Canada Parenting

My Family Survived 36 Hours Without Wi-Fi

Jen Lawrence | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Parents
Jen Lawrence

The other day, our Wi-Fi died and we were without Internet or television for 36 hours. Yes, that includes Netflix. The kids did not know quite what to do. What about Minecraft? What about Pokemon Go? To this generation, Wi-Fi is like oxygen and they cannot imagine a world where it isn't available all the time. Internet is, after all, considered a basic human right.

11 Ways You Could Be Hurting Your Kids' Mental Health

Sharon Powers | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Sharon Powers

If you remove all of life's unpleasantries, what are you really teaching your child about the world? Doing so will only result in giving your child a false sense of reality. Resilience, being able to get back up after you fall down, is what adults must instill in children. Allow your child to face uncomfortable circumstances even if it makes you uncomfortable. This will teach them about overcoming adversity.

A Teacher's Care Can Leave A Legacy That Outlasts Lesson Plans

Lori Gard | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

What I have realized time and time again is something so profound, it is actually simple. There is really nothing kids want more than to be liked, to be accepted for who they are. It is the greatest way we can care for children, for youth: we must show them they matter.

Being An Invisible Minority Makes It Hard To Pass On My Heritage

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 09.15.2016 | Canada Parents
Joshua Ostroff

Emile knows that he's Jewish, but it's an esoteric concept at his age. He loves eating gefilte fish and searching for the afikomen, hates how long Passover seders take and boasts to his buddies about getting two holidays instead of one in December. I used to do the same. But because we're an invisible minority, it can easily disappear. Maintaining it requires effort. So my role as a father is to help him see the value in making Jewish history, culture and traditions a part of him -- he can decide on the religious part on his own -- so that he might one day pass it all on to his own child.

The Real Cost Of Raising A Kid And How To Plan For It

Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Parents

Kids can be really expensive.

What It Takes To Raise A Teenager

Marcia Sirota | Posted 09.13.2016 | Canada Parents
Marcia Sirota

Parents need to walk that fine line between allowing their teens to fail and make mistakes, so that they can learn from these experiences, and keeping them from being self-destructive or self-defeating. It's important that teens see that their actions have consequences and learn from their own experiences what works for them and what doesn't work. The parents' role is to make sure that the consequences to their teen aren't so severe that there's no coming back.

Conflict Resolution Skills Work At Home And At School

Linda Simpson | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Parents
Linda Simpson

Conflict resolution skills work. Managing stress calmly, controlling emotions, dealing with issues in a positive and constructive way, are all healthy approaches to conflict. Communication is a significant piece of this family puzzle. Don't let family conflict own you.

3 Science-Based Strategies For A Successful School Year

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Dr. Shimi Kang

With the official end of summer and start of school, come changes to routines, new schedules, and certain adjustments. This sudden change of pace for families can sometimes leave parents feeling like they are performing a difficult juggling act!

It Has Been 3 Years Since We Got Our Son Back From OCD

Laurie Gough | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Laurie Gough

Our only child, crushed by the death of his grandpa, had transformed from an everyday kid into a faint memory of the boy he was, his every baffling behaviour designed to bring his grandpa back to life. We called this invisible force the "OCD Monster" and we felt powerless to stop it from enslaving our son.

How Children's Books Make Me A Better Parent

Tara Mandarano | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Tara Mandarano

Reading has been an ingrained part of our family life since even before she was born. My husband read Dr. Seuss to her while she was in utero, and we've continued to incorporate books into her life as she's grown. Reading in the "big bed" is an essential component of my toddler's bedtime routine.

Now That School Is In, Are Video Games Out?

Erin Silver | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Erin Silver

I'm not sure whether to let my son play or drastically limit his playing time. But one thing is for sure: now that school is back in session, there have to be rules around how long my boys are allowed to play and when. I recently began polling parents about their rules, and my kids have listened intently to these discussions.

How I Discovered My Strength In The Throes Of Mental Illness

Alicia Raimundo | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Living
Alicia Raimundo

The thing is, I have always been sad and worried. It's stuck on me like gray toned glitter -- it clouds everything I do and no matter what I do it's never fully gone. When I realized I was different from other kids, I didn't know what to do. I was always sad and worried. Worried that people would notice me for being different and make fun of me. Sad because even when I tried to fit it -- I always felt like I couldn't do it right.

Would Your Children Tell You If They Were In Trouble?

