Stephanie Knaak
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Stephanie Knaak PhD is a sociologist and creator of the Motherhood Cafe ( website. She is currently writing a book on postpartum depression and the adjustment to motherhood.

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The Danger of Parents Who Police Other Parents

(7) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 1:11 PM

We planned a gymnastics party for our son's ninth birthday. Because the particular centre he wanted for his party did not have designated party rooms, we decided to have the 'cake, food and presents' part of the party back at our house. We asked parents to drop their children off...

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Doing Away With the Honour Roll and Awards System in Schools is Absurd

(19) Comments | Posted November 3, 2013 | 6:42 PM

No more honour roll. No more awards ceremonies. While it may only be Calgary's St. Basil school in the spotlight this week, there is little doubt that countless other schools and districts will -- or have already -- taken active steps to eliminate all evidence that the world...

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The "No Drinking Rule" Shames Pregnant Women

(31) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 7:49 AM

The release of Emily Oster's new book, Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong -- and What You Really Need to Know, sparked my interest in a topic I hadn't written about in a while -- the 'no drinking pre or during pregnancy' rule....

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What Do You Do When Your Kid Is Being Bullied?

(22) Comments | Posted May 4, 2013 | 9:41 PM

Nicole F is worried about her 11-year-old daughter, Brittany, a victim of bullying. Changing schools doesn't seem to do the trick; three schools and counting and things haven't gotten better. Nicole feels alone in her struggle to help her daughter. Other parents have told their kids not to...

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We Might Be Giving Breastfeeding Too Much Credit

(54) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 5:49 PM

It turns out that breastfeeding doesn't actually protect against later childhood obesity. This finding -- based on results from a major random control study involving the outcomes of nearly 14,000 children in Belarus -- comes as no surprise to those of us who have devoted much...

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Why Yahoo! Employees Should Be in the Office

(5) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 12:21 PM

For many of us already struggling to find that ever-elusive balance between work and family life, Marissa Mayer's announcement that Yahoo! employees must return to their desks initially comes across as old school patriarchic boorishness -- but with a postmodern twist. The patriarch is a hot young mommy...

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Let's Keep Talking about Mental Health

(1) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 11:25 AM

February 12 was Bell Let's Talk day. A day to talk about mental illness. A day to combat stigma. A day to say we need to allocate way more than 5 per cent of our heath spending dollars on a problem that affects over 20 per cent of...

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We Get It, Breastfeeding Is Important

(1) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 11:01 AM

The call for more education about the benefits and safety of breast milk in the wake of last week's story about a couple suing Alberta Health Services for giving their baby another mother's breast milk is not only typical, it's also off-mark.

Celeste and Jeffrey Fleming's baby...

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Don't Panic: Teenagers Stranded Alone in Airports Will Live

(5) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 12:01 PM

Wednesday's story about an Air Canada flight being delayed by weather and leaving a 13-year-old passenger overnight at Toronto's Pearson airport with nothing more than a $10 food voucher should not be read as a warning for parents to purchase the hand-holding Unaccompanied Minor (UM) service for...

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Is Modern Parenthood Bad for Mommy's Health?

(114) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 7:13 AM

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My friend Susie is in the midst of "night-time waking" hell with her four-month-old daughter, Jess (not their real names). Instinct tells her Jess is hungry and that's what's causing the continued waking. Susie, being committed to breastfeeding, is torn about what to...

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