#Parenting

As a Stay-At-Home Dad, I Just Want My Kid To Be Cool

Bryce Kushnier | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Parents
Bryce Kushnier

I feel there are endless topics of anecdotal parental advice I could weigh in on. Especially from the perspective of a new stay at home father. But if I told you I knew the secret to raising the perfect child, would you believe me? I remember specifically when I had this epiphany.

Thank You to the Dads Who Have Embraced Fatherhood

Aneta Alaei | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada Parents
Aneta Alaei

You are the father to our children yet we don't say it enough. Thank you. Thank you for being a pillars of strength. Thank you for embracing fatherhood and all it has to offer. The runny noses and diaper blowouts leave much to be desired but you have always faced them head on.

B.C. Mom Outraged Daughter's Photo Used For Prenatal Testing Ad

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada British Columbia

"When I saw with my own eyes... her sweet face on that ugly banner, it broke my heart."

7 Tips for a Safe and Kid-friendly Summer

Amitha Kalaichandran | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada Parents
Amitha Kalaichandran

Summer is the season where accidents, particularly in children, are more frequent. Many of these accidents can be prevented and a number of pediatric advocacy groups and children's hospitals have created information around prevention strategies.

That Time I Lost My Toddler in IKEA

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

Even though I knew it would be pretty stressful to go to IKEA with two toddlers, I just needed one item -- a picture frame -- and we were driving right by it. RIGHT BY. So I turned, even though I hadn't been planning to, and I parked in the underground parking lot, and we headed to IKEA.

This Father's Day, Let's Honour Dads Around the World

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

As Father's Day approaches, I wanted to learn how dads around the world encourage, mentor and care for their children. Looking through the World Vision photo database, I found dozens of men who go to immense lengths for their little ones.

This Touching Video Of Father-Child Bonds Will Bring You To Tears

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 06.15.2015 | Canada Living

When it comes to child rearing, mothers tend to take the limelight as the primary caregivers — but studies say the role of the father is just as imp...

Hey Parents, Let's Call A Truce

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 06.11.2015 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

Whether you're more of a bench-warmer, or a helicopter, or a free-ranger, or an anything else, how about we let the labels go and appreciate our complementary styles? Instead of getting annoyed when I see you actively play at the park, with your kids or mine, I'll think how great it is that you're enjoying your day with your lucky child.

5 Steps to Keeping Your High School Graduate Safe

Alyson Jones | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

June can be the month when students are immersed in the world of carefree parties, peers and possibilities. The festivities surrounding grade 12 graduation events tend to be an exercise in pushing boundaries, creating memories and grasping the moment. This is all very exciting for the youth involved, and somewhat terrifying for the parents of these youth.

14 Signs You're a Sleep Deprived Parent

Glynis Ratcliffe | Posted 06.05.2015 | Canada Parents
Glynis Ratcliffe

I know I'm not the first person out there to write about being a sleep deprived parent. If you have kids, there is a 99 per cent chance that you've had a period of time where you weren't getting enough sleep. And if that's not true, I don't want to hear about it from you -- you and your smug face can leave.

Why Child-Free Aunties Are Amazing

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

My children, like many lucky kids, have an amazing auntie. She's the kind of aunt who comes along on road trips, takes my kids for the weekend, buys thoughtful gifts, and organizes living-room dance parties whenever she's over. My children love their Auntie Katy, and my husband (her brother) and I need her.

The Way You're Talking To Your Teen About Dress Codes Is All Wrong

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Shimi Kang

Since teenage brains are literally neurobiologically different from adults, coupled with their fluctuating hormones, the way they process information also differs greatly from how we may process the very same things. This creates a situation where, when told not to wear something deemed inappropriate for that particular environment, while an adult may understand that it is simply a fashion issue within that specific circumstance, a teenager may perceive it on a chemical level as a personal threat to their entire identity and independence. As a result, they can become fiercely protective and hypersensitive to any potential threats made to their autonomy and are more likely to push the limits in response.

Parents, Learn How to Foster Independence in Your Kids

Kids Help Phone | Posted 05.28.2015 | Canada Parents
Kids Help Phone

Developing independence is part of growing up, and it's something that young people should be encouraged to develop at every age. Safety should always be a priority for parents, but kids' maturity should also be taken into consideration as well. When you show young people that you trust them, it helps kids to trust themselves.

