Canada Parenting

Goodwill's Closing Reflects Reality For People With Disabilities

Lianne Castelino | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada
Lianne Castelino

The media spotlight has long dimmed on the recent unraveling of Goodwill. But the realities remain. In their own way, each embody a range of significant issues that most of us take for granted. One of them concerns the health, wellness and livelihood of people with disabilities -- many of whom formed Goodwill's very own staff.

A Longing More Than Met

Kathryn Streeter | Posted 04.04.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathryn Streeter

From my earliest moments as a new mother, I'd longed for my daughter to experience the same enjoyment from reading and falling into a good book that I'd felt in my youth. I pictured us walking in tandem in our mutual appreciation for stories, unpacking plots and characters for each other as we bonded in conversation.

#TalkToMe: Interview Your Parent Or Child, Then Show Us!

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Parents

It could be one of the most fulfilling conversations you'll have.

5 Reasons Five-Year-Olds Are Extraordinary

Alyce Kominetsky | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Alyce Kominetsky

These wondrous creatures love life. Fully and whole-heartedly. Every morning my daughter wakes up with a smile on her face, ready to conquer the world... At five-years-old, her journey is a blank slate. Each day my daughter's little feet make their mark in this world, and she finds simple joy with every step. Cheers, five-year-old, for living life to the fullest!

Being A Hockey Mom Is Tough But Totally Worth It

Miriam Porter | Posted 03.31.2016 | Canada Parents
Miriam Porter

Unfortunately there are officially no Canadian NHL teams in the playoffs this season. But that doesn't mean children across Canada didn't have a great time playing our national sport. And hey, there's always next year. Here are six things I learned from being a hockey mom.

8 Life Lessons My Toddler Is Teaching Me

Vedavati M. | Posted 03.31.2016 | Canada Parents
Vedavati M.

My two-year-old is a far better teacher than I could ever be for her. She's reminding me of things that I unlearned at some point in my complex adult life... lessons that are making me a better mom, a better wife, a better friend.

Moms And Dads, Teach Consent Along With The Birds and Bees

Jessica Holmes | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Parents
Jessica Holmes

I know this makes you uncomfortable to talk about. I sure don't want to hear it, either. But I need to. You're the people I trust most, and my first line of defence against regrettable or unwanted sexual encounters. Don't limit the sex talk to periods and how babies are made. Tell me EVERYTHING!

How My Husband And I Make 'Us, Inc.' Work

Amy Leask | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada Business
Amy Leask

We make decisions together. We hold meetings together. We share an office, and our desks are a whopping 10 feet apart. We go on business trips together and attend conferences together. And then at the end of the day, we go home and live together, too.

11 Ways Motherhood Is Like "The Walking Dead"

Jennifer Weedon Palazzo | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Jennifer Weedon Palazzo

My mother is visiting this week. Last night, after putting my son to bed, I lowered my pregnant self onto the sofa and revved up the DVR. Mom said she didn't care what we watched. So I clicked on the newest episode of AMC's "The Walking Dead." As the credits rolled, she stared at me in horror. "This is your favorite show? Isn't it about, like, zombies? How could you possibly relate to or enjoy a show about zombies?" Quite easily, in fact.

We Could All Be Chase Martens' Mom

Jennifer Campbell | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Jennifer Campbell

I could see my four-year-old son playing on the slide, but my two-year-old son was out of sight -- not unusual as we had a very large, gated yard. I didn't even have time to cover myself before a woman came around the corner, a look of fury on her face and my two-year-old on her hip. "DO YOU KNOW WHERE I JUST FOUND YOUR CHILD?" she screeched.

For Hygiene's Sake, Clean Your Room!

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathy Buckworth

At its worst, a dirty, dusty, moldy room can lead to allergy eruptions, and a disruption of a good night's sleep. If you've noticed that your child is sneezing or stuffed up every night at bedtime, or in the morning when they wake up, it may be because of allergens you can take steps to eliminate.

Breastfeeding Isn't Always Best

Rebecca Beck | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Parents
Rebecca Beck

I believe mothers should do what's best for them. Try to breastfeed if you want, stop if it doesn't work, or even decide not to start at all. In my case, my daughter starved, I was totally overwhelmed, and it was best for everyone that I started her on formula.

How My Fitbit Helps Me Slow Down

Tamara Watson | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Tamara Watson

I have a FitBit because it helps me take fewer steps. I got it because I needed to know -- do I spend as much time running around as I say I do? Do I really put in miles and miles just bringing toys back from the living room to the bedrooms? Because it feels like I never, ever stop moving.

