Parenting

Time Doesn't Fly When You Have Kids

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada Living
Joshua Ostroff

Parenthood is rife with exasperating platitudes, but I've found none quite so off base as this whole "time flies" business. My son, Emile, will not be out of the house before I know it. Those first three months of his life might as well have been millennia. I could not be more grateful to find out that rather than flying away, Emile has kept my perception of time stuck in slow motion.

10 Last Minute To-Dos for Back to School

Andrea Traynor | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Traynor

It's senior kindergarten. My son is five. We don't need calculators or binders. Heck, we don't even need pencils or paper. So why have I got this feeling in the pit of my stomach that I've forgotten something? And now I'm writing this post as my to-do list as we ease back into the routine in which most kids thrive and most parents rejoice. Maybe it'll help you, too.

When to Shove Your Baby Bird Out of the Nest

The Purple Fig | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

Parenting is tiring, and fighting your kids' natural tendencies can be exhausting. Growth and change hurt, and there's risk of lasting resentment or shut down if you push kids too hard. But learning and greatness only come with tolerance for pain, and fear, and as parents we need to use the experience our kids don't have to help them push their limits. It's our job.

Does My Son Need a Soccer Dad?

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 11.18.2013 | Canada Living
Marni Soupcoff

Since starting to coach my six-year-old son's soccer team, I've found myself wondering: Am I helping the boys? Or am I saddling them with mommy truisms that have no useful place in the world of male sport, even when the "men" concerned haven't even grown into their kiddie goalie gloves?

Is This a Date? My Struggle to Make Female Friends

The Purple Fig | Posted 10.21.2013 | Canada
The Purple Fig

I have been with my husband for 13 years, seven of which we have spent as a married couple. Roughly five-and-a-half years ago I started dating. Women. It may sound like I succumbed to something akin to the seven-year-itch, let my hair down and started to experiment a little, but the truth is rather more mundane: I joined my first baby group.

Why Parents Shouldn't Sweat the Small Stuff

Erica Berman | Posted 10.21.2013 | Canada Living
Erica Berman

Hey, parents: Don't sweat the small stuff. Even if you work full-time, bottle feed, don't buy organic food, and never threw your kids gigantic birthday bashes with elephant rides, as long as you are physically and emotionally present for your children -- and provide a safe, stable environment for them -- they'll be just fine.

Having A Sex Life After Children

Vivien Brown | Posted 10.20.2013 | Canada Living
Vivien Brown

I have three tips that I call the "Three R's of reviving your sex life" and they are great for couples with kids who are looking to regain the sense of freedom they had before children. Although it sounds contradictory to plan for spontaneity, it's real life. Here's my advice.

Why Talking About Your Body Is Actually Good For Kids To Hear

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 10.18.2013 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

I want the kids in my life to feel comfortable with their bodies, positive and negative. To me, that doesn't mean never saying they don't like their thighs. In the end, fat or thin acceptance is simply body acceptance. The way you get to the point where you're comfortable with your body is what matters.

Talk To Your Son About His Body

Anne Theriault | Posted 10.16.2013 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

Talk to your son about his body. Give him the vocabulary that he needs to communicate how he feels about himself. Teach him that it's normal to think about his appearance. Teach him that being a boy doesn't take away his right to have feelings about his body. Don't assume that you can talk about your son's body any differently than you talk about your daughter's.

Kate Middleton's New Mom Experience Will Never Be Ordinary

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 10.15.2013 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

From the moment it was announced that Prince William's wife, Kate, was expecting their first child, and third-in-line-for-the-throne-heir, many moms and the media have struggled to find commonalities between her new baby experience, and everyone else's. Everyday challenges a new mom faces will always have a slight variance for Kate.

"Repost This if You Are a Mom and You LOVE Your KIDS"

Darlena Cunha | Posted 10.14.2013 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

There is yet another chain message going around the Facebook ranks, this time involving moms. While I understand, and even support, what I feel the author's intended message is, I don't think that a poorly-written and typo-laden chain letter can sum up motherhood. So I'm forced to ask myself -- yet again -- why Facebook is so stupid.

How to Maximize Back to School Shopping With Your Kids

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

I recently went shopping for back to school clothes with my three young kids in tow. As insane as it may seem to take your kids along with you while picking out clothes for the season, it actually makes things easier and more efficient as you're able to size things on the spot. As the first day of school looms, here are some proven tips for back to school shopping with kids.

