Parenting

How to Raise Kids Who Handle Pressure Like Pros

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 11.09.2013 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

As young as Grade 3, kids are under pressure to wear the right clothes, like the right music, have the right friends and be cool. Often, that leads to stress and anxiety for youngsters. Well-intentioned parents often try too hard to prevent the bumps and scrapes of feelings as kids grow up, but one parenting expert says they're doing more harm than good.

Slut-shaming, Suicide, and Mrs. Hall

Anne Theriault | Posted 11.07.2013 | Canada
Anne Theriault

When I read a recent blog post addressing "indecent girls" that the author's sons may encounter online, the first people that I thought of were Amanda Todd, Rehtaeh Parsons, Audrie Pott, and Cherice Morales. In each of these cases, the girls became social pariahs. In each of these cases, the girls committed suicide after enduring bullying and slut-shaming both online and offline. All because of that toxic mentality.

This Mother's Letter Perpetuates Rape Culture

Darlena Cunha | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

If you're a parent, you've probably by now seen the cocky, controlling, pretty weird letter written by Kim Hall to all teenage girls her teenage boys may ever come into contact with online. Letters like the one Mrs. Hall wrote to teenage girls are a prime example of how rape culture perpetuates itself in today's society in an insidious and innocent-looking way.

Back-To-School Lunch Ideas for Keeping Kids Focused

Meghan Telpner | Posted 11.05.2013 | Canada Living
Meghan Telpner

It's back to school time, and you know what that means: brown baggin' it! Whether you love or dread the daily pack-a-thon, making your kiddos' lunches from scratch is the best way to make sure they're getting the nutrition they need to stay focused and energized all day long.

Can We Digitize School Handouts, Please?

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 11.05.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Are we not living in a digital age? For some strange reason, educational facilities, specifically elementary schools, seem to be stubbornly entrenched in a previous era. What is behind this desire to hold on to a communications method that is clearly flawed, to say the least?

Dear Bullied Kids: It Gets Better Because You Get Stronger

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 11.04.2013 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

I remember the feeling. I would stand, my back up against the fence, my legs weak. I'd stand there and wonder which way I would run this time and if t...

The Day My Friend's Baby Was Shot

Andrea Traynor | Posted 11.04.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Traynor

They were at a cottage. Just two days ago on a crisp September morning. My friend sat on a raft with her 19-month-old little boy. They were cuddling and soaking up the sunshine when she heard a strange noise; her toddler started to shake and wail uncontrollably. When her husband rushed over to them, another shot hit the boat beside them.

Time Doesn't Fly When You Have Kids

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada Living
Joshua Ostroff

Parenthood is rife with exasperating platitudes, but I've found none quite so off base as this whole "time flies" business. My son, Emile, will not be out of the house before I know it. Those first three months of his life might as well have been millennia. I could not be more grateful to find out that rather than flying away, Emile has kept my perception of time stuck in slow motion.

10 Last Minute To-Dos for Back to School

Andrea Traynor | Posted 10.30.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Traynor

It's senior kindergarten. My son is five. We don't need calculators or binders. Heck, we don't even need pencils or paper. So why have I got this feeling in the pit of my stomach that I've forgotten something? And now I'm writing this post as my to-do list as we ease back into the routine in which most kids thrive and most parents rejoice. Maybe it'll help you, too.

When to Shove Your Baby Bird Out of the Nest

The Purple Fig | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

Parenting is tiring, and fighting your kids' natural tendencies can be exhausting. Growth and change hurt, and there's risk of lasting resentment or shut down if you push kids too hard. But learning and greatness only come with tolerance for pain, and fear, and as parents we need to use the experience our kids don't have to help them push their limits. It's our job.

Does My Son Need a Soccer Dad?

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 11.18.2013 | Canada Living
Marni Soupcoff

Since starting to coach my six-year-old son's soccer team, I've found myself wondering: Am I helping the boys? Or am I saddling them with mommy truisms that have no useful place in the world of male sport, even when the "men" concerned haven't even grown into their kiddie goalie gloves?

Is This a Date? My Struggle to Make Female Friends

The Purple Fig | Posted 10.21.2013 | Canada
The Purple Fig

I have been with my husband for 13 years, seven of which we have spent as a married couple. Roughly five-and-a-half years ago I started dating. Women. It may sound like I succumbed to something akin to the seven-year-itch, let my hair down and started to experiment a little, but the truth is rather more mundane: I joined my first baby group.

