Parenting.

The Benefits Of Saying 'No'

Bianca Bujan | Posted 10.21.2015 | Canada Parents
Bianca Bujan

Saying no to your children can be a teaching moment - an opportunity to learn about responsibility and how to deal with disappointment. It can free up some time for the things that you really want to do, and can alleviate a lot of the stress that comes with being a parent.

Youth Mental Health Is an Election Issue That Affects Us All

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

In this election we are raising issues that matter to young Canadians. Mental health is a big one. A report by Alberta's Institute of Health Economics states that just seven cents of every dollar spent on health care in Canada goes to mental health. That's despite the fact mental disorders account for 40 per cent of all illnesses Canadians face. Canadian governments must dramatically increase funding, investing in accessible community-based mental health care -- if Canada could reduce the annual rate of mental illnesses by 10 per cent, it would save our health care system four billion dollars a year.

How We Can Teach Our Kids that Voting Is Important

Her Magazine | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

After getting a driver's licence, I think most teens will tell you that the next milestone will be when they legally order a beer. Sadly they're missing what really is the most significant milestone. The federal government recognizes age 18 as the age at which one can vote in a federal election. Unfortunately, it seems that reaching vote eligibility is not nearly as meaningful as being allowed to order what's on tap.

6 Baby Shower Gifts That Mom Will Actually Use

Désirée Fawn | Posted 10.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Désirée Fawn

Forget about the uber-cute size 0-3 month onesies with ruffles and madness all over them, folks. Go for the bulk pack of onesies with the snaps at the bottom, or zippered jammies because they take .09 seconds to take off when baby blesses mom and dad with their first blow-out. And if onesies ain't your thang -- check out my other fave ideas!

Get a Cardio Workout While You Clean

Lindsay Gee | Posted 10.15.2015 | Canada Living
Lindsay Gee

Cleaning. It's a necessary evil. It's also one of the top excuses given when people are asked why they didn't fit a workout in. Too many chores. Vacuuming to be done. Dishes to wash. Loads of laundry to fold. The list goes on. Certainly those chores do indeed need to be done, but the incredible thing about fitness is that you can fit it in while you complete your household chores.

To My Dearest Baba, On Your 71st Birthday

Sana Ahmed | Posted 10.13.2015 | Canada Living
Sana Ahmed

One of the earliest memories from my childhood is when you'd come home, I'd help you take your shoes and socks off. Memory is a funny thing though; it's not always accurate, but more importantly, and particularly in your case, it's oftentimes fleeting, and unreliable. You may not remember this, or at times fail to even understand, you have an illness called dementia.

Are We Talking Enough to Kids About Stress?

masalamommas | Posted 10.10.2015 | Canada Parents
masalamommas

Who hasn't gone through playground drama, right? What I didn't realize is how this situation was making daughter feel low about herself and her ability to handle her emotions on the playground. I think like most parents I wasn't sure how much to ask her about stress. Culturally, many of us grew up with more conversations about academics and marks than conversations about feelings and stress.

Just Because You Can Have Kids Doesn't Mean You Should

Sara Starkman | Posted 10.09.2015 | Canada Living
Sara Starkman

At the ripe old age of 28, I still, sincerely, don't know how I feel about having kids. Not about other people having kids -- that I know (no more than two and for God's sake don't helicopter parent, it creates MONSTERS and someday one of them will have to be PRIME MINISTER!).

Why Should My Success Mean I Have to Pay More for Daycare

Marie-France Laurin | Posted 10.11.2015 | Canada Parents
Marie-France Laurin

Not only will I have to pay more than double the fee I am currently paying, other kids in the same daycare with families that have a lower income base will still pay $7.30 for the exact same service that my kids are getting. I already pay more in taxes, why do I have to pay more for the exact same service?

It's Not Always Easy to Watch Your Kids Grow Up

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

I'm so happy to watch you grow, and so proud of the big kid you want to be, even though growing often comes with pain. I love who you are becoming and who you already are. Grade two is pretty new to us, but it suits you just fine. Keep getting bigger, baby ...and also, stay small.

Not All Processed Foods Are Created Equal

Abby Langer | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

Wait! Aren't I supposed to be the champion of whole foods? The trumpeter of processed-food evil? The promoter of home cooking? The voice of nutrition reason? Yes, I am. But I'm also a mom, I'm also realistic, and I also know that most people can't and shouldn't cut out all processed foods.