Why the Childless Should Be Nicer to Parents

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 10.10.2013 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

There's a divide in our culture between childless people and people who are parents. I think we need to support our parent friends more. I've had jealousy and snark directed towards me because I can sleep in on weekends and don't have to deal with the kid alarm clocks at 5 a.m. And it is annoying. I'm not making excuses for that. But I think we need to look behind the snark and annoyance to the real issue. Parents often feel very alone. And most of the time, childless people don't get it, because we're not in it.

The Other Side of Pinkification

Kerry Sauriol | Posted 10.09.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Kerry Sauriol

My daughter Tara is 4 and in full-on princess mode. She loves to dress up like one and she loves to play with her princess dolls, Barbies included. Caity, her older sister, is now 9 and totally over princesses. Kaput. I hate the pinkwashing and sexualization that is going on when it comes to the marketing to our daughters these days.

SavvyMom Roundup: Life of the Child-Free and Child-Full

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 10.08.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Child-free women caught my attention this week turning my five favourite things into a hipster theme. Single mom, child-free or mother of four, may every woman be content in her decisions and the cards she is dealt. Have a great week.

Sex or Parenting?

Darlena Cunha | Posted 10.08.2013 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

Yesterday, some words came out of my mouth. And those words got me thinking. It occurred to me that many of the phrases uttered by parents and children to each other in the heat of growing up a good family could also very easily be instead uttered in...the heat of the moment, if you know what I mean. Go over these phrases and try to figure out if they're Sex or Parenting?

Five-Minute Lunches

Posted 08.06.2013 | Canada Living

Getting through the morning rush on school days isn’t easy. Sometimes it’s darn-near impossible. Between ensuring teeth are brushed, shoes are tie...

SavvyMom Roundup: Kate's Post-Baby Bump, Gwyneth Paltrow and More

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 10.01.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

I may be on vacation this week, but camping gear, Kate's "baby belly," Gwyneth's school choice, teaching kids how to succeed and nature's beauty all s...

All Moms and Dads Must Know About 'The Casserole Card'

Lori Gard | Posted 09.30.2013 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

So...let's talk about one of the best kept secrets that the parenting advice books will never touch: the art of pulling "the casserole card." That's when I compile all the gross leftovers. If I was to serve this delectable delight on a night other than which we were about to have the TIME OF OUR LIVES, it certainly would not fly. However, all this changes when we are about to embark on an EXCITING adventure.

Don't Blame Facebook for Cyberbullying

Jesse Miller | Posted 09.30.2013 | Canada Living
Jesse Miller

Parents: Facebook is not in the business of raising my child, nor should you expect Facebook to raise yours. It is not the responsibility of Twitter to make sure my child behaves well online -- it is my responsibility to make sure my child behaves in any environment. If we want major change, it will not come from laws or banning people from websites; it will come from parents, communities, and schools to engage in dialogue and education to raise children who have an understanding of digital citizenship and accountability for their online and offline actions, because accountability and respect still matter.

Thirteen Things I Know Because I'm the Mother of a Teenager

Lori Gard | Posted 09.28.2013 | Canada
Lori Gard

My son is celebrating his 13th birthday this month. Here are 13 things I now know, that I didn't know then...and all because of becoming Sam's Mama.

To-Do Lists 101: Getting the Most Out of Your Lists

Darlena Cunha | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

I've never been very good at making lists. When I have been able to convince myself to make a list, it was rare that I was able to follow it -- until I became a stay-at-home mom. Sometimes a list can really help slow down the whirlwind. Here are some list tips from a person who doesn't do lists.

Top 5 Summer Safety Tips For Kids

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

School's out and the kids are antsy. Is it any wonder that parents worry about their children getting into trouble during the dog days of summer? Whet...

I Don't Feel Guilty For Staying at Home

Sylvia Forrest | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada Living
Sylvia Forrest

Well-meaning cashiers at the grocery store ask, "so, you have the day off of work today?" as they check out my purchases. I feel temporarily guilty that my husband makes enough money to give me this "leisure time." Just because some women work in stores or offices all day, and then cram in housework between the hours of 7-10 p.m., should I be doing that, too?

Oh Baby! Advice For The Royal Parents To Be

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 09.21.2013 | Canada
Jennifer Pellegrini

While many around the world wait with bated breath for the tweet announcing the birth of the newest little prince or princess, I thought I'd share with you the advice I handed off to a soon-to-be mama, who is the soon-to-be wife of a good friend of mine.