Parenting.

5 Pieces Of Parenting Advice You Should Ignore

Megan Howarth | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Parents
Megan Howarth

The moment you announce your pregnancy the entire world suddenly feels the urge to share all their tried and tested tips and advice. It doesn't matter that you're an adult and have, presumably, gotten through life so far relying on your own common sense and life skills.

Teens Should Start Planning Their Futures Early

Maria Boublil | Posted 12.07.2015 | Canada Parents
Maria Boublil

Postsecondary institutions of all sizes are offering more and more new programs in an effort to stay relevant and attract students. Although this presents wonderful opportunities for students, it also adds to the confusion and complexity of these decisions.

Don't Feel Guilty: Top 10 Tips For Working Mothers

Pamela Lenehan | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada Parents
Pamela Lenehan

Most of the adult children of working mothers that I spoke to felt they actually thrived due to their mothers' careers, learning invaluable skills, such as resilience and work ethic.

Make The Holidays Happier For A Family With Autism

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 12.03.2015 | Canada Parents
Linda Mastroianni

When my son was a toddler, I remember a few events that I declined to attend simply because it was too complicated -- I just didn't have it in me. Looking back at the earlier years, I realize just how little people new about my son and his autism. I think our experience would have been different had others been more aware.

12 Study Tips To Help Your Child Survive Exam Season

Joanne Sallay | Posted 12.03.2015 | Canada Parents
Joanne Sallay

Exam time is a major moment of anxiety for young learners -- and the adults who love them. While the holiday season is on the minds of many, for others, it means that exam period is just around the corner. A common school-related question from parents is how to best prepare students for these super-stressful tests.

Let's Stop Pretending We're Perfect Parents

Tara Mandarano | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada Parents
Tara Mandarano

Life with a child is rarely picture-perfect. Yes, there are flashes of unfiltered happiness to be captured and held close to the heart, but more often than not, there's also a lot of mess and chaos and crying behind the scenes.

We Need To Stop Exaggerating The Benefits Of Breastfeeding

Courtney Jung | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada Parents
Courtney Jung

By exaggerating the benefits of breastfeeding, we make it all too easy to cross the line from making a personal decision to breastfeed to the fervent belief that all mothers should breastfeed. If breastfeeding really will protect a baby from everything from diabetes to cancer, it's hard to avoid the conclusion that feeding a baby formula represents some kind of parental failure.

My Toddler Almost Died In My Arms

Angie Campanelli | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada Parents
Angie Campanelli

Don't ever think it will never happen to you, because it can, it might and it could even happen when you're sitting right there with your kids. Get rid of those small choking hazards. Just because they haven't swallowed one yet doesn't mean they won't. You just never know when.

What Your Millennial Is Really Telling You

Ken Rabow | Posted 11.30.2015 | Canada Parents
Ken Rabow

How you perceive your children, how they interact with you and how you learn to be your best in the world in the very place where it is most difficult...

A Second Glance At First-Time Motherhood

Tara Mandarano | Posted 11.27.2015 | Canada Parents
Tara Mandarano

I remember the anticlimactic feeling once the baby was born and everyone went home. Looking at that tiny, unfamiliar face and not recognizing the reality of the child in my arms. The possibilities of the dream child gone, the actual baby a monumental mystery.

Do's And Don'ts To Get That Adult Kid To Move Out

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

Comment on all of their Facebook posts. Make sure some of them include telling them to come home at a reasonable hour (if it's a picture from a party), or that you really like their "outfit", or "Don't forget to pick up your rash medication on the way home."

How To Insult Every Mother With A Single Phrase

Lynn Morrison | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Parents
Lynn Morrison

The phrase "I don't know how you do it!" really grates on my nerves. I know that the speaker means well, but I equally realize that they aren't thinking through the ramifications of what they are saying. "I don't know how you do it" is truly one of the most insulting phrases attached to motherhood.

I Went On Antidepressants For Postpartum Depression And Got Fired

Patricia Tomasi | Posted 11.17.2015 | Canada Parents
Patricia Tomasi

I just wanted to stay home in my pjs and watch Netflix, which I did on many occasions. So inevitably, I was fired last Monday. And I don't care. In fact, I don't seem to give a shit about anything these days. And that's concerning.

How To Talk To Your Children About Acts Of Terrorism

Alyson Jones | Posted 11.16.2015 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

Most of us are still reeling from this news and trying to make sense of what has happened. But we also need to respond to our young people and help them understand what has occurred. How do we help our children feel secure when our world has been shaken?

Big Data Helps Us Understand Preterm Birth And Miscarriage

Will Sacks | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Parents
Will Sacks

The digital health industry is collecting data on a scale of which we have never before seen. Let's use this data to uncover and understand reproductive health challenges, so couples that want to start families are more likely to be able to do so.

Your Child's Fake Illness May Be More Serious Than You Think

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Indeed, most instances of "faking it" are caused by the usual reasons, most of which are innocuous. It's the more insidious ones that we, as parents, need to be aware of so that we can address the causes at the basis of why our children are avoiding school.

It's High Time Parents Acted More Entitled

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

Go forward and entitle yourself to a pedicure, a new book, a coffee with a friend, travel, a class, a promotion, or a workout at the gym. And the next time your kids ask you where you're going, flip 'em an eye roll and walk out the door.

Losing My Daughter Made Me Fight For A Healthier World

Dr. Jane Philpott | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr. Jane Philpott

Emily was two and a half years old. She was a beautiful blonde toddler with a shy and quiet nature. For most of her life we lived in Niger. I always thought (and I still do) that it was a wonderful place for our children to grow up. I look back on the nine years we spent in Niger as among the happiest years of my life. I vividly remember the afternoon we spent relaxing at the pool of the old French club. Emily was full of life -- jumping and splashing in the pool with all the others. We went to church on the Sunday evening in a nearby village the night before she died.

How To Pick The Right School For Your Special Needs Child

Joanne Giacomini | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Parents
Joanne Giacomini

Some children need smaller classes sizes, more one-on-one attention, or other services that more specialized or private schools can usually offer. For special needs children with all types of learning issues and challenges, the situation can become even more complicated.

Dealing With A Sassy Tween

Her Magazine | Posted 11.06.2015 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

Remember that it is completely natural for tweens to argue with us. They are assessing their sense of independence. They are learning the skills to become independent, well-adjusted adults. Even if right now we feel like throttling them.

Your Kid's An A**hole - But Don't Worry, Mine Is Too

Erica Gomez | Posted 11.04.2015 | Canada Parents
Erica Gomez

As much as we want to sit and communicate with our spawns of Satan, to talk it out, to discuss the situation calmly and rationally, they will stare blankly over your head, at the wall behind you, at the fly on the window and then insist they were listening. Ask them to repeat back what you just said and it's instant amnesia.

How To Stop Being A Worry Wart Parent

Julie M Green | Posted 11.03.2015 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

Telling a parent not to worry is a lot like telling somebody not to hold his breath underwater. You could be the most easygoing person in the world up until the precise moment you become a parent. Suddenly a giant sinkhole of awful possibilities appears out of nowhere.

Yes, I Am The Mother Of 'That' Child

Raisa Tan | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada Parents
Raisa Tan

That child who's hit yours one too many times. That child who's made fun of and teased yours. That child who's done a myriad of other disappointing things. Yes, I'm the mother of that child. The one who constantly causes trouble. The one who other parents have deemed a nuisance to be around.

Our Differences Strengthen The Sisterhood Of Motherhood

Megan Howarth | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada Parents
Megan Howarth

Forget the mommy wars. Companies pit us against each other and sell more products. Once we realize that mommy wars don't exist and that we are all actually just trying to do whatever works best for us we can focus on talking about our differences and opening ourselves up to what others are doing and have to say.

5 Tricks for Saving on Halloween Treats

Sandra Hanna | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Hanna

With Canadians planning to spend an average of $43 on decorations this year, those costs can sure add up. But no need to be frightened! Just like a classic Superman costume, these savvy saving tips are here to the rescue!