#Toddlers

Should I Teach My Toddler To Speak Like A Canadian?

Fiona Tapp | Posted 08.18.2016 | Canada Parents
Fiona Tapp

Being British is an integral part of my identity. From Monty Python to EastEnders, baked beans on toast to a nice cup of tea solving all of life's woes, I am quintessentially English. And as much as I love Canadians, and moved here solely based on falling hard for one, in particular, I have no desire to become a Canadian. So it was with some trepidation that I realized shortly after the birth of my son, that this precious little man of mine, was a Canadian. At least, until he started talking.

I'm Not A "Stay At Home Mom," I'm A "Family Manager"

Angie Campanelli | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada Parents
Angie Campanelli

As I sit here writing this post, coated in the slick, stench of black licorice fennel oil (for breast milk production), I can honestly say I'm more stressed now than before parenthood. And I know I'm not alone in this.

To The Mother I Met At The Beach, Thank You

Lori Gard | Posted 07.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

As I watched you with your sweet babies, realizing how difficult this stage of life is for mamas like you, I felt a twinge of sadness come over me. Your children are still at that stage of life where they want YOU and you alone. You have the monopoly on their attention and love.

One Day I Will Miss Every Frustrating Parenting Moment

Vanessa Heron | Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada Parents
Vanessa Heron

I know there are going to be many, many more hard moments when I ask myself how much longer a certain behaviour of my children's is going to last. But with each of those hard moments that I want to end, there are a dozen precious moments that I want to hold onto for a lifetime.

How I'll Survive My Daughter's Transition To Daycare

Tara Mandarano | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Parents
Tara Mandarano

One day I will turn around and you won't be sitting in the car seat behind me; you will be the one driving. That day is still far away, but this new path you are on is another step in that direction. Part of me wants to keep you close forever. I know this can't happen, but I feel the urge all the same.

How To Hang On To Your Marriage When You Have A Kid

Tara Mandarano | Posted 05.13.2016 | Canada Parents
Tara Mandarano

I never fully realized how much of a strain parenting would be on my relationship until my daughter arrived. Sure, in theory I knew that having a baby would change everything -- forever -- but I didn't really grasp just how much that extra person would alter the fabric and dynamic of our lives.

What Do You Do When Your Baby's No Longer A Baby?

Vedavati M. | Posted 05.11.2016 | Canada Parents
Vedavati M.

I've experienced different kinds of neediness in my life: My professional contacts have reminded me since you were 6 months old how badly I'm wanted back at work. Your father has patiently waited for me to become a friend and a wife to him again. Your grandparents have always missed spending time with their only child. But nothing like this.

It's Time To Rip The Band-Aid Off Canada's Daycare Crisis

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Joshua Ostroff

Extending maternity/parental leave to 18 months doesn't actually solve the problem. It's a ninja turtle Band-Aid that looks cool and will make us feel better until it's peeled off and we are faced with the same bloody daycare crisis. In 2008 UNICEF declared Canada tied for the worst child care out of the world's 25 richest countries. Since then costs have only gone up and access has only gone down. There are available spaces for only one out of every five Canadian kids. It's clearly high time for Canada to build on Quebec's lead and develop a universal child care program that extends across the country just like universal health care, social security and education already do.

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.

How My Fitbit Helps Me Slow Down

Tamara Watson | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Tamara Watson

I have a FitBit because it helps me take fewer steps. I got it because I needed to know -- do I spend as much time running around as I say I do? Do I really put in miles and miles just bringing toys back from the living room to the bedrooms? Because it feels like I never, ever stop moving.

Learning To Embrace The Word "No"

Vanessa Heron | Posted 03.23.2016 | Canada Parents
Vanessa Heron

This may seem counter-intuitive, but hear me out. The word "no" is powerful. Though it is contrary to the people-pleasing nature that is innate in all of us, the word "no" sets clear boundaries. Boundaries that I want my daughter to be confident in setting for herself as she grows older, goes to school, and eventually moves away from our ever-watchful eyes.

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.

Dear Tired Mama: You Will Survive

Lori Gard | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Parents
Lori Gard

You wonder if it will ever get better. Wonder, too, if there really is a light at the end of the tunnel. Wonder incessantly if you will ever have energy again. All while you also wonder if you ever will see a semblance of your former self again. I hear you, friend, and I truly feel for you. I remember those days.

5 Reasons Toddlers Are Actually Really Awesome

Hannah Spray | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada Parents
Hannah Spray

Toddlers get a bad rap. Caused by communication frustrations, feeling helpless to control their own lives, experiencing an influx of new hormones and emotions, and constantly pounded with large quantities of new information to process to throw tantrums and test our limits many times, in many ways.

Maybe I Will Miss The Diaper Years After All

Jacqueline Melissen | Posted 01.06.2016 | Canada Parents
Jacqueline Melissen

Changing a toddler's dirty diapers is truly one of the worst things you have to do as a parent, but somehow those five minutes were some of the best of my night.

This Simple Practice Will Help You Keep Your Cool With Your Kids

The Huffington Post Canada | Trish Bentley | Posted 12.30.2015 | Canada Parents

Adults and children alike need to practice self-regulation.

The Moment I Lost My Toddler At The Mall

Tara Mandarano | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Parents
Tara Mandarano

I darted the way she had gone, but there was no sign of her. I was praying for her little legs to appear under the hanging shirts and pants, but there was just empty space. As every excruciating second ticked by, I felt a little more hysterical.

Let's Stop Pretending We're Perfect Parents

Tara Mandarano | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada Parents
Tara Mandarano

Life with a child is rarely picture-perfect. Yes, there are flashes of unfiltered happiness to be captured and held close to the heart, but more often than not, there's also a lot of mess and chaos and crying behind the scenes.

5 Early Warning Signs Of Speech And Language Issues

Jeanette Podolsky | Posted 11.27.2015 | Canada Parents
Jeanette Podolsky

At the age of 2, a child has a vocabulary of at least 50-100 words. If your child is still only using a few words and has not caught up with peers, it could be the sign of a language delay.

Play Doesn't Have to Be Picture Perfect

Shawna Scafe | Posted 08.16.2016 | Canada Parents
Shawna Scafe

What is the original invitation to play? The word "yes." I just need to stop saying no. So when my kids grab at the bag of oatmeal, I remind myself to give them a measuring cup and bowl and let them mess up my floor.

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.

Your Child Is How Old and You Are Still Breastfeeding?!

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Dr Dina Kulik

Have you heard this before? Are you a dedicated breast-feeder to a toddler or older child? If so, you are not alone. I see many women in my office each week who continue to breastfeed their toddlers, sometimes while also nursing younger babies. Women who breastfeed "older" children are often stigmatized and looked at as strange.

What Happened When I Got Rid Of Half My Kids' Toys

Shawna Scafe | Posted 05.13.2016 | Canada Parents
Shawna Scafe

So come this past January, our family of five started a mission to live with less (minimalism for rookies). I know it's not for everyone, but it is for us. Our first long drawn-out step is to "remove the excess" of belongings. Since January we have done two toy purges and reduced the kids toys by over half.

Stranger Danger Social Experiment: Helpful Or Misleading?

The Huffington Post Canada | Julianna McDermott | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Parents

It’s a lesson most parents try to drill into their children from an early age -- don’t talk to strangers. But if a stranger approached your child ...

10 DIY Toddler Snacks Better Than Store Bought!

The Huffington Post Canada | Alex Mlynek | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Parents

Kids love many of these snacks, but buying them all the time can get expensive. Make these snacks yourself to save more money and keep track of what y...