those green leafies you put on my tray from day one, but unbeknownst to you, I'm slowly learning to like them.

BLOG: 15 things I learned after 15 years of parenting

Lori Gard | Posted 07.30.2015 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

Parenting is, of course, the most consuming, challenging and exhausting task that I have ever involved myself in. Some days I ask: "What were we thinking???" And on the other days, I just don't ask. Speaking of "we," I readily admit that marriage is a very close second in this listing of difficult things known to humankind.

Why Sleepaway Camp Is Good for My Marriage

Her Magazine | Posted 07.29.2015 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

This summer has been a summer of firsts for my husband and me. Although we have been together for 22 years, and married for almost 17 of those, this is the first time in 12 years (note: our oldest daughter is 12) where we have finally managed to make us a priority again.

Let's Prevent Hot-Car Deaths This Summer

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 07.27.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr Dina Kulik

A car is like a greenhouse and temperatures can rise very quickly, even with the windows open. There is no safe amount of time to leave a child (or pet) alone in the car. Children are especially vulnerable to heat-related injuries and aren't able to sweat as well as adults to cool down.

How Not To Get Thrown Out Of Restaurants When Dining With Kids

Lisa Orr | Posted 07.25.2015 | Canada Parents
Lisa Orr

Using this approach I have been fortunate to have wonderful experiences in restaurants with my family, even when things took a "turn for the worse" with my kids. Even though it is well rehearsed -- their dining etiquette is still a work in progress.

8 Ways to Heal Your Kid's Sunburn Quickly

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr Dina Kulik

With summer in full force, and many of us playing outside each day, we need to make sure we protect our skin to prevent sun damage. Unfortunately, even one burn can double your child's lifetime risk of serious skin cancer. One burn!

9 Underrated Milestones of Early Childhood

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 07.21.2015 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

Typical milestones are not the ones I celebrate with excited texts to my husband and best friends, or give my kids gleeful celebratory hugs over. In my own experience -- and I think that four kids under the age of seven counts as experience -- these are the baby and childhood milestones that are really worth celebrating.

How to Make the Most of the Universal Child Care Benefit

Peter Lewis | Posted 07.20.2015 | Canada Parents
Peter Lewis

Many Canadian families will find they have a bit more money in their pockets this month thanks to the increase in the Universal Child Care Benefit. This will be a pleasant boost to many families' bottom lines! As a dad, I get that there are a myriad of enticing ways to use that money.

I'm a Mom and a Marathoner - It Isn't Easy, But it's Possible

Lindsay Collins | Posted 07.20.2015 | Canada Parents
Lindsay Collins

Training for a marathon is no joke. It's an all or nothing commitment. Running in my "spare-time" has never been an option because I don't consider any of my time as spare; it's all valuable to me. But with a full plate, finding the time to train is tough.

My Son With Autism Got a Party Invite We Could Finally Accept

Trish Klein | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Trish Klein

Autism and birthday parties -- kinda like nuts and gum. We parents of the "specials" know only too well the hurts our kids feel when they are left out of the social gatherings relative to childhood. Organized sports, play dates, sleep overs and yes, the dreaded birthday parties.

How to Craft a Courteous Camp Care Package

Lisa Orr | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Lisa Orr

Care packages are little packages of goodies and gifts that parents, friends or family put together and mail off to their little campers as reminders of home and to let them know we're thinking of them. However as many camps will tell you, parents often do not understand what is appropriate to send.

6 Tips to Get You Through a Long Custody Battle

ByBlacks.com | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Parents

Every time I tried to communicate with the father of my child, he turned it into an argument, chastised me, tried to humiliate me, or walked away. I felt helpless trying to have a decent and cordial conversation regarding the needs of our child with him.

School May Stop for Summer But Learning Never Should

Malkin Dare | Posted 07.12.2015 | Canada Parents
Malkin Dare

So far, two weeks of summer have passed, and another seven weeks of summer stretch ahead -- an endless expanse of aching boredom for parents and kids OR a shining opportunity for fun and learning? Here are some tips for parents who choose the latter option.

My Husband Doesn't Care if the Grass Is Greener on the Other Side

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 07.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

You see, my husband possesses a rare characteristic that is just so admirable, even if it does mean my first drive in our new car was a little more predictable than I'd anticipated. He knows what he likes and he simply doesn't care at all what he may be missing

How My IVF Nightmare Can Help You Avoid One

Rhonda Levy | Posted 07.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Rhonda Levy

Fertility clinics with low or average success rates, and those not in step with the most recent scientific advances, faced a conflict of interest. Their patients would be more likely to become pregnant with the help of their more competent and cutting-edge competitors, but the clinics would be more profitable if they did not direct them there. With this new found insight, I no longer thought of myself as an IVF patient and began to consider myself an IVF consumer.