Why Parents Shouldn't Sweat the Small Stuff

Erica Berman | Posted 10.21.2013 | Canada Living
Erica Berman

Hey, parents: Don't sweat the small stuff. Even if you work full-time, bottle feed, don't buy organic food, and never threw your kids gigantic birthday bashes with elephant rides, as long as you are physically and emotionally present for your children -- and provide a safe, stable environment for them -- they'll be just fine.

Having A Sex Life After Children

Vivien Brown | Posted 10.20.2013 | Canada Living
Vivien Brown

I have three tips that I call the "Three R's of reviving your sex life" and they are great for couples with kids who are looking to regain the sense of freedom they had before children. Although it sounds contradictory to plan for spontaneity, it's real life. Here's my advice.

Why Talking About Your Body Is Actually Good For Kids To Hear

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 10.18.2013 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

I want the kids in my life to feel comfortable with their bodies, positive and negative. To me, that doesn't mean never saying they don't like their thighs. In the end, fat or thin acceptance is simply body acceptance. The way you get to the point where you're comfortable with your body is what matters.

Talk To Your Son About His Body

Anne Theriault | Posted 10.16.2013 | Canada Living
Anne Theriault

Talk to your son about his body. Give him the vocabulary that he needs to communicate how he feels about himself. Teach him that it's normal to think about his appearance. Teach him that being a boy doesn't take away his right to have feelings about his body. Don't assume that you can talk about your son's body any differently than you talk about your daughter's.

Kate Middleton's New Mom Experience Will Never Be Ordinary

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 10.15.2013 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

From the moment it was announced that Prince William's wife, Kate, was expecting their first child, and third-in-line-for-the-throne-heir, many moms and the media have struggled to find commonalities between her new baby experience, and everyone else's. Everyday challenges a new mom faces will always have a slight variance for Kate.

"Repost This if You Are a Mom and You LOVE Your KIDS"

Darlena Cunha | Posted 10.14.2013 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

There is yet another chain message going around the Facebook ranks, this time involving moms. While I understand, and even support, what I feel the author's intended message is, I don't think that a poorly-written and typo-laden chain letter can sum up motherhood. So I'm forced to ask myself -- yet again -- why Facebook is so stupid.

How to Maximize Back to School Shopping With Your Kids

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

I recently went shopping for back to school clothes with my three young kids in tow. As insane as it may seem to take your kids along with you while picking out clothes for the season, it actually makes things easier and more efficient as you're able to size things on the spot. As the first day of school looms, here are some proven tips for back to school shopping with kids.

Why the Childless Should Be Nicer to Parents

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 10.10.2013 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

There's a divide in our culture between childless people and people who are parents. I think we need to support our parent friends more. I've had jealousy and snark directed towards me because I can sleep in on weekends and don't have to deal with the kid alarm clocks at 5 a.m. And it is annoying. I'm not making excuses for that. But I think we need to look behind the snark and annoyance to the real issue. Parents often feel very alone. And most of the time, childless people don't get it, because we're not in it.

The Other Side of Pinkification

Kerry Sauriol | Posted 10.09.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Kerry Sauriol

My daughter Tara is 4 and in full-on princess mode. She loves to dress up like one and she loves to play with her princess dolls, Barbies included. Caity, her older sister, is now 9 and totally over princesses. Kaput. I hate the pinkwashing and sexualization that is going on when it comes to the marketing to our daughters these days.

SavvyMom Roundup: Life of the Child-Free and Child-Full

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 10.08.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Child-free women caught my attention this week turning my five favourite things into a hipster theme. Single mom, child-free or mother of four, may every woman be content in her decisions and the cards she is dealt. Have a great week.

Sex or Parenting?

Darlena Cunha | Posted 10.08.2013 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

Yesterday, some words came out of my mouth. And those words got me thinking. It occurred to me that many of the phrases uttered by parents and children to each other in the heat of growing up a good family could also very easily be instead uttered in...the heat of the moment, if you know what I mean. Go over these phrases and try to figure out if they're Sex or Parenting?

Five-Minute Lunches

Posted 08.06.2013 | Canada Living

Getting through the morning rush on school days isn’t easy. Sometimes it’s darn-near impossible. Between ensuring teeth are brushed, shoes are tie...

SavvyMom Roundup: Kate's Post-Baby Bump, Gwyneth Paltrow and More

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 10.01.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

I may be on vacation this week, but camping gear, Kate's "baby belly," Gwyneth's school choice, teaching kids how to succeed and nature's beauty all s...