#Parenting

Nurses Were Wrong About my Breastfeeding Problem

Stephanie McDougall | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Stephanie McDougall

There's no question breastfeeding has its challenges. From the shape of mom's nipples to the neck rotation of the baby, it all has an impact. But I never knew what would kill our breastfeeding relationship would go undetected for so long, although it was right under my nose. Or rather my baby's nose.

What Happened When I Got Rid Of Half My Kids' Toys

Shawna Scafe | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Parents
Shawna Scafe

So come this past January, our family of five started a mission to live with less (minimalism for rookies). I know it's not for everyone, but it is for us. Our first long drawn-out step is to "remove the excess" of belongings. Since January we have done two toy purges and reduced the kids toys by over half.

5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Motivated at the End of the School Year

Jason Au | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Parents
Jason Au

With the end of the school year just around the corner, you might be finding it challenging to keep your children on task for those upcoming final projects and exams. For parents, it can be very difficult to encourage their kids to concentrate on their studies, especially if they're struggling with a certain subject.

Why Same-Sex Parents Shouldn't Take Canadian Policy for Granted

Allison Lee | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Parents
Allison Lee

This week my Facebook news feed has blown up with profile pictures featuring the red equals sign and posts about the SCOTUS hearing. The one that has the potential to grant (or continue to deny) same-sex couples rights that most heterosexual couples take completely for granted. Rights about what happens if their spouse dies. Rights about recognizing non-gestational parents as parents. It is absolutely horrifying to me to think that if The Bean were born in the U.S. rather than Canada that I would not be recognized as his parent. I am also holding my breath. For my friends. For my family. For rights that I usually take for granted, but know many are still struggling to achieve.

Wanted: Drum Circle For Vancouver Home Birth

The Huffington Post B.C. | Andree Lau | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada British Columbia

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10 Baby Naming Traditions From Around The World

The Huffington Post Canada | Julianna McDermott | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Parents

We've rounded up baby naming traditions from around the globe!

I've Realized I'm Not the Mother I Always Thought I'd Be

Jessica Blumel | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Parents
Jessica Blumel

Before I had kids, I dreamed about being a stay-at-home mom. I loved the idea of having the whole household under control and making life easy for my husband by rocking the homemaker role. But as it turns out, I am happy in that role about one day per week and otherwise feel totally and utterly stifled.

Old School Parenting Rules That Should Make A Comeback

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Prestwich | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Parents

Parenting can be really difficult. Which rule book do you follow? According to Ylonda Gault Caviness, the author of "Child, Please: How Mama’s Ol...

Whoops! These Mom Fails Remind Us To Laugh It Off!

The Huffington Post Canada | Shelley White | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Parents

We've all been there. After all, moms are busy people. We're engaged in a daily balancing act, trying to keep our kids fed, clothed and happy, while j...

I Learned How To Ride A Bike At 37

Andree Lau | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Andree Lau

By the age of 37, I had birthed two children, reported live on national television, and travelled around the world. But I had never ridden a bike.

Almost No One From My Son's Class Came to His Birthday Party and it Broke My Heart

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Kathleen O’Grady

"It is with sadness that we will have to decline the birthday party invitation for your son," one mother wrote me, "as such short notice was given." I felt like I had been punched in the gut. Again. You see, my son Casey has autism, and I had been busily planning all the arrangements for his seventh birthday party for weeks. I wanted to tell her, in earnest, that I had tried, I really tried, to get it right this time.

How Raising Chickens Made Me a Better Parent

Julie Nowell | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Julie Nowell

We walked into getting chickens eager for fresh eggs and getting "back to the roots" of our food. But in the end, it has been about much more than that and had a profound affect on our lives, and our parenting. Here are a few things I never expected to learn from our flock of chickens, some of them may surprise you a little.

Is the Paleo Diet Safe for Kids?

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr Dina Kulik

Food trends are constantly changing be it: Paleo, vegan, low fat, low carb, raw and alkaline, there are many options to choose from. Adults may be jumping on the band-wagon, but are these food fads safe for children?

Becoming a Mother Saved Me From Alcoholism

Stephanie McDougall | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Stephanie McDougall

Giving up drinking for nine months was easy. It was a no brainer. Plus I was so nauseous I don't think I could have had a drink even if I had wanted to. But here's the kicker. I've officially given up alcohol. For good. My son is almost one year old and I'm coming up to two years sober.

