Canada Parenting

One Day I Will Miss Every Frustrating Parenting Moment

Vanessa Heron | Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Vanessa Heron

I know there are going to be many, many more hard moments when I ask myself how much longer a certain behaviour of my children's is going to last. But with each of those hard moments that I want to end, there are a dozen precious moments that I want to hold onto for a lifetime.

Cutting Stress Can Curb Your Child's Problem Behaviour

Stuart Shanker | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Stuart Shanker

None of us are at our best when we're tired or stressed out, especially kids. In fact, much of what we see as "misbehaviour" in kids is actually "stress behaviour" -- the result of being over-stressed, unaware of it and unaware of what to do about it.

What Filling Out The Census Actually Does

Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada Living

If you haven’t completed the 2016 Census, there’s still time to do so before enumerators make their way to your neighbourhood and come knocking on your door.

Dad, Your Cruel Criticisms Still Haunt Me

Lenora Thompson | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Lenora Thompson

I was just a little girl, but you had a barbed tongue. Oh, you always couched your cruelty in humour. As if comedy was a disinfectant that redeems meanness. Time and again, I asked Mommy, "Please, tell Daddy to stop teasing me. It hurts my feelings." But you wouldn't or couldn't stop.

Practicing Inclusion In Our Daily Lives Will Help End The Hate

Mary Donohue | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada Living
Mary Donohue

What makes us hate has been theorized since the beginning of time. Shakespeare wrote about hate and violence. But what is rarely discussed is what we need to do beyond the wailing and the gnashing of teeth. It all starts with how we run our business, our schools and our governments.

Every Day Is Father's Day When You're Olympian Mark Oldershaw

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada
Kathy Buckworth

Canadian Olympic medalist canoer Mark Oldershaw and his wife, Olympic swimmer Annamay Pierse recently became parents to Josephine, who was born 14 weeks prematurely, and they're finding the change in their rigid training routines to be a pretty tricky adjustment.

The Parenting Secrets We Don't Share

Rebecca Beck | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada Parents
Rebecca Beck

We all have dirty little secrets. You know, the kind that you would be mortified if anyone were ever to find out. Most people's deepest secrets are well kept. My parenting secrets are not. I have an autistic son with no filter and he ensures that no secret is safe in our house.

A Father's Day Letter To My Estranged Dad

James Di Fiore | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada Parents
James Di Fiore

I resented the man you became, Dad. I truly resent you, even to this day. But I will use your failures as a way of guiding myself through fatherhood. Consider it your contribution to my life, years after you had given up on me, that I will never end up alone and away from the people I love.

What Is Our Role In The Orlando Nightclub Massacre?

Lianne Castelino | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Lianne Castelino

Should parents just stop trying to explain such inexplicable behaviour to children? Most adults don't understand it, how in the world can we be expected to explain it to our children. Is ignoring these types of utterly incomprehensible acts a better course of action to preserve the 'childhood innocence' that appears increasingly to be fleeting?

My Father Proved One Man's Goodness Can Span Generations

Linda Simpson | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Living
Linda Simpson

There have been thousands of pages devoted to the skills necessary to raise a child. I am quite sure my father never read one book about parenting. Common sense was his guiding force. He was a humble, compassionate man who knew right from wrong, and good from bad.

Sometimes It Is OK To Lie To Your Kids

Erin Silver | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada Parents
Erin Silver

Lying isn't bad when you want to save someone from pain or confusion because they are too little to understand that the world can be ugly and bad. They have time to watch the news when they are bigger, to learn about terrorist attacks and shootings, about cheating and even strip clubs. But I promise, it won't be from me.

Christians Owe LGBTQ2 More Than Just Our Thoughts And Prayers

Tamara Watson | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Living
Tamara Watson

In the wake of this tragedy in Orlando, it is important that we Christians do something to show the world that we are outraged, that we care. Because honestly? We have not done a good job of showing love to the LGBTQ2 community.

