Parenting.

The One Thing All Parents Should Stop Doing

Bianca Bujan | Posted 10.26.2015 | Canada Parents
Bianca Bujan

I was strolling through the grocery store one day when I passed a dad who was pushing his young daughter down the aisle in a shopping cart. When our eyes met, he glanced down at his daughter and did something that I realized many of us parents do - he spoke through his child.

When Was The Last Time You Visited The Doctor?

Lynn Morrison | Posted 10.24.2015 | Canada Parents
Lynn Morrison

Time heals a lot of wounds, but only if we give them the time to do so. Time to rest. Time to see a physician. Time to make them take our complaints seriously. Time to follow through on the real treatment plan (and not the abbreviated one I made up for myself). Time for our families to step up and do a bit more.

Justin Trudeau Is Our Next PM But He's Also Maggie's Son

Mara Shapiro | Posted 10.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Mara Shapiro

This photo reminds me that Justin Trudeau is someone's child. That's his mother. Look at the joy in her face as she watches him in his moment of triumph. I see in her face how I feel about my kids and the great things I dream for them. It makes me tear up.

The Benefits Of Saying 'No'

Bianca Bujan | Posted 10.21.2015 | Canada Parents
Bianca Bujan

Saying no to your children can be a teaching moment - an opportunity to learn about responsibility and how to deal with disappointment. It can free up some time for the things that you really want to do, and can alleviate a lot of the stress that comes with being a parent.

Youth Mental Health Is an Election Issue That Affects Us All

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

In this election we are raising issues that matter to young Canadians. Mental health is a big one. A report by Alberta's Institute of Health Economics states that just seven cents of every dollar spent on health care in Canada goes to mental health. That's despite the fact mental disorders account for 40 per cent of all illnesses Canadians face. Canadian governments must dramatically increase funding, investing in accessible community-based mental health care -- if Canada could reduce the annual rate of mental illnesses by 10 per cent, it would save our health care system four billion dollars a year.

How We Can Teach Our Kids that Voting Is Important

Her Magazine | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

After getting a driver's licence, I think most teens will tell you that the next milestone will be when they legally order a beer. Sadly they're missing what really is the most significant milestone. The federal government recognizes age 18 as the age at which one can vote in a federal election. Unfortunately, it seems that reaching vote eligibility is not nearly as meaningful as being allowed to order what's on tap.

6 Baby Shower Gifts That Mom Will Actually Use

Désirée Fawn | Posted 10.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Désirée Fawn

Forget about the uber-cute size 0-3 month onesies with ruffles and madness all over them, folks. Go for the bulk pack of onesies with the snaps at the bottom, or zippered jammies because they take .09 seconds to take off when baby blesses mom and dad with their first blow-out. And if onesies ain't your thang -- check out my other fave ideas!

Get a Cardio Workout While You Clean

Lindsay Gee | Posted 10.15.2015 | Canada Living
Lindsay Gee

Cleaning. It's a necessary evil. It's also one of the top excuses given when people are asked why they didn't fit a workout in. Too many chores. Vacuuming to be done. Dishes to wash. Loads of laundry to fold. The list goes on. Certainly those chores do indeed need to be done, but the incredible thing about fitness is that you can fit it in while you complete your household chores.

To My Dearest Baba, On Your 71st Birthday

Sana Ahmed | Posted 10.13.2015 | Canada Living
Sana Ahmed

One of the earliest memories from my childhood is when you'd come home, I'd help you take your shoes and socks off. Memory is a funny thing though; it's not always accurate, but more importantly, and particularly in your case, it's oftentimes fleeting, and unreliable. You may not remember this, or at times fail to even understand, you have an illness called dementia.

Are We Talking Enough to Kids About Stress?

masalamommas | Posted 10.10.2015 | Canada Parents
masalamommas

Who hasn't gone through playground drama, right? What I didn't realize is how this situation was making daughter feel low about herself and her ability to handle her emotions on the playground. I think like most parents I wasn't sure how much to ask her about stress. Culturally, many of us grew up with more conversations about academics and marks than conversations about feelings and stress.

Just Because You Can Have Kids Doesn't Mean You Should

Sara Starkman | Posted 10.09.2015 | Canada Living
Sara Starkman

At the ripe old age of 28, I still, sincerely, don't know how I feel about having kids. Not about other people having kids -- that I know (no more than two and for God's sake don't helicopter parent, it creates MONSTERS and someday one of them will have to be PRIME MINISTER!).

