Canada Parenting

5 Ways To Help Your Special Needs Child Enjoy Summertime

Joanne Giacomini | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada Parents
Joanne Giacomini

Our son used to have a really hard time with summer. It was so bad many years ago that I was scared that I would begin to hate summer, my most favorite time of the year. The solution for our family was gradually introducing my son to all the wonderful things summer could hold, but on his terms. This way he had control, and slowly our family started enjoying this time of year.

4 Quick And Easy Vegan Dinners

Miriam Porter | Posted 06.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Miriam Porter

lust because I am vegan doesn't mean I like cooking. I want to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible. In fact, if I was super rich I would hire a vegan chef to cook all the meals I make for myself and my son Noah, age 10. Therefore my dinners require very little ingredients and not a lot of preparation or cook time.

Teens Need Hugs (Even If They're Totally Over Them)

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 06.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

"A hug is like a boomerang. You get it back right away." This is true 90 per cent of the time. But 10 per cent of the time, it's not true -- especially when you're trying to hug a reluctant teen as you drop them off at their friend's house or at school, and even sometimes when you're alone in the house with them.

Kind Words Can Go A Long Way

Erin Silver | Posted 06.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Erin Silver

I thought we'd go to a cottage in the summer, take our own trip to celebrate our 10th anniversary. I'd wanted to go to Japan. Now it feels like I'm counting backwards. I'm in the negative numbers, counting how many years I've been divorced. How many years we could have been married if only...

Stop Forcing Summer Activities On Your Children

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 06.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

"Children need to be occupied, they need structure, they need predictability," the experts tell us. Heaven help you if you don't make sure to keep those sticky little hands busy between late June and Labour Day every year. After all, children need structure right? No they don't.

What Do We Lose When We Try To Have It All?

Tracy Gillett | Posted 06.23.2016 | Canada Parents
Tracy Gillett

We accept life is irreversibly transformed and some parts of our pre-children lives are forever lost. It's hard to do -- life was simple and straightforward before kids and it's healthy to admit we miss it. It doesn't make us ungrateful parents, it makes us human. It means we're honest.

One Day I Will Miss Every Frustrating Parenting Moment

Vanessa Heron | Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Vanessa Heron

I know there are going to be many, many more hard moments when I ask myself how much longer a certain behaviour of my children's is going to last. But with each of those hard moments that I want to end, there are a dozen precious moments that I want to hold onto for a lifetime.

Cutting Stress Can Curb Your Child's Problem Behaviour

Stuart Shanker | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Stuart Shanker

None of us are at our best when we're tired or stressed out, especially kids. In fact, much of what we see as "misbehaviour" in kids is actually "stress behaviour" -- the result of being over-stressed, unaware of it and unaware of what to do about it.

What Filling Out The Census Actually Does

Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada Living

If you haven’t completed the 2016 Census, there’s still time to do so before enumerators make their way to your neighbourhood and come knocking on your door.

Dad, Your Cruel Criticisms Still Haunt Me

Lenora Thompson | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Lenora Thompson

I was just a little girl, but you had a barbed tongue. Oh, you always couched your cruelty in humour. As if comedy was a disinfectant that redeems meanness. Time and again, I asked Mommy, "Please, tell Daddy to stop teasing me. It hurts my feelings." But you wouldn't or couldn't stop.

Practicing Inclusion In Our Daily Lives Will Help End The Hate

Mary Donohue | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada Living
Mary Donohue

What makes us hate has been theorized since the beginning of time. Shakespeare wrote about hate and violence. But what is rarely discussed is what we need to do beyond the wailing and the gnashing of teeth. It all starts with how we run our business, our schools and our governments.

Every Day Is Father's Day When You're Olympian Mark Oldershaw

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada
Kathy Buckworth

Canadian Olympic medalist canoer Mark Oldershaw and his wife, Olympic swimmer Annamay Pierse recently became parents to Josephine, who was born 14 weeks prematurely, and they're finding the change in their rigid training routines to be a pretty tricky adjustment.

