Samantha Kemp-Jackson
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Samantha Kemp-Jackson is a Parenting writer, blogger, senior public relations advisor and mother of four including identical twin boys. As a cathartic outlet after she had her twins, she began putting her prose to digital paper and her blog - Multiple Mayhem Mamma - was born.

Known for her popular "top tips" and advice, her blog also includes reflections on various aspects of parenting, insight and opinion. In 2013, she released an eBook that included the best of her Top 5 and Top 10 tips from her blog. "Meltdown in Aisle 5: Top Parenting Tips From Multiple Mayhem Mamma
" can be found on the Amazon store. You can also follow Samantha on Google Plus, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr as well.

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Don't Make Santa Your Parenting "Fall Guy"

(1) Comments | Posted December 20, 2014 | 2:56 PM

"He sees you when you're sleeping. He knows when you're awake. He knows if you've been bad or good so be good for goodness sake!"

So are our children warned in one of the season's most popular tunes, "Santa Claus is Coming to Town."

Heaven forbid one ends up on...

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Trick-or-Treating is For Kids. Period.

(4) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 2:07 PM

It happens every year.

They come to your door, taller than you, baritone voices and facial hair abound.

The females? Let's just say that their costumes are often not PG-rated, to say the least.

Yet they're heralding the Halloween battle-cry: "Trick or Treat!!"

What do you do?

Beside...

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5 Steps You Can Take If the News Scares Your Kid

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 2:02 AM

Ebola. Terrorism. War.

Shootings. Poverty. The economy. Death.

All scary topics and all very real. These subjects are broached regularly in the media and, if you're a parent of a young child, you're likely concerned about the effect that such information is having on your little one.

With recent world...

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Sting Is Right to Deny His Kids A Big Inheritance

(18) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 9:53 AM

You think that kids of celebrities have it easy? Think again.

Sting's surprising announcement that he's not leaving any of his vast fortune to his children was a shock to many. How could this multimillionaire leave his kids to have to *gasp* work for a living? It just...

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How Will Kids Learn Patience When Everything Is Just One Click Away?

(11) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 9:43 AM

Once upon a time, kids experienced a few days a year that brought incredible moments of joy.

Birthdays. Christmas. Grandma coming to visit.

The knowledge that these days were on the horizon only added to the excitement that children would feel.

Oftentimes, the waiting was punctuated by a series of...

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Six Tips To Open Up Your Kids To Friends From Diverse Ethnicities

(15) Comments | Posted May 31, 2014 | 3:36 PM

"Mom, why does she look different?"

This is a question that many of us have had to grapple with as we raise our kids in an increasingly multicultural and multi-ethnic society. As a person of colour myself, I've been on the receiving end of the question and can still remember...

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It's Finally Cool For Girls to Geek Out

(2) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 1:25 PM

Back when I was a kid, it wasn't cool to be uncool.

Back then, the tech revolution wasn't in it's infancy; it hadn't even begun. To be called a "nerd" was to elicit scorn and its accompanying exclusion. You see, the "cool" kids had no time for those who...

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Being a Good Parent Means Telling Kids It's OK to Give Up

(9) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 1:20 PM

We all know the story of the little engine who that could.

"I think I can, I think I can" he repeated until, overcoming a great obstacle, he did. The moral of the story? That positive thinking and a will to succeed is all that is needed to...

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Are You Turning Your Child Into a Social Media Monster?

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 8:22 AM

"Strike a pose."

Remember that edict that Madonna pronounced to us so many lifetimes ago?

In the song "Vogue," she challenged us to go big or go home. "Strike a pose" was the battle cry for some heavy-duty showing off, if that's what you want to call it. "

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The Top Five Things Parents Need To Know About Kids and Social Media

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 5:43 PM

Times have changed and digital connectivity has become the standard for most of us. Online access, smartphone technology and a 24/7 interactivity has come to be the rule, not the exception. We love our technology and the many benefits that it affords us. Is it any wonder then, that

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How to Survive the Holidays With Kids: Top 5 Tips For Parents

(2) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 8:47 AM

While the holidays are a festive time of year, they're also a time of great stress for parents. There are presents to be bought, friends and family to entertain and money to be spent. And let's not forget the cooking, the cleaning and general tasks that are expected. The festive...

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A Politically Correct Nightmare: The School That Cancelled Halloween

(93) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 5:13 PM

Halloween celebrations are cancelled at one Ontario school. No candy, no costumes, no fun. Dressing up -- the crux of the holiday -- is verboten. And candy? Fuhgeddaboutit.

The reasoning behind this puzzling decision is supposedly one of inclusiveness, according to school administrators. Apparently some children...

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When Every Child Wins, Everyone Loses

(16) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 1:30 PM

I'm against kids "winning" at all costs.

This refers to the growing trend of letting all kids win and telling them that "everyone's a winner." Everyone is not a winner. That's why we have the designations of "winners" and "losers." Someone has to lose. It's not pretty, but that's life.

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Internet Safety Begins at Home

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 2:03 AM

Remember the phrase "charity begins at home?" Well there's a 21st century equivalent: "Online safety begins at home."

Our kids are logging on and uploading files at a rapid pace. They're Instagramming, Facebooking, Tweeting and sharing with the aplomb of a worldly traveler, except these travels are through the ether....

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

(6) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 2:23 PM

Parenting is a tough job, no one's going to dispute this fact. Think about it: you have the responsibility of affecting a person's life and if you do it wrong, guess who's going to get blamed?

Too bad that there's no standard guidebook for parenting. Yes, there are books...

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We Day: An Inspiration For Change

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 1:00 PM

" I want to do something."

And with those simple words, one more child became committed to a worldwide movement for change.

It was my daughter Miranda's visceral reaction to the incredible event that was We Day 2013. Gathered in the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, some 20,000...

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Can We Digitize School Handouts, Please?

(15) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 10:03 AM

Well, the first day of school has come and gone and I've already retrieved the requisite crumpled piece of paper (important, apparently) from the bowels of my daughter's knapsack. The lone form is followed by a pile -- nine pages to be exact -- of similar papers, all requiring my...

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Seven Ways to Prepare Your Child For the First Day of School

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 6:00 PM

The first day of school is just around the corner and parents and children everywhere are preparing anxiously for their big moment. This is especially the case for children who are going to school for the first time. The thought of school with "big kids," teachers and the...

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How to Maximize Back to School Shopping With Your Kids

(2) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 4:01 PM

I recently went shopping for back to school clothes with my three young kids in tow. Sound crazy? Perhaps it was, but I was a woman on a mission. As insane as it may seem to take your kids along with you while picking out clothes for the season, it...

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We Should All Mourn the Death of Cursive Writing

(28) Comments | Posted August 6, 2013 | 1:14 PM

It's all over, folks.

Some of you may remember the time in public school when you got your first pencil. On a specially-lined piece of paper, you tentatively set the lead to the page and pressed. As you moved your hand slowly while concentrating on the script, shape and feel...

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