When Being Prepared isn't Enough - Supporting Parents When a Baby Dies

Jens Locher | Posted 05.07.2015 | Canada Parents
Jens Locher

While the majority of people haven't found the courage yet to talk with expectant parents about the risk of losing a child, how to survive such tragedies and continue to live, we need to be even more diligent in ensuring that we have experienced specialists in place that are available every time parents are facing the tragedy of losing their baby.

23 Things I've Learned From 6 Years as a Mom Blogger

Emma Waverman | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Parents
Emma Waverman

After six years of writing about hot topics in parenting, I have read many studies, talked to countless experts and quoted hundreds of news stories. During that time, my family has grown a collective six feet, and aged from preschoolers and kids to teens and tweens. And I want to be honest when I tell you that despite the thousands of hours I have spent reading and researching parenting, I still have no idea what the hell I am doing.

Sure, It Can Be Uncomfortable, But Enjoy Being Pregnant

Stephanie McDougall | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Parents
Stephanie McDougall

As much as you should try and enjoy the time before the baby comes, enjoy the time after the baby comes into your life. Embrace those sticky floors and those cold cups of coffee. It won't be long before you'll have your old life back and your kids will be grown up and doing their own thing. You'll only know what they are up to because you'll follow them on Twitter because you'll be a cool mom.

5 Ways to Really Show Mom You Care This Mother's Day

World Vision | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Impact
World Vision

I imagine there are many moms out there like me who don't want big gifts or a ton of fanfare. But they still want to feel special. I don't really want any one 'thing' for Mother's Day. This may sound sentimental, but it's the truth: I want to relive memories, I want to hear how much I mean to my family, and I want to feel loved.

Stranger Danger Social Experiment: Helpful Or Misleading?

The Huffington Post Canada | Julianna McDermott | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Parents

It’s a lesson most parents try to drill into their children from an early age -- don’t talk to strangers. But if a stranger approached your child ...

What Is Okay for Your Tween to Read?

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 05.01.2015 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

My daughter is a voracious reader and has a fantastic English teacher who is keeping her engaged with reading and writing this year. I don't want to discourage her from reading, but I also don't want her reading books that are too adult.

My Daughter's Links To The Drug Trade Started With A Joint At School

Patricia Enair | Posted 06.25.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Patricia Enair

Then comes the day that your kid doesn't have the money to buy the pot they feel they need. Someone will tell them that is OK, here is some pot to sell to your friends, and that is how it begins.

Six Steps to Becoming a Hero to Your Children

Alyson Jones | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

The problem for many parents is that they want to become friends with their children, rather than heroes. Our children do not need more friends, and they certainly do not need their parents competing with their friends for their attention. But as a hero, you can find a way to transform challenge into growth.

The Class of 2030 Should Start Using These 5 Tech Tools Now

Martha Turner | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Living
Martha Turner

Much like the landscape of careers Canadians' perceptions of the classroom is changing. What tools should our children start using to better prepare them for the classroom for the future? Based on what we've seen these are the top five tech trends preschool children will begin adopting to better prepare them for the future of learning.

A One-Armed Doll Taught My Daughter About Love

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 06.17.2015 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

It's been two years since my daughter cut off the arm of her doll, Brianne. That doll will forever remind me of my daughter's loving heart, her compassion, and her innate ability to know her own mind in the face those who would make a different choice. I hope she never loses those qualities.

After a Year of Being Sober, I've Learned to Slow Down

Keeley Milne | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Living
Keeley Milne

I celebrated a year of sobriety in February. That first year is selfish in many ways--and necessarily so. After all, without sobriety, I am no good to anyone--to my child, my family, even strangers. In fact, I'm the flat out opposite of good, without sobriety. But now, almost 14 months in, there is space in my life to help others.

Dear Working Father: Here's How You Can "Pay" Your Stay-At-Home Wife

Dr. Carolyn Ee | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Carolyn Ee

As a woman and a mother, who has been both a SAHM and working mum, here's a few suggestions as to how you can really repay your beautiful wife. I apologize in advance if you are already doing all of this. You sound like a great guy, so it's quite likely that you are. If you're not, here's what you could do.

18 Tiny Sounds Guaranteed to Keep Your Baby From Falling Asleep

Glynis Ratcliffe | Posted 06.03.2015 | Canada Living
Glynis Ratcliffe

If your child is anything like mine, he can sleep through the apocalypse, once he's deep in sleep. Seriously, 15 minutes into a nap, the fire brigade could pull up in front of our house with sirens wailing, and he wouldn't do anything more than sigh deeply and roll to one side. However, falling asleep requires a special kind of silent juju that I still haven't got straight, after two kids.

