How to Make the Most of the Universal Child Care Benefit

Peter Lewis | Posted 07.20.2015 | Canada Parents
Peter Lewis

Many Canadian families will find they have a bit more money in their pockets this month thanks to the increase in the Universal Child Care Benefit. This will be a pleasant boost to many families' bottom lines! As a dad, I get that there are a myriad of enticing ways to use that money.

I'm a Mom and a Marathoner - It Isn't Easy, But it's Possible

Lindsay Collins | Posted 07.20.2015 | Canada Parents
Lindsay Collins

Training for a marathon is no joke. It's an all or nothing commitment. Running in my "spare-time" has never been an option because I don't consider any of my time as spare; it's all valuable to me. But with a full plate, finding the time to train is tough.

My Son With Autism Got a Party Invite We Could Finally Accept

Trish Klein | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Trish Klein

Autism and birthday parties -- kinda like nuts and gum. We parents of the "specials" know only too well the hurts our kids feel when they are left out of the social gatherings relative to childhood. Organized sports, play dates, sleep overs and yes, the dreaded birthday parties.

How to Craft a Courteous Camp Care Package

Lisa Orr | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Lisa Orr

Care packages are little packages of goodies and gifts that parents, friends or family put together and mail off to their little campers as reminders of home and to let them know we're thinking of them. However as many camps will tell you, parents often do not understand what is appropriate to send.

6 Tips to Get You Through a Long Custody Battle

ByBlacks.com | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Parents

Every time I tried to communicate with the father of my child, he turned it into an argument, chastised me, tried to humiliate me, or walked away. I felt helpless trying to have a decent and cordial conversation regarding the needs of our child with him.

School May Stop for Summer But Learning Never Should

Malkin Dare | Posted 07.12.2015 | Canada Parents
Malkin Dare

So far, two weeks of summer have passed, and another seven weeks of summer stretch ahead -- an endless expanse of aching boredom for parents and kids OR a shining opportunity for fun and learning? Here are some tips for parents who choose the latter option.

My Husband Doesn't Care if the Grass Is Greener on the Other Side

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 07.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

You see, my husband possesses a rare characteristic that is just so admirable, even if it does mean my first drive in our new car was a little more predictable than I'd anticipated. He knows what he likes and he simply doesn't care at all what he may be missing

How My IVF Nightmare Can Help You Avoid One

Rhonda Levy | Posted 07.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Rhonda Levy

Fertility clinics with low or average success rates, and those not in step with the most recent scientific advances, faced a conflict of interest. Their patients would be more likely to become pregnant with the help of their more competent and cutting-edge competitors, but the clinics would be more profitable if they did not direct them there. With this new found insight, I no longer thought of myself as an IVF patient and began to consider myself an IVF consumer.

Dear Daughter, Guard Your Heart

Lori Gard | Posted 07.09.2015 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

There will be lies, false claims and misrepresentations. There will be promises made that might not endure the test of time. Words spoken that will prove to be short-lived and disappointing. Arrangements agreed upon that will not necessarily be followed through. This is the reality of the passage of time and growing up.

Dear Parents: Please Raise Boys Who Will Respect My Girls

Heather van Mil | Posted 07.09.2015 | Canada Parents
Heather van Mil

I need you to raise boys who know what real women look like. Boys who know that women have body hair and curvy thighs or small breasts. Boys who understand the difference between actual consent and inebriated/coerced consent. Boys who value strength of mind, body and spirit over physical appearance. Boys who look for a partnership, not a hook up.

Want Another National Holiday And Long Weekend?

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 07.05.2015 | Canada
Dr Dina Kulik

Want Another National Holiday And Long Weekend? Whether you're a child or an adult, living a healthy lifestyle is so important -- but getting outside...

8 Questions You Should Never Ask a Mother

Nancy Polanco | Posted 07.04.2015 | Canada Parents
Nancy Polanco

Being a mom is a hard job and it is one that you have for life. The ups and downs are challenging enough and on top of that you have to deal with unsolicited advice and some very rude questions from "well-meaning" strangers.

Parents Want the RESP Grant to Remain in Alberta

Peter Lewis | Posted 07.03.2015 | Canada Alberta
Peter Lewis

Although it's not too surprising, it certainly is disappointing to see the new NDP government not taking a moment to provide a second sober thought to the planned closure of the Alberta Centennial Education Savings (ACES) grant. The grant gives parents who contribute to a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) up to $800 to help fund their education.

