Parenting

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.

Why Would a Parent Sign Up for a One-Way Trip to Mars?

Aviva Rubin | Posted 09.20.2013 | Canada Living
Aviva Rubin

Eight Canadians have applied for a one-way trip to Mars being organized by Dutch-based venture Mars One -- a company looking to beat NASA to the red planet. Three of the volunteers, one woman and two men, have kids -- youngish kids. What risks feel acceptable?

The Nap Paradox, in Rhyme

Andrea Traynor | Posted 09.18.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Traynor

One nap, two naps, three naps, four; Why's my newborn such a bore? Come on, wake up! It's time to play! My dear, don't sleep the day away. I know you...

Hand That Man a Mop, Sister: Boys and Girls Need Equal Chores

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 09.17.2013 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

"Men with sisters appear to do less housework, even in middle age." According to a paper published in the Journal of Politics, decades of data have led to this conclusion. Does your daughter mow the lawn? Does your son set the table? Do you have "boy jobs" and "girl jobs" in your house?

Food For Thought: How I Feed My Baby Is None of Your Business

Darlena Cunha | Posted 09.17.2013 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

Something as simple and necessary as feeding your child is cause for judgement and snobbery from parents who do it differently. Taking a bottle out in public never failed to bring on the stares of other well-meaning parents who were certain our children weren't getting the best nutrition possible.

Ask Elizabeth: I'm Worried About My Child's Surgery

Natalie Strouth | Posted 09.15.2013 | Canada Living
Natalie Strouth

My four-year-old daughter is having surgery soon, and I'm a nervous wreck. Her doctors have assured me that she will be fine, but I'm worried about her getting put out, and especially worried about helping her recover at home after leaving the hospital...help!

Define Brat

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 09.15.2013 | Canada
Kathy Buckworth

Katie Holmes and her young daughter Suri are constantly surrounded by the paparazzi in New York City, where they make their home. Recently, they were ...

Why Only Certain Children Learn From Their Mistakes

Natacha V. Beim | Posted 09.14.2013 | Canada Living
Natacha V. Beim

A new study from Michigan State University shows people who think they can learn from their mistakes have a different brain reaction to errors than those who don't. Children who expect to make mistakes are much more willing to try new things and take on difficult tasks. As a result they're open to learning more both at school and in other environments.

I Don't Love My Children Like My Husband Does

Lori Gard | Posted 09.11.2013 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

I realized something today as I silently watched my husband tickled our daughter, her infectious giggles urging him to do more of the same. And as I watched, I knew for sure what I'd never known before. I don't love my daughter like he does. In fact, I don't love any of our four children in the same ways he does.

Are Expensive Kiddie Birthday Parties Really for Parents?

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Birthday parties and loot bags have increasingly become an obscene display of excess and expense for no good purpose. We are raising a society of highly-indulged, coddled and spoiled children and we only have ourselves to blame.

Why Do Moms Judge Each Other?

masalamommas | Posted 09.08.2013 | Canada Living
masalamommas

Having a child can be overwhelming, in every possible way. Especially if the child is your first born. You see, kids don't come with a manual. You have to mostly trust your gut, take some advice when needed and sometimes rely on the Internet for a huge chunk of information. I used the internet to Google "How to bathe a three-day-old" because I didn't have much help after my child was born.

Five Questions to Ask Before Sending Your Kid to a Sleepover

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 09.04.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

For those of us who have been there, the thought of your child spending the night at someone else's home can be quite anxiety-producing. After all, we won't be there to watch over them, make sure they're safe. Here are the five questions parents should ask before sending their child to a sleepover.

Summertime Camping: Beats Having A Root Canal

Lori Gard | Posted 09.02.2013 | Canada Travel
Lori Gard

Everything you will read below is a true testament to the highs and lows of camping. And I should know, having not only survived a four-day toothache all whilst suffering through the rainy season that is our July camping weather here on P.E.I..

Do My Kids Even Like Me?

