#Parenting

I Want To Watch Olaf the Snowman Melt and Die

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 06.07.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

We've been trapped inside by icy concussion-inducing, deathtrap snow. I'm like a bear in hibernation, except I'm adding to my fat rather than living off it. I feel like I'm in some kind of dreary winter-induced coma. My youngest didn't wear socks to daycare during the last snowstorm, and I didn't even notice.

Have Access To a Measles Vaccine? Get It Now

Rebecca Cuneo Keenan | Posted 06.06.2014 | Canada
Rebecca Cuneo Keenan

We wait until newborns are two months old before giving them their first shots. Some people have underlying medical conditions that prevent them from getting vaccinated. And in rare instances a vaccination just might not be effective in any given individual. So those of us who can vaccinate our children really should.

Disney Cage Match: Frozen vs. Brave vs. Tangled

Darlena Cunha | Posted 06.05.2014 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

I feel like it's time to put the modern Disney tale fight to an end. Let's take Frozen, Brave and Tangled, and gauge them component by component to ge...

What a Difference a Year Makes: The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Teen

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 05.30.2014 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

A year ago, I sat at my laptop at the dining room table and hammered out a long list of things I thought it was important for my daughter to know. W...

Five Things You Shouldn't Ask a South-Asian Stepmom

masalamommas | Posted 05.29.2014 | Canada Living
masalamommas

This question is similar to asking a married woman if she gets along with her husband's last long-term girlfriend. For most women the answer may be no. But for stepmothers the situation is much more complex. Your step children's mother's presence is deeply embedded in your lives because of the influence she has on them, even though you may rarely ever interact with her yourself.

Being a Good Parent Means Telling Kids It's OK to Give Up

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 05.27.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Being a good parent isn't always about supporting your child in their endeavours no matter what. Was it better that we showed our children our support even though we knew the probable outcome, or would it have been a more prudent decision to have been honest with them from the outset, saving them from wasting time and worse -- the inevitable disappointment of failure?

I Want to Stop Smothering My Kids, But I Don't Know How

Rebecca Cuneo Keenan | Posted 05.27.2014 | Canada Living
Rebecca Cuneo Keenan

I've been reading about helicopter versus free range parenting for years now. They don't get the time or space to explore their neighbourhoods by themselves and learn independence in the process. If there was ever a question about which side I'd take, helicopter or free-range, I'd already long decided to be free-range. But it's not that easy.

Will My Kids Remember Me at My Best or My Worst?

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 05.25.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

Which memories will our children remember forever and which are they going to forget? Are they going to remember the few times I got upset when they spilled their milk or all the times I told them not to worry about it? Are they going to remember all the times I attended their school events or the few times I couldn't be there?

Are Hovering Parents Breeding Narcissistic Kids?

BabyPost | Posted 05.20.2014 | Canada Living
BabyPost

A new study suggests that because we played outside, away from our parents' sight, we were likely a generation of fewer narcissists. That's because, according to the study, free play breeds empathy and lack of it removes a valuable learning opportunity for children to care about what other children think and feel.

The Supernanny Is More Like a Substitute Mommy

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 05.19.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

Self-proclaimed "Supernanny" Jo Frost has recently released a book, in which she explains how to keep toddlers from running and ruining the lives of parents, and basic instructional advice about how to avoid complete meltdowns in public. Advising on how to discipline children when you don't have children at all, is sort of like me giving my teen son a few pointers on how to dress cool.

Who Has a More Satisfying Life: Parents or the Childfree?

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 05.19.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

A new report by Princeton University and Stony Brook University published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science has concluded that there is "very little difference" between the satisfaction of their lives between those with children, and those without. I like to think "satisfaction" is the absence of misery.

From Backstreet Boy To Backstreet Dad

HuffPost Canada Music | Leena Tailor | Posted 03.14.2014 | Canada Music

Last year was the year of Backstreet Boys, with the boy band celebrating their 20th anniversary, filming their upcoming documentary and receiving a co...

The Danger of Parents Who Police Other Parents

Stephanie Knaak | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada
Stephanie Knaak

For my son's birthday, a parent wasn't comfortable with my husband and I driving her child from a gymnastics centre to our house. Fair enough. But what of the consequences of such vigilance towards our fellow parents? To what extent do these kinds of parent-against-parent preemptive risk aversion strategies threaten the fabric of mother-to-mother relations?

