Parenting.

11 Ways Motherhood Is Like "The Walking Dead"

Jennifer Weedon Palazzo | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Jennifer Weedon Palazzo

My mother is visiting this week. Last night, after putting my son to bed, I lowered my pregnant self onto the sofa and revved up the DVR. Mom said she didn't care what we watched. So I clicked on the newest episode of AMC's "The Walking Dead." As the credits rolled, she stared at me in horror. "This is your favorite show? Isn't it about, like, zombies? How could you possibly relate to or enjoy a show about zombies?" Quite easily, in fact.

We Could All Be Chase Martens' Mom

Jennifer Campbell | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Jennifer Campbell

I could see my four-year-old son playing on the slide, but my two-year-old son was out of sight -- not unusual as we had a very large, gated yard. I didn't even have time to cover myself before a woman came around the corner, a look of fury on her face and my two-year-old on her hip. "DO YOU KNOW WHERE I JUST FOUND YOUR CHILD?" she screeched.

For Hygiene's Sake, Clean Your Room!

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

At its worst, a dirty, dusty, moldy room can lead to allergy eruptions, and a disruption of a good night's sleep. If you've noticed that your child is sneezing or stuffed up every night at bedtime, or in the morning when they wake up, it may be because of allergens you can take steps to eliminate.

Breastfeeding Isn't Always Best

Rebecca Beck | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Parents
Rebecca Beck

I believe mothers should do what's best for them. Try to breastfeed if you want, stop if it doesn't work, or even decide not to start at all. In my case, my daughter starved, I was totally overwhelmed, and it was best for everyone that I started her on formula.

How My Fitbit Helps Me Slow Down

Tamara Watson | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Tamara Watson

I have a FitBit because it helps me take fewer steps. I got it because I needed to know -- do I spend as much time running around as I say I do? Do I really put in miles and miles just bringing toys back from the living room to the bedrooms? Because it feels like I never, ever stop moving.

The Challenge Of Taking A Stand

Lianne Castelino | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Lianne Castelino

How courageous do you suspect those victims had to be to come forward? How much time, thought and fortitude do you think they needed to even decide to take a stand, advocate for themselves -- in the face of all forms of painful, targeted, mostly harsh scrutiny and judgment from a variety of sources. IT TAKES COURAGE.

How Your Parenting Style Needs To Grow With Your Child

The Huffington Post Canada | Kristy Woudstra | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Parents

If your parenting needs to evolve, expert Alyson Schafer is here to help.

When My Child Told Me She Liked Herself

Alyce Kominetsky | Posted 03.24.2016 | Canada Parents
Alyce Kominetsky

That's the curse with being a mom. In an instant we doubt everything we have done. We quickly blame ourselves. I know my little girl doesn't think she is fat. She heard it on television; and, like so many other words, she repeated it back. However, that doesn't make the moment less important. It doesn't make hearing her say that word any easier. She is a product of her environment. She sees everything. She hears everything. She internalizes everything. As her parents, my husband and I can instill all the self-worth in the world. But, in an instant, it can be broken.

Stop Making Sexist Career Suggestions For My Baby

Jean Lomas-Hamilton | Posted 03.23.2016 | Canada Parents
Jean Lomas-Hamilton

"Look at her kick those legs! She's going to be a dancer when she grows up!" It's an innocent enough comment, and I know it's mostly just a way to make conversation, but it's really starting to irk me. I think it has to do with the sexist assumptions embedded in these kinds of statements.

Learning To Embrace The Word "No"

Vanessa Heron | Posted 03.23.2016 | Canada Parents
Vanessa Heron

This may seem counter-intuitive, but hear me out. The word "no" is powerful. Though it is contrary to the people-pleasing nature that is innate in all of us, the word "no" sets clear boundaries. Boundaries that I want my daughter to be confident in setting for herself as she grows older, goes to school, and eventually moves away from our ever-watchful eyes.

I Am So Angry All The Time

Her Magazine | Posted 03.23.2016 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

I have no patience. I'm snippy, rude and have a short fuse. I think my kids' behaviour is atrocious. Is this because I am newly widowed and stressed out or am I just another mom dealing with kids? I don't know the line between what is normal and what is a result of our grief? I am confused, frustrated and feel like a failure as a parent.

I Love You But I Can't Stand Your Kid

BLUNTmoms | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Parents
BLUNTmoms

I hope that we can still be friends, but I understand if it's just too awkward for the next 15 years or so. Perhaps I'm high maintenance, but I feel that a three year old should eat his or her lunch sitting in a chair rather than standing on the kitchen table throwing crackers at another child. I do not believe my son should be hiding in the bathroom for an hour during a play date just to avoid his "friend."