Why My Marriage Lasting Isn't Just About Luck

Shawna Scafe | Posted 07.03.2015 | Canada Living
Shawna Scafe

We've had our share of faults and bad habits that we brought into this relationship. We've both done and said things we wish we could take back. And even though we've now found a groove as parents, there were months, years, where all of our existing problems bubbled to the surface under the pressures of having kids.

Why You Should Go on a Beach Vacation With Your Ex

Anna Giannone | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Parents
Anna Giannone

Before you dismiss your co-parenting communication style as hopeless, remember why you keep trying to make it work: your kids. If you want to send a message of undivided love then consider doing the unthinkable; beach vacation together.

How to Unplug This Summer

Alyson Jones | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

We experience our greatest joy when we are in the moment, and we are truly present in our lives. From a place of presence we can connect with ourselves and others. It is time to unplug from my technology and plug back into my actual life. So this summer I have a plan to dig in deeper, go outside, and stay present and reconnect with what is truly important.

Why I Love Same-Sex Parents

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr Dina Kulik

Evidence shows, and I find to be true, that same-sex parents tend to be highly motivated, involved, and committed, as they "chose" to be parents and often did a lot of work to become parents. Same-sex parents rarely become pregnant by accident, compared with approximately 50 per cent of accidental pregnancies among heterosexual partners. Children of gay parents may have advantages in open-mindedness, tolerance and equality, though of course many kids of heterosexual parents may have the same.

My Son's 115-Day Hospital Stay Didn't Stop His Bar Mitzvah

Marcy White | Posted 06.27.2015 | Canada Parents
Marcy White

My son, Jacob, was admitted to the hospital on January 23, 2015 for a respiratory infection complicated by Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD), a degenerative neurological disorder. He would turn 13 years old on May 15 and his bar mitzvah, the ceremony and celebration commemorating his entry into Jewish adulthood, was supposed to be May 18.

A Letter to My Son at the End of the School Year

Lori Gard | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

Blink my eyes, and you are five years old. Blink again and now you're a fine young man waiting to start the final chapter of your last three years at home. Do you know how proud we are of who you are? Proud of who you have been and proud of who you are becoming?

6 Ways to Raise a Child Who Doesn't Eat Animals

Miriam Porter | Posted 07.20.2015 | Canada Parents
Miriam Porter

My son Noah and I live a vegan lifestyle. That's different from following a vegan diet -- although both are great! In fact, whatever you do that helps the environment, animals, humans or the earth is pretty awesome. For us, veganism extends past the plant-based food on our plate.

Harvard Psychologists Reveal 5 Secrets To Raising 'Good Kids'

The Huffington Post Canada | Brittany Goldfield Rodrigues | Posted 06.30.2015 | Canada Parents

Psychologists at Harvard have been hard at work studying the best things a parent can do to raise children to be ethical, kind and genuinely good peop...

Why I Avoid Most Tips for Travelling With Toddlers

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

To get to our destination, we had to drive for three hours from Vancouver to Seattle, take a flight with a layover, and then drive for another two hours to my in-laws' home. It was wonderful to be there, and my daughter was doted on by her grandparents and aunties and uncle, but the travel days were long. Here is my analysis of several "strategies" I considered using to make the travel easier ... or not.

How I Let My 6-Year-Old Fast During Ramadan

Safiyya Vankalwala | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Parents
Safiyya Vankalwala

Six years ago, I could not imagine the day my son would go into grade 1, let along imagine my son asking me if he can fast. Last week, he said to me: "I want to fast with you and dad. Please, please, please!" I was silent at first, not knowing how to tell him that there is no way I am letting him fast 17 hours.

How to Network During Your Mat Leave

Kathleen Kahlon | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Business
Kathleen Kahlon

For some women, the prospect of taking one year of maternity leave can feel like a career-limiting move. It shouldn't be, for obvious reasons, but the reality is that despite the laws in place that support a woman's return to work, some women may feel pressure to return to work early, or feel that their absence will result in being passed up for a promotion.

Dear Son: A Letter to my Favourite Little Guy

Casey Palmer | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Parents
Casey Palmer

All I want for Father's Day is a son who's healthy and happy, living life to the fullest just like Daddy taught him. A son who'll go out and be the best he can be at whatever he chooses to do -- nothing will change the fact that he's my son, and that his Dad will always be proud of him. In fact, he already is.