Canada Parenting

Have A Happy, Healthy Pregnancy With These Top Tips

Sarah Mickeler | Posted 04.21.2017 | Canada Parents
Sarah Mickeler

Growing a baby is exhausting! With Mother's Day right around the corner, it's important to remember to take time for yourself and to take care of your own health and wellness -- for the sake of you and your baby bump.

Let These Couples Show You How Co-Parenting Is Done

The Huffington Post Canada | Andre Varty | Posted 04.20.2017 | Canada Parents

It's all about teamwork.

New Parents Need Advocates Too

Meaghan Grant | Posted 04.19.2017 | Canada Parents
Meaghan Grant

One of the most common words that comes up when expectant parents are planning for their birth is "advocate." There is an idea in our culture that birth is frightening, overwhelming, and even that medical providers do not always have the best interests of parents and babies at heart.

Is It Possible To Travel With A Newborn On A Plane?

Matthew Slutsky | Posted 04.17.2017 | Canada Parents
Matthew Slutsky

I hate carrying things. When we go shopping, I despise carrying bags. When we go anywhere, my biggest pet peeve is carrying something. I don't know why, or how this happened, but it happened. I know, this is not a good trait for having children.

I'm All For Roughhousing, But Keep It Out Of Daycares

Erin Silver | Posted 04.13.2017 | Canada Parents
Erin Silver

Dozens of daycares in Quebec are being encouraged to allow children to roughhouse, rather than break it up. I was alarmed. Don't get me wrong: I'm all for roughhousing. I know that roughhousing is teaching my sons important life lessons. But those are places where kids should learn to resolve their conflicts with words, not fists.

We Shouldn't Have To Fight To Be Accepted As Dads

BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson | Posted 04.26.2017 | Canada Parents
BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson

We're not your traditional family; we're married, we have a son through surrogacy. Family is very important to us, because we fight to be recognized and accepted in everyday life. When our son was born, our birth photo had gone viral. We received a lot of attention, both positive and negative, and recently politicians in Europe are using our photo to make a case against surrogacy and against LGBT families. But to us, family is about love.

A Cheat Sheet For Parents Of Soon-To-Be High-School Grads

Lianne Castelino | Posted 04.11.2017 | Canada Parents
Lianne Castelino

Having been through this process once, I can safely say it does NOT get any easier. Each child is different. End of story. Here's what I've observed and learned over the course of having one child and now the second apply for postsecondary education.

The Push And Pull Of Motherhood

Shawna Scafe | Posted 04.11.2017 | Canada Parents
Shawna Scafe

I remember watching a friend parent her five-year-old boy. I didn't have kids yet, but I saw how he would push the limits and anger her. I was so impressed that she kept her calm and always welcomed him into her arms for a hug and moved on with a good attitude. I knew I wanted to be a parent like that. Forgiving and moving on, like I meant it.

Passover Is Important, But My Kids Don't Know Why

Erin Silver | Posted 04.11.2017 | Canada Parents
Erin Silver

We don't go to synagogue, we observe the major two holidays, but then only barely. They've worn a kippa a handful of times. Perhaps a very small baby handful. In a few years they'll have a bar mitzvah and won't know what it is. They'll grow up, get married and won't care whether they stand under a chuppah. They'll have kids who will grow up to know even less about their heritage. And that would be a shame.

What I've Learned As A First-Time Mother Of The Bride

Shantelle Bisson | Posted 04.10.2017 | Canada Living
Shantelle Bisson

I've learned a lot from my three daughters over the past 28 years of being a mom to them. My husband and I are in the thick of our first wedding, with our eldest getting married October 14th, 2017, and let me tell you, there is a huge difference between planning your own wedding, and assisting your child in planning theirs.

The Divine Shoulder Tap: Gratitude For Life's Daily Chaos

Mary-Jo Dionne | Posted 04.10.2017 | Canada
Mary-Jo Dionne

I only met her once. She was the close friend of a close friend. While I don't remember much about what we did together that evening over a decade ago...

9 Ways To Make Baby Strollers Better

Matthew Slutsky | Posted 04.06.2017 | Canada Parents
Matthew Slutsky

We just had our baby two months ago, so I am pretty new to using a stroller, but I have already identified nine ways to improve the stroller functionality, and while there are plenty of hacks, I don't want a stroller that looks like a souped up car (especially if dropping over $1000).

The Loneliness Of Infertility Taught Me Compassion And Awareness

Meaghan Grant | Posted 04.04.2017 | Canada Parents
Meaghan Grant

My journey through infertility was one of the hardest things I have ever done. It was hard on me emotionally, hard on me physically; it affected my marriage and my relationships with friends and family. It took a toll on my professional life. It made me doubt who I was as a person and the plan I had for my life.

