Parenting

Man, I Really Hate Wrapping Presents

Darlena Cunha | Posted 02.07.2014 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

Well, here it is, Christmas again, and that means...wrapping. Horrid, never-turns-out-right-no-matter-how-careful-calm-and-HAPPY-you-are-about-it wrapping. I am the worst wrapper in the history of present wrapping.

Why Do Kids Get Better Right When the Doctor Comes in?

Lori Gard | Posted 02.06.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Why is it that when one takes their forlorn and sickly child to the hospital with all the signs that spell out contagious and lethargic and ailing, they miraculously get better -- even before ever having seen the doctor?

How to Survive the Holidays With Kids: Top 5 Tips For Parents

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

The festive season, not surprisingly, can be one that causes anxiety for many of us who are trying to balance parenting along with all of the other responsibilities. The good news is that there are ways for parents to alleviate the stresses that are a very real part of the holidays. By following the tips below, you can survive the festive season with the kids -- and even enjoy them as well.

The Scary Truth Behind These 'Natural' Baby Products

Meghan Telpner | Posted 01.31.2014 | Canada Living
Meghan Telpner

Johnson & Johnson explains that they offer "the only line of baby skin products that combines 98 per cent naturally derived ingredients with over 100 years of baby care expertise." Now might be a good time to remind the parents-to-be and the rest of us that for the better part of the last 100 years, Johnson & Johnson was recommending (and still does!) sweetly fragranced petroleum oil for babies (known more commonly as baby oil)

Why Are Only Families With Children of Both Sexes Considered Complete?

masalamommas | Posted 01.29.2014 | Canada Living
masalamommas

I finally sat down and tried to understand exactly what that meant. What they are saying essentially is that before my daughter came along, my family was incomplete? Because my two wonderful, vivacious and healthy boys don't complete a family? I certainly didn't feel incomplete. I felt blessed, SO blessed.

Three Tips for Moms to Balance Work and Family

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Divi Chandna

Many women work full-time, juggle PTA meetings and still aim to put a nutritious meal on the dinner table. As a result, it is no surprise that many women are feeling the effects of being pulled in different directions. Here are some simple tips to help us deal with the incessant daily juggle.

Kids Don't Need to Be the Centre of Your Life, But Don't Be a Jerk

Darlena Cunha | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

When young mother Stephanie Metz (she's 29) says "My kids are not the centre of my world, and that's quite simply because they are not the centre of any world, anywhere," my old, wizened ass (I'm 31, and most decidedly not a young mother) would like to point out that this sentence actually doesn't make any sense.

Why is your kid the boss of you?

Melissa Carr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Melissa Carr

We've all heard about baby-led weaning. Even child-led potty training and child-led playing makes sense. But when did child-led-every-f*%king-thing in your life happen?

Trying to Teach My Little Boy About War and Remembrance

Vicki Murphy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

Around 10:45 a.m., I decided it was time to turn off Lego Stars Wars and turn our attention to real war, and all those who have fought, or continue to fight, for our freedom. First, I had to get Max Skywalker on board. He really had no idea what Remembrance Day was all about. My super-simplified explanation went something like this...

When Infertility Affects Your Marriage

Erica Berman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Erica Berman

Are you and your partner having difficulty conceiving? Do you feel like she isn't the same woman you married? Does she seem obsessed? Emotionally fragile? Always sad? Angry? As an infertility counsellor, one of the things I find myself doing most often with heterosexual couples is reassuring both husbands and their wives that her extreme reaction to infertility is norm.

Why Board Games Are Not for This Mom

Lori Gard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

I have decided that board games were originally invented with the sole purpose in mind of driving parents crazy. Because that is exactly how I feel af...

Why Should Admitting "I Don't Know" Be So Scary?

Amy Leask | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Amy Leask

Teachers are supposed to be experts. We chase monsters from under the bed, but we're not often prepared to admit to one of our own greatest fears as care givers and educators: that we don't have all the answers. There are many good things that can come from admitting you haven't got things sorted out yourself.

I Took My Family to the Movies and Got Called a "F-ing Terrorist"

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

When I leaned over and asked a woman in a movie theatre to please put her cellphone away, she started yelling at me. She AND her husband called me an F'ing TERRORIST repeatedly. Does the colour of my skin or the fact that I wear a piece of cloth on my head make it alright to lambaste me in public in front of my child and her friends?