Lutherwood Children’s Mental Health | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Parents
Lutherwood Children’s Mental Health

As children move towards the last few years of elementary school, and especially as they move into high school, many become less and less likely to tell a parent or other adult if they are being bullied or are in over their heads with a peer issue. Often this is because they feel that telling an adult won't help or even that it might make the situation worse.

It's Not Only OK To Talk About Suicide With Teens, It's Important

Sharon Powers | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Parents
Sharon Powers

Parent attitude toward mental health goes a long way. If your child had a cavity, would you let it go unfilled? Skipping antibiotics for a strep infection would be unacceptable. You wouldn't let your teen learn how to drive without them buckling up first. An open wound wouldn't go untreated.

Rush Hour Meals For Back To School And Work

Rose Reisman | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada Living
Rose Reisman

The importance of a healthy family meal can't be overstated -- obesity rates are climbing, and so are chronic diseases, many which are tied to poor diet and lifestyle. It's not only affecting adults, but our young children as well, and at an alarming rate. Preventing these illnesses and poor eating habits in our kid's lives starts now.

What's The Best Age To Become A Mom?

Megan Howarth | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada Parents
Megan Howarth

Confident, successful and amazing 20- to 40-something women can all that agree when it comes to having babies, we're all wondering the same things. Having babies earlier, or waiting a bit later -- what's best?

As Mother And Daughter, We Fight Our Battles Together

BLUNTmoms | Posted 09.01.2016 | Canada Parents
BLUNTmoms

I want so much to stop arguing with my daughter. I want to quiet the constant worry and stop second-guessing her decisions. It is my job as a mother to ensure she is equipped with all of the knowledge I can bestow upon her, to safeguard her from all that can go wrong in this world.

How To Get Your Toddler To Listen (No Nagging Required)

The Huffington Post Canada | Abigail Esteireiro | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Parents

You're welcome.

The Things That Haunt Me Now That I Am Sober

Keeley Milne | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Parents
Keeley Milne

Guilt and regret are the ugly Hyde to the Jekyll of sobriety, even years in. With new awareness, we relive past experiences---or in many cases bemoan what might have been. Pain and sorrow previously numbed by a drug or drink of choice is glaringly present, and strikes unpredictably---in the midst of a family gathering; alone, late at night; smack in the middle of an important work presentation, or during a particularly deep yoga class.

A Message To Parents Sending Daughters Back To School

Linda Simpson | Posted 08.24.2016 | Canada Parents
Linda Simpson

As your daughter heads off to school with her pocket full of your first-day advice, remind her to be her sister's keeper, as well. With today's hyper-media connectivity, it is quite safe to say that if there are problems in a girl's life somebody knows something.

How To Handle Your 'Threenager' (Back Talk And All)

The Huffington Post Canada | Abigail Esteireiro | Posted 08.24.2016 | Canada Parents

It's a totally different world after the terrible twos.

Kids Will Tune In To Nature When We Turn Off Technology

Lori Gard | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

Have we ourselves ever fallen victim to the allure that devices and screens provide? I lie if I fail to answer in the affirmative. Of course, our family battles the daily urge to reach for our screens, the lifeline connecting the isolated to the seemingly infinite. But every once in a while, there is something greater that entices.

Our Son Will Play With Dolls Whenever He Damn Well Pleases

BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson | Posted 08.19.2016 | Canada Parents
BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson

He loves his little baby just as much as he loves his trains. I think people need to stop over reacting with the whole dolls are for girls and trucks are for boys thing. Just let your kid be who they are, play with what they want to play with. In the end, they will grow up to be the person who they were meant to be.

Should I Teach My Toddler To Speak Like A Canadian?

Fiona Tapp | Posted 08.18.2016 | Canada Parents
Fiona Tapp

Being British is an integral part of my identity. From Monty Python to EastEnders, baked beans on toast to a nice cup of tea solving all of life's woes, I am quintessentially English. And as much as I love Canadians, and moved here solely based on falling hard for one, in particular, I have no desire to become a Canadian. So it was with some trepidation that I realized shortly after the birth of my son, that this precious little man of mine, was a Canadian. At least, until he started talking.

Genius Stroller Hack Keeps Baby Cool In Summer Heat

The Huffington Post Canada | Abigail Esteireiro | Posted 08.16.2016 | Canada Parents

All it takes is one trip to a dollar store.