A Letter to the Woman I Was One Year Ago

Glynis Ratcliffe | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Glynis Ratcliffe

Oh sweet, sad Mama. You are in the thick of it right now, and I know you can't see a way out. It's hard enough being the mom of a spirited two-year-old, but add on an unplanned pregnancy and having to put your own big plans on hiatus? It's no wonder you're feeling low, confused and scared.

Happy Mother's Day to Dads Who Have to Be Moms, Too

Lori Gard | Posted 05.09.2015 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

But I have been thinking more and more of the unofficial 'mothers' who never get recognized on Mother's Day, and I'm talking about the dads.

How to Keep Your Older Child Involved When a New Baby Comes Home

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr Dina Kulik

Many parents worry about how the new baby will change the family dynamic that everyone is used to. These are some things we did before and during those first few weeks that I think helped make that transition a success.

For the Animals, the Zoo Is the Unhappiest Place on Earth

Miriam Porter | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Impact
Miriam Porter

March 5 was a good day for elephants. Not the elephants roaming free in their natural habitat -- for those elephants every day is a good day. I am referring to 43 Asian elephants that Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus keeps in chains. These cruel acts will be a thing of the past starting in 2018.

This Mother's Day, I'm Acknowledging the Painful Side of Motherhood. Loss

Heather van Mil | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Parents
Heather van Mil

While Mother's Day is a celebration of love for many, it is a day of pain and grief for so many more. There are many faces of motherhood, some less obvious then others. There are mothers whose arms are empty; suffering from infertility, miscarriages or the death of a child. The world doesn't recognize them as mothers but they are and always will be.

The Only Thing I Want for Mother's Day Doesn't Have a Price

Julie Nowell | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Parents
Julie Nowell

I am about to experience my 12th Mother's Day, and this year I want to share a secret to dads and kids everywhere about what us moms really want. I didn't realize it until my daughter gave me a gift this past birthday. It was simple, cost nothing, and has awakened me to what I really want in life.

My Mother's Parting Gift to Me Was a Second Chance

Sue Nador | Posted 05.07.2015 | Canada Living
Sue Nador

My mom died a few days after Mother's Day last year. A week earlier, she gave me an unexpected gift. There are so many tragedies that happen every single day in hospitals, but my story has a happy ending. She gave me a second chance to find peace in my relationship with her.

It's Time to Appreciate the Father's Role in the World of Parenting

Casey Palmer | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Parents
Casey Palmer

I didn't know what to expect when I became a Dad. I didn't lack good fatherly figures -- I just had no clue of what the world expected of me. We hear plenty of stories blaming fathers in absentia for children's bad behaviour, society diagnosing a lack of the firm disciplinarian they so sorely needed to keep them in line -- but people rarely talk about what the value of a good father is.

When Being Prepared isn't Enough - Supporting Parents When a Baby Dies

Jens Locher | Posted 05.07.2015 | Canada Parents
Jens Locher

While the majority of people haven't found the courage yet to talk with expectant parents about the risk of losing a child, how to survive such tragedies and continue to live, we need to be even more diligent in ensuring that we have experienced specialists in place that are available every time parents are facing the tragedy of losing their baby.

23 Things I've Learned From 6 Years as a Mom Blogger

Emma Waverman | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Parents
Emma Waverman

After six years of writing about hot topics in parenting, I have read many studies, talked to countless experts and quoted hundreds of news stories. During that time, my family has grown a collective six feet, and aged from preschoolers and kids to teens and tweens. And I want to be honest when I tell you that despite the thousands of hours I have spent reading and researching parenting, I still have no idea what the hell I am doing.

Sure, It Can Be Uncomfortable, But Enjoy Being Pregnant

Stephanie McDougall | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Parents
Stephanie McDougall

As much as you should try and enjoy the time before the baby comes, enjoy the time after the baby comes into your life. Embrace those sticky floors and those cold cups of coffee. It won't be long before you'll have your old life back and your kids will be grown up and doing their own thing. You'll only know what they are up to because you'll follow them on Twitter because you'll be a cool mom.