Parents Moms

Dad, Your Cruel Criticisms Still Haunt Me

Lenora Thompson | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Lenora Thompson

I was just a little girl, but you had a barbed tongue. Oh, you always couched your cruelty in humour. As if comedy was a disinfectant that redeems meanness. Time and again, I asked Mommy, "Please, tell Daddy to stop teasing me. It hurts my feelings." But you wouldn't or couldn't stop.

It's Time To Lift The Stigma On Working Dads

Lisa Durante | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada Parents
Lisa Durante

"Had to take this call. Can't leave. Will meet you there. Sorry." Practice starts at 6 p.m. and Frank so very badly wants to cheer for his little girl on the sidelines. He knows it's not always possible or fair for me to drop my work to make sure she gets there on time -- but, like half of working dads, he's struggling to balance the competing demands of work and family life.

Beauty Is Your Name: A Letter To My Daughter

Linnie von Sky | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada Parents
Linnie von Sky

Because my baby girl, you come from a proud line of loving, nurturing, loud laughing, often giggling, deeply feeling and wonderful women with curves who have been wounded by other people's aesthetic expectations and cheated by their own understanding of perfection. I want you to see me love myself for all the gorgeous, nurturing mamas that came before me.

Moms And Money Management On Global Parents Day

Brian Gervais | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada Alberta
Brian Gervais

June 1 is the Global Day of Parents. Beyond traditional life lessons (think tying your shoes and learning to ride a bike), parents are also responsible for imparting good money management skills to their children. Traditionally it was men who were largely responsible for long term investing and financial planning for their families. But that's so 1960s. Good financial habits are something everyone can develop, and for many people, that starts with learning from their parents -- from Mom or Dad.

Fear Not Moms, Sexy Selfies Won't Wreck Your Kids

Jessica Holmes | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Parents
Jessica Holmes

There are an abundance of examples of poor parenting out there, and I didn't know that showing off your curves was one of them. So I thought nothing of posting a photo of myself on Facebook in a fitted dress. I was surprised when someone criticized me for posing like a sexy mermaid when I know good and well I'm a mom.

Dear Bereaved Mama On Mother's Day

Jennifer Pitt | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Parents
Jennifer Pitt

Parenting a child after the loss of a child is a daily struggle. You do your best to cherish every second, because who knows better than you how fleeting it can be? While your head is cherishing away, your heart is heavy with the feeling of abandoning your lost child's memory by being happy.

From One Mom To Another: The Gift Of Perspective Is Everything

Kathryn Streeter | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathryn Streeter

As you gain distance from the early days of babies and toddlers, preschool and elementary school, from this place above the trees you can finally see. Like that mama bird sitting up high in the tree, you stand now as a humble mom of 17 years, better able to discern where you've been and where you're going.

Why Are Some Siblings So Hateful Towards Each Other?

Marcia Sirota | Posted 03.01.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Siblings can be our best friends or our worst enemies. I've heard of one sibling giving up a kidney for another; being a surrogate for another one's pregnancy, or giving another sibling the down-payment for a house. So what makes one sibling loving and the other hurtful? Mostly, it comes down to what happened during childhood.

My Parents Killed My Self-Esteem - Now I'm Done Taking Criticism

Lenora Thompson | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Living
Lenora Thompson

I was 14 and shocked by all the criticisms suddenly blind-siding me. They ranged from making me believe I was an (almost) slut to something as vague as, "Shake my hand and commit to 'trying harder.'" To this day I wonder how much harder I could try. I already had a 4.0 GPA.

5 Lessons Play Dates Have Taught Me About Life

Tara Mandarano | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Parents
Tara Mandarano

As time went on and I grew more confident in my mothering, I began to open up more when I would randomly meet other families at the park or the store. I craved adult company and conversation, but something always stopped me from suggesting we meet up.

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?

Why It's Important to Work Out When You Have Kids

Lindsay Gee | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Parents
Lindsay Gee

Moms are riddled with guilt. Guilt about lack of time. Guilt about the food we're putting on the table. What happens next? The workout you planned to do gets waylaid because you feel guilty about leaving your kids once again. Here's the thing, though. There are so many benefits to making fitness a priority in your life when you have children, and many of them benefit both you AND your children.

We Are All More Than Just Moms

The Purple Fig | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Parents
The Purple Fig

I can't spot a single one-dimensional woman for miles. They don't exist. This woman, who lives and breathes only for her kids, who is defined by the existence of her children, doesn't exist. The only women I see today are women who slip in and out of being a friend, a partner, a professional, a creative, the house CEO, all the while being the best mothers they can.

