#Parenting

I Woke Up With a Surprise Hysterectomy at 31

Heather Laura Clarke | Posted 05.30.2015 | Canada Living
Heather Laura Clarke

While I was still under anaesthesia, my OB broke the news to my husband, and told him they had to make a decision on my behalf: I needed a hysterectomy, and it was either now or a few months down the road.

Why I Would Have Another Child With Albinism

Emily Urquhart | Posted 05.29.2015 | Canada
Emily Urquhart

When my daughter was two-and-a-half years old I approached Dr. Carl Laskin, a specialist in reproductive immunology and autoimmune diseases in pregnancy, with a hypothetical proposition: "If I asked, would you help me have a second child with a known genetic condition?"

My Addiction Shaped the Woman I Am Today

Keeley Milne | Posted 05.29.2015 | Canada Living
Keeley Milne

What I do not regret is this: my struggle shaped me, and changed me, and helped me become the person I am now. That is, a woman that seeks progress, not perfection. A woman who knows that no matter how far down you go, you can come back, a mother that has earned her way back into this precious boy's life, and learns every day how to parent better.

6 Things My 90-Year-Old Grandfather Has Taught Me About Life

Buzz Bishop | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Living
Buzz Bishop

I don't take my grandfather for granted. I soak up every single second I'm lucky enough to spend with him. I often wonder if, when I see him, if that will be the last time. After all, he's the only grand I have left. So what have I learned watching my grandfather? What lessons can I take from a man who has made it to 90 and shows no sign of slowing down? Here are six things.

As a Work-at-Home Mom, I Feel Caught in the Middle of the Mommy Wars

Heather Laura Clarke | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Living
Heather Laura Clarke

I don't judge my friends who work full-time (I'm completely proud and impressed by their success) and I don't judge my friends who don't work at all (I'm amazed by their patience and ability to put their careers on hold). The trouble is that moms feel the need to defend their position (myself included) whenever they feel it's being questioned, and sometimes it gets downright vicious. We've already established that there's no "perfect" solution that works for everyone, so it seems wrong that anyone has to compare themselves to anyone else (and feel guilty or insecure), but we're never going to get past it, it seems.

Dear stay-at-home moms: stop calling working moms "selfish"

Anne Theriault | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

As a culture, we have a weird obsession with women being "selfish." Mothers especially are prone to accusations of selfishness any time they make a choice that doesn't directly and obviously benefit their children. Even when mothers are encouraged to practice self-care, it's often approached with the idea that feeling happy and rested will make them better partners and parents.

When the Kids of Religious and Atheist Parents Meet on the Playground

Buzz Bishop | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Living
Buzz Bishop

I don't talk about religion in our home. Or, at least, I try not to. This is how it works for everything. From bedtimes to toys to language to diet, you can set up the rules how you like them in your house, but once your kids get out in the real world, the rule book is out the window. But when your kids and my kids go to school, those different rules mix.

Mother Of 9-Month-Old With Renal Failure Makes Case For Organ Donation

CBC | Posted 03.24.2015 | Canada Living

The mother of a nine-month-old baby with stage four renal failure is hoping to raise awareness about organ donation. Ashley Barnaby's son Zaccari B...

The Best Tool This Mom Has in Her Arsenal? Post-it Notes

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

My life as a working mother is dependent on Post-it notes. Put chicken in Crock-Pot. Pick up after band 4:30. Fill in hot lunch order. These bright sticky notes are literally strewn all over my desk. I shudder to think what would happen to our life without them.

Bringing My Baby on Public Transit Is Not an Invitation to Touch Him

Glynis Ratcliffe | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Living
Glynis Ratcliffe

People on public transit are...umm...weird. They're even weirder when you have a baby with you. I think some people believe babies are like some kind of carte blanche to interact with someone you've never met.

Don't Fear Failure, Learn From it!

Terri Fedonczak | Posted 05.17.2015 | Canada Living
Terri Fedonczak

It's okay to let your kids fall, so they can learn how it feels to get back up on their own. Failure in middle school or high school has a much less drastic effect on their long-term success than failure in their first job, when you're not there to help them. If you never let your kids fail, then they won't know how to innovate and grow.

My 11-Year-Old Teaches Me Compassion Every Day

Keeley Milne | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Impact
Keeley Milne

"Stop the car!" My son's shout panicked both my friend, driving, and I, fearful we were about to collide with something or someone. Liam pointed out the window at a women who had just walked past us, struggling to carry a laughably insurmountable load of grocery bags and boxes. "I need to help her," said Liam. And he did.

What Podcasting Taught Me About Motherhood (and Life)

Tally Abecassis | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Living
Tally Abecassis

I'm doing it for my podcast about my re-entry into the workforce after a prolonged maternity leave to be with my young kids. As a result of said podcast, I am walking around my house recording my family. To spare you your own family's scorn, I will impart some of the lessons I've learned.