Surviving the Parenting Grind with Naughty Jokes

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

Exhausted parents need a little naughty humour to survive never-ending, monotonous tasks like filling and unfilling the dishwasher, changing the kitchen garbage, picking old muffin wrappers off the floor, making lunches, picking up dog poop and shoveling the driveway.

7 Steps to Renew Your Life This Easter

Alyson Jones | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Utilizing Easter as a renewal time is relatively simple, and can assist you in creating the space you need to live your exceptional life. You can do this as an individual exercise that is personal and private, or you can take some this Easter weekend and gather the family to discuss each point. Here are the seven steps to renewing your life.

I Woke Up With a Surprise Hysterectomy at 31

Heather Laura Clarke | Posted 05.30.2015 | Canada Living
Heather Laura Clarke

While I was still under anaesthesia, my OB broke the news to my husband, and told him they had to make a decision on my behalf: I needed a hysterectomy, and it was either now or a few months down the road.

Why I Would Have Another Child With Albinism

Emily Urquhart | Posted 05.29.2015 | Canada
Emily Urquhart

When my daughter was two-and-a-half years old I approached Dr. Carl Laskin, a specialist in reproductive immunology and autoimmune diseases in pregnancy, with a hypothetical proposition: "If I asked, would you help me have a second child with a known genetic condition?"

My Addiction Shaped the Woman I Am Today

Keeley Milne | Posted 05.29.2015 | Canada Living
Keeley Milne

What I do not regret is this: my struggle shaped me, and changed me, and helped me become the person I am now. That is, a woman that seeks progress, not perfection. A woman who knows that no matter how far down you go, you can come back, a mother that has earned her way back into this precious boy's life, and learns every day how to parent better.

6 Things My 90-Year-Old Grandfather Has Taught Me About Life

Buzz Bishop | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Living
Buzz Bishop

I don't take my grandfather for granted. I soak up every single second I'm lucky enough to spend with him. I often wonder if, when I see him, if that will be the last time. After all, he's the only grand I have left. So what have I learned watching my grandfather? What lessons can I take from a man who has made it to 90 and shows no sign of slowing down? Here are six things.

As a Work-at-Home Mom, I Feel Caught in the Middle of the Mommy Wars

Heather Laura Clarke | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Living
Heather Laura Clarke

I don't judge my friends who work full-time (I'm completely proud and impressed by their success) and I don't judge my friends who don't work at all (I'm amazed by their patience and ability to put their careers on hold). The trouble is that moms feel the need to defend their position (myself included) whenever they feel it's being questioned, and sometimes it gets downright vicious. We've already established that there's no "perfect" solution that works for everyone, so it seems wrong that anyone has to compare themselves to anyone else (and feel guilty or insecure), but we're never going to get past it, it seems.

Dear stay-at-home moms: stop calling working moms "selfish"

Anne Theriault | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

As a culture, we have a weird obsession with women being "selfish." Mothers especially are prone to accusations of selfishness any time they make a choice that doesn't directly and obviously benefit their children. Even when mothers are encouraged to practice self-care, it's often approached with the idea that feeling happy and rested will make them better partners and parents.

When the Kids of Religious and Atheist Parents Meet on the Playground

Buzz Bishop | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Living
Buzz Bishop

I don't talk about religion in our home. Or, at least, I try not to. This is how it works for everything. From bedtimes to toys to language to diet, you can set up the rules how you like them in your house, but once your kids get out in the real world, the rule book is out the window. But when your kids and my kids go to school, those different rules mix.

Mother Of 9-Month-Old With Renal Failure Makes Case For Organ Donation

CBC | Posted 03.24.2015 | Canada Living

The mother of a nine-month-old baby with stage four renal failure is hoping to raise awareness about organ donation. Ashley Barnaby's son Zaccari B...

The Best Tool This Mom Has in Her Arsenal? Post-it Notes

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

My life as a working mother is dependent on Post-it notes. Put chicken in Crock-Pot. Pick up after band 4:30. Fill in hot lunch order. These bright sticky notes are literally strewn all over my desk. I shudder to think what would happen to our life without them.

Bringing My Baby on Public Transit Is Not an Invitation to Touch Him

Glynis Ratcliffe | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Living
Glynis Ratcliffe

People on public transit are...umm...weird. They're even weirder when you have a baby with you. I think some people believe babies are like some kind of carte blanche to interact with someone you've never met.