Canada Parenting

Now That School Is In, Are Video Games Out?

Erin Silver | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Erin Silver

I'm not sure whether to let my son play or drastically limit his playing time. But one thing is for sure: now that school is back in session, there have to be rules around how long my boys are allowed to play and when. I recently began polling parents about their rules, and my kids have listened intently to these discussions.

How I Discovered My Strength In The Throes Of Mental Illness

Alicia Raimundo | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Living
Alicia Raimundo

The thing is, I have always been sad and worried. It's stuck on me like gray toned glitter -- it clouds everything I do and no matter what I do it's never fully gone. When I realized I was different from other kids, I didn't know what to do. I was always sad and worried. Worried that people would notice me for being different and make fun of me. Sad because even when I tried to fit it -- I always felt like I couldn't do it right.

Would Your Children Tell You If They Were In Trouble?

Lutherwood Children’s Mental Health | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Parents
Lutherwood Children’s Mental Health

As children move towards the last few years of elementary school, and especially as they move into high school, many become less and less likely to tell a parent or other adult if they are being bullied or are in over their heads with a peer issue. Often this is because they feel that telling an adult won't help or even that it might make the situation worse.

It's Not Only OK To Talk About Suicide With Teens, It's Important

Sharon Powers | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Parents
Sharon Powers

Parent attitude toward mental health goes a long way. If your child had a cavity, would you let it go unfilled? Skipping antibiotics for a strep infection would be unacceptable. You wouldn't let your teen learn how to drive without them buckling up first. An open wound wouldn't go untreated.

Rush Hour Meals For Back To School And Work

Rose Reisman | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada Living
Rose Reisman

The importance of a healthy family meal can't be overstated -- obesity rates are climbing, and so are chronic diseases, many which are tied to poor diet and lifestyle. It's not only affecting adults, but our young children as well, and at an alarming rate. Preventing these illnesses and poor eating habits in our kid's lives starts now.

What's The Best Age To Become A Mom?

Megan Howarth | Posted 09.06.2016 | Canada Parents
Megan Howarth

Confident, successful and amazing 20- to 40-something women can all that agree when it comes to having babies, we're all wondering the same things. Having babies earlier, or waiting a bit later -- what's best?

As Mother And Daughter, We Fight Our Battles Together

BLUNTmoms | Posted 09.01.2016 | Canada Parents
BLUNTmoms

I want so much to stop arguing with my daughter. I want to quiet the constant worry and stop second-guessing her decisions. It is my job as a mother to ensure she is equipped with all of the knowledge I can bestow upon her, to safeguard her from all that can go wrong in this world.

How To Get Your Toddler To Listen (No Nagging Required)

The Huffington Post Canada | Abigail Esteireiro | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Parents

You're welcome.

The Things That Haunt Me Now That I Am Sober

Keeley Milne | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Parents
Keeley Milne

Guilt and regret are the ugly Hyde to the Jekyll of sobriety, even years in. With new awareness, we relive past experiences---or in many cases bemoan what might have been. Pain and sorrow previously numbed by a drug or drink of choice is glaringly present, and strikes unpredictably---in the midst of a family gathering; alone, late at night; smack in the middle of an important work presentation, or during a particularly deep yoga class.

A Message To Parents Sending Daughters Back To School

Linda Simpson | Posted 08.24.2016 | Canada Parents
Linda Simpson

As your daughter heads off to school with her pocket full of your first-day advice, remind her to be her sister's keeper, as well. With today's hyper-media connectivity, it is quite safe to say that if there are problems in a girl's life somebody knows something.

How To Handle Your 'Threenager' (Back Talk And All)

The Huffington Post Canada | Abigail Esteireiro | Posted 08.24.2016 | Canada Parents

It's a totally different world after the terrible twos.

Kids Will Tune In To Nature When We Turn Off Technology

Lori Gard | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

Have we ourselves ever fallen victim to the allure that devices and screens provide? I lie if I fail to answer in the affirmative. Of course, our family battles the daily urge to reach for our screens, the lifeline connecting the isolated to the seemingly infinite. But every once in a while, there is something greater that entices.

Our Son Will Play With Dolls Whenever He Damn Well Pleases

BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson | Posted 08.19.2016 | Canada Parents
BJ Barone and Frankie Nelson

He loves his little baby just as much as he loves his trains. I think people need to stop over reacting with the whole dolls are for girls and trucks are for boys thing. Just let your kid be who they are, play with what they want to play with. In the end, they will grow up to be the person who they were meant to be.