My Daugther's Math Homework Proves I'm Not Smarter Than a 5th Grader

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 05.10.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

My 10-year-old daughter brought math questions home from school that I struggled to answer. I drew a complete blank on how to calculate the perimeter of a rectangle. Yep, I can now conclusively answer the question, "Are you smarter than a fifth grader?" No. No, I am not.

Women and Work: Rethinking Parental Leave in Canada

Jennifer Hollett | Posted 05.08.2014 | Canada Business
Jennifer Hollett

A recent study found executives of both sexes consider the tension between work and family to be primarily a women's problem. The official theme for International Women's Day 2014 is "equality for women is progress for all." Let's do exactly that by supporting progressive policies for women, and new opportunities for men and families.

When Discipline Is Sandwiched in Love

Lori Gard | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

You know those kinds of days. Another long day in a stream of long days. More issues to deal with, more meetings to be had. More testing to be done, m...

Dear Daughter, Let's Talk About Porn - Love, Mom

Erika Lust | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada Living
Erika Lust

This is the porn talk. By now you know what sex is (and what fun THAT talk was!), and in all likelihood you know more about porn than I imagine. Sex is a universal human experience, and a private one, which means I wanted you to hear about it from the people closest to you. But over the decades, porn has increasingly become part of the sexual experience, and I don't want to ignore it. Even of it's of no interest to you, you should hear me out, if only to indulge dear old mom.

How to Have Compassion

Ken Rabow | Posted 05.04.2014 | Canada Impact
Ken Rabow

As a life coach, I work with all sorts of people in their teens and 20s. I learn from all of them. One of my most powerful learning lessons came from a 13-year-old client with Autism, who allowed me to see the dangers of people in power trying to "do the right thing." I am pleased to share with you now the inner workings of one the most interesting minds I have ever met.

A Parent's Guide to the Oscars

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 05.02.2014 | Canada
Dr. Shimi Kang

As a busy mom of three who just finished writing a book, I had little time to watch all the best picture nominated movies so I have been speed-watching what I can this last week. It is amazing what movies can teach us and make us come to terms with.

Does Parenting Need an Entrance Test?

Candace Plattor | Posted 04.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Candace Plattor

I am simply appalled that a 15-year-old boy who was starved, abused, and deprived of medical attention -- all at the hands of his parents -- was allowed to live with them in the first place. What if we raised our societal bar and actually trained people to become better parents?

Moms, You Don't Need an Excuse to Make Time for Friends

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 04.27.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

I get my "friend fix" every Saturday morning at my youngest daughter's gymnastics class. So here's my question: Why do I feel like I need the "excuse" of gymnastics class to spend time with my friends? Maintaining my friendships is an important part of maintaining my well-being.

5 Lessons for My Kids From the Sochi Olympics

Erin Chrusch | Posted 04.26.2014 | Canada Alberta
Erin Chrusch

Canada is a country where you are free to be who you are and where you can express love to those around you without fear. You can practice your faith and express your views openly. You are receiving an excellent public education and when you are hurt, you can receive the health care you need. Wherever you travel, continue to stand on guard for the ideals and values that our flag - the one that our athletes wore throughout the competition - represents throughout the world.

"Feminists" or Not, Let's Teach Our Kids True Equality

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.26.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

"Feminist" is an unavoidably loaded word. If we asked a group of parents if they believe in raising children that are respectful of both men and women, and who believe in equal opportunity, we suspect the answer would be overwhelmingly, "of course." Ask that same group if they believe in raising feminists, and the response may be slightly more hesitant.

Stop Comparing Girls to Boys and Just Love Your Kids

Darlena Cunha | Posted 04.24.2014 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

What even is this steaming plate of garbage on my computer screen right now? By the time my girls are adults, society (with no help from you, apparently) will hopefully have come farther in allowing fluidity in gender roles, more lenient maternity and paternity leaves, women will make the same as men, and even now, even now, you're right, we can be intelligent and efficient and be mothers.

Do You Know Where Those Valentine's Chocolates Came From?

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada
Debbie Wolfe

What is it about chocolate that says 'love' on Valentine's Day? The first year I was married, I remember an almost overwhelming instinct to concoct h...