Canada Parenting

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.

Great Gift Ideas For New Dads

Angie Campanelli | Posted 05.30.2016 | Canada Parents
Angie Campanelli

Shopping for dad is two-fold: the gift requires the right amount of meaning combined with practicality/function. When dealing with a new dad -- whether that refers to your brother, son, husband, cousin or friend -- the gift tends to carry even more weight. It's an exciting time in his life and you want to mark it with something perfect!

To Those Judging The Mom Of The 4-Year-Old Boy At The Cincinnati Zoo

Tamara Watson | Posted 05.30.2016 | Canada Parents
Tamara Watson

I have nothing but sympathy for the poor mother, so I was stunned to read comment after comment on Facebook condemning her for not keeping her son safe. What? How could she have anticipated that? Who would think a child could be capable of getting anywhere near a gorilla at a zoo? And any parent can tell you that when it comes to escaping your watchful eye, Houdini had nothing on a typical four-year-old.

5 Tips To Make Your Children Brilliantly Successful At Work

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.30.2016 | Canada Parents
Marcia Sirota

If you're a caring parent, of course you want the best for your children. You think about their future and want them to be happy, healthy and successful in life. You want them to have good relationships when they grow up; meaningful pastimes and success in whatever job or career they eventually choose. When it comes to their future work life, they'll need important guidance from you, their parents.

ADHD Deserves More Respect, Recognition And Resources

Patricia Tomasi | Posted 05.30.2016 | Canada Parents
Patricia Tomasi

As the debate rages on in Ontario over access to provincially funded Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) therapy for children with autism over the age of five, let's not forget about autism's close cousin, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Blunt (And Loving) Advice For My Perfectionist Daughter

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

You want whatever you're doing to be perfect, and you get so disappointed and annoyed when the vision in your head doesn't match the reality. I know you, my love, and I know that it's so frustrating for you when things don't go right, when you are not living up to your own very high expectations for yourself.

The Message In A Bottle Needs To Change

Lianne Castelino | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Lianne Castelino

I'm not saying having a drink should be a punishable offence. I am saying that as a society and as individuals, we tend to be rather cavalier about our general attitude towards alcohol. Nonchalant about the powerful impact it can have on one's faculties, decision-making and motor skills, among other things.

Helicopter Parenting Leads To Serious Workplace Setbacks

Jessica Glazer | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Jessica Glazer

"Careful" is a helicopter parent's mantra. These kids have grown up in the shadows of fear, always too afraid to take risks, too cautious to make sound decisions alone and too callous to stand up for themselves as they have never had to. In their childhood their parents made all their decisions and as young adults they have no clue how to fend for themselves.

How I'll Survive My Daughter's Transition To Daycare

Tara Mandarano | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Parents
Tara Mandarano

One day I will turn around and you won't be sitting in the car seat behind me; you will be the one driving. That day is still far away, but this new path you are on is another step in that direction. Part of me wants to keep you close forever. I know this can't happen, but I feel the urge all the same.

It's About Time My Kids Ditch The Sweatpants

Leigh and Meg | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Parents
Leigh and Meg

Sweatpants are not the best they can do. We are so bloody casual, my kids get "dressed up" less than a handful of times a year. If I say put on a dress shirt, they should put on the dress shirt and deal with it.

Leaving My Severely Disabled Son To Go On Vacation

Marcy White | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Parents
Marcy White

It's been almost a year since Jacob last attended school, his immune system too weak to risk exposure to even a simple cold. Nothing with Jacob is ever simple. Life goes on, days stretch into weeks and before I realize it, nine years pass without time away for my husband and I to unwind and relax together.

True Or False? The 2016 Census Edition

Posted 05.23.2016 | Canada Living

In collaboration with Statistics Canada, we dispel a few common misconceptions about the census with a game of true and false. Ready to play?

Tips For Going To Movie Theatre With Your Kids

Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Parents

Going to the movies with little kids can be a stressful experience. There’s always the fear a tantrum will break out and that you’ll interrupt other viewers, but with these tips you can ensure a stress-free and controlled experience. From stocking up on snacks to strategies on keeping them as attentive as possible, these tips will save the day.

Parenting Is Pretty Easy - Except When It's Not

Lori Gard | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

Sometimes we forget, we fail to remember: that even those of us who appear all pulled together and perfect (there is no such human thing) and flawless and complete to the outside viewing world: sometimes we all forget, that as individuals, we still have "moments." Moments when life isn't easy.

Dear Blake, Woody Allen's Personal Life Should Absolutely Matter To You

Tamara Schroeder | Posted 05.19.2016 | Canada Parents
Tamara Schroeder

I don't know what Dylan Farrow's experience has been... I can only imagine how deeply painful it would be to hear other women call him a figure of empowerment after he's spent most of her life shaming and discrediting her, while some of the biggest stars in the world fawn all over him and journalists refuse to ask him tough questions because there's some sort of unspoken moratorium on the topic.

Behind Every Entitled Kid Is An Enabling Parent

Lianne Castelino | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Parents
Lianne Castelino

Entitled individuals can bob and weave their way through life deftly in large part because those of us around them allow it to happen. We enable that action. We are all guilty of enabling in one form or another -- however, small or large that enablement.

Marketing Adult Diet Products To Kids Is A Nightmare

Abby Langer | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

Are you kidding me? Why? Why? Why would you give obese or at-risk kids meal replacement shakes? Why would you not at least give them a CSA box or food vouchers for fresh foods or oh my god I don't know, maybe a cooking class? But meal replacement shakes? And why in the world would you frame it as 'a culture of giving'?

It's Time We All Take Skin Cancer More Seriously

Her Magazine | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Living
Her Magazine

My daughter saved my life. In the doctor's office for her sore throat, she urged me to have our physician look at my mole. The mole I had had on my hip all my life, the mole that had changed colour and shape over the course of six months, the mole that I would quickly learn had mutated into stage 3b melanoma.

Life With An Autistic Son Gave This Mom A Voice And Strength

Melanie Braga | Posted 05.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Melanie Braga

Adele noticed changes in her youngest son, Aidan, who was only 14 months at the time. The changes she noticed were: he completely stopped talking; he would not respond to his name; had many night terrors; made no eye contact and he would get much more frustrated.