This Is The Joy And Weight Of Motherhood

Alyce Kominetsky | Posted 03.31.2017 | Canada Parents
Alyce Kominetsky

In the quiet of your room I felt myself fighting back tears. In the quiet of your room I realized how quickly you are growing. In the quiet of your room I felt the incredible pressure. In the quiet of your room I felt the weight of being your mom. Being a mom, being your mom, is my greatest joy. But it is also my biggest responsibility.

7 Words Can Set Your Child Up For A Life Of Learned Helplessness

Blair King | Posted 03.31.2017 | Canada Parents
Blair King

Parents teach this behaviour. They teach their children that by feigning inability they can get things done for them. Sadly, after enough time the question arises as to whether these children are feigning inability or actually lack the tools to accomplish the tasks being asked of them.

Bring Snack Time Back With These 10 Must-Try Snack Recipes

BiteMeMore.com | Posted 03.29.2017 | Canada Living
BiteMeMore.com

Remember the good old days as a kid when snack time was the best part of your day? Well, there's no reason why you still can't indulge in this favourite pastime. No one can resist a delicious snack, so you'll have no trouble rounding up some friends to join you.

How To Fly Electronics-Free With Your Kids

Heather Greenwood Davis | Posted 03.29.2017 | Canada Travel
Heather Greenwood Davis

Tablets and small computers have been a staple on our family air trips since the kids were little. That being said, I do think - no matter where you fall on whether the rules should be in place -- that there are things you can do to make sure an electronics-free flight doesn't result in hair-pulling and screaming (and yes, I'm looking at you dad.).

How Parents Can Learn To Trust Their Instincts More

The Huffington Post Canada | Terri Coles | Posted 03.29.2017 | Canada Parents

Sometimes you just know.

Your Child Needs Emotional Agility To Succeed

Linda Simpson | Posted 03.29.2017 | Canada Parents
Linda Simpson

Extensive rigorous research demonstrates that an emotionally secure child has a healthy understanding of interpersonal skills and improved academic performance. Every parent knows the pain of seeing their child in distress over some emotional hurt. As parents we must accept that we cannot make 'boo boo's go away for their entire life. Let them feel it and learn some agility skills. Dexterity counts in the game of life too.

5 Things You Need To Know About Toy Organization

Allison Weigensberg | Posted 03.28.2017 | Canada Parents
Allison Weigensberg

I absolutely love organizing toys, I find it one of the most satisfying projects. I also absolutely hate organizing toys, because it can be soooo frustrating. I feel like if you're a parent and reading this you know exactly what I'm talking about.

People With Autism Are Dying Early Due To Injury

Stacey Haley | Posted 03.28.2017 | Canada Living
Stacey Haley

For children and young adults with autism, they are 40 times more likely to die from injury. More than 40% of these deaths occurred in their homes or residential institution and the last sickening stat I'll throw into this cesspool of great news is that suffocation, asphyxiation and drowning are the leading three causes of fatal injuries in people with autism.

Your Doula Shouldn't Pass Judgement If You Choose To Formula Feed

Meaghan Grant | Posted 03.24.2017 | Canada Parents
Meaghan Grant

The debate between formula feeding and breastfeeding is not one that is likely to be settled any time soon. For new parents, the decision might be automatic, easy, or devastating. There are no right or wrong reasons why a family might opt to introduce formula to their baby; every family is doing what is best for them.

How To Inadvertently Turn Your Kid Into A Sociopath

Marcia Sirota | Posted 03.24.2017 | Canada Parents
Marcia Sirota

Parents do their kids no favours when they're in denial of their child's capacity for behaving badly. Parents need to stop idealizing their children. They need to see that even their precious darlings are capable of behaving badly, and that it's their job to guide these children onto the right path in life. If parents remain this state of denial, their children are deprived of of this guidance.

Am I Destined To Become My Emotionally Unavailable Father?

James Di Fiore | Posted 03.21.2017 | Canada Parents
James Di Fiore

I've seen fathers go from being authentically overjoyed in the presence of their kids to becoming these sad, defeated men who can't even muster a hello, much less a toast at a family function. Worse, I've seen what it does to their kids. Hell, I am one of those kids.

Keeping The Divorce Talk Honest Can Help Your Kids Heal Faster

Alyson Jones | Posted 03.20.2017 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

We want to prepare and protect our child against something dangerous. Our protective role is clear. So the truly complicating factor that makes talking to your children about divorce so difficult is that the parents are the source of the pain.