Why Should My Success Mean I Have to Pay More for Daycare

Marie-France Laurin | Posted 10.11.2015 | Canada Parents
Marie-France Laurin

Not only will I have to pay more than double the fee I am currently paying, other kids in the same daycare with families that have a lower income base will still pay $7.30 for the exact same service that my kids are getting. I already pay more in taxes, why do I have to pay more for the exact same service?

It's Not Always Easy to Watch Your Kids Grow Up

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

I'm so happy to watch you grow, and so proud of the big kid you want to be, even though growing often comes with pain. I love who you are becoming and who you already are. Grade two is pretty new to us, but it suits you just fine. Keep getting bigger, baby ...and also, stay small.

Not All Processed Foods Are Created Equal

Abby Langer | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

Wait! Aren't I supposed to be the champion of whole foods? The trumpeter of processed-food evil? The promoter of home cooking? The voice of nutrition reason? Yes, I am. But I'm also a mom, I'm also realistic, and I also know that most people can't and shouldn't cut out all processed foods.

Why Some Moms Feel Invisible After Giving Birth

Caitlin Boudreau | Posted 10.07.2015 | Canada Parents
Caitlin Boudreau

"How's the baby?" you're asked constantly. "How's she eating/sleeping?" It doesn't take long for you to notice the monumental shift in focus, from you -- the glowing, pregnant woman -- to the baby. That seat that people jumped to offer you on the bus? Taken. It's touching to feel such warmth and interest towards your newborn, don't get me wrong. But how about we save some of that for mom?

In My 8-Year-Old Daughter's Shoes

Bianca Bujan | Posted 10.07.2015 | Canada Parents
Bianca Bujan

I'm doing my best to teach her that it's alright to be honest with me about her feelings, even if it means that mine might get hurt. I hope that I'm doing it right, and that I don't forget that I was once in her shoes, and that my mother was once in mine.

Overparenting Is Doing More Harm Than Good

Her Magazine | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

Overparenting, over-managing, over-involved. This is how we would describe our generation of parents. It comes from a good place of course -- we love them and want to protect them. We want them to be the best in whatever they undertake. But what are we really protecting them from?

7 Things My Children Have Taught Me About Love

Lynn Morrison | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Parents
Lynn Morrison

People always say that they never knew what love was until they had children. Before having kids of my own, I assumed that this phrase referenced the amazing, unconditional love a mother has for her progeny, a bottomless supply required to overcome challenges such as poop-smeared walls and 24+ hours of labor.

Do You Know How Well Your Child Can See?

Dr. Jeff Goodhew | Posted 10.05.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr. Jeff Goodhew

As parents, we know our children well, but do you know how well your child can see? October is Children's Vision Month and it's a good reason to pause and think about how our children see the world. It's easy to assume that their vision is perfect, especially when they haven't mentioned otherwise, since children simply believe that everyone sees the way they do.

My Marriage Survived Its Rough Patches

Julie Nowell | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Parents
Julie Nowell

We hit rock bottom, probably more than once, and each time clawed our way back up, until eventually we stopped trying to live like that and put everything at risk, our relationship, our investments, our everything, so we could find some peace.

Should You Change Your Filter?

Lynn Morrison | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Impact
Lynn Morrison

I have a bedtime routine. Every night I slip into my room before my husband. I close the curtains and dim the lights. Then I stand in front of my full-length mirror and slowly pull my clothes off, piece by piece. It is a show with an audience of one: me.

Why Autism Isn't a Cause of Divorce

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Parents
Linda Mastroianni

The challenges parents face raising a child with autism is amplified a thousand times over. We often don't know what to do or how to help our child. But even with all the challenges, autism isn't what causes a couple to divorce.

WAHM: 5 Things To Consider Before Quitting Your Day Job

Bianca Bujan | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Parents
Bianca Bujan

Working from home can be rewarding in many ways, but it's important to see beyond the daydream before making the decision to change your career. Do your research and take the time to plan before you commit to a new lifestyle. Remember that there are always pros and cons to all sides of the working world -- do what works best for you and your family.

5 Things Parents Can Learn From a Professional Optimist

Emma Waverman | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Parents
Emma Waverman

Let's be clear, when the glass is half-full, it is still half empty. Even when the glass is 100 per cent full, it is on it's way to being half-empty. I live by this mantra. So you won't find me posting inspirational quotes with sunrises in the background (up at sunrise -- blech), or putting a cheery face on an difficult situation.

We Need to Get Our Kids Outside

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 09.22.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr. Shimi Kang

From climbing trees to slouching over desks -- the transition from summer sovereignty to school routines hasn't been all that easy in my household. So, the big question I have is -- how can we strike a balance between school routines and spending time outdoors?