Parenting.

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.

My Son Needs Consistent Home Nursing, Not Excuses

Her Magazine | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

My 13-year-old son Jacob, who has a rare neurodegenerative disorder, was discharged last summer with 24-hour nursing care in our Toronto home. But aside from the fact that nurses can cancel at a moment's notice -- leaving parents like me to pull all-nighters so my son doesn't choke to death -- we're facing alarming incompetence when they do show up.

Use Mindfulness To Get To The Here And Now

Her Magazine | Posted 12.24.2015 | Canada Living
Her Magazine

In our daily lives, we lose ourselves in planning the future and reminiscing about the past. Our worries and fears hijack the present moment. But so many of us long to be more present in the Here and Now. Mindfulness is the perfect tool to anchor us in the Here and Now.

What To Expect When Leaving Your Toddler Overnight

Bianca Bujan | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Parents
Bianca Bujan

There's one thing that sometimes comes with overnight separation that took me awhile to accept. When I returned from my time away, my children weren't always excited to see me - at first. They would reach for my parents, rejecting my outstretched arms in favour of Nana and Papa.

Lies, Damned Lies And Christmas

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Parents
Joshua Ostroff

All year long I tell my son that lying is bad. Not just bad but the worst. And then every December my wife and I lie to him all month long. We do it for him, to preserve his fleeting belief in magic for as long as we can.

Take Responsibility For Your Own Sexual Pleasure

Her Magazine | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Living
Her Magazine

When I advise people to be responsible for their own pleasure the first thing I want them to do is let go of the myth that they are responsible for their partner's orgasm. Each person is only responsible for their own pleasure and orgasm (if orgasm is what they are after).

How To Deal With Inappropriate Touching

TamilCulture | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Parents
TamilCulture

It is important to make sure that our children are in the know about what forms appropriate and inappropriate touching -- or at the very least know how they can define what's OK and what's not.

Fun, Messy Holiday Activities To Try With Your Kids

Sarah Baeumler | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Parents
Sarah Baeumler

As a mother of four, I'm encouraging you to not let a fear of messes stand in the way of having fun with your family this holiday season. Instead, choose to be in the moment, enjoying quality time and getting messy with the following activities.

The Moment I Lost My Toddler At The Mall

Tara Mandarano | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Parents
Tara Mandarano

I darted the way she had gone, but there was no sign of her. I was praying for her little legs to appear under the hanging shirts and pants, but there was just empty space. As every excruciating second ticked by, I felt a little more hysterical.

How To Survive The Holidays With Your Ex-Spouse As Co-Parents

Anna Giannone | Posted 12.18.2015 | Canada Parents
Anna Giannone

Are you wondering how you will survive the upcoming holiday season with your ex-spouse as co-parents? For newly divorced individuals, life is often chaotic. You need to settle into a new routine and heal a broken family. But just because you are divorced, it doesn't mean that the holidays have to be sad.

Feeding The Kids Versus Eating As A Family

Her Magazine | Posted 12.17.2015 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

Since when did feeding the kids and eating dinner become two separate activities? Kids with regular family meals have less depression, better marks and higher self-esteem.

There Is No One-Size Fits All When It Comes To Sleep Training

The Huffington Post Canada | Trish Bentley | Posted 12.15.2015 | Canada Parents

"No study or expert knows better than the intrinsic voice within us."

12 Days Of Holiday Sleep Tips For Your Baby

Alanna McGinn | Posted 12.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Alanna McGinn

The No. 1 tip I can give you for sound holiday sleep? Say no. Sometimes it's hard, but you don't have to attend every party, get together or event. Sometimes the best thing for you and your family is to get to bed at a good time.

The Magic Is Real And It's Spectacular

Miriam Porter | Posted 12.14.2015 | Canada Travel
Miriam Porter

Disney World's Magic Kingdom is so much more than attractions, rides, entertainment, activities, shopping, and food, -- it's about believing in the power of dreams and "taking the dream with you wherever you may go."

Why I Insist On Weekly Visits With My 97-Year-Old Grandmother

Her Magazine | Posted 12.12.2015 | Canada Living
Her Magazine

"Bubbie keeps asking you the same question because her brain has stopped being able to hold information that is recent, such as what you did today or what she might be thinking at a particular moment. She loves you very much and just being with her makes her feel very happy."

The 5 Best Gifts Working Mothers Give Their Children

Pamela Lenehan | Posted 12.11.2015 | Canada Parents
Pamela Lenehan

If you are a working mother who is struggling for the perfect gift, rest assured that you are giving your children gifts every day. Not only are you an invaluable role model for them, you are teaching them talents that will last their lifetimes.

Am I A Bad Mom For Not Going All-Out For The Holidays?

Scarlett Ballantyne | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Scarlett Ballantyne

I am not one of those moms that is stoked to decorate for the holidays. I am just not. I find it inconvenient. I find that it clutters up my house. I hate the colours green and red! I don't like the temporary nature of decorations, because as soon as you put them up, it's time to take them down.

Maintaining My Identity In Motherhood

Tara Mandarano | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Parents
Tara Mandarano

I noticed a distressing new trend: whenever we visited friends and family, they didn't really see me anymore. It was all about the baby -- how she'd changed, which adorable outfit she was wearing, or who she happened to look like that week. It took a while to get used to this strange sense of invisibility.

A Note To Teen Girls About Sexting

Lori Gard | Posted 12.09.2015 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

You want to be liked and accepted. You want to be wanted. But all the while, you will think to yourself: why did he do this/say this/send this/show this/ask this? What just happened and why? And in your heart of hearts you will know: This is not right. I don't need this. I won't take this. Enough.

5 Pieces Of Parenting Advice You Should Ignore

Megan Howarth | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Parents
Megan Howarth

The moment you announce your pregnancy the entire world suddenly feels the urge to share all their tried and tested tips and advice. It doesn't matter that you're an adult and have, presumably, gotten through life so far relying on your own common sense and life skills.

Teens Should Start Planning Their Futures Early

Maria Boublil | Posted 12.07.2015 | Canada Parents
Maria Boublil

Postsecondary institutions of all sizes are offering more and more new programs in an effort to stay relevant and attract students. Although this presents wonderful opportunities for students, it also adds to the confusion and complexity of these decisions.

Don't Feel Guilty: Top 10 Tips For Working Mothers

Pamela Lenehan | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada Parents
Pamela Lenehan

Most of the adult children of working mothers that I spoke to felt they actually thrived due to their mothers' careers, learning invaluable skills, such as resilience and work ethic.

Make The Holidays Happier For A Family With Autism

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 12.03.2015 | Canada Parents
Linda Mastroianni

When my son was a toddler, I remember a few events that I declined to attend simply because it was too complicated -- I just didn't have it in me. Looking back at the earlier years, I realize just how little people new about my son and his autism. I think our experience would have been different had others been more aware.