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My Search For Meaning And Connection

Her Magazine | Posted 01.22.2016 | Canada Living
Her Magazine

While I have a blessed life (with its fair share of twists, turns, and challenges) with a loving husband, three healthy children, a career, and a comfortable lifestyle, the hustle and bustle of everyday life was leaving me feeling lonely, and craving deeper connections and meaning.

15 Reasons Why Uncles Rock

Amy Gibson | Posted 01.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Amy Gibson

In our eyes, and in our kids' eyes, uncles truly rock. Thank you uncles everywhere, for being such important members of our family, for loving our kids, for helping to take care of them and for teaching our children so many things. Our kids look up to you and love having you around. We love you and we appreciate you more than you will ever know. You make our lives more fun, messy, silly and adventurous. And our kids are better for it. Thank you.

I Bawled When I Breastfed My Child For The Last Time

Lauren Bialystok | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Parents
Lauren Bialystok

The last time I breastfed my first child, I bawled. Unbeknownst to my 13-month-old, I was about to disappear for several days, a last-resort measure to terminate a relationship that was marked by inadequate milk supply, sleepless nights, blocked ducts and metabolic chaos. She was frustrated, I was frustrated, I was losing more weight than was healthy and I had a job interview in a week. It was taking a huge toll on everyone. Heaving with sadness and guilt, I finally agreed to go cold-turkey.

Modern Parenting Books That Update The Classics

Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Parents

Let's face it, if you're having a baby there are plenty of tried and true parenting books out there that have withstood the test of time. Nothing is g...

Dear Tired Mama: You Will Survive

Lori Gard | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

You wonder if it will ever get better. Wonder, too, if there really is a light at the end of the tunnel. Wonder incessantly if you will ever have energy again. All while you also wonder if you ever will see a semblance of your former self again. I hear you, friend, and I truly feel for you. I remember those days.

Revealing I Was Sexually Abused Lost Me The Mother I Never Had

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

After what feels like a lifetime of battling drug and alcohol addiction, and my own tenuous mental health issues, three years ago -- at the age of 47 -- I finally found the strength to tell my wife and adult son that I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. Like too many other survivors of childhood sexual violence who decide to go public with their disclosure, I have lost contact with my mother and my siblings as a result. If you really want to know how to destroy an already fragile soul, take away the one thing that a survivor of sexual violence needs most -- connection, which equates as validation and worthiness.

Gen Xers Vs. Millennials: Who Has It Harder?

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

Telling your parents, be they Boomers or Gen Xers, that they 'had it easy' isn't fair. It negates the hard work we all did to get to where we are, and puts it all down to luck and advantage, and ignores what I believe are two main ingredients for success: motivation, and initiative.

A Healthy And Happy New Year

Her Magazine | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

The typical New Year's greeting holds a different meaning for me. Happy and healthy have swapped places: I wish you a healthy and happy new year. I place much more emphasis on healthy because, as glib as it might sound, if you don't have health, nothing else matters.

7 Steps To Stop Helicopter Parenting Now

Catherine Hernandez | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Catherine Hernandez

I have had a few daycare kids whose parents did not teach them how to climb stairs. Ever. The thinking was that stairs were dangerous. Of course they are dangerous. That's why, if my daycare kids have the use of their legs, they need to learn to climb them. As soon as a kid learns to walk, we head straight to the stairs.

5 Reasons Toddlers Are Actually Really Awesome

Hannah Spray | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Hannah Spray

Toddlers get a bad rap. Caused by communication frustrations, feeling helpless to control their own lives, experiencing an influx of new hormones and emotions, and constantly pounded with large quantities of new information to process to throw tantrums and test our limits many times, in many ways.

Parents With Authority Make For Happy, Stable Families

Marcia Sirota | Posted 01.13.2016 | Canada Parents
Marcia Sirota

Children don't need their parents to be their friends. That's what they have peers for. A family is one place where a hierarchy is not only appropriate, it's ideal, as children need guidance, limits, and consequences as well as love, care and nurturing.

Working Mothers: Don't Confide In Your Boss

Pamela Lenehan | Posted 01.12.2016 | Canada Parents
Pamela Lenehan

It is hard to be a working mother. There are days you just don't think you can manage everything on your to-do list. You may be tempted to confide in a colleague or you boss at work and unburden yourself, but here's a word of advice: Don't. Instead, call a friend, your sister, or your mother.

I Sometimes Suffer From Mom Envy (And It's Not Pretty)

Julie M Green | Posted 01.13.2016 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

Even though you don't want to compare -- comparing is for chumps -- you secretly can't help yourself. A litany of comparisons runs through your mind like a never-ending grocery list. Your child is amazing, but his needs limit his day-to-day life and that of your family. And even after all these years, it stings.

It Might Be Too Late For Parents To Stand Up To Their Kids

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

It all starts from the day they're born. I am proposing that, to paraphrase any person from England, you start the way you mean to go on. Let them take over your night's sleep for longer than a year? Hmmmm. Jeopardize every social plan you try to commit to? Not good.

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.