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Spanking Your Kids Doesn't Make You a Child Abuser

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 04.24.2014 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

Apparently, I'm a victim of child abuse. And a child abuser. How did that escape me? At least I might be, if you believe a new study that redefines what it means to be abused -- and an abuser. I can tell you for certain is each of the times I used corporal punishment, it was in those moments that I failed most as a parent. But does that make me an abuser?

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

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 03.31.2014 | 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...

Are Hovering Parents Breeding Narcissistic Kids?

BabyPost | Posted 03.20.2014 | Canada Living
BabyPost

A new study suggests that because we played outside, away from our parents' sight, we were likely a generation of fewer narcissists. That's because, according to the study, free play breeds empathy and lack of it removes a valuable learning opportunity for children to care about what other children think and feel.

Using the Olympics to Help Your Kids Learn a "Gold Medal" Attitude

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 02.24.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Shimi Kang

My family had a serious case of Olympic fever. Along with many Canadians, the winter games have become a permanent fixture on our television screen, and a major topic of discussion around the dinner table. The Olympics present valuable learning opportunities for adults and children of all ages. Parents can use these great learning opportunities to foster "a gold medal attitude" for children.

Five Things Kids (And Parents) Can Learn From Microsoft's New CEO

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 04.24.2014 | Canada
Dr. Shimi Kang

Microsoft, a company worth more than $19 billion that employs over 10,000 staff globally, has only had three CEOs in its 38-year history. After 14 yea...

A Letter From a Working Mother to a Stay-At-Home Mother (and Vice Versa)

Dr. Carolyn Ee | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Carolyn Ee

I know that you seldom have a hot cup of coffee or tea. I know that your attention is always divided, often diverted from a moment to moment basis, and you cannot ever count on completing a task in the one go. I know that you probably don't get any down time when you're on your own at home, unless you have a single child who still naps in the daytime. I know the challenges you deal with daily, usually with no peer support or backup. The toddler tantrums, the toilet training accidents, the food battles, the food on the floor, the crayons on the wall, the sibling rivalry, the baby that never seems to stop crying.

12 Things To Do This Family Day

Rania Walker | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Living
Rania Walker

In addition to the special events and interactive exhibits at most major tourist attractions, here is a list of virtually free things to do around the GTA, most of which will give you an opportunity to try something new or different by virtue of the favourable price tag.

Parents, Remember You Are Your Child's Number One Teacher

Lori Gard | Posted 04.12.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

Teach your children well -- teach them about life and love and joy and sorrow. Teach them to be honest and kind. Teach them to be thoughtful and generous. Teach your children to care for others. Let your own life be the living textbook that your children read. May it be among the most inspiring books they ever open!

Winter's Not So Bad In Finger Lakes, NY

Rania Walker | Posted 04.04.2014 | Canada Travel
Rania Walker

Turns out, Finger Lakes is a full-year destination, with indoor and outdoor activities to keep you busy for weeks at a time. The Finger Lakes Region extends from Rochester to the West, Syracuse to the East, Lake Ontario to the North, and all the way to the Pennsylvania Border to the south. Here's our list of the Top 10 things for families to do.

What I Learned From My 'Cute' Parenting Moment

Lori Gard | Posted 03.27.2014 | Canada
Lori Gard

I just had a moment. Until I turn 40, I will not refer to such as a senior's moment. No, this was merely a parenting moment. A realization. As in one ...

Helicopter Parenting? Try a Skydiving Plane Instead

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

While watching a news segment on Helicopter Parents, my daughter turned to me and said "You're not a Helicopter Parent", which was not news to me. She continued "You're more like a Skydive Plane Parent. You push us out and don't look back." She paused and then added "You sometimes give us a parachute."

This Mommy Blogger Is Aiming Low for 2014

Kerry Sauriol | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Kerry Sauriol

The background chatter is filled with bloggers concerned about taking professional shots of their food or composters or safe non-plastic toys and the right camera to do so. Gone are stories of parenting imperfection like why their 11-year-old still can't tie his shoes, but yet can have a girlfriend (I haven't blogged that one yet).

Why I Work With Special Needs Children: A Professional's Perspective

Nathalie Garcin | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada Impact
Nathalie Garcin

I now work with families -- parents who trust us with that which they cherish most of all: their children. All these parents share a common story: they feel forgotten, isolated, frustrated, helpless, and overwhelmed by public sector waiting lists and the lack of support. They are right to worry.

