Canada Parenting

7 Of The Most Courageous Mothers You Will Ever Meet

UNICEF Canada | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Impact

Wherever in the world UNICEF works, we see the same thing from moms time and time again -- they'd do anything for their children. Meet some of the mothers who overcame obstacles, battled distressing situations and made phenomenal sacrifices for their children.

This Resource Can Help Protect Your Kids Online

Renee Frances, B.S., B.Ed., M.A. | Posted 05.04.2016 | Canada Parents
Renee Frances, B.S., B.Ed., M.A.

This incessant use of technology by children has resulted in an abrupt change in the landscape of parenting. Parents are just beginning to recognize that we must protect our children as well as the avatars that represent them online.

Mind The Gap: Is Taking A Year Off After High School A Good Idea?

Lianne Castelino | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Parents
Lianne Castelino

With her intention to take a year off -- more formerly known as a "gap year" before starting at Harvard in 2017 -- now a matter of public record, President Obama's eldest daughter's decision comes with it the predictable flood of raised eyebrows, analysis and opinion.

10 Etiquette Tips For Visiting Newborns

Melanie Braga | Posted 05.02.2016 | Canada Parents
Melanie Braga

Having a baby is a very exciting time for new parents and of course for their families. We can get so excited to see the new baby that we may forget our etiquette and how hard it is for new families to adjust to the beginnings of parenthood.

Maternity Leave Without Kids? Here's What It Should Look Like

Elizabeth Bromstein | Posted 05.02.2016 | Canada Parents
Elizabeth Bromstein

In a New York Post article that's recently gone viral, Meghann Foye argues for "meternity" leave (get it? me-ternity?), something she imagines has "all the perks of maternity leave -- without having kids." But her piece did get me thinking about what a "maternity leave without kids" would look like. So, I drew up a list of suggested rules guidelines, and now I think that this is a great idea.

I Became A Feminist The Day I Became A Father

Greg Allen | Posted 04.29.2016 | Canada Parents
Greg Allen

Were she to face any other systemic challenge, whether big or small, I would take that challenge on as my own. I would write, speak, march, lobby and fundraise until my throat was hoarse or, more likely, she became embarrassed by me and asked me to stop. How, then, could I justify turning a blind eye to the primary systemic challenge she would face throughout her life?

3 Things You Need To Know About Generation Z

Mary Donohue | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Business
Mary Donohue

If you are hiring summer students, have teenagers slouching around the house, or you are a forward-thinking CEO, you are spending some time thinking about Gen Z. The follow-on generation to the Millennials is something of an unknown to most. The biggest question: how they are going to perform in the workforce?

When Parenting Took Over Our Marriage

Vedavati M. | Posted 04.26.2016 | Canada Parents
Vedavati M.

We were co-parents living under the same roof. The hand-holding, affectionate, gregarious couple was a distant memory. Conversations were few and far between. When we talked, it was only about the baby. By the time she was a year old, we had stopped talking to each other directly.

There's No Time Like The Present When You're A Parent

Lianne Castelino | Posted 04.26.2016 | Canada Parents
Lianne Castelino

For parents, being able to tap into some of what makes up the convenience industry -- hopefully the free or less-costly things -- should mean freeing up time to spend that ever-elusive "quality" time with our children, spouses and partners. But does it?

What Would You Do If Karla Homolka Was A Parent At Your School?

Rebecca Cuneo Keenan | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Rebecca Cuneo Keenan

The news broke earlier this week that Karla Homolka has been living in the Quebec community under the name Leanne Bordelais with her three school-age children. Parents from the community are outraged, and perhaps understandably so.

The Importance Of The Grandparent Relationship

Her Magazine | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

How does the real connection happen when those involved are at opposite ends of the age spectrum? How do people at such different points in their lives and from different generations find common ground?

My Unborn Daughter Is Already Challenging Me

James Di Fiore | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada Parents
James Di Fiore

I'm 39 years old. I'm not all that proud of my behaviour as a teenager and young adult. It's been years since the last time I viewed a woman as a sexual conquest, but the impending arrival of a daughter has me swimming back into my past, and I feel the riptide of guilt pulling me under. Like the conman who becomes an FBI agent, maybe I can use my ingrained flaws and experiences as a method to shape my daughter into a young woman who could see a guy like me coming a mile away.

Is It Safe For Our Kids To Play Outside?