Melissa Carr | Posted 08.27.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Melissa Carr

Sometimes I think I must be a really nasty, boring, bee-otch to be around. They're growing up fast, I just want my kids to want to spend time with me. I want them to be excited when they know we have an entire day together. I want them to think I'm the best thing since sliced bread, but I think those times are starting to disappear.

SavvyMom Roundup: Mommy Wars and Advice from Gwyneth

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 08.27.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

It's all about mommy wars this week. That's what caught my attention. 1. The mommy wars show no sign of dissipating despite the progress we have mad...

Why I'm NOT Friends With My Child

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 08.25.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Children need to look up to their parents and have some degree of reverence and respect for them in order to truly take home the lessons that their mothers and fathers try so hard to teach them. For this and many other reasons, I won't be revealing my deepest, darkest feelings to my elementary-school aged child any time soon.

Caring For Your Kids Doesn't Have to Mean Neglecting Yourself

Darlena Cunha | Posted 08.23.2013 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

It's a hard job to be a parent. In all this hustle and bustle, preparation and execution, it's easy to lose yourself. You can always shower later. You can always get dressed later. But it's a short jump from it doesn't matter to I don't matter. And you do matter. You need to take the time.

Want to be a Great Dad? Kenny Rogers Will Tell You How

Melissa Carr | Posted 08.18.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Melissa Carr

Having kids is a bit of a crap-shoot. Some people are born parents, others struggle significantly -- and a few (let's face it) can barely look after themselves, let alone another human being. What I think is one of the biggest gambles of becoming a new father, however, is not knowing how becoming a mother is going to affect your partner. It's funny because, the lyrics of Kenny Rogers' famous song, The Gambler, really apply here.

Overscheduled Kids and Parental Guilt

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 08.18.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

The trend towards kids having rigorous schedules is a relatively new phenomenon. Perhaps a result of the pervasive guilt that so many of us share because of our need to work longer hours, we've put our kids in as many lessons as possible, some for practical reasons (after-school lessons and sports practice keeps our kids busy until we can leave work and pick them up) and some...well...not so much.

Real Men Play with Barbie Dolls

Steve Geyer | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Steve Geyer

There we sat, changing their outfits, brushing their "hair," with me doing my best falsetto voice, as we all got ready for the prom. My daughter, Kirsten, was giggling at me not so much for the voices, but for the fact she had put a lovely purple bow in my hair that matched Malibu Barbie's hair ribbon. We were having a blast!

My Main Man, My Dad

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 08.16.2013 | Canada
Jennifer Pellegrini

I've been giving a lot of thought to Father's Day this year. A friend recently lost her dad. I'm sure Father's Day won't be an easy day for her and I ...

Today, I Reclaim My Boobs

Andrea Traynor | Posted 08.13.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Traynor

Two summers ago I developed the rash of all rashes. There was only one medication the doctors told me would make it go away: prednisone. A steroid that crosses into breast milk. Breastfeeding was too important to me, so, I declined. That is -- until today. After almost 30 consecutive months of breastfeeding, I reclaimed my boobs.

What I Want My Dad to Know This Father's Day

Erin Chrusch | Posted 08.10.2013 | Canada Alberta
Erin Chrusch

It's been hard to see Dad so sad, because in much the same way he wants us to be happy, that's what we want for him too. I am compelled to let him know that I no longer take my time with him for granted, at least not in the same way I might have just six months ago. Up until that time, there would always be another phone call, another visit, another chance to say "I love you." Now we know that those moments are gifts; sometimes small, but always appreciated.

Let's Be Honest, Breastfeeding Is NOT Magical

Vicki Murphy | Posted 08.11.2013 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

A mother's milk may very well be the "perfect food" but the process sure ain't perfect so let's not pretend it is. Of course it's nice. It's convenient, even. But it is NOT magical. Unless curling your toes while your vampire baby sucks your nipples four inches down into his throat is magical.

Six Ways to End the Mommy Wars

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 06.08.2013 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

Your child has a new best friend. They can't see enough of each other, and are constantly running back and forth for play dates; sharing secrets and secret handshakes. It's terrific. Except for one thing. You can't stand the kid's mom. So what to do? Try these tips before you reach the end of your relationship rope.