My Children Have a Brother They May Never Meet

Raquel Cool | Posted 10.25.2015 | Canada Parents
Raquel Cool

No part of me regrets the decision I made to be an egg donor but I regret how I went about it and the contract I locked myself into. I regret not requesting an open donation. I did not understand the gravity of my decisions. I believed I was mature and now I look back and feel like I was just a kid. That psychological screening, many years ago, had "screened" a version of myself I could no longer relate to. I had no way of knowing that egg donation would impact my life the way it did.

Proof That Your Children Get Along... Sometimes

The Huffington Post Canada | Isabelle Khoo | Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada Parents

Siblings can actually be pretty cute.

That Time I Lost My Toddler in IKEA

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 06.17.2015 | 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.

Why Child-Free Aunties Are Amazing

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

My children, like many lucky kids, have an amazing auntie. She's the kind of aunt who comes along on road trips, takes my kids for the weekend, buys thoughtful gifts, and organizes living-room dance parties whenever she's over. My children love their Auntie Katy, and my husband (her brother) and I need her.

How to Keep Your Older Child Involved When a New Baby Comes Home

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr Dina Kulik

Many parents worry about how the new baby will change the family dynamic that everyone is used to. These are some things we did before and during those first few weeks that I think helped make that transition a success.

How Birth Order Affects Your Personality

The Huffington Post Canada | Alyson Schafer | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada Parents

If you are the parent of twins or triplets, you know that while your children share genes and a birthday, they don't share a personality. In fact, the...

14 Benefits To HUGE Age Gaps Between Siblings

The Huffington Post Canada | Brittany Goldfield Rodrigues | Posted 04.24.2015 | Canada Parents

As a child obsessed with The Parent Trap I had the unrealistic expectation that I would one day find my long lost twin -- someone who mirrored myself ...

24 Reasons To Be Glad You Have A Sibling

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 04.10.2015 | Canada Living

As much as they may have annoyed you when you were younger, there are so many benefits to having a sibling. Whether you're making fun of your parents,...

Are First-Born Kids More Likely To Succeed?

BabyPost | Posted 07.05.2014 | Canada Living

According to a new study out of the University of Essex Institute For Social and Economic Research, found that birth order was a large determining factor in the aspirations and success of siblings in a family. More specifically, the study found that older siblings were most likely to succeed.

Do All Only Children Secretly Wish For Siblings?

The Purple Fig | Posted 06.10.2014 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

Do only children pine for siblings? Most of the parenting world seems to think so. Parent-friends have warned me of the perils of leading my son down the dark and isolating path travelled by the only child. Armed with some incentive to find the truth, I began a very casual and non scientific study.

Preparing Your Older Child for a New Sibling

BabyPost | Posted 06.04.2014 | Canada Living

Baby number two is on the way! You and your partner are probably excited, but your first child may be not quite so sure. How you help them get ready for the arrival of a sibling will depend on their age, of course, but here are some general "dos and don'ts" to ease them into the role of big brother or big sister.

Why Youngest Siblings Might Be Detroit's Best Hope

Hannah Jack | Posted 05.13.2014 | Canada Living
Hannah Jack

For those of you who know me personally, you'll know that I'm in a pretty serious relationship with Detroit. Detroit needs to make a call for actors, writers, artists, comedians, photographers, to work on a sense of community through laughter, joy and creative expression! It's not a solution but it certainly wouldn't hurt. Detroit needs a younger sibling to make sure that they don't get swallowed up in their own sadness.

A Letter to My Children

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 03.22.2014 | Canada Living
Marni Soupcoff

You do not always get along. Sam told me approximately 44 times this morning that P.J. popped her green balloon. P.J. sometimes resorts to creating Mega-bloks jail cells to contain Sam. Alex pulls Sam's hair. Sam pulls back. But you get more pure joy from each other than you get from water balloons, McDonald's fries and the iPad combined. Which is saying a lot.

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.

We're Done Having Kids: Knowing When To Stop Making Babies

Melissa Carr | Posted 06.27.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Melissa Carr

My daughter keeps asking for a little sister. At first it was cute...then it started to evolve into a daily request, which became harder and harder to address. I can relate. I also wanted a sister growing up. But now, I can't deny the fact that after 4.5 years postpartum, I finally feeling like I have my body "back." I am quite certain that I don't want to go down the pregnancy path again.

Why We Chose to Stop at One Child

Yummy Mummy Club | Posted 04.07.2013 | Canada Living
Yummy Mummy Club

We had always imagined a family with two children... until the baby blues hit. And then postpartum. I'm sad my daughter won't have a sibling, but when it comes to having a second child, we've decided to let that ship sail. I know my capabilities, and I would rather be a great mom to Maddie than a stressed-out and exhausted mom to two.