Reclaiming Supper Hour -- Who's With Me?

Lori Gard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

It is time we took back what is rightfully ours, families of the world. It is time we re-claimed our rights to that all-important evening hour -- a time once known as supper, which held the power in its reach to gather together people from diverse activities and places and in so doing, press the pause button.

If You Think About Being a Good Mother You Probably Are One

Lori Gard | Posted 12.30.2013 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

There will always be somebody better than you at this. So stop trying so hard. Release the burden of being the best. And just settle for being good. Because if you are wondering, are CONTEMPLATING your role as a mother, then you probably don't have to worry any more about it.

A Politically Correct Nightmare: The School That Cancelled Halloween

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Halloween celebrations are cancelled at one Ontario school. No candy, no costumes, no fun. The reasoning behind this puzzling decision is supposedly one of inclusiveness, according to school administrators. The decision of the school board to cave in to these demands is political correctness on steroids.

Are Schools Snack-Shaming Children?

Lydia Lovric | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Lydia Lovric

One Toronto school recently has banned the holy trinity of confections: candy, chocolate and pop. From a child's perspective, it can feel like snack-shaming. It almost seems as though the principal is leading a group of lithe bullies, chastising the embarrassed student for unknowingly smuggling a contraband item.

Giving Your Parents the "Sex Talk"

Tera Kristen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Tera Kristen

I slowly came to the realization that it's parents that need the "sex talk" from kids. The "echo boom" generation may be more comfortable with sexuality, but are we comfortable with our baby boomer parents' sexuality? How can we help our parents embrace a healthy sex life without sitting them down for that uncomfortable sex talk?

Kids Shouldn't Worry About Halloween Calories

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 12.16.2013 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

Kids have started getting excited about the bounty of candy they'll be getting and their parents are getting anxious. There is so much focus being put on the issue of obesity recently that we have become terrified of every calorie and fat gram we consume and are unfortunately, passing this fear on to our kids.

Camping out With Death

Emelia Symington Fedy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Emelia Symington Fedy

My mother is dying. When it got to be too much at home we put her in hospice. Hospice, for those who are not familiar with the term, is a place where folks go to die. The criteria to enter are you have three-six months left to live with an expectation of no heroic measures. The goal is comfort and dignity in your final days. My brother and I camp out in the room with my mom. Me in the Murphy bed and him on the Lazy Boy. We fall asleep listening to her whisper to herself and hallucinate on the shadows she makes with her hands. My mom had lung cancer and it progressed to her brain, so she is not safe to be alone anymore. She could fall. She could leave and get lost. She could take all her clothes off and run the halls naked. So we move in to the tiny room with her.

The Top Five Parenting Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

There are parenting methods that are known to be detrimental if not downright damaging to a child. Try doing these and you'll more or less guarantee that your child will grow up to be a person who, let's say, won't be the most well-liked or respected in their social circle.

Let's All Listen to Louis C.K. - Kids and Phones Don't Mix

Lydia Lovric | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Living
Lydia Lovric

Louis C.K. is a successful comedian who can afford to buy his kids practically anything. So it is a refreshing surprise to learn that there is one thing for which he refuses to open his wallet: cell phones for his children. Comedians can be modern-day philosophers and Louis C.K. has brilliantly nailed it. This touted technology is riddled with problems, especially in the hands of still-developing children and teens.

Postpartum Depression is a Family Affair

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Living
Nicole Letourneau

At long last, people are talking about postpartum depression. Dismissed for years as no more than a touch of the baby blues (or else unheard of entirely), PPD has become an open subject. But despite this progress, postpartum depression remains misunderstood in one very critical regard: namely, that it's something that only happens to, and thus only adversely affects, mothers.

Parenting Perspectives: Blink- and the Day is Done

Lori Gard | Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada Living
Lori Gard

My life is pretty manic most of the time. I operate mainly on stress-mode. Push the fast-forward button. Live like there's no tomorrow. And there ...

It's Okay To Be Selfish After Loss

Elizabeth Berrien | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Berrien

It can be so easy to become overwhelmed with what you think you should or shouldn't be doing with your time. Yet, when you've experienced the loss of a family member who was so close, you need to remember that it is okay to be a little selfish about how you run your life.