The Depressing Realization that I've Lost My Cool

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

Being "cool" won't make me a better parent, but at the same time, I don't want to completely lose touch with pop culture, fashion trends or most importantly, social media and technology. If I want to stay connected to my daughters as they grow up, I must ensure I stay connected to the music, movies, television shows and books they are interested in too.

Let's Have a Little Talk About Fair

Merry Kuchle | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Alberta
Merry Kuchle

As the mom of a son with some level of special needs, I am often a part of the "fair" conversation. Or at least the whispered conversations that go on around me. "Did you know that he gets to play Lego while the other kids do gym? That doesn't seem to be very fair!"

Why I Wish I Had Breastfed My Kids

Sandra Charron | Posted 04.30.2015 | Canada Living
Sandra Charron

I was one of those women who proudly proclaimed, "I bottle fed my kids and they're all fine." And they are fine. The thing is though, now that I work as a postpartum nurse, a great percentage of my time on the unit is spent teaching and assisting new moms. And I get breastfeeding now. I totally could have rocked this gig. But I didn't because I was too tired.

Why Does Violence Against Women Stay Hidden in This Day and Age?

Kids Help Phone | Posted 04.29.2015 | Canada Living
Kids Help Phone

Why, in a time when we have more information available to us than ever, when WHO member states have adopted "a historic" resolution to address violence against women and girls, and when consent is being introduced into school curricula in some Canadian provinces, does violence against women still remain largely hidden?

Once I Stopped Drinking I Fell, Upwards, Into Life

Keeley Milne | Posted 04.29.2015 | Canada Living
Keeley Milne

I don't want to tell you the story of my drunkenness. You've heard it before, or seen it before, or a version of it. It is not unique. I don't have a tale to weave for you of bizarre miracles and angels and heavenly choirs. I want to tell you of simple amazement. I fell, upwards. I fell into a life, once I stopped shaking and twitching and seeing things and vomiting. This has not just been a sobriety lesson, but a life one. At school, with loved ones, even (perhaps especially and most simply) on my writing journey -- honesty, being open and willing to accept some guidance goes a long way.

How To Approach the Topic of Sexting With Your Teen

Kids Help Phone | Posted 04.26.2015 | Canada Living
Kids Help Phone

If you and your teen aren't comfortable talking about sexting, talk to them about online safety by reminding them not to share personal information online -- like their real name, age, or phone number, or any other identifying information such as where they live, or the name of their high school. This includes anything that might show up in the background of a photo. And make sure they understand that there can be a risk in talking to strangers online -- not everyone is who they might seem.

Facing the Four-Month Sleep Regression Phase

KidsInTheHouse.com | Posted 04.15.2015 | Canada Living
KidsInTheHouse.com

You're finally out the newborn stage, adjusting to your new normal (and maybe even fitting into your pre-pregnancy jeans). Then, seemingly out of nowhere, your sleepy, somewhat predictable little one turns into a fussy, four-month-old all-night party animal. Welcome to the infamous four month sleep regression.

Give Valentine's Gifts That Are Child Labour Free

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

Working with World Vision, I know that too much chocolate available in our stores comes at the heartbreaking expense of some 2 million children worldwide. Here are some of the things I've done this year, to keep the fun in Valentine's Day and honour those I love, while caring for children around the world:

B.C. Family With 3 Parents On Birth Certificate Grows

CBC | Posted 04.12.2015 | Canada British Columbia

Canada's first family to have three parents listed on a birth certificate has just gotten bigger.

Let's End the Myth of the 'Evil Twin'

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 04.06.2015 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

There are no polarities when it comes to twins. No "good" one vs. "bad one;" no angelic child versus evil spawn, no duelling forces, vying for the top spot in their respective categories. There are just kids, warts, scabbed knees and all. Though the mythology and expectation of opposite-minded twin siblings is appealing to some, it is, fortunately, untrue.

Top Parenting Myths Debunked for New Moms and Dads

Alyson Schafer | Posted 03.27.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Schafer

Being a new parent means that you are often bombarded with advice and suggestions about raising a child. Family, friends and even strangers will no doubt offer their two cents on all sorts of topics. Problem is, how do you know who to listen to? I debunk some top myths to help soon-to-be moms and dads navigate the world of parenthood.

The Most Heartbreaking Question My Daughter Ever Asked Me

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 03.24.2015 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

No question from my oldest daughter has torn more at my heart. A discussion about never taking rides with strangers unexpectedly morphed into a talk about sexual assault. "Mom," she whispered tentatively. "Do you mean that someone can just sneak up and do THAT to me?" My heart lurched into my throat. Until that moment, my bright-eyed daughter lived blissfully unaware of the fact that women can be raped. I was rendered momentarily speechless.