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Experts Say You Shouldn't Praise Children (But I Think The Experts Are Wrong)

Julie M Green | Posted 02.02.2016 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

Experts say you shouldn't praise children. I'm no psychologist, but I think they're wrong. Kids absolutely need to be praised. They deserve to be celebrated -- for the right reasons. I don't beat on to my son about how smart or handsome he is (though of course I'm biased on both counts). But when I know he has done something especially challenging, I don't skimp on the praise.

5 Lessons Play Dates Have Taught Me About Life

Tara Mandarano | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Tara Mandarano

As time went on and I grew more confident in my mothering, I began to open up more when I would randomly meet other families at the park or the store. I craved adult company and conversation, but something always stopped me from suggesting we meet up.

What Type Of Parent Are You?

Sharon Vinderine | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Sharon Vinderine

Do your kids need to be scheduled every minute of the day or do you prefer they play in the grass and get a little dirty?

It's Tough To Admit That My Siblings And I Don't Speak Anymore

Her Magazine | Posted 01.29.2016 | Canada Living
Her Magazine

A few weekends ago, while we were at my parents' home, my oldest child asked me if I had a sister. I wasn't quite sure how to answer her. Yes, I do have a sister, and I've had her for 33 years. But no, we don't see each other and we don't speak to each other.

I'm A Gluten-Free Mom, And My Kids Eat Cake

Miriam Pearl | Posted 01.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Miriam Pearl

It's important to go beyond teaching your kids what's safe for them by also teaching them to distinguish between what is good food, what is not so good food and what is pure crap. I don't believe it's important to never ever let them eat treats.

What I Would Ask My Mom If She Were Still Alive

Hannah Spray | Posted 01.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Hannah Spray

The first time I carried a child, I suddenly had this intense urge to be closer to my mom. It was hard going through a pregnancy and a stressful birth experience without my mother's guidance and support (cancer can quit now, OK?), and I keep coming up against questions I really wish I could ask my mama, but that must be left unanswered.

5 Signs Your Special Needs Child Has Mental Health Issues

Joanne Giacomini | Posted 02.16.2016 | Canada Parents
Joanne Giacomini

There is still so much misinformation on mental illness in society, especially in the workforce and in schools, where young people and older adults are stigmatized as being unproductive, lazy or exaggerating their behavior, when really they are dealing with very real mental health issues, ADD, ADHD, Autism, Bipolar or other depressive disorders. These individuals need our help, not our judgment.

Maybe Your Entitled Kids Just Need A Better Public Relations Strategy

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 01.25.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

As much as running your own family requires keeping things straight from an internal perspective, let's face it: sooner or later these little buggers are going to have to face the outside world and subject themselves to the judgement, which can only come from other parents, teachers, and so-called authority figures.

My Search For Meaning And Connection

Her Magazine | Posted 01.22.2016 | Canada Living
Her Magazine

While I have a blessed life (with its fair share of twists, turns, and challenges) with a loving husband, three healthy children, a career, and a comfortable lifestyle, the hustle and bustle of everyday life was leaving me feeling lonely, and craving deeper connections and meaning.

15 Reasons Why Uncles Rock

Amy Gibson | Posted 01.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Amy Gibson

In our eyes, and in our kids' eyes, uncles truly rock. Thank you uncles everywhere, for being such important members of our family, for loving our kids, for helping to take care of them and for teaching our children so many things. Our kids look up to you and love having you around. We love you and we appreciate you more than you will ever know. You make our lives more fun, messy, silly and adventurous. And our kids are better for it. Thank you.

I Bawled When I Breastfed My Child For The Last Time

Lauren Bialystok | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Parents
Lauren Bialystok

The last time I breastfed my first child, I bawled. Unbeknownst to my 13-month-old, I was about to disappear for several days, a last-resort measure to terminate a relationship that was marked by inadequate milk supply, sleepless nights, blocked ducts and metabolic chaos. She was frustrated, I was frustrated, I was losing more weight than was healthy and I had a job interview in a week. It was taking a huge toll on everyone. Heaving with sadness and guilt, I finally agreed to go cold-turkey.

Modern Parenting Books That Update The Classics

Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Parents

Let's face it, if you're having a baby there are plenty of tried and true parenting books out there that have withstood the test of time. Nothing is g...

