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

(9) Comments | Posted March 27, 2014 | 12:20 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 | 7:22 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 | 4:43 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 | 7:47 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 | 4:13 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 | 12:30 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 | 1:03 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 | 1:23 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 | 12:00 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 | 9:03 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 | 5:00 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 | 3:01 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 | 12:14 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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Top 5 Summer Safety Tips For Kids

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 12:04 PM

School's out and the kids are antsy. Is it any wonder that parents worry about their children getting into trouble during the dog days of summer? Whether they're playing outside in the backyard, heading down the street to visit a friend or taking advantage of the warm weather...

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How to Beat the Heat: 5 Ideas For Parents and Kids

(4) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 11:54 AM

Ah, those dog days of summer. We wished for heat and we got it -- and then some.

When our desire for warmth is a distant memory and we're battling sky-high temperatures and humidity indexes, it's time to take action and gain control over the situation. The soaring mercury often...

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Are Expensive Kiddie Birthday Parties Really for Parents?

(4) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 12:29 PM

I was at my friendly neighbourhood department store the other day, on a quest to buy a mini hockey stick for each of my twin boys. As we found the aisle where these items were situated, we approached a man and a woman who -- gasp -- had scooped up...

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Five Questions to Ask Before Sending Your Kid to a Sleepover

(35) Comments | Posted July 5, 2013 | 12:00 PM

First it's play dates, next thing you know, it's sleepovers. Does the stress ever end?

No, it doesn't, not when you're a parent.

Kids love playing with their friends, as evidenced by their love of play dates at a very early age. Soon, though, they grow bored of...

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How to Clean Your House in 15 Minutes or Less

(19) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 5:36 PM

The phone rings or you get a text:

"Hi! I'm in the neighbourhood and I'm coming over. See you soon!"

You freeze.

After all, if your mother-in-law, long-lost friend from grade school or pastor is in the area, it's really hard to tell them "no," and that they can't come...

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Why I'm NOT Friends With My Child

(22) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 12:24 PM

For some strange reason, parenting has changed.

Perhaps it's an inevitability of time, but holy smokes, some things should remain sacred, shouldn't they?

I'm talking about kids, parents and the relationship between the two. It seems that there's a lot more of a comfort level between mothers, fathers and their...

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Overscheduled Kids and Parental Guilt

(11) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 12:19 PM

Soccer practice, ballet, then gymnastics.

Hockey, little league, and karate.

Whatever the sport or activity of choice, it may very well be too much.

Our kids are over-worked, over-scheduled and overly-exhausted. In our frenzy to be the best parents who raise the best and most successful kids, we've thrown out...

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