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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.

Why Miley Cyrus Is Actually a Good Role Model for Girls

Pega Ren | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada Living
Pega Ren

Miley's performance may have been raunchy, but no one can deny that she seemed to be enjoying flaunting her sexual power and prowess. She would be no man's sexual victim. She modelled for our girls that even a sweet Hannah Montana could grow into a sexually confident young woman who was having a very good time with her sexuality. I think we were maybe too quick to judge...or maybe we judged her so harshly because she reminded us of those fleeting moments when new relationship energy emboldened our own sexual enjoyment, so soon submerged again under layers of shame and fear.

Why Stop at Red Lights?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 06.16.2013 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

In my part of Toronto, I have noticed a new understanding of traffic regulation. Stop if it is convenient to do so, but if you are in a hurry, forget about it. If we only teach children that red means stop and green means go, we could be courting disaster.

Words of Wisdom to My Teenager From a Been There, Done That Mom

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 05.16.2013 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

It's so hard to believe that 15 years ago, your father and I were introduced to someone who would change our lives in the most amazing way possible. Anyhow, what I'm doing here is putting together some things to keep in mind as you go through the next year -- and decade.

I'll Admit it: I Use Santa to Keep the Kids in Line

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 01.19.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

I've been using the power of Santa Claus for a few weeks now, and things are looking good. For maximum effectiveness, the use of Santa and his omnipresence is good for the window directly following Halloween until December 25. During this time, I enjoy the increased attentiveness, dearth of meltdowns and general calm that precedes Christmas day.

How to Talk Politics With Your Kids

Amy Leask | Posted 12.28.2012 | Canada Politics
Amy Leask

I get a lot of raised eyebrows when I tell people I write materials that introduce politics to children. It's a subject that can make even a mature adult's palms sweaty, and on the surface, it seems like the last thing anyone would want to bring up with their child. You really should and here's why.

Kids Eat Up TV Ads, Then Junk Food

Marko Sijan | Posted 07.16.2012 | Canada
Marko Sijan

The results of recent surveys of students in the U.S. and Canada link poor eating habits in children to the amount of television they watch. While this isn't new information, it serves as a useful reminder that the advertising industry is indoctrinating children into the long-term negative effects of eating unhealthy food -- effects that range from obesity to early death.

Loot Bag Larceny and Other Parenting Perks

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 06.05.2012 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Surreptitious subterfuge is part and parcel of being a parent. Stealing candies from babies is just one of the many things that we parents do in our quest to equal the playing field and "get ours."

EXCLUSIVE SANTA SECRETS: How To Get Off The Naughty List!

The Huffington Post Canada | Sarah Kelsey | Posted 11.18.2011 | Canada Living

Have you been naughty or nice this year? There's really only one man who knows for certain, and he lives in the North Pole, rides a sleigh driven by r...

Forced Maturity: New Site Helps Teens Deal With Parents' Dementia

CP | Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.15.2012 | Canada Living

TORONTO - When June Shin's husband was diagnosed with early-onset dementia in late 2006, she could find no resources to help her three young children ...