Jenna Em | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Jenna Em

As a three-year old child in the mid-1970s, I was allowed to play outside on our street by myself. It was taught that I should "never talk to strangers" and "never go with strangers". Only one year later, I was granted even more freedom, and was allowed to roam freely throughout our entire neighbourhood... How did I know when it was time to come in? Once the street lights turned on, of course!

My Daughter Taught Me It's OK To Be An Introvert

Tara Mandarano | Posted 04.18.2016 | Canada Parents
Tara Mandarano

I see so much of myself in her; it's both heart-warming and heartbreaking. I don't want her to suffer socially like I did growing up, but I've realized I can't keep her in a bubble, either. Sometimes when I'm with her, my memory casts back to my own childhood, and I remember a fleeting instant in time when I was free to be myself without shame.

Accepting My Miscarriage Helped Me Heal

Melanie Braga | Posted 04.18.2016 | Canada Parents
Melanie Braga

The emotional distress started to make me feel sick all the time and it came to the point that I just couldn't continue like this anymore. I decided that my first step to healing was to talk to people who have experienced the same type of loss, and by doing this it helped me realize that everything I was feeling was normal.

Labour Minister Wants Dedicated Leave For Dads

CP | Jordan Press | Posted 04.18.2016 | Canada Parents

Dedicated leave for fathers is already in place in Quebec.

The Loss Of My Baby Was Utter Devastation

Rebecca Beck | Posted 04.15.2016 | Canada Parents
Rebecca Beck

My baby, my long awaited precious gift from heaven, was being taken from me -- as was my dream of being a mom to twins. As cold as it may seem, I was heartbroken about the loss of my dream too. I was devastated over the fact that my son would never know his twin and never find what could have been a beautiful relationship.

Parents Are Just As Selfish As Child-Free Couples

Vedavati M. | Posted 04.15.2016 | Canada Parents
Vedavati M.

It's daunting to be responsible for another life. But it's also selfish... to pass on one's DNA. To have someone who looks up to you. To feel the pride and joy that comes with the pain and tears. Some say that parenthood is the most selfless of "loves" one experiences in one's life. In our case, it wasn't selflessness that drove us to the decision. We chose parenthood because we wanted something out of it.

From One Mom To Another: The Gift Of Perspective Is Everything

Kathryn Streeter | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathryn Streeter

As you gain distance from the early days of babies and toddlers, preschool and elementary school, from this place above the trees you can finally see. Like that mama bird sitting up high in the tree, you stand now as a humble mom of 17 years, better able to discern where you've been and where you're going.

Let's Teach Our Children What Health And Fitness Is Really About

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Jordan Cieciwa

Here is what really concerns me -- it's infected my social media feed. Instagram is full of half naked fitness models of both genders, all fighting for my attention by showing as much skin as possible. If they are in my feed, chances are they are in your feed, and worse yet, they are in your kids feed.

Sometimes I Question Raising My Son Without Religion

Julie M Green | Posted 04.13.2016 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

Mostly, I fear that skipping out on my son's religious education makes me a selfish mother. In time, will he grow to resent the omission? Or, in leaving the slate blank, have we actually given him the greatest spiritual gift of all -- choice?

When You Have A Child With Autism, The Child Becomes The Guide

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathleen O’Grady

My husband and I recently received a note home from the school teacher of our eight-year-old son, Casey. She wanted to inform us that Casey had been caught lying about a misdeed, and that this wasn't the first time. Our response? We whooped and high fived. Yes, that's right -- we gave each other a high five. Why?

What I Really Mean When I Say "I'm Fine"

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Parents
Linda Mastroianni

Raising a child is hard, and raising a child with special needs has even greater challenges that often leave parents feeling fatigued and depleted. Yet every day we find renewed energy and we continue to push forward and advocate for our children who cannot advocate for themselves. So when I tell you "I'm fine," it can mean a lot of things.

Stop Saying These Things To Pregnant Women

Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Parents

20 questions every expectant mother has heard time and time again (and again and again).

How I Survived The Emotional Rollercoaster Of Infertility

Tracy Gillett | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Tracy Gillett

Through infertility I became a stronger person. It taught me patience, determination and perseverance.... Your baby is worth fighting for, so although this may feel like hell, keep going. I wouldn't wish infertility on anybody, but I can't say I'd change it now. My little man wouldn't be the same person if I hadn't waited. And nor would I.