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Parents, Vaccinations Can Help Protect the Health of Your Family

Furakh Mir | Posted 05.27.2015 | 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 05.26.2015 | 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 05.19.2015 | 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 05.15.2015 | 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 05.12.2015 | 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 05.10.2015 | 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 05.08.2015 | 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 05.06.2015 | 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 05.06.2015 | 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 05.03.2015 | 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!

My Addiction Shaped the Woman I Am Today

Keeley Milne | Posted 03.29.2015 | Canada Living
Keeley Milne

What I do not regret is this: my struggle shaped me, and changed me, and helped me become the person I am now. That is, a woman that seeks progress, not perfection. A woman who knows that no matter how far down you go, you can come back, a mother that has earned her way back into this precious boy's life, and learns every day how to parent better.

How to Entertain Your Kids During Spring Break

Rania Walker | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada
Rania Walker

If you too have possibly exhausted every family farm and play place, and may be looking for some simpler things to do, here are some tips and ideas for how to plan and survive the March Break without too much expense, or guilt, and create some adventures and memories along the way. Remember these don't have to be all day events, just "breaks" throughout the week.

20 Things I Learned About Pregnancy and New Motherhood

Kathryn Marshall | Posted 03.07.2015 | Canada Living
Kathryn Marshall

I usually write about politics, but since I recently became a mom, I have been thinking a lot about all things motherhood, pregnancy and baby-related. Here is a little list of some things I learned about pregnancy and new motherhood.

Let's Stop Whipping Out the Bully Card For No Reason

Naomi Elana Zener | Posted 10.13.2014 | Canada
Naomi Elana Zener

As a society, we really need to stop pulling out the bully card with such ease and lack of thought to its meaning. More so as mothers, we really need to stop overusing it, labelling each other as one when we don't like what another mother has said. Otherwise, the word and definition will lose all meaning, giving real bullies power to carry on.

Why I Drove My 16-Year-Old Daughter Halfway Across Canada

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 10.02.2014 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

She would get a quality education in any of these places, to be sure. And she would learn about navigating life independent of her parents, whether she is in residence in Hamilton or Kingston or Fredericton. But would she experience a new culture in Kitchener-Waterloo? Would life be so much different in Eastern Ontario than it is here in Niagara?

Cut the Drama on Parenting Forums

Naomi Elana Zener | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada Living
Naomi Elana Zener

There's nothing scarier than the overseers-in-chief of online parenting groups, who are at the ready to fire without aim, to censor, shame or outright ban a member of their group without first hitting pause, rewind and investigating an issue before acting.

A Technique to Help Expectant Mothers Meditate

Linda Lauren | Posted 06.30.2014 | Canada Living
Linda Lauren

My clients share many of life's events with me, but I'm never more excited than when they share the pending birth of a child. It's an exciting nine months for the parents as we embark on a spiritual journey to keep mommy calm and daddy focused. I always suggest meditating at the onset of the news.

What a Difference a Year Makes: The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Teen

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 05.30.2014 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

A year ago, I sat at my laptop at the dining room table and hammered out a long list of things I thought it was important for my daughter to know. W...

The Work-Life Balance Myth

Kate Hilton | Posted 03.14.2014 | Canada Living
Kate Hilton

Some days I feel that I've succeeded in my work. Some days I feel that I've succeeded as a parent, or a spouse, or a friend, or a daughter. But I rarely feel as though I've succeeded on all fronts in the same 24-hour period. Do I have work-life balance?

Old Spice's Viral Mom Song Ad: Creepy or Cute?

Emma Waverman | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Living
Emma Waverman

Over 3 million views later, Old Spice has gone viral again with their newest "Mom Song" ad. Some people are laughing all the way to the share button after seeing the ad. Others are kind of creeped out by the stalking mothers following their handsome, horny teen boys around. But is it accurate?

Top 7 Travel Tips to Get the Most For Your Vacation Dollars in 2014

Rania Walker | Posted 03.01.2014 | Canada Travel
Rania Walker

This year as we get down to setting our resolutions for 2014, why not set aside a resolution to travel more. Most of us like to travel and explore, or get a change of scenery -- with the family, as a couple or even alone. Here are the top seven travel tips to help you make 2014 your best travel year yet!

12 Sanity Saving Tips for the Final Shopping Days Before Christmas

Rania Walker | Posted 02.10.2014 | Canada Living
Rania Walker

With the holiday shopping season in full force, my requisite ventures into the sweaty shops of my local malls need to be purposeful, successful and time-saving. I've found a dozen ways to make those long line ups and general holiday hustle and bustle productive, amusing and sanity saving.

Letting My Daughter Walk Home Alone for the First Time - Ack!

Tracie Wagman | Posted 12.10.2013 | Canada Living
Tracie Wagman

My oldest is in sixth grade and one day a couple of weeks ago I showed up at school to pick her up and she said: "I'm going to walk home alone with Cathy." My first reaction was: OK, great, less driving for me and more time for errands! Then it hit me: she was walking home alone! But there are cars and strangers and scary things out there. Was she going to be OK?

Dear Mom, Believe Me When I Say You're Beautiful

Eternity E Martis | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada Living
Eternity E Martis

My mother came out of the clothing store change room wearing a long-sleeved pink sweatshirt. When she came out, smiling at me, I could tell she felt confident. Her smile vanished the second she saw herself. "I look fat." It's a difficult feeling to describe, when you see your mother so wounded by her own reflection.

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.