Want To Raise A Critical Thinker? Step Aside And Let Them Thrive

Alyson Jones | Posted 03.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

Our children need to develop and equip their own tool box -- we cannot do it for them. This is not our job, nor should we be trying to make our children's happiness and success our goals. This generation of parents is much too eager to do their children's work for them, and therein lies the problem.

Stop Judging My Parenting!

Vedavati M. | Posted 03.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Vedavati M.

I realize now that you're not coming from a place of goodness. You don't like that I'm not complaining, that I'm not struggling, that I'm not suffering. You can't stand the fact that I am actually enjoying my role as a full-time mom.

Let Kids Open Presents At Birthday Parties, Please!

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 03.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

There has been something that's been bothering me in recent years, while taking my kids to birthday parties. It's the "present-opening" time of the event -- or lack thereof. Yes, there's a trend towards not opening presents and I'm trying to figure out why.

A Letter From A Home-Schooling Mom

Tamara Watson | Posted 03.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Tamara Watson

The rumours about home-schooling moms are true: there are days where I don't get out of my pyjamas. On those days, my kids and I snuggle up on the couch with tea and a blanket and our lesson books. We leisurely read about kings and queens and islands and earthquakes and I never once give thought to putting on grown-up pants.

Why Adam LaRoche's Daddy Day Care Went Too Far

Lianne Castelino | Posted 03.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Lianne Castelino

Having been inside many baseball dressing rooms over the years as a sports reporter, and inside the players-only areas of many other sports arenas and venues as a member of the media, I can tell you, this is a private area for the members of that team and should be left as such. That's their domain, their space and should be treated that way. And that includes bringing your kids to work.

Parents, Educators Can't Teach Life Lessons For You

Blair King | Posted 03.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Blair King

We have one dad in boy's baseball who, when asked to help out as volunteer umpire, was happily willing to bend the rules in favour of his child's team. What sort of example do you set for your child when he sees his dad make clearly incorrect calls to ensure his team wins?

Parents, It's Time To Stop Undermining Our Kids' Teachers

Blair King | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada Parents
Blair King

We are doing a huge disservice to our kids. We are raising a generation of children who are going to be incapable of succeeding in the modern era. They are being taught to be egocentric and to give up, often before even trying.

How I Am 5 Years After My Divorce

Her Magazine | Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Living
Her Magazine

5 years post divorce, after selling and moving out of my matrimonial home, I can say that I have survived, and made it through some of the toughest aspects of divorce. Establishing a new relationship with my son's dad was not an easy road, but we did it, and we definitely fare better than most. Despite all of the triumphs, there are some things that continue to be really, really hard post divorce.

I Bought My 12-Year-Old A Smartphone And We've Never Been Closer

Lianne Castelino | Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Lianne Castelino

She carefully peeled back that final strip of birthday wrapping paper to reveal an iPhone. She was absolutely overcome. One thing I didn't give much thought to with this purchase and what has become a happy cellphone circumstance is getting to know my daughter even more -- thanks to texting.

Social Skills Training Teaches Kids To Be Resilient

Linda Simpson | Posted 03.11.2016 | Canada Parents
Linda Simpson

In a teaching career that spanned 40 years, I knew that my students were going to learn, in varying degrees, the core subjects. Learning how to get along with others and get along with themselves was a universal lesson. Every student needed those skills no matter where their future took them.

Who Are We Kidding With The Idea Of Work-Life Balance?

Clare Beckton | Posted 03.10.2016 | Canada Business
Clare Beckton

Some time ago I began to question this whole idea of work-life balance. I asked why do we frame the debate as if work and life are not one and the same? Do we not think work is part of the continuum that makes up our life? For me, anyway, and I suspect many others, work is an essential part of life and how we contribute to our society.

When Your Child Doesn't Have Friends, Here's What To Do

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

So what's a parent to do when they realize that their child, for whatever reason, is having difficulty making or maintaining friendships? No parent wants to feel that their child is missing out or... being shunned for one reason or another... Yet, this is the reality for too many children who face rejection on a daily basis.

5 Things That Happen When I Write About My Child With Autism

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathleen O’Grady

I'm not entirely sure why I write about my personal experiences parenting a child with autism for the mainstream media. Mostly I hope my own experiences may help someone else on their autism journey -- and they won't stumble through, as I have done in the early days. But what I'm never quite prepared for are the letters I get whenever I publish something about autism in the mainstream press. Here are a few responses that never fail to happen.