The Challenge Of Taking A Stand

Lianne Castelino | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Lianne Castelino

How courageous do you suspect those victims had to be to come forward? How much time, thought and fortitude do you think they needed to even decide to take a stand, advocate for themselves -- in the face of all forms of painful, targeted, mostly harsh scrutiny and judgment from a variety of sources. IT TAKES COURAGE.

How Your Parenting Style Needs To Grow With Your Child

The Huffington Post Canada | Kristy Woudstra | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Parents

If your parenting needs to evolve, expert Alyson Schafer is here to help.

When My Child Told Me She Liked Herself

Alyce Kominetsky | Posted 03.24.2016 | Canada Parents
Alyce Kominetsky

That's the curse with being a mom. In an instant we doubt everything we have done. We quickly blame ourselves. I know my little girl doesn't think she is fat. She heard it on television; and, like so many other words, she repeated it back. However, that doesn't make the moment less important. It doesn't make hearing her say that word any easier. She is a product of her environment. She sees everything. She hears everything. She internalizes everything. As her parents, my husband and I can instill all the self-worth in the world. But, in an instant, it can be broken.

Stop Making Sexist Career Suggestions For My Baby

Jean Lomas-Hamilton | Posted 03.23.2016 | Canada Parents
Jean Lomas-Hamilton

"Look at her kick those legs! She's going to be a dancer when she grows up!" It's an innocent enough comment, and I know it's mostly just a way to make conversation, but it's really starting to irk me. I think it has to do with the sexist assumptions embedded in these kinds of statements.

Learning To Embrace The Word "No"

Vanessa Heron | Posted 03.23.2016 | Canada Parents
Vanessa Heron

This may seem counter-intuitive, but hear me out. The word "no" is powerful. Though it is contrary to the people-pleasing nature that is innate in all of us, the word "no" sets clear boundaries. Boundaries that I want my daughter to be confident in setting for herself as she grows older, goes to school, and eventually moves away from our ever-watchful eyes.

I Am So Angry All The Time

Her Magazine | Posted 03.23.2016 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

I have no patience. I'm snippy, rude and have a short fuse. I think my kids' behaviour is atrocious. Is this because I am newly widowed and stressed out or am I just another mom dealing with kids? I don't know the line between what is normal and what is a result of our grief? I am confused, frustrated and feel like a failure as a parent.

I Love You But I Can't Stand Your Kid

BLUNTmoms | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Parents

I hope that we can still be friends, but I understand if it's just too awkward for the next 15 years or so. Perhaps I'm high maintenance, but I feel that a three year old should eat his or her lunch sitting in a chair rather than standing on the kitchen table throwing crackers at another child. I do not believe my son should be hiding in the bathroom for an hour during a play date just to avoid his "friend."

Want To Raise A Critical Thinker? Step Aside And Let Them Thrive

Alyson Jones | Posted 03.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Alyson Jones

Our children need to develop and equip their own tool box -- we cannot do it for them. This is not our job, nor should we be trying to make our children's happiness and success our goals. This generation of parents is much too eager to do their children's work for them, and therein lies the problem.

Stop Judging My Parenting!

Vedavati M. | Posted 03.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Vedavati M.

I realize now that you're not coming from a place of goodness. You don't like that I'm not complaining, that I'm not struggling, that I'm not suffering. You can't stand the fact that I am actually enjoying my role as a full-time mom.

Let Kids Open Presents At Birthday Parties, Please!

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 03.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

There has been something that's been bothering me in recent years, while taking my kids to birthday parties. It's the "present-opening" time of the event -- or lack thereof. Yes, there's a trend towards not opening presents and I'm trying to figure out why.

A Letter From A Home-Schooling Mom

Tamara Watson | Posted 03.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Tamara Watson

The rumours about home-schooling moms are true: there are days where I don't get out of my pyjamas. On those days, my kids and I snuggle up on the couch with tea and a blanket and our lesson books. We leisurely read about kings and queens and islands and earthquakes and I never once give thought to putting on grown-up pants.

Why Adam LaRoche's Daddy Day Care Went Too Far

Lianne Castelino | Posted 03.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Lianne Castelino

Having been inside many baseball dressing rooms over the years as a sports reporter, and inside the players-only areas of many other sports arenas and venues as a member of the media, I can tell you, this is a private area for the members of that team and should be left as such. That's their domain, their space and should be treated that way. And that includes bringing your kids to work.