Here's a Tip: Don't Hand Out Fat-Shaming Notes to Kids

Darlena Cunha | Posted 12.31.2013 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

Perhaps by now you've seen the letter handed out by a woman in North Dakota to children she deems to be "moderately obese" who she thinks shouldn't be consuming candy this Halloween. There are so many things wrong with this I hardly know where to start.

The Surprising Things Parents Do That Affect Children More Than Poverty

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Nicole Letourneau

Caregivers don't need great riches to support their children. A strong, supportive adult figure can help children overcome otherwise unhealthy environments. This figure need not even be the child's parents (though of course this helps). A grandparent, and aunt, a family friend, even a dedicated teacher can have a tangible, long-lasting impact on a child's development.

If You Think About Being a Good Mother You Probably Are One

Lori Gard | Posted 12.30.2013 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

There will always be somebody better than you at this. So stop trying so hard. Release the burden of being the best. And just settle for being good. Because if you are wondering, are CONTEMPLATING your role as a mother, then you probably don't have to worry any more about it.

The Writer's Writing Place

Vicki Murphy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Vicki Murphy

Apparently most writers have a special place to, you know, write. George Bernard Shaw had a hut that he could rotate so he was always in the sun. Roal...

A Politically Correct Nightmare: The School That Cancelled Halloween

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Halloween celebrations are cancelled at one Ontario school. No candy, no costumes, no fun. The reasoning behind this puzzling decision is supposedly one of inclusiveness, according to school administrators. The decision of the school board to cave in to these demands is political correctness on steroids.

I Was Pregnant When I Learned I Had Parkinson's Disease

Dr. Soania-Mathur | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Soania-Mathur

Along with my growing belly and the morning sickness, there also was a new tremor in my right pinkie finger, a symptom that as a physician myself, I knew was not part of normal pregnancy. And before I could even welcome my new daughter into this world, I was burdened by a different unwelcome companion; a diagnosis of Young Onset Parkinson's Disease. Parenting is a challenge in and of itself and to do it well is even more difficult. Add into the mix dealing with a chronic disease and the hurdles are magnified.

My Daughter Almost Died Before I Found a Balance Between a Career and Motherhood

Julie Rusciolelli | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Rusciolelli

I desperately searched the surroundings but she had vanished. 'Someone took my child' was all I said when I dialled 911. Rescue crews were already curbside, when my neighbour saw a bright pink jacket floating in the water, he found my daughter, pulled her out of a pond in the nearby golf course our house backs onto.

My Boy, the Princess... Help!

Tetsuro Shigematsu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Tetsuro Shigematsu

Disney Princesses are the WORST role model for your son to have. Here's my advice. Tell your son it's okay to be a princess for now. But one day, if he wants to rule, he'll need to step up and become a queen. And being regal means NOT getting co-opted into the princess-industrial complex.

Perspectives: When You Feel Empty and Worn Out

Lori Gard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Lori Gard

I am scraping out the innards of a huge spaghetti squash with a spoon. Yellow fibers and white seeds accumulate in a soft pile on my cutting board. I...

Lice. Not Nice.

Melissa Carr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Melissa Carr

Nobody ever tells you about lice. Seriously, though, there should be a handbook that they give you when your child goes into any kind of childcare or school facility warning you of the perils you will face as a parent. Then, at least, you will be fully educated and may actually decide that the person homeschooling their child on your street may just actually have the right idea. Kids are gross.

Is Minor Hockey Becoming Too Expensive and Time-Consuming for Parents to Manage?

Glenn McCurdie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Glenn McCurdie

Today's parents are grappling with the financial expectations associated with the sport. With the hundreds, and at the competitive level, thousands of dollars required for hockey gear, registration fees, tournament, fees, ice time and travel costs, some children don't get to even play in a good old hockey game.

Are You the Parent? Then You're the Boss

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

An unusually long amount of time can be spent attempting to explain to subordinates (children) why certain things just "are" (such as bedtimes, dental appointments, nutritious food, etc.) when a simple "Because I said so" takes less than four seconds. Try it.