The Parenting Secrets We Don't Share

Rebecca Beck | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada Parents
Rebecca Beck

We all have dirty little secrets. You know, the kind that you would be mortified if anyone were ever to find out. Most people's deepest secrets are well kept. My parenting secrets are not. I have an autistic son with no filter and he ensures that no secret is safe in our house.

A Father's Day Letter To My Estranged Dad

James Di Fiore | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada Parents
James Di Fiore

I resented the man you became, Dad. I truly resent you, even to this day. But I will use your failures as a way of guiding myself through fatherhood. Consider it your contribution to my life, years after you had given up on me, that I will never end up alone and away from the people I love.

What Is Our Role In The Orlando Nightclub Massacre?

Lianne Castelino | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Lianne Castelino

Should parents just stop trying to explain such inexplicable behaviour to children? Most adults don't understand it, how in the world can we be expected to explain it to our children. Is ignoring these types of utterly incomprehensible acts a better course of action to preserve the 'childhood innocence' that appears increasingly to be fleeting?

My Father Proved One Man's Goodness Can Span Generations

Linda Simpson | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

There have been thousands of pages devoted to the skills necessary to raise a child. I am quite sure my father never read one book about parenting. Common sense was his guiding force. He was a humble, compassionate man who knew right from wrong, and good from bad.

Sometimes It Is OK To Lie To Your Kids

Erin Silver | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada Parents
Erin Silver

Lying isn't bad when you want to save someone from pain or confusion because they are too little to understand that the world can be ugly and bad. They have time to watch the news when they are bigger, to learn about terrorist attacks and shootings, about cheating and even strip clubs. But I promise, it won't be from me.

Christians Owe LGBTQ2 More Than Just Our Thoughts And Prayers

Tamara Watson | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Living
Tamara Watson

In the wake of this tragedy in Orlando, it is important that we Christians do something to show the world that we are outraged, that we care. Because honestly? We have not done a good job of showing love to the LGBTQ2 community.

What Does Freedom Of Expression Look Like?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada Parents
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Being an adult, a parent, grandparent, caregiver, teacher or other adult who interacts with children is very hard work. If we are doing our job, we must tread in dangerous waters. How can we do this in a diverse and multi-layered society? Can we nurture, protect and educate children, all at the same time?

Do You Want To Be Right Or Do You Want To Be Kind?

Silken Laumann | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Living
Silken Laumann

Kindness matters, I know this, I coach this, I speak about the power of kindness, and yet -- in my primary relationship (you know, that relationship with my husband), being kind seems to be in a wrestling match with being right. Being right just feels so good. It is a lustful emotion, an instinctual one, a need that can be sort of addiction.

Your Family Wants You To Date Boring Guys, And This Is Why

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Living

They just want you to end up with a good person.

The Truth Behind Baby Advice

Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada Parents

The truth behind four common pieces of baby advice.

5 Things New Moms (And Dads) Need To Know About New Grandparents

Rachel Schipper | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Rachel Schipper

Grandparents are also having their own identity crisis. Surprise and disappointment can come up during this time. It is normal to have disagreements and feel disconnected from members of your family sometimes.

From Fantastic Mom To Shitty Mom

Leigh and Meg | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Leigh and Meg

I was trying to recall a day when I was a fantastic mom all day, where I managed to stay patient, positive and in the zone. More often than not, I flop back and forth between extremes like a fish out of water, I'm a fantastic mom, wait, nope I'm a shitty mom. It's incredible how quickly I can go from nailing it to absolutely shitting the bed.

Beauty Is Your Name: A Letter To My Daughter

Linnie von Sky | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Linnie von Sky

Because my baby girl, you come from a proud line of loving, nurturing, loud laughing, often giggling, deeply feeling and wonderful women with curves who have been wounded by other people's aesthetic expectations and cheated by their own understanding of perfection. I want you to see me love myself for all the gorgeous, nurturing mamas that came before me.