In a blog that appeared earlier this week on the Huffington Post, Melissa Sher (not actually my fictional Jimmy's mom) asks parents to do away with the party favours. Look, here's the thing. Goody bags for us adults are a total pain in the butt. Granted. But for the kids, they're FUN!
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You and your partner's first date night post-baby could take place six weeks after baby's arrival... or six months... or more. It all depends on what your support system is like and how comfortable you are leaving the little one behind. Either way, when it happens, your well-deserved alone time will feel like a mini vacation.
05/22/2014 12:32 EDT
What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of "dangerous baby products"? PBA plastic bottles? Toys with small, chokeable parts? Flame-retardant clothes? The obvious list of culprits is long. But the reality is some commonly used products are unsafe for infants, too.
05/14/2014 12:32 EDT
New research released last week, published in Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that an astounding 32 per cent of Canadians have suffered from child abuse. Furthermore, the study found all types of child abuse were linked to mental disorders later in life. That being spanked is on that list is causing many eyes to go wide.
05/08/2014 09:10 EDT
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.
05/05/2014 05:56 EDT
No matter how good a name may be, options are important. Because we want you to have as many options as possible, we went to the Official Social Security site (of course we did), and found the five most popular names for boys, and five most popular names for girls. Then, we came up with alternatives.
05/01/2014 09:43 EDT
In Canada, a solid 25 per cent of babies are born via C-section. While in the states women can simply opt for a C-section delivery if they so choose, in Canada, C-sections are almost always medically indicated for one reason or another. The reality that 25 per cent of Canadian women require a C-section is a startling number, and that number is about to change.
04/26/2014 12:02 EDT
Thankfully for busy parents, romance isn't just about grand gestures, bold statements, dozens of red roses and nights on the town. Sometimes the most meaningful romantic gestures are the smallest details. Here are 10 simple ways to show your partner they're on your mind this week.
04/25/2014 12:16 EDT
If your baby's due this spring, you may want to welcome him or her with a name that rings true to the season. Below we've rounded up some of our faves.
04/16/2014 12:36 EDT
There have been numerous studies that have tried to examine the effect an unusual name has on an individual throughout their life. It is believed that an individual's identity is partly formed by the way we are treated by other people and that a name may influence our interactions with the world around us.
04/15/2014 05:48 EDT
An important decision needs to be made if you are expecting a boy, or if you have recently welcomed a little man to the world: whether to circumcise him. For some families, cultural and religious beliefs make the decision an easy one. But for others, the choice may not seem as clear cut... no pun intended.
04/09/2014 10:00 EDT
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.
04/04/2014 08:56 EDT
There is a laundry list of things that you need to do for and with your baby in his or her first year of life, and it even includes a lot of actual laundry. Try not to feel overwhelmed by all that there is to do with your little one. Instead try to fit one or two fun activities in each week; test them out and see what works best for you!
03/27/2014 08:07 EDT
Technological innovations are making it impossible to ever stop parenting. With real-time updates, disconnecting from your parental obligations, even for a short time, becomes a struggle. And let's be honest, everyone needs a little "me" time, especially busy moms and dads. Perhaps it is time to put down our baby-related technology, take a step back and take in the joys of parenting.
03/21/2014 12:31 EDT
It's the age old question ... well maybe not the age old question, but it has to be in the pregnancy top ten: Should I exercise while I am pregnant? And, what is "too much" when it comes to working out with a baby bump? Not only will exercising keep you in top condition for when baby arrives, but it can also improve the health of your baby.
03/21/2014 05:54 EDT
A new study suggests that because we played outside, away from our parents' sight, we were likely a generation of fewer narcissists. That's because, according to the study, free play breeds empathy and lack of it removes a valuable learning opportunity for children to care about what other children think and feel.
03/20/2014 05:19 EDT
They say everything old is new again, so don't for one minute think that rule doesn't apply to baby names of today and yesteryear. We've rounded up 10 of our favourites (and 10 we seem to be seeing more -- whether it be in pop culture or amongst celebrities).
02/04/2014 04:29 EST
Many parents waver on getting the flu shot for their children. They fear their children's bodies are already overloaded with vaccines and they don't want to add more if they don't have to. They also say, as with the chicken pox vaccine that was optional in Ontario until just recently, 'it's just the flu.' They are wrong.
01/07/2014 12:31 EST
Up until now, women have be the sole target of efforts to ensure enough folate in a diet pre-conception and during gestation. But a new study out of McGill University suggests that the campaign needs to be widened to include men.
12/11/2013 12:30 EST
The holiday season is upon us, and if you're expecting someone (a little "bundle of joy," perhaps), you may want to make his or her arrival extra festive. That's why we've rounded up our favourite holiday-inspired baby names, so that come Christmas every year, they'll be reminded of what a great gift they were to you.
11/20/2013 05:19 EST
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