What Does Freedom Of Expression Look Like?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada Parents
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Being an adult, a parent, grandparent, caregiver, teacher or other adult who interacts with children is very hard work. If we are doing our job, we must tread in dangerous waters. How can we do this in a diverse and multi-layered society? Can we nurture, protect and educate children, all at the same time?

Do You Want To Be Right Or Do You Want To Be Kind?

Silken Laumann | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Living
Silken Laumann

Kindness matters, I know this, I coach this, I speak about the power of kindness, and yet -- in my primary relationship (you know, that relationship with my husband), being kind seems to be in a wrestling match with being right. Being right just feels so good. It is a lustful emotion, an instinctual one, a need that can be sort of addiction.

Your Family Wants You To Date Boring Guys, And This Is Why

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Living

They just want you to end up with a good person.

The Truth Behind Baby Advice

Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada Parents

The truth behind four common pieces of baby advice.

5 Things New Moms (And Dads) Need To Know About New Grandparents

Rachel Schipper | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Parents
Rachel Schipper

Grandparents are also having their own identity crisis. Surprise and disappointment can come up during this time. It is normal to have disagreements and feel disconnected from members of your family sometimes.

From Fantastic Mom To Shitty Mom

Leigh and Meg | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Leigh and Meg

I was trying to recall a day when I was a fantastic mom all day, where I managed to stay patient, positive and in the zone. More often than not, I flop back and forth between extremes like a fish out of water, I'm a fantastic mom, wait, nope I'm a shitty mom. It's incredible how quickly I can go from nailing it to absolutely shitting the bed.

Beauty Is Your Name: A Letter To My Daughter

Linnie von Sky | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Linnie von Sky

Because my baby girl, you come from a proud line of loving, nurturing, loud laughing, often giggling, deeply feeling and wonderful women with curves who have been wounded by other people's aesthetic expectations and cheated by their own understanding of perfection. I want you to see me love myself for all the gorgeous, nurturing mamas that came before me.

What Parents And Children Can Learn From Muhammad Ali

Lianne Castelino | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada Parents
Lianne Castelino

His unwavering principle is something to marvel at. Principle supported by action. He didn't just talk the talk (which in itself he was highly-skilled it and evidenced in a litany of piercing quotes). He backed it up with action -- which was usually followed by some degree of conviction and courage -- cause being your own man is usually a road riddled with potholes, even in the best of times.

I'm The Kind Of Mom Who Lets Her Kids Take Risks

Sarah Scott | Posted 06.06.2016 | Canada Parents
Sarah Scott

They should be able to confidently navigate independent situations. Being able to ask other adults for help, ordering fries from a fast food counter, helping a younger child at the playground, figuring out their own boundaries -- this all takes practice.

It Should Not Matter If It Is A Girl Or A Boy

Her Magazine | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

I do not presume to know what goes on in a woman's mind before she undergoes a sex-selective abortion. I think that a woman who is making a decision about sex-selective abortion should receive counselling to ensure that the decision is hers alone and she knows her options.

Parenting Is Not A Burden (No Matter What My So-Called Friends Say)

Vedavati M. | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Parents
Vedavati M.

During my pregnancy and right after birth there were a lot of "warnings" about the havoc my little monster would create. How I wouldn't be able to function without sleep. How I would have to recalibrate. How I'd need to discipline. Heaps upon loads of advice on how to keep the baby from inconveniencing my routine, at any cost.

Moms And Money Management On Global Parents Day

Brian Gervais | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada Alberta
Brian Gervais

June 1 is the Global Day of Parents. Beyond traditional life lessons (think tying your shoes and learning to ride a bike), parents are also responsible for imparting good money management skills to their children. Traditionally it was men who were largely responsible for long term investing and financial planning for their families. But that's so 1960s. Good financial habits are something everyone can develop, and for many people, that starts with learning from their parents -- from Mom or Dad.

In Defence Of My Summertime Uniform

Leigh and Meg | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada Parents
Leigh and Meg

I've got a bit of an issue. Well, I'm not sure it's an issue, but my sister is adamant it is. I love, you could even say am obsessed with, Lululemon skirts.