How to Deal With Underage Drinking At Prom

Alyson Schafer | Posted 05.28.2015 | Canada Parents
Alyson Schafer

It's a simple truth that some teenagers will likely drink alcohol on prom night. This isn't a wise decision, and one I hope your teenager will never make. That's why I've created an entire video series to help parents navigate the challenges of preventing underage drinking

Parents Can Have an Active Role in Their Child's 21st Century Education

Amy Leask | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Parents
Amy Leask

Saying that education is changing is kind of an obvious statement. Our kids study subject matter that wasn't even on the menu 20 years ago, they do it in ways that have been previously untried, and they have a brave new world of tech to help them do it. However, the changing role of parents in supporting these new methods of teaching learning tends to get overlooked.

Do Your Children Listen to You?

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

"You're lucky your kids listen to you." As she said this to me, I had to think about what my appropriate reaction should be. It could go a couple of ways. First of all, I'm not entirely convinced that my children listen to me when I'm regaling them with stories of my work day.

5 Common Breastfeeding Myths Dispelled

Stephanie McDougall | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Parents
Stephanie McDougall

The major problem with negative attitudes toward breastfeeding is simply the lack of exposure to it and not understanding how difficult it truly is. There are quite a few common misunderstandings about breastfeeding and majority of them you can't truly understand unless you've attempted to breastfeed or watched someone close to you attempt to breastfeed

6 Things I Will Miss/Not Miss About the Baby Stage

Glynis Ratcliffe | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Parents
Glynis Ratcliffe

Baby C is getting closer and closer to hitting his first birthday. I can't believe it, and because I know this is my last child, I'm feeling a little bittersweet. There are plenty of things I know I will not miss about the baby stage, but when I stop to think about them, I have to admit that I'll miss them, in their own way.

Our Four-Day Adventure in Nassau, Bahamas

Miriam Porter | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Travel
Miriam Porter

Nassau Bahamas is one of those destinations you want to return to again and again. It's my third time visiting the island and the second time going with my son Noah, age nine. I carefully plan our itinerary to maximize our four-night stay -- one adventure per day! It's the perfect destination for an extended long weekend.

My Child With Autism's Imaginary World Is as Vivid as the Real One

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 05.21.2015 | Canada Parents
Kathleen O’Grady

Kids with autism are also often singular in their attention to the things they love and the things that give them pleasure; this sometimes makes them wholly present and pure receptacles of joy. In my son Casey's case, he dreamt of city buses.

An Open Letter to My Tween Daughter

Erica Gomez | Posted 05.21.2015 | Canada Parents
Erica Gomez

Dear Daughter, I'm writing this not to let you know how much I love you, and I do. So much. Not to tell you how proud you've made me and how talented you are. You have. You are. I'm writing you to let you know that I understand. That I care.

Use This Hand Gesture to Applaud Other Parents in Public

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

We need a gesture. Something like a tip-of-the-hat, a wink, the A-OK, or the Vulcan Salute. Something that communicates, instantly and silently, "You're doing a great job, parent. Keep up the good work. I'm with you." So I came up with something.

My Kids Stopped Me From Committing Suicide

BLUNTmoms | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Parents
BLUNTmoms

The plan was to drive off the neighbourhood bridge. It had one of those flimsy corrugated steel side rails at the bottom of a steep hill and curve. I always felt those railings were only a token effort to protect against plans such as this. I had spent the morning running errands and my two-year-old was fast asleep in her car seat in the back. I had installed that seat with the help of a police officer and I knew it was secure and designed to protect on impact. I could see her in my rearview mirror and had a moment of doubt thinking of what I would miss out on.

Relax Parents, Masturbation Is a Normal Aspect of Childhood

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr Dina Kulik

May is masturbation month. Shocking as the word and act are to many, masturbation is a normal aspect of childhood sexuality that many parents find difficult to talk about. Part of this is the difficulty in acknowledging that kids are sexual beings.

How I Learned to Love Clutter

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Kathy Kaufield

When my daughters were younger and we lived in a smaller house, I dreamed of having a playroom in the basement so I could shut the door, ignore the mess and minimize the noise. When we moved to a new house, I was ecstatic when we dumped the toys in the playroom. Problem was, our girls did not want to play downstairs.