Why Some Moms Feel Invisible After Giving Birth

Caitlin Boudreau | Posted 10.07.2015 | Canada Parents
Caitlin Boudreau

"How's the baby?" you're asked constantly. "How's she eating/sleeping?" It doesn't take long for you to notice the monumental shift in focus, from you -- the glowing, pregnant woman -- to the baby. That seat that people jumped to offer you on the bus? Taken. It's touching to feel such warmth and interest towards your newborn, don't get me wrong. But how about we save some of that for mom?

In My 8-Year-Old Daughter's Shoes

Bianca Bujan | Posted 10.07.2015 | Canada Parents
Bianca Bujan

I'm doing my best to teach her that it's alright to be honest with me about her feelings, even if it means that mine might get hurt. I hope that I'm doing it right, and that I don't forget that I was once in her shoes, and that my mother was once in mine.

Overparenting Is Doing More Harm Than Good

Her Magazine | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

Overparenting, over-managing, over-involved. This is how we would describe our generation of parents. It comes from a good place of course -- we love them and want to protect them. We want them to be the best in whatever they undertake. But what are we really protecting them from?

7 Things My Children Have Taught Me About Love

Lynn Morrison | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Parents
Lynn Morrison

People always say that they never knew what love was until they had children. Before having kids of my own, I assumed that this phrase referenced the amazing, unconditional love a mother has for her progeny, a bottomless supply required to overcome challenges such as poop-smeared walls and 24+ hours of labor.

Do You Know How Well Your Child Can See?

Dr. Jeff Goodhew | Posted 10.05.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr. Jeff Goodhew

As parents, we know our children well, but do you know how well your child can see? October is Children's Vision Month and it's a good reason to pause and think about how our children see the world. It's easy to assume that their vision is perfect, especially when they haven't mentioned otherwise, since children simply believe that everyone sees the way they do.

My Marriage Survived Its Rough Patches

Julie Nowell | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Parents
Julie Nowell

We hit rock bottom, probably more than once, and each time clawed our way back up, until eventually we stopped trying to live like that and put everything at risk, our relationship, our investments, our everything, so we could find some peace.

Should You Change Your Filter?

Lynn Morrison | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Impact
Lynn Morrison

I have a bedtime routine. Every night I slip into my room before my husband. I close the curtains and dim the lights. Then I stand in front of my full-length mirror and slowly pull my clothes off, piece by piece. It is a show with an audience of one: me.

Why Autism Isn't a Cause of Divorce

Linda Mastroianni | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Parents
Linda Mastroianni

The challenges parents face raising a child with autism is amplified a thousand times over. We often don't know what to do or how to help our child. But even with all the challenges, autism isn't what causes a couple to divorce.

WAHM: 5 Things To Consider Before Quitting Your Day Job

Bianca Bujan | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Parents
Bianca Bujan

Working from home can be rewarding in many ways, but it's important to see beyond the daydream before making the decision to change your career. Do your research and take the time to plan before you commit to a new lifestyle. Remember that there are always pros and cons to all sides of the working world -- do what works best for you and your family.

5 Things Parents Can Learn From a Professional Optimist

Emma Waverman | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Parents
Emma Waverman

Let's be clear, when the glass is half-full, it is still half empty. Even when the glass is 100 per cent full, it is on it's way to being half-empty. I live by this mantra. So you won't find me posting inspirational quotes with sunrises in the background (up at sunrise -- blech), or putting a cheery face on an difficult situation.

We Need to Get Our Kids Outside

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 09.22.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr. Shimi Kang

From climbing trees to slouching over desks -- the transition from summer sovereignty to school routines hasn't been all that easy in my household. So, the big question I have is -- how can we strike a balance between school routines and spending time outdoors?

5 Ways for Special Needs Families to Handle Anxiety

Joanne Giacomini | Posted 09.19.2015 | Canada Parents
Joanne Giacomini

These five tips can be taught to children and adults. At this time of year, as children and their parents are frazzled with back to school, multiple extra-curricular activity schedules and homework, I think this can be especially helpful. It can be a family's lifesaver in our ever increasingly fast-paced and stressful world.

Why It's Crucial to Engage Men in Maternal Health

Plan International Canada | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

When men accompany their partners to prenatal visits and attend at birthing, the women report a much more positive experience, according to our commissioned study, Men Matter. When men share in the housework and rearrange certain duties or workloads to accommodate their pregnant or breastfeeding partners, the couple's relationship strengthens and the household becomes a happier place.

How I've Coped With the Sleep Challenges of My Special Needs Son

Joanne Giacomini | Posted 09.11.2015 | Canada Parents
Joanne Giacomini

Sleep is a word that was hard to come by for me in the first few years of my son's life. The thing is, I want to find a permanent solution to this problem, where he can feel relaxed going to bed by himself, and I can have my personal space back. I also want him to feel secure enough in himself.