Dear Tired Mama: You Will Survive

Lori Gard | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

You wonder if it will ever get better. Wonder, too, if there really is a light at the end of the tunnel. Wonder incessantly if you will ever have energy again. All while you also wonder if you ever will see a semblance of your former self again. I hear you, friend, and I truly feel for you. I remember those days.

Revealing I Was Sexually Abused Lost Me The Mother I Never Had

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

After what feels like a lifetime of battling drug and alcohol addiction, and my own tenuous mental health issues, three years ago -- at the age of 47 -- I finally found the strength to tell my wife and adult son that I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Like too many other survivors of childhood sexual violence who decide to go public with their disclosure, I have lost contact with my mother and my siblings as a result. If you really want to know how to destroy an already fragile soul, take away the one thing that a survivor of sexual violence needs most -- connection, which equates as validation and worthiness.

Gen Xers Vs. Millennials: Who Has It Harder?

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

Telling your parents, be they Boomers or Gen Xers, that they 'had it easy' isn't fair. It negates the hard work we all did to get to where we are, and puts it all down to luck and advantage, and ignores what I believe are two main ingredients for success: motivation, and initiative.

A Healthy And Happy New Year

Her Magazine | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

The typical New Year's greeting holds a different meaning for me. Happy and healthy have swapped places: I wish you a healthy and happy new year. I place much more emphasis on healthy because, as glib as it might sound, if you don't have health, nothing else matters.

7 Steps To Stop Helicopter Parenting Now

Catherine Hernandez | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Catherine Hernandez

I have had a few daycare kids whose parents did not teach them how to climb stairs. Ever. The thinking was that stairs were dangerous. Of course they are dangerous. That's why, if my daycare kids have the use of their legs, they need to learn to climb them. As soon as a kid learns to walk, we head straight to the stairs.

5 Reasons Toddlers Are Actually Really Awesome

Hannah Spray | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Hannah Spray

Toddlers get a bad rap. Caused by communication frustrations, feeling helpless to control their own lives, experiencing an influx of new hormones and emotions, and constantly pounded with large quantities of new information to process to throw tantrums and test our limits many times, in many ways.

Parents With Authority Make For Happy, Stable Families

Marcia Sirota | Posted 01.13.2016 | Canada Parents
Marcia Sirota

Children don't need their parents to be their friends. That's what they have peers for. A family is one place where a hierarchy is not only appropriate, it's ideal, as children need guidance, limits, and consequences as well as love, care and nurturing.

Working Mothers: Don't Confide In Your Boss

Pamela Lenehan | Posted 01.12.2016 | Canada Parents
Pamela Lenehan

It is hard to be a working mother. There are days you just don't think you can manage everything on your to-do list. You may be tempted to confide in a colleague or you boss at work and unburden yourself, but here's a word of advice: Don't. Instead, call a friend, your sister, or your mother.

I Sometimes Suffer From Mom Envy (And It's Not Pretty)

Julie M Green | Posted 01.13.2016 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

Even though you don't want to compare -- comparing is for chumps -- you secretly can't help yourself. A litany of comparisons runs through your mind like a never-ending grocery list. Your child is amazing, but his needs limit his day-to-day life and that of your family. And even after all these years, it stings.

It Might Be Too Late For Parents To Stand Up To Their Kids

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

It all starts from the day they're born. I am proposing that, to paraphrase any person from England, you start the way you mean to go on. Let them take over your night's sleep for longer than a year? Hmmmm. Jeopardize every social plan you try to commit to? Not good.

Maybe I Will Miss The Diaper Years After All

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 01.06.2016 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

Changing a toddler's dirty diapers is truly one of the worst things you have to do as a parent, but somehow those five minutes were some of the best of my night.

This Simple Practice Will Help You Keep Your Cool With Your Kids

The Huffington Post Canada | Trish Bentley | Posted 12.30.2015 | Canada Parents

Adults and children alike need to practice self-regulation.

2016 Is The Year I Kick My Addiction To Work

Lenora Thompson | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

Last night, my husband spoke the three most terrifying words in the English language. "Take a break." I was horrified. My blood ran cold. "But, but..." "No buts about it. Take the day off. Why don't you have some fun?" he suggested, smiling. Fun? Fun!? I drew a blank. And that's when I knew I had a problem.