Should I Teach My Toddler To Speak Like A Canadian?

Fiona Tapp | Posted 08.18.2016 | Canada Parents
Fiona Tapp

Being British is an integral part of my identity. From Monty Python to EastEnders, baked beans on toast to a nice cup of tea solving all of life's woes, I am quintessentially English. And as much as I love Canadians, and moved here solely based on falling hard for one, in particular, I have no desire to become a Canadian. So it was with some trepidation that I realized shortly after the birth of my son, that this precious little man of mine, was a Canadian. At least, until he started talking.

Genius Stroller Hack Keeps Baby Cool In Summer Heat

The Huffington Post Canada | Abigail Esteireiro | Posted 08.16.2016 | Canada Parents

All it takes is one trip to a dollar store.

Building Resilience Sets Your Child Up For Success

Linda Simpson | Posted 08.11.2016 | Canada Parents
Linda Simpson

Parents, grandparents, caregivers take heed. As you are stowing the markers, pens and paper in your child's backpack for the start of a new school year be sure to throw in a hefty supply of resilience. It is the most important school supply any child needs in today's world.

My Parents Are Proud Of Me Even Though I've Never Heard Them Say It

Russell Sabio | Posted 09.11.2016 | Canada Living
Russell Sabio

I knew it was something parents said to their kids, a thing friends said to each other, and I wanted someone to say it to me.

7 Tips To Have A Stress-Free Family Vacation

Booking.com | Posted 08.10.2016 | Canada Travel
Booking.com

After your last family vacation, you may have realized that travelling with the whole gang can pose some unique challenges. From packing stress to long car rides, bringing the entire family can be hectic. Thankfully, we know a thing or two about how to have the family vacation of a lifetime.

It's Time To Bring Back Shop and Home Economics Classes

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

As our lives became more hectic and lifestyles more busy, the traditional model of family also shifted. No longer were women staying at home, living out their lives as "domestic goddesses," and increasing numbers of men were shown to be not particularly handy when it came to making and fixing things, and that was okay. But now, our kids don't have those skills at all. What happened?

Back-To-School Sleep Tips: From Kindergarten To High School

Alanna McGinn | Posted 08.02.2016 | Canada Parents
Alanna McGinn

One step to starting the new school year off right is making sure that our kids are getting the sleep they need to succeed at school. A well-rested child will display better cognitive abilities, a more pleasant mood and temperament, and a stronger immune system so it's important that your child start off their new school year well rested and prepared.

You Cannot Have The Big Love Without The Big Risk

Alyson Jones | Posted 08.02.2016 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

When you truly connect and are present with another human being you create a powerful emotional vulnerability in yourself and others. Disconnection is a self-protective mechanism that is activated when we feel highly vulnerable. This self-protection then leads us to pull back and withdraw.

How To Remove Oil Stains With Baby Powder

The Huffington Post Canada | Abigail Esteireiro | Posted 07.27.2016 | Canada Parents

Ditch the scrubbing, and try this DIY stain hack.

The 9 Best Netflix Shows To Marathon During Maternity Leave

Katrina Turnbull | Posted 08.18.2016 | Canada Parents
Katrina Turnbull

Here's a secret nobody tells you about having a baby: There's a lot of downtime. During the early days, weeks or even months of your maternity leave, you'll be confined to your bed or couch -- unable to move while you're baby sleeps upwards of 18 hours a day or while you nurse him every two hours for 30-40 minutes at a time. A lot of time is spent staring at your baby. Trust me, I've been there -- twice. It's nice to break up the monotony of those long, lonely days with some great TV shows.

Why I'm Glad My Canada Child Benefit Has Been Cut

Janet Butler-McPhee | Posted 07.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Janet Butler-McPhee

This new benefit is meant to "lift some 315,000 Canadian children out of poverty" by adding to household income, tax-free, for those most in need. It is based on Adjusted Family Net Income, a line item on our tax returns (which doesn't allow for a lot of nuance, I'll concede, but still seems more fair than not).

Being An "Alpha Mom" Is Killing Your Marriage

Debra Macleod | Posted 07.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Debra Macleod

When does a wife become an Alpha Parent? When they become the person who hovers over her husband when he changes the baby's diaper or prepares a meal, just waiting for him to do something wrong -- or rather, something different than she does -- so that she can correct him, criticize him or just take over with an exasperated, "Oh, I'll do it."