5 Savvy Spending Tips for Back-to-School Season

Sandra Hanna | Posted 08.18.2015 | Canada Parents
Sandra Hanna

Canadians are feeling the penny pinch. According to a whopping 43 per cent of Canadian parents view back-to-school as a financial burden on their families. To help ease the pain class is in session and with a little savvy spending from my top five tips, your dollar will be stretching further this season!

That Time I Lost My Toddler in IKEA

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

Even though I knew it would be pretty stressful to go to IKEA with two toddlers, I just needed one item -- a picture frame -- and we were driving right by it. RIGHT BY. So I turned, even though I hadn't been planning to, and I parked in the underground parking lot, and we headed to IKEA.

Parents, Vaccinations Can Help Protect the Health of Your Family

Furakh Mir | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Furakh Mir

Children (and adults) in Ontario should receive a routine schedule of vaccines against a long list of diseases. If your children aren't up to date on those vaccinations, I urge you to make a doctor's appointment now. Vaccination is one of the most important things you can do to protect the health of your family.

5 Common Breastfeeding Myths Dispelled

Stephanie McDougall | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Parents
Stephanie McDougall

The major problem with negative attitudes toward breastfeeding is simply the lack of exposure to it and not understanding how difficult it truly is. There are quite a few common misunderstandings about breastfeeding and majority of them you can't truly understand unless you've attempted to breastfeed or watched someone close to you attempt to breastfeed

How I Became Addicted to Pumping Breast Milk

Angie Campanelli | Posted 05.19.2016 | Canada Parents
Angie Campanelli

Conversations among friends and between strangers fueled my pumping obsession. Every time I thought I was ready to skip a session or wean my son, I felt this peculiar sense of failure. "Not yet..." nagged a little voice. I'd ask other people how their feeding was going and then persist with my own despite my frustration and annoyance. I also made the crucial mistake of reading popular parenting blogs where I'd see talk of only weaning well past the 12-month mark. I feel like I passed the first parenting test and when people converse about infant nourishment, I feel proud stating that I did whatever it took to give him the "best" start.

Letting Go of the Chase for Balance in Motherhood

Shawna Scafe | Posted 05.15.2016 | Canada Parents
Shawna Scafe

There are always more chores, events, crying kids in a day than there are hours, hands and consolation waffles. Over time I'd come to see this doesn't mean I'm failing. It means that we aren't meant to do it all, rather we are meant to make choices about how we spend our time and energies.

Four Under Six? How Do You Do It?

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

Having had four kids in five and a half years, I get this question a lot. I usually smile and say something like, "Well, it's busy!" but there are a lot of answers I could give that would be more honest and that would make me look a lot less "together" than I sometimes appear.

A Letter to the Woman I Was One Year Ago

Glynis Ratcliffe | Posted 05.10.2016 | Canada Parents
Glynis Ratcliffe

Oh sweet, sad Mama. You are in the thick of it right now, and I know you can't see a way out. It's hard enough being the mom of a spirited two-year-old, but add on an unplanned pregnancy and having to put your own big plans on hiatus? It's no wonder you're feeling low, confused and scared.

10 Unique Gift Ideas for Every Type of Mom

Gillian Farber | Posted 05.08.2016 | Canada Living
Gillian Farber

I've taken it upon myself to shamelessly type cast 10 different mom-personalities and came up with a helpful list you last minute mother's day shoppers might find useful... if you have a mother who falls under one of these categories, of course.

Sure, It Can Be Uncomfortable, But Enjoy Being Pregnant

Stephanie McDougall | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Parents
Stephanie McDougall

As much as you should try and enjoy the time before the baby comes, enjoy the time after the baby comes into your life. Embrace those sticky floors and those cold cups of coffee. It won't be long before you'll have your old life back and your kids will be grown up and doing their own thing. You'll only know what they are up to because you'll follow them on Twitter because you'll be a cool mom.

My Divorce Made Me Realize Our Home Was Never Mine

Allyson Eamer | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Living
Allyson Eamer

When relationships end, it is a sad fact that people take sides, assets are split, and someone, if not both parties, must relocate. The "Geographies of Divorce" is the shifting of boundaries, the renegotiation of territory, the displacement, isolation and the staggering trauma of homelessness that accompanies divorce.

Unique Gift Ideas to Share With Your Mom This Mother's Day

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 05.03.2016 | Canada Style
Sacha DeVoretz

Mother's day is a special time. If you have been reading my blog for some time, you know that I am really close to my mom and love to see her happy. Here are a few unique gift ideas that you can share with your mother!