Raising Kids

Why I'm Really Okay With Having Just Boys

Heather Lin | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Living
Heather Lin

Are you going to try for that girl? That is usually one of the top three questions I get whenever someone hears that I have two young sons. Don't get me wrong, if one of my two boys had been a girl, I would have been over the moon happy, but am I any less sad that I have two boys? Are you kidding?

Keep Gender Stereotypes Out of Raising Kids

Jenn Neilson | Posted 08.04.2014 | Canada Living
Jenn Neilson

With kids growing up surrounded by advertising, movies and TV, toys, books, and clothes that tell them that some things are for girls, and others are for boys, we're already fighting an uphill battle if our goal is to raise girls who know that they can solve tough, real world problems, and boys who are interested in collaboration, not just competition.

Will My Kids Remember Me at My Best or My Worst?

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 05.25.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

Which memories will our children remember forever and which are they going to forget? Are they going to remember the few times I got upset when they spilled their milk or all the times I told them not to worry about it? Are they going to remember all the times I attended their school events or the few times I couldn't be there?

Why Only Certain Children Learn From Their Mistakes

Natacha V. Beim | Posted 09.14.2013 | Canada Living
Natacha V. Beim

A new study from Michigan State University shows people who think they can learn from their mistakes have a different brain reaction to errors than those who don't. Children who expect to make mistakes are much more willing to try new things and take on difficult tasks. As a result they're open to learning more both at school and in other environments.

The Magic and Mayhem of Modern Mummyhood

Jennifer Pellegrini | Posted 07.12.2013 | Canada Living
Jennifer Pellegrini

In my life, I have enjoyed 15 Mother's Days. The first one got off to a bit of a rocky start, (let's just say there's a certain man in my life who wil...

What Do You Do When Your Kid Is Being Bullied?

Stephanie Knaak | Posted 07.04.2013 | Canada Living
Stephanie Knaak

"My daughter is 11 years old.The boys and the girls at school call her names that shouldn't even exist. They tell her she's ugly, that her face is like a pancake smothered in poop. They have created a 'We hate Brittany' club. I tell myself all the time -- 'this has to stop. And it has to stop now. Today.' But it never does."

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.

Kids These Days...Have Hypertension and High Cholesterol

Dr. Meghan Walker | Posted 04.21.2013 | Canada Living
Dr. Meghan Walker

Kids are suffering unnecessarily. This is the first generation predicted to have shorter, more disease-laden life spans than their parents. While we may view our personal food choices as our right, our children deserve more respect. What will it take for us, the adults, to step up to the plate and demand better?

What These 10 Classic Parenting Phrases Really Mean

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 01.14.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

We've all heard them. Those annoying phrases that our parents said to us growing up and now that we're parents ourselves, we've decided to inflict them our own kids. The reality is that the true meanings behind these messages that parents tell their kids are often not as straightforward as they appear to be. Following are the top 10 phrases that parents use on their kids, and what they really mean.

My Most Sportsmanlike Toddler. NOT.

Vicki Murphy | Posted 06.23.2012 | Canada Living
Vicki Murphy

I could chalk it up to the terrible twos or almost threes. Toddlerhood is an emotional time. But here were a handful of kids, all around Max's age, and he was the only one freaking his freak. Today's lesson in Toddlerville: Have more hissy fits, get more stuff. Damn it.

When Is the "Right Time" for a Baby?

Cassandra Scrimgeour | Posted 04.10.2012 | Canada Living
Cassandra Scrimgeour

When she looked up at me with these big blue eyes before fluttering off to sleep with her little hand on my chest, I swear I felt my heart skip a beat and a feeling stirring inside me I've never had before. I know now more than ever that I want a baby, maybe even more than one someday. But can you ever know for sure?

Tough Talk on Bullying with the Minister of Education

Tracie Wagman | Posted 02.21.2012 | Canada
Tracie Wagman

Ontario's Ministry of Education reached out to me and asked if I wanted to discuss bullying with the Minister. Would I?! You bet. The question is, did she really want to hear what I have to say?

The Secret Of Child-Free Parents: They're Happy

The Huffington Post Canada | Sarah Treleaven | Posted 10.05.2011 | Canada Living

Kids aren't for everyone. And according to Ellen L. Walker, author of "Complete Without Kids: An Insider's Guide to Childfree Living by Choice or by C...