Canada Parenting

Please Stop Asking What My Son's "Special Talent" Is

Tanis Shaw | Posted 11.15.2016 | Canada Parents
Tanis Shaw

He doesn't have a "special" talent. In fact, less than 10% of the autistic population have some kind of savant talent. When you ask about his "talent" and he knows that he doesn't have one, he feels less. He feels as though he is being judged for being "wrong" yet again. I hug him and tell him that you mean well, and that the drawing he did of Spider-Man really did rock! What I wish you would ask instead, is this.

Helping Our Youth (And Ourselves) Deal With The Trump Trauma

Alyson Jones | Posted 11.10.2016 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

As the results began to become undeniable and there was no avoiding the dreaded outcome, I witnessed my children and their friends reaching out to ask each other in shock and asking their parents "How could this happen?"

The Best Family Holiday Destinations (As Chosen By Kids)

Booking.com | Posted 11.08.2016 | Canada
Booking.com

Planning a family vacation can be just as stressful as it is exciting and deciding on a destination that pleases both parents and kids isn't as easy as you might think. To help you be the holiday hero with your family, we surveyed child travellers worldwide to uncover the best destinations for family travel. Here are the top destinations rated as fantastic for family travel, as chosen by the kiddos themselves!

Some Days, Parenting Just Really Sucks

Tara Mandarano | Posted 11.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Tara Mandarano

With a threenager in the house, there's nothing I enjoy more than having real conversations with other mums and dads about the shitty side of parenting. Because it does exist, despite what Facebook would have you believe. There's something incredibly comforting about hearing other parents' tales of woe and seeing how they've come out the other side.

Keep Your Hands Off My Kid's Lunchbox

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 11.07.2016 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

There's a new trend happening around town and it's one that may be catching on. Consider this my civic duty to spread the word and stop the idiocy of being legislated. That's right -- schools are now trying to tell me what I can and can't put in my kid's lunchbox.

Autism Gifted Me By Turning Me Into A Real Grown Up

Stacey Haley | Posted 11.07.2016 | Canada Parents
Stacey Haley

Autism officially entered our lives on June 7th and then again June 14th, 2005. Not only was this new territory -- it was no man's land. Scary quicksand territory. Never before had our parenting skills been put to the test as it was in the latter half of 2005. Not just our skills, but our belief in ourselves as parents.

I Won't Let 'Autism Fatigue' Make Me Give Up On Halloween

Stacey Haley | Posted 11.04.2016 | Canada Parents
Stacey Haley

Recently, I have become aware that something seems to be happening in our little autism family bubble. I'll name it Autism Fatigue. After 13 years of nothing coming easy, 13 years of aforementioned preparation and coaching, and teaching and coping and surviving and striving and advocating and fighting and praying.. I got tired. Christmas had fallen to the wayside, and Halloween was next.

Why I Sent My Son To A Tech Startup For Take Our Kids To Work Day

Catherine Little | Posted 11.03.2016 | Canada Parents
Catherine Little

I think I'd feel much more comfortable if my child secured a traditional job with predictable hours, good benefits and long-term stability. Perhaps that can still happen. However, if that is not in the cards, I want to make sure he has started to consider alternate possibilities. Whatever the future holds, I saw Take Our Kids to Work Day as a chance to look beyond traditional workplaces and a chance to expose him to different career paths in a concrete way.

Media Literacy Is The Key To Closing The Gender Gap

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 11.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Dr. Shimi Kang

An important first step is identifying the ways culture and media influence our understanding of sexuality and ideas about gender. As parents and educators of youth, improving our own media-literacy skills can enable the conversations needed to convert troubling topics popular in the media into opportunities for promoting gender equality.

Can You Teach Brothers To Love And Support Each Other?

Erin Silver | Posted 11.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Erin Silver

It's not always easy having boys 15 months apart. Now ages six and seven, they have always wanted the same thing at the same time -- same toys, same food, same clothes. They often feel they are somehow competing for the same resources, too, whether it be our time or attention.

Secret Fishing Destinations In Canada

Posted 10.31.2016 | Canada Living

Start packing that truck!

Look Out For 'Friends' Who Exploit Your Teen's Insecurities

Linda Simpson | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Linda Simpson

Throughout the teen years, vulnerabilities crop up. That, in turn, makes them susceptible to controlling friends. To identify negative relationships your teen needs to clearly understand the attributes of possessiveness, isolation and jealousy. These are strategies used by others to control a person.

Set Yourself Free

Leigh Sanchez Ellazar | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada
Leigh Sanchez Ellazar

Not too long ago I was in a mall. I'm hardly ever in malls. I was running around, trying to complete my 503 errands and I found myself walking really ...

Helping Kids Cope With Sensory Issues

Linda Maslechko | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Linda Maslechko

It is difficult to fully comprehend the experience of someone with special needs. However, drawing from my personal experiences, including those of being a mom and the creator of a fashion brand focused on comfort, I can attest to the difference soft and comfortable materials can make on one's mood. Clothing plays an important part in all of our lives, especially those with sensory sensitivities, and the tactile experience can be as meaningful as the style when it comes to feeling good.

What Doctors Should Be Checking For During A Fertility Exam

The Huffington Post Canada | Kayla Greaves | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada Parents

The best decision is to be proactive.

Shocking Facts That Prove Why Pregnancy Planning Is So Important

The Huffington Post Canada | Kayla Greaves | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada Parents

Women typically have a specific timeframe in which they can produce healthy eggs.

How An Article Written On A Whim Changed My Life

Taslim Jaffer | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada Living
Taslim Jaffer

Two years ago today, an article I wrote on a whim was published on Huff Post Living Canada. It was an open letter to my fellow Canadians, a plea, asking for tolerance for my Muslim children in the wake of the Ottawa shooting. It kind of went nuts.

These Family-Friendly Halloween Decor Ideas Are A Treat

Angie Campanelli | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Parents
Angie Campanelli

If you're like us, most occasions 'creep' up out of nowhere. It's as though one minute you're commenting, "ohhh that would be such an awesome Halloween costume this year," and the next moment you're scrambling to figure out what you can create with the store leftovers.

How Do You Help Your Kids Get Back Up When They Fall?

Erin Silver | Posted 10.20.2016 | Canada Parents
Erin Silver

I don't know if my methods are right. Am I being a helicopter mom? Am I being too involved? Shouldn't kids learn to deal with these issues on their own, or is it ok to provide some well intentioned guidance?

Understanding Healthy Boundaries Is Important For Adolescent Relationships

Linda Simpson | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada Parents
Linda Simpson

For parents, the healthy relationship boundaries talk is a topic that can be revisited many times during the teen years. They need to understand what it means to have boundaries. Take the time with your teen to explain emotional and physical personal space, dealing with privacy, and what to do when someone crosses a boundary.

To The Police Officer Who Helped My Autistic Son

Alexandra Samuel | Posted 10.24.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Alexandra Samuel

When my husband answered the phone you gently took over the job of restraining my son...something that no public servant has ever dared to do. We've had teachers and support workers tell us that they're not allowed to touch a child, even when it's a matter of keeping our son safe. But you held him firmly and respectfully, as gently as you could, without a trace of anger or fear on your face. "I have a lot of experience with autistic kids," you told me, and it showed.

Beautiful Moms Make Their Way Back Into Family Photos

The Huffington Post Alberta | Michelle Butterfield | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Alberta

Raw, unedited, and incredible.

You Might Be That Parent I've Seen Ruining Youth Sports

Ian Warner | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Ian Warner

Parenting has changed since I grew up, and certainly since my parents were growing up. Kids can get away with more and more, and the side-effects of this in the sports world are not good at all. Sports are a great way to teach kids about life at a young age; they are not about creating superstars with a sense of entitlement.

How To Teach Your Child To Cope With Failure

Erin Silver | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Erin Silver

I want them to know there's merit trying. The cross country season has passed us by, but there are still spelling tests, math tests, hockey games, baseball tryouts and track and field. They won't win every game. They won't make every team. But they will try again. I know they can.

What To Do With All That Halloween Candy

Jo-Anne Craine | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Jo-Anne Craine

Make it clear that one treat will be added to school lunchboxes daily, or just after school, and not anytime they want it. Whatever your rule is, make sure you kids know it in advance to